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

CheOC, Omar and Tlaib, Oh My!

By Rick Manning It is almost as if the Democrats want to lose the 2020 presidential election. Most of their front-runners and all who currently serve as federal election officials eagerly signed onto Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ — hereafter “CheOC” — Green New Deal legislation and embraced her […]


Comcast’s ugly history of intellectual property theft

By Rick Manning Today is World IP day, a day dedicated to raise awareness of how patents impact our daily life and to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the economic vitality of our nation. Intellectual property rights are foundational to capitalism […]


Unemployment claims lowest since 1969 despite workforce twice the size as Trump economy roars ahead

By Rick Manning The U.S. Labor Department reports that for the third week in a row, unemployment claims have hit low levels not seen since September of 1969 and that the less volatile four-week moving average has reached lows last achieved in November of 1969.   What makes this […]


Sri Lanka Easter massacres underscore threat posed to the West and Christianity

By Rick Manning Christians across the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion by Roman soldiers just outside of Jerusalem a little less than 2000 years ago this past Sunday. In Sri Lanka, Christian worshippers in three churches experienced the horror of […]


Mueller report slam dunk vindication of President Trump

By Rick Manning 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 […]


President Trump’s policies are helping restore American energy dominance

By Rick Manning President Trump’s determination to end damaging regulations on energy production has unleashed American innovators to remake the world’s energy markets as the United States is now a net energy exporter.  Private companies and individuals freed up to focus on getting oil, natural gas and […]


Jobs report signals steady economy in first quarter

By Rick Manning Why was I eagerly anticipating at the Labor Department job report for March? Job reports are boring and they are usually more of a trailing indicator of the nation’s economic direction as the last thing that employers do is lay off employees when heading […]


Forget inverted interest rates: A case for continued American economic growth

By Rick Manning The office discussions at Americans for Limited Government are lively with voices often raised over various interpretations of what the news of the day means. While none of us are economists and we don’t even belong to the Holiday Inn Rewards Program, we still […]


Tale of two countries

By Rick Manning The State of Maryland failed by one vote in the Senate to pass assisted suicide legislation to go along with trying to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour ending more than 90,000 jobs and pushing business […]


No conspiracy or coordination with Russia on election interference and no obstruction clears Trump

By Rick Manning Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his final report to Attorney General William Barr determined that “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Similarly, Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney […]


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 […]

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