After advocating IRS 501(c)(4) targeting, Henry Kerner should be fired by President Trump

June 21, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Donald Trump to fire Henry Kerner from the Office of Special Counsel after it was revealed from the notes of a 2013 meeting with IRS officials that as a committee staffer for Sen. John McCain, Kerner reportedly advocated, “audit so many [501(c)(4) organizations] that it becomes financially ruinous”:

“It is stunning that Sen. John McCain’s former committee staffer colluded with the IRS’ Lois Lerner and other Obama officials to target political opponents, saying, ‘audit so many [501(c)(4) organizations] that it becomes financially ruinous.’ But what is even more shocking is that he is now a trusted member of the Trump administration, serving as the Special Counsel for the Office of Special Counsel. President Donald Trump should investigate these charges thoroughly. Kerner should be questioned if he was advocating Sen. McCain’s position, or his own.

“Either way, if the notes of the 2013 meeting are accurate, Kerner needs to be fired immediately. It is bad enough that career civil servants at the IRS engaged in political targeting of tea party groups. If true, it would be beyond outrageous that John McCain’s staff did the same, and it would be a complete breach of faith for President Trump to allow Kerner’s continued employment.”

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FCC looks to revise outdated children’s television programming rules

June 21, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Federal Communications Commission for looking into revising outdated children’s television programming rules:

“The Federal Communications Commission’s goals to modernize children’s television programming rules wisely recognizes that the existing rules reflect the analog era where a few broadcast channels captured the majority of viewing and viewing options were extremely limited.

“In today’s digital world, a vast majority of Americans have hundreds of viewing options, with children’s programming available on full-time children’s cable channels, on-demand from multichannel video producers, and streamed over the Internet.

“The existing rules no longer make sense in the new world of media options and disproportionately impact over the air, local broadcasters.  The willingness of the FCC to examine whether their KidVid regulations developed over the past twenty years meets the existing entertainment/education environment and how to upgrade them to reflect the modern broadcast realities.  Americans for Limited Government looks forward to participating in this discussion as hopefully the FCC will lighten the costly paperwork filing requirements and no longer necessary hard programming dictates that no longer serve the interests of children or their parents.

“FCC Commissioner Mike O’Reilly is doing the public a great service by taking on this task to ensure that the law on children’s programming is followed and the regulations reflect the modern programming realities.”

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Vote against the Goodlatte bill was a vote in favor of family separations

June 21, 2018, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting members of the House who voted no on HR 4760, that would have ended family separations during deportation proceedings:

“The Goodlatte bill was proposed in January and would have ended family separations in deportation proceedings. Democrats and the handful of Republicans who voted no today could have solved this problem back then by supporting H.R. 4760. Incredibly, these members continue to side with the illegal immigration lobby that would rather keep children in fake cages than to actually solve this legislative problem. The Goodlatte bill could have been passed months ago, but thanks to Democrats and these Republicans, a legislative fix remains out of reach.”

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ALG supports H.R. 4760 to end chain migration, end the visa lottery, defund sanctuary cities, stop family separations and appropriate $30 billion to build the wall

June 21, 2018, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of H.R. 4760 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.):

“Americans for Limited Government strongly urges the House to support the original Goodlatte bill. H.R> 4760 is a compromise that ends chain migration, ends the visa lottery, builds the southern border wall where needed with $30 billion, defunds sanctuary cities, ends family separations and implements a national E-Verify system. Although it includes legal status for DACA recipients, the parents of citizens being granted renewable temporary visas and a guest worker program for agricultural workers, it also would institute a merit-based approach to immigration by boosting the number of visas for skilled workers. Although Americans for Limited Government does not agree with every provision, the value of ending chain migration including those of siblings and the parents , the visa lottery and building the wall tips the scales in favor of the original Goodlatte bill.

“Under current law, almost 805,000 or 68 percent of all immigration is family-based preferences for citizens and lawful permanent residents, a policy that does not bring individuals to the country based on skills the economy needs. More than 19 percent of chain migration and 15 percent of all immigration disproportionately comes from one country, Mexico, which only comprises 2 percent of the world’s population. This is not only unfair, it is a bad policy that favors one country more than all others. Ending chain migration is absolutely essential. Citizenship needs to be earned, not simply granted to which poorer countries can migrate the most people here due to geographic proximity.”

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President Trump is right to defer to Congress by enforcing the immigration laws they wrote

June 20, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for enforcing federal immigration laws as they were written, even if immigrant adults enter the country illegally with minors:

“It’s ironic that we have a President who is standing up for Congress’ Article I lawmaking power and we have members of Congress saying not to enforce the laws Congress wrote. President Trump is being attacked for following the law that Congress wrote and courts have applied. The brazen hypocrisy of Chuck Schumer and his band of Democrats is breathtaking.  There is an obvious, available legislative pathway to fixing the legal loopholes that created this issue, yet based upon press reports, Schumer and the Democrats would rather have victims than do their jobs and legislate a solution.  Executive action is no substitute for Congress exerting its Article I authority and fixing the law, as it can be overturned both by the federal court and by a future President.  If Schumer is serious, he will announce his full-throated support for the Cruz bill, and the issue will be over before the week is out.”

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ALG launches FireTheSwamp.com, urges passage of the MERIT Act

June 18, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement announcing the launch of http://firetheswamp.com urging passage of the MERIT Act by U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.):

“There has been a tremendous amount of talk about draining the swamp. The sad fact is, you can’t drain the swamp without pulling the plug on civil servants who are neither civil nor do they serve the people. The MERIT Act is based upon language that has allowed the Veterans Affairs Secretary to fire non-performing and bad public employees on an expedited basis. Federal employees work for taxpayers, and the least taxpayers should be able to expect are those employees doing their jobs. Those who either refuse or are unable to do their jobs are the definition of government waste, and the heads of every department and agency should have the capacity to fire them through a fair but expedited process.

“Since the passage in 2017 of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, firings for cause from the VA have increased by 26 percent, proving that the process works. The only way President Trump will be able to drain the swamp is if he can fire the swamp.”

Attachments:

“Job Security: Federal civil service employees have a 99.5 percent chance of never being fired,” By Natalia Castro, May 14, 2018 at http://dailytorch.com/2018/05/job-security-federal-civil-service-employees-have-a-99-5-percent-chance-of-never-being-fired/

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Comey deserves presumption of innocence on leaking classified info — if that’s still a thing

June 18, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following report in response to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that “We received a referral on that from the FBI” on former FBI Director James Comey allegedly leaking classified information:

“Former FBI Director James Comey deserves the same presumption of innocence as Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn. A criminal referral is just that. It is not a finding of guilt, however, it does indicate that there is reason to believe that the former FBI director leaked classified information counter to the law.

“We strongly urge federal prosecutors to pursue this matter with every bit of vigor as Special Counsel Robert Mueller is in attempting to take down anyone associated with President Donald Trump. It would ironic for Comey to complain about such tactics since he has used these exact prosecutorial abuses against Martha Stewart, among others. It is my sincere hope that Comey receives justice whether it be through a finding of guilt or not. However, the illusion of him as the last ethical man in D.C. is now certainly shattered forever.”

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Aug. 2016 Strzok text of ‘we’ll stop’ Trump from becoming President is another smoking gun

June 14, 2018, Fairfax, Va.–American for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following in response to the DOJ OIG report that has revealed the August 8, 2016 texts between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok where Page stated, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok responded, “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it”:

“Every thinking person regardless of partisan affiliation should be both frightened and angered by the weaponization of our nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies for political ends. The more we learn about the internal machinations of our intelligence services in their attempts to stop Trump both before and after his election, the more it resembles a tragic theater of the absurd.

“Today’s release of the Strzok-Page text message promising his mistress that ‘we’ll stop it’ meaning the election of Donald Trump would be outrageous if it were the only piece of information about the FBI’s politicization against then-candidate Trump. It’s just another smoking gun. When coupled with top Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s wife being hired at Fusion GPS as a Russia expert at the same time the Christopher Steele dossier was being paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign, along with the Department of Defense paying Stefan Halper almost $1 million while he was attempting to infiltrate and spy on the Trump campaign, the breadth of the conspiracy to stop the Trump campaign should be apparent to even the Inspector Clousseaus on the left.

“The President should immediately order the release to Congress of all pertinent documents subject to outstanding Congressional subpoeanas, given the failed vetting process revealed by the exclusion of the Strzok-Page smoking gun promise from prior releases.”

Attachments:

Office of Inspector General report on the Clinton email investigation, June 14, 2018, pp. 420-21 https://www.justice.gov/file/1071991/download#page=449 concluding that Strzok had “a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects”: “We were deeply troubled by text messages sent by Strzok and Page that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations. Most of the text messages raising such questions pertained to the Russia investigation, which was not a part of this review. Nonetheless, when one senior FBI official, Strzok, who was helping to lead the Russia investigation at the time, conveys in a text message to another senior FBI official, Page, that “we’ll stop” candidate Trump from being elected—after other extensive text messages between the two disparaging candidate Trump—it is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects. This is antithetical willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects. This is antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice. Moreover, as we describe in Chapter Nine, in assessing Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop in October 2016, these text messages led us to conclude that we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision was free from bias.”

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ALG expresses disappointment in court ruling on AT&T-Time Warner, urges DOJ to appeal to Supreme Court if necessary

June 12, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement expressing disappointment in the federal court ruling in favor of the AT&T-Time Warner merger:

“We are disappointed that the court missed an opportunity to rein in the First Amendment-crushing mass media consolidation trend, which puts too much media power in the hands of too few. We strongly urge the Justice Department to appeal this decision all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. The immediate fallout of this decision is likely to be an attempt by Comcast to outbid Disney for the media content owned by Fox.

“The past decade of media consolidation has put too big of megaphones into too few hands, and the court today unfortunately took another step forward in this trend.”

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Now is the time to get behind President Trump

June 11, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Sen. John McCain’s June 9 tweet stating “To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t” while President Donald Trump was at the G7 summit in Canada:

“It is outrageous and shameful that while President Donald Trump was at the G7 summit in Canada, Sen. John McCain attempted to undermine the President’s conduct of foreign affairs, including renegotiating NAFTA to get a better deal for American workers, in effect telling the world to wait out President Trump’s term of office. This is a dangerous message to send, as the President is now about to engage in the Singapore summit with North Korea on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. By trashing the President while he was at the G7, it could hamper his ability to deal with other nations, including North Korea, making the world a more dangerous place. This is why we only have one President dealing with foreign affairs and not a council of senators. Now is the time to get behind President Trump.”

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