Thomas W. Colbert–Mississippi

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Heritage member Thomas Colbert poses with a portrait honoring his generosity.

Heritage member Thomas Colbert poses with a portrait honoring his generosity to the conservative cause.

It’s The Heritage Foundation’s commitment to free enterprise and limited government that motivated Thomas Colbert to make his first gift some 20 years ago.

“The more I found out about Heritage, the more impressed I became,” recalls Colbert, one of the biggest names in Mississippi finance.

He has since become a Heritage Legacy Society member and a major supporter of our work, especially our facility on Pennsylvania Avenue. “I decided to make the foundation one of my major beneficiaries,” he says, “and as I began making estate plans I set up a trust which includes The Heritage Foundation.” Continue Reading »

President Obama’s Climate Capitulation


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President Obama’s “historic” agreement  with China on climate change will cost you more money. Not only will it raise energy costs for all Americans, it will weaken our economy and decrease our nation’s competitive advantage.

Heritage Foundation expert Nick Loris explains the absurd logic of the deal:

China’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is akin to a pledge from a broke, addicted gambler to his bookie to pay later.  China is telling the United States to make the economic sacrifices and restrict its energy use now, and China will start reducing its emissions beginning in 2030. 

Read more about why this is a raw deal.

What do you think of President Obama’s climate deal?

Heritage’s James Dean Earns Award from Polish Government for Advancing Freedom

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Heritage's James Dean, second from right, won an award from Poland for his work to advance freedom. Photo:  Matthew Stefanski, Embassy of Poland

Heritage’s James Dean, second from right, won an award from Poland for his work to advance freedom. Photo: Matthew Stefanski, Embassy of Poland

The Heritage Foundation’s James Dean was recognized by the Republic of Poland last week for his “outstanding contribution to the building of democratic society and democratic institutions.”

During Independence Day celebrations at the Polish Embassy in Washington, Dean was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf.

Dean, who works at Heritage to communicate conservative ideas to America’s allies and build international coalitions for freedom, said he “feel[s] fortunate, humbled, and truly honored.”

Do you think it’s important to secure conservative ideas across the globe?

Why Heritage Action’s Sentinels Are Our ‘Third Punch’

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In order to change Washington, you need support from the people outside the Beltway. That’s why The Heritage Foundation’s sister organization, Heritage Action for America, started its Sentinel program.

“In order to really change Washington, you have to go over the heads of the elected officials and go directly to the people,” Sentinel coordinator Jessica Anderson told Heritage members last week at the President’s Club Meeting.

The Sentinels organize local conservatives in their hometowns and hold elected officials’ feet to the fire. They help ensure The Heritage Foundation’s conservative policy ideas are enacted into law.

“I see Action as the watchman on the wall,” one Georgia Sentinel said, “ready to sound the alarm.”

Heritage Action, Heritage Jim DeMint explained, it integral to Heritage’s mission:

We’ve got the research, we’ve got the communication, and now we’ve got what we call the third punch — Heritage Action . . .  they’re the tip of the spear providing advocacy and accountability to our elected officials.

Do you think accountability is important?

Sen. Rand Paul Makes the Case for ‘Minimized Government’

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The federal government needs to be “minimized” and interfere less in Americans lives, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said last week at The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club meeting in Washington.

The growth of executive power is particularly alarming, Paul said. “We have to get back to the point where any president — Democrat or Republican — is limited by the Constitution.”

Paul also said his book, Government Bullies was inspired in part by Heritage research on overcriminalization.

Do you think it’s imperative to restore a constitutionally limited government?

How Heritage Turns Your Conservative Policy Ideas into Reality

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A core mission of The Heritage Foundation is to generate ideas for policies based on your conservative principles. But ideas don’t change the world on their own.

If we want to make this country free, safe, and prosperous, then we need to make conservative ideas part of everyday life, Heritage experts Jen Marshall, Derrick Morgan, and Jim Carafano said last week at Heritage’s President’s Club Meeting.

The process of making your principles a reality involves three steps: Continue Reading »

This Senator-Elect Got His Start at Heritage 17 Years Ago


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As the election results came in last night, it became clear that conservative policy solutions resonated with Americans. Most winning campaigns ran against Obamacare, against the President’s proposed executive amnesty, and in favor of lower taxes, less spending, and limited, constitutional government.

One newly elected Senator who ran on a conservative platform began his career at The Heritage Foundation. Senator-elect Tom Cotton (R-AR) interned at, which was then a Heritage project, in 1997 while an undergraduate at Harvard. Inspired by Heritage, he spent a year at the Claremont Graduate School before going to law school and joining the military after 9/11. He was elected to Congress in November 2012.

Heritage’s internship program, part of our Young Leaders Program, is just one part of what Heritage does to educate the next generation of policymakers. All newly-elected members of Congress are invited to Heritage next week so they can get acquainted with Heritage and learn about the resources we offer. After the new Congress swears in, they’ll be invited to participate in the Conservative Members Retreat, which includes in-depth briefings on conservative solutions and the principles we stand for.

That Senator-elect Cotton got his start at Heritage is just another example of the importance of our long-term work to win conservative victories.

Do you think educating interns and members of Congress alike about conservative principles is the best way to ensure the future of the conservative movement?

Heritage’s James Carafano Explains Internet-Age National Security Threats at Berkeley

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James Carafano speaks at Berekley Law School.

The University of California, Berkeley is not known for being sympathetic of conservatives, let alone supportive.

But Heritage Foundation defense expert James Carafano found an attentive audience when he visited the Berkeley Law School earlier this month to discuss his book, Wiki at War.

Carafano’s book explores how the Internet has changed the nature of warfare and diplomacy. Wikileaks, for example, demonstrates how online vandalism can frustrate our foreign policy. More recently, ISIS and other terrorist groups have used the web to collaborate and recruit.

Update: We received the following praise from Alexander Smith, the president of the Berkeley Law Federalist Society: “Dr. Carafano’s engaging talk highlights our national security challenges and suggests cautionary notes. It was appreciated by all.”

How Heritage Builds Respect for America’s Founding Principles on Capitol Hill


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One of Heritage’s key missions is to educate lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff about your conservative principles and how they apply to today’s most critical debates.

Fifty-nine Senate and House staffers graduated last week from Heritage’s Congressional Fellowship program, which equips staffers with a solid grounding in America’s First Principles and knowledge of critical issues like cutting spending, protecting America, and restoring constitutional government.

The Congressional Fellowship is a weekly educational program for legislative and communications staff which runs from January to September. This year, Heritage held 24 luncheons on Capitol Hill featuring Heritage policy experts and leading conservative thinkers.

By educating these Capitol Hill staffers, we can pave the way for future conservative victories and change America’s course.

Do you think it’s important to communicate the principles of America’s Founding to Congressional staffers?

Should Conservative Groups Be Shut Down for Questioning Environmentalism?


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In a recent op-ed for EcoWatch, activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. called for all companies and organizations, including The Heritage Foundation, that don’t support a radical environmental agenda to be given a corporate “death penalty.”

Here’s what he argues:

I do, however, believe that corporations which deliberately, purposefully, maliciously and systematically sponsor climate lies should be given the death penalty. This can be accomplished through an existing legal proceeding known as “charter revocation.” State Attorneys General can invoke this remedy whenever corporations put their profit-making before the “public welfare.” . . .

Any state attorney general with the will, resolve and viscera to stand to up to the dangerous and duplicitous corporate propagandists, has authority to annul the charters of each of these mercenary merchants of deceit.

You know we’re making a difference when liberals question our motives, accuse us of being “mercenary merchants of deceit,” and call on the government to shutter us.

At Heritage, we’re in nobody’s pocket. Instead, we stand on principle, advancing policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Moreover, with 600,000 members, we’re the most broadly supported policy organization in America–and just 5 percent of our revenue comes from corporate donors.

Do you agree with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.? Should Heritage and other groups be disbanded for supporting conservative policy solutions?

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