UK Secretary of State visits Heritage

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On Wednesday the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, visited Heritage for a private meeting with Heritage experts.

After his meeting at Heritage, Johnson went on to meet with leaders in both the House and Senate.

Heritage has continued to maintain a strong relationship with the UK and Johnson’s visit speaks to that relationship.

Heritage tweeted this photo Wednesday of the meeting:

We will continue to strengthen relationships with U.S. foreign allies.

How important is the UK-U.S. relationship?

Heritage leading conservative legal movement

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One of the things Heritage does well is bring together the best minds and most powerful influencers in one place to address our nation’s most critical issues.

Just this week Heritage hosted the Legal Strategy Forum, a two-day biannual gathering of  CEOs and legal officers of top organizations who are committed to furthering the conservative legal movement.

Heritage brought in speakers to this group that included DC Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, and even U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

They discussed recent developments and litigation strategy in a wide variety of areas of concern to the conservative legal movement, and heard from recognized experts in those fields.

Watch Jeff Sessions’ remarks below:

Heritage will continue to lead to ensure the conservative legal movement grows and strengthens in the months and years ahead.

What do you think is the greatest challenge of our legal system?

A great American hero passes on

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Last week, a true patriot and Heritage’s longest serving employee, Richard Odermatt, Director of Research Editing, passed on peacefully from this world. 

His dedication to the quality of Heritage research reflected his strong belief in the principles of conservatism and desire to see them create a stronger America. His positive attitude, laser sharp intellect, eagle eye for details, biting wit and deep faith gave life to the work he did at Heritage.

 

President Ed Feulner had the following words to say about Richard’s passing:

The Heritage Foundation has lost its longest serving employee and one of its dearest friends. Richard Odermatt, our Director of Research Editing, was one of the most erudite men in Washington, profoundly talented, and blessed with a gentle, loving soul.

Richard possessed an endless range of knowledge and the ability to give attention to the smallest detail—qualities that made him the most talented research editor I have ever known.

He came to Heritage on January 22, 1975, and quickly made himself indispensable. In the early days, he not only edited our research papers, he would hand-deliver them to Congressional offices once or twice a week.

Richard lived a rich life outside of Heritage, too. He spoke nine foreign languages—ancient and modern—and travelled extensively. He taught English at a community college, was a seminary professor (and tutor) of Byzantine chant, and a cantor at the Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church in McLean, Va.

Grounded in deep faith, he was unflappable in times of stress and over-joyed at the joy of others. We at Heritage will miss his warm presence, his shy, sly smile and his self-effacing humor. May God rest his beautiful soul.

His legacy is one that all of us on the Heritage team can learn from and will seek to carry out in the years ahead.

Please join me in saying a prayer for his family during this difficult time.

If you have any memories or encouraging words you would like to share with his family please comment below and we will share them.

 

Heritage expert leading the charge on health care reform

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Senior Research Fellow Robert (Bob) Moffit stays busy working in Heritage’s Center for Health Policy Studies.

However, in his spare time he also serves as Chairman of the Maryland Healthcare Commission where he is making a huge difference in reforming the healthcare system in Maryland.

When the announcement of Moffit’s appointment as Chairman was made this May the Washington Post had this to say:

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday appointed a leading critic of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act to chair the state’s health-care commission, drawing immediate criticism from Democrats.

Robert E. Moffit has served as a member of the commission, which oversees hospitals and health care in the state, since 2015. A senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, he has called for a full repeal of the federal health-care law, promoted Medicare vouchers and applauded the controversial health-care bill that House Republicans passed last week.

Last week, in his new role as Chairman, he led an effort to establish medical price transparency for elective hospital services in the State of Maryland.

Moffit’s focus on lifting the veil on hospital prices was already widely anticipated. At the time of his appointment as Chairman of the Commission last year, Moffit stated clearly that among his top priorities was price transparency in Maryland hospitals as well as broader regulatory reform of the Maryland health care system.

Concerning price transparency, Moffit said,

Despite the fact that health care will soon consume roughly one out of five dollars in our wallets, Americans know more about the price of a gallon of gasoline than they do about the price of common medical procedures. Hospital bills, in particular, are often mysterious. We also know that the price of elective hospital procedures, such as knee replacements or vaginal birth deliveries, vary widely.

Sunshine will spur more intense competition and innovation in care delivery.  Markets cannot function unless the consumers know the prices of the services they are buying. So that is why the Maryland Health Care Commission adopted a market-based solution to a widespread market problem.

Please join me in congratulating Moffit on his work towards a more conservative healthcare system.

Heritage is grateful for the service of people like Moffit who never tire in their work to increase the freedom of the American people–whether at Heritage or on their own time.

What questions would you like to ask Moffit related to our current healthcare system?

 

Former Heritage intern leads Pro-life movement

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Heritage believes strongly in educating and preparing the next generation of Americans to be leaders for conservatism.

One key way Heritage educates the next generation is through our exceptional internship program that teaches these young leaders the founding principles of our nation while providing them a place to put those principles into action.

Read more about the Heritage Young Leaders program >>

Many of these interns have gone on to be great leaders for the conservative movement.

This week Marjorie Dannenfelser, former Heritage intern and President of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, received the Distinguished Alumni Award for her work in the pro-life movement. She sat down with The Daily Signal’s Senior Vice President Rob Bluey to discuss how the Susan B. Anthony List was created and you can watch her interview below to find out more about this incredible group.

In 1992, Dannenfelser, who had worked for Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, founded the Susan B. Anthony List out of her living room with the goal of increasing the number of pro-life women in federal and statewide office.

Since then the Susan B. Anthony List has helped elect more than 105 candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives, 20 to the U.S. Senate, and 19 to other statewide offices across the country.

How important is it to train and prepare the next generation of conservative leaders? What is the best way to accomplish this?

Where is the Democratic party headed?

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Heritage continues to lead the analysis on the direction our nation’s political parties are headed.

On Monday, Heritage scholar David Azerrad hosted a panel at the annual President’s Club meeting that was a favorite of Heritage members.

In the panel, Azerrad laid out where the Democratic party is today–highlighting two main strands of left-ism inside the party: Identity politics and Sandersism.

The Obama presidency was not good for the Democratic party. The party not only lost more than 1,000 seats nationwide, it also veered farther to the left. By doubling down on identity politics, it has become even more illiberal and even more hostile to the American way of life.

He explained more about what the two strands of left-ism are in a recent article for the American Spectator. He claimed that:

While Trump and his fiery brand of populism grab all the headlines, the most powerful ideology in America remains identity politics.

It permeates our culture and fuels our national obsession with diversity, understood as the proportional representation in all realms of life of the various “communities” that have gained recognition: African-Americans, women, Hispanics, LGBTQs, Asians, and, if the Census Bureau has its way, MENAs — Middle Easterners and North Africans. Conspicuously absent from the list, of course, are whites, Christians, and men — three of the most numerous groups in America.

Despite the dominance of identity politics, the Democrats’ older progressive ideology of class-based redistributionism is not dead in the party…

Sandersism is the newest incarnation of redistributionism. And though it failed to capture the Democratic Party, it did reshape its platform and amass a colossal following. Sandersism posits that the fundamental division in America is not along the lines of race, sex, sexual orientation, or any of the other preferred categories of identity politics, but rather class in the traditional sense of the term — how much you make and how wealthy you are.

Read the full article >>

What do you think about today’s political ideologies?

Trump tells Heritage tax reform will: “lift our people from welfare to work”

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As a Heritage member you have been playing an integral role in moving conservative tax reform forward.

The Daily Signal’s White House correspondent Fred Lucas reported on President Trump’s speech Tuesday night at Heritage’s President’s Club dinner.

Lucas included some of the President’s remarks below:

“We will lift our people from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to total beautiful prosperity,” Trump told an audience of about 1,000 people Tuesday night gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Washington.

“Our tax plan will ensure that companies stay in America, grow in America, and hire in America,” the president said. “At the heart of our plans is a tax cut for everyday working Americans.”

Read the rest of Lucas’ article to find out more details of President Trump’s tax plan >>

Passing conservative tax reform is critical to strengthening our economy and putting more money back into the pockets of hard-working Americans.

Why do you believe tax reform is so critical?

President Trump calls Heritage “Titans in the fight…”

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Your influence as a Heritage member is growing tremendously this year.

Tuesday evening, President Trump joined Heritage members as the keynote speaker for the annual President’s Club meeting.

In his speech, the president praised Heritage for being “titans in the fight to defend, promote, and preserve our great American Heritage.”

Watch President Trump’s address below:

President Trump not only tweeted about his speech at Heritage, but his team created this inspiring video about why The Heritage Foundation is vital to making America great again. Watch the video here >>

Transcript: It’s an incredible honor to be here tonight to celebrate this really wonderful foundation. Just a few months from now you will mark the 45th anniversary of this esteemed institution. As Americans we have inherited a special legacy of freedom culture, laws, and values. Your organization is named The Heritage Foundation because you understand that our glorious heritage is the foundation of everything we hope to achieve. You understand that human progress must be built upon a firm foundation of timeless truths and the most important truth that our founders understood was this: Freedom is not a gift from government. Freedom is a gift from God.

What was your favorite part of President Trump’s speech?

Event: Tax Reform for the middle class

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I would like to invite you to join us tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Eastern for an event on tax reform for middle class Americans. Chairman Kevin Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee will be detailing how tax reform can help middle-class families and workers–the day after the new plan for tax cuts was revealed.

Brady will go on to discuss how he and the Committee – working together with President Trump and the House and Senate – are moving forward on transformational tax reform that will help middle-class Americans throughout their lives.  His remarks will focus on creating Main Street jobs, growing middle-class paychecks, making taxes fairer, and helping hardworking Americans – not Washington special interests.

If you can’t attend in person you can always join the livestream of the event online.

Watch the event live online >>

What did you think of Brady’s remarks on tax reform?

Will tax reform pass Congress this Fall?

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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?

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