At Heritage we actively seek to bring people together to find solutions to the most pressing issues of the day. One of those pressing issues is law enforcement.

Yesterday, Heritage hosted an event titled Policing in America: Lessons from the Past, Opportunities for the Future.

The former Police Commissioner of New York City, William Bratton, gave the keynote address while the police chiefs of both Baltimore and Washington, DC were in attendance.

You can watch the event below:

The creation of law is only half the battle; enforcement of law ensures success, and it’s no easy task.

What about law enforcement in America do you think needs to change? How do we make that change possible?

Tax reform is one of the most important legislative priorities for Congress and the administration this fall. Good tax reform will unleash economic growth, creating greater opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

This week, the communications team at Heritage released a video on the impact of tax reform on an average, middle-class American family.

You may remember the “Life of Julia” video the Obama administration created, showing how Julia would live a happy and productive life thanks to the hand of big government.

Heritage decided to correct the record and show what a burden the cost of government is on Julia and her family and why tax reform will benefit her and all Americans.

Watch the video below:

Tax reform is a critical issue that is needed to give new life to our economy and put more money back in the pockets of the taxpayer.

Heritage has long advocated for a robust tax reform overhaul and will continue to show the need for major change on this issue.

Sound tax reform should achieve:

  • Lower individual and business tax rates
  • Establish the right tax base
  • Eliminate the bias against savings and investment
  • Eliminate tax preferences
  • Simplify the tax system and make it more transparent so taxpayers fully understand how much they pay to fund the federal government

Read more on where tax reform stands in Congress and some of the latest Heritage research explaining it >>

How might tax reform impact you?  Do you feel like the current tax system is fair and balanced?

The President isn’t the only one reading research from Heritage. The left-leaning magazine, The Scientific American, is also paying attention.

Last Thursday, The Scientific American named Dayaratna as a candidate to be feared by proponents of climate change concerns.

The article stated that:

A number of people who reject the findings of mainstream climate science are being considered by the Trump administration for spots on EPA’s Science Advisory Board, a voluntary but influential panel that reviews science used in environmental regulations.

Regarding Dayaratna’s role:

Kevin Dayaratna, a statistician at the conservative Heritage Foundation: His report was cited by Trump as a reason to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. It claimed that the agreement could shrink U.S. gross domestic product by $2.5 trillion within two decades.

On June 2, President Trump announced the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. His decision was greatly influenced by a report written by Kevin Dayaratna, a Senior Statistician and Research Programmer in Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis, titled “Consequences of Paris Protocol: Devastating Economic Costs, Essentially Zero Environmental Benefits”.

Now, the Trump administration is considering new members for the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, which reviews scientific findings used in environmental regulations.

Kevin Dayaratna is one of those candidates.

With people like Dayaratna on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, global warming alarmists will be forced to contend with reason and facts.

How great of a role should government play in environmental regulation?

Cutting the federal government back down to its proper size is critical to changing Washington for the better.

Last week, Heritage Research Fellow Rachel Greszler testified in front of the Senate on the President’s reorganization initiative. Grezler works in Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis as an expert in economics, budget, and entitlements.

The President’s initiative draws heavily from two Blueprint plans created by Heritage. The first is an analysis of federal departments and agencies, and the second is on pathways to reform and cross-cutting issues.

Both Blueprints recommend eliminating agencies, merging offices, and passing responsibilities from federal to local governments.

On our Mass Ave podcast, Greszler explained the President’s initiative:

It means getting rid of inefficiencies, duplications, waste, and looking at the government comprehensively and saying, ‘Is this something that the Constitution says? Is this something the Federal government should be doing, or would it be better to leave this to state and local governments, or the private sector?

You can listen to the podcast below:

 

Greszler is believes government re-organization is a key step toward restoring limited government.

In the podcast she went on to say:

This is an opportunity to focus the federal government on its core, constitutional functions; to eliminate unnecessary, ineffective, and wasteful programs and agencies; to fix the federal government’s significantly flawed personnel policies; and to make the government work better for taxpayers.

What government programs and agencies would you suggest be reorganized or eliminated?

On August 25 we experienced one of the worst hurricanes in Texas history as Hurricane Harvey hit the coast. In the aftermath of Harvey the entire country witnessed the vitality of America’s civil society and the strength of the ties that bind us together as a people: complete strangers came together to help out their fellow citizens–many going so far as to risk their lives in order to save someone they hadn’t even met.

These examples of people helping each other truly show America at its best.

One of our Heritage colleagues, Steven Lawrence, traveled down to the affected regions of South Texas after the storm and below is the story of what he saw.


Last Wednesday, a week and a half after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, my father and I traveled down to a little town called Orange, Texas to deliver donated supplies to a local community.

Orange is a community just 30 miles north of the Texas coast that received massive destruction and flooding from the hurricane.

As we got closer to Orange we began to see evidence of the flooding.

Members from the church form an assembly line to unload supplies

We passed houses that had all of their furniture and belongings out on the front lawn, fences that had been covered in water, and roads that were still closed.

Once we arrived at the church we pulled our trailer across a muddy field to unload the supplies at the church’s gymnasium.

Almost 20 members of the church came out and helped us unload the trailer–assembly line style.

They were using the church as their base of operations as they start the rebuilding process in their town.

It was inspiring to see how strong their spirits were during this crisis and heartbreaking to hear how devastated their community was from the flooding.

In many cases water was still standing in their homes keeping them from being able to start cleaning them out.

As I moved case after case of bottled water, alongside of people I had just met, I was encouraged by their positive outlook on the situation and the sense of community.

These are the kind of people that truly make America great.

It’s such an encouragement to see complete strangers coming together and helping each other out during times of crisis–and doing it with a smile on their faces expecting nothing in return.

The church group that helped us unload

Countless communities like Orange were affected all across Texas and getting back to “normal life” will be a slow process for many people.

Until then, say a prayer for my fellow Texans who were affected by the hurricane and for the thousands of volunteers who are working to rebuild the homes and lives of those people.

Read how Heritage members across Texas were affected by Hurricane Harvey >>

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