Liberals have been trying for decades to discredit conservatives at The Heritage Foundation and elsewhere. But, as Heritage President Jim DeMint likes to remind us, “if you’re in D.C. and not being criticized, then you’re doing something wrong.”
A recent blog post helps to shed some light on why liberals have been so critical recently. RedState.com founder Erick Erickson writes that it’s because Heritage is growing more influential. Their fear that conservatives might win is making them lash out, he argues.
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[Heritage research] is exactly the kind of intellectual firepower that is critical to conservative success, and why Heritage has been pivotal to every serious conservative politician’s success since Ronald Reagan. And thanks to the great work of Heritage Action in promoting these conservative policies with grassroots and holding members accountable in Washington, conservatives are well poised for future victories.
Do you think it’s better to make waves in D.C. than sit by idly?
Heritage Foundation members Dick and Carolyn Randall of California sent the following note to Heritage President Jim DeMint and Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham:
It must be hard to stay positive for you all at Heritage sometimes, you have multiple loads to carry. There are your jobs to do with all that goes on in Washington, which I am sure is exhausting at times, but you are also carrying the torch for us who feel powerless on our own, but mighty when joined forces with you. This is why we joined Heritage and Action. You amplify our voices, you stand powerfully with our founders and through you, so do we. Continue Reading »
Forget the consultants, the pundits and the pollsters; good policy is good politics. If the Republicans had not fought on ObamaCare, the compromise would have been over the budget sequester. Instead, they have retained the sequester and for the past three months ObamaCare and its failings have been front and center in the national debate. Its disastrous launch was spotlighted by our defund struggle, not overshadowed, as some contend. With a revived and engaged electorate, ObamaCare will now be the issue for the next few years.
Obamacare is economically unstable, financially irresponsible, and harmful to hardworking Americans. This is why we fought so hard to get Washington to listen to the American people and take action to stop Obamacare.
Do you agree with the fight to stop Obamacare?
America has a lot to learn from the Asian nations topping the ranks of the world’s freest economies in Heritage annual Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint said at a recent event celebrating Heritage’s Asian Studies Center.
Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand take the top four spots in the Index, while the United States ranks just tenth.
Asia has long been a focus of Heritage research. Thirty years ago, Heritage founder Ed Feulner recognized the region’s importance by establishing a research center dedicated to its study.
Today, the Center continues to promote conservative solutions and engage with the region’s influencers. For example, Heritage recently hosted an event on our Phelon Roof Terrace with Asia-Pacific press, Asia-focused Capitol Hill staff, representatives of the executive branch, and diplomatic corps.
What do you think will happen next in this important region?
The Heritage Foundation and our president, Jim DeMint, refuse to give in to the Washington establishment, and we’re not afraid of confrontation.
But don’t take it from us: that’s what reporter Joshua Green writes in Bloomberg Businessweek.
Heritage is providing intellectual leadership to the growing band of lawmakers who’s tired of business as usual, Green reports. For example, 47 percent of the Republican caucus was voted in after 2010—and they turn to Heritage for guidance: “Owing no allegiance to Boehner, these new members have much more in common with outside groups such as Heritage, whose siege mentality and impatience with party orthodoxy they share.”
Green reports on how Heritage has helped inspire these conservative lawmakers on issues like federal spending and defunding Obamacare: Continue Reading »
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to the Senate floor this afternoon to begin a filibuster to bolster the cause of defunding Obamacare.
“Harry Reid is threatening to use all sorts of procedural gimmicks to keep Obamacare going,” Heritage President Jim DeMint writes in today’s Morning Bell.
Heritage Action’s Dan Holler explains what some of these procedural gimmicks are.
DeMint continues: “But Americans are catching on that this law is the reason their spouses don’t have health insurance any more, or their kids’ doctor isn’t in their network any more. They’re seeing how unfair and harmful it is.”
And he explains why Heritage and conservatives across America continue to stand up against Obamacare: Continue Reading »
Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted 230-189 for legislation that would keep the government open while defunding Obamacare.
“Today, the House of Representatives voted to stop Obamacare because it listened to people across the country,” Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint said. “Here’s hoping the Senate listens to the American people as well.”
This vote is a victory for the conservative movement and for American people. As Heritage’s Chris Jacobs explains, “Congress’s best option is to defund the entire law to prevent its implementation.”
Our sister organization, Heritage Action for America, deserves no small part of the credit. They stimulated the grassroots movement that helped make this vote possible.
Do you think this is a positive step toward the full repeal of Obamacare?
The Heritage Foundation continues to shape the national debate around Obamacare.
Last month, Heritage President Jim DeMint criss-crossed the country with our sister organization, Heritage Action for America, calling on lawmakers to defund the health care takeover.
In doing so, conservative blogger Erick Erickson explains on RedState.com, DeMint helped move defunding Obamacare to the top of the national agenda: Continue Reading »
Russian President Vladimir Putin took issue with the idea of American exceptionalism in the New York Times this week:
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
In a letter sent to Putin, Heritage Foundation President Jim Demint explains that while all men are created equal, not all governments are.
And to ensure Putin understands why America is exceptional, DeMint enclosed a copy a Heritage booklet on the topic. It’s entitled, appropriately, Why Is America Exceptional?, and you can read it on Heritage.org. You can purchase a pack of 20 booklets from the Heritage bookstore.
Read DeMint’s full letter below: Continue Reading »
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