Americans for Limited Government Offers Changes to Senate Bill Reining in Big Tech Abuses

ALG Seeks to Ensure Woke Microsoft Included

Fairfax, Va.  – The Senate Judiciary committee is marking up legislation on Thursday, Jan. 20 that seeks to restore competition online by establishing commonsense rules of the road for dominant digital platforms to prevent them from abusing their market power to harm competition, online businesses, and consumers.

Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Richard Manning issued the following statement in support of critical changes to the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, S. 2992:

“The Senate Judiciary Committee needs to include Microsoft, the world’s dominate office productivity software, into language that triggers potential antitrust action. Microsoft, which has had more acquisitions since 2011 than all other tech companies combined, has jumped into imposing ‘wokism’ into America’s bloodstream.

“Astonishingly, Microsoft Word now comes with the ability to suggest politically correct words in place of everyday language. For example, changing ‘blacklist’ and ‘whitelist’ to ‘accepted’ or ‘allowed list,’ and swapping the gender-specific ‘postman’ with ‘postal worker.’ Similarly, ‘humanity’ or ‘humankind’ is recommended over ‘mankind,’ and ‘expert’ is suggested when the software flags ‘master.’

“The fact that Microsoft has created an ability to interject its cultural bias onto our blank word document screen is frightening and dangerous. If the Senate Judiciary Committee is going to pass legislation to rein in Big Tech’s abuse of power, it is irresponsible to leave Microsoft’s dominant office productivity software off the table.”

Current bill language:

ONLINE PLATFORM.—The term “online platform” means a website, online or mobile application, operating system, digital assistant, or online service that—

(A) enables a user to generate content that can be viewed by other users on the platform or to interact with other content on the platform;

ALG suggested language change (changes in red):

ONLINE PLATFORM.—The term “online platform” means a website, online or mobile application, operating system, enterprise software, digital assistant, or online service that—

enables a user to generate content that can be viewed by other users on the platform or to interact with other content on the platform, to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or to communicate with others via email, messaging, voice, or video;

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703.478.4643 or cmortensen@getliberty.org.

The OSHA mandate may be dead, but federal power over health care is very much alive

Jan. 13, 2022, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising in part the Supreme Court’s decision to leave an injunction in place on the OSHA vaccine mandates, but blasting its decision to allow similar mandates against health care workers to be enforced:

“The Supreme Court is right to stop the Biden OSHA vaccine mandate that would have potentially thrown millions of Americans out of work. The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution is not a blank check for the federal government to regulate every aspect of Americans’ lives and it is a relief that the Supreme Court is recognizing that fact.

“On the other hand, it is disappointing that the Court ruled that hospital and other health care systems that take Medicare and Medicaid are subject to intrusive federal regulations that impact their ability to provide health services at a time when when have a health care labor crisis. By forcing doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care personnel to comply with a federal vaccine mandate, the Court is treating those workers as second class citizens by virtue of the important role they are playing in the pandemic. What’s more, Justice Elena Kagan’s comments that if you’re funded by the federal government, you should be controlled by the federal government, should galvanize efforts of Congress to remove Obamacare root and branch.

“President Biden has the power of the bully pulpit and can seek to lead using it. Instead, Biden attempted to strong arm the American people into compliance, wasting valuable months in a pandemic and using the overbearing power of the administrative state, all of which is a cautionary tale of why the fight for limited government is more important now than ever.  The OSHA mandate may be dead, but federal power over health care is very much alive.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-478-4643 or at cmortensen@getliberty.org .

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ALG Praises Gov. DeSantis for Pursuing Chinese Divestment Strategy

All governors should protect their state investments from non-transparent Chinese entities and the evil which they perpetrate on the Chinese people.

Fairfax, Va. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and some of his administration’s top officials moved this week to protect their state investments from non-transparent Chinese companies. Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Richard Manning issued the following statement in support of Gov. DeSantis:

“Americans for Limited Government strongly supports Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s choice to pursue divestment of his state’s pension funds from Chinese assets.

“Chinese assets are not suitable for any pension fund investment due to their lack of transparency and the resulting inability of honest pension fund managers to determine their viability. What’s more, Chinese corporations are interconnected with the Chinese Communist Party, which engages in a barely-muted cold war against the United States.

“Finally, and perhaps most important of all, Chinese corporations, and China as a whole, encourage the use of slave labor for the manufacturing of goods. The Department of Labor has long recognized Uyghur Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities who have been forced into state-sponsored labor and re-education camps by the Chinese Communist Party in Xinjiang and elsewhere across China. The 2020 report published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs lists China 17 times as using children and slaves to make goods, many of which find their place on the shelves of U.S. retailers like Walmart. Artificial flowers, bricks, Christmas decorations, coal, cotton, electronics, fireworks, fish, footwear, garments, gloves, hair products, nails, textiles, thread/yarn, tomato products, toys are all listed as being made with child or slave labor in China.

“The Department of Defense has also condemned the vast concentration camp system in China said to be housing up to 3 million Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province alone. In 2019, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver told a Pentagon briefing, ‘The [Chinese] are using the security forces for mass imprisonment of Chinese Muslims in concentration camps,” justifying the use of the term because “given what we understand to be the magnitude of the detention, at least a million but likely closer to three million citizens out of a population of about 10 million.’”

“ALG urges every governor in the U.S. to follow Gov. DeSantis’s lead and protect their state investments from non-transparent Chinese entities and the evil which they perpetrate on the Chinese people and the world.”

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-478-4643 or at cmortensen@getliberty.org.

Congress must stop spending now to prevent runaway inflation

Inflation hurts everyone and runaway inflation is the hidden tax impacting every American that pays for our nation’s massive deficits by destroying the value of the dollar.

Fairfax, Va. – Wholesale prices increased at their quickest pace on record in November in the latest sign that the inflation pressures bedeviling the economy are still present.

Americans for Limited Government President Richard Manning released the following statement in reaction to the producer price index for final demand increasing 9.6% over the previous 12 months after rising another 0.8% in November:

“Every single month that Joe Biden has been president has resulted in an increase in the Final Demand Index of the Producer Price Index – a key indicator of future price expectations.  November continued that trend as the overall Producer Price Index (PPI) rose another .8 percent.

“This matters because the (PPI) is a measure of prices from the perspective of industries that make products, rather than the price paid by consumers.  While there is some debate over the predictive nature of the PPI as it relates to consumer prices, it is obvious that a price rise of 9.6 percent in the cost of production will be passed along to the consumers.  Last week, the Labor Department announced that inflation had risen by 6.8 percent over the past year and today’s PPI release makes it clear that more price inflation is on the way.

“But inflation is about more than numbers, it is about the person who needs to get an inexpensive used car to get to their job and discovers that used car prices have skyrocketed over the past year.  It is about the person who got a raise six months ago and today make less money in real dollars than they did before Biden became president.  It is about people on fixed incomes who are scraping by as it is discovering that the limited dollars they have just won’t stretch far enough to meet a meager budget.

“Inflation hurts everyone and runaway inflation is the hidden tax impacting every American that pays for our nation’s massive deficits by destroying the value of the dollar.  Somehow, I don’t think that anyone signed up for a 6.8 percent tax increase when they voted one year ago, but the combination of last year’s COVID recovery spending and this year’s stimulus bills have brought the chickens home to roost.  It is time for Congress to stop spending and for the President to evaluate all of the appropriated spending and ask for Congress to rescind much of the money that is in the pipeline to be spent.  I don’t expect them to do that, but our best hope is that they stop appropriating additional spending so our nation can work through this inflationary cycle without it turning into an economic catastrophe.”

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at cmortensen@getliberty.org or 703.478.4643.

Buckle up for more Biden-flation, no help is on the way

Dec. 10, 2021, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest inflation numbers showing 6.8 percent increase in consumer prices the past twelve months, the highest since the early 1980s:

“6.8 percent inflation would have been unimaginable a year ago when the rate stood at 1.2 percent. This more than five-fold increase in consumer prices is a direct result of the destructive Biden economic policies and is largely driven by his war on energy and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s big spending ways. The Federal Reserve’s recent decision to remove the description of ‘transitory’ inflation should tell everyone to buckle, because help is not on the way from Biden’s failed presidency.”

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For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703.478.4643 or cmortensen@getliberty.org.

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ALG Praises Sen. Tuberville for Being a ‘Real deal champion of liberty’

By voting to reject the continuing resolution, he told his constituents that liberty matters.

Fairfax, Va. – Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Richard Manning issued the following statement praising Sen. Tommy “Coach” Tuberville, one of 28 U.S. senators, all Republican, who last Thursday rejected the Continuing Resolution, H.R. 6119 that funds enforcement for President Joe Biden’s unconstitutional COVID vaccine mandates:

“These Republicans stood for freedom when they voted for an amendment (which was ultimately rejected by Democrats) to strip out funding to enforce Biden’s vaccine mandate in a federal spending bill. But these senators put their money where their mouth was when they voted against the bill itself, which still included the mandate funding.

“Sen. Tuberville is a real deal champion of liberty. By voting to reject the continuing resolution, he told his constituents that liberty matters.

“The fight to defund Biden’s unconstitutional federal government overreach is the fight Republicans were elected to fight. It is a classic battle between those who believe in limited government powers versus those who believe there is no end to what the federal government can do.”

The complete list of senators who rejected Continuing Resolution, H.R. 6119:

Barrasso (R-WY)

Blackburn (R-TN)

Boozman (R-AR)

Braun (R-IN)

Cotton (R-AR)

Cramer (R-ND)

Crapo (R-ID)

Cruz (R-TX)

Daines (R-MT)

Ernst (R-IA)

Fischer (R-NE)

Grassley (R-IA)

Hawley (R-MO)

Hoeven (R-ND)

Johnson (R-WI)

Lankford (R-OK)

Lee (R-UT)

Lummis (R-WY)

Marshall (R-KS)

Paul (R-KY)

Risch (R-ID)

Romney (R-UT)

Sasse (R-NE)

Scott (R-FL)

Scott (R-SC)

Sullivan (R-AK)

Toomey (R-PA)

Tuberville (R-AL)

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at cmortensen@getliberty.org or 703.478.4643.

ALG Praises Sen. Toomey for Being a ‘Real deal champion of liberty’

By voting to reject the continuing resolution, he told his constituents that liberty matters.

Fairfax, Va. – Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Richard Manning issued the following statement praising Sen. Pat Toomey, one of 28 U.S. senators, all Republican, who last Thursday rejected the Continuing Resolution, H.R. 6119 that funds enforcement for President Joe Biden’s unconstitutional COVID vaccine mandates:

“These Republicans stood for freedom when they voted for an amendment (which was ultimately rejected by Democrats) to strip out funding to enforce Biden’s vaccine mandate in a federal spending bill. But these senators put their money where their mouth was when they voted against the bill itself, which still included the mandate funding.

“Sen. Toomey is a real deal champion of liberty. By voting to reject the continuing resolution, he told his constituents that liberty matters.

“The fight to defund Biden’s unconstitutional federal government overreach is the fight Republicans were elected to fight. It is a classic battle between those who believe in limited government powers versus those who believe there is no end to what the federal government can do.”

The complete list of senators who rejected Continuing Resolution, H.R. 6119:

Barrasso (R-WY)

Blackburn (R-TN)

Boozman (R-AR)

Braun (R-IN)

Cotton (R-AR)

Cramer (R-ND)

Crapo (R-ID)

Cruz (R-TX)

Daines (R-MT)

Ernst (R-IA)

Fischer (R-NE)

Grassley (R-IA)

Hawley (R-MO)

Hoeven (R-ND)

Johnson (R-WI)

Lankford (R-OK)

Lee (R-UT)

Lummis (R-WY)

Marshall (R-KS)

Paul (R-KY)

Risch (R-ID)

Romney (R-UT)

Sasse (R-NE)

Scott (R-FL)

Scott (R-SC)

Sullivan (R-AK)

Toomey (R-PA)

Tuberville (R-AL)

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at cmortensen@getliberty.org or 703.478.4643.

ALG Praises Sen. Sullivan for Being a ‘Real deal champion of liberty’

By voting to reject the continuing resolution, he told his constituents that liberty matters.

Fairfax, Va. – Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Richard Manning issued the following statement praising Sen. Dan Sullivan, one of 28 U.S. senators, all Republican, who last Thursday rejected the Continuing Resolution, H.R. 6119 that funds enforcement for President Joe Biden’s unconstitutional COVID vaccine mandates:

“These Republicans stood for freedom when they voted for an amendment (which was ultimately rejected by Democrats) to strip out funding to enforce Biden’s vaccine mandate in a federal spending bill. But these senators put their money where their mouth was when they voted against the bill itself, which still included the mandate funding.

“Sen. Sullivan is a real deal champion of liberty. By voting to reject the continuing resolution, he told his constituents that liberty matters.

“The fight to defund Biden’s unconstitutional federal government overreach is the fight Republicans were elected to fight. It is a classic battle between those who believe in limited government powers versus those who believe there is no end to what the federal government can do.”

The complete list of senators who rejected Continuing Resolution, H.R. 6119:

Barrasso (R-WY)

Blackburn (R-TN)

Boozman (R-AR)

Braun (R-IN)

Cotton (R-AR)

Cramer (R-ND)

Crapo (R-ID)

Cruz (R-TX)

Daines (R-MT)

Ernst (R-IA)

Fischer (R-NE)

Grassley (R-IA)

Hawley (R-MO)

Hoeven (R-ND)

Johnson (R-WI)

Lankford (R-OK)

Lee (R-UT)

Lummis (R-WY)

Marshall (R-KS)

Paul (R-KY)

Risch (R-ID)

Romney (R-UT)

Sasse (R-NE)

Scott (R-FL)

Scott (R-SC)

Sullivan (R-AK)

Toomey (R-PA)

Tuberville (R-AL)

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at cmortensen@getliberty.org or 703.478.4643.

ALG Praises Sen. Scott for Being a ‘Real deal champion of liberty’

By voting to reject the continuing resolution, he told his constituents that liberty matters.

Fairfax, Va. – Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Richard Manning issued the following statement praising Sen. Tim Scott, one of 28 U.S. senators, all Republican, who last Thursday rejected the Continuing Resolution, H.R. 6119 that funds enforcement for President Joe Biden’s unconstitutional COVID vaccine mandates:

“These Republicans stood for freedom when they voted for an amendment (which was ultimately rejected by Democrats) to strip out funding to enforce Biden’s vaccine mandate in a federal spending bill. But these senators put their money where their mouth was when they voted against the bill itself, which still included the mandate funding.

“Sen. Scott is a real deal champion of liberty. By voting to reject the continuing resolution, he told his constituents that liberty matters.

“The fight to defund Biden’s unconstitutional federal government overreach is the fight Republicans were elected to fight. It is a classic battle between those who believe in limited government powers versus those who believe there is no end to what the federal government can do.”

The complete list of senators who rejected Continuing Resolution, H.R. 6119:

Barrasso (R-WY)

Blackburn (R-TN)

Boozman (R-AR)

Braun (R-IN)

Cotton (R-AR)

Cramer (R-ND)

Crapo (R-ID)

Cruz (R-TX)

Daines (R-MT)

Ernst (R-IA)

Fischer (R-NE)

Grassley (R-IA)

Hawley (R-MO)

Hoeven (R-ND)

Johnson (R-WI)

Lankford (R-OK)

Lee (R-UT)

Lummis (R-WY)

Marshall (R-KS)

Paul (R-KY)

Risch (R-ID)

Romney (R-UT)

Sasse (R-NE)

Scott (R-FL)

Scott (R-SC)

Sullivan (R-AK)

Toomey (R-PA)

Tuberville (R-AL)

For media availailability contact Catherine Mortensen at cmortensen@getliberty.org or 703.478.4643.

Honoring America’s resolve and resiliency in wake of Pearl Harbor attack

Pearl Harbor response shows America what we can be

Fairfax, Va. – Americans for Limited Government President Richard Manning today issued the following statement in remembrance of the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Eighty years ago today, Japan attacked the United States of America in an attempt to destroy our Pacific Naval Fleet. But they underestimated American resolve and resiliency.  A mere five months later, U.S. Army Air Corp. Lt. Col. James Doolittle flew a one-way bomber run hitting Tokyo, Japan demonstrating that America would not only not back down but would bring the fight to the Japanese.

“The story of December 7, 1941 is not one of military defeat, although it certainly looked that way at the time, but instead is one of the peace-loving American people binding together in sacrifice, determined to defeat totalitarianism and Nazism.

“As America faces many different challenges both abroad and at home, remembering Pearl Harbor is perhaps more important today than ever before.  The wake of Pearl Harbor shows America what we can be, the greatness that can be achieved and how light can shine even on the darkest days.”

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703.478.4643 or cmortensen@getliberty.org.