This Week’s Heritage Podcast: The New Budget Chartbook

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In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Emily Goff of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies discusses the 2011 Budget Chartbook just released by Heritage.

David Weinberger hosts.

How Heritage Is Promoting Our Saving the American Dream Plan


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America is in a financial hole, and if spending is left unchecked, the problem is only going to get worse as Baby Boomers retire.

But there is a principled solution. Heritage’s Saving the American Dream plan reforms entitlement spending, repeals Obamacare and replaces it with a market-based system, reforms taxes and balances the budget

To promote this plan, Heritage Foundation experts have been briefing lawmakers about the importance of its reforms and the risks of doing nothing.

And to further reinforce the message, Heritage purchased advertisements this week to run in Capitol Hill newspapers like Politico, The Hill and Roll Call. These advertisements, which are sure to be seen by key Hill staffers, are intended to remind decision-makers of the consequences of inaction on spending and taxes.

Later this summer, Heritage advertisements will run on city buses in Washington, particularly those routes that traverse Capitol Hill, to serve as another reminder to lawmakers to do the right thing.

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Video: Curtis Dubay Explains Why We Don’t Need an Internet Tax

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In a new bid to raise tax revenue, many state governments are looking to impose sales taxes on goods purchased online.

Heritage Foundation economist Curtis Dubay appeared yesterday on CNBC to explain why this tax increase isn’t necessary.

“Rather than nickel and dime-ing their already overtaxed citizens with more taxes,” he argued, “states should be focused on cutting their spending.” He continued:

They’ve been overspending for three decades now. They’ve always relied on Uncle Sam to bail them out when recessions hits and their revenues dry up. But Uncle Sam is broke now. They need to cut their spending to get their budgets under control. No amount of tax increases will bail them out.

Watch his full appearance below.

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Video: How to Simplify Taxes and Grow our Economy

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In a new video, Heritage Foundation tax expert J.D. Foster explains Heritage’s strategy to make taxes in America simple, flat, and fair.

The video is part of a series highlighting different aspects of our budget plan, Saving the American Dream.

Rick Santorum Proudly Shows Off His Heritage Pocket Constitution at the Republican Leadership Conference

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Rick Santorum holds his copy of Heritage's pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Photo: CSPAN

Last week at the Republican Leadership Conference, presidential candidate Rick Santorum spoke at length about the importance of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

To illustrate his point, the former Pennsylvania senator pulled a copy from his pocket — a Heritage Foundation pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

Over the past several years, Heritage has distributed millions of these pocket Constitutions as part of our effort to promote and restore America’s first principles.

Get your five copies here.

Santorum shows off his Heritage pocket Constitution. Photo: CSPAN

Peter Brookes Explains Cybersecurity on CBS’ Early Show


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The Heritage Foundation’s Peter Brookes appeared on CBS News’ The Early Show this morning to explain how cyber warfare threatens both individuals and the government.

After several well publicized instances of cyber attacks on government contractors, private businesses and government agencies like the CIA, the Pentagon is taking steps to further protect data and essential systems.

According to Brookes, the Pentagon is writing a report on how a cyber attack could be considered an act of war.

“We know that the Chinese and the Russians have mapped our electrical grids,” Brookes said. “We have three major electrical grids. If there was a possibility of war between our countries, they could turn out the lights.”

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This Week’s Heritage Podcast: Fathers and Families

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In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Ryan Messmore discusses the importance of fathers in the home and in American society.

Hannah Sternberg hosts.

The Way Forward in Libya


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In a new analysis that’s causing a stir in the media, Heritage Foundation policy experts James Phillips, James Carafano and Morgan Roach explain what to do about the war on Libya, which the United States entered without an exit strategy.

“The Obama Administration, which launched the war in Libya with no clear military plan or exit strategy, now must fashion a suitable and acceptable way forward,” they explain. This policy should include isolating the Qadhafi regime and brokering a resolution to the Libyan civil war.

They also offer advice to Congress:

As frustrating as Obama’s Libya policies are, however, Congress should not immediately terminate funding for the operation, which would force the U.S. to abandon its NATO allies in the middle of a war. Given the commitments already made by the President, Congress should support military operations until the end of the 90-day extension NATO authorized for “Operation Unified Protector” in Libya. Any funding of operations beyond that date should be prohibited unless supported by specific congressional approval. This is an appropriate constitutional action and a clear alternative to invoking the unconstitutional provisions of the War Powers Resolution.

Much of the problem, they explain, arises from the way in which the war began:

The Administration’s short-sighted effort to score a quick and easy military victory over Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s regime failed to end the threat to civilians in “days not weeks,” as President Barack Obama promised. Although the Qadhafi regime’s military power has been reduced substantially by air strikes, the rebels are unlikely to defeat the Libyan dictator any time soon. Unless Qadhafi can be persuaded to step down, civilians will continue to be killed in the stalemated civil war, undermining the stated humanitarian goals of the intervention.

Earlier this month, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) questioned the wisdom of the American role in Libya, which lacks Congressional approval. Boehner directly cited Heritage Foundation research to back up his claims.

Video: How the Left Uses the Media to Manipulate America


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Primetime Propaganda tells the story of how Hollywood writers, producers, actors, and executives have used television and other media to promote their liberal ideals, to push the envelope on social and political issues, and to shape America into their own leftist image.

In a thoroughly researched history of the television industry, based largely on these Hollywood insiders’ own words, Ben Shapiro argues that left-leaning entertainment kingpins have leveraged – and continue to leverage – their positions and power to push liberal messages, while actively discriminating against their opponents on the right. According to Shapiro, television isn’t just about entertainment – it’s an attempt to convince Americans of the righteousness of the social, economic, and foreign policy shaped by leftism.

This week Shapiro came to Heritage to talk about his new book and answer questions about the liberal influence of Hollywood. During his presentation, he played actual audio clips of Hollywood leaders explaining how they promote leftism in their work. Watch video of his appearance after the jump. Continue Reading »

Heritage Study Finds European-Funded Leftist Propaganda Rampant in America


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Britain’s Daily Mail reports on shocking findings uncovered by The Heritage Foundation’s Sally McNamara:

Brussels is pouring nearly £20 million a year from its human rights budget on lecturing the Americans on left-wing causes.

The EU Human Rights Fund is intended to help promote Western values in the developing world. But a shock report has found at least £17 million of cash – around £2 million from British taxpayers’ – has been ploughed into promoting the pet causes of Eurocrats in the U.S.

It is being spent on promoting abolition of the death penalty, discussion of climate change, green energy, and the International Criminal Court – all controversial subjects in the U.S.

In other words, money from the E.U.’s human rights budget is spent in the United States, one of the freest countries in the world.

Read McNamara’s report exposing the European Union’s absurd propaganda.

“The U.S. as a country has done more to bring liberty and human rights to the world than anyone in Europe,” said British parliamentarian Douglas Carswell. “They don’t need any lessons from Brussels.”

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