VP Pence right to leave Colts-49ers game

Oct. 9, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave yesterday’s Colts-49ers game:

“Entertainers performing for the National Football League are no different than stage performers for the play Hamilton. If they choose to make their performances exclusionary and their producers and owners allow it, then the rest of us who love America have every right to no longer pay their salaries through attendance, listening to or viewing broadcasts of their product.

“Vice President Pence’s choice to leave the Colts-49ers game on Sunday is to be commended and the fact the NFL nonsense protests continue in spite of overwhelming opposition, signals to the rest of us that we are not welcome at NFL games.

“The truth is that with Sundays back, more will go to church, mow their lawns and play with their kids rather than wasting time watching overgrown, roid-raging millionaires bash into each other.

“I stand with the President and Vice President for the national anthem and flag, and I will not stand for those who refuse to do the same.”

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Time to enforce antidumping rules against trade violators LG and Samsung

Oct. 6, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the International Trade Commission for finding LG and Samsung in violation of the U.S. antidumping rules:

“Every free trade agreement is dependent on enforcement, otherwise there is no reciprocity. Yesterday, the ITC unanimously found that Whirlpool was damaged by dumping by LG and Samsung in violation of U.S. law and South Korean Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) rules. These agreements must be enforced by the U.S. Department of Commerce in a meaningful way. If trade agreements are going to have any value and be sustainable, all parties must comply with their terms. In order to preserve the legitimacy of the overall KORUS trade deal, LG and Samsung’s repeated failure to follow the trade rules must be subjected to swift and significant sanctions.”

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Why hasn’t Christopher Steele’s testimony been subpoenaed?

Oct. 5, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement asking why Congressional intelligence committees have not subpoenaed the testimony of Christopher Steele who authored the original Trump-Russia collusion dossier:

“Christopher Steele is ground zero for the Russia collusion lie. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr admitted yesterday that his committee after nine months of investigating the contentions of Steele’s dossier has unbelievably been unable to interview Steele. Steele’s dossier and the FBI’s involvement with him is chilling considering that it has been used as a pretext for an attempt to end the presidency of Donald Trump. What’s more, Steele’s discredited allegations, subject of multiple libel suits, has made the world a significantly more dangerous place, as it has threatened to submarine almost five decades of detente between the world’s foremost nuclear powers. One would think that if Burr is going to continue his investigation, it might revolve around Christopher Steele and who paid him to produce a political hit piece that became the rationale for Special Counsel Mueller and his ongoing witch hunt. Now Burr’s attention should be shifting to Steele and if he refuses to testify, subpoenas should be issued to force him to finally tell the truth.”

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Energy Department rule incentivizing coal and nuclear good for economic growth, grid resiliency

Oct. 4, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Trump administration for a new Energy Department rule that will require “its organized markets to develop and implement reforms that would fully price generation resources necessary to maintain the reliability and resiliency of our nation’s grid”:

“In 2016, Coal and nuclear provided a combined 51 percent of electricity, in spite of Obama policies that are taking 374 coal power plants off line, and accelerating the decommissioning of 5 nuclear reactors. The rule announced by Department of Energy will help take the regulatory boot off the throats of these two vital pieces of our electricity power grid puzzle.

“In order for America to grow its manufacturing sector and to create the resulting high-paying jobs, it is essential that we expand our electricity immediately. Secretary Perry’s wise move will encourage the private sector to invest in this necessary expansion.

“This latest Energy Department rule is just one more example of President Donald Trump successfully ending the administrative stranglehold on free market economic growth. Thank you, Secretary Perry.”

Attachments:

“Infrastructure Requires Electrical Grid Expansion For National Security, Jobs,” by Ken Blackwell and Rick Manning, June 6, 2017 at https://townhall.com/columnists/kenblackwell/2017/06/06/infrastructure-requires-electrical-grid-expansion-for-national-security-jobs-n2336908

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Save Local Business Act to protect franchise system

Oct. 3, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in favor of H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act, which will restore what it means to be a joint employer under the “direct and immediate” control standard”:

“In 2015, the Obama-led National Labor Relations Board jeopardized the entire franchise system used by fast food and other convenience chains by making corporate headquarters culpable for every violation by an individual franchisee. This puts the entire franchise system at risk, since now corporations must assume nearly unlimited liability and as a result may have to resort to command-and-control policies, sacrificing the independence of local businesses that value autonomy. The Save Local Business Act rectifies this regulatory disruption by negating the impact of the ill-conceived Obama regulation.”

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Mandatory union dues deduction case opportunity for Supreme Court to uphold First Amendment

Sept. 29, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Foundation President Don Todd, a former Director of Labor Management Standards that has direct oversight of the public and private unions, today issued the following statement praising the Supreme Court for taking up the case Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31:

“No person should ever be forced to involuntarily contribute to an organization which he or she is not even a member of, a clear violation of First Amendment rights. The Supreme Court is doing the right thing by revisiting the 1977 Abood decision. With Justice Neil Gorsuch now on the job, this could be an opportunity for the Court make it clear that freedom of speech also includes the freedom to refrain from subsidizing it.”

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Tax plan must be big enough to stimulate economy

Sept. 27, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest tax plan offered by President Donald Trump and the GOP Congress:

“Ronald Reagan’s signature 1981 tax cut amounted to 2.89 percent of GDP over the four years post-enactment, with stimulative shockwaves being felt through the economy for decades. The unfortunate fact is that our nation’s economy today has been stuck in neutral for more than a decade, not growing above 4 percent since 2000 and not above 3 percent since 2005. 3 percent GDP growth is now considered a fantasy when not too long ago it was the bare baseline expectation for U.S. growth. To get out of this permanent, stagnant, new normal of slow growth, flat wages and increasing economic despair, Congress needs to be bold in passing as large of a net tax cut as possible. Now is not the time for the tepid or weak of heart. Our nation’s economy needs to grow, and the government needs to consume a smaller proportion of our overall wealth.

“The outline released today of the tax plan appears to be the bare minimum economic stimulation needed for expanded job growth, higher wages and bringing the 9 million 16 to 64 year olds who would otherwise be a part of the labor force back into the economy. While we recognize that the devil is in the details, the GOP Congress and President Trump are taking a step in the right direction with the tax plan that has been outlined. Of particular importance is the lowering of the corporate tax rate which will make it profitable for businesses to bring and create middle class jobs in the U.S. What’s more, the simplification of the individual tax code along with doubling the standard deduction will be a boon for the average American taxpayer.”

Attachments:

Will the GOP tax cut be ‘one of the largest tax cuts in history’ as President Trump is proposing? By Robert Romano, Sept. 15, 2017 at http://netrightdaily.com/2017/09/will-gop-tax-cut-be-one-largest-tax-cuts-history-president-trump-proposing/

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Roy Moore win in Alabama a victory for the Trump agenda

Sept. 26, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement reacting to the Alabama Republican Senate primary:

“Washington, D.C. establishment Republicans will attempt to spin it as a loss for President Donald Trump, but let’s be clear, it is Trump’s agenda that is the big winner tonight in Alabama with the nomination of Judge Roy Moore to fill Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat.

“This election turned into a battle between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judge Roy Moore largely due to the sheer volume and vitriol of the spending by McConnell’s Leadership PAC which dumped millions of wasted dollars in advertising attacking Moore and Rep. Mo Brooks during the primary process in favor of appointed incumbent Senator Luther Strange. The net McConnell effect was to nationalize the election as a referendum on him and the Washington, D.C. swamp as a whole.  Trump tried to bail McConnell out by campaigning from Strange, but like Trump himself, Judge Moore had a well-known record of standing up for his beliefs even in the face of those who could and did politically punish him.  And it is that kind of drain the swamp persona that drew voters to Trump in the first place.

“Additionally, the standard ‘racist’ charges against Moore fell flat in the pulpits of black churches across the state as those pastors knew and worked with Moore to fight for the placement of the Ten Commandments in the state Supreme Court Building in Montgomery against secularists’ attacks.

An Emerson College poll showed that Moore led his Democrat opponent Doug Jones by a 52 percent to 30 percent margin just before his primary victory. The general election will be a first test this cycle if the establishment National Republican Senatorial Committee will spend money to win a Senate seat when a conservative wins the nomination.  In past years, the NRSC has either abandoned or undermined conservative primary winners who defeated their preferred candidates.

“The Moore primary victory combined with Senator Bob Corker’s announcement that he will not be seeking re-election is the beginning of the unwinding of the establishment stranglehold on the Senate by Trump voters. Ironically, it was leading GOP Senate Trump critics McCain, Murkowski and Collins who set the dominos falling for the establishment through their votes to kill even modest Obamacare replacement legislation. Now it will be up to the NRSC to prove that they are willing to support nominees, like Moore, who will be much more likely to vote for the President’s agenda than many of their previous primary election supported candidates. If they are not, the President should withdraw approval for the use of his name for fundraising purposes from the official GOP political entities and elites.”

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ALG urges Senate to confirm Scott Garrett as Ex-Im Bank head

Sept. 26, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to confirm Scott Garrett as the chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States:

“Scott Garrett is the ultimate swamp buster and he is exactly who should be running the Export-Import Bank. The corporate crony Ex-Im Bank needs to be led by someone who will stop the rubber stamp processing of loans, bringing a fresh view to ensure that the interests of the people of the United States are served rather than just the interests of the multi-national corporations using its U.S. incorporation to qualify. The truth is multi-national corporations have a rightful imperative to increase profitability and getting cheaper, guaranteed money for foreign deals will always make sense to them, even if the deals don’t make sense for America, their domestic competitors or American workers. Scott Garrett is the right choice to make certain that the Ex-Im Bank operates the way it should, protecting U.S. interests first, and he should be immediately confirmed to lead the Ex-Im Bank.”

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Ted Cruz and Rand Paul hold key in last stand for Senate on replacing Obamacare

Sept. 26, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to support the Graham-Cassidy legislation replacing Obamacare:

“Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have spent the better part of six years seeking Obamacare repeal. Both are largely identified with ending Obama’s signature health care law, including the individual mandate which punishes those who do not buy insurance, the employer mandate which discourages small businesses from expanding and providing states additional freedom against the federalization of health insurance.

“The Graham-Cassidy compromise repeals the individual mandate, protecting 6.5 million Americans from $3 billion in a year in tax penalties, while liberating those who involuntarily purchased health insurance to finally exercise a real choice. The employer mandate destroyed 250,000 jobs and is estimated by the CBO that millions of additional employees will get full-time opportunities through its repeal, which Graham-Cassidy achieves. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, unlike the ‘skinny’ repeal, Graham-Cassidy provides states with relief from some of Obamacare’s most egregious regulations and opens the door for true state-based market reforms through waivers. If these provisions can be strengthened, then Senate leadership should do so.

“Both Sens. Cruz and Paul wisely supported the so-called ‘skinny’ repeal, which was defeated due to Susan Collins, and most notably, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski who changed their positions on Obamacare repeal after campaigning on it. Murkowski, McCain and Collins’ actions made liars out of every Republican in Washington, D.C. and Graham-Cassidy is the last, best chance to set it right this year.

“Graham-Cassidy is not perfect as it leaves much of the Obamacare architecture in place. Unfortunately, it has already been shown that there are not the votes in the Senate for passage of full repeal. Assuming Murkowski comes to her senses and reads her own campaign brochures, Cruz and Paul need to understand that in order to rid the nation of the scourge of the individual and employer mandates, that some parts of Obamacare will unfortunately be left in place temporarily. The clock is ticking with a Sept. 30 deadline looming to get this done, and it’s time to get to yes. Another Obamacare repeal failure is not an option.”

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