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Heritage Foundation interns pose with Angelise Schrader of Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, fourth from left, and a veteran representing the Wounded Warrior Project

Heritage Foundation staff and interns raised more than $4,000 this month for the Wounded Warriors Project through our fifth annual book fair.

Heritage staff and friends donated books, including books on history and conservative policy, which were then sold by members of Heritage’s Young Leaders Program. Proceeds were donated to Wounded Warriors, which works to aid injured veterans as they adjust to life after service.

The Wounded Warriors Project is of special significance to Heritage, since many Heritage staff members are veterans, and several currently serve in the National Guard or reserve units. Heritage believes strongly in both a strong national defense and in taking care of those who have sacrificed for our country.

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Clockwise from top right: Alexandra Smith, Caitlin Poling, and Heather Pfitzenmaier. Photos: RedAlertPolitics

The Heritage Foundation’s Heather Pfitzenmaier and two former Heritage interns, Alexandra Smith and Caitlin Poling, have been selected for the annual Red Alert Politics “30 under 30” list, which recognizes rising young conservative stars.

“Heather’s understanding and commitment to conservative principles plus her enthusiasm and dedication to advancing great ideas to young leaders are attributes that make her shine as a leader,” said Heritage vice president Becky Norton Dunlop. “She is a consummate professional and is noticeably very personal and genuinely invested in each person she meets, making her an obvious role model for principled young people.”

Pfitzenmaier, an alumnus of Heritage’s intern program who directs Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, also received an honor from Forbes for being one of the young Americans making an impact on law and policy. She also received the 2012 Buckley Award from the Young Conservatives Coalition.

In an interview with Red Alert Politics, Pfitzenmaier explained why it’s  important for young conservatives to become involved in the movement: Continue Reading »

Nicolas Loris

Nicolas Loris

The House of Representatives rejected a big-government energy bill this week and approved an important reform to the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. Both conservative victories were inspired by Heritage Foundation research.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) had proposed legislation to “create a number of taxpayer-supported government programs to extract and recycle domestic rare earth minerals,” Heritage expert Nicolas Loris explains. A better solution than subsidies, Loris argues, would be to limit government restrictions on production and trade.

Thanks in part to Loris’ work to draw public attention to this proposal, and a key-vote against the bill by Heritage Action for America, Swalwell’s bill failed in the House.

Meanwhile, House lawmakers approved a bill from Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) that would pilot important reforms to the DOE’s national laboratories. Heritage experts have long been urging Congress to make these sorts of reforms (link in PDF) to enable the private sector to take advantage of basic research at these labs.

This is another example of how Heritage uses policy research and communications, as well as our partnership with the grassroots activists at Heritage Action, to win conservative victories.

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High tax rates mean that only two thirds of the money you earn ends up in your pocket, Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore reports in the new Index of Culture and Opportunity:

Americans effectively work one day a week to pay federal taxes and the other four days to pay their bills and take care of their families. Taking into account state and local taxes, almost one in three dollars of a worker’s earnings go to the tax collector.

The government also imposes an “invisible tax of lost productivity and output” since “the federal tax code punishes saving, investment and business creation.”

And it will only get worse, according to Moore: “Tax burdens are likely to continue climbing if we do not rein in our rapidly growing debt. Without government spending reductions, taxes will likely rise.”

Be sure to read Heritage’s entire Index of Culture and Opportunity. The Index of Culture and Opportunity tracks key social and economic indicators to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right track.

Does this crushing tax burden worry you?

welfareWelfare spending has significantly increased over the last decade, according to Heritage’s new Index of Culture and Opportunity.

This has real consequences, encouraging a culture of dependence. But the welfare reforms of the 1990s–guided by Heritage research–offer a way forward, New York University’s Lawrence Mead explains in the Index:

In light of welfare reform, the best hope to reaffirm a culture of achievement is to combine “help and hassle”: Assist the needy but also demand that they do more to help themselves. Recent education and training programs are increasingly telling their clients that they must meet accepted standards and go to work in available jobs. . .

By promoting work where possible, we can promote the self-reliant qualities needed to make marriage and family possible. Stronger workers can be stronger parents, able to prepare the next generation to flourish in a free society.

Be sure to read Heritage’s entire Index of Culture and Opportunity. The Index of Culture and Opportunity tracks key social and economic indicators to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right track.

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