Ben Carson stopped by The Daily Signal booth at CPAC today. The Heritage Foundation and The Daily Signal have a robust presence at the annual conservative gathering outside Washington, D.C.

Heather Pfitzenmaier

“Higher debt threatens opportunity and stifles growth,” Heritage’s Heather Pfitzenmaier told the Senate Budget Committee in testimony today.

“My generation does not want to be the first generation in living memory that will be worse off than our parents.”

Pfitzenmaier, who directs Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, explained how young people will bear the burden of paying off today’s soaring federal debt.

The Young Leaders Program includes Heritage’s rigorous internship program and our work to promote conservative principles on college campuses nationwide.

Should we be concerned for younger generations as our government piles debt onto their shoulders?

The Keystone XL Pipeline — vetoed by the Obama administration on Tuesday — would have bolstered the economy and added jobs.

The administration has long claimed the pipeline would impose environmental costs, though Heritage’s Nick Loris debunks the EPA’s latest claims.

There’s a historical parallel to the 1970s debate over the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Heritage chief economist Stephen Moore wrote last fall. That pipeline was finally approved by Congress after much debate in 1973 and since its completion in 1978 has yielded a myriad of positive results, Moore writes:

Over the past 40 years, [the Trans-Alaska Pipeline] has carried 17 billion barrels of oil, worth more than $1.7 trillion in today’s dollars. It also helped to rebuild the Alaska economy and made Alaska the second largest oil-producing state in the nation and one of the largest producers in the world.

Not only has the United States and Alaska in particular benefited from the Trans-Alaska pipeline, the dire environmental consequences used to argue against it have either not been realized or been smaller than predicted.

“The Trans-Alaska Pipeline has demonstrated that pipelines can be built and operated in ways that protect the environment and economically benefit the nation,” Moore writes. “The naysayers were wrong 40 years ago, and they are still wrong today.”

Why do you think Obama vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline? 

Overall US military capability in the 2015 Index of Military Strength

“Our federal government has no consistent, standardized, and publicly accessible approach to reviewing on a year-by-year basis America’s ability to defend its interests,” Heritage President Jim DeMint writes.

That’s why Heritage this week launched the Index of U.S. Military Strength: to fill a gap in Americans’ understanding of the nature of our military power. Its goals are three-fold:

  1. Assess the status of U.S. military forces (overall score: marginal);
  2. Define the environment in which our military must act (overall score: moderate); and
  3. Identify threats to America’s national interests (overall threat score: elevated).

Future editions will describe how each score has changed from the previous year. Get more information about the scores in the full Index.

Speaking Tuesday at The Heritage Foundation to help launch the Index, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) said that while “liberal thought has always failed” when it comes to national defense, even conservatives “are failing at national defense because they focus on the wrong problem.” Continue Reading »

The education law that is making its way through Congress wastes an opportunity for true education reform because it renews the No Child Left Behind Act.

Heritage education expert Lindsey Burke explains the flaws with NCLB and the conservative alternative, known as APLUS:

NCLB currently authorizes roughly $24 billion in spending for the nearly 80 programs that fall under the law. Providing flexibility within a single title of the law totaling just 10 percent of overall spending in NCLB, and within a limited scope, is a missed opportunity to truly restore state and local decision-making.

States need genuine flexibility from Washington mandates and prescriptive programmatic requirements established by the Department of Education and Congress. States need to be able to completely opt-out of all of the programs that fall under NCLB, not just a handful of programs.

The APLUS approach has long been championed by conservatives as a way to restore state and local control of education. And conservatives now have a chance to advance policies that do just that.

Do you think Congress should renew No Child Left Behind? 

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