Video: Watch Jim DeMint on Sunday’s Meet the Press


In Heritage Impact

Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday to discuss President Obama’s liberal vision for America and how conservatives must counter his radical agenda.

As he did during a Saturday speech to the National Review Institute, DeMint called on conservatives to do a better job of explaining how their ideas solve problems and lead to more prosperity.

“One of the reasons I left Congress is that I don’t believe the politicians are going to solve our problems unless the American people force them to,” DeMint told host David Gregory.

The roundtable discussion included NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and NBC News’ Ted Koppel. The video runs about 13 minutes.

Cross-posted from The Foundry.

Video: Heritage Member Dick DeVos Explains Unions and Michigan’s New Right-to-Work Law


In Other Work of Note

Late last year, while conservatives were still coming to terms with the re-election of President Obama, something remarkable happened in Michigan. A state that is synonymous with Big Labor enacted a right-to-work law.

Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) and Republican lawmakers had just witnessed the overwhelming rejection of a union-backed measure at the ballot box in November. Fearing the state was losing jobs to states with more friendly business climates — and workers could also lose freedoms in the workplace — they moved swiftly to make Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in America.

Earlier this week, Heritage hosted Michigan businessman and entrepreneur Dick DeVos, a former candidate for governor and a Heritage member. I sat down with him to talk about how it happened and what lessons conservatives can take away from the victory as they make the case for freedom nationally and in states.

The interview runs about five minutes. It was produced and directed by Patrick Frank. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch more Heritage videos.

Cross-posted from The Foundry.

A Christmas Message from Jim DeMint

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In Other Work of Note

From all of us at The Heritage Foundation, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season. This is a season for reflection, not only about the closing of the year but about higher callings: our principles, our families, our faiths.

Heritage will be entering a new chapter with the new year. Not only will we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we will have new leadership as Senator Jim DeMint succeeds Edwin J. Feulner as president in April.

Today we bring you a special Christmas video from President-Elect DeMint.

Cross-posted from The Foundry.

What Would You Ask Speaker Boehner?


In Other Work of Note

Last week Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made his mark on the House of Representatives when lawmakers did something notably absent in recent years: cut spending.

During the course of the week, lawmakers considered more than 100 amendments for the continuing resolution, working late into the night and cutting $61 billion from current spending levels. Now, as the March 4 deadline approaches for funding the government, all eyes are on Boehner.

In other words, YouTube picked an excellent time to put him in front of the camera to answer your questions. One month after President Obama answer questions from YouTube viewers, it’s now Boehner’s turn to hear what’s on the minds of Americans.

YouTube is gathering questions submitted by video through midnight Sunday. (Or via Twitter by using the hashtag #askthespeaker.) Boehner will answer them on March 1 during a sit-down interview with YouTube’s Steve Grove. Questioners are encouraged to keep their responses to 20 seconds and are welcome to be creative with props, charts and other information. (Heritage has several charts ready for use.) Continue Reading »

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