Morning Action: Heritage Action’s #ConservativePolicySummit

Today, Heritage Action is hosting the first ever Conservative Policy Summit.  The summit feature nines informative discussions about specific conservative policy alternatives.  Each discussion will include a leading Member of Congress, thought-leaders from the conservative movement, and an issue expert from the Heritage Foundation.

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Opportunity or Cronyism?

Remember last year when progressives were declaring victory?  My Foundry piece this week explains how conservatives pushed back, and won:

Last year, many in the consulting class warned America had turned a corner, and they urged conservatives to moderate their principles in pursuit of electoral victory.

After a year of policy defeats on guns, amnesty and cap-and-trade, President Obama’s former press secretary Robert Gibbs declared 2013 the “lost year for the president.”  While our President may be lost and rudderless, the country is not without visionary leaders.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) did not bother responding to the President’s liberal laundry list; rather he put forth an unapologetically conservative and positive agenda that spoke to “those Americans who may feel they have been forgotten by both political parties.”

Read the rest.

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Congress, Who Do You Think Is Going to Pay Off The $17 Trillion Debt?

Our nation is $17 trillion in debt.  Each citizen’s share of the debt is $54,391.10.  Based on my birthday, December 24, 1988, my lifetime share of the national debt is $600,800, according a personal debt calculator on the Senate Republicans’ Budget Committee website.   A baby born December 24, 2013 has a $1,532,026 lifetime share of the national debt.

See how the picture gets increasingly grimmer for the children of today and future generations?  To borrow a phrase from our liberal counterparts, that’s not fair!  This has to stop.

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Leaders Lead

Thursday night, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) attempted to blame Republicans for the partial government shutdown last October.   Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham reaffirmed Friday that the shutdown was driven in fact by President Obama’s attempts to protect Obamacare.  Needham said Mr. Obama’s “first and only priority is protecting his failing health care law.”

The Foundry reports:

Asked about Boehner’s comments, Needham told The Foundry:

“Leaders lead — they don’t blame their conference. Americans are learning every day why those legislators who had the courage to do everything they could to stop Obamacare before it took root in America were correct to do so.”

Read the full report here.

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Conservative Reformers Need To Make DC Listen

My Federalist column today explains that “reform conservatism” has been alive and well for years, and it is about time pundits start taking notice:

Ross Douthat’s recent New York Times column argues the most consequential recent development for the GOP has been “the fact that reform conservatism suddenly has national politicians in its corner.” Indeed, Douthat writes: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have presented reform ideas that “are already more interesting and promising than almost anything Republicans campaigned on in 2012.”

Welcome, Ross, to what many of us have been saying for the last several years. Republicans ran a campaign in 2012 premised on keeping their heads down and not “making ourselves the issue.” Senators Lee and Rubio have more in common, however, than just having recently introduced bold policy ideas. They also bucked this advice and ran insurgent campaigns against Establishment-backed candidates and won because they inspired people with bold ideas.

Today’s Republican Party is too often not the party of Lincoln and Reagan but instead of consultants, lobbyists and rent-seekers.

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