Alarming inflation rate calls for immediate halt to Biden’s socialist agenda

Biden, Pelosi, Schumer Need to Reverse Course Immediately

Fairfax, Va. – Today’s data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows annualized inflation has jumped to 4.2 percent. Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement blaming the alarming inflation rate on the socialist spending and regulatory policies of President Joe Biden and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

“Inflation is back, courtesy of the wild spending spree by the Biden administration in the face of supply limitations that, at least partially, are the result of continued limitations instituted by state governments.  When Joe Biden took office, the annualized inflation rate was 1.4%, and the January inflation rate had ticked up to .3 percent. Just released inflation data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows annualized inflation has jumped to 4.2 percent with the previous three months showing increases of .4, .6 and in April .8 percent.  While an imperfect calculation as the inflation numbers build upon themselves, the previous three months annualize out to an inflation rate in excess of 7 percent and rising.

“As those who lived through the hard times of high inflation in the 1970s and early 1980s, prices increasing faster than wages is devastating both to the economy and to the nation’s psyche as the feeling that ‘the harder I work, the further I fall behind’ takes hold.

“Congress needs to quit messing around with the left’s attempt to federalize our election laws and impose a socialist wish list on America and behave responsibly.  This means killing Biden’s latest $1.9 trillion spending bill outright, and rescinding the excessive unemployment benefits that are stifling the labor markets.  Because much of the inflation has been fueled by high energy costs which drive up costs for the delivery of goods around the country, the administration also drop their regulatory attack on oil and natural gas.

“At the start of Biden’s term, our nation was energy independent, enjoyed low inflation and a booming employment market which was held back only by Democrat state governors’ Covid lockdowns. In his first 100 days, Biden has rescinded the Trump prosperity program and replaced it with a government-before-people agenda that is directly responsible for this inflation burst.

“The difficult piece of this puzzle is that once the inflation genie is out of the bottle, a number of other ills follow including higher interest rates which impact home and car purchases, but also the amount the U.S. taxpayer has to pay to service our $28 trillion debt.  The Biden, Pelosi, Schumer team need to reverse course now before they kill the goose that laid the golden egg.”

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703-479-4643 or cmortensen@getliberty.org.

Cheney leadership ouster unites Republicans towards the future

May 12, 2021, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement reacting to the ouster of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as House Republican Conference Chair:

“Liz Cheney continued to choose to look backwards at the Trump presidency rather than fight the dangerous leftward lurch by Biden-Pelosi-Schumer that harms all Americans. It is her failure to have a vision for the future and how to lead against the big government, corporatist threat against freedom that made her ouster as House Republicans’ lead communicator necessary. Republicans made the right choice to turn towards a new leader who is capable of focusing on the challenges ahead, rather than sowing division through relitigating lost internal battles of the past. This is why Nancy Pelosi recently referred to Liz Cheney as her favorite Republican. With the move today, House Republican leadership can act as one as they fight for common sense, limited government principles.”

For media availability please contact Catherine Mortensen at cmortensen@getliberty.org or 703-478-4643.

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Reject Democrat’s ‘Steal the Vote’ Bill

S.1 Would Create a Stunning One-Party Takeover of Voting Laws and Elections in Our Country

Fairfax, Va. – The Senate Rules Committee today is considering amendments to S.1, the For the People Act, a massive voting and elections bill that would  rewrite the rules of American politics to exclusively benefit one political party, the Democrats.  Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement urging Senators to reject this attempt at one-party takeover of our country:

“Americans for Limited Government strongly opposes this attempt to federalize elections by threatening the one-person-one-vote principle, making ballot security a thing of the past and increasing political intimidation aimed at donors. This flies in the face of the seminal Supreme Court ruling Alabama v. NAACP protecting donor anonymity.

“S.1 would require states to automatically register residents to vote at Departments of Motor Vehicles, turn the Federal Election Commission into a partisan entity controlled by the White House incumbent party, create federal regulation of Congressional redistricting, require the use of absentee ballot drop boxes, eliminate state restrictions on mail-in voting, require same-day voter registration and gut state voter identification laws. These so-called reforms are designed by partisans to give Democrats’ an advantage in federal elections and to cement one-party rule in Washington, D.C. It should be soundly defeated.”

For media availability please contact Catherine Mortensen at cmortensen@getliberty.org or 703-478-4643.

Biden’s monumental World Trade Organization Covid mistake

Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting President Joe Biden for waiving intellectual property provisions of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement  related to the Covid vaccine:

“President Biden’s decision to allow a waiver of intellectual property provisions of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement for newly developed medicines and vaccines at the World Trade Organization is a monumental mistake that threatens continuing innovation and the current and future distribution of the vaccine in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.

“The cutting-edge innovation which has led to the development of four separate vaccines including two that use mRNA technology will effectively be distributed around the world under the guise of providing additional help to populations that have not received vaccinations.  While this may seem noble on its face, the net result of the Biden action will likely be the end of new innovations on treatment and better vaccines and boosters.   The Trump administration rejected the WTO waiver as it effectively allows a quantum technological leap in bio-weapon development in countries that don’t like the United States very much.

“Furthermore, it is doubtful that the waiver will produce many additional vaccines because the world is years behind in mRNA technology, meaning there are not many places with the skill to create them in a mass manufacturing setting.  The short-term result will be in straining supply chains and result in counterfeit vaccines being created at a time when health professionals need to trust what they’re administering. We’re still going to have to produce most of this and all that’s changed is we’ll be required distribute limited supplies everywhere, allowing the world to raid our supply. Next fall, if this results in a slowdown in the U.S. of vaccine distribution for any further boosters that might be needed, it will fall on Biden’s head. However, those scientists and government’s intent on bio-weaponry development, including China which is in a race to develop a bio arsenal, may get answers on how a weapon might be defeated, making the world a less safe place.

“We urge President Biden to reconsider this decision.  It won’t significantly increase the number of vaccines available, encourage development of even more advanced treatments and vaccines, while increasing our national security risks.”

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703-478-4643 or cmortensen@getliberty.org.

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Labor recovery slows, Montana incentivizes work in new program

“The employment recovery slowed in April as the Labor Department reported a mixed bag of economic data.  The economy created a total of 266,000 jobs with 331,000 coming in the leisure and hospitality sectors and the rest of the economy losing 75,000 jobs with biggest losses occurring in the temporary services, automotive manufacturing, and courier and messenger employment.

“The good news in the labor market is that 430,000 people entered the workforce in April driving up the Labor Participation Rate to 61.7 percent.  Other good news is that about a third of the people who had previously indicated that they were prevented from looking for a job due to the pandemic have indicated that is no longer true.  The bad news is that the number of unemployed jumped by 102,000 in spite of the more than seven million jobs that were available in the last Job Openings & Labor Turnover report (February).

“With the economy growing at a projected 11% rate in Quarter 2 according to the Atlanta Fed GDPNow, it is almost impossible to reconcile this growth with the tepid job numbers in April. It is imperative that the Biden administration and their congressional allies re-think the multiple trillion dollar spending spree that is stifling job creation and employment growth.  At a time when millions of jobs are available, more than nine million are unemployed with millions more still on the sidelines of the job market.

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has dropped his state from participating in the federal government unemployment insurance payment expansion of $300 a week explaining, “,,, we’re doing away with these supplemental benefits, we’re reinstituting work requirements and we’re putting this incentive to go back to work, The incentive is a $1200 back to work state bonus for Montanans currently on unemployment who take a job and stay on it for at least a month.

“In taking the action, the Governor recognizes that in his state, ‘…nearly every sector in our economy faces a labor shortage.’

“Rather than continue programs that promote on-going unemployment, Gov. Gianforte is choosing a different pathway of incentivizing people on the unemployment rolls to go back to work.  What a concept, incentivize actions we want to promote rather than those which we want to discourage.

“It is this kind of forward thinking problem solving which is currently missing in our national economic recovery discussion as Congress and the Executive Branch are intent on increasing Americans dependency upon helicopter money and the velvet handcuffs of government which come with it.”

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703-478-4643 or media@limitgov.org.

If Biden-Harris oppose court packing in El Salvador, why don’t they oppose it here?

May 6, 2021, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to Vice President Kamala Harris’ denunciation of Supreme Court packing in El Salvador:

“Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed their deep concerns about the state of ‘El Salvador’s democracy” on Sunday after President Nayib Bukele and his supporters in the legislature voted to fire all five of the Justices on the El Salvador Supreme Court in retaliation for their striking down some of Bukele’s policies as unconstitutional.

“Has there ever been a less self-aware administration in American history than the Biden-Harris group?

“Here is America, President Biden and Vice President Harris’ supporters in Congress are actively pushing a scheme to pack the U.S. Supreme Court out of fear that the Court might strike down some of Biden’s policies as unconstitutional. Exactly what the Bukele regime is doing in El Salvador.

“If Harris wants to set an example for El Salvador about the importance of an independent judiciary, she and her partner in the White House could urge passage of the Keep Nine constitutional amendment to ensure that neither political party can change the make-up of the Court without the much more difficult amendment process.

“Currently, HJR 11 in the House has 160 sponsors, and SJR 9 in the Senate has 18 cosponsors.  Shockingly not one of them is a Democrat.  The Vice President should either prove her support for an independent judiciary by opposing court packing in America, or quit worrying about it when a foreign nation steals a page from the Democrats’ playbook.

“When it comes to court packing, it is time for the Vice President to practice what she preaches.”

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703-478-4643 or media@limitgov.org.

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Arizona should prohibit critical race theory

May 5, 2021, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Arizona legislature to adopt legislation that would prohibit critical race theory in public schools:

“The Arizona State House is properly exercising its powers to set curricula at the state level, which is protected under the Federal Constitution by the Tenth Amendment, in prohibiting any requirement to teach radical critical race theory that divides classrooms by not teaching equality, but instead white privilege and institutional racism in every facet of society. It does not create conditions for national reconciliation, but instead the civil strife we see today that endangers the very fabric of our nation. Every state should follow Arizona’s and others’ lead in reestablishing authority over its curricula, not just for the sake of our children — but for the preservation of the Union.”

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National Association of Scholars President Dr. Peter Wood, PhD. issued the following statement commenting on the dangers of critical race theory in public education:

“Critical Race Theory (CRT), is more of a pedagogical weapon than a theory. It encourages division among people who have genuine common interests and common humanity by concluding that the color of one’s skin defines one’s identity by placing them in one of two categories: oppressed or oppressor. In the name of antiracism, it plays with the minds of vulnerable children who are in no position to assert their own intellectual independence. To teach this theory as fact in K-12 schools or forcing its usage in mandatory seminars in college violates both intellectual and political freedom.

“College education has long been subjected to this divisive ideology, but it has moved from campus to culture quickly. CRT is now being taught as the de facto answer to race relations in the United States at K-12 schools. This should shock parents nationwide. Proponents of CRT often stigmatize and shame some children while giving victim status to others, all on the basis of race. Such racial stereotyping in education and employment already violates federal law, yet this is unlikely to stop the push into K-12 education since ‘positive discrimination’ is the goal of some CRT proponents.

“Schools that welcome and endorse Critical Race Theory may believe they are advancing a noble goal. In fact, they are sowing the seeds of misery for a whole generation of Americans and causing irreversible damage to the way students understand their nation, their neighbors, and themselves. Arizona’s state legislature will act for the welfare of its citizens by enacting legislation to prevent the forced indoctrination of young children into Critical Race Theory. And while it should be banned in K-12 schools where students have no means of escape, it should still be subject to voluntary intellectual inquiry at colleges and universities.”

NAS contact: contact@nas.org (917) 551-6770

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703-478-4643 or media@limitgov.org.

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ALG calls on Congress to stand up against Biden DOJ civil rights’ abuses

Launches StopDOJ.com to end political prosecutions by the Justice Department  

Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to recent civil rights abuses by the Justice Department:

“America is worth fighting for. Our basic constitutional liberties including the Fourth and Fifth Amendments have been eviscerated by the administrative state at the Justice Department that has been put on steroids by President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. Citizens of the United States have a right to the presumption of innocence, a right protecting them from the government engaging in malicious prosecutions against political opponents and to be free from the surveillance state snooping into personal business with no probable cause.

“In light of recent actions by the Biden administration including the Alaska, which fortunately did not end up in gunfire and death as happened with Breonna Taylor, it’s time that Congress wake up regardless of party and stand against executive branch abuses of power and the ongoing politicization of federal law enforcement agencies.

“That is why Americans for Limited Government has launched StopDOJ.com. If the executive branch becomes a hit squad to go after the president’s political opponents, then there will be no more liberty. After all, the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments prescribe that the federal government should protect individual liberties from any government encroachment. When it comes to individual rights, there can be no compromise.”

Click here to go to StopDOJ.com to take action against government abuses of civil liberties.

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703-478-4643 or cmortensen@getliberty.org.

 

No Background Checks for Federal Contractors? What Could go Wrong?

Maxine Waters bill to eliminate background checks for contractors raises serious questions.

Fairfax, Va.House Democrats introduced a bill to block forms of federal grants from going to employers that conduct criminal background checks, or even “inquire” about the criminal history of an applicant. Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement in reaction to this misguided measure:

“Apparently stupidity runs so rampant on the Democratic side of the aisle in the House of Representatives that Maxine Waters and David Trone have introduced legislation that would end federal grants given to companies that conduct criminal background checks on their employees.  Under this measure, every defense contractor who conducts background checks would have their contracts stripped and if they aren’t currently conducting criminal background checks, then they should have their government contracts taken away for incompetence.

“What could go wrong?  A few things come to mind. We could have defense secrets stolen, money syphoned from the U.S. mint, and Drug Enforcement Agency contractors moonlighting for drug cartels.

“While Trone can be forgiven for not knowing recent House of Representatives history, Waters cannot.  In 2017, an investigation came to a head focused on a foreign network of Information Technology specialists hired by the geniuses in the Democratic Party leadership in the House of Representatives. Then House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, laid out the concerns in a Feb. 3, 2017 letter to the Committee overseeing House operations writing,

“Based upon the evidence gathered to this point, we have concluded the employees are an ongoing and serious risk to the House of Representatives, possibly threatening the integrity of our information systems and thereby members’ capacity to serve constituents…This could have resulted in Member data being accessed by someone unknown and unauthorized by the offices.”

“While Irving’s letter seriously understated the seriousness of the situation as House Member email correspondence had been breached subjecting everything from policy discussions to personnel matters to scrutiny by foreign spymasters, it would seem at least obvious that background checks for anyone who touches any government information that comes over a computer should be mandatory for security purposes.

“But then again, Representatives Waters and Trone can’t be expected to worry about little things like embezzlement and national security interests when the quest for equity is afoot.  And since Trone came from the private sector as the multi-millionaire owner of the retail chain Total Wine and More, I’m certain that his corporate accounting team is not just hired off the street without determining if they have a history of stealing from their previous employers, even if he is willing to accept petty theft at his cash registers due to unwise hiring practices.

“But that is his business, when it comes to the people’s business, taxpayers have a right to expect that contractors and their employees are not proven liars, thieves or committers of hate crimes. I guess rather than an official background check, the government could just rely upon the woke Twitter mob to vet prospective employees based upon innuendo rather than fact.

“Somehow that thought doesn’t soothe me.”

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at 703-478-4643 or cmortensen@getliberty.org.

 

Biden Wants Americans Dependent on Government Largesse

‘Recovery policies would tie Americans’ hands with velvet rope of government money’

Fairfax, Va. – This morning’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced the Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 6.4 percent in the first quarter of 2021, reflecting the continued economic recovery, reopening of establishments, and continued government response related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement in reaction:

“In spite of President Biden’s attempt last night to claim credit for the Trump economic recovery, today’s announcement that the First Quarter Gross Domestic Product increased at an annual rate of 6.4 percent is 100 percent a result of President Trump’s economic recovery policies.  While Biden was urging state economies to remain closed, President Trump was creating the economic cushion to allow for a rapid economic comeback from the disastrous effects of the China virus in the first half of 2020.

“In fact, there is evidence that Biden’s insistence that unemployment benefits be increased by $300 a week in his ‘recovery’ package is likely the biggest drag on the economy as employers in many sectors cannot find people to employ even though more than 3.8 million Americans are claiming regular unemployment insurance and an additional 6.9 million people claiming pandemic unemployment insurance. Even Biden’s economic advisors must know that if people get paid more not to work than to work, they will sit at home or enter the black-market economy while still collecting government checks.

“This is so obvious that one can only surmise that team Biden wants tens of millions of Americans unemployed and dependent upon their largesse.  After all, their recovery policies amount to little more than tying as many Americans’ hands together with the velvet rope of ‘free’ government money.”

For media availability contact Catherine Mortensen at cmortensen@getliberty.org or 703-478-4643.