Speaking at Heritage, Gingrich Makes the Case for ‘Cheerful Persistence’

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Newt Gingrich speaks at Heritage July 23. Photo: Hillary Rosenjack

Newt Gingrich speaks at Heritage July 23. Photo: Hillary Rosenjack

Conservatives must adopt a positive message to win over the American people, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said today at The Heritage Foundation.

“We must be for positive things,” he said.

It’s a mistake to call November’s midterm election a “referendum on Obama,” Gingrich said. This negative approach helped leave the Republican Party without a House majority from 1944 to 1994, he said.

“If a Republican wins with a negative campaign, he has no consensus,” Gingrich explained.

But in 1994, Republicans maintained a “cheerful persistence” for conservative ideas.

There’s reason for optimism about the future, Gingrich added.

The millennial generation, those born after about 1980, has “crossed a technological threshold,” he said. While government remains mired in the past, technology is giving individuals more power in society. This gives conservatives an opening “to become the movement that offers a better future.”

Gingrich’s address in Heritage’s Allison Auditorium was part of Heritage’s “Lessons for Conservatives” lecture series.

In opening remarks, Heritage Founder Ed Feulner spoke highly of Gingrich, saying that he is “a unique find in Washington – articulate, charismatic, and loaded with ideas based on our conservative principles.”

Are you hopeful that the new generation can help sustain the conservative movement?  Tell us in the comments.

5 Things You Need to Know About New Taxes on Online Services

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On October 31, a federal moratorium on Internet service taxes will expire, allowing state and local governments to tax online access and other services that you use and enjoy every day.

In a new report, Heritage Foundation expert James Gattuso explains how this change will affect you. Below are five things you need to know about this issue.

  1. The United States has had a moratorium on state Internet taxation since 1998. This ban includes state surcharges on Internet service and state taxes on specific internet services such as email or instant messaging.  It also bans “bit” taxes based on internet usage.
  2. This Internet tax ban does not cover Internet sales tax. That issue involves the power of state tax collectors to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes on their behalf, which is an entirely separate debate.  As Gattuso notes, “While not prohibited by Congress’s Internet tax moratorium, such mandates have been properly limited by the courts.”
  3. H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, would permanently ban these taxes. This bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on June 18th and will soon go to the House floor.
  4. 11 of the 25 businesses contributing the most to the U.S. economy are Internet-related.  With Internet taxes, we risk threatening this sector’s growth.  Internet-related business is one of the few sectors thriving today.  With new taxes, subscribership to internet services may fall, especially among low-income consumers.  In fact, Gattuso notes that if state taxes average five percent, these services could lose 10 million to 30 million subscribers.
  5. The tax ban is fully consistent with the principles of federalism. “The Internet, by its nature, is an interstate network,” Gattuso observes. “The effects of Internet tax policy in one state are borne not just by that state’s citizens, but by citizens of other states.”

Read more about how this will affect you here.

Do you think we should permanently ban states from taxing the Internet?  Tell us in the comments.

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