One-fifth of 2 percent GDP growth was increased government spending

Oct. 26, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ advance estimate of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the 3rd quarter showing 2 percent growth:

“Today’s report shows that the GDP grew by $190.1 billion at a 2 percent rate in the third quarter. There’s only one problem. $38 billion of that, or 20 percent, was an increase in government spending. That means without government included, the private sector only expanded by a tepid 1.6 percent. This is the best the Obama economy can do: increase government spending, meanwhile the private economy continues to flounder.

“This dismal reality poses daunting challenges to restoring full employment in the U.S.  Only 22 million Americans work for government at the federal, state, and local level, just 15 percent of the 143 million people who have jobs.

There will be no recovery from this depression without a robustly growing private sector, because we cannot all work for the government. It is time for new leadership on the economy from somebody who knows how to get the private sector moving again — because that is the only way out of this mess.”

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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Obamacare regulations 620 times the length of the U.S. Constitution

Oct. 25, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson commented on the release of the following info-graphic highlighting the length of Obamacare’s regulations.

“Our Counsel John Vinci has noted that Obamacare’s regulations are now 2,864,094 pages long. That’s about 700,000 pages more than when last reported at the end of February.  This is 620 times the length of the U.S. Constitution.

“If Obamacare is not repealed it threatens to strangle America’s economy with so much red tape that no small businessman could ever comply.  While a boon for lawyers it is disastrous for the 23 million people who hope to find a job in the years ahead. Repeal must be job No. 1 in January.”

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

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Barack Obama is putting America on welfare

Oct. 19, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised Sen. Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, who released findings showing that means-tested welfare spending topped $1 trillion in 2011 in 83 different programs at the federal and state level:

“Barack Obama is putting America on welfare. In the meantime, hopes for a real economic recovery fade as growth remains anemic and the nation stands on the precipice of another recession. This addiction to spending and government checks is weakening our nation, and breeding a cycle of government dependency not easily escaped from.

“Senator Sessions is to be praised for exposing this marked increase in government dependency, which has risen by almost 30 percent since Obama took office. All told, federal welfare spending has increased by $183 billion, including a $73.5 billion increase in Medicaid spending, a $41.7 billion rise in food stamps, and a $28.9 billion increase in the making work pay and earned income tax credits.

“The best social program is a job. No success can be measured when more Americans than ever are becoming enrolled in these welfare programs, including an increase from 31 million to 46.3 million on food stamps alone. Obama will be remembered not for putting America back to work, but for putting it on the dole. This administration has failed by every conceivable measure.”

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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Crowley breaks debate rules, sides with Obama

Oct. 17, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement calling for CNN to fire last night’s debate moderator Candy Crowley:

“Last night’s debate moderator Candy Crowley broke the basic rules of her job when she went beyond taking sides in the debate and at one point effectively called Governor Mitt Romney a liar; only to admit after the damage was done that Romney was correct.

“Crowley’s behavior goes beyond despicable as it was a blatant attempt to influence the presidential election.  If CNN wants to maintain any shred of credibility as a ‘news’ organization, they should fire Crowley immediately for her gross violation of whatever remains of journalistic standards.

“If CNN continues to employ Crowley, they should be required to register as an Obama supporting SuperPAC, and any responsible guest should boycott appearing on their air.  CNN’s limited viewership shows that the market has already deemed them to be an unreliable source of news, so the change in their legal status from journalist to advocate would just reflect the verdict that has already been rendered about their content.”

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 responds to tonight’s presidential debate

Oct. 16, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson and Communications Director Rick Manning respond to tonight’s presidential debate:

Bill Wilson:

“Governor Romney did exceedingly well considering he had to debate two people at once.  Candy Crowley is a disgrace.  But even with her doing everything in her power to help Obama, he has failed as miserably tonight as has his Administration.  He doesn’t know the facts, mouths liberal platitudes, outright refuses to address the disaster in Libya and the illegal activity surrounding the failed ‘Fast & Furious’ scheme of Eric Holder, and fails to provide an honest answer on how gas prices have more than doubled during his time in office.  This was a pathetic effort by the nation’s chief executive.  Obama, frankly, was an empty suit.”

Rick Manning:

“Mitt Romney showed himself to be the alpha male when compared to Obama.   Obama’s lead-from-behind approach is almost embarrassing when compared face to face with a strong alternative who is unafraid to challenge his rhetoric with the facts of his record.  While Romney showed himself to be a leader compared to Obama, the big loser of the debate was CNN and Candy Crowley.  Crowley’s injecting herself into the debate as Obama’s third person in the ring was embarrassing for anyone who remembers what journalism used to be.  Mitt Romney’s toughness in facing down both Obama and the campaign operative who pretended to moderate the debate showed that Romney has what it takes to lead this country.”

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 praises defense of sequestration

Oct. 12, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised Rep. Jim Jordan’s defense of sequestration on C-Span on Sunday, when he said “the only thing that’s worse than cutting national defense is not having any scheduled cuts at all take place”:

“A bipartisan effort to repeal sequestration is underway, proving the difficulty that members of both parties in Congress have in restoring order to our nation’s fiscal house. We need more leaders like Jim Jordan, who are actually willing to cut the budget on a net basis, and are not afraid to buck the establishment in Washington, D.C.

“Jordan has been a consistent voice in favor of cutting spending now before it is too late. With the $16 trillion debt already larger than the entire economy set to rise to $26 trillion by 2022, we are approaching a point where the debt will become so large it cannot possibly be serviced, let alone repaid. Jordan is one of the only representatives in Congress exhibiting any leadership on this issue.

“Under sequestration, the overall budget would face a $62 billion cut in 2013, it is true, but that is just a 1.6 percent reduction in a single year. Every year after that spending will increase: by $152 billion in 2014, or 4.1 percent, by $214 billion in 2015, or 5.6 percent, and so forth.

“If weak politicians in Washington, D.C. cannot fathom a less-than-2 percent cut to the budget in just one year, how do they ever intend to balance the budget? This is the first small test of whether Congress is serious when they talk about restoring fiscal order.”

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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Unemployment rate contradicted by job growth report

Oct. 5, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government issued the following statement in response to the now 7.8 percent unemployment rate:

Today’s unemployment report met the political threshold set by Obama of being below 8 percent.

To reach this threshold, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics found that an astounding 873,000 people found full-time jobs last month.  This finding contradicts virtually every other economic indicator including those used by the Federal Reserve to take the immediate and unprecedented step to embark on the Quantitative Easing 3, which entails pumping $40 billion of new dollars into the economy every month for the foreseeable future.

Additional evidence that the data used to determine the unemployment rate is not valid can be found in the Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the number of actual jobs created.  This report shows only 114,000 jobs created including an increase of 10,000 government workers.

Either the Federal Reserve, which has its fingers on the pulse of every element of the economy, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics manufacturing survey report are grievously wrong or the number used to calculate the unemployment rate are wrong, or worse manipulated. Given that these numbers conveniently meet Obama’s campaign promises one month before the election, the conclusions are obvious.

“It appears that Obama has hired infamous Iraqi Information Minister Baghdad Bob to calculate the unemployment rate.  Anyone who takes this unemployment report serious is either naïve or a paid Obama campaign adviser,” says Americans for Limited Government Communications Director Rick Manning, also former Public Affairs Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG Communications Director Rick Manning.

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Lie detector voice analysis inconclusive

Oct. 4, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government released the following statement regarding the lie detector voice analysis tests of the presidential debate:

“The lie detector voice analysis tests of the presidential debate were found to be inconclusive by Voice Analysis Technology. The technology can detect a deception if the person knows they are deceiving, but if they believe what they are saying is true, even if it is not, it is not picked up. We are engaging in further review of these reports.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG Communications Director Rick Manning.

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Fiscal year ends with another $1.2 trillion of debt

Oct. 1, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement in response to the end of Fiscal Year 2012 on Sept. 30:

“Since Barack Obama has taken office, the national debt has increased by $5.3 trillion, including $1.2 trillion in the past fiscal year alone, to today’s gargantuan $16 trillion total. Never before has the debt increased so much in a single term of office, and now the American people must decide who it is they trust to rein it in before we are consumed in a European-like crisis wherein the debt can no longer be funded through honest means.

“Already the only way we can refinance and expand the debt is with a printing press, meaning the debt is growing so fast and so large that creditors cannot even keep up with it all. By using the central bank to paper over the debt, Obama is sending very misleading signals to markets and to politicians that money is very cheap and that sovereign debt need not ever be repaid—that it is somehow risk-free. In the meantime, the risk of a national default is mounting and Washington, D.C., has done nothing to avert catastrophe.”

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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Economy continues to falter as 2nd Quarter GDP revised downward to 1.3%

Sept. 27, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson reacted to the news that the nation’s Gross Domestic Product was revised downward to 1.3 percent by the government’s Commerce Department.

“This significant, .4 percent final revision of the 2nd quarter Gross Domestic Product measurement calls into question whether we are seeing more data manipulation by this Administration.  Going into the political conventions in August, this same Commerce Department produced a picture of a slightly better economy putting growth at 1.7 percent.  Now, after the conventions are over and the media is more interested in polling than facts, it turns out that Obama’s Commerce Department was wrong and the economy actually shrunk significantly to a meager 1.3 percent growth rate and shrinking.

“There were unspoken suspicions of data manipulation last month in light of other economic reports that pointed to slower growth, and this month’s final GDP numbers confirm that at best, Obama’s Commerce Department gave a mistaken view of the state of the economy and at worse, a politically skewed one.

“In either case, today’s final 2nd Quarter GDP report shows that the Obama economy continues to weaken, which is terrible news for all those who were hoping to enter the holiday season with a new job and renewed hope.”

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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