Attorney General Sessions urged to fire DOJ employee who used gov’t resources to target political opponents

Sept. 19, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urged him to take immediate action to fire Justice Department  employee Allison Hrabar after being exposed in a Project Veritas video using government resources to target political opponents:

“Allison Hrabar is a paralegal at the Justice Department who has been exposed in an undercover Project Veritas video using government resources to research and target political opponents for protests at their homes. This video demands swift action by the Justice Department to send a clear message that this will not be tolerated by any employee at the department. This must never be allowed to happen again.”

Attachments:

Letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sept. 19, 2018 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Project-Veritas-Hrabar-Letter-Sessions-9-19-18.pdf

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Project Veritas videos prove federal workers abuse government resources to target political opponents


Sept. 19, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest videos by Project Veritas showing federal government employees abusing government resources to target political opponents:

“The Project Veritas videos show clear corruption within the federal civil service. There is a real unethical core of people who are determined to abuse their standing as federal civil servants in order to achieve a political agenda, whether that’s slow-walking Trump administration policies or actually using government resources for political ends. Allison Hrabar at the Justice Department is a low-level Lois Lerner who used government resources to research and target political opponents for protests at their homes and is featured in the latest video. The videos prove that the civil service system is broken and it needs to be fixed.

“Former President Barack Obama broke it when he changed the rules expediting the hiring people into the civil service in 2010, making it harder to vet candidates as the system was flooded and likely enabled people to be hired by political appointees based on resumes not going through the normal process. In addition, federal agencies abused the conversion system to make political appointees permanent in the administrative state in defiance of federal law’s requirement that hires be based on merit system principles.

“Since then, we have seen an influx of people willing to abuse their authority to achieve political outcomes that the people of America did not vote for, against the consent of the governed. The videos prove that it is time for Congress to support the MERIT Act so these federal employees who are abusing their authority who are refusing to do their jobs, who are resisting in place, can be fired in a more expeditious manner. You cannot drain the swamp unless you can fire the swamp.”

Attachments:

“O’Keefe Video Reveals the Only Way to Drain the Swamp Is to Fire the Swamp,” By Rick Manning, Sept. 19, 2018 at https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/18/rick-manning-okeefe-video-reveals-the-only-way-to-drain-the-swamp-is-to-fire-the-swamp/

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Trump economy gives workers freedom to tell employers to ‘take this job and shove it’

Sept. 11, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey:

“It has been more than 17 years since Americans felt as comfortable about their ability to find their next job as they do today, and that is the great news from today’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover report from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Ultimately freedom in the workforce is the ability to go all Johnny Paycheck on a bad employer and quit, or from a more high-minded perspective have the job future certainty to pursue your dream in another field. When people feel secure and confident, they feel comfortable pursuing other opportunities and the just released July report shows that Americans are embracing this freedom at a greater rate than at any time since just after the original 9/11 attack.

“This is just one more confirmation that America is coming back and that the President’s policies of lower taxes and regulation combined with putting America first when it comes to international trade deals is reinvigorating our nation’s winning spirit household by household.”

Attachments:

“Take This Job and Shove It,” By Johnny Paycheck, 1977 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24

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Agriculture Secretary Perdue praised for food stamp work requirements push

Sept. 11, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and President Donald Trump for pushing for work requirements in the farm bill:

“President Donald Trump is right in calling for the inclusion of work requirements for the 20.2 million households participating in the food stamp (SNAP) program within the pending Farm Bill. While many of these SNAP recipients are currently working, jobs are plentiful for those who remain on the sidelines.  The latest U.S. Labor Department Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey reports that there are 6.9 million jobs open and available with only 6.2 million unemployed Americans to fill them. Unfortunately, too many Americans remain on the job market sidelines. According to historical data, there are approximately 6.5 million fewer Americans ages 16-64 years in the workforce than would be expected if labor participation were the same as it was twenty years ago.  SNAP work requirements would incentivize those who need a little extra help to provide for their families to rejoin the workforce and benefit not just from the helping hand of food assistance but also from gaining the dignity of a job and beginning to provide for themselves.

“The Trump economy is booming, but it can only continue to thrive if those who were left behind by past administration’s policies are brought back into the economy. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s efforts to include work requirements into the Farm Bill should be applauded by every American who wants to see our nation continue to restore our economic vibrancy and for it to include all Americans. Secretary Perdue also deserves praise for leading this reform effort as those who are encouraged to re-enter the workforce and get a job will regain the hope of an independent future. Now Congress needs to act by including work requirements in the pending farm bill. The time is right, the national need is there. Let’s restore dignity to those who are giving a helping hand.”

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Senate Dems must choose between radicals and constituents

Sept. 10, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senate Democrats to choose between radicals and constituents on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation:

“Senators Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, Claire McCaskill, Doug Jones, Sherrod Brown and Bill Nelson have to decide if they are going to stand with the loony left in opposing Brett Kavanaugh, or with their constituents who will actually determine their fates in the November midterms. Red state Democrats are in a bind about what to do about Brett Kavanaugh, an extraordinary legal mind and jurist who has been nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. If they vote against Kavanaugh, they will have a hard time holding their seats in the November midterms as their veneer as civil Democrats will be forever stripped away. If they vote for him to save their own skins, they risk dispiriting their base and jeopardizing the so-called Blue Wave as voters see President Donald Trump chalk up another win with them bearing the responsibility.

“The antics and attacks on Kavanaugh witnessed during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing must be renounced as their Democrat colleagues, like Corey Booker from New Jersey, made gigantic spectacles of themselves, as did the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer organized screaming protests in the Committee room.  America deserved a real discussion about the role of the federal courts in government, unfortunately, Senate Democrats did the nation a grave disservice this past week. Now, every Democratic Senator needs to choose whether they are going to stand with the outrageous protestors, or if they are going to stand with the common sense of the people who they purport to represent.”

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Latest jobs numbers: Troubling or short-term blip?

Sept. 7, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers:

“President Trump is not going to be judged on the traditional unemployment rate. He is going to be judged by the amount of people who are being brought back into the economy who had been left behind. To say that this jobs report is troubling would be an understatement, however, as it eviscerates many of the gains that have been made with new people in the workforce and the amount of people working. Labor participation dropped from 62.9 percent to 62.7 percent as those not in the labor force increased by 692,000.

“We strongly hope that this is an anomaly owed to the summer ending and many part-time employees and students heading back to school. The Federal Reserve should be very cautious before raising interest rates any more until we discover whether this report is the beginning of a trend or a temporary bump in the road.”

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White House needs lie detector tests to root out cowardly resistance

Sept. 5, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to an oped allegedly written by a senior administration official that stated “many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda”:

“It is outrageous that a purported Trump administration official has allegedly written an opinion piece in the New York Times admitting to undermining the Trump presidency from within. In doing so, this author automatically impugns every other person in the Trump White House, as everyone now must be suspected of being part of the #NeverTrump resistance.  If the author of the piece has any of the honor that he or she claims by inference, then he or she should proudly stand behind their work and resign their position.

“In the meantime, every single person within the White House, starting with the National Security Council staff, should be polygraphed and anyone who fails or refuses to take a lie detector should be shown the door.  It is that simple.  It is time to rid the White House of the vermin who joined the Administration with a goal of undermining it.

“No president should be surrounded by simple yes men, but the author’s claim, that mirrors previous year-old media interviews with national security staff, demonstrates there are those within the White House staff who believe that they have the responsibility to veto decisions made by the duly elected President of the United States. The fact that President Trump hired a large number of staff which opposed his presidency was and is his original sin.  And while it seems shocking now, the fact these rats are now inspired to anonymously undermine him may turn out for the best if it forces the President to clean house in favor of those who actually support his agenda of Making America Great Again.”

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ALG Foundation releases report of federal civil service abuses and reform

Sept. 5, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Foundation President Rick Manning today issued the following statement upon releasing the report, “Abuse and inefficiency rampant within U.S. civil service”:

“In order to limit the government and drain the swamp, managers in the federal government must be able to fire poor performing employees on an expedited basis. Right now, the current system protects bad employees. What was supposed to be a merit system has turned into an entitlement system for insulated, unaccountable federal employees. To drain the swamp, we have to be able to fire the swamp.”

Attachments:

“Abuse and inefficiency rampant within U.S. civil service,” By Natalia Castro, Sept. 4, 2018 at http://algresearch.org/2018/09/abuse-and-inefficiency-rampant-within-u-s-civil-service/

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ALG praises Kyl appointment to fill Arizona Senate seat

Sept. 4, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement praising the selection by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to replace the late Sen. John McCain with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.):

“Arizona Governor Doug Ducey made a wise choice in selecting former Senator Jon Kyl to fill the remainder of the term left vacant due to the passing of John McCain. Senator Kyl will be a steady, respected hand in the Senate who has the respect of his colleagues.”

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ALG delivers key document to Senate Judiciary Committee: The Constitution

Sept. 4, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement upon delivering the key document central to the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Constitution:

“Judge Kavanaugh has vowed to uphold the Constitution, so perhaps it is time for the Senate to review that for a change. The Constitution is the only document that matters when it comes to the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, and his adherence to the meaning and intent of the nation’s governing document.”

To view online: https://getliberty.org/2018/09/alg-delivers-key-document-to-senate-judiciary-committee-the-constitution/

Attachments:

U.S. Constitution, 1787 at https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

ALG delivers Constitution to Senate Judiciary Committee members, Sept. 4, 2018 at https://twitter.com/LimitGovt/status/1037008479549046784 and https://twitter.com/LimitGovt/status/1037008604841291776

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