While Obama Leads from Behind, Heritage Leads on Foreign Policy

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Is anybody in Washington paying attention? That’s what Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint and Heritage defense expert James Carafano asked in Real Clear World this week.

From the rising tide of ISIS across Iraq and Syria to growing unrest in Yemen, from the crisis in the Ukraine to financial troubles in Europe and here at home–the world turns to America looking for leadership, but only finds silence. The Obama administration is not listening and not leading.

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There is good news: the Heritage Foundation is listening. And not only are our experts listening, but they’re providing concrete answers and policies backed up by the conservative values and free-market principles the world needs. Continue Reading »

America’s Economy Is Slightly Freer This Year–But Still Just 12th Freest in the World

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Heritage’s Terry Miller reports some good news in the Wall Street Journal (subscribers only):

A steep, seven-year decline in U.S. economic freedom has come to an end, according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The U.S. score in the index experienced a particularly large drop in 2009-10, pushing this country out of the “free” category and into the “mostly free” category. A slight 0.7-point uptick this year has allowed the U.S. to retain its 12th-place ranking. 

The index measures commitment to free enterprise on a scale of 0 to 100 by evaluating policies related to the rule of law, government size, regulatory efficiency and market openness. Restraint in the growth of government spending drove the modest improvement in the U.S. score. 

Since changes in index scores are highly correlated with economic growth rates, the modest rebound for the U.S. raises hopes that the economy can regain some of the momentum lost through the excessive spending, taxes and regulations of the Obama era. The 2010 elections, which returned control of the House of Representatives to Republicans, brought some restraint in government excess, a fact reflected in the U.S. economic freedom trend and the recent uptick in U.S. economic activity. The 2014 election promises even greater restraint in the growth of government spending and regulation.

Get more info directly from the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom. The United States ranked 12th in the world, or “mostly free,” trailing countries like New Zealand, Chile, Ireland and Mauritius. Hong Kong once again ranked the world’s freest economy.

How do you think the United States can improve its ranking in the Index?

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.

Why Americans March for Life

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Thousands gather to march for life in Washington, Jan. 22, 2015. Photo: Alyson Fligg/Sipa USA

Hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered in Washington today for the March for Life. Heritage’s Sarah Torre explains what the event is really about:

Today is primarily a time for somber remembrance. A time to reflect on the enormous cost of abortion by remembering the more than 56 million children who have lost their lives since that fateful day in 1973 and the countless women who still suffer from abortion’s physical and emotional tolls.

But the March is also a time for celebration. Because of the hope it presents and the truth it professes, the pro-life movement–against legal, political and cultural odds–has been able to reorient the hearts and minds of an entire generation.

Congress was supposed to vote today on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would better protect unborn children. But the GOP leadership canceled the vote after some lawmakers argued the bill was harmful to women’s rights. This is a strange claim to make, as a majority of American women (and all Americans) support this bill’s passage. Daily Signal’s Katrina Trinko reports: Continue Reading »

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 »

What MLK Has in Common with the Founding Fathers

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Martin Luther King may not have been a conservative, but his vision for America as a place of opportunity for all is entirely consistent with conservative principles. At this time of division in our country, it is important to look back at leaders like King who promoted unity and the dignity of the human person.

His advocacy of universal morality and the inherent rights of the individual puts him squarely in line with leaders like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. In a new Heritage Foundation report, Peter Myers writes that what Lincoln said of Jefferson could have just as easily been said of King: 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 Fuels a Conservative Victory on ‘Dynamic Scoring’

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Congress has enacted a major reform to the way it does business that will enable a more accurate analysis of how legislation affects the economy.

Heritage’s Patrick Knudsen explained last spring what this reform, known as “dynamic scoring,” really means: “The principle is that certain changes in fiscal policy, such as reductions in tax rates, can alter both behavior and economic output, which in turn can affect the magnitude of changes in federal tax revenue.”

Had dynamic scoring been used by Congress earlier, lawmakers and the public might have better understood the costs of Obamacare and the benefits of conservative proposals like tax reform.

Heritage experts have given lawmakers the intellectual ammunition to adopt this reform, and spent much of 2014 making the case: Continue Reading »

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 »

Standing with France

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Writing on The Daily Signal, Heritage’s Mike Gonzalez explains why Americans are standing with France in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre:

On Sept. 13, 2001, two days after 9/11, the Parisian daily Le Monde published an editorial titled Nous sommes tous Américains, “We Are All Americans” in the language of Moliere. It shocked many, not least Le Monde’s legions of readers.

“How can we not feel, as we have in the gravest moments of our history, but profoundly in solidarity with this people and this country, the United States, with whom we are so close and to whom we owe our liberty, and therefore our solidarity,” wrote the long-time editor of Le Monde, Jean-Marie Colombani.

It was an extraordinary event, not least because Le Monde is a leftist publication not exactly known for pro-American affectations. Colombani’s mention of the U.S. role in liberating France from Hitler’s grip was stunning. There are many grateful Frenchmen who remember the GIs, but they are usually in places like Normandy and the Ardennes, just not in the Left Bank of Paris.

It is in this vein that many Americans are reacting today to the carnage in eastern Paris, where two gunmen invaded the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 and wounding many others.

The crime has all the look of a terrorist Islamic attack, as Charlie Hebdo delights in ridiculing all religions, including Islam. But the reason many Americans today are feeling that Nous sommes tous Francais runs deeper than mere alliance in the war on terror. Republican fellow feelings and memories of LaFayette and Rochambeau are suddenly awakened even in the most recalcitrant New England Yankee.

The good feelings that followed 9/11 in Paris were quickly dissipated and France soon went back to being “a prickly ally”, in Henry Kissinger’s description. Colombani got a ton of letters from irate socialist readers who pretty much who pretty much said, “I am definitely not an American.”

Likewise, here we will soon go back to our uneasy relationship with France. Just not today. Today is the day to remember and honor Alexis de Toqueville, the Frenchman who understood us better than many Americans.

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