Reid Prioritizes Gov’t Sector Over Private Sector, ALG Responds

October 19, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement responding to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s who recently said “it’s very clear that private sector jobs are doing just fine. It’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation’s all about” while promoting his plan to bail out states with another $35 billion from the federal government:

“It seems Harry Reid is forgetting who it is that pays for all these government jobs, and that is the private sector and individuals via taxation. Moreover, if he thinks losing 1.5 million private sector jobs since 2009 means the private sector is ‘doing just fine,’ he needs to get his head examined. While the national unemployment rate sits at 9.1 percent, the rate of workers unemployed in the government sector is only 4.7 percent.

“It is the private sector that has been getting crushed in the Obama-Reid economy. Meanwhile, it is the government sector that was protected by the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2009 and 2010.

“The fact is, since the housing bubble popped in 2007, states have been attempting to keep spending at unsustainably high levels, and for the past two years have been dependent on federal ‘stimulus’ monies. Bankrupt states like California, New York, Illinois, and others have gotten a combined $171 billion from Congress over the past two years to prop up public sector unions. These states refuse to get their fiscal houses in order, and that’s what Reid’s legislation is really about: kicking the can one more year from making the difficult decisions.”

Attachments:

“Harry Reid: Government jobs need to take priority over private sector jobs,” NetRightDaily.com, Americans for Limited Government, October 19, 2011 at http://netrightdaily.com/2011/10/harry-reid-government-jobs-need-to-take-priority-over-private-sector-jobs/

“Democrats Push for $35 Billion States Bailout Which Will Funnel $95 Million to Help Elect Democrats,” NetRightDaily.com, Americans for Limited Government, October 18, 2011 at http://netrightdaily.com/2011/10/democrats-push-for-35-billion-states-bailout-which-will-funnel-95-million-to-help-elect-democrats/

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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Senate Dems Push for $35 Billion States Bailout, Will Funnel $95 Million to Democrat Campaign Coffers, ALG Warns

October 18, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement blasting a Senate Democrat plan to spend $35 billion to bail out state and local governments:

“This is like a horror story with endless sequels: ‘The Return of the States Bailout’. States already got $145 billion in the original Obama ‘stimulus’ in 2009, and another $26.1 billion in August 2010. Now, the Obama economic recovery has been so weak that states that refuse to clean their fiscal houses are still facing a $103 billion shortfall for this fiscal year as revenues fail to recover, and so Senate Democrats want another $35 billion.

Senate Democrats project their plan will prop up 400,000 teachers’ jobs with $30 billion of the funding for that purpose. When you do the math, if you conservatively assumed only half them were unionized, with average contributions to state, local, and national unions combined about $475, it works out to a $95 million political slush fund to help Democrats, including Barack Obama, get elected.

“This plan to borrow-print-and-spend another $35 billion for the states is not about creating jobs. It won’t create jobs. It’s about propping up government worker unions, and funneling $95 million to help Democrats’ ailing campaign to get reelected. It is hard to think of a greater waste of taxpayer resources.”

Attachments:

“Democrats Push for $35 Billion States Bailout Which Will Funnel $95 Million to Help Elect Democrats,” NetRightDaily.com, Americans for Limited Government, October 18, 2011 at http://netrightdaily.com/2011/10/democrats-push-for-35-billion-states-bailout-which-will-funnel-95-million-to-help-elect-democrats/

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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Congress Fails to Cut Spending, Treasury Data Shows, ALG Responds

October 13, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement on the failure of Congress to cut spending at all this year, as reported by Investor’s Business Daily citing U.S. Treasury data:

“U.S. Treasury data shows that despite promises to cut spending by at least $100 billion this year, spending in Washington, D.C. has increased in 2011 by $120 billion. That is simply unacceptable to the American people, who in 2010 voted to bring an end to Congress’ out-of-control spending.

“With the national debt set this year to become larger than the entire economy, there is no time for mere window dressing to address the government’s spiraling borrowing binge. In the midst of a credit crisis that is sinking the global economy, the last thing we need is more debt. Yet borrow-print-and-spend is all Washington, D.C. seems to offer right now.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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Obama to Rule by Decree Over Economy, ALG Responds

October 13, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement blasting the Obama Administration’s decision to impose its will over the economy in response to its failure to enact a $35 billion states bailout:

“The New York Times is reporting that the Administration, in response to the bi-partisan rejection by the U.S. Senate of its latest economic stimulus bill, will be announcing a series of regulatory actions designed to help the economy. What is ironic is that Obama’s EPA, Department of Interior, Labor Department and National Labor Relations Board, along with his support for ObamaCare and the Financial Services Reform legislation have been prime culprits in crippling an already weak economy.

“If Obama truly wants to get the economy moving in 2012, and save his job, he will roll back the job killing regulations and rulings created under his watch over the past three years and support repeal of ObamaCare. Unfortunately, that is highly unlikely as it would require taking responsibility for his failures and acknowledging that his Big Government agenda has failed.

“As Obama begins his rule-by-decree tour around the western United States, it will be important for watchdogs in Congress to ensure that this wild attempt to gain votes doesn’t overstep his Constitutional authority.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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ALG: No Fed Bailout for European Creditors, U.S. Banks

October 11, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement warning of a potential Federal Reserve bailout for European and U.S. banks that bet poorly on European sovereign debt:

“With Belgian bank Dexia being nationalized, Spain and Italy having its ratings cut by Fitch, public opposition to bailouts mounting in Germany, Slovakia, and elsewhere, and a Greek default all but inevitable, it is becoming increasingly likely that Europe will be unable to contain the sovereign debt crisis to its shores.

“When it fails, U.S. financial institutions are said by the Congressional Research Service to be on the hook for over $640 billion in exposure to the European crisis. Without question the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, and others will be called in to once again prop up financial institutions here in the U.S. and around the world. Already, the Fed is intervening by providing dollar liquidity to European banks. In 2009, the Fed propped up banks with $1.25 trillion of printed money to buy bad mortgage paper, $442.7 billion of which went to foreign banks.

“This must not be allowed to happen again. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke must not be allowed to fire up the printing presses once again to prop up the financial institutions responsible for the crisis we are in. Congressional committees should haul in Fed governors to testify and ask them point blank what the central bank is doing to prop up creditors in Europe that bet poorly on the debt of socialist governments like Greece — and secure a commitment of no more bailouts. The bankers made the bad bets. They should pay. Not the taxpayers.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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ALG: Nation Stuck in a Ditch, Unemployment Numbers Show

October 7, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement onthe latest unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing a 9.1 percent rate of joblessness:

“If not for 45,000 telecommunications workers coming off a strike, the Bureau of Labor Statistics would only be reporting a gain of 57,000 new jobs, hardly a cause for joyous celebration. The bottom line is that the amount of people unemployed again increased by 25,000, this time to nearly 14 million, and no amount of funny numbers can obfuscate that fact. The underemployment number — those looking for full-time work but can’t find it — was even worse, rising to 25.4 million.

“This marks the longest period of sustained high unemployment since the Great Depression, which marks a catastrophic failure of the Obama and Bernanke ‘stimulus’ programs. They cannot print and borrow enough money to turn this ship around when the problem is that government has rendered the nation uncompetitive globally with some of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, the most regulations, and whose inflationary policies have increased the cost of doing business.

“To get out of this ditch and create jobs, we must restore America’s global competitiveness by decreasing the cost of doing business, reducing the tax and regulatory burdens, and restoring sound money based on price stability. Until then, we will continue to bleed mercilessly.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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Wall Street Protestors Follow Obama’s Class Warfare Lead

October 6, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing protests on Wall Street and elsewhere:

“The Wall Street protestors need to open their eyes to the fact that they are being used as pawns to promote a radical class warfare agenda. They are nothing more than tools for big labor organizations like SEIU, Marxist groups, radical environmentalists, MoveOn.org, and others. These are the professional left.

“In many ways, the frustration being vented against Wall Street is a natural consequence of Barack Obama’s class warfare rhetoric. They are following his lead. But what protestors should realize is that Wall Street’s investment banks are merely bit players in the financial mess we are in. They are only scratching the surface.

“It was government policies that loosened lending, weakened underwriting standards, pushed loans on those it turned out could not afford them, and allowed the obscene levels of leverage to creep into the system. It will be impossible to address the weakened state of the economy today without addressing these government-directed policies.”

Attachments:

Wall Street protesters scratch the surface,” by ALG President Bill Wilson at http://blog.getliberty.org/default.asp?Display=3730 .

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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$500 million ‘green’ jobs training program a failure, Inspector General report says

Oct. 5, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today urged both houses of Congress to repeal the Department of Labor’s $500 million “green” jobs training program in response to an Inspector General report highlighting the program’s failures:

“When a program’s own Inspector General is calling for its elimination, you know it’s bad. The Department of Labor was given $500 million to find 80,000 people a so-called ‘green’ job, and instead has only found a fraction of that, at a cost of $25,000 per job placed. But even then it rigged its methodology to claim ‘green’ jobs that weren’t. The remaining $300 million should be returned to taxpayers, who were sold a hoax of a ‘green’ economy and ‘green’ jobs that don’t actually exist.

“We praise Congressman Darrell Issa for looking into this scam, and we urge a full investigation, including bringing Labor Secretary Hilda Solis before his committee to explain how she allowed hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to be wasted.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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ALG Urges House to Reject $575 Million Big Labor Payoff

Oct. 4, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today urged the House of Representatives to reject a $575 million expansion of trade adjustment authority:

“The $575 million expansion of social welfare, job training, and relocation expenses for allegedly outsourced workers is just a payoff to union bosses upset over trade agreements. Those who supposedly qualify get lavish benefits above and beyond what most Americans receive in the way of traditional unemployment, giving preference to unions that work the system to their advantage. This is not a wise use of limited taxpayer resources.

“The decision by congressional leadership, including the House, to accept a blatant payoff to a special interest bodes very poorly for the future of our nation. The American people are questioning the commitment of Congress to reducing any spending and the size of government. This is an outrage.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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NC Governor Floats Trial Balloon for Tyranny, ALG Calls for Impeachment

Sept. 28, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today reacted to North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue’s call to suspend congressional elections for two years:

“The North Carolina legislature should impeach Governor Beverly Perdue, who has called for the suspension of the U.S. Constitutional requirement for federal elections. This is all a part of a disturbing trend on the hard left, showing their antipathy toward the people’s right to choose the direction of their country rather than the elites who think they know best.

“Recently, former White House OMB director and Pelosi CBO director Peter Orszag similarly stated that ‘we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic’. This is a trial balloon for tyranny.

“History has shown that elite-driven government always leads to authoritarianism. It’s time for the North Carolina legislature to stand up for the American principle that legitimacy can only be conferred through the consent of the governed by impeaching Perdue immediately. Perdue and Orszag’s attack on representative government is a desire to go back to the days before the American Revolution when the nation suffered under taxation without representation.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.

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