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?

How Big Government Enables Special Interests

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Big-government policies that favor well-connected businesses and special interests need to be unwound, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Heritage Action for America CEO Needham said in an interview with Yahoo News’ “TopLine.”

Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None, the new 192-page policy agenda written by Heritage experts, explains how big government and well-connected interests stifle opportunity for all. As DeMint says:

The collusion really between big government, whether it be big unions, big corporations, big banks — that’s cronyism that we see in Washington that picks winners and losers and gives favoritism to people.

Do you agree with DeMint that big government benefits special interests?

Ben Carson Comes to Heritage to Get the Facts

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Ben Carson. Photo: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore

Potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson visited The Heritage Foundation today for a series of briefings with Heritage policy experts. Carson heard from Heritage experts on critical issues like Obamacare, government spending and debt, immigration, energy, education, foreign policy, national defense, and more.

Carson is among the first of the 2016 presidential hopefuls to come to Heritage for issue guidance. Heritage makes its conservative analysis available to all candidates from any political party.

Read more about Heritage’s recommendations in our 192-page conservative policy agenda, Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None.

Bloomberg News Credits Heritage with Local Right-to-Work Push

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Local governments are increasingly enacting legislation to protect workers’ right not to join a union. Bloomberg’s Bureau of National Affairs reports (subscription only) that The Heritage Foundation has played a big role in this effort:

The local right-to-work strategy was conceived last year after the Heritage Foundation published a policy brief, “Local Governments Can Increase Job Growth and Choices by Passing Right-to-Work Laws.” The brief pointed to a series of legal ambiguities within Section 14(b) and asserted that Congress had not clearly preempted local units of government from enacting their own ordinances governing union security agreements.

The brief encouraged cities and counties to “experiment” with such measures, particularly in states with little appetite for full-fledged right-to-work laws.

Be sure to read the report by Heritage’s James Sherk and Andrew Kloster that started it all.

Do you agree with the push for local right-to-work laws?

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.

Heritage Scholar Earns Praise in the UK House of Commons

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A discussion in the British Parliament yesterday included praise for The Heritage Foundation and Heritage expert Luke Coffey:

Sir Gerald Howarth: My right hon. Friend mentions the United States. Some people there might indeed understand the importance of Gibraltar, but does he agree that—as the hon. Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes) pointed out—there are many in the United States who are unfortunately tempted by the antics of the Spanish Government into believing that this is somehow about colonialism? Will my right hon. Friend pay tribute to our mutual friend Luke Coffey, who is the Margaret Thatcher Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington? He has done a tremendous amount to raise awareness on Capitol Hill of the importance of Gibraltar not only to the United Kingdom but to NATO and the United States.

Dr  Liam Fox: I am extremely grateful to my hon. friend for his intervention. Luke Coffey is not only a mutual friend of ours; he was also one of my special advisers in the Ministry of Defence. His work at the Heritage Foundation has been instrumental in pushing understanding of the wider issues on Capitol Hill.

Luke Coffey, Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Fellow, told Gibraltar’s GBC News that the British military base at Gibraltar is critical to America’s national security.

Heritage and Heritage Action to Provide an Agenda for the New Congress

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It’s not enough for conservatives to win elections. We must also govern based on conservative principles.

Working with out sister organization, Heritage Action for America, The Heritage Foundation has developed a principled agenda for the new Congress. Dubbed “Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None,” our detailed, 192-page agenda will be released next week.

The New York Times previews the conference on Monday and Tuesday where this agenda will be unveiled: Continue Reading »

Video: ‘The Free World Is at War Against a Vicious Enemy’

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The free world needs “robust leadership” to counter terrorists like those who brutally attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris, Heritage’s Nile Gardiner told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

“This is a war really for the survival of our civilization against vicious individuals who seek our destruction,” said Gardiner, who directs Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. “We simply cannot give into these individuals.”

This is a battle for our God-given rights of life and liberty. That’s why every leader in the West needs to join forces to fight against the usurpation of these rights.

“There is no doubt about it,” he explained. “We are at war against militant Islamists who seek our destruction and the destruction of everything that we stand for.

Do you think the Obama administration is offering the “robust leadership” we need to fight the radical Islamists?

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