Heritage on TV This Weekend

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Watch out for Heritage experts on national television and radio this weekend:

  • Tonight at 7:40 p.m. Eastern on Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, Genevieve Wood will discuss immigration reform.
  • Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. on the Larry Kudlow Show, President Jim DeMint will discuss his book, “Falling in Love with America Again.”
  • And tomorrow morning on PBS’ To the Contrary, Senior Contributor Genevieve Wood will discuss gender and society, sexual harassment, and “Jesus Feminists.”

Be sure to tune in!

What Heritage Did Last Year

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2013 was a busy year for Heritage and the conservative movement. This infographic, published in our new 2013 Annual Report (link in PDF), offers a quick look at our accomplishments.

Heritage in 2013 by the Numbers

Heritage’s Genevieve Wood Explains Liberals’ Misleading Rhetoric on Women on CNN

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In a CNN debate with former Obama White House press secretary Anita Dunn, The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood said that the Obama administration is doling out bad rhetoric that discourages young women.

The White House must stop promoting the myth that women are paid significantly less than men because of their sex, Wood explained. Pay discrepancies instead reflect life and career choices, she said.

“We ought to be celebrating where women are,” Wood continued.

Watch the whole debate in the video above.

Do you think liberals’ “war on women” rhetoric goes too far?

6 Former Heritage Interns Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

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Six former Heritage Foundation interns have been recognized as key leaders in strengthening the conservative movement.

The Young Conservative Coalition recently announced its 2014 Young Conservative Leaders Fellows. Six former Heritage interns are among the 13 selected this year: Derek Bekebrede, Matthew Gallagher, Emily Goff, Paige Haynes, Alyssa Silkwood, and Chad Yelinski.

Over the next six months, the fellows will learn about the history of the modern conservative movement, including the “fusionism” pioneered by William F. Buckley, Jr. and Frank Meyer.  The fellows will also interact with conservative leaders and scholars in Washington, DC to better understand the philosophies and ideas that underlie today’s movement.

Thanks to their internship experience at Heritage, the ideas of fusionism and conservative philosophy will not be new territory for Bekerbrede, Gallagher, Goff, Haynes, Silkwood, or Yelinski. Through policy briefings and First Principles lectures, Heritage’s Young Leaders Program educates interns on the importance of rediscovering our principles in order to reclaim our future. Heritage interns learn how these conservative principles were “fused” together to create a powerful political force in American politics. Exposure to such principles has equipped these new fellows to approach contemporary political issues with strong, conservative solutions.

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

Why One-Size-Fits-All Government Social Programs Rarely Work

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Policymakers should use skepticism and humility when designing social programs and should avoid one-size-fits all solutions, Heritage Foundation experts Stuart Butler and David Muhlhausen write in National Affairs.

That’s because the evidence shows it’s very hard to reproduce successful pilot programs on a national scale:

[T]he task of mimicking and scaling up programs that work is not so straightforward. Success is never a simple matter of easily traceable cause and effect, and even the people who have achieved a breakthrough often cannot pinpoint exactly what worked and why. Social outcomes have an impossibly complex array of causes, and the circumstances that characterize one place are rarely identical — and are often not even very similar — to those found elsewhere. A seemingly successful preschool program in Chicago may fail in Atlanta, even if it is reproduced virtually identically, because of differences, both large and small, between the two cities.

Head Start is a case in point. The early-education program showed promise during 1960s trials and it was quickly rolled out nationally, but the first rigorous study of its effectiveness—run decades later—was disappointing.

Butler and Muhlhausen urge lawmakers to avoid one-size-fits-all programs and instead to base solutions on local, decentralized knowledge. Do you agree with this approach?

Heritage Expert Calls Out the New York Times on Voter ID

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The New York Times condemned a Kansas judge last week for upholding state requirements that voters show proof of citizenship when they register. The Times went on to call the identification requirement a means by which “to keep eligible voters from the polls.”

This is nonsense, Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans Von Spakovsky counters in National Review Online:

[T]he intent of these laws is to keep ineligible voters from the polls, like the thousands of noncitizens who are illegally registered to vote all over the country.

The Times further calls the push for voter ID a “ruse” to keep people from voting. Von Spakovsky reminds us, though, that “there is more than enough evidence by now to demonstrate that the Times is totally wrong in its judgment on election-integrity issues.”

Do you back voter ID laws?

Why Obama’s Plan to Expand Overtime Eligibility Could Wind Up Hurting Workers

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New government regulations intended to grant overtime pay to more salaried workers could backfire, Heritage Foundation labor expert James Sherk warns.

For one thing, the change probably wouldn’t increase a worker’s take-home pay. Many employers compensate for increased overtime by simply lowering their workers’ base pay to keep total compensation intact.

The regulations would also “effectively turn millions of salaried employees into hourly workers,” Sherk points out, since businesses would be forced to track precise hours worked. And this could mean that flex time, working from home, and other modern business arrangements would be off-limits.

“Most employers deny overtime-eligible workers this flexibility” to work remotely, Sherk writes in the Bradenton Herald. “They must track time worked or risk expensive lawsuits over back pay.”

Do you think government should impose these regulations on millions of workers?

James Sherk on Why We Should Fix Union Laws to Give Individual Workers a Voice

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“Why should the government stop companies from listening to their workers?” Heritage Foundation expert James Sherk asks in a recent article for The Atlantic.

Anachronistic union-friendly regulations prohibit non-union employees from entering into direct talks with their employers, he points out:

The law gives workers an all-or-nothing choice. If they want a formal voice with management, they need to unionize. Otherwise, they must remain silent. The government will shut down other non-union forms of employee representation.

These laws no longer work for private sector workers, who want more personalized bargaining options that can take individual expertise and discretion into account.

Today, fewer than seven percent of private sector workers belong to a union.

The problems with the labor union model became even clearer last month when employees at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN voted against joining the United Auto Workers despite weeks of pressure from union organizers. Continue Reading »

Heritage Interns Win Prestigious Debate

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Heritage interns Aaron Trujillo and Michael Koziarski won the Center for Strategic and International Studies Speed Debate Tournament.

Heritage Foundation interns Aaron Trujillo and Michael Koziarski won the Center for Strategic and International Studies Speed Debate Tournament earlier this month.

Competing against eighteen other interns representing organizations like the Cato Institute, the Wilson Center, and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Trujillo and Koziarski were assigned to debate several policy resolutions.

For example, the duo argued against government subsidies for renewable energy, arguing that this policy allows the government to pick winners and losers, propping up inefficient businesses like Solyndra. Continue Reading »

‘Conservative Ideas Have a Strong Future’

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Heritage Foundation membership grew to more than 600,000 in 2013, and Heritage members contributed more than $150 million to Heritage and Heritage Action last year to advance conservative ideas.

Heritage President Jim DeMint laid it out in an e-mail yesterday to supporters:

I have a good feeling about 2014.

Recent polls and election results show that the American people are more open than ever to conservative solutions.

And The Heritage Foundation is prepared to build on this momentum.

Over the last year, our membership has grown to more than 600,000 Americans, giving Heritage — and our sister organization, Heritage Action for America — a presence in every state in the Union. Continue Reading »

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