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Tuesday
Apr142015

ALG Foundation releases study on pathway to free market agriculture  

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April 13, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Foundation released a report today by Dr. J. Wesley Burnett of the College of Charleston detailing some of the federal government barriers obstructing the growth of a thriving agriculture sector.

 

Nathan Mehrens, president of the foundation explained, "Agriculture is one of the great drivers of the American economy, and is fundamental to our nation's self-sufficiency.  We decided that it was important to take a look at federal government actions that negatively influence a farmer's capacity to thrive, so that a pathway can be forged to remove these barriers and create a consensus on how to establish an agriculture sector that is less government dependent in the future."

 

Burnett's report details environmental, tax and the impact of foreign subsidies on the U.S. farmer pointing to efforts by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from dramatically expanding their reach to every puddle and irrigation ditch on the family farm. 

 

Titled, "Moving to a Free Market Agriculture Policy," Burnett praises the 2014 Farm Bill for eliminating direct farm subsidies and making, "strides in moving these agriculture subsidies toward a more market based environment."

 

While noting that the current shift to complete reliance on a subsidized crop insurance system is a step in the right direction, Burnett calls for further reductions in these federal government supports to move the system closer to a free market.

 

Burnett also pointed to an innovative approach to ending federal government sugar subsidies championed by Representative Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) known as zero for zero.  Yoho's approach would have the U.S. end sugar subsidies but only upon agreement through international negotiations from other major sugar exporters to similarly end their support systems.

 

Yoho's triggered end to sugar price manipulation by foreign producers both protects U.S. producers from the market distorting effects of foreign subsidies while giving U.S. negotiators an already approved promise to end price floors.

 

Mehrens argues that, "Burnett's work lays the groundwork for a series of congressional actions that can be taken now to end many of the federal government policies that artificially increase the costs of doing business for farmers and by ending these costly barriers, open the doors to moving aggressively toward a more free market based agriculture policy."

 

Dr. Burnett currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the College of Charleston. Dr. Burnett's research emphasizes the applications of applied microeconomic theory to solving and analyzing problems in agricultural and resource economics and policy. Before arriving at the College of Charleston, he served three years on the faculty at West Virginia University. Dr. Burnett holds a MA and PhD of Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Georgia.

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-foundation-releases-study-on-pathway-to-free-market-agriculture/

 

Attachments:

 

"Moving to A Free Market Agriculture Policy," By Dr. J. Wesley Burnett, PhD on behalf of

Americans for Limited Government Foundation, April 2015, at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Free-Market-Agriculture-Policy-Report.pdf

 

"Conservatives develop pathway for free market agriculture minus big government subsidies," By Alex Swoyer, April 13, 2015, at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/13/conservatives-develop-pathway-for-free-market-agriculture-minus-big-government-subsidies/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Saturday
Apr042015

ALG - Economy slows as labor force contracts-again  

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April 3, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to the latest economic and jobs numbers:

 

"This week's double whammy of bad economic news with the Atlanta Fed's first quarter growth estimate down to 0 percent and the abysmal jobs report showing only 34,000 more people are working while 277,000 left the labor force effectively puts the breaks on recovery talk. The real question, seven years after the financial crisis, is whether we have begun a slide into a new recession. The malaise that engulfs our labor force has not been seen since the participation rate was 62.7 percent in February 1978, 37 years ago."

 

To view online here: http://getliberty.org/economy-slows-as-labor-force-contracts-again/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Friday
Mar272015

ALG urges votes to protect the Internet with Sen. Mike Lee amendments 

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March 26, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today urged the U.S. Senate to hold up or down votes on amending the budget resolution to include S.Amdt. 751 and S.Amdt. 856 offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah):

 

"The Internet is the great democratizer of speech around the world. The amendments offered by Senator Mike Lee are about protecting the free and open Internet from two separate but equally important threats: foreign domination and excessive government regulation.

 

"The first amendment will guarantee that any proposal to transition Internet governance over the domain name system from Commerce Department oversight will require Congressional assent, giving proper oversight to any administration proposal. This will protect the domain name system from any potential foreign capture and protect the free and open Internet — everywhere.

 

"The second will roll back the Federal Communications Commission's alarming change to the Communications Act, applying Title II to Internet broadband, and assure that only Congress has the power to make such a change to law. Whatever the merits of so-called net neutrality, it is not up to the executive branch to regulate the Internet at will, which is what happened here. It's an awful precedent, and it is up to Congress to assert its legislative prerogatives here.

 

"The Internet may be free but that freedom is also quite fragile, and it would be naïve for this Congress to ignore these obvious threats to it. Votes should be allowed on Senator Lee's amendments."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-urges-votes-to-protect-the-internet-with-sen-mike-lee-amendments/

 

Attachments:

 

S.Amdt. 751, To establish a spending-neutral reserve fund to support legislation maintaining United States oversight over functions of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and preventing the United States from transferring such Internet responsibilities, at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Lee-856-Net-Neutrality.pdf

 

S.Amdt. 856, To establish a spending-neutral reserve fund to support legislation preventing the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband providers as common carriers under title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and from implementing other ''net neutrality'' provisions, at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Lee-856-Net-Neutrality.pdf

 

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (703) 383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick manning.

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Friday
Mar132015

ALG calls for Lindsey Graham resignation for proposing military coup

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March 12, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today called for the resignation of presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for suggesting at a New Hampshire event his first act as president would be to use the military to force Congress to end sequestration (see video), saying, "Here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States. I wouldn't let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We're not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We are not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts":

 

"Senator Lindsey Graham's statement that for his first act as president, he 'would literally use the military to keep Congress in if I had to' followed by 'We're not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts… We are not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts' while campaigning in New Hampshire is the most troubling statement uttered by a supposedly serious candidate for President in my memory. 

 

"The very fact that Graham has the imagery of M1 Abrams tanks surrounding the Capitol building to force Congress to do his bidding is so far removed from any Constitutional framework, that Graham should not only withdraw from the Presidential race, but should immediately resign from the Senate. This is no laughing matter. And then his spokesman says the comment should not be taken literally?

 

"There literally is no place in our elective government for someone who advocates a military solution against those elected to do the will of the people when he doesn't get his way.  The same Congress that expresses concern about President Obama's seemingly daily abuse of power should immediately move to censure the senior Senator from South Carolina and the people of that state should demand his immediate removal from office."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-calls-for-lindsey-graham-resignation-for-proposing-military-coup/

 

Attachments:

 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaking at "Politics and Pie" event hosted by the Concord City Republican Committee, stating, "Here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States. I wouldn't let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We're not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We are not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts." March 8, 2015 at http://benswann.com/graham-military-force-congress/

 

The military line was "not to be taken literally," according to Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop, March 12, 2015 at http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-03-12/how-a-lindsey-graham-joke-turned-into-a-coup-plot-against-the-government

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Friday
Feb272015

ALG responds to Rep. Emmer letter on fast track trade promotion authority on TPP 

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Feb. 25, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today in a letter to Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) and House Republicans responded to the Congressman's push in favor of granting fast track trade promotion authority (TPA) to President Barack Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

 

"There continues to be a misconception that TPA will allow Congress to set objectives for negotiations, in particular as they relate to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal," wrote Manning in his letter.

 

Manning was responding to a dear colleague letter from Rep. Emmer obtained by Americans for Limited Government that told fellow House members that "Through TPA, Congress establishes the negotiating objectives for the Administration and ensures that Congress is consulted closely throughout the negotiations."

 

To which, Manning responded, "Congress can demand anything it wants, but President Obama is under no legal requirement to follow those demands.  In fact, the only way that Congress has to impose its will on a negotiating process is to force any treaty submitted to be subjected to full and transparent scrutiny, including the ability to amend objectionable sections.  Under TPA, this ability to fix highly objectionable areas is voted away."

 

The Americans for Limited Government letter to Emmer also noted that the Obama administration was already disregarding Congressional appeals for the trade representative to address currency manipulation: "Given that the U.S. Trade Representative testified earlier this year before the Senate that he chose to disregard a letter signed by a majority of the House and Senate urging that currency manipulation be included in any prospective deal, it is clear that President Obama has no more regard for Congressional input in this area than he has shown on immigration."

 

Trade promotion authority is expected come up in both the House and Senate as early as next month.

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-responds-to-rep-emmer-letter-on-fast-track-trade-promotion-authority-on-tpp/

 

Attachments: 

Americans for Limited Government letter to Rep. Tom Emmer, Feb. 25, 2015 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/LettertoEmmerandHouseGOP2-25-15.pdf

 

Rep. Tom Emmer letter to House colleagues at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/EmmerLetter.pdf

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.