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The Grover Norquist Show: The Obama Economic Recovery: Can It Even Be Called a Recovery?

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Posted by Michael Eyerman on Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 11:35 AM PERMALINK

In the 54th episode of the Grover Norquist show, ATR president Grover Norquist discusses the economic recovery since the crash of 2008 and where we currently stand in comparison to other recoveries in U.S. economic history.p>

As Norquist states in the podcast, “the Obama recovery [is] the weakest recovery since 1960” and “it’s way below the average, it’s significantly below the Reagan recovery”. President Obama’s policies of Obamacare and stimulus packages has left the United States in higher mountains of debt and slow economic growth. If the United States’ economy grew like it did during the Reagan recovery then the US GDP would be $4trillion greater and with 13 million more jobs.

A new President with a Republican controlled House and Senate can put the United States back on the track to greater growth and an overall better economy.

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The U.S. Senate Voted to Permanently Ban Internet Access Taxes

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Posted by Michael Eyerman on Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 5:22 PM PERMALINK

The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly voted to permanently ban Internet Access Taxes. The prohibition was included in a larger customs bill that passed with a vote of 75-20. Now, the bill and the internet access tax ban will be sent to President Obama for his signature.

The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act ensures that Americans’ internet access will never be taxed by state or local governments. Since 1998 the ban has been reauthorized over half-a-dozen times.

By voting today to permanently ban internet access taxes, Congress has ensured that Americans all around the country can have access to broadband internet without a fear of burdensome prices.

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Millennials: A Generation in Financial Chaos

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Posted by Michael Eyerman on Thursday, February 4th, 2016, 12:02 PM PERMALINK

Millennials are set to become one of the most important constituencies in the 2016 election cycle. This generation faces many diverse issues as they enter the workforce and move out from under the umbrella of their parents. Generation Opportunity, a grassroots organization that represents the interests of Millennials, put out the 2016 State of the Millennial Report, which highlights many of the issues that Millennials are facing today and in the future.

Here are three of their main findings:

  • Millennials face stagnant economic opportunities. As an increasing amount of younger Americans join the workforce the unemployment rate for millennials soars above other generations. Currently, unemployment for 18-29 year olds is around 8%; much higher than the 3.7% for those over the age of 29. Also, many millennials have given up looking for a job all together after a search that has left them unemployed and frustrated with the country’s current economic state.
  • Expanding higher education costs and low wages have put many millennials in a dire financial mess. As young Americans are attending colleges and universities around the country and with tuition rising at rapid rates, millions of young Americans find themselves with mountains of debt. In addition the report states, millennials face “lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations.” With higher unemployment and underemployment rates, this all makes for Millennials to be the first generation that is worse off than the previous one. 
  • Government debt has become an uncontrollable monster that Millennials will be forced to pay. The US national debt is almost $19 trillion and continues to grow every day. Millennials are going to be forced to pay the bill. Elected officials continue to spend an excessive amount of taxpayer money and ignore the snowballing national debt. One particular program that will cause millennials many sleepless nights is Social Security, which is set to go bankrupt in 2034 almost a decade before the first millennials are set to receive their benefits.

 

With the 2016 election cycle underway, it is time for millennials to vote for candidates who stand to do something about these issues and protect future generations. 

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Alabama Senate Candidate, Jonathan McConnell Makes Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Michael Eyerman on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 11:55 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates businessman Jonathan McConnell for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Alabama to oppose higher taxes. McConnell is running in a primary race against incumbent Senator Richard Shelby. Senator Shelby has been a signatory of the Pledge since taking office in 1987.   The primary is set to take place on March 1, 2016. 

McConnell serves as President of Meridian Global Consulting LLC, a company that provides security and intelligence work to clients around the world. McConnell started the company after serving in the United States Marine Corps, leaving with the rank of Captain and was awarded the Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Service. 

“I want to congratulate Jonathan McConnell for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Until you take tax increases firmly off the table, true and lasting spending restraint is impossible,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.” 

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representatives to governors to US Senators and Presidential candidates, have signed the Pledge. 

“We are very excited about his commitment to the taxpayers of Alabama,” continued Norquist. 

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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