The U.S. government should increase sanctions against North Korea in response to the Sony hack, while Americans should work to improve their personal cybersecurity, two Heritage Foundation experts Steve Bucci and Bruce Klingner said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning.

In a report last year, Klingner explains how the U.S. can isolate North Korea’s regime:

Rather than being used in isolation, sanctions and engagement are most effective when integrated into a comprehensive strategy that engages all of the instruments of national power. Not fully utilizing any element of national power reduces the effectiveness of U.S. foreign policy.

Bucci and Klingner are leading experts on cybersecurity and North Korea, respectively, and are among the only ones in Washington offering ideas on how to act in response.

This morning’s interview wasn’t the first time Heritage has weighed in on the Sony hack and subsequent fallout. Our experts have done dozens of interviews on the topic because Heritage has the credibility and command of the facts that news producers and the American public desire.

Do you agree that increased sanctions is the best way to respond to the attack?

North Korean Leader Kim-Jong Un     Credit: Yonhap News/YNA/Newscom

North Korea’s suspected hack of Sony Pictures, and the subsequent withdrawal of “The Interview” from theaters, was a blow against freedom.

“A tin-pot dictator was able to dictate what can be said in America,” Heritage’s Steve Bucci writes. “Our freedom of expression, guaranteed by our Constitution, has been abridged because of Kim Jung-un’s wounded pride. Freedom lost.”

So what do we do now? Rather than using North Korea’s suspected hack of Sony Pictures as a reason for new government regulations on cybersecurity, we should focus on resisting North Korean aggression through further sanctions and other measures to show we do not tolerate such attacks.

Heritage expert Bruce Klinger has previously explained how the U.S. should isolate North Korea’s regime:

The new Senate could instead be more amenable to imposing additional punitive measures on Pyongyang, particularly after another North Korean provocation. Such measures could include supporting the House-initiated North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2014 (H.R. 1771) as a way of pressing President Obama to enforce U.S. laws more fully.

Read more about the Sony Pictures cyber hack here and here.

What steps do you think the U.S. should take in response to the hack?

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Right-to-work laws make union dues voluntary. Without them, unions require that all contracted workers pay union dues, whether they want to join the union or not.

Unions have constructed several myths meant to cast right-to-work laws in a bad light.

Myth: Right to work laws prohibit unions.

Fact: Right-to-work laws make union dues voluntary. 

Myth:   Right-to-work laws lower wages.

Fact: Workers have the same or higher buying power in right-to-work states. 

Myth: Right-to-work laws divide Americans.

Fact: Americans overwhelmingly support right-to-work laws.

Read Heritage Foundation expert James Sherk’s full list of myths and facts about right-to-work laws for more.

Do you support right-to-work laws? Why or why not?

One huge chunk of federal spending that needs to be brought under control is the cost of welfare programs. The 1964 “War on Poverty” marked the beginning of taxpayer money being funneled to fight poverty. Fifty years later, spending on anti-poverty programs has skyrocketed–and has made no progress in actually ending poverty.

Welfare reform is an essential part of cutting spending and getting debt under control. Read more about The Heritage Foundation’s plan to reform welfare and reduce out-of-control government waste.

 Do you think we need another round of welfare reforms?

Heritage Founder Ed Feulner

Heritage Founder Ed Feulner started the internship program to help advance the conservative cause.

“One of the early concerns we had when we started Heritage was how to convey the conservative message to the next generation,” says Heritage Founder Ed Feulner. “We started the intern program to bring in dedicated young conservatives and show them the underlying principles behind conservative ideas.”

The program was launched in 1979 and quickly developed into an oasis young people across the nation seeking an alternative to the liberal indoctrination imposed by colleges and universities.

Feulner envisioned the Heritage internship program as a true learning experience. “An intern program should develop students’ skills and increase their knowledge of conservative principles that undergird a free society and make America a special place,” he explains. Continue Reading »

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