Michele Bachmann Comes to Heritage to Explain the 3 Things the Tea Party Stands For


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In remarks this week at The Heritage Foundation, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) defended the Tea Party and said its principles are shared by most Americans.

The modern Tea Party stands for three very basic things. Number one, we are taxed enough already. Number two, government should not spend more money than what it take in. Number three, government should live under the constitution.

This agenda, she said, is hardly extreme. “If these are the principles we stand for, I think whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, they are ones that you would agree with.”

In her 50 minute speech, Bachmann hit on several other conservative themes. Among other proposals, she called for a drastic simplification of the tax code, the termination of the Export-Import Bank, and increased border security.

The Tea Party is close to Bachmann’s heart. She was one of the first in 2010 to identify with the Tea Party’s protest against the growing size of the federal government. She also founded the House Tea Party Caucus.

The speech was one of the last of Bachmann’s congressional career. The four-term Representative and 2012 presidential candidate has elected to not seek re-election next month.

Watch the video above for her whole speech.

Do you belong to the Tea Party or support its mission? Tell us in the comments.

Should the Business Lobby Stand With Conservatives—or Against?

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Geoffrey Lysaught

Geoffrey Lysaught

Business groups, cheered on by liberals, are planning to directly attack conservatives and the Tea Party, Heritage Foundation vice president Geoffrey Lysaught writes on Real Clear Politics.

This effort, conducted in the name of “a more governable Republican party,” serves the narrow interests of the entrenched Washington establishment.

A better alternative for America, LySaught argues, is a return to more principled, conservative policies: Continue Reading »

Video: Tea Party Activists Take Over the Capitol Building’s West Lawn


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Tea Party activists were in full swing last week in front of the Capitol building in Washington, arguing for an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service after revelations that it had targeted conservative groups.

Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham joined Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), and television host Glenn Beck to address the roughly 10,000 to 12,000 activists in attendance.

Heritage Foundation staff attended the event to distribute Heritage research about how the IRS has worked to implement Obamacare and further expand government power. Heritage expert Chris Jacobs explains the scope of this expansion:

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last year released a report with a chart showing all the bureaucratic offices and divisions within the IRS charged with carrying out Obamacare. Nowhere in the chart do the words doctor or patient appear—as clear a sign as any that Obamacare is not about health care; it’s about government power.

Attendees waved dozens of yellow Gadsden flags, which bear the words “Don’t tread on me.” Their message was clear: government has become too big and too intrusive and needs to be reined in.

What do you think should be done about the IRS?

Heritage YouTube Videos Viewed Three Million Times

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Heritage Foundation videos have now been viewed on YouTube more than three million times. Heritage reached this milestone last week, and we’re on pace for a record year.

Subscribe free to Heritage’s YouTube channel today to see all Heritage videos as soon as they’re released.

Among the first policy organizations to create a YouTube account, Heritage has posted nearly 700 videos since 2006.

The most popular Heritage video of all time is Rick Santelli’s February 2009 CNBC commentary that launched the Tea Party movement:

What’s your favorite video on the Heritage YouTube channel?

Video: Andrew Breitbart’s Righteous Indignation

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Known for his network of conservative websites, Andrew Breitbart has one main goal: to make sure the “liberally biased” major news outlets in this country cover all aspects of a story fairly.

Breitbart is convinced that too many national stories are slanted by the news media in an unfair way. In his new book, Righteous Indignation, he talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how to deal with the liberal news world head on.

Breitbart visited The Heritage Foundation last week to discuss his book. Watch his remarks below.

Before the event, Breitbart sat down with Heritage’s Rob Bluey to answer questions from readers of our Foundry blog:

Louisiana Tea Party Group Credits Heritage Research


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Heritage Foundation research inspires the Tea Party organization in Acadiana, in southern Louisiana.

“Agree with its agenda or not, there’s no denying the grassroots conservative movement is firmly planted in Acadiana’s political landscape,” writes Nicholas Persac of The Adverstiser.com.

The Tea Party of Lafayette, La., which counts over one thousand members, is making a name for itself in that state.  And who do its leaders look to for conservative guidance on the hot button issues, namely health care and taxes? The Heritage Foundation, among others:

Members of the group cite conservative thinkers and writers such as Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Charles Krauthammer, George Will and The Heritage Foundation as their inspiration.

We are thrilled to know that our research is reaching the people who can enact conservative change in their community, their state and their country.

The Heritage Foundation will continue to provide the intellectual firepower for the conservative movement around the country as long as threats to our nation’s founding principles remain. We are firmly committed to the conservative cause.

Tell us in the comments: how are you involved in the fight to restore conservative principles in America?

Heritage on TV Today: Entitlements

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Alison Fraser

Alison Fraser

At 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox Business, Heritage economist Alison Fraser will discuss President Obama’s entitlements speech.

Update: At 6:00 p.m. on Hearst TV, Director of Government Studies Brian Darling will discuss tea party and its evolving role in 2012.

In the same hour on Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto,” Darling will discuss the political backlash against inflation.

Eric Cantor Cites Heritage’s Index on Meet the Press

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During an appearance Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom offers a guide to policymakers:

And if you’re looking at ways to grow the economy, you know, the Heritage Foundation just came out with their Index of Freedom.  One of the reasons they cite as to the United States falling in that index is the rampant government spending, which promises more tax increases in the future.  So the tea party has come in and said enough spending already.

Watch the video:

Find out more about the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom on Heritage.org.

The Tea Party Shoots Down a Lame Duck


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Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was forced to withdraw his almost 2,000-page omnibus spending bill. This bill would have cost taxpayers more than $1.2 trillion—or twelve hundred billion dollars.

This is a major victory. And the Tea Party deserves much of the credit, argues The Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll.

Nine Republican senators told Reid they just couldn’t vote for the omnibus bill—even though many of them had generous special-interest earmarks reserved in the legislation.

Why the change of heart? Well, Carroll points out that these lawmakers realized that allowing such a bill to pass would completely disregard the fiscal conservative message of the November elections—the message of the Tea Party.

The Tea Party movement is working. Their conservative message is getting through!

And The Heritage Foundation has been one of the strongest proponents of this message of less spending and limited government.

C-SPAN to Cover Heritage’s Tea Party Panel Tuesday

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C-SPAN will broadcast live Heritage’s Tuesday panel discussion on the future of the tea party movement. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern in Heritage’s Lehrman Auditorium.

Billie Tucker, the executive director of Florida’s First Coast Tea Party, will join HotAir’s Ed Morrisey and the Washington Examiner’s Byron York to discuss whether the spirit and passion of the Tea Party movement will dissipate or grow stronger after last week’s elections.

This is the third time that C-SPAN has been to Heritage in the past week. They recently covered a speech by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a book event with Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Learn more about the event on Heritage.org.

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