Paul Ryan Calls for an End to Big Government Cronyism in Heritage Speech

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about Heritage's Index of Economic Freedom .

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about Heritage’s Index of Economic Freedom . Photo: Katie Nielsen

Big government policies like regulations on commerce and cronyism are to blame for the United States’ 12th-place ranking in Heritage’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said today at The Heritage Foundation.

In a speech to help launch the Index, Ryan added that that Heritage has been instrumental in making the case against cronyism. Cronyism, which involves special interests using the power of government for their own benefit, is extraordinarily damaging to free economies.

“Opportunity for all and favoritism to none should be our creed at home and abroad,” Ryan said. “Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None” is the name of a 192-page Heritage report detailing a policy agenda for the new Congress.

What do you think are the real saboteurs of a free economy?

Paul Ryan Will Launch Heritage’s 21st Index of Economic Freedom Tomorrow

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The 2015 Index of Economic Freedom

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be at The Heritage Foundation tomorrow to help launch the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.

America was ranked 12th in last year’s Index, behind countries like Chile, Denmark, and Estonia. Ryan’s speech will focus on how America can improve its rank in the Index and reclaim global leadership in economic freedom.

This will be the 21st edition of the Index of Economic Freedom, which has been produced in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal since 1995. The Index evaluates economic conditions and government policies in 186 countries and ranks them from most free to least free. Since its inception, the Index has tracked the progress of economic freedom around the globe and measured the impact of advancing economic liberty.

If you can’t attend in person at Heritage, be sure to tune in online to watch Rep. Ryan (R-WI) announce the release of the 2015 Index.

If North Korea is Reading our Work, Then Maybe President Obama Should Too

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Heritage Foundation Korea expert Bruce Klingner was in Seoul, South Korea recently. There, Klingner was introduced to a North Korean defector who was a former diplomat. Upon realizing Klingner was from Heritage, the defector smiled and said that The Heritage Foundation is very famous in North Korea:

Heritage papers are read, including by the senior leadership, to get one important view of the world. The papers are widely read, especially those on Korea.

He also had a warning for America: he said North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs are more advanced than we realize.

As Klingner has said before, “North Korea poses a growing national security threat to our nation and its allies. Pyongyang continues to augment and refine its nuclear and missile arsenals.” And without a firm response from the Obama administration, subsequent threats will arise.

Do you think the Obama administration should strengthen its response to North Korea?

Viewed One Million Times Last Year, Heritage Reports Spread the Conservative Argument

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The Heritage Foundation’s conservative policy reports were read online more than one million times last year. That’s millions of Americans — policymakers and citizens alike — who are more educated on the conservative principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Here are the top 20 most popular reports from 2014: Continue Reading »

Needham and DeMint Make the Case for Conservative Solutions in Roll Call


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Roll Call is newspaper everyone on the Hill reads. If you want to get your message to the people who will make a difference in Washington, there’s no better place to publish than Roll Call.

So when Heritage Action for America CEO Mike Needham and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint wanted to get the word out on conservative policy solutions, they knew exactly where to go. They write:

Over the past several years, conservative rising stars and outside scholars have produced a wide array of innovative policy solutions that provide a real governing vision. Those proposals could serve not only as the framework for a year of meaningful legislative action, but also as the core elements of the next president’s first-year legislative agenda . . .We write today as conservatives eager to see the Republican Party be more true to its declared principles and for the left’s populist rhetoric to be exposed for the sham that it is. Through subsidies, bailouts and anti-competitive regulations, big government has done far more to enrich and entrench the powerful than it has done to help working Americans struggling to overcome joblessness, dependency and stagnating wages.

If conservative legislation is going to succeed, we need lawmakers on our side. This means we need to connect with their staffs and make the case to them–and that’s exactly what Needham and DeMint looking to do.

Do you think it’s just as important to reach out to lawmakers as it is to make the case to the American people?

Heritage Expert in USA Today: Liberal Policies Suppress Wages

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Heritage Foundation expert James Sherk explains in USA Today that Obamacare and other liberal policies actually suppress wages:

Economic theory predicts that when benefit costs rise, employers cut wages. Empirical research confirms this prediction. Ironically, some of the most rigorous evidence for offsetting wage cuts comes from Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who boasted the health law takes advantage of Americans’ “stupidity.”

This raises the question of who liberal policies actually benefit if not workers. Tell us what you think in the comments.

Lawmakers, Heritage Action Drive the Debate at the Conservative Policy Summit


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More than twenty conservative lawmakers came to The Heritage Foundation this week to participate in Heritage Action for America’s second annual Conservative Policy Summit. The event helped unify conservatives around a positive agenda, including a 192-page book of policy recommendations from Heritage Foundation experts.

The lawmakers who attended have introduced innovative, principled conservative legislation. They agree with Heritage Action — The Heritage Foundation’s sister organization — that for too long the agenda in Washington has been defined by well-connected special interests, not the conservative principles that help the American people. That’s why the Summit focused around the theme of “opportunity for all, favoritism for none.” It’s also why Heritage Action is advocating for practical policy agendas that create opportunities for all Americans and don’t pick favorites.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave a stirring speech about the ten ways conservative principles can make American lives better. Watch the video above.

The other lawmakers who participated included Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL), Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

And the press was all over it. Here are just a few of the clips that have come out this week:

Do you think America is ready for real conservative leadership?

Obama Would ‘Veto Common Sense’ With His Promised Keystone XL Veto


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For almost seven years now, President Obama has been drinking from a liberal fire hose, dutifully swallowing and repeating misinformation about the Keystone XL pipeline, all to the detriment of the American people.

And now he’s promised to veto the legislation moving through Congress to approve the pipeline.

Heritage Foundation expert Nick Loris explains how effective the liberal misinformation is: Continue Reading »

Video: ‘The Free World Is at War Against a Vicious Enemy’


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The free world needs “robust leadership” to counter terrorists like those who brutally attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris, Heritage’s Nile Gardiner told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

“This is a war really for the survival of our civilization against vicious individuals who seek our destruction,” said Gardiner, who directs Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. “We simply cannot give into these individuals.”

This is a battle for our God-given rights of life and liberty. That’s why every leader in the West needs to join forces to fight against the usurpation of these rights.

“There is no doubt about it,” he explained. “We are at war against militant Islamists who seek our destruction and the destruction of everything that we stand for.

Do you think the Obama administration is offering the “robust leadership” we need to fight the radical Islamists?

President Obama’s Cuba ‘Betrayal’


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Two weeks ago, President Obama made the surprise decision to reestablish relations with Cuba and lift the 50-year embargo. This is a poorly thought-out policy that rewards Cuba’s communist dictatorship.

One of Heritage’s policy experts experienced the Castro regime first-hand. Ana Quintana explains why she will never support what she calls President Obama’s “betrayal”: Continue Reading »

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