Jim DeMint Is Taking Conservative Ideas to the People (and Potential Presidential Candidates)

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint spent last weekend in Iowa meeting with conservative grassroots activists and presidential hopefuls to promote Heritage’s conservative policies.

After speaking to a crowd of roughly 1,000 activists and opinion leaders in Des Moines, DeMint sat down individually with five potential candidates.

Heritage is helping to shape the 2016 debates, he told them, and can be a resource for them as they develop their platforms.

He also invited them to come by Heritage for candidate briefings that we offer to all candidates, and introduced them to our 192-page policy agenda for the new Congress, Opportunity for All Favoritism to None.

Do you think conservative ideas will play a role in the 2016 elections?

Spreading #EconFreedom Around the World

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To spread the word about The Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage staff tweeted out messages in over a dozen languages to over thirty countries with the hash tag #EconFreedom.

The tweets alert citizens as to whether their country advanced or declined on the Index and includes a link for more information about the ranking.

This is just another way Heritage is promoting free-market values — this time, globally. Check out these tweets from around the world: Continue Reading »

More Than 40 Lawmakers Will Join Heritage’s Conservative Members Retreat

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More than 40 members of Congress will attend The Heritage Foundation’s three-day Conservative Members Retreat this week. Lawmakers and their families will learn about and discuss conservative thought and the practical application of conservative principles to legislation.

Heritage’s top policy experts will be onsite to explain conservative solutions and develop relationships with the lawmakers. Some of the Heritage scholars attending include: marriage expert Ryan Anderson, first principles expert David Azerrad, family policy expert Jennifer Marshall, education expert Lindsey Burke, energy expert Nick Loris, and health care expert Nina Owcharenko.

To get America back to greatness, we need to change the bad policies that have limited freedom, increased spending and debt, weakened our defenses, ignored the Constitution, and allowed further government intrusion into our personal lives. That’s why Heritage makes such an effort to educate lawmakers and ensure they understand the merits of conservative policies.

Do you think it’s important to build relationships upon a shared understanding of conservative principles with lawmakers?

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?

How Big Government Enables Special Interests

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Big-government policies that favor well-connected businesses and special interests need to be unwound, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Heritage Action for America CEO Needham said in an interview with Yahoo News’ “TopLine.”

Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None, the new 192-page policy agenda written by Heritage experts, explains how big government and well-connected interests stifle opportunity for all. As DeMint says:

The collusion really between big government, whether it be big unions, big corporations, big banks — that’s cronyism that we see in Washington that picks winners and losers and gives favoritism to people.

Do you agree with DeMint that big government benefits special interests?

Ben Carson Comes to Heritage to Get the Facts

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Ben Carson. Photo: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore

Potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson visited The Heritage Foundation today for a series of briefings with Heritage policy experts. Carson heard from Heritage experts on critical issues like Obamacare, government spending and debt, immigration, energy, education, foreign policy, national defense, and more.

Carson is among the first of the 2016 presidential hopefuls to come to Heritage for issue guidance. Heritage makes its conservative analysis available to all candidates from any political party.

Read more about Heritage’s recommendations in our 192-page conservative policy agenda, Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None.

Bloomberg News Credits Heritage with Local Right-to-Work Push

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Local governments are increasingly enacting legislation to protect workers’ right not to join a union. Bloomberg’s Bureau of National Affairs reports (subscription only) that The Heritage Foundation has played a big role in this effort:

The local right-to-work strategy was conceived last year after the Heritage Foundation published a policy brief, “Local Governments Can Increase Job Growth and Choices by Passing Right-to-Work Laws.” The brief pointed to a series of legal ambiguities within Section 14(b) and asserted that Congress had not clearly preempted local units of government from enacting their own ordinances governing union security agreements.

The brief encouraged cities and counties to “experiment” with such measures, particularly in states with little appetite for full-fledged right-to-work laws.

Be sure to read the report by Heritage’s James Sherk and Andrew Kloster that started it all.

Do you agree with the push for local right-to-work laws?

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.

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