The Ex-Im Bank Is ‘Primarily a Marriage Between Big Government and a Few Big Businesses’

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“Note the ‘unknown’ section. This isn’t a fluke: Ex-Im routinely loses track of whom they’ve been helping.” -Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint

Ending the Export-Import Bank is important, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint writes:

Ex-Im is rife with corruption, doesn’t promote competition, costs taxpayers billions of dollars and threatens American jobs.  It’s all about politically connected big businesses getting bigger with help from Uncle Sam. It’s not fair, not necessary, and shouldn’t be a hard decision for Congress.

The Export-Import Bank will end in September if Congress does not reauthorize the program. Liberals like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are pushing hard to extend it.

Read more of Heritage’s research on the Ex-Im Bank here.

Do you think Congress should continue the Export-Import Bank or allow it to end?

Heritage Led the Charge that Stopped EPA Overreach

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This is a big win for conservatives.

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency tried to quietly put in place a regulation allowing the agency to garnish workers’ wages without first obtaining a court order. This was bad enough. But the EPA also tried to enact this rule without first going through the usual comment and review procedures.

Yesterday, the EPA withdrew the rule. And The Heritage Foundation played a big role in this victory.

Here’s how it happened, as Heritage President Jim DeMint explained in an e-mail to supporters: Continue Reading »

Why Conservatives Should Favor Free Enterprise, Not Crony Capitalism

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All too many politicians are willing to use the power of big government to strengthen the position of corporate interests, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham explain in The Weekly Standard.

There’s a big difference between being pro-business in this sense and being pro-free enterprise. Free enterprise gets government out of the way and doesn’t reward the politically well-connected.

Conservatives, DeMint and Needham argue, should take a stand against cronyism and come down solidly on the side of free enterprise.

“Whether it’s ending Ex-Im, killing subsidies, or preventing further bailouts, conservatives have a sterling opportunity at this moment of uncertainty to reintroduce themselves to their countrymen as their legitimate advocates in Washington,” DeMint and Needham write. “They can hold the feet of faux-populist progressives to the fire, exposing them as the real shills for corporate interests.”

Read the whole piece here.

Do you think conservatives should favor big business or free enterprise?

North Korea Is a Good Reminder of the Importance of Freedom

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Last month, Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint visited the demilitarized zone on the border between North Korea and South Korea. While he was there, something happened that reminded him of how grateful he is for the liberties we as Americans enjoy.

Writing for the Daily Signal, DeMint explains what he saw: Continue Reading »

Japanese Prime Minister Meets with Heritage Experts

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Continuing their Asian tour this week, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Founder Ed Feulner met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and members of the Diet yesterday in Tokyo. The meeting focused in particular on defense issues.

Japanese press were waiting to talk with DeMint when he left:

Jim DeMint, center, speaks with press in Tokyo yesterday.

Jim DeMint, center, speaks with press in Tokyo yesterday.

Ryan Anderson and Jim DeMint Promote Religious Liberty in Hawaii

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Heritage President Jim DeMint addresses conservatives in Honolulu last week.

Heritage President Jim DeMint addresses conservatives in Honolulu last week. Photo: Chas Hendrickson

More than 100 Hawaii conservatives joined Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint in Honolulu last week for an event about the importance of limited government, religious liberty, and traditional marriage.

Heritage’s Ryan Anderson led a discussion with Jim Hochberg, president of Hawaii Family Advocates, about the liberty that’s at stake in the debate over marriage.

The conservative cause faces an uphill battle in the Aloha State. For example, just one state Senator is a Republican, making Hawaii’s the most lopsided legislative chamber in the country. (That senator,  Sam Slom, joined us for the event.)

This was the first public event in Hawaii featuring a Heritage president in more than a quarter century.

Heritage continues to focus on advancing conservative solutions across the entire country. All of what we do, including in the 50th state, is made possible by Heritage supporters and grassroots activists.

Jim DeMint Travels to Asia to Push Economic Freedom

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint is in Asia this week to promote Heritage’s 2014 Agenda for Economic Freedom, which makes the case for lowering government barriers to commerce, strengthening property rights, and limiting corruption.

During a stop in Taiwain, he took in the sights:

Be sure to follow @JimDeMint on Twitter.

‘Conservative Ideas Have a Strong Future’

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Heritage Foundation membership grew to more than 600,000 in 2013, and Heritage members contributed more than $150 million to Heritage and Heritage Action last year to advance conservative ideas.

Heritage President Jim DeMint laid it out in an e-mail yesterday to supporters:

I have a good feeling about 2014.

Recent polls and election results show that the American people are more open than ever to conservative solutions.

And The Heritage Foundation is prepared to build on this momentum.

Over the last year, our membership has grown to more than 600,000 Americans, giving Heritage — and our sister organization, Heritage Action for America — a presence in every state in the Union. Continue Reading »

Video: ‘No Government Should Control the Lives of the People It Serves’

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“To understand where we’re going, we have to understand who we are as individuals and as a society,” Jim DeMint says in a new video about why The Heritage Foundation is so important.

America needs leadership from an organization devoted to America’s First Principles, DeMint says. That means “an organization that’s not afraid to proclaim that truth is truth, that conservatism is alive, and that no government should control the lives of the people it serves.”

Watch the video above and tell us in the comments why Heritage is important to you.

Video: Clips from Jim DeMint’s Interviews on Falling in Love with America Again

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint his been very busy over the past two weeks promoting Falling in Love with America Again, the new book he wrote with Heritage experts.

During a visit to New York City last week, he did interviews with Fox News, Fox News Radio, CNN, CNBC, ABC Radio, The Blaze, WSJ Video, NewsMax TV, Sirius XM, and many more — even the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

All told, he has conducted more than 60 interviews to spread the message that conservative principles lead to a strong America, a strong economy and a strong society. The video above compiles the highlights from these appearances.

The tour continues this weekend in South Carolina.

Have you ordered your copy of Falling in Love with America Again?

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