Our Lost ConstitutionReintroducing Americans to the Constitution and the Founders’ vision of limited government is the key to reining in government, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said last week at The Heritage Foundation.

In his new book, Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document, Lee notes five important constitutional provisions that have been “forgotten” in today’s America:

  1. The Origination Clause—“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
  2. The Legislative Powers Clause—“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
  3. The Establishment Clause—“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
  4. The Fourth Amendment—“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
  5. The Tenth Amendment—“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Lee’s book is far from a textbook on the Constitution, Heritage legal scholar Hans von Spakovsky writes in his review of the book–he keeps these important lessons lively with stories that illustrate the importance of these provisions to the Founding.

You can watch Sen. Mike Lee talk about his book at the Heritage Foundation here.

Do you think restoring these “forgotten” provisions will help us get America back on track? Tell us in the comments. 

2012 was an important year for elections because a new Kansas law requiring voters to carry a photo ID came into effect.

Many critics of voter ID laws say that they are conspiracies from the right to suppress votes, especially liberal votes. But the data from Kansas show this couldn’t be further from the truth, Heritage Foundation election expert Hans von Spakovsky explains:

In three different measures, including the turnout of registered voters, the turnout of the Voting-Eligible Population, and the turnout of the Voting-Age Population (VAP), Kansas showed an increase in votes from the 2010 to the 2014 election ranging from 1.1 to 0.8 to 0.6 percentage points, respectively. This increase in votes surpassed national levels.

Under this Kansas voter ID law, the number of voters did not decrease–in fact, turnout increased at a rate above the national average. That’s hardly suppressing the vote.

Do you support voter ID laws? 

Over 70 percent of Americans think our tax system needs major changes and reform. So if you’re running for President in 2016, you’re going to need to sort through all the different tax reform proposals out there. Luckily, Heritage Foundation economists Curtis Dubay and David Burton have just published “A Tax Reform Primer for the 2016 Presidential Candidates.

Why should candidates care about tax reform? Dubay and Burton write:

The country needs tax reform because the tax code stifles economic freedom, preventing the economy from being vibrant and prosperous. Fundamental tax reform would alleviate the harm caused by the tax system and significantly increase the size of the economy. This stronger economic growth would substantially improve the incomes of all Americans and enhance economic opportunities.

The primer lists the five principles of any good tax reform, and then details four tax reform plans: the traditional flat tax, the new flat tax, the business transfer tax, and a national sales tax such as the Fair Tax. You can read the full primer here. 

Do you support tax reform? If so, tell us why in the comments.

“The next leader of the free world must be able to powerfully project and defend America’s interests internationally,” Heritage Foundation experts Nile Gardiner and James Carafano point out in National Review.

President Obama’s mantra of leading from behind isn’t cutting it when it come to such a shrewd adversary as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Gardiner and Carafano explain:

[It] is simply not good enough when it comes to challenging Vladimir Putin’s regime. In the last year, Russia has grown more aggressive, annexing Crimea and fighting a proxy war in support of ethnic Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

And leading from behind doesn’t exactly lend itself to anticipating–and countering–Putin’s next moves. Looking forward, there are the two major components our new president needs to focus on:

  1. America must project military strength in Europe. We can do this by “establishing a permanent U.S. military presence in the Baltic region, expanding joint training exercises with military allies in Eastern Europe, and providing arms to help the Ukrainian government resist the Russian invasion.”
  2. European countries need to become economically independent from Russia’s energy supplies. Furthermore, “the next U.S. president must act to lift barriers to natural-gas exports and end the ban on crude-oil exports.”

Read their full article in National Review.

What do you think? Should the next president follow President Obama’s Russia policy?

From 2013 to 2022, Obamacare will set American taxpayers back nearly $800 billion. But the bulk of this tax hike won’t show up until after President Obama has left the White House:

Obamacare contains 18 separate tax increases. A few of the biggest include a tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans, which doesn’t take effect until 2018, long after President Obama and many in Congress who voted for the tax in 2010 have departed Washington.

Read more on the Obamacare tax hike in this Daily Signal article. 

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