Jim DeMint Is Taking Conservative Ideas to the People (and Potential Presidential Candidates)

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint spent last weekend in Iowa meeting with conservative grassroots activists and presidential hopefuls to promote Heritage’s conservative policies.

After speaking to a crowd of roughly 1,000 activists and opinion leaders in Des Moines, DeMint sat down individually with five potential candidates.

Heritage is helping to shape the 2016 debates, he told them, and can be a resource for them as they develop their platforms.

He also invited them to come by Heritage for candidate briefings that we offer to all candidates, and introduced them to our 192-page policy agenda for the new Congress, Opportunity for All Favoritism to None.

Do you think conservative ideas will play a role in the 2016 elections?

More Than 40 Lawmakers Will Join Heritage’s Conservative Members Retreat

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More than 40 members of Congress will attend The Heritage Foundation’s three-day Conservative Members Retreat this week. Lawmakers and their families will learn about and discuss conservative thought and the practical application of conservative principles to legislation.

Heritage’s top policy experts will be onsite to explain conservative solutions and develop relationships with the lawmakers. Some of the Heritage scholars attending include: marriage expert Ryan Anderson, first principles expert David Azerrad, family policy expert Jennifer Marshall, education expert Lindsey Burke, energy expert Nick Loris, and health care expert Nina Owcharenko.

To get America back to greatness, we need to change the bad policies that have limited freedom, increased spending and debt, weakened our defenses, ignored the Constitution, and allowed further government intrusion into our personal lives. That’s why Heritage makes such an effort to educate lawmakers and ensure they understand the merits of conservative policies.

Do you think it’s important to build relationships upon a shared understanding of conservative principles with lawmakers?

Paul Ryan Calls for an End to Big Government Cronyism in Heritage Speech

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about Heritage's Index of Economic Freedom .

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about Heritage’s Index of Economic Freedom . Photo: Katie Nielsen

Big government policies like regulations on commerce and cronyism are to blame for the United States’ 12th-place ranking in Heritage’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said today at The Heritage Foundation.

In a speech to help launch the Index, Ryan added that that Heritage has been instrumental in making the case against cronyism. Cronyism, which involves special interests using the power of government for their own benefit, is extraordinarily damaging to free economies.

“Opportunity for all and favoritism to none should be our creed at home and abroad,” Ryan said. “Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None” is the name of a 192-page Heritage report detailing a policy agenda for the new Congress.

What do you think are the real saboteurs of a free economy?

Paul Ryan Will Launch Heritage’s 21st Index of Economic Freedom Tomorrow

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The 2015 Index of Economic Freedom

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be at The Heritage Foundation tomorrow to help launch the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.

America was ranked 12th in last year’s Index, behind countries like Chile, Denmark, and Estonia. Ryan’s speech will focus on how America can improve its rank in the Index and reclaim global leadership in economic freedom.

This will be the 21st edition of the Index of Economic Freedom, which has been produced in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal since 1995. The Index evaluates economic conditions and government policies in 186 countries and ranks them from most free to least free. Since its inception, the Index has tracked the progress of economic freedom around the globe and measured the impact of advancing economic liberty.

If you can’t attend in person at Heritage, be sure to tune in online to watch Rep. Ryan (R-WI) announce the release of the 2015 Index.

If North Korea is Reading our Work, Then Maybe President Obama Should Too

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Heritage Foundation Korea expert Bruce Klingner was in Seoul, South Korea recently. There, Klingner was introduced to a North Korean defector who was a former diplomat. Upon realizing Klingner was from Heritage, the defector smiled and said that The Heritage Foundation is very famous in North Korea:

Heritage papers are read, including by the senior leadership, to get one important view of the world. The papers are widely read, especially those on Korea.

He also had a warning for America: he said North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs are more advanced than we realize.

As Klingner has said before, “North Korea poses a growing national security threat to our nation and its allies. Pyongyang continues to augment and refine its nuclear and missile arsenals.” And without a firm response from the Obama administration, subsequent threats will arise.

Do you think the Obama administration should strengthen its response to North Korea?

Viewed One Million Times Last Year, Heritage Reports Spread the Conservative Argument

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The Heritage Foundation’s conservative policy reports were read online more than one million times last year. That’s millions of Americans — policymakers and citizens alike — who are more educated on the conservative principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Here are the top 20 most popular reports from 2014: Continue Reading »

Needham and DeMint Make the Case for Conservative Solutions in Roll Call

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Roll Call is newspaper everyone on the Hill reads. If you want to get your message to the people who will make a difference in Washington, there’s no better place to publish than Roll Call.

So when Heritage Action for America CEO Mike Needham and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint wanted to get the word out on conservative policy solutions, they knew exactly where to go. They write:

Over the past several years, conservative rising stars and outside scholars have produced a wide array of innovative policy solutions that provide a real governing vision. Those proposals could serve not only as the framework for a year of meaningful legislative action, but also as the core elements of the next president’s first-year legislative agenda . . .We write today as conservatives eager to see the Republican Party be more true to its declared principles and for the left’s populist rhetoric to be exposed for the sham that it is. Through subsidies, bailouts and anti-competitive regulations, big government has done far more to enrich and entrench the powerful than it has done to help working Americans struggling to overcome joblessness, dependency and stagnating wages.

If conservative legislation is going to succeed, we need lawmakers on our side. This means we need to connect with their staffs and make the case to them–and that’s exactly what Needham and DeMint looking to do.

Do you think it’s just as important to reach out to lawmakers as it is to make the case to the American people?

Heritage Expert in USA Today: Liberal Policies Suppress Wages

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Heritage Foundation expert James Sherk explains in USA Today that Obamacare and other liberal policies actually suppress wages:

Economic theory predicts that when benefit costs rise, employers cut wages. Empirical research confirms this prediction. Ironically, some of the most rigorous evidence for offsetting wage cuts comes from Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who boasted the health law takes advantage of Americans’ “stupidity.”

This raises the question of who liberal policies actually benefit if not workers. Tell us what you think in the comments.

Lawmakers, Heritage Action Drive the Debate at the Conservative Policy Summit

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More than twenty conservative lawmakers came to The Heritage Foundation this week to participate in Heritage Action for America’s second annual Conservative Policy Summit. The event helped unify conservatives around a positive agenda, including a 192-page book of policy recommendations from Heritage Foundation experts.

The lawmakers who attended have introduced innovative, principled conservative legislation. They agree with Heritage Action — The Heritage Foundation’s sister organization — that for too long the agenda in Washington has been defined by well-connected special interests, not the conservative principles that help the American people. That’s why the Summit focused around the theme of “opportunity for all, favoritism for none.” It’s also why Heritage Action is advocating for practical policy agendas that create opportunities for all Americans and don’t pick favorites.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave a stirring speech about the ten ways conservative principles can make American lives better. Watch the video above.

The other lawmakers who participated included Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL), Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

And the press was all over it. Here are just a few of the clips that have come out this week:

Do you think America is ready for real conservative leadership?

Obama Would ‘Veto Common Sense’ With His Promised Keystone XL Veto

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For almost seven years now, President Obama has been drinking from a liberal fire hose, dutifully swallowing and repeating misinformation about the Keystone XL pipeline, all to the detriment of the American people.

And now he’s promised to veto the legislation moving through Congress to approve the pipeline.

Heritage Foundation expert Nick Loris explains how effective the liberal misinformation is: Continue Reading »

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