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Running Away From the Ryan Budget

What practical impact will the House-passed Ryan Budget have on policy making in an election year?

Unfortunately, since 2010, there has been a notable unwillingness among House Republicans — particularly their leadership — to fight for the policies embodied in Ryan’s budgets

House Republicans and Chairman Ryan deserve credit for passing a budget, but Americans are growing tired of Washington’s budget-this-way, govern-that-way doublespeak. Lawmakers should not make the mistake, as Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) recently did, of suggesting a budget resolution alone is “a strong signal to our base that if we can deliver the election victories that we need, we’re prepared to make some really tough decisions.” 

We will only believe that promise when we see some evidence to support it. 

Read the whole Politico Magazine piece.

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Policy Analyst with Chronic Pain Condition: Obamacare Has Failed Me

Priya Abraham, a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation, a free market think tank in Pennsylvania, is qualified to talk about Obamacare on several accounts.  She is a policy analyst; she suffers from a pre-existing condition, fibromyalgia, a chronic and often debilitating pain condition; and she has bought an Obamacare plan that has failed to meet her needs.

In a recent op-ed Abraham noted:

My need to see specialists and try expensive prescriptions makes affordable health insurance crucial to softening the financial sting. This longtime uninsured, sickly gal ought to be happy.

Plaster my picture on Healthcare.gov now, right?

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The Heritage Action Sentinel Program: In Their Own Words

Mary Ann McCarthy, Brian Bowman, Heather Cordasco, Dick Manasseri, Katie Spee, Gary Kubiak, Traci Chadbourne, Jim Duncan. Eight conservative activists. Eight defenders of freedom. Eight Sentinels.

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with each of these Sentinels, all from different areas and backgrounds. They all have one thing in common. They are deeply concerned about the direction of our country and are taking action get America back on the right track.

They are each conservative leaders in their communities, taking action through local tea party meetings, organizing town halls, spreading the conservative message, and holding their Members of Congress accountable.

Whether it is because of love of country, love of family, or a general desire to do something to make the country better for all Americans, these individuals take action. And they take that action using the tools and education provided by the Heritage Action Sentinel Program.

Please take a moment to hear their stories and how they have been helped by the Heritage Action Sentinel.

Watch as they tell the stories of their journeys with Sentinel and learn how to start you own.

Become a Sentinel

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President Obama Uses His Own Daughters as Equal Pay Props on Twitter

Sometimes politicians use people as props.  President Obama has done it before, and he did it again tonight on Twitter.  The White House Twitter account tweeted out a picture of Mr. Obama with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, along with a quote from Mr. Obama saying, “I’ve got two daughters and I expect them to be treated like anybody’s sons.”  He was speaking in reference to equal pay for women. 

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Yes, the Export-Import Bank Perpetuates Cronyism

As conservatives, we are opposed to the Export-Import Bank of the United States, an 80-year-old institution that allegedly exists to “facilitate exports and imports and the exchange of commodities between the United States and other Nations.”   That description sounds benign, or perhaps even beneficial, until the Bank’s practices, such as using taxpayer backed loans and loan guarantees to support politically connected companies or to advance a particular ideology, are brought to light.

We have written about our opposition to the Bank before, invoking the ire of some of the Bank’s supporters.

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