The Hill: President Trump inspired by Heritage op-ed

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Tuesday, The Hill released a piece crediting President Trump’s movement on tax reform as a result of an op-ed that Heritage experts wrote.

President Trump was inspired to take action on tax reform after someone in the White House flagged for him an op-ed by his former campaign advisers, Politico reported Monday.

In April, Stephen Moore, Larry Kudlow, Steve Forbes and Arthur Laffer wrote an op-ed in The New York Times urging the administration to advance tax-reform legislation “with urgency.” Someone in the White House alerted Trump to the piece, and Trump then told his staff to make a tax plan that resembles the op-ed, according to Politico’s report.

One week after the op-ed was published, the White House released a plan that has a number of similarities to the recommendations from Moore, Kudlow, Forbes and Laffer. For example, Trump’s plan proposes lowering the tax rate for corporations and small businesses to 15 percent.

Stephen Moore is a distinguished visiting fellow in Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity and Steve Forbes has served as a member of Heritage’s Board of Trustees since 2001.

We are thankful for their work.

What do you believe is the most important issue to address in tax reform?

Injustice in North Korea being fought by Heritage expert

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Last week, the Senate introduced the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act.

Heritage’s Olivia Enos, of the Asian Studies Center, had a heavy hand in drafting this legislation. She’s been working with Senate staff to research and write the bill since late last year.

When asked about the legislation Olivia stated:

Human rights challenges in North Korea is an issue near and dear to my heart. That there are still between 80,000 and 120,000 people held in political prison camps today is appalling.

I hope that this legislation provides North Koreans with the information they need to either stay in North Korea and facilitate change from within or flee the regime to freedom in South Korea or elsewhere.

She also released a piece in Forbes yesterday that describes the need for this bill in more detail.

According to a recent press release, Ted Cruz, one of the Senators who introduced the bill, explains more about it in the statement below:

The North Korean regime is a modern-day reign of terror. It not only threatens the lives of Americans, South Koreans, and Japanese, but it also terrorizes its own people. As with any totalitarian regime, however, it fears the truth…

The reauthorization of the North Korean Human Rights Act empowers the United States to shine a light into that darkened regime with the truth of liberty and the friendship that Americans feel for the people of North Korea.

Moreover, these programs provide us with avenues to reach North Koreans and shape their perceptions of us. These are nonnegotiable elements of our broader North Korean strategy, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill and judiciously implement it.

What should the United States response be to the aggression of North Korea?

Heritage expert recognized for his work furthering American founding principles

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Heritage’s Director of the Kenneth B. Simon Center for Principles and Politics David Azerrad was recognized this week by The American Legion for his work throughout the nation furthering the principles America was founded on.

According to an email sent to David:

The Committee was most impressed with your [David’s] work in teaching the tenets of the American political tradition to policymakers, political leaders and the public.

Additionally the Committee was very appreciative of your work throughout the nation and most importantly your annual presentation on the Constitution to American Legion Boys Nation delegates. Your work reflects the highest values of The American Legion’s education goals and initiatives.

Azerrad will receive the American Legion’s National Education Award for 2017 this summer in recognition of his work.

This is just one of many examples of your support enabling tremendous influence across the country.

Please join me in congratulating David.

Read more about David and his work at Heritage>>

How important is it to educate the next generation of Americans on the principles this country was founded upon? Do you think the current public school system does a good job teaching these principles? Why or why not?

A step forward in Education policy

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The dedicated work of the Heritage experts in the Center for Education Policy is paying off.

Last Wednesday Heritage education expert Lindsey Burke was invited to the White House to celebrate with D.C. students receiving scholarships through the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (D.C. OSP).

D.C. OSP has finally been reauthorized through the budget, after barely surviving the last administration. President Obama had repeatedly tried to eliminate the program, which allows low-income students to attend safe and effective schools of their choice, through the budget process.

Over the years Heritage experts have published numerous reports, held countless meetings with Hill offices, produced videos, and worked with supporters to push for better education policy.

After years of drawing attention to this neglected scholarship lifeline for needy students, it’s a great victory to see it get such support from this administration and Congress.

Watch the Daily Signal’s video below to find out more about this scholarship program.

Read more about Lindsey Burke and her work at Heritage>>

What do you think the biggest overall need in education reform is?

 

Heritage expert tapped to chair Maryland Health Commission

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Heritage expert Robert Moffit, in his quest to free more Americans from burdensome health care regulations and costs, will now be serving as the chair of the Maryland Health Commission.

The Washington Post has more below:

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.

“If Marylanders weren’t scared of Governor Hogan’s refusal to oppose Trumpcare before, they should be now,” Maryland Democratic Party spokesman Bryan Lesswing said after Moffitt’s appointment was announced.

Thanks to your support, Heritage experts like Robert continue to make a difference in pushing conservative principles forward.

Read more about Robert and his work at Heritage>>

How important is it to you to pass health care reform?

Videos: Heritage experts making a difference

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Numerous Heritage experts appeared in the news this past week analyzing the latest situations in North Korea, the French elections, and President Trump’s first 100 days.

You can watch the full clips below.

Dakota Wood talks North Korea on Fox News

Robin Simcox on Fox News discussing the French election

Mike Gonzalez Analyzes French Elections on Fox Business

Nile Gardiner Evaluates Trump’s First 100 Days on CNN

Do you agree with their analysis of these issues? Why or why not?

Where Obamacare repeal stands

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Last Thursday the House passed the American Health Care Act which included a new amendment that gives states the ability to opt out of core elements of Obamacare’s regulatory structure.

Writing in The Daily Signal Heritage experts Bob Moffit and Jean Morrow state:

By passing the American Health Care Act by a vote of 217-213, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken a major step in the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

It’s now time for the Senate to act.

In paving the way for successful House floor action, the House Rules Committee adopted an amendment enabling states to reverse the upward trajectory of premiums in their health insurance markets.

As Heritage analysts have argued, the right policy is to liberate states from Obamacare’s insurance mandates. This is a step in that direction.

Meanwhile, Heritage expert Ed Haislmaier has been busy influencing the repeal process. Even before the bill passed the House, Haislmaier was asked by Senate Conservatives for recommendations on how they could make this bill even better in the Senate.

Though the House bill wasn’t perfect it’s moving health care reform in the right direction.

Do you think the Senate will improve upon the bill?

Former Heritage Trustee’s impact on conservatism

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The patriots that serve on the Heritage Board of Trustees do so because they believe in preserving America for future generations. They see Heritage leading the fight for the conservative principles needed to maintain a strong America.

Not only do they fight for conservatism through Heritage but they also make an impact on their own time.

This is a snapshot of what a former Heritage Trustee has done for the conservative cause.

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Lewis Lehrman served faithfully as a Heritage trustee for nearly two decades before resigning in the mid 90s but his service to the conservative movement, and to Heritage, continued on.

In 1981 he was appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the Presidential Gold Commission. Along with Congressman Ron Paul, Lewis Lehrman collaborated on a minority report of the commission, which was published as The Case for Gold (1982) that explains the reasons for having paper currency backed by gold.

He is also the author of The True Gold Standard: A Monetary Reform Plan without Official Reserve Currencies (2012) that lays out a plan to restore the stability of the American dollar and Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point (2008) which examines the pivotal speech that was a turning point in Lincoln’s life.

Lehrman has also been named to the advisory board of the American Principles Project’s Gold Standard initiative. He heads The Gold Standard Now – a project of The Lehrman Institute. Established in 1972, The Lehrman Institute is a public policy foundation focused on history, economic and foreign policy, education, and local communities.

In the 1990s he generously funded Heritage’s Lehrman auditorium, named in honor of his father, and has been used to host lectures and events promoting conservatism ever since.

In 1994 Lehrman co-founded the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History that’s devoted to the improvement of the next generation of Americans through the study of American history.  The institute has over 60,000 unique historical documents that they use to support tens of thousands of teachers who help change the lives of students. Lehrman was presented the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2005 for his work in American history.

Besides serving as a Trustee of Heritage Lehrman has also served as a trustee of the American Enterprise Institute, the Morgan Library, the Manhattan Institute and New-York Historical Society. He is also a former Chairman of the Committee on Humanities of the Yale University Council.

Now Lehrman is releasing a new book titled Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft that takes a look at the “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain during World War II that cemented the Alliance that won the war in the West. In the book, Lehrman reveals the personal diplomacy, character and statecraft at the core of the leadership of the Anglo-American Alliance through scrupulous research and fair judgement. If you’d like a copy of the book, you can order Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft  here >>

We are thankful to Lewis Lehrman for his support of Heritage and his continued work furthering the conservative cause.

 

Video: Heritage expert weighs in on Russian hacking

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Heritage expert James Carafano went on Fox News this week to explain the latest on Russia’s hacking and the French Presidential election.

Watch the full clip below.

Do you agree with Carafano’s explanation of Russian hacking? Why or why not?

‘Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination’

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Heritage expert Ryan T. Anderson is releasing a new book called Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination that answers the hard questions on religious liberty and discrimination that we face today.

This book is set up in a point-counterpoint style that brings together leading voices in the culture wars to debate the top questions on these issues: John Corvino, a longtime LGBT-rights advocate, opposite Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, prominent young defenders of the traditional view of marriage.

Many such questions have arisen in response to same-sex marriage: How should we treat county clerks who do not wish to authorize such marriages, for example; or bakers, florists, and photographers who do not wish to provide services for same-sex weddings? But the conflicts are not limited to the LGBT-rights arena. And they implicate age-old questions about the role of government, the value of religion, and the challenges of living in a diverse and free society.

If you want to know how to answer these tough questions this book is a must-read.

The book is available for pre-order and you can order your own copy today.

Check out more about Ryan Anderson and explore his latest research.

What’s your biggest question about the religious liberty debate in our country today?

 

 

 

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