At Heritage, Rick Perry Calls Border Security ‘a Constitutional Obligation’


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“Defending our border is not a political option but a constitutional obligation,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) said last week at The Heritage Foundation.

Speaking to a packed audience that included 23 news cameras, Perry was critical of President Obama’s failed immigration policies.

The President has been anything but consistent in his reaction to the crisis at the border, he said in an address broadcast live on C-SPAN. When he should take executive action by enforcing immigration laws, he retreats. And his attempts to sidestep Congress and implement his unilateral immigration reform are examples of “aggressive overreach.” Continue Reading »

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.

Why Some States Are Doing Better Economically


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Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore. Photo: Willis Bretz

Low-tax states are outperforming their high-tax counterparts in business growth, job growth, income growth, and population growth.

That’s according to a panel of experts including Heritage Foundation Chief Economist Stephen Moore, economist Arthur Laffer, investor Rex Sinquefield, and tax advocate Travis Brown. They held an important discussion today at Heritage detailing the results of their new book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States.

Their quantitative research shows the fluidity of wealth and how it’s moving from states with the highest tax burdens to the states with lower tax burdens. Continue Reading »

Mike Lee’s Important Speech at Heritage About Fighting Cronyism and Special Interests


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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) explained how big government enables cronyism. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) explained how big government enables cronyism. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered an important address at The Heritage Foundation today decrying “America’s crisis of crony capitalism, corporate welfare, and political privilege.”

Working hand-in-hand with big government, K Street lobbyists and the big companies they represent tilt the otherwise level playing field the economy. They use the power of government to benefit themselves—at your expense.

“Big government isn’t just inefficient,” he told the audience in Heritage’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Auditorium,  “it’s fundamentally unfair.”

It’s ordinary Americans who suffer from cronyism, whether it’s in the form of economy-distorting regulations, special-interest tax breaks, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or the Export-Import Bank.

That’s why conservatives should fight all Washington cronyism, Lee argued, no matter whether that cronyism was initiated by Democrats or Republicans.

Watch the full video of Lee’s speech here, and read more about the anti-cronyism agenda.

Do you think fighting Washington cronyism ought to be a priority for conservatives?

Mike Lee at Heritage: To Succeed in the Future, Conservatives Should Focus on Ideas

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Sen. Mike Lee speaks at Heritage October 29. Photo: John Harrington

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) speaks at Heritage October 29. Photo: John Harrington

To succeed in the future, conservatives need to develop new solutions to meet new problems, especially the challenges facing poor and middle class families, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said yesterday at The Heritage Foundation.

“To deserve victory, conservatives have to do more than pick a fight. We have to win a debate,” Lee said in Heritage’s Allison Auditorium. “And to do that, we need more than just guts. We need an agenda. Our generation of conservatives has big shoes to fill, and a lot of lost time to make up. So, let’s get to work.”

Conservatives alone can champion those struggling to make ends meet because, he explained,  the left does not represent entrepreneurs and Main Street. Instead, liberal proposals today favor K Street, Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue Reading »

Entrepreneur Bob Miller Inspires Graduating Heritage Interns

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Bob Miller addresses Heritage's fall 2012 intern class as Heritage Vice President Becky Norton Dunlop looks on.

Entrepreneur and Heritage Foundation member Bob Miller urged Heritage interns in a speech last week to “to keep the American Dream alive for those who come after us.”

Miller, who built Better Baked Foods from the ground up, knows actions speak louder than words.

“My life demonstrates the positive effect of the American Dream. My 50 year story is really a love affair with freedom,” he told the 60 interns assembled in Heritage’s Allison Auditorium for their graduation ceremony.

Miller came from humble beginnings  making donuts at his family’s bakery. He eventually started a hot dog and pizza stand, which grew into one of the largest frozen food manufacturers in the United States. Continue Reading »

Video: Anthony Kennedy at The Heritage Foundation

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who dissented against this year’s landmark decision upholding Obamacare’s individual mandate, delivered the 2012 Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture yesterday at The Heritage Foundation.

The United States Constitution is a unique document, he told the audience in Heritage’s Allison Auditorium. “The tie we have to our Constitution defines us, gives us stability and a purpose and a mission to our people. It is the envy of the rest of the world.”

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Heritage on TV Today: Supreme Court in Review

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Photo: Flickr/OZinOH

Starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, C-SPAN will air Heritage’s panel discussion on the recently concluded Supreme Court term live from Allison Auditorium. Panelists include Heritage’s Ed Meese and Todd Gaziano, Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal and reporters who cover the high court.

UpdateAt 6:30 p.m. on Fox Business’ “Cavuto,” health care expert Ed Haislmaier will discuss why states are slow to meet the 2014 deadline to implement Obamacare.

Update 2: Tonight in the 6:00 p.m. hour on Fox News’ “Special Report,” legal fellow Cully Stimson will discuss the pending civilian trial of the Somali terrorist.

Video: At Heritage, Rep. Allen West Examines the 21st Century Battlefield


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Today Rep. Allen West (R-FL) addressed a packed crowd at The Heritage Foundation to discuss how the battlefield in the 21st century has necessitated a change in military strategy.

The speech was the closing event for Protect America Month, an annual series of events highlighting the importance of funding our military.

The Washington Post immediately posted their coverage of Rep. West’s remarks, noting:

In making the case for increased military spending, West, a retired Army veteran, drew upon several anecdotes from his 22 years of military service, telling the audience that at times, “my friends who were in tank units had to use golf carts to practice tank tactics.”

Watch West’s full speech below.

Heritage on TV Today: Yemen and Allen West

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Peter Brookes

This morning on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Heritage’s Peter Brookes will discuss rising tensions in Yemen.

And at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, C-SPAN 2 will be airing Rep. Allen West’s (R-FL) remarks on national security live from Heritage’s Allison Auditorium.

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