Labor market reaches almost 50-year unemployment low

May 3, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers:

“The Trump economy continued to roar ahead with 263,000 jobs created in April of 2019, 236,000 in the private sector.  The unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percent to an almost shocking 50 year low at 3.6 percent. When coupled with the just announced Q1 Gross Domestic Product estimate of 3.2 percent inflation-adjusted, annualized growth, the economy appears to have smooth sailing for the short-term future.

“But because our job is to also point out foreseeable headwinds, there are a number of yellow flags that popped up in the just released Labor Department report.

“First, at least a portion of the drop in the unemployment rate was directly related to a significant decline in the number of Americans in the workforce, and for the third month in a row, job growth in the very important manufacturing sector has been tepid to non-existent with only 12,000 manufacturing jobs created since February of 2019.

“These lag signs argue against Congress and the President becoming complacent in their handling of fiscal issues impacting our nation’s economic growth and indeed the continuation of the currently robust workforce.

“An example of an action which Congress should begin tackling and passing now is the U.S., Mexico, Canada trade deal that would replace NAFTA.  In a very modest estimate of the economic value of the USMCA, an International Trade Commission report found that the deal would add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy and create 176,000 new jobs with manufacturing experiencing the ‘largest percentage gains in output, export, wages and employment…’

“Additionally, the rumblings that Congress is considering increasing gasoline taxes to pay for additional infrastructure spending would negate some of the wage gains that are finally being realized across the workforce. These wage gains along with the tax cuts the vast majority of people received have spurred the increases in consumer spending which many economists claim drove the GDP increase in the past quarter.

“President Trump’s agenda is working because it has unleashed the pent-up U.S. economy through a combination of tax and regulation cuts and better trade deals. Now Congress needs to work with President Trump to further support the U.S. economy.”

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Attorney General Barr destroys obstruction question on potential special counsel removal

May 1, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement commenting on Attorney General William Barr’s testimony that “as a matter of law, the Department’s position would be that the President can direct the termination or replacement of a special counsel” and “If the President is being falsely accused, which the evidence now suggests that the accusations against him were false, and he knew they were false, and he felt the investigation was unfair, propelled by his political opponents and was hampering his ability to govern, that is not a corrupt motive for replacing an independent counsel” on the question of President Donald Trump’s consideration of removing Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation:

“Anybody who has any questions about whether the President obstructed justice need only refer to Attorney General Barr’s statement that as a matter of law the President has the power to terminate or replace a special counsel, and that if that special counsel’s investigation is predicated upon a false allegation, in this case that the President was a Russian agent when that was in fact false and he knew it to be false, and that the investigation was hampering his ability to govern, that replacing him for that reason is not a corrupt motive essential to proving an obstruction charge. And if they don’t understand it, get a dictionary.”

Attachments:

“Without collusion, there is no obstruction as Mueller scrambles to make the case against President Trump,” 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/

To view online: https://getliberty.org/2019/05/attorney-general-barr-destroys-obstruction-question-on-potential-special-counsel-removal/

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Maxine Waters complains that HUD is no longer implementing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation

May 1, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to House Finance Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters’ complaint that, “In 2018, HUD Secretary Ben Carson halted implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule…”:

“Waters’ complaint that AFFH is no longer being implemented is testimony to the value of fighting tough issues few are focusing on.  In 2015, Rep. Paul Gosar acted on the attempt by the Obama administration to take functional control over most of the local zoning decisions across America through a regulation known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.

“Working closely together, Rep. Gosar and Americans for Limited Government were successful in getting the House to pass language prohibiting the implementation of the regulation federalizing local zoning decisions but were blocked in the Senate even with Senator Mike Lee working overtime to try to convince his colleagues.

“After a couple of years pushing the prohibition through the House, in 2016 Senator Susan Collins of Maine proposed an alternative, less aggressive prohibition which passed through the Senate 87 to 9 as part of the Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill, was affirmed by the House and signed by President Obama as part of a bigger package.

“The truth is that HUD would be trapped enforcing the regulatory destruction of local control if not for the efforts of Rep. Gosar and Senators Lee and Collins.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby also deserve credit for steering this important policy rider through the Appropriations process and into law, and carrying it over into the Trump administration and in current law.

“Chairwoman Waters’ angst that D.C. bureaucrats using census maps are not determining which kind of housing can go into what parcels of land in every city that participates in federal redevelopment grant programs should be celebrated by anyone who believes in the Constitutional separation of powers and federalism.

“This on-going victory is a reminder that fighting the hidden battles to limit the size and scope of government matters, and as President of Americans for Limited Government, stopping this massive federal government overreach is an achievement which we are immensely proud.”

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AT&T discrimination against conservatives needs to stop

April 29, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging AT&T to deal with websites seeking ad dollars on an even-handed footing regardless of political viewpoints after discrimination against conservative websites was revealed by the National Center of Public Policy Research:

“Recently it was revealed that AT&T has engaged in discriminatory activity against conservative websites seeking advertising revenues. AT&T should take two steps to make certain that the enormous power of the AT&T-Time Warner merger is not abused in the future. First, everyone involved in the discriminatory activity should be fired. Second, AT&T should enter into an agreement with the Justice Department that prevents political discrimination on their platforms in the future as a sign of good faith.

“Americans for Limited Government agrees with the Justice Department’s original position that the AT&T Time Warner merger should not have been allowed to occur, and continues to be extremely concerned about the vertical consolidation of media. Now it is up to AT&T to make certain that they institute policies that mitigate the legitimate concerns revolving around this massive abuse of power.”

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Strong Trump economy at 3.2 percent growth in first quarter defies expectations

April 26, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising U.S. economic growth that came in at 3 percent inflation-adjusted in the first quarter of 2016:

“With 3.2 percent growth in the first quarter, President Donald Trump’s policies of lower taxes, less regulation and better trade deals is destroying the expectations of economists stuck in the Obama-Biden new normal stagnant growth mindset. Wages are up, inflation is stable and jobs are plentiful. The only surprise is some economists refuse to see the reality right in front of them.”

Attachments:

“Government shutdowns don’t cause recessions. The Trump economy grew at 3.2 percent in the first quarter.” By Robert Romano, April 26, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/04/government-shutdowns-dont-cause-recessions-the-trump-economy-grew-at-3-2-percent-in-the-first-quarter/

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ALG praises Carson for putting America’s poor first

April 19, 2019, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for a proposed regulation that will ensure that federal housing assistance goes to Americans first before illegal immigrants:

“Compassion is a core American value. HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s refocusing eligibility requirements for housing assistance to align with legal requirements that mandate only citizens and legal residents qualify for such assistance, is 100 percent in alignment with this value. In Miami-Dade County, legal housing assistance qualifiers have waited in line for over 10 years for help, and it is unconscionable that their roofs are being taken by illegal aliens. Carson’s prudent action to remediate this injustice is just one more example of how the Trump administration is seeking to restructure our government’s priorities to benefit those who follow the law over those who simply demand services regardless of eligibility. The only compassionate response is to support Secretary Carson’s effort to make certain that those who are eligible under the law are the beneficiaries of the social safety net that America provides.”

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Mueller report vindicates Trump, no conspiracy or coordination with Russia

April 18, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response the final report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

“Robert Mueller’s report is a slam dunk vindication of President Trump, who was the victim of an intelligence agency operation designed to entrap him and those around him in process crime snares, even as they knew that there was not a sufficient basis to say there was any conspiracy by Trump, his campaign or any American with Russia to interfere with the election.  Mueller himself writes that ‘the evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election,’ which was defined as operations to do with hacking the DNC and John Podesta emails and an inconsequential social media campaign by a Russian company.

“This is unequivocal, but not a surprise to anyone who was profiteering off of this fake news driven conspiracy theory.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who is no friend to President Trump, said in March 2017, ‘We had no evidence of collusion.’

“Additionally, lead FBI investigator and proven Trump hater, Peter Strzok texted his then lover, FBI agent Lisa Page, that ‘there’s no big there there’ in talking about the Russia case.

“And even former CIA Director Michael Morell is quoted in March 2017 as saying, ‘There is no fire, at all.’

“Yet our nation and those associated with the Trump campaign, transition team and administration were subjected to about a three-year long investigation, including nearly two years by a special counsel who was appointed to investigate something that everyone knew was false.

“Professional Trump critics like former CIA Director John Brennan were regulars on MSNBC stoking the collusion fires later claiming that he perhaps had ‘bad information.’ The partisan media outlets like ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC along with the entire Corporation for Public Broadcasting taxpayer funded hierarchy breathlessly repeated planted rumor after planted rumor promising viewers that this time, they really had Donald Trump.

“And today in the aftermath of the collapse of their delusion, they cling to their age old approach to attack the messenger, Attorney General William Barr, because the pedestal they had built for the special counsel was too high for them to tear down in time to not have egg on their faces.

“No conspiracy with Russia by Trump is great news for America.  One could hope that the left-wing corporate media machines will learn a lesson and return to journalism, but that is not what they are — instead they are advocates getting paid to culturally transform America. If anything good is to come out of this national embarrassment, it is my hope that the media emperors who have been running around with no clothes are finally seen for the frauds that they are, and as a result, the public denies them the one thing they need — viewers and listeners.  In doing so those who have perpetuated this Russian collusion fraud through hours upon hours of anti-Trump coverage will be denied the dollars from selling soap to those very viewers who they colluded to trick into believing that Donald Trump was a traitor to his country.

“Now, the Attorney General needs to get to work to determine who abused the legal protections in place to stop this kind of intelligence abuse and take all available measures against them to make certain that this never happens again, as well as recommend reforms to ensure that the FISA Court ceases to be a rubber stamp for spying.”

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Call Pelosi’s UK trade hate bluff

April 17, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for opposing any proposed U.S.-United Kingdom trade agreement:

“Speaker Pelosi’s stated refusal to consider a U.S.-United Kingdom stand-alone trade deal would put $141 billion of exports to the United Kingdom in jeopardy, including $66 billion of goods exports of machinery, aircraft and agricultural products that we currently ship there. Those goods could be stranded at our ports if a trade deal is not negotiated and approved by Congress.

“It is clear that Pelosi is following in former President Obama’s tradition when he removed Winston Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, Pelosi’s knee-jerk anti-British attitude could have far more serious ramifications for American workers and our nation as a whole. The U.S. does not hold sway over what the terms of Brexit are. President Trump needs to submit a separate deal to Congress when the time comes and call Pelosi’s bluff and see if she can hold her Democratic majority together. It’s time to break San Francisco’s stranglehold on the rest of America.”

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ALG applauds Qualcomm-Apple legal settlement as victory for intellectual property

April 16, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising a legal settlement between Qualcomm and Apple:

“Today’s announced settlement of a lawsuit pitting the Apple Corporation and San Diego, California-based Qualcomm over the intellectual property rights of the southern California chipmaker is a very positive affirmation that patents and licensing agreements still matter in 21st century America.

“The contentious suit centered on allegations that Apple infringed on the patent rights of Qualcomm which invented and produces the chip/brain that allows a mobile device to communicate with other devices digitally.  The 3G and 4G technology developed by Qualcomm has been used in mobile devices around the world and the licensing fees derived from these inventions are funding the development of the future 5G chip.

“Ultimately, the very concept of property rights which underpins the free market system were reaffirmed in this agreement, and in that, every American should breathe a sigh of relief at this resolution.”

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President Trump should declare human traffickers terrorist organizations and deal with accordingly as southern border crisis escalates

April 15, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest data from Custom and Border Patrol showing 103,492 apprehensions on the southern border in March:

“No rational person can still doubt that there is a crisis at the southern border with over 103,000 apprehensions in March alone, the highest in a decade. This is a crisis the President anticipated with requests for funding for the wall and meeting humanitarian needs at the border, a request that Congressional Democrats largely rejected and shut down the government for 35 days to protest. The problem is now so severe that the President should simply declare the human trafficking cartels who are profiteering off the illegal immigration surge to be terrorist organizations and treated accordingly. The costs to both the American taxpayer and to those who depend upon our nation’s generous social safety net is unacceptable, but what’s worse is it is now endangering our national security, and those in Mexico who are facilitating the trafficking need to be dealt with the full force of the law.”

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