Why Conservatives Should Favor Free Enterprise, Not Crony Capitalism

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All too many politicians are willing to use the power of big government to strengthen the position of corporate interests, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham explain in The Weekly Standard.

There’s a big difference between being pro-business in this sense and being pro-free enterprise. Free enterprise gets government out of the way and doesn’t reward the politically well-connected.

Conservatives, DeMint and Needham argue, should take a stand against cronyism and come down solidly on the side of free enterprise.

“Whether it’s ending Ex-Im, killing subsidies, or preventing further bailouts, conservatives have a sterling opportunity at this moment of uncertainty to reintroduce themselves to their countrymen as their legitimate advocates in Washington,” DeMint and Needham write. “They can hold the feet of faux-populist progressives to the fire, exposing them as the real shills for corporate interests.”

Read the whole piece here.

Do you think conservatives should favor big business or free enterprise?

Five Former Heritage Interns Selected for Prestigious Publius Fellowship

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The Claremont Institute announced its 2014 Publius Fellows this week. Of the 14 rising conservative leaders selected, five are former Heritage Foundation interns: Gregory Collins, Travis LaCouter, Emil Maine, Avi Snyder, and Edward Walton.

The Publius Fellows, all young conservatives “pursuing careers in politics, scholarship, journalism, and related fields,” will gather in July to study the “moral and political principles of the American constitutional order.”

Through 40 seminars and discussions with distinguished scholars, the fellows will discuss a variety of topics including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the the Federalist Papers. Publius is the pen name used by John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton to promote and defend the Constitution during the ratification debates.

Having participated in Heritage’s internship program, Collins, LaCouter, Maine, Snyder, and Walton are no strangers to conservative ideas. Heritage’s Young Leaders Program educates interns on American government and our founding principles through policy briefings and First Principles lectures. These will provide a solid foundation for these new fellows as they enter what has been called “boot camp for the political brain.”

Visit the Young Leaders Program page for more information about Heritage’s internship program.

Heritage Expert’s Book on the DOJ Featured on the Drudge Report

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The Drudge Report last week featured the new book by Heritage Foundation expert Hans von Spakovsky that exposes the truth about the Obama administration’s Justice Department.

Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department focuses on Attorney General Eric Holder and the abuses of power that have surrounded his tenure.

Screen shot of the Drudge Report.

“Obama’s Enforcer catalogues the abuses of power at the Department of Justice under Attorney General Holder,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says. “Rather than honoring its long history of bipartisan fidelity to the law, the DOJ has become an unapologetically partisan institution that aides and abets this Administration’s lawlessness and contempt for the Constitution.”

Read more about the book on National Review. 

A Bailout Won’t Fix College Costs. Here Are 3 Ways Congress Can Do Better

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Lindsey Burke

The Obama administration’s taxpayer bailout of student loan borrowers does nothing to change the cost of education, Heritage Foundation expert Lindsey Burke points out.

“After all,” she asks, “why should colleges reduce tuition rates if the government keeps increasing student-loan subsidies?”

In testimony last week before a Senate committee, Burke condemned the current higher-education borrowing system and called on Congress to take action:

  1. Stop the higher education spending spree;
  2. Employ fair-value accounting to understand the cost of federal student loans; and
  3. Decouple federal financing from accreditation

Read her whole testimony here.

Do you think the solution to soaring college costs is more subsidies for education?

Heritage Expert Lindsey Burke Explains the Problem with Common Core on Fox News

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Heritage Foundation expert Lindsey Burke told Fox Business’ John Stossel the problem with national standards in education last night:

The type of uniformity that Common Core or national standards creates assumes there is one best way for children to learn and it assumes we know what that one best way is. But every child is different. Every child has unique learning needs.

Burke quotes parents speaking out against Common Core: “What we’re seeing our kids bring home is total nonsense”.

Three states have now dropped out of Common Core as Americans realize its flaws: South Carolina and Oklahoma this week joined Indiana in withdrawing.

Read more Heritage research on Education here.

Watch the whole video above then tell us in the comments: Do you think Common Core is total nonsense?

Heritage’s Daily Signal Will Tell You the Stories the Mainstream Media Won’t

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The media aren’t giving Americans the full picture of what’s going on, says Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS News investigative reporter. The mainstream media tend “to censor or block stories that don’t fall in line with the message they want sent to the viewers,” Attkisson explains.

To fill this void, The Heritage Foundation launched The Daily Signal today as our multimedia news site.

In addition to news coverage that is fair, accurate, and trustworthy, The Daily Signal showcases and promotes the conservative commentary and policy analysis of The Heritage Foundation.  The Daily Signal establishes direct access to a broad audience, allowing our message to reach everyday Americans unfiltered. Continue Reading »

Heritage Expert Discusses Immigration Reform on C-SPAN

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America needs to reform its immigration system, Heritage Foundation vice president Derrick Morgan said today on C-SPAN, but should do so in a way that strengthens the economy and rejects amnesty.

Amnesty violates the rule of law by rewarding lawmakers and hurting those who followed the law, Morgan said during a 40-minute interview that included questions from around the country.

Read all Heritage research on immigration.

Watch the whole video above then tell us in the comments: Do you think amnesty is the right way to deal with immigration reform?

An NBC Reporter Praises Heritage? Yes.

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“Of all the think tanks in town, Heritage is the most efficient at getting the job done.”
–Steve Handelsman, NBC News

Heritage is committed not just to rigorous policy research, but also to communicating our message to the American people–and getting results. Even mainstream media outlets have taken note.

 

Heritage’s Nick Loris Helps Kick Off New NBC Series

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Earlier this month, NBC’s “Meet the Press” launched #MakeTheCase, a new web series featuring debates on key policy issues. So where do they turn to get the series off to a strong start? The Heritage Foundation.

The first video in the series features Heritage’s Nick Loris going head-to-head against the Sierra Club’s Michael Brune on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Watch the video above and then tell us in the comments, do you think we should build the Keystone XL pipeline?

Heritage’s Pfitzenmaier Crosses the Atlantic to Help Bridge the Generations

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Heather Pfitzenmaier

The Heritage Foundation’s Heather Pfitzenmaier recently represented the conservative movement at an international convention  of world leaders in Switzerland.

Pfitzenmaier, who directs Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, attended the St. Gallen Symposium, which features debates among world leaders about economic, political, and social issues.

This year’s conference focused on “the clash of generations,” especially how the views of the Millennial generation (those born roughly between 1980 and 2000) relate to those of older generations.

As the Director of the Young Leaders Program, Pfitzenmaier understands the importance of the conservative vision and the role young minds play in protecting America’s founding principles. The future of liberty depends on equipping the next generation with a strong foundation in these core ideas.

For example, Pfitzenmaier leads Heritage’s internship program to prepare young leaders to take on new responsibilities in the conservative movement.

Visit the Young Leaders Program page for more information about Heritage’s internship program and other opportunities for the next generation.

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