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ALG - Tell Congress to stop Obamatrade! 


May 28, 2015

Dear Liberty Activist,

Click here to urge Congress to stop Obama's bad trade deal!


Next week, the House is set to act on behalf of President Barack Obama to give him fast track trade authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Fast track means that Congress would cede its right to amend the trade deal. Instead, it would be granted an up or down vote — even if it needed to be fixed.

At a time when the President has for all intents and purposes declared war on the constitutional separation of powers, it makes zero sense for Congress to voluntarily weaken its treaty ratification prerogatives. Why not make Obama go through the process under regular order, with amendments allowed?

Making matters worse, the U.S. Trade Representative website on the trade deal explicitly states, "Through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the United States is negotiating for robust environment standards and commitments from member countries."

Meaning this is really just a stealth climate treaty — the outcome of which will be to allow Obama to unilaterally regulate the global economy. This cannot stand.

Obama should have to explain and where necessary defend every word in any treaty he agrees to, with it being held to the highest level of scrutiny.  That is Congress' job.  It is also their job to amend or defeat any treaty that falls short of being in America's interests.

You know what to do! Let's get on Rally Congress and urge both House and Senate members to oppose fast track trade authority for Obama!

Not giving the President trade promotion authority is not anti- trade.  In fact, the United States already exports $861 billion to the trans-Pacific trade partners, accounting for almost 40 percent of the $2.2 trillion of U.S. exports worldwide in 2012. As a result of this continued trade, our economic bonds with these nations are tight. 

Now it is time for Congress to step up and fight for the constitutional separation of powers and Congress' role in making treaties — not give more executive powers to Obama to negotiate a bad deal for the U.S. economy. Tell Congress Trans-Pacific trade deal will regulate climate. Don't cede treaty powers to Obama! No stealth climate treaties.

Let's keep fighting!

For Liberty,

Robert Romano
Senior Editor
Americans for Limited Government


ALG - Carly Fiorina 'uncomfortable' granting trade authority to Obama 


May 7, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising presidential candidate Carly Fiorina for stating she is "uncomfortable with this deal and giving him trade authority" to Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on the Laura Ingraham Show: 

"Carly Fiorina's questioning the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is a big deal. Joining Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump in opposition to granting trade promotion authority to President Obama to negotiate the deal now nationalizes the debate. Fiorina's experience as a multinational corporation CEO who has dealt with countries who cheat on trade makes her voice particularly important as Congress considers fast track 

"More broadly, moving the discussion out of the beltway and into the heartland makes it increasingly unlikely that fast track will be granted on a secret trade deal that everything we know about it screams vote no. Giving President Obama this enormous grant of power now requires a great deal of faith and trust that the final treaty will be in America's interests. When the details of the treaty become public, those who now vote to fast track it better be darned certain that they are not embarrassed by what it contains, including its characterization as a living agreement." 

To view online:


Laura Ingraham Show, May 7, 2015, transcript at

INGRAHAM: I gotta ask you about fast track trade, because you know for me, I believe a populist approach is the way to win and build the Republican Party both among minorities and grassroot supporters. And for me, this fast track deal, the way its being negotiated, the way congressional authority is being eroded, is a terrible idea, especially with Obama doing the negotiations.

 What's your take on giving President Obama trade promotion authority? 

FIORINA: Well, I believe that free and fair trade advantages the U.S.. But I am very uncomfortable with this deal, and I'm uncomfortable with this deal and giving him trade authority. 

Because first of all, I know from personal experience that the Chinese have not lived up to their agreements when they entered the WTO. In other words, partners can cheat on these deals, and we have evidence of partners cheating on these deals. 

Secondly to your point, this is an extremely complicated deal, a multilateral deal with a lot of details that we don't know about. And Obama and his administration has demonstrated their inability to negotiate a good deal. And so look, I think the devil's in the details, and we better understand what these details are before we just assume it's a good deal. I don't assume it's a good deal and I do think we need the details.



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ALG - It will take more than Hillary Clinton to pass bad trade deal 


May 5, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to White House spokesperson Josh Earnest calling House Speaker John Boehner's attempt to enlist Hillary's Clinton's aid in passing trade promotion authority authorizing President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership "a pretty desperate act":


"Speaker Boehner has reason to desperately seek Hillary Clinton's help in passing trade promotion authority, as the more people learn about Obama's Pacific trade deal, the less they like it. Senator Jeff Sessions' recently published five concerns with the trade pact unravels any pretense that granting President Obama fast track trade authority is in America's interests.


"Speaker Boehner should ask himself why he continues to carry water for President Obama on an issue that has such broad bipartisan opposition that it has united the likes of Republican leaders Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump, joining Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders, and nearly all House Democrats. It will take more than Hillary Clinton to pass a bad trade deal."


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ALG - Manning: 'It's not the weather, stupid, it's the economy'


April 29, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the poor first quarter GDP numbers in recent years

"It's not the weather, stupid, it's the economy. From 1996 to 2005, first quarter economic growth averaged 2.55 percent, whereas from 2006 to 2015, first quarter economic growth averaged just 0.03 percent. The common denominator here is not the weather, but the fact that the economy started to turn downward in the second half of the 2000s and still has not recovered. We didn't suddenly start having winters when the Great Recession occurred. Dispense with the bull market spin." 

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CEI Today: Surveillance reform, Big Labor at the docks, Obama's climate agenda, and more 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
In the News Today




Libertarian groups press McConnell on surveillance reform
A group of conservative and libertarian groups sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday opposing his proposal to reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act without attaching surveillance reform.  

The coalition said avoiding reform would leave Congress “subordinate to the administration’s creative reinterpretation” of the law.  > Read The Hill article



Big Labor at the California docks 

Amid charges of "wage theft," truck drivers from the docks at Los Angeles and Long Beach reportedly walked off the job Monday, unhappy with their status as independent contractors. 


“By twisting terminology, the Teamsters are targeting truckers at California docks for unionization," said CEI labor policy expert Aloysius Hogan. "At the California docks, as at a California recycling plant in a seminal case before the National Labor Relations Board, the Teamsters seek to transform workers into employees. In both cases, Big Labor simply seeks to line their pockets by forcing workers to pay union dues, despite most truckers preferring the greater flexibility and better income opportunity that comes with being independent.”



The Unbearable Lightness of Obama’s *Passion* for Mitigating AGW


President Obama took congressional Republicans to task for blocking his climate agenda. But opposition to climate policy is robustly bipartisan in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. Indeed, if all issues enjoyed the bipartisan support that does opposition to climate change mitigation policy, then no one would ever whine about D.C. being dysfunctional.  > Read more 

> Interview William Yeatman



Washington Examiner: Easy come, easy go

Instead of constantly and unpredictably tinkering with interest rates, money supply, exchange rates, and other variables, central banks should pursue a humbler monetary policy. This would emphasize an honest, stable, and predictable price system that creates a better environment for those private sector engines of growth. Central banks can manipulate economic indicators in the short run, but long-term prosperity doesn't come from monetary policy. It comes from private sector innovation and entrepreneurship." > View the Washington Examiner commentary)




Two experts on the subject  have two different

 opinions, including CEI's Marc Scribner. This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045. 

Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT






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White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


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