Unemployment unchanged at 3.8 percent as labor markets remain strong in Trump economy

April 5, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers:

“Payroll employment increased by 196,000 as the unemployment rate held steady at 3.8 percent. These are historically great numbers and emphasize the continued strength of the Trump economy particularly in labor markets.

“There was a slight decrease in labor participation that appears to have been driven by Baby Boomers leaving the labor force in the unadjusted dataset, because the 16-to-64-year-old participation and employment continues to grow there robustly while the number of seniors participating in labor markets decreased by 150,000. That said, it is hard to square the unadjusted data with what we see overall in the seasonally adjusted data, which is why the Bureau should really begin compiling a seasonally adjusted 16-to-64-years-old dataset as a leading indicator. Every month that goes by, as the Baby Boomers retire en masse, it throws off meaningful apples to apples comparisons.”

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Duke University falsified research shows need for sound science executive order

April 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to Duke University settling a federal lawsuit for $112 million after falsifying research to obtain federal grants:

“The revelation that Duke University falsified research and was compelled to repay the federal government $112 million in costs and fines reemphasizes the need for the President to issue an executive order ensuring that all science used in the regulatory process be fully transparent and reproducible. Academic fraud cannot be tolerated. But even more important is ensuring that federal regulations are based on a sound footing.”

Attachments:

“Trump should end political junk science regulations by restoring scientific transparency to regulatory process,” By Rick Manning, Feb. 21, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/02/trump-should-end-political-junk-science-regulations-by-restoring-scientific-transparency-to-regulatory-process/

Letter from 21 conservative groups to President Trump urging scientific transparency in regulations, Feb. 19, 2019 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Scientific-Transparency-Conservative-Letter.pdf

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No collusion means DOJ needs to probe Clinton-DNC attorneys

Perkins Coie law firm was the hub of Russia collusion hoax

April 2, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Attorney General William Barr to investigate the Perkins Coie law firm that hired the company that originated the Trump-Russia conspiracy allegations that were used by the Justice Department to facilitate its investigation:

“With the completion of the Mueller report, and its impending release, a number of questions are guaranteed to remain about how this investigation got started in the first place. The central role played by the Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee law firm Perkins Coie in funding both the Fusion GPS-Christopher Steele dossier and Crowdstrike to conduct the forensic investigation of the DNC computers after they were hacked must be examined. It seems reasonable that if President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen could be compelled to violate attorney-client privilege, that the law firm central to the entirety of this witch hunt should be forced to open all their books so the American people have the most complete account of what really happened.”

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Statement by Richard Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, in response to today’s hearing on California Assembly Bill 539

April 1, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to A.B. 539 in the California Assembly:

“California has a major housing and homelessness crisis, and A.B. 539 will only exacerbate these problems by severely restricting access to credit for many Californians either on the brink of homelessness or working to get off the streets. This legislation will also hurt small-dollar lenders in the same way the Dodd-Frank financial reform caused financial institutions to cut back on products and services due to increased compliance costs. It is perplexing that in a State that calls itself home to ground breaking technology and innovation, legislators are working to try and block access to critical consumer lending services to those who are falling through the cracks of the system. I hope that this bill is defeated so that the most economically vulnerable among us don’t have state created financial services discrimination pushing them into homelessness and keeping them there.”

Mr. Manning grew up in southern California, attending Norco High School, Riverside City College and the University of Southern California. Americans for Limited Government is a group dedicated to restoring constitutionally limited government. For more information, visit:  https://getliberty.org/

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Strong American labor market, low inflation and rising wages more important than GDP revision

March 28, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest revision to 2018 GDP growth:

“It is always precarious to react to economic data in real-time as we know revisions will be made that alter the analysis. Unfortunately, while the overall state of the economy remains strong, the first revision of the fourth quarter GDP in 2018 lowers the reported economic growth.

“The new data takes annual GDP down to 2.86 percent and Q4 to Q4 GDP down to 2.97 percent. That’s no better than 2015 from the annual perspective, and no better than 2014 Q1 to 2015 Q1 from the consecutive four quarters perspective. If you have to round up to get to 3 percent, you didn’t get to 3 percent.

“That said, the U.S. economy remains in strong shape, with the best labor market since the turn of the century, wages particularly for blue collar workers increasing significantly while inflation remains low. Declining food stamp usage underscores that millions of Americans are being lifted out of poverty. Ultimately, and where it matters most, the Trump economy is performing optimally, creating new opportunities for the vast majority of Americans.”

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Green New Deal fails as ALG urges support for IMO regulation

March 26, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Senate for defeating the Green New Deal 57 to 0:

“The Senate vote to stop Democrat attempts to return our national economy to the 19th century through the Green New Deal is a relief.  However, there is one common sense regulation that everyone should be able to get behind, the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization rule called IMO 2020.  IMO 2020 would change the fuel burnt by cargo ships around the world from the sulfur laden bunker oil to a lower sulfur mix.

“It is reported that a mere 16 of the largest cargo ships emit more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere each year than the 80 million automobiles in the world.  These ships account for 15 percent of all of the SO2 pollution worldwide, and the IMO 2020 regulation would significantly limit that pollution output.  What’s more, U.S. oil refineries are best equipped for creating the new fuel mixture cargo ships will require — meaning IMO 2020 is one environmental regulation which actually helps both the environment and our national economy.

“The Green New Deal is a bad, bad deal, and it is great that it has been dealt a mortal blow in the Senate. Hopefully, our nation can join together in supporting a measure which actually will have an impact on air quality around the world in IMO 2020.”

Attachments:

“America wins with new international cargo ship fuel regulation,” By Rick Manning, March 20, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/03/america-wins-with-new-international-cargo-ship-fuel-regulation/

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Green New Deal would cost America everything

March 26, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to reject the Green New Deal in a vote being held later today:

“The Green New Deal will cost our nation everything: The ability of individuals to choose the way they travel, food choices at the dinner table, restricted home electricity consumption, how we build our homes, offices and every building in the country, ending speedy delivery of most of our purchases and so forth. It is a takeover of very aspect of our lives and the economy, ending individual free market choices. The Green New Deal turns what is supposed to be a constitutionally limited federal government into an all-powerful Leviathan. Proponents say they want to get to net zero carbon emissions in 10 years, and we should take them seriously. Socialism’s historic failure is rooted in the fact that it inherently deprives people of freedom, choice, property and opportunity. The Green New Deal is yet another rationale for a failed system that results in enslavement and deprivation of the people — and it must be rejected.”

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Everyone knew there was no collusion in Jan. 2017

Only full disclosure will uncover who foisted the Russia collusion hoax on the American people.

March 25, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement reminding everyone that it should have been clear in Jan. 2017 that there was no Russia collusion:

“It took Robert Mueller almost two years to come to the conclusion that was obvious on Jan. 10, 2017 before President Trump was even inaugurated, when Buzzfeed published the DNC-Clinton-campaign-financed dossier, that there was no collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. What there was, was a partisan fabrication, the dossier, that the FBI used as a basis to spy on the Trump campaign. The attached article published Jan. 12, 2017 by Americans for Limited Government entitled ‘Did Obama politicize false intel to portray Trump as a Manchurian Candidate?’ pretty much sums up what we know today, which is that there was no collusion. It was plain as day in 2017 based on publicly available information at the time that Christopher Steele’s allegations were false. The idea that this investigation was ‘necessary’ is fallacious. The Obama administration used false intelligence to spy on the opposition party, the Trump campaign, during the election campaign. This is why full disclosure of everything that led to the use of this dossier and related to this investigation is needed because the topline of no collusion should not surprise anyone. This must never happen again.”

Attachments:

“Did Obama politicize false intel to portray Trump as a Manchurian Candidate?” By Robert Romano, Jan. 12, 2017 at http://dailytorch.com/2017/01/obama-politicize-false-intel-portray-trump-manchurian-candidate/

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Senate should appoint a new Church Committee to expose Russia collusion hoax

March 25, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to hold a vote to appoint a select committee to investigate to perpetrated the Russia collusion hoax on the American people:

“Senate Majority Leader McConnell needs to empanel a special select committee to fully investigate the intelligence agency abuses within the Obama administration that carried over into 2017 and beyond to perpetrate the Russia collusion hoax on the American people. We need a new Church committee. The FISA court system was set up as a result of intelligence agency abuses in the 1960s and 1970s as a means to prevent this sort of thing from happening. It failed. The Obama administration’s politicization of the career foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations, spying on the opposition party in an election year, has effectively destroyed public confidence in these institutions. The American people need to know who perpetrated this hoax, whoever they are, and make certain this never happens again.”

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No conspiracy or coordination with Russia on election interference, no obstruction of justice clears President Trump of wrongdoing

March 24, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s determination that “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities” and Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s determination finding “no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent, each of which, under the Department’s principles of federal prosecution guiding charging decisions, would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to establish an obstruction-of justice offense”

“Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress on Robert Mueller’s special counsel final report on the Russia collusion investigation makes it clear that the President and all his team are unambiguously exonerated from having anything to do with Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Mueller’s report, according to Barr, acknowledges that this alleged Russia collusion was a ‘primary consideration for the Special Counsel’s investigation…’

“This should end forever the Democratic Party created fantasy that President Trump and his campaign were in some way working with the Russians to impact the results of 2016 presidential election.

“However, many will cling to the idea that somehow the President ‘obstructed justice’ in this process as Mueller neither exonerates nor condemns the actions of the President or any member of his team in his report leaving that determination to the Attorney General.  Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein make it clear in their letter to Congress that there was no obstruction of justice, exonerating the President and his team due to the fact that the essential elements of obstruction of justice were not found by the Special Counsel, including most importantly any underlying crime to obstruct.

“Regardless of the Mueller report and the Attorney General’s findings, the left will continue to cry obstruction of justice in the months ahead in an attempt to save face for dragging the nation through two years of doubt about the legitimacy of the Trump presidency. In doing so, the Democrats and some never Trumpers will be making the underlying claim that an innocent person targeted in a criminal investigation has no right to defend themselves publicly during the course of that investigation.  This is absurd on its face and is nothing more than an attempt to obscure their own roles in this sordid attempt to take down a duly elected President.

“In light of the Mueller findings, the President should immediately pardon anyone who was convicted of a process crime resulting from the Mueller investigation, and the Attorney General should begin work on getting to the bottom of who perpetrated this Russia collusion fraud on the American public and begin the process of prosecuting them with the same vigor exhibited against the President and his team.”

Attachments:

“Without collusion, there is no obstruction,” By Robert Romano, July 31, 2018 at http://dailytorch.com/2018/07/without-collusion-there-is-no-obstruction-as-mueller-scrambles-to-make-the-case-against-president-trump/

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