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Saturday
Dec072013

ALG - Labor Department under fire for data manipulation

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ALG issues statement on jobs report

 

Dec. 6, 2013, Fairfax, Va.— Americans for Limited Government vice president of public policy and communications Rick Manning, a former Public Affairs Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor, today issued the following statement praising House leaders including committee chairmen Rep. John Kline and Rep. Dave Camp for investigating allegations that the unemployment numbers are being manipulated at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau:

"The House Education and Workforce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee have taken a vital first step in getting answers from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on news reports that monthly jobs data has been manipulated

"The December 3 letter from Chairmen John Kline, Dave Camp, along with the three relevant subcommittee chairmen charged with overseeing the Labor and Commerce Departments demanded that Perez provide the Committees, 'a description of all instances in which the Census Bureau reported to BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) its data were found to be inaccurate.'

"In the context of ongoing legitimate concerns that the unemployment numbers have been willfully and deliberately manipulated, the Labor Department's report that the unemployment rate has dramatically declined to 7 percent is evidence that it is now time for Congress to end extended unemployment benefits and restore the normal 27 week eligibility period that existed prior to 2008.

"It is also clear that the Federal Reserve should immediately begin tapering the $85 billion a month in mortgage backed securities purchases as this data, and that previously reported, demonstrate that it is unnecessary.  In fact it would be the height of irresponsibility for the Fed to continue on the reckless course of continuing the Quantitative Easing program at all."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/labor-department-under-fire-for-data-manipulation-alg-issues-statement-on-jobs-report/

Attachments:

House letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Dec. 3, 2013 at http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/12-03-13-dol-bls_statistics.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.

Wednesday
Sep252013

CEI Today: Obama nominee being Borked?, new Labor Dept hiring quotas, and a commission on reg reform

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
In the News Today

OBAMA NOMINEE - BRIAN McNICOLL

Human Events: Binz is not being Borked


Ron Binz, President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, still could be confirmed by the Senate. But Binz’ nomination is in trouble today not because of his public work as a member of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission but because he appeared during his confirmation hearing to offer four statements that do match up with the facts. > Read more

> Interview Brian McNicoll


 

HIRING QUOTAS - HANS BADER


Openmarket.org: Labor Department Imposes Disability Hiring Quotas, Even in Divisions that Don’t Get Federal Contracts

 

The Obama Labor Department has just finalized rules that will effectively require businesses that get federal contracts to adopt a 7 percent hiring quota for the disabled. Much of the American workforce is employed by a federal contractor, since most large companies have federal contracts. So this will affect much of the economy, and impose massive new costs on American business. > Read more


> Interview Hans Bader

 

REGULATORY REFORM - WAYNE CREWS & RYAN YOUNG

American Spectator
: The Regulatory Improvement Commission


No bureaucracy would voluntarily reduce the size and scope of its mission and its budget. Instead, reform must come from outside. One such approach is the Regulatory Improvement Act of 2013, introduced by Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The bill would establish an independent Regulatory Improvement Commission, which would identify rules ripe for repeal and send them to Congress.

The idea goes back at least two decades, and has garnered support from across the political spectrum, from former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TEX) on the right to the Progressive Policy Institute’s Michael Mandel on the left. Here’s how a Regulatory Improvement Commission would work.
> Read more


> Interview an expert

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

Genetically Modified Foods: Truth about Labeling


Feat. CEI's Gregory Conko


There is significant misinformation and confusion about genetically modified foods (or GMOs), which now make up a major part of the American diet. Anti-GMO activists are seeking to combat GMOs by pushing for labeling mandates on the state and federal levels. These mandates are being promoted as pro-consumer but their effect will be the opposite by creating greater misinformation. Join us as we examine the history and science of GMOs, their current use and benefits, and why GMO labeling is not only unnecessary but would also do a disservice to consumers.

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


CEI President Lawson Bader


Phrases and concepts that come straight from the free enterprise playbook—fiscal hawk, job creator, and venture capitalist—are clearly appropriated to promote increased government spending and intervention. > In Name Only

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27,
Sopot, Poland

Economic architecture of a new Europe. How to make institutions, governance and regulations to foster long-lasting growth?


Featuring CEI regulatory reform expert, Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.

CEI AT CPAC! SEPT. 28

 




Thursday
Sep192013

CEI Today: Surprising EPA admission, Obama FERC nominee accused of misleading, and stealth new Labor Dept regulations

Thursday, September 19, 2013
In the News Today

OBAMA EPA GLOBAL WARMING REGS - MARLO LEWIS

 

EPA Admits Obama Global Warming Regs Unrelated to Actual Climate Change

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy admitted in testimony before Congress yesterday that the Obama administration's new carbon emissions regulations are unrelated to actual climate change.

"The indicators on the [EPA's own] website are broad global indicators. . .of impacts associated with climate change," McCarthy told Rep. Mike Pompeo. "They are not performance requirements or impacts related to any particular act." 
> Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

> Follow Marlo Lewis on Twitter

OPPOSING OBAMA'S ENERGY NOMINEE - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: President Obama’s FERC Nominee Ron Binz Derailed by Truthiness


President Obama’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) nominee Ron Binz was caught in a tangle of contradictions during his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. For starters, Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) suggested that Binz misled her during a previous face to face meeting.

 > Read more

See also: Top Obama energy nominee Ron Binz asked oil company employees for confirmation help


> Interview William Yeatman

 

MINIMUM WAGE & OVERTIME REGS - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: DOL Finalizes Companionship Rule


With little notice, on September 17, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez finalized a rule to extend the Fair Labor Standards Act–minimum wage and overtime protections–to nearly 2 million direct care providers. > Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

CEI AT CPAC! SEPT. 28


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

Genetically Modified Foods: Truth about Labeling
Feat. CEI's Gregory Conko


There is significant misinformation and confusion about genetically modified foods (or GMOs), which now make up a major part of the American diet. Anti-GMO activists are seeking to combat GMOs by pushing for labeling mandates on the state and federal levels. These mandates are being promoted as pro-consumer but their effect will be the opposite by creating greater misinformation. Join us as we examine the history and science of GMOs, their current use and benefits, and why GMO labeling is not only unnecessary but would also do a disservice to consumers.

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


CEI President Lawson Bader
Converting the unconvertible


To the libertarians and conservatives out there trying to get heard in policy debates and gain new adherents, we can agree we’re on to something—we have a winning narrative. It’s intellectual and emotive. It’s about an enterprising society being a peaceful society. It’s about embracing a bit of humility to acknowledge we don’t have answers to every problem and ensuring not every problem be addressed from a bully pulpit.

 




 

    

Saturday
Aug242013

ALG's Daily Grind - Don't fall for House leadership's Obamacare salt lick for suckers 

August 23, 2013

Don't fall for House leadership's Obamacare salt lick for suckers

House leaders promise that if conservatives will just allow the funding bill — the continuing resolution — to pass with Obamacare funding in it, they will somehow link "changes" to the hated socialized medicine law to the debt-ceiling increase that will be brought up before the end of the year.

The Dept. of Labor leaves no good deed unpunished

When the Department of Labor analyzed the hiring practices at VF Jeanswear's Winston-Salem, NC, plant in 2006, parsing exactly how many people of which gender and ethnic group can be working in any given company based on community demographics found evidence of mass discrimination — against white people.

Global warming is 'cool, man!'

We have clean air. We have clean water. We need jobs.

Video: Obamacare auto dealers' dilemma

The Obamacare employer mandate is hitting auto dealers hard.

Thursday
Aug152013

ALG's Daily Grind - Congress' going postal, again 

August 14, 2013

Congress' going postal, again

After the loss of another $740 million in the past quarter, and $3.9 billion over the course of the current financial year, post office watchers are predicting that the cash to run the quasi-government agency could run out in October.

Video: Fox News exposé of food stamp surfer dude

Meet a 29 year old, unemployed LaJolla, California surfer dude who is one of 47 million Americans who are using the food stamp system.  His story and attitude as captured by Fox News cannot be adequately described, it has to be seen to be believed. 

An end to Fannie and Freddie?

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Masugi: Labor Department is wrong place for Tom Perez

We are seeing the bureaucratic logic of ill-designed policies intended to prevent racial and other forms of discrimination but absolutely perverse in their results. To advance and develop such policies, Obama has found the ideal nominee for secretary of labor in Montgomery County, Maryland's own Tom Perez.