Fewer Americans employed now than when Obama took office

Sept. 7, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today responded to the August unemployment report:

“86,000 fewer Americans have a job today than when Obama took office in January 2009.  That is the indisputable fact that this Administration cannot deny in any media spin.  In August alone, another 580,000 people left the workforce entirely.  That’s more than half a million people giving up hope of finding the American dream in Obama’s economy last month alone.

“These are not just bad numbers; they are disastrous for our nation.  While the top-line drop of the unemployment rate may seem like a positive.  It is entirely driven by people leaving the workforce.  In August alone, 119,000 fewer Americans have a job.

“Going forward with the failed Obama economic plan is a recipe for economic suicide, and August’s jobs report, no matter the spin or manipulation, is just another proof point that this President’s policies have damaged our nation’s economy more than anyone since Jimmy Carter.”

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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Americans for Limited Government urges Obamacare waiver

Physician-owned hospital ban costs nearly 30,000 health care jobs

Sept. 5, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson called on the Obama Administration to issue a waiver to the portion of the Obamacare legislation that prohibits the development of new physician-owned hospitals.

Americans for Limited Government’s Obamacare Reg Watcher reports that up to 84 physician-owned hospitals that were at some stage of development have had to be abandoned due to the law.  As a result, nearly 30,000 jobs that would have existed have been wiped from the books, and patients are suffering due to losing the increased access to health care that these hospitals would have provided.

“The wreckage of Obamacare is beginning to work its way throughout the U.S. economy, and this exclusive report in Obamacare Reg Watcher reveals that up to 30,000 jobs have been cancelled directly due to the laws’ ban on the development of physician-owned hospitals.

“This Administration should issue an immediate waiver to those groups that want to develop physician-owned hospitals to recover these jobs, and ensure that patients have increased access to the health care system.

“Obama has issued waivers for the unions and other political cronies, and now it is time for him to do the same for the physician-owned hospitals, which will actually create both jobs and increased health care for patients.”

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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Manufacturing shrinks in August, will weigh on Obama’s reelection

Sept. 4, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today responded to the manufacturing Purchaser Managers Index (PMI) published by the Institute for Supply Management showing a contraction in manufacturing for the third straight month:

“Obama’s recession is unmistakable, with manufacturing decreasing for the third straight month. Two months out from a presidential election that will be determined by the state of the economy, slowing production does not bode well for the incumbent. It is now up to Obama to explain why after trillions of dollars of ‘stimulus,’ unemployment is still high and we are not growing our way out of this. The economic contraction we are experiencing is inexcusable.”

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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‘weFight’ video follow-up to ‘If I wanted America to fail’

Aug. 24, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement on the joint release by ALG and FreeMarketAmerica on the “weFight” video, the first follow-up to the viral sensation, “If I wanted America to fail”:

“As the political party conventions prepare to convene over the next two weeks, Americans for Limited Government and FreeMarketAmerica released this short video today reminding people why it is important to fight for limited government.  Created by the same team that produced the ‘If I wanted America to fail’ video which has been viewed by more than 2.5 million people on YouTube, ‘weFight’ serves as a reminder of the touchstones that make our nation great and the importance of continuing to stand up to protect our freedom through the election process.

“We hope that you are inspired to keep fighting for limited government and liberty, and will share it with your friends, even as the media and various campaigns deluge you with reasons to throw your hands in the air in disgust.”

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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CBO warns of deep recession touched off by tax increases

Aug. 22, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement responding to a Congressional Budget Office report warning of a deep recession in 2013:

“Today’s Congressional Budget Office report warning of a deep recession should Congress and the president not agree on a solution to the massive tax increases that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, is true to the extent that the tax increases will kill private sector growth and exacerbate the recession that we are rapidly descending into.

“However, should Republicans win control of both the House and the Senate along with the presidency in November, they should not cut a deal with Obama and Harry Reid now, the two major economic obstructionists of the past two years, in dealing with this fiscal disaster.

“Instead, Speaker Boehner and presumptive Majority Leader McConnell should promise the nation that they will make the current tax law permanent as their first order of business on Jan. 4, 2013, when the new Congress begins, and put legislation that is retroactive to the beginning of the year on the new president’s desk on Jan. 20 at 12:01 p.m.

“Our nation’s finances are too important to leave to the very lame duck, rejected politicians that are responsible for the emergency in the first place.

“The tax increases facing our nation are real and need to be stopped.  It is just plain stupid though for anyone to expect that the people responsible for creating the crisis to suddenly solve it when they no longer have to worry about what the American public wants.”

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’s waste, fraud and abuse of Medicare

Aug. 22, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today responded to Barack Obama’s claim of reforming the Medicare system when he said on the campaign trail in New Hampshire on Aug. 18, “My plan saves money on Medicare by cracking down on fraud and waste in insurance company subsidies”:

“Obama himself is the waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare debate. He is wasting the American people’s time with fraudulent political claims, and abusing seniors through a campaign of fear.

“The $500 billion cut out of Medicare in Obamacare was based on the lie that the Administration would find the $50 billion of waste, fraud and abuse in the system — some 100 percent of all the medical fraud in the system — every year for 10 years. CBO actually scored it for them.  They’ve come nowhere near that goal, making Obama’s claim of deficit neutrality in his law nothing more than a big lie, and meaning that to pay for Obamacare, the money will have to come from somewhere.

“As it stands, the Medicare trust fund — consisting of hundreds of billions of IOU treasuries — will be exhausted in 2024. After that, only 87 percent of benefits will be paid, declining to 67 percent by 2045. And that’s if the Administration’s rosy economic projections come true over the next 10 years, which includes revenues to the Treasury rising to $4.8 trillion by 2022 from today’s level of $2.4 trillion.

“That figure is based on about 3 percent average annual growth every year for the next ten years; no recessions. We’re only growing by 1.5 percent annualized at the moment. Far short of the estimate, meaning revenue projections will most certainly fall way short of expectations.

“Under Obama’s approach, this in turn means his Independent Payments Advisory Board will most certainly be called on to ration Medicare to seniors in the coming years as the recession proves to be more resilient than we’d like. As opposed to Congress making these decisions, seniors will be at the mercy of a bunch of faceless bureaucrats. That’s one reason why we must repeal Obamacare, but overall, that’s the reason we need real entitlement reform right now from Congress. The cost of the program far exceeds its revenues, and if allowed to continue, will bankrupt the Treasury.

“Obama’s approach has been to pretend to reform Medicare while creating a Soviet-style rationing board to do his dirty work. Medicare as we know it will be dead before the next decade runs out, unless action is taken now. Obama’s prescription is to do nothing now, and pretend the problem away, which guarantees the very result that many seniors fear.”

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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End $12 billion wind tax credit, save coal from being regulated to death

Aug. 16, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives not to renew the $12 billion wind tax credit this year:

“The idea that we’re going to power the world’s preeminent economic and industrial superpower on 12th Century windmill technology is so ludicrous as to not even merit serious consideration. But the Ivory Tower elites in Washington, D.C., have insisted that we do so, and as a result now taxpayers are on the hook for $12 billion a year for this fool’s errand. Congress needs to act now to repeal the tax credit.

“In the meantime, we need an honest evaluation by the Department of Energy of the true costs of producing energy. According to Department of Energy’s estimates, in 2017 it will cost anywhere from $97 to $139 per megawatt hour to produce coal. This estimate is used to make it appear that wind at $96 per megawatt hour in 2017 will be viable.

But the only way they get there is by regulating coal to death. The Department of Energy has engaged in blatant propaganda. This report reveals Obama’s callous disdain and disrespect for the millions of families who earn their living through the production of coal or through the reasonably priced power that coal generates. 

Coal only costs about $30 to $35 per megawatt hour to produce. The only way the Department of Energy’s 2017 projection can show wind to be viable is to triple the cost of coal.  Their cooked numbers include all of the regulatory costs that the EPA is and will be imposing on miners and coal-burning plants for new technologies by then.

This is what Obama meant when in 2008 he said, ‘if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.’

“Wind should be free to compete in the marketplace along with other forms of energy. But anyone who argues that it should be subsidized is just breaking wind. If it cannot compete on a cost basis without subsidies and without using the power of government to squash competitors, then it is not viable.”

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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End $12 billion wind tax credit

Aug. 16, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives not to renew the $12 billion wind tax credit this year:

“The idea that we’re going to power the world’s preeminent economic and industrial superpower on 12th Century windmill technology is so ludicrous as to not even merit serious consideration. But the Ivory Tower elites in Washington, D.C., have insisted that we do so, and as a result now taxpayers are on the hook for $12 billion a year for this fool’s errand. Congress needs to act now to repeal the tax credit.

“Wind should be free to compete in the marketplace along with other forms of energy. But anyone who argues that it should be subsidized is just breaking wind. If it cannot compete on a cost basis without subsidies and without using the power of government to squash competitors, then it is not viable.”

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 Ryan nomination

Aug. 13, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson to in a statement responded to the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate:

“The Ryan nomination guarantees that the fiscal cliff our nation stands on the precipice of, with a $16 trillion national debt, will be front and center in the presidential campaign going forward. Americans for Limited Government looks forward to engaging in that important debate in the coming months, which will ultimately determine our nation’s economic fate.”

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’s legacy: 107 million government dependents and rising

Aug. 9, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today released the following statement responding to research from Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R-AL) showing that more than 107 million Americans are on some form of means-tested government welfare:

“Obama’s legacy is an America that is less well off, more impoverished, and increasingly dependent on a government that has dwindling resources and a $16 trillion debt that is too big to be repaid. He will go down in history as the president that put us back on welfare.

“Since Obama has taken office, eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps, the earned income tax credit, the making work pay tax credit, and unemployment benefits have increased by millions—until today when there are more than 107 million Americans dependent on the government for sustenance. That is an increase of roughly 10 million in less than four years.

“To add insult to injury, Obama then unilaterally dismantled the work requirements that were the heart of the 1990’s welfare reform via an arbitrary executive order. This is a man who wants Americans to be dependent on government. What a disgrace.”

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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