Your complimentary audio recording of April 25 conference call

During the April 25 conference call, John Fogarty and Jim Carafano discuss the national security threats that the U.S. faces and what the response should be from the next president to strengthen national defense. To listen to your complementary recording of the call click below.

Here is a list of the resources that were mentioned on the call:

Heritage’s Bryan Riley outlines a trade agenda that will boost the American economy and benefit the American people by getting government out of the way:

Congress should eliminate all tariffs on inputs used by U.S. manufacturers to compete in the global economy.

In 2015, 45 percent of all U.S. imports were “intermediate goods” ranging from aircraft parts to oil to zinc. U.S. manufacturers rely on these imports to create American jobs and compete in the global marketplace. Another 20 percent of imports were capital goods like machinery and manufacturing equipment. Americans imported three times as many intermediate and capital goods as they did consumer goods like T-shirts and cell phones.

U.S. tariffs on intermediate goods drive up the cost of manufacturing. The government should permanently eliminate all of these self-destructive tariffs.

What do you think? Should big government attempt to micromanage the economy through tariffs on manufacturing inputs? Or should government eliminate these barriers and let free enterprise flourish?

It’s a common refrain on the Left that deregulation caused the 2008 financial crisis.

This view “is completely erroneous,” Heritage’s Norbert Michel writes in a new report.

This myth “has only allowed Congress to further expand regulators’ authority to micromanage financial companies’ activities, and Americans are not better off because of it.

In fact, regulations have only increased over the last century. Many of the laws cited as decreasing regulations actually increased government micromanagement of financial firms.

This ever-expanding regulation hasn’t actually solved the problems they set out to address, Michel argues. “Financial regulators have increasingly micromanaged financial firms’ activities despite the fact that this approach has repeatedly failed to prevent financial market instability.”

In a separate report, Michel debunks liberal misconceptions about the Glass-Steagall Act. This New Deal-era banking regulation (which was modified in the late 1990s) aimed to separate commercial and investment banking. This was supposed to address a fundamental cause of the Depression, even though “the combination actually strengthened banks.”

What do you think? Will more government regulation of the financial industry benefit consumers and protect the economy?

“Self-identified conservatives are at odds with each other,” Heritage scholar Bob Moffit writes:

What American conservatism means today, who defines it, and who is or is not a “true” conservative, is the flashpoint of bitter controversy. So, too, is the ever-shifting definition of that broadly despised thing called “The Establishment.”

But there is a North Star that should simultaneously guide and unify American conservatives: fidelity to the Constitution and a clear understanding of what Alexander Hamilton called the “new political science” undergirding it.

Moffit points to 19th century conservative Orestes Brownson as a model for thinking about today’s challenges. A defender of the Constitution, Brownson addressed many of the same issues we face 150 years later: debt and spending, career politicians, economic freedom, religious freedom, and marriage and family.

Restoring a focus on first principles can unite conservative principles, Moffit concludes: “fidelity to the Constitution and the transmission of the best of the past to future generations is the unending task of American conservatism.” Our movement, he says,

is characterized by the primacy of constitutionally protected personal and political liberty, a reverence for religion and tradition, gratitude for the many gifts of preceding generations, and deference to the nation’s organic communities, what the great Edmund Burke called the “little platoons” of society.

What do you think? Do you agree that conservatives should unify around America’s founding principles?

Jim DeMint on LevinTV

Jim DeMint, right, records an episode of LevinTV with host Mark Levin. Photo: Even Hughes

Heritage President Jim DeMint sat down with Mark Levin earlier this week for an hour-long interview.

The wide-ranging discussion touches on conservative principles, the fight against the Washington establishment, the future of the country, and more.

Tune in Thursday after 9:00 p.m. Eastern at LevinTV.com. (Subscription required.)

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