The U.S. military is only marginally prepared to fulfill its constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense.

The Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength, the first-of-its-kind evaluation of military preparedness, identifies the four key areas the Department of Defense ought to improve in order to reestablish a robust defense.

Heritage defense expert Jim Carafano explains:

Since the DOD has the most authority and capacity to address wasteful defense practices. By addressing four critical obstacles to improving operations in a systematic and integrated manner over the first months and years of the next Administration, the next leadership team in the Pentagon can lay the best foundation for a better-performing defense enterprise.

These are the four critical areas for improvement: Continue Reading »

It’s the “greatest government overreach that no one is talking about,” according to Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI).

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He is talking about Operation Choke Point, an initiative headed by the Justice Department and carried out by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation that aims to cut off “high risk” business from banking services. This includes perfectly legal businesses like coin-dealers, pharmaceutical sales and, unsurprisingly, fire-arm dealers.

The Heritage Foundation’s news team at The Daily Signal has been covering Operation Choke Point for months. Our reporters have won exclusive interviews with small business owners victimized by this program, driving awareness of the issue in Washington and nationwide.

Duffy held a hearing yesterday with FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg. Afterwards, Duffy sat down with the Daily Signal to talk about the investigation, and accused Gruenberg of stonewalling the investigation:

It’s pretty clear that Martin Gruenberg is part of this targeting. He’s known that this has been going on for years and hasn’t held anyone accountable. I think the reason is that he approves of the targeting of these [industries].

Do you think the government should be held accountable for Operation Choke Point? 

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Heritage legal expert Hans von Spakovsky testified before a House committee last month on the consequences for election integrity of President Obama’s amnesty. After his testimony, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) personally thanked von Spakovsky for his comments.

On average, the combined cost of means-tested welfare benefits currently received . . . and potential Obamacare benefits would come to $17,800 per year per DAPA family . . . The aggregate cost would be over $35 billion per year.

Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this week

The Heritage Foundation’s Twitter account, including Heritage President Jim DeMint’s, is the most-followed Twitter account among potential GOP presidential candidates, Bloomberg Politics reports.

 

Graphic: Bloomberg

Graphic: Bloomberg.com

Also check out the video about it from yesterday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC.

This is a great demonstration of the influence that Heritage has on behalf of conservative principles. And it’s a great example of how much impact you are having on the country through your support of Heritage.

What do you think about this? Is it important that 15 of the 17 2016 presidential hopefuls follow Jim DeMint and Heritage?

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