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ALG's Daily Grind - Supreme Court delivers blow to Obama on NLRB appointments, now Congress must act 


June 27, 2014

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Supreme Court delivers blow to Obama on NLRB appointments, now Congress must act
If the Supreme Court had decided the case differently, the consequences for our system of limited government would have been disastrous, sending a message that we allow presidents to bypass the Senate and unilaterally install appointees, including federal judges, any time the president deems the Senate "unavailable," such as over lunch.

Boehner to take Obama to federal court on executive overreach?
Does the House have standing to sue in federal court over, say, the failure to implement provisions of Obamacare?

Moore: Mr. Obama, where are our 5 million missing jobs?
"A new analysis of the labor force numbers by Heritage Foundation economists places the real jobs deficit in America closer to 5.5 million, even after accounting for changes in population and demographics."


ALG - Jobs data, weak growth send mixed signals 


June 6, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers:


"Today's jobs report remains out of sync with the overall economic situation.  While the reported numbers would indicate lackluster economic growth, even this level of job growth is incongruent with the 1 percent drop in the GDP our economy experienced in the first quarter."


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ALG's Daily Grind - Help Wanted: One in six men aged 25-54 not working 


June 4, 2014

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Help Wanted: One in six men aged 25-54 not working
Males aged 25-54 have traditionally been the backbone of a thriving U.S. economy, and their historically high failure to participate in today's economy should be a canary in the mine shaft for all those who care about our nation's future well-being.

More equal than others
Press exemption in campaign finance amendment would bastardize Constitution.

Quick Analysis:  Mississippi Senate Primary Refuses to End
Politicos across the nation have been eagerly watching the pitched battle in the Mississippi Republican Senate primary between long-time incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger state Senator Chris McDaniel, and it looks like they will get to watch it a little longer.

de Rugy: Double-dipping greens double-cross taxpayer trust
"Fewer know that the Export-Import Bank is also a hefty player in the green energy racket."


Sen. Bragdon Statement on House Bill 1403 Increasing Minimum Wage

Concord, NH - Senator Peter Bragdon, R-Milford, issued the following statement today on the Senate vote on House Bill 1403, relative to the minimum wage: 

“Over the last three years, under Republican leadership in the State Senate, the unemployment rate in New Hampshire has dropped to 4.5-percent.  As a result of our efforts to reduce government intervention in the business decisions of our employers, we’ve given our businesses the confidence they need to locate, expand, and create jobs in our state.  As a result, nearly 24,000 more New Hampshire residents are employed today than in January of 2011. 

“House Bill 1403 runs contrary to more than three years worth of policies designed to strengthen our economy and create jobs for hardworking New Hampshire residents.  In fact, the Congressional Budget Office found that passage of similar legislation at the federal level would result in the loss of more than half a million jobs.  House Bill 1403 is feel good legislation that would undermine the successes we have had to date, and would hurt most the people it claims to help.”


Senator Bragdon’s remarks during the Senate debate on House Bill 1403 are available in full below, as prepared for delivery:  


Thank you Mr. President. I move HB 1403 Inexpedient to Legislate.   

This bill would decouple New Hampshire’s minimum wage from the federal minimum wage, and increase it from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 and then index increases automatically every year after that. 

Whether or not to increase the cost of doing business in New Hampshire is an important question, and we should never abandon that responsibility by locking in automatic increases in any tax, fee, or regulation. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that hourly workers are much more likely to earn the minimum wage if they are under 25, work part-time, and lack a high school diploma.  The vast majority of hourly workers earn more than the minimum wage and employees hired at the minimum wage can soon earn more once they’ve proven their reliability to their employers. 

People earning the minimum wage are concentrated in the food service and hospitality industry, with 60% in service occupations, mostly food preparation.  The BLS goes on to explain that “for many of these workers, tips and commissions supplement the hourly wages received.” 

Of the 370 Thousand workers paid hourly in New Hampshire, just 13 Thousand are at or below the federal minimum. These are primarily young people, just entering the work force. Increasing the cost of hiring these young people for their job will cut off the first rung in the economic ladder. Employers will offer more hours to more experienced workers, and turn to automation and self-service. 

The Congressional Budget Office projects that a minimum wage hike being considered in Congress would reduce total employment by half a million jobs. When government increases costs through taxes, it reduces demand. Increasing the minimum wage reduces demand for entry-level workers. It’s a hidden tax on employment, and it’s paid by people trying hard to get their first jobs. 

I want to echo “Foster’s Daily Democrat,” which ran an editorial yesterday entitled “Wage Bill Inexpedient to Legislate.” The paper argued that increasing the minimum wage would do more harm than good. 

“What is needed is more and better jobs,” Foster’s concluded. 

We need to get New Hampshire’s economy growing again. We don’t need feel-good legislation that will hurt the people it claims to help. Let’s get young people into the workforce, and starting up the economic ladder. I urge my colleagues to join me in voting ITL on HB 1403.


Thank you Mr. President. 


Rubens For US Senate - Statement on April Unemployment Numbers 

Jim Rubens, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report for April:


“This unemployment number conceals the horrible state of the job market. Unemployment rate fell 0.4% in April because one million people have simply given up looking for work. When these unemployed people are counted in the U-6 numbers, the real unemployment rate is 12.3%. The labor force participation rate remains mired since 2010 ata 35-year low. These numbers are an indictment of the failed big-government policies of President Obama and his rubber-stamp Jeanne Shaheen.”