Audio: Why Have Politics Become So Polarized? David Azzerad Explains

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Thousands of Heritage Foundation members joined Heritage expert David Azzerad for a discussion last week about the polarization of American politics.

It was an interesting and useful conversation. Especially in an election year, it’s vital to know what’s at stake for conservatives, how our opponents fight, and how we can fight back effectively.

If you didn’t get a chance to hear the discussion, you can listen to the audio here (link in MP3 format).

Do you think politics are polarized? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.

 

Audio: Listen to Jim DeMint and Mike Needham’s Conservative Vision for 2014

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint joined Heritage Action for America’s Mike Needham last week for a conversation with members about the future of the conservative movement and how Heritage plans to lead the charge.

During the teleconference, DeMint and Needham previewed President Obama’s State of the Union address, and their predictions were spot on — more regulation, full implementation of Obamacare, and more executive overreach.

You can listen to the audio of the call online in MP3 format.

Audio: Jim DeMint Explains How Conservatives Can Get Back on Track

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Conservatives need to explain clearly and boldly what they stand for if they are to regain their electoral footing, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint tells Tim Stanley of Britain’s Telegraph.

“Republicans have been losing because they have been afraid to run on their principles,” he said in a podcast recorded last week.

DeMint’s segment, which includes discussion of immigration, the importance of limiting government, and government surveillance, begins at 16:55. Listen to the full podcast below:

Audio: Listen to Jim DeMint’s Vision for the Future of Heritage

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint joined Heritage’s John Fogarty last week for a conversation with Heritage members about the future of the conservative movement and how Heritage plans to lead the charge.

During the teleconference, DeMint said the conservative movement must refocus on core principles and messaging those principles to all Americans. And he said Heritage will play a leading role in this process.

You can listen to the audio of the event online in MP3 format.

Audio: Listen to Heritage’s Post-Election Strategy Call

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Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner joined Heritage’s Mike Franc and Heritage Action for America’s Tim Chapman last week for a conversation with Heritage members on the election results.

You can listen to the audio of the event online in MP3 format.

During the teleconference, Feulner said the conservative movement must refocus on core principles and explained Heritage’s role in this process.

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Exclusive Preview of Istook Live! for Heritage Members

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The Heritage Foundation is constantly looking for new ways to reach Americans across the nation with principled, conservative ideas.

Next week, Heritage fellow and former Congressman Ernest Istook is launching his new talk show, Istook Live! Heritage members will have the opportunity to call in and ask questions of the man who knows Washington better than most.

Istook is a veteran of politics. He’s seen all the political tricks from the inside and isn’t shy about describing them on-air—in plain, concise English. Istook first developed his talent in college as a broadcaster, then as a reporter, before becoming a lawyer who could relate with juries of everyday people. Istook knows the issues in-depth, explains them in everyday terms, and connects the dots so the big picture is always clear.

Before the show officially launches next Monday, Istook wanted to give an exclusive preview to Heritage Foundation members. Continue Reading »

Audio: Ed Meese and Nina Owcharenko Explain the Court’s Obamacare Ruling

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Last week, former Attorney General and Heritage Foundation legal expert Ed Meese joined health care expert Nina Owcharenko for a teleconference with Heritage members about the consequences of the Obamacare ruling.

You can listen to the audio of the conference call here (in MP3 format).

Heritage’s Events After the Obamacare Ruling

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The Heritage Foundation is running several events for Heritage members and the public after the Obamacare ruling, which is expected this morning.

Today, June 28

12:30 p.m. Eastern: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Heritage’s David Addington offer the conservative response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the President’s health care law.

Watch live from The Heritage Foundation.

Tomorrow, June 29

10:00 a.m. Eastern: Hear the plaintiffs’ reactions of the decision, with analysis from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Karen Harned of NFIB.  They will share their perspectives on the ruling, how the decision might impact the welfare of states and small businesses, and next steps they are considering. Heritage scholars will follow with a panel discussion that examines the impact the Court’s decision will have on health care, religious liberty, and limited government.

Watch live from The Heritage Foundation.

1:00 p.m. Eastern: Heritage Foundation legal scholar Ed Meese joins Heritage’s John Fogarty for a conference call to explain the ruling’s implications to Heritage members. Meese will take your questions and offer insights about what’s next for the conservative movement.

Please register for the call online.

Podcast: Who Really Benefited from the $26 Billion Auto Bailout?

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The so-called auto bailout was in fact a union bailout, Heritage Foundation expert James Sherk explains in this week’s Heritage Foundation podcast.

More specifically, it was a United Auto Workers bailout. Typically, when a company goes bankrupt the labor costs are lowered to a more competitive level. UAW worker wages were as high as $56 per hour in pay and benefits. The politically influential UAW solicited federal tax dollars rather than following the usual bankruptcy procedure of lowering wages. If they had simply lowered wages, taxpayers could have saved $26 billion.

This is especially unsettling considering President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Candidate Obama ran on a platform of refusing to spend tax dollars on special interest groups. The UAW is a special interest group, and President Obama spent $26 billion on them.

Listen here to learn more about the how the “auto bailout” benefited big labor special interests.

Podcast: 3 Very Real Threats Facing America in 2012

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America faces three threats that could drastically change our country for the worse, Heritage Foundation scholar Matthew Spalding writes in his new book, Changing America’s Course.

Our country faces an entitlements challenge which threatens our economic prosperity, a defense challenge that threatens our national security, and a constitutional challenge that will threaten our self-governing democracy.

Despite these threats, Americans need only to look to their past to remind themselves of their great capabilities. “Americans have faced—and surmounted—similar challenges in the past,” Spalding reminds us. Moreover, “in each case, great leaders emerged and rallied the American people, and freedom emerged triumphant.”

In a new podcast, Heritage Vice President of American Studies Matthew Spalding discusses both the book and Wisconsin’s recall election.

Last week’s unsuccessful recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was only the third gubernatorial recall election in the nation’s history. It serves as a “micro-example” that signals to other governors, members of Congress, and constituents, that changes need to be made in order to save our country from the fiscal crisis we are in.

What do you think are the most important challenges America faces?

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