Heritage’s Groundbreaking Internship Program Turns 35

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Heritage Founder Ed Feulner

Heritage Founder Ed Feulner started the internship program to help advance the conservative cause.

“One of the early concerns we had when we started Heritage was how to convey the conservative message to the next generation,” says Heritage Founder Ed Feulner. “We started the intern program to bring in dedicated young conservatives and show them the underlying principles behind conservative ideas.”

The program was launched in 1979 and quickly developed into an oasis young people across the nation seeking an alternative to the liberal indoctrination imposed by colleges and universities.

Feulner envisioned the Heritage internship program as a true learning experience. “An intern program should develop students’ skills and increase their knowledge of conservative principles that undergird a free society and make America a special place,” he explains. Continue Reading »

Heritage Action Sentinels Are a Major Thorn in the Side of Liberals

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The liberals are worried. According to leaked top-secret documents from the Democracy Alliance – a network of liberal billionaires – the left is being hit hard by the real democracy represented by Heritage, our sister organization Heritage Action for Ameica, and Heritage Action’s national network of Sentinels. In their own documents, the Democracy Alliance frets about Obamacare’s “rocky rollout” (their words), and conservative governors like Scott Walker (R-WI) who have “targeted public sector unions” and “weakened their position as a major source of progressive political financing.”

At the grassroots, it looks like the left is outnumbered, no matter how much money they spend.

Heritage Action has built a network of more than 8,500 Sentinels who are pushing for limited government and less spending. And their Sentinels are getting results. Continue Reading »

How Heritage Fights Against Cronyism and for Free Enterprise

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Welcome to the world of cronyism—the costly, unseemly system that allows politicians and lobbyists to break the trust of the American people without breaking a single law. Favors are traded, the system is gamed and hard-working U.S. taxpayers are left to foot the bill.

Heritage is working on your behalf to highlight this insidious link and give you and your fellow taxpayers a voice against cronyism. Continue Reading »

Video: Jim Talent Explains China’s Threat to America

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In remarks at The Heritage Foundation Monday, former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) explained the military threats posed by China and how the United States can respond to this aggression.

His remarks were part of the annual B.C. Lee Lecture, an annual event focusing on U.S.-Asia relations. The lecture is named in honor of the late B.C. Lee, the founder of Samsung and a generous sponsor of the Heritage Foundation.

Previous B.C. Lee lectures have been delivered by Henry Kissinger, Jesse Helms, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Joe Lieberman, Ed Royce and many others.

At Heritage, John McCain Says New Secretary of Defense Will Have ‘No Influence’


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President Obama’s pick for secretary of defense, Ash Carter, will have a hard time penetrating the administration’s inner circle, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said last week at The Heritage Foundation.

Ash Carter will do a good job, he has bipartisan support, but he’s the last man standing. Others have obviously refused [the position]. The biggest problem is what three former secretaries of defense have said, remember, this is the fourth in six years, and it’s that he’ll have no influence. In other words, decision-making is within the hands of three or four people in the White House which has led to this debacle which is called our foreign policy today.

The White House has micromanaged the Defense Department, Heritage Foundation experts report. That’s not likely to change with a new secretary.

As the incoming chairman of the Armed Services Committee, McCain will preside over Carter’s nomination.

What do you think of President Obama’s pick to head the Department of Defense?

Heritage Analysis Credited with Ending Wasteful Government Program

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Manufacturing and Technology News credits The Heritage Foundation with changing the debate on Trade Adjustment Assistance, an ineffective government program that offered training and other benefits to workers affected by foreign trade:

In the past, conservative backers of free trade understood that in order to pass trade agreements and Trade Promotion Authority, there needed to be a safety net — and political cover — for the workers losing their jobs to imports. But that compact has disappeared.

After the Heritage Foundation issued a paper in 2011 titled “Let the Ineffective and Wasteful [TAA] Program Expire,” “we saw the Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee who were pretty faithful supporters of the program take their foot off the accelerator,” says McHugh. “They weren’t interested in expanding the program with the improvements that were made.”

Here’s the 2011 report by Heritage’s David Muhlhausen, who pointed out that the program has done little to raise the wages of participants.

Do you think the government should continue an ineffective program like this?

Heritage Is ‘Formidable in the World of Think Tanks’


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Since Jim DeMint took their reins at Heritage last year, The Heritage Foundation has become an even more powerful force for conservative ideas.

“The one-two punch of scholarly research and grassroots activism has made Heritage formidable in the world of think tanks,” McClatchy’s William Douglas writes.

Douglas explains Heritage’s new assertiveness: Continue Reading »

How Conservative Principles Can End Poverty in America

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Work, marriage, and education–not government programs–are the antidotes to poverty, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said last month at The Heritage Foundation’s Anti-Poverty Forum.

Scott, raised by a single mother in a working-class African-American community, drew on his personal experiences to explain why conservative solutions work best. Other speakers focused on health care reform, strengthening the family, and state-based reforms as necessary components for raising the living standards of the neediest.

Heritage’s annual Anti-Poverty Forum brings together academics, politicians, and leaders from non-profits and religious institutions to discuss conservative solutions to poverty and social breakdown. Heritage research shows that after 50 years, the liberal war on poverty has been a miserable failure.

During this year’s event, World Magazine highlighted the Jubilee Leadership Academy, a school that works with struggling young men to bring them off the streets and into American society as responsible citizens. The school won a $25,000 award from World Magazine. The Daily Signal tells the story of one of Jubilee’s students, Travis Crockett, who grew up in Chicago exposed to drugs, violence, and gangs at an early age.

Do you think conservative principles offer solutions to poverty?

Jeff Sessions Condemns Obama’s Amnesty in a Speech at Heritage


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Senator Sessions (R-AL) speaks at the Heritage Foundation

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) says that President Obama “undermines the moral integrity” of our laws.

Speaking today at The Heritage Foundation, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) condemned President Obama’s unilateral executive amnesty for ignoring America’s laws and “undermining their moral integrity.”

Granting amnesty to those who violated our immigration laws is not just unconstitutional but would undermine the rule of law, he said:

Do you believe in open borders? Or do you believe in a sovereign state that has a legitimate right to establish [rules of] entrance and exit in our country? People want a system that is lawful, that they can be proud of.

Giving away four million work permits could have consequences for the economy, Sessions said. It could drive up unemployment and lower wages, particularly for those with lower incomes.

Was President Obama right to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants by executive dictat? Tell us in the comments.

Video: Jim DeMint Exposes President Obama’s Amnesty on CNN


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President Obama’s amnesty is both unlawful and “unfair to those who have come here the legal way,” Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday.

Despite the President’s rhetoric, DeMint argued during the ten-minute interview, giving work permits to those who came here illegally amounts to amnesty.

DeMint’s interview ensured that millions of Americans heard a principled, conservative alternative to the liberal spin on amnesty.

Watch the video above and tell us you think about this abuse of presidential power in the comments below.

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