President Obama is in Mexico discussing immigration, trade and education. It would seem as though he left something critical out of his agenda: illegal drugs.
“Mortality statistics indicate that drug-related deaths now exceed auto fatalities in the U.S.,” The Heritage Foundation’s Ray Walser explains. He points to a “spectrum of issues related to the harm done by drug usage. They range from state-side violence among traffickers, gangbangers, and dealers to drug-influenced auto fatalities and increasing abuse of prescription drugs.”
As Heritage Foundation Founder Ed Feulner has always said, it is better to add and multiply the conservative movement than it it to divide and subtract.
This is why for the last 36 years Heritage has hosted the annual Resource Bank meeting: to bring together conservative leaders and organizations from around the country and around the world. Attendees will talk strategy, share tactics and best practices, and work to strengthen the movement.
This year’s meeting kicks off next Wednesday in Orlando. Highlights include: Continue Reading »
North Korea can already hit Hawaii, parts of Alaska, and California. It can also hit U.S. forward-deployed troops in South Korea, Japan, and Guam…While the Obama Administration does not believe that North Korea is capable of hitting the U.S. with a nuclear weapon, the U.S. has a history of underestimating North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.
American troops and bases are also located throughout the region, including along the Demilitarized Zone that serves as a border between North and South Korea.
“The U.S. has already responded to the threats—but more commitment to missile defense is needed,” Heritage’s Amy Payne argues. Unfortunately,“diplomacy doesn’t work with Kim Jong-un,” suggesting we need to impose tough sanctions instead of endlessly talking. Continue Reading »
Most Americans retire between the ages of 62 and 64. And the average American is now expected to live to 79, meaning people who retire at 62 can receive 17 years or more of government benefits like Social Security.
Americans’ ability to build a secure retirement is increasingly in danger. In addition to Social Security’s rapidly approaching fiscal problems and underfunded traditional defined-benefit pensions, the retirement savings system is available to only about half of the workforce and needs other improvements before today’s workers can create sufficient retirement income.
The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson mounted a vigorous defense of traditional marriage last night on “Piers Morgan Live” during a debate with Morgan and Suze Orman, who both back same-sex marriage.
Anderson, who serves as Heritage’s William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society, opened the segment by stating his view on marriage:
I think marriage exists to bring a man and woman together as husband and wife, to be mother and father to any children their union produces. And the Supreme Court, in the cases they’re hearing today and tomorrow, should really not cut short the democratic debate that we’re having. Citizens all across the country are discussing what marriage is and why it matters. And what we want to see the court do is uphold our constitutional authority to have that debate.
When Orman called him uneducated and ignorant for his views, Anderson politely responded:
Why do you assume that I’m ignorant? You say I just don’t know. I don’t assume anything badly about you. I just think we disagree. President Obama himself has said there are people of good will and sound mind on both sides of this issue. I agree with the President.
I’m not going to call you names and I’m not going to say you’re ignorant or don’t understand. But up until the year 2000, no political community on the face of earth had ever defined marriage as anything other than a male-female relationship. I think there are good reasons for that.
Anderson stated facts and never lost his calm, even as Suze Orman and Piers Morgan kept raising their voices. And he successfully explained what many conservatives are concerned about: “Marriage is based on the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and on the social reality that children need a mother and a father.”
The audience’s response was in line with Morgan and Orman’s views, but Anderson remained stoic. He said he while he may be in the minority in that audience, “in America there are lots of people who agree with me and we should have this conversation.”
Alex Cohen is a 17-year-old high school student who founded a conservative club at his high school to “promote and educate youth on Heritage Action’s mission.” Heritage Action organizes grassroots activists and pressures Congress to advance The Heritage Foundation’s conservative ideas.
His first order of business, Cohen told Heritage Action, is “getting everyone on the topic of defunding Obamacare.” He would also like to showcase and explain the Heritage Action Scorecard to the members of his club. Action’s Scorecard grades lawmakers on how they vote to advance conservative principles.
Recent actions by interim president Nicolás Maduro “threaten to take a dangerous situation from bad to worse,” Zuckerman says, and could “spark strong anti-American violence in Venezuela like that seen throughout the Middle East late last year.” Maduro went so far as to blame the United States for Chávez’s illness. While plainly ridiculous, in Venezuela these remarks may be taken seriously. Continue Reading »
Kerry announced that the U.S. will be supplying $60 million in food and medical supplies to the rebels fighting the brutal civil war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The problem is, this change satisfies nobody. The rebels want arms, not food. And Congress, which faces challenges from the Obama administration over the sequester spending cuts, may balk at this new direction—which members of Congress were unaware of until its announcement.
“The Obama Administration,” Dale explains, “is dealing with Syria much the way it deals with domestic issues such as Head Start: by throwing money at it. It will not work.”
On top of that, this $60 million commitment “is a half-measure,” she adds. After two years of fighting and tens of thousands of deaths, just giving “non-military aid” is unlikely to help.
Do you think we should supply the Syrian rebels with $60 million in food and medical aid?