Rick Manning

Rick Manning is the President Americans for Limited Government and can be reached at rmanning@getliberty.org. A long time public affairs professional, Rick served as the Public Affairs Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor during the George W. Bush Administration, where he was twice recognized by the Secretary for Exceptional Achievement.

Born and raised in southern California, Rick graduated from the University of Southern California working his way through school running political campaigns.

Shortly thereafter, he became a state lobbyist for the National Rifle Association for nine years responsible for the southeastern United States, Maryland and New Jersey. At NRA, Rick worked closely with local groups to pass the groundbreaking concealed carry law in Florida which has subsequently served as a national model.

A veteran of dozens of corporate communications and grassroots campaigns, Manning has emerged as a leading voice in the conservative community with columns appearing in The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, FoxNews.com and other major publications across the nation.

A resident of Maryland where he is a former town council member locally, Rick is active in his local church and is married to his college sweetheart.

Rick Manning

America wins with new international cargo ship fuel regulation 

By Rick Manning An international regulation coming out of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) would both significantly lower pollution levels being generated by the container shipping industry while also benefitting the U.S. oil refining industry and those who work in it. It is no secret […]


A St. Patrick’s Day lesson for Ireland on good tax policy

By Rick Manning As originally published at TheHill.com. One of the enduring legends associated with Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland — whose feast day many of us will celebrate Sunday — is the sprouting into a living tree of the ash walking stick he planted into the soil of Aspatria. Similarly, investment […]


No cuts allowed in D.C.

By Rick Manning In Washington, D.C., every spending program and tax break has a constituency that fights for it.  This is why they exist, because somewhere, someone believes that Warren Buffett needs a wind production tax credit, and that opera programming should be taxpayer funded. These constituencies […]


America’s fiscal house of cards

By Rick Manning America is in deep financial trouble, and it is getting increasingly difficult to grow out of it.  This past year, our nation’s economy grew at a faster rate than at any time since 2005 at 2.9 percent, but the outlays (spending) grew much faster […]


Government does not create jobs

By Rick Manning Government does not create jobs, the private sector creates jobs. This is the basic rule that gets obscured in the political back and forth over the economy.  And truthfully, it is very tempting to forget when you work for the government focused upon trying […]


The threat of socialism looms over U.S. in 2020 and beyond

By Rick Manning This column is unusual.  I usually do not write about experiences around the Capitol Beltway, but the opportunity to talk to dozens of radio, television and videoblog talkers and reporters at the Conservative Political Action Conference put on by the American Conservative Union changes […]


U.S.-China tech balance of power at risk in FTC case

By Rick Manning Protection of intellectual property is one of the primary stumbling blocks in the ongoing trade negotiations between the United States and China. It is not being hyperbolic to say that China’s long-standing and on-going demands that intellectual property rights be relinquished by businesses accessing […]


Green New Deal would cost America everything

By Rick Manning Adapted from testimony before the House Western Caucus. Cost estimates have come out for the Green New Deal — some say $93 trillion dollars, but the truth is that the plan actually would cost America much more — it would cost our nation everything. It would cost the ability of individuals to […]


Trump should end political junk science regulations by restoring scientific transparency to regulatory process

By Rick Manning Earlier this week I joined about twenty of my conservative colleagues in Washington, D.C. and around the country in signing a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to sign an Executive Order mandating “full transparency of all scientific data and studies used to justify all […]


It’s Texas time in border fight as Lone Star State called on to declare emergency, too

By Rick Manning Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) got it 100 percent correct when in response to President Donald trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border he suggested that the state of Texas “should also consider a similar declaration” of national emergency due to the illegal […]


Imagine no freedom, it’s easy if you try

By Rick Manning Everyone is talking about the Green New Deal, and how it would end domestic airline travel, the internal combustion engine, fossil fuel usage, most electricity generation and even ban cow flatulence. You have groups guessing what the cost of the Green New Deal would […]


Trump economy roars ahead with 296,000 new private sector jobs created in January

By Rick Manning Washington D.C. economy watchers were holding their collective breaths waiting for the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to release its January surveys measuring individual employment and business hiring reports and the results were somewhat predictable. A huge gain in jobs created in the […]


Observations from a very bizarre week in Washington, D.C….

By Rick Manning Point One: Senators Tom Cotton and Mike Lee made the right decision to oppose the funding bill offered by Majority Leader McConnell on Thursday, January 24th which included money for the wall for three reasons: First, it was a show vote that was not […]


Inflation is low, real wages are up — Washington, D.C. needs to butt out on minimum wage

  By Rick Manning As originally published at Investor’s Business Daily. It is official. Inflation for 2018 settled in at 1.9 percent  for the year, with just 0.8 percent of that in the final six months of the year.  Real wages for 2018 increased measured against inflation increased by $4.39 a week. This means that if inflation […]


True Trump legacy renewed economy, restored hope

By Rick Manning Amidst all of the focus on the partial government shutdown and the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border, the fact that President Trump has now been in office for a full two years cannot be lost, and quite a two years it […]

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