Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 453,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Most Recent Articles by Heritage Foundation:

Apathy Is the Greatest Insult to the Memory of Fallen Soldiers

Oct 24, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

White House chief of staff John Kelly
KYIV, Ukraine—I’ve experienced our country’s wars both as a combatant and a witness.

I deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq while I was an Air Force special operations pilot, and I’ve been back to report on both of those wars as a journalist.

I’ve also reported on U.S. military operations at other places in the Middle East and across Eastern Europe. And this summer I visited the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier off the coast of Syria, from which warplanes launched around the clock to wage the air war against the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS.

Throughout my time on the front lines, both as a combatant and a journalist, I’ve heard a common, troubling refrain among America’s military personnel.—More…

2 States Ravaged by Opioids Show Difference Faith Makes

Oct 24, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Stark Union Church in New Hampshire. Some believe there is a correlation between religious practices and drug use
HANOVER, N.H.—There is a strong correlation between lack of religious attendance and illicit drug use, research shows in contrasting two states hit hard by the opioid crisis.

The parallels are demonstrated by two comparative studies of New Hampshire and West Virginia.

West Virginia suffers from an ailing economy, while New Hampshire has a strong economy, noted J. Scott Moody, CEO of the Granite Institute, a conservative think tank. The institute takes its name from the fact that New Hampshire is known as the Granite State.

“It’s not just economics causing the overdose problems. There are other factors,” Moody told The Daily Signal.—More…

Longtime Clinton confidant says she warned three top Democratic operatives about Harvey Weinstein

Oct 18, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Hollywood and Washington, D.C. may be on different coasts, but it always seemed unlikely that word of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct never penetrated the Democratic political circles in which he traveled for decades. Indeed, on Wednesday, one entertainment industry insider with close ties to the Clinton family confirmed she warned several powerful party operatives about the producer’s reputation.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, whose friendship with the Clintons dates back to the 1980s, penned an insightful essay for The Hollywood Reporter in which she revealed having warned three “top-level Democratic operatives” not to let Weinstein host fundraisers. Though the bulk of Bloodworth-Thomason’s essay focuses on her experiences with sexual harassment in Hollywood, she addressed the industry’s rush to proclaim ignorance after allegations about Weinstein finally surfaced in the New York Times nearly two weeks ago.—More…

Environmentalist Policies Are Exacerbating Wildfires. It’s Time to Rethink Forest Management

Oct 17, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Massive wildfires continue to rage out of control in Northern California, causing historic loss of life and billions of dollars in damage.

The images coming out of California towns, which look like bombed-out cities from World War II, are a sobering reminder of man’s occasional futility in the face of nature unleashed.

Stopping these huge blazes is, of course, a priority. The firefighters who have been battling these infernos have at times done a miraculous job under extremely difficult circumstances.—More….

Some Say GOP Tax Plan Would Raise Taxes. Here’s What They’re Missing

Oct 10, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Since the release of the GOP’s long-awaited tax reform plan, a flurry of commentators have criticized it, saying it is a regressive plan that will raise taxes on a sizable portion of Americans.

What they often fail to mention is that their estimates depend on details of the plan that have yet to be released. As it turns out, different assumptions about those details can dramatically alter the projections of who gets a tax cut under the GOP plan.

For a vast majority of Americans, the main changes they would experience from the plan would be to their income tax rate, the standard deduction, the personal and dependent exemption, and the Child Tax Credit.

So what do we know about how the GOP plan will affect these variables?—More….

Harvard prof calls NRA a ‘domestic terrorist organization’

Oct 5, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

A Harvard University professor called the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization” Tuesday morning, adding that “Congress must act” on gun control.

“We have to have the courage to call the NRA exactly what it has become—a domestic terrorist organization that places profit above the lives of the American people,” Dr. Jonathan Walton declared during Morning Prayers, according to a blog post by The Memorial Church at Harvard.

Anticipating that “gun rights defenders will accuse me of politicizing this tragedy,” he proceeds to substantiate the accusation, speculating that mass murder “is what the NRA, weapons makers, and all who financially profit from this country’s pain desire” because “weapons sales increase and gun stocks rise following each mass shooting.”—More…

How the Tax Code Enables Big Government Blue States

Oct 5, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

When California made its last annual budget, there were plenty of goodies for liberals in the famously blue state.

“The budget provides $50 million in state funding for women’s health services, a response to federal efforts to strip dollars from Planned Parenthood,” reported the Los Angeles Times.

The Sacramento Bee, underneath a section with the subhead “How is [Gov. Jerry] Brown responding to Donald Trump’s Washington?” noted that “The budget provides $6.5 million to fund 31 positions in the state Department of Justice to address what officials describe as new workloads relating to health care, environmental rules, consumer affairs and other general constitutional issues.”

In other words, the Trump administration will be facing plenty of lawsuits from the well-funded California attorney general’s office.—More…

Hey, Jimmy Kimmel: Here’s What the Founders Really Thought About Guns

Oct 5, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

With Jon Stewart off the air, it seems the left has found a new progressive comedian it can look to for all the big cultural and public policy debates.

After spending September lobbying on air to keep Obamacare, Jimmy Kimmel went on a rant this week on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” TV show about the horrific mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday. He made a fairly sweeping attack on widespread gun ownership in America and generally suggested that gun control will fix the problem of gun violence.

Statistics show gun control has little impact on decreasing crime and violence, but Kimmel chose to make his case by making jokes, saying “our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume.”

Kimmel is suggesting that the Founders didn’t understand modern technology, and therefore, arguments about why they set out to defend gun rights in the Bill of Rights don’t apply to today.—More...

NFL Players Started This Controversy, Not Trump

Sep 27, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Because the left dominates the news media, the entertainment media, and academia, Americans are swimming—actually, drowning—in an ocean of lies.

Here are a few examples:

America is racist.

America oppresses its minorities. — More…

At the UN, Trump Ends the Era of Leading From Behind

Sep 20, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Nile Gardiner, a leading authority on transatlantic relations, is director of The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. Read his research.
Speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday, President Donald Trump delivered one of the most powerful speeches of his presidency thus far.

The speech was an emphatic rejection of President Barack Obama’s “leading from behind” mantra, giving an assertive defense of American leadership on the world stage. The president also delivered strong condemnations of an array of dictatorial regimes, including North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba.—More…

Tax Reform ‘Big Deal’ to Mom Who Wants to Keep Cattle Ranch in Family

Sep 20, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Chad and Julie Ellingson with children, from left, Stetson, Sierra, Medora, Jameson, and Sheridan. (Photo: Courtesy of Julie Ellingson)

What lawmakers do in Washington to overhaul the tax code is a “big deal” for a fourth-generation cattle rancher in North Dakota, she says.

“Tax reform is a big deal for families like mine and others across North Dakota and across the United States,” Julie Ellingson told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

“Farmers and ranchers are small business people, and so the importance of being able to pass on a family business to the next generation is intrinsic to our businesses [and] our goals,” said Ellingson, 43, who co-owns Ellingson Angus, with her husband Chad.

Founded in 1995 near the town of St. Anthony in the south central part of North Dakota, Ellingson Angus breeds bulls, heifers, and cows to sell to other ranchers.—More…

Cruz Highlights 7 Ideas for Tax Reform

Sep 14, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Sen. Ted Cruz thinks tax reform can help the average American.

Tax reform is all about “the promise to remodel our antiquated, bureaucratic, ineffective tax system with the objective of creating more jobs, higher wages, more opportunity, with the objective of making it easier for a factory worker to pay for his son’s education,” Cruz said at a Capitol Hill event on tax reform Wednesday, adding:

Making it easier for a single mom to pay her monthly mortgage bill. Making it easier for a family who is struggling to go on a vacation and share memories instead of working day and night for the tax man.

The Texas Republican laid out seven specific ideas for tax reform.—More…

Brennan Center’s Attacks on Heritage Voter Fraud Database Are Baseless

Sep 12, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

On Sept. 8, the Brennan Center for Justice released a misleading report purporting to debunk The Heritage Foundation Voter Fraud Database.

Needless to say, the report is filled with inaccuracies and its claims are wildly off base.

Given the Brennan Center’s apparent goal of misleading the public into leaving our nation vulnerable to election fraud, a response is appropriate because the truth deserves a defense.—More…

Religious Tests for Public Office Are Unacceptable. Period

Sep 12, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the fascinating men and women of America’s founding generation. I want to share with you one of their stories.

Jonas Phillips was a penniless Jewish immigrant, an indentured servant, a hardworking businessman, and an American patriot who served in the Philadelphia Militia during the Revolutionary War. During the British occupation of New York, he snuck messages past the censors by writing in Yiddish.

Years later, Phillips addressed a letter to George Washington and the delegates at the Constitutional Convention.—More…

Disrespect for National Anthem Damages NFL as Unifying American Passion

Sep 12, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

In a world in which politics now seeps into everything, the degrading state of the NFL has become a perfect example of how our national consensus has frayed.

Undoubtedly, the launch of this year’s NFL season came with some positive displays of patriotism.

The Cleveland Browns ran onto the field with first responders and military personnel to loud applause.—More…

Not a Joke: Berkeley Offers Students ‘Counseling’ to Cope With Shapiro Speech

Sep 11, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Maybe the coolest Halloween costume on campuses this fall will be dressing up as Ben Shapiro.

Because apparently that’s about the scariest thing a college student can encounter.

Shapiro, a conservative commentator and writer, is set to give a speech at University of California, Berkeley next Thursday.  If you know anything about Berkeley, you’re aware that it’s unlikely there’s much agreement, either from students or locals, with Shapiro’s conservative viewpoint.— More…

4 Ways to Change Our Tax Code to Boost Economic Growth

Aug 31, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

In a national speech on Wednesday, President Donald Trump framed the tax reform debate that will continue to unfold when Congress returns next week.

Florida Democrat Election Official Admits Noncitizens, Felons Voting

Aug 31, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

A veteran Democrat chief election official in Florida has conceded in court that noncitizens and felons possibly voted, in a case that could have national implications for how localities clean up voter rolls.

A Biased Judge Tosses a Texas Voter ID Law, Again

Aug 30, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Some judges are determined to strike down election integrity laws, no matter what.

How else can you explain last week’s irrational decision handed down by federal District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos?

This ‘Endangered Species’ Story Was Government-Sponsored Fake News

Aug 30, 2017 — Heritage Foundation

Rob Gordon is a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation and has researched, testified, and written on endangered species, property rights, the federal estate, and other environmental issues. He previously served as staff director for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Leave it to the federal government to make a costly mistake, obscure it for decades at taxpayer expense, and then try to claim it was a success.