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Wednesday
Mar312010

ALG - Appeal to be Filed in Stonewalling of FOIA Request on War Reporter Michael Yon's Seattle Airport Arrest

March 30th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) will file an appeal Wednesday to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection over their denial of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the detention of highly acclaimed Afghanistan war journalist Michael Yon at Seattle Tacoma International Airport on January 5th, 2010.

Yon described the incident on his Facebook page, in the following way, "Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not "arrested", but they definitely handcuffed me.)  Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security." 

The ALG FOIA request seeks to determine the circumstances around the incident including any policies or instructions that are provided to agents related to appropriate questions that should be asked of incoming citizens.

Ironically, the initial FOIA request was denied on March 1st, 2010, just two weeks before the Obama Administration's self-proclaimed "Sunshine Week", where they applauded themselves for the work that has been done to increase transparency. 

ALG and other groups have been increasingly frustrated by the lack of responsiveness of the Administration to FOIA requests, most notably a still unanswered request for information related to controversial Office of Legislative Counsel appointee Dawn Johnson's involvement in staffing decisions while she still awaits confirmation.

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Mr. Yon's original Facebook feed:  http://www.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPage?v=feed&story_fbid=273914137066

U.S. Department of Justice's release on FOIA's and "Sunshine Week" http://www.justice.gov/oip/foiapost/2010foiapost8.htm

Original Yon FOIA request

http://washingtonalert.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/ALG-CBP-Michael-Yon-FOIA-01-06-09.pdf

DOJ Denial of FOIA

www.getliberty.org/files/CBP FOIA Denial 03_01_10.pdf

Yon FOIA request appeal

www.getliberty.org/files/CBP FOIA Appeal 03_26_10.pdf

 

Wednesday
Mar312010

CHQ - With Health Bill, Obama Has Sown The Seeds of a Budget Crisis

Conservative HQ's News From the Front | 30 March 2010

Your daily wrap-up of the news affecting the conservative movement! Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ updates you on the heroes and pretenders for the conservative movement. For more information or media inquires, please contact editor@c-hq.com.

From @RichardViguerie:

We need tens of thousands more Tea Partiers running for office. Consider becoming a candidate, or urging others to run! #tcot

A tsunami of biblical proportions will sweep many socialist politicians out of office this Nov. and would be a terrible thing to waste #tcot


For the full digest: Other Highlights at Conservative HQ's News From The Front

With Health Bill, Obama Has Sown The Seeds of a Budget Crisis
Washington Post - Robert J. Samuelson lays out the numbers, and it isn't pretty: with the passage of Obamacare, Pres. Obama and the Democrats are sowing the seeds of a real budget crisis by dramatically increasing spending when the national debt is already too high. Samuelson says our political leaders' lack of discipline is threatening the U.S. bond rating, which if lowered could cause the already listing fiscal ship to capsize.

"Fimian Minute" Offers Daily Method of Engaging Supporters
KeithFimian.com -- In yesterday's News From The Front we incorrectly mentioned how VA-11 challenger Keith Fimian is engaging new voters with weekly messages on YouTube.  Turns out Fimian takes the time to issue daily messages.  Today's topic?  The economy.

First Tea Party Democrat to Run for Congress
NewsMax -- The Tampa Tea Party's own Tim Curtis will be challenging incumbent Democrat Kathy Castor for the Democratic nomination in Florida's 11th District as a "constitutional Democrat," showing the Tea Party movement's ideas do indeed span party affiliations.

Infiltrators Posing as Tea Partiers?
World Net Daily - Black conservative Mychal Massie writes of the Left's attempts to brand the Tea Party movement as racist - arguing that it's all part of an organized plot to discredit Tea Parties by planting troublemakers and having them pose as protestors.

Establishment GOP still resisting the tea party movement
American Thinker - "The problem is not whether the Tea Party can get together to back a mainstream Republican; the problem is whether the mainstream Republicans will back a Tea Party candidate."

Monday
Mar292010

AFP - Another Obama Outrage 

 

Just when you think this president cannot act more arrogantly, he proves us wrong.

President Obama waited for Congress to adjourn for Easter and then he used a recess appointment to put Big Labor lawyer Craig Becker on the board that is supposed to be a fair and honest broker between unions and employers. 

Becker was a top lawyer for SEIU (Service Employees International Union), one of the most liberal and thuggish public employee unions in the nation.  Now, thanks to President Obama, he's on the National Labor Relations Board. 

Becker is so radical on labor issues that the Democrat-controlled Senate REFUSED to approve his nomination!  Senator Ben Nelson (of "Cornhusker Kickback" infamy) even said Becker's record indicates he will "pursue a personal agenda." 

Remember the outrageous Card Check legislation President Obama pushed last year that would effectively take the right to a secret ballot away from Americans when they decide whether or not to join a union? Well, Becker is going to try and use his position on the National Labor Relations Board to push it through without Congress. This is just the latest instance of democracy denied - the administration's continued push around Congress and the American people. Check out AFP's www.ObamaChart.com to see how this fits together with other moves on Internet regulation, energy taxes and more.

Actions like the recess appointment of Craig Becker drive home just how liberal and arrogant the Obama administration really is.  I just read an advance copy of Sean Hannity's upcoming book entitled "Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda," which drives home this point with power and precision.

I'm glad someone with Sean Hannity's intellect and energy has detailed exactly what we're facing in taking on President Obama's agenda - especially on the economic front.  For more details about Sean's upcoming book tour, CLICK HERE.

Coming on the heels of the parliamentary tricks that rammed through the health care takeover despite the clear opposition of the American people, the Becker recess appointment just emphasizes how important our work is to defend our economic freedoms and our American way of life. 

It can get awfully frustrating at times, but we've got to keep up our fight for freedom.   

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P.S.:  All of the bottom bubbles on the interactive chart at www.ObamaChart.com are action items that give you an opportunity to fight back against these power grabs. On card check, we must urge Congress now more than ever to pass the Secret Ballot Protection Act to guarantee the NLRB, now with the SEIU's Craig Becker on board, cannot deny workers their rights. You can go directly to that action alert by clicking here.

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Friday
Mar262010

ALG Joins Senate Republicans in Urging Obama to Rule Out Recess Appointment of Becker

"Craig Becker's legacy will be to achieve via executive fiat what cannot be achieved legislatively, and Barack Obama's recess appointment of him is more than symbolic of that defiance."—ALG President Bill Wilson

March 25th, 2010—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today joined with the Senate Republican caucus in urging Barack Obama to rule out a recess appointment of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

According to the letter signed by all 41 Republican members of the Senate, "We urge you not to ignore the bipartisan Senate vote by giving Mr. Becker a recess appointment to the NLRB.  Taking this action would place a rejected nominee in an appointed term to the NLRB, setting an unfortunate precedent for all future nominations and future administrations."

Becker's nomination was blocked in the Senate on February 9th, with Democrat Senators Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson joining 31 other Republicans against the nominee.

"Craig Becker is a radical of the first order, and the Senate was more than justified in blocking his appointment," Wilson said, citing Becker's advocacy of making substantial changes to the National Labor Relations Act via the National Labor Relation Board without any Congressional approval.

According to a report published by Americans for Limited Government, "Militant on a Mission," Becker wrote that "The [National Labor Relations] Board should return to the principle that a union election is not a contest between the employer and the union... Unlike the other proposals, however, it could be achieved with almost no alteration to the statutory framework."

According to the ALG report, "This unilateral imposition of his views regardless of Congressional approval may apply to Card Check legislation as well."

Under current law, the National Labor Relations Act, workers have a right to a secret ballot when unions are organized. Unions have lobbied the Obama administration and Congress for a "card check" system in the EFCA that would eliminate the employer's right to request a secret ballot election, allowing unions to be organized without any ballot.

Becker's highly controversial views resulted in Senate Republicans' opposition against the nomination, and in their letter write, "Mr. Becker's writings clearly indicate that he would use his position on the NLRB to institute far-reaching changes in labor law far exceeding the Board's authority and bypassing the role of Congress."

The letter continues, "His rejection of traditional notions of democracy in union elections and of an employer's status as a party to labor representation proceedings has garnered bi-partisan opposition to his nomination.  His extensive, highly controversial writings, as well as his legal and scholarly career indicate that he could not be viewed as impartial or objective in deciding cases before this quasi-judicial agency."

In 1993, according to the ALG report, Becker also wrote that "employers should have no right to raise questions concerning voter eligibility or campaign conduct" and "employers should have no right to be heard in either a representation case or an unfair labor practice case." Both views conflict with longstanding interpretations of national labor relations laws.

Becker's appointment has been described by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) as 'the highest priority for organized labor' according to an email released by Jeri Thompson.  The letter was from an SEIU lobbyist to Democratic members of the U.S. Senate.

"That email showed the SEIU setting the Senate's schedule for the Becker confirmation," Wilson explained.  "And now, undeterred by the Senate's rejection of Becker, Barack Obama is prepared to achieve Big Labor's 'highest priority' with a recess appointment."

The AFL-CIO has already called for such an appointment, as reported by the American Spectator.  The Spectator also reports Obama saying, "If the Senate does not act to confirm these nominees, I will consider making several recess appointments during the upcoming recess."

Becker could be recess-appointed during the upcoming Easter recess that will begin on March 29th.

Becker has served as counsel for both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Becker was also responsible for the drafting of several pro-union executive orders while serving simultaneously on the Barack Obama's presidential transition team and on the SEIU payroll.  One of the orders repealed required federal contractors to post notice that workers do not have to pay for the political expenditures of their unions.

Testifying about the orders, Becker said, "I was asked to provide advice and information concerning a possible executive order of the sort described. I was involved in researching, analyzing, preliminary drafting, and consulting with other members of the Transition team."

Wilson has said that the executive orders "show that Becker's agenda is to achieve via executive regulation what cannot be achieved via the legislative process."

In addition, the ALG report charges that Becker "instituted new policies to force political contributions from union locals in potential violation of the law; was implicated in the scandal surrounding disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich; endured major financial scandals; engaged in alleged intimidation of its members; pursued union contracts that would have prevented unionized nursing home workers from reporting elder abuse; gave millions of dollars to the scandal-plagued group ACORN;  and hired private detectives to spy on union members."

Wilson concluded, "Craig Becker's legacy will be to achieve via executive fiat what cannot be achieved legislatively, and Barack Obama's recess appointment of him is more than symbolic of that defiance."

Attachments:
"Militant on a Mission: Report on Craig Becker, Nominee to the National Labor Relations Board," Americans for Limited Government, January 2010.

ALG Nominee Alert, Craig Becker, August 2009.

 

Wednesday
Mar242010

Shea-Porter at White House as President Signs Health Care Bill into Law 

Shea-Porter at White House as President Signs Health Care Bill into Law
“This is a great day for the American people”

 

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Shea-Porter attended  the signing ceremony.

“I was pleased to join President Obama today as he signed this historic piece of legislation into law. For nearly 100 years, Presidents on both sides of the political aisle have tried to enact legislation that would reform our nation’s health care system. Today, that dream has become a reality. 

“I voted for this bill because it will lower costs for middle class families, expand coverage to 95% of Americans, ban discrimination for preexisting conditions, close the Medicare Donut Hole, strengthen Medicare benefits and solvency, allow young people to stay on their parents’ health care polices until age 26, and help end insurance company abuses. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, this bill will also cut our deficit by $138 billion in the first ten years and by $1.2 trillion in the second ten years. 

“This bill will help improve the lives of people across the country. I was honored to stand up for middle class families everywhere by delivering health care reform.”