Fair Sugar Policy Act is fair in name only

Oct. 7, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to the Fair Sugar Policy Act:

“The hallmark of the Trump trade agenda is fair and reciprocal trade. The Fair Sugar Policy Act misses this mark and reverts to the failed policies of unilateral trade disarmament. The only way to eliminate sugar or any other agricultural subsidies and trade restrictions fairly is to do so reciprocally with other nations. The Foxx-Davis-Shaheen-Toomey legislation would unilaterally remove supports for American sugar farmers, opening U.S. markets up to be flooded. This will kill domestic production of sugar, not foster it.

“Fortunately, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho has introduced zero-for-zero legislation that will end all sugar subsidies contingent on other nations ending theirs, creating a truly free market. Any unilateral attempt to disadvantage American sugar producers is guaranteed to fail as U.S. interests are put second to global sugar subsidizing countries.”

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If Ukraine reopened Burisma-Bidengate in 2018, how could there be a quid pro quo in July 2019?

Oct. 7, 2019, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement on House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in light of reporting from The Hill in April, months before the July 25 Trump-Zelensky call, saying that both Burisma and former Vice President Joe Biden were already actively under investigation and that they were requesting mutual legal assistance from the U.S.:

“Based on public statements to The Hill in April by then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Lutsenko and his office that their investigation into Burisma and Joe Biden was reopened in 2018 long before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was ever elected in April 2019, then there could not have been a quid pro quo in the July 25, 2019 conversation between President Donald Trump and Zelensky. Ukraine says it began its investigation in 2018 after Biden bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in Jan. 2018 that he had Lutsenko’s predecessor fired and wanted Attorney General Barr to look at it. While it is unclear if Biden was bragging or telling the truth, Ukraine’s government well before the Trump-Zelensky call was actively investigating both Burisma and the firing to see if there was any corrupt activity. They were asking for our help, and Zelensky reaffirmed it in his conversation with Trump, asking the U.S. for mutual legal assistance in the investigation.

“Anyone who actually wants to find out what happened in the Trump-Zelensky phone call must put it into this context of the April 2019 reporting from The Hill’s John Solomon, which quotes Lutsenko and his lead prosecutor on the case at the time, as requesting help from Attorney General Barr, and the transcript, which quotes Zelensky specifically requesting assistance. When put into this context, Adam Schiff can come up with as many coached, so-called whistleblowers as he likes, but the facts refute all of them and completely undermines any pretext for Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment. The facts are so obvious that even Sen. Mitt Romney should be able to figure them out.”

Attachments:

“It was Ukraine that reopened the Burisma-Biden probe in 2018 and sought U.S. mutual legal assistance to look at it, not the other way around,” By Robert Romano, Oct. 7, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/10/it-was-ukraine-that-reopened-the-burisma-biden-probe-in-2018-and-sought-u-s-mutual-legal-assistance-to-look-at-it-not-the-other-way-around/#comment-4643329611

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ALG shares Sen. Barrasso’s concerns about new biofuel mandates

Oct. 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement agreeing with Sen. John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo.) concerns about the new biofuel mandates “will do more harm than good”:

“Senator John Barrasso is right to be concerned that the new biofuel mandates issued by the Environmental Protection Agency will do more harm than good.

“Let me be clear.  Anyone who puts E-15 gasoline in their engines is asking for trouble as the higher ethanol content provably harms engines.  Just as troubling is that the increased biofuel mandates continues the Obama administration’s policy of picking energy winners and losers, with the ultimate losers being the American public.  This corn farmer corporate cronyism will have the effect of doing long-term harm to our oil refinery capacity as the administration chose not to cap the costs of artificial credits (RINS) that are created to promote ethanol production.  While the administration did the right thing to exempt 31 small and medium sized refineries from the federal Renewable Fuel Standard mandate, through this EPA action, they have inadvertently undone much of the value of that action.

“Once again, King Corn has flexed their muscle and America will burn corn while many in the world go hungry.  What a shame.”

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ALG applauds Sen. Hawley’s effort to protect taxpayers and hold colleges accountable

Oct. 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement regarding Sen. Josh Hawley’s Skin in the Game Act (S. 2124):

“Alarmingly, nearly one-fourth of federal Direct Loan borrowers were delinquent or in default at the end of last year — in spite of the very low unemployment rate. When federal student loans aren’t repaid, the balances just add to the national debt. Fortunately, taxpayers have someone looking out for their interests; this past summer, Sen. Josh Hawley introduced the Skin in the Game Act. This very simple bill would require colleges that participate in the federal Direct Loan Program to pay half of the remaining loan balances when alums default on their student loans. Colleges have done virtually nothing to rein in out-of-control costs, often do too little to ensure students graduate on time, and offer far too many junk degrees that are not worth the cost — all of which contribute to delinquency and defaults. Perhaps this legislation would encourage colleges to finally begin to take the student debt crisis seriously.”

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Unemployment rate hits 50-year low at 3.5 percent as 6.1 million jobs created since 2017

Oct. 4, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers:

“Almost 1 million more people are employed in the past two months in the household survey, with the unemployment rate now at a 50-year low at 3.5 percent, debunking the political and financial punditry who played Chicken Little just two months ago crying, recession, recession, recession. A total of 6.1 million jobs created since Jan. 2017 when President Trump was sworn in. With more people employed in America than at any time in history, and fewer unemployed at any time since the year 2000, it is no wonder that the Democrats are searching the globe for reasons to stop Donald Trump’s presidency, because America’s economy is strong and they can’t run on issues that affect the well-being of the average American.”

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What could go wrong with House Democrats’ surprise medical billing rate setting proposal? Everything.

Oct. 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s (D-Mass.) surprise medical billing rate setting proposal:

“What rational person outside of the D.C. Beltway would think it is a good idea to outsource health care rate setting to government bureaucrats and insurance lobbyists?  I guess if you have the money for a team of Gucci-shoed lobbyists to push their case to bureaucrats this might be a good idea.  If you are a bureaucrat looking for the lucrative landing spot after 30 years of civil service, this is a great idea.  But for everyone else, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s ‘negotiated rulemaking’ is just another step toward government-run healthcare, restricted access to medical care, a bailout for the health insurances companies that brought us Obamacare, and it will lead to doctor shortages and close healthcare facilities in rural communities.

“Let’s be clear, the best health care reform is to open markets for competition which creates lower costs naturally. Government dictated rate-setting is guaranteed to end up with those who can afford to plead their cases benefitting, those who decide the cases benefitting, and the people who have no voice being forgotten. The last thing our nation needs is more healthcare bureaucrats, yet that is exactly what this proposal creates. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so dangerous.”

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Everyone deserves due process, even President Trump

Oct. 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for his letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) demanding due process for President Donald Trump in any impeachment inquiry:

“House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is right to put Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the spot by demanding due process in any impeachment proceedings. By insisting that President Trump be afforded the same rights as previous recent presidents who faced impeachment inquiries, including the rights to cross-examine witnesses, McCarthy is taking the first step toward ending a narrative-driven impeachment effort based on hearsay and innuendo by forcing House Democrats to follow established procedures or admitting that the entirety of this anti-Trump effort is illegitimate and devoid of basic legal protections. The next words out of Pelosi’s mouth should be to McCarthy, ‘Yes, to all of the above,’ or, if not, then in the words of Gilda Radner’s SNL character, ‘Nevermind.’

Attachments:

“Attorney General Barr and President Trump are constitutionally obligated to enforce the law, prevent intel abuse and root out corruption,” By Robert Romano, Oct. 3, 2019, at http://dailytorch.com/2019/10/attorney-general-barr-and-president-trump-are-constitutionally-obligated-to-enforce-the-law-prevent-intel-abuse-and-root-out-corruption/

“Why did Obama-Biden support the coup of Ukraine in 2014? In Biden’s words, to pass a trade deal.” By Robert Romano, Oct. 1, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/10/why-did-obama-biden-support-the-coup-of-ukraine-in-2014-in-bidens-words-to-pass-a-trade-deal/

“Did the CIA just try to overthrow President Trump to cover up the origins of Russiagate in Ukraine on behalf of Biden?” By Robert Romano, Sept. 27, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/09/did-the-cia-just-try-to-overthrow-president-trump-to-cover-up-the-origins-of-russiagate-in-ukraine-on-behalf-of-biden/

“Ukraine pledges cooperation on getting to the origins of Russiagate as Justice Department confirms investigation,” By Robert Romano, Sept. 26, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/09/ukraine-pledges-cooperation-on-getting-to-the-origins-of-russiagate-as-justice-department-confirms-investigation/

“Pelosi’s call for impeaching Trump on Ukraine risks war, ignores corruption there that was fueled by Obama-Biden,” By Robert Romano, Sept. 25, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/09/pelosis-call-for-impeaching-trump-on-ukraine-risks-war-ignores-corruption-there-that-was-fueled-by-obama-biden/

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Time to end Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, save $18 billion

Oct. 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to support a Trump administration proposal to end the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, saving $18 billion, as part of Americans for Limited Government’s program to identify wasteful federal spending:

“Having worked in government, I know first-hand that government employees are well-compensated. Health, sickness, and vacation benefits are typically generous for federal, state, and local government employees; many government employees are eligible for pensions, which are now rare in the private sector; and the job security enjoyed by government employees is something most private sector workers can only dream of. Thanks to George W. Bush, government employees (and some nonprofit employees) are also eligible for student loan forgiveness if they meet certain conditions. This unnecessary program is called the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and the Trump Administration is absolutely correct to propose eliminating it, which would save taxpayers $18 billion.”

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Federal employee retirement plan should not be investing $50 billion in China

Oct. 2, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to a proposal by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to invest federal employees’ retirement savings in Chinese companies:

“At a time when the U.S. is engaged in high-level trade talks with China and actively considering whether to institute economic sanctions against Beijing, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is looking at ways to in effect transfer and put at risk $50 billion of federal employees’ retirement benefits by allowing investments in China, in return for nothing. This runs contrary to current U.S. policy, and in effect sabotages the ongoing trade talks. As a former federal employee, I, like 3.3 million other Americans have a part of my retirement funds invested through the TSP, which manages over $550 billion in assets.  Let me be clear, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board should not be in the business of offering $50 billion to nations engaged in economic warfare against the U.S.; it is both unpatriotic and fiduciarily unsound.

“If anything, not only should the Thrift Savings Plan not be considering Chinese investments at this stage, the U.S. Department of Labor’s  Employee Benefits Security Administration ought to be considering whether Chinese investments are suitable for private employee pensions, considering the lack of transparency typical with Chinese-owned and headquartered corporations. If Chinese companies and corporate bonds cannot be accurately priced and their assets placed under independent audit, the U.S. is in effect leaving it to the benevolence of the Chinese Politburo and state-run enterprises to give the right information, without any assurance that the companies even intend to remain profitable over the long-term when China’s direct economic interests have been satisfied. Retirement funds have a different responsibility under the law, and Chinese investments do not meet the unique security requirements demanded of retirement funds under the law and the Labor Department should review whether the inclusion of these insecure corporate assets meets the legal investment requirements for private sector pensions.

“It is beyond belief that federal employee retirement funds would be put at risk through opening the doors to Chinese-based investments, and the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board should reject this bad idea.  Anyone with a passing knowledge of world economic affairs would be aware of the significantly higher risk entailed for U.S. assets invested in China based upon our active reorientation of the U.S. economic relationship with Beijing. The fact this statement even has to be released is evidence that those trusted with governance of the federal Thrift Savings Plan should be replaced with competent managers who occasionally read the Wall Street Journal.”

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Is Joe Biden the fall guy for Russiagate?

Sept. 27, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to former Vice President Joe Biden’s ironic tweet that “I believe our elections should be decided by the American people — not foreign governments”:

“Former Vice President Joe Biden is either the least self-aware person in modern politics, an outrageous liar or a dupe. Biden was responsible for U.S. policy in Ukraine during the Obama administration, and much of the false narrative about President Donald Trump being a Russian agent came from Ukraine, the United Kingdom and other Western intelligence agencies, which his administration put a bow on and shipped to the FISA court so they could spy on the Trump campaign in 2016. What did Joe Biden know about Russiagate and when did he know it?

“It is likely that the former Vice President both lacks self-awareness and was set up to be a not-so-innocent dupe. What is incredible is that he still doesn’t realize it. At least, when former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry was caught smoking crack in the Vista Hotel, he had the awareness to say, ‘Bitch set me up.’

“At some point, the former Vice President’s advisors need to protect him by cluing him in that he is the worst possible messenger on Ukraine as this scandal highlights his own culpability and avarice to the benefit of Democratic Party rivals. If there’s one good thing to come from this, it is that Joe Biden is being exposed as someone completely incapable of performing the most basic duties of the Presidency before a vote is ever cast. A note to Hollywood, Lee Majors is still available to play Biden in the movie.”

Attachments:

“What did Joe Biden know about the Russia collusion hoax and when did he know it?” By Robert Romano, Sept. 27, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/04/what-did-joe-biden-know-about-the-russia-collusion-hoax-and-when-did-he-know-it/

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