EPA right to grant waivers to refiners under Renewable Fuel Standard

Aug. 12, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the EPA for granting waivers to distressed oil refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard:

“The Environmental Protection Agency is right to grant waivers to a limited number of distressed small U.S. oil refiners from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS.)  The RFS requires all refiners to blend biofuels like ethanol into gasoline or purchase credits from others that do in order to remain in business.  While these waivers might disappoint the corn lobby which would rather bankrupt small refiners through the cost of credits than give an inch in their demand for fealty to ethanol, the EPA’s waiver decision balances the mistaken federal government policy to promote burning corn in our automobile engines with the financial needs of refiners who foot the cost of adding corn to superior performing oil in making gasoline.”

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Say no to billionaire leftists’ gun control push

Aug. 9, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to support the individual right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment:

“Billionaire leftists like George Soros, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and John Arnold are spending millions of dollars to exploit the tragedies of El Paso and Dayton to undermine the individual right to keep and bear arms. Whether it be Soros’ campaign to elect anti-gun prosecutors who fail to fully enforce the law against violent criminals while aggressively pursuing enforcement of fraudulent red flag claims without due process, or Gates, Bloomberg and the Arnold Foundation that have spent their resources convincing so-called moderate Republicans that they can be just a little bit pregnant when they support slippery slope measures leading to gun confiscation, it all leads to the same outcome. Every American gun owner who simply believes in individual liberty should contact their Congressmen, Senators and the President and tell them to say no to the billionaire leftists and support the right to keep and bear arms and due process.”

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Trump sanctions on Venezuela put the pressure on, 90-day waiver for U.S. oil interests should be extended indefinitely

Aug. 8, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump’s sanctions on Venezuela and urging the 90-day waiver for U.S. oil interests to be extended indefinitely:

“President Trump is wisely imposing economic sanctions and tightening the financial screws on the exceedingly corrupt Nicolas Maduro regime In Venezuela. However countries like China and Russia have been actively working against the U.S. by sending billions into Venezuela, financially propping-up Maduro’s failed Socialist regime. Most importantly, President Trump has shown a strategic deftness in extending a 90 day waiver to U.S. energy companies operating in Venezuela, a country that presently controls access to the world’s largest known oil reserves.  China and Russia crave both Venezuela’s oil and the geopolitical foothold it provides in the southern Caribbean less than 3,000 miles off our America’s Gulf Coast, and the President’s actions send a clear signal their continued meddling will not stand.

“However, in order to assure long-term operational security when the duly elected government of Juan Guaido gains the levers of power in Caracas, it is essential that the 90 day waiver for the American energy industry be extended indefinitely.  U.S. oil companies found and developed the fields in Venezuela in the 1920s, and by 1950, the South American country enjoyed the second largest GDP per capita in the world, behind only the United States.  The murderous Maduro regime has accelerated the devastation of the nation’s economy begun by Hugo Chavez with the per capita GDP shrinking to levels not seen since 2000.  While Maduro has taken a wrecking ball to Venezuela, maintaining basic U.S. interests in operating their oil fields will allow a democratic president Guaido to restore national prosperity, free from Chinese and Russian entanglement in Venezuela’s most precious financial asset – its vast oil wealth.”

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ALG urges Congress and candidates for President to join President Trump in denouncing all political violence

Aug. 5, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging members of Congress and candidates for President to join with President Donald Trump in denouncing all political violence:

“While the nation grieves the senseless loss of life in El Paso and Dayton, President Donald Trump has rightly denounced the racist, white nationalist attack in El Paso and the attack in Dayton by a radical, pro-Antifa leftist who thought his political opponents were Nazis who deserved to die. There is nothing controversial about denouncing political violence, all of it, and we call upon Republicans and Democrats to do so, regardless of the political motives of the killers.

“The Dayton attacker was an Elizabeth Warren supporter, yet none of the Democratic candidates for President have denounced the Dayton shooter’s violent revolutionary leftist ideology that legitimizes Antifa, and they should do so immediately. Ignoring Antifa will not make them go away, it will only empower them and encourage further acts of violence. When a Bernie Sanders supporter shot up the Republican congressional baseball practice in 2017, he immediately denounced it. That is what leaders must do when violence is perpetrated in their names.

“We need to come together as one nation to denounce political violence of every stripe and all violent ideologies that contribute to it. Nobody should get a pass. The El Paso shooter was a racist ideologue who embraced the Christchurch mosque manifesto and wanted to kill immigrants and Hispanics. The Dayton shooter was a leftist who called the ICE firebomber in Tacoma targeting federal law enforcement a ‘martyr,’ embraced misguided comparisons of immigration enforcement to the Holocaust, the Gestapo and concentration camps, and promoted targeted violence against his perceived political opponents. Individuals can be radicalized on the left and on the right. Only denouncing political violence and terrorism on one side is no denouncement at all, it is empty partisan blindness that contributes to the problem. We call upon every member of Congress and candidate for President to join with President Trump in denouncing all of the violence and to join with him in confronting radicalism and extremism in our midst.”

Attachments:

“Massacres in El Paso, Dayton underscore that political violence right or left is never the answer,” By Robert Romano, Aug. 4, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/08/massacres-in-el-paso-dayton-underscore-that-political-violence-right-or-left-is-never-the-answer/#comment-4566783811

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Economy keeps on chugging along as jobs created since Jan. 2017 rises to 5.16 million

Aug. 2, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest jobs numbers:

“283,000 more Americans were employed in July than in June with the number not in the labor force shrinking by 183,000.  Over the past twelve months, the number of employed has jumped by more than 1.3 million about 200,000 more than the civilian labor force increased. Since Jan. 2017, the Trump economy has produced 5.16 million jobs in the household survey.

“Americans continue to see job opportunity growth that is positively impacting people across the socio-economic spectrum with average hourly earnings continuing to rise. July’s Labor Department report shows that our nation’s economy continues to grow and move forward with the only thing holding it back being a shortage of workers.  That will be the economy’s challenge over the next few years, as baby boomers continue to retire out of the workforce, identifying, encouraging and skilling those who are currently out of the workforce to meet our nation’s future economic needs.”

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Warren opposition to patents and intellectual property in USMCA puts live-saving treatments at risk

Aug. 1, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for opposing patents and intellectual property for life-saving pharmaceuticals in the Democratic debate:

“Elizabeth Warren was dead wrong when she chose to attack the intellectual property protections contained within the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.  Her focus on the intellectual property rights of those who develop life-saving drugs and biologics should concern every person in America who is hoping to see an end to Alzheimer’s disease, various cancers and other lesser known diseases like dengue fever in our lifetimes.  Intellectual property protection is the simple concept that drives innovation as it guarantees that those who take the risks get to recoup a profit from taking those risks.  Unfortunately, Elizabeth Warren and those of her ilk, reject this fundamental concept, and as a result would tear away the incentive to invest in new drug development.

“The future of medicine is rapidly changing with innovations in nano-technology, robotics and biologics poised to change many of today’s assumptions about longevity and treatment.  It would be foolish to follow the rearview mirror focused approach of those like Warren who would stifle this bright future for human wellness by denying the financial incentives to make it a reality.”

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Trump right to get tough and use tariffs against Xi’s failure to keep word on stopping fentanyl

Aug. 1, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump’s decision to levy an additional 10 percent tariff on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports that were not yet taxed:

“China’s empty promises in previous trade talks make it extraordinarily difficult to view them as a true business partner. President Trump’s announcement that a new 10 percent tariff will be imposed on $300 billion of the remaining Chinese imports sends a clear message to President Xi that promises mean little if actions do not follow. While most people will focus on the short-term impact on markets, it is important to note that China’s failure to stop the sale and shipment of fentanyl to the U.S. tops President Trump’s concerns. While campaigning in 2016, President Trump witnessed the ravages of opioids on communities across America and promised to do something about it. In the past year, he negotiated a deal with Xi to stop the flow deadly fentanyl to our shores. The Chinese failure to keep this agreement is reason enough to punish them economically, and is proof that President Trump puts the lives of American citizens ahead of multinational corporations.”

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ALG urges Congress to allow the Wind Production Tax Credit to expire at the end of the year

July 31, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to allow the Wind Production Tax Credit to expire at the end of the year:

“Wind energy development is no longer a nascent industry, having grown from 0.7 percent of the grid in 2007 to 6.6 percent in 2018 at 275 billion kWh. The rationale behind the wind production tax credit has always been that it is necessary to attract investors. However, wind energy development has matured to the point where government subsidization of billionaires like Warren Buffett cannot be justified, neither from an energy production standpoint nor a fiscal one. Americans for Limited Government strongly urges Congress to end the Wind Production Tax Credit. The best part is, they only need to do nothing as it expires at the end of the year.”

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Study shows cost of Green New Deal $70,000 per household in first year alone

July 30, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to a new study by the Competitive Enterprise Institute suggesting that implementation of the Green New Deal would cost each household $70,000 in the first year alone:

“The Green New Deal is a national suicide pact, and the latest report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute shows the immediate impact it would have on just five states where households would face $70,000 in increased costs in the first year alone.  The brainchild of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the leader of the Venezuelan wing of the Democratic Party, the Green New Deal is not about saving the environment, but instead is an attempt to destroy the only economic system in the history of the world which has lifted people out of poverty creating a middle class – capitalism. The truth is, the cost is more than we can bear. The true cost of the Green New Deal is the loss of freedom itself.

“If you don’t believe this, just consider what Ocasio-Cortez’ Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti recently told Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s climate director, ‘The interesting thing about the Green New Deal, is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all… Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?… Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.’

“But Ocasio-Cortez’ brain isn’t the only one who has admitted that climate change is a ruse designed to destroy capitalism, in 2015, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change clearly stated, ‘This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.’

“The CEI report demonstrates what the destruction of capitalism entails – a $70,000 cost to every household in Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania in year one.  But the real cost, even more dangerous than the dollar signs which exceed the average household annual income in the United States, is the utter loss of freedom associated with the destruction of capitalism and the hope that it has produced for billions of people around the world.”

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ALG urges Senate Judiciary Committee to revisit Holder Justice Department corruption

July 30, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to follow up on its investigation of alleged Justice Department corruption under former Attorney General Eric Holder during the Obama administration:

“More than seven years ago, the Department of Justice responded to a letter authored by then-Ranking Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley related to government corruption in the Virgin Islands with a denial of knowledge of any malfeasance.  Given the history of the DOJ between 2009 and 2017 of being less than forthcoming with information that would reflect badly on the Agency, Americans for Limited Government has filed a FOIA request asking for documents related to the underlying corruption case involving the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee should circle back with DOJ with a renewed effort to determine whether there was, as is alleged, a major corruption investigation over actions taken for a 10-year period which was undermined, as alleged, through the bribing of key U.S. DOJ prosecutors. Given the recent re-emergence of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the news, it is important to determine if DOJ prosecutors on the Island were compromised.”

Attachments:

Senator Chuck Grassley letter to the Justice Department, Feb. 10, 2012 at
https://www.scribd.com/doc/83019343/2012-02-10-CEG-to-DOJ-Virgin-Islands-Bribery

DOJ’s response to Senator Grassley, Feb. 24, 2012 at https://www.scribd.com/doc/83019345/2012-02-24-Response-to-Sen-Grassley

Americans for Limited Government FOIA Request, July 23, 2019 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/FOIA-Related-To-Public-Corruption-In-Holder-DOJ.pdf

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