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The good news about the abortion rate in America is that it’s declining.

The most significant drop was from 2001 to 2011, reports Charles Donovan in Heritage’s new Index of Culture and Opportunity. “The overall direction of U.S. abortion practice is clear. A closer look at individual states that have consistent data confirms this trend,” he writes.

While the abortion rate is on the decline, there is more that needs to be done.

Be sure to read Heritage’s entire Index of Culture and Opportunity. The Index of Culture and Opportunity tracks key social and economic indicators to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right track.

Newt Gingrich speaks at Heritage July 23. Photo: Hillary Rosenjack

Newt Gingrich speaks at Heritage July 23. Photo: Hillary Rosenjack

Conservatives must adopt a positive message to win over the American people, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said today at The Heritage Foundation.

“We must be for positive things,” he said.

It’s a mistake to call November’s midterm election a “referendum on Obama,” Gingrich said. This negative approach helped leave the Republican Party without a House majority from 1944 to 1994, he said.

“If a Republican wins with a negative campaign, he has no consensus,” Gingrich explained.

But in 1994, Republicans maintained a “cheerful persistence” for conservative ideas.

There’s reason for optimism about the future, Gingrich added.

The millennial generation, those born after about 1980, has “crossed a technological threshold,” he said. While government remains mired in the past, technology is giving individuals more power in society. This gives conservatives an opening “to become the movement that offers a better future.”

Gingrich’s address in Heritage’s Allison Auditorium was part of Heritage’s “Lessons for Conservatives” lecture series.

In opening remarks, Heritage Founder Ed Feulner spoke highly of Gingrich, saying that he is “a unique find in Washington – articulate, charismatic, and loaded with ideas based on our conservative principles.”

Are you hopeful that the new generation can help sustain the conservative movement?  Tell us in the comments.

College loan debt is at an all-time high. To address this problem, President Obama recently used executive action to extend income-based loan repayment options to millions more students. The program caps monthly payments and completely forgives student loans after as little as 10 years.

Sounds great, right? Not so fast. Loans have to be repaid by someone. And that someone is you.

Heritage Foundation education expert Lindsey Burke explains: Continue Reading »

Policies set by the Department of Agriculture inflate the price of sugar, benefitting only a handful of sugar producers and processors. While the sugar cartel receives no direct subsidies, Americans still pick up the tab in the form of higher sugar costs.

The sugar program “costs consumers an estimated $3.5 billion annually and has reduced employment by more than 127,000 jobs since 1997,” Mario Loyola explains in a new Heritage Foundation report:

Eliminating the sugar program would dramatically lower America’s food bill, not just for sugar, but for all foods that contain sugar. Indeed, lowering the wholesale costs for makers of sugar-containing products would make these secondary producers globally competitive again, leading to an export boom for their products with positive consequences both at home and abroad.

He suggests three steps to dismantle the government-created cartel and save Americans money:

  • Substantially reform the sugar program or eliminate it altogether;
  • Require the Congressional Budget Office to assess the economic costs and benefits of all price-support programs; and
  • Change all programs that effectuate a forced transfer, like the sugar program does, to a form of transparent subsidy.

Do you think the government should protect special interests and pass on the costs to consumers like you?

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The Food and Drug Administration is trying to remove trans fat from our nation’s diet, even though there’s no evidence that trans fats are harmful at Americans’ current low intake levels.

Moreover, it is clear the FDA is trying to expand its reach in unprecedented ways, Heritage Foundation expert Daren Bakst explains:

The FDA would be taking the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act of 1938 into novel areas that are unrelated to the food safety issues that the law is designed to regulate. It would do so by regulating nutrition and diet through limiting food choices. Thus, the agency is trying to conflate nutritional and dietary well-being with “safety.” This action is extreme and unwarranted.

Unhealthy is not the same as unsafe,” Bakst explains. “When it comes to diet, chronic diseases may be caused by numerous factors that could have nothing to do with a specific food ingredient.”

Do you think the government should have the power to tell us what we may and may not eat?

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