Best of the Forge: America’s Crony Capital

CRONYISM.  Conservatives must stop using lazy rhetoric and instead engage in the real policy fight to eliminate cronyism.  That’s the message of a piece Heritage Action’s Mike Needham co-authored with Sen. Jim DeMint in the Weekly Standard Magazine.

KEY VOTE. Heritage Action supports the HERO Act (S. 1904 / H.R. 4612) and will include CO-SPONSORSHIP of the legislation on our legislative scorecard.

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WATCH: TED CRUZ DEFENDS FREE SPEECH, FIRST AMENDMENT

Senators are currently considering an amendment to the United States Constitution that would “repeal the free speech protections of the first Amendment.”

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Examining a Constitutional Amendment to Restore Democracy to the American People,” Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 94% delivered a passionate defense of the First Amendment and free speech — which is why he so adamantly opposes the amendment in question.

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THE WATER RESOURCES BILL — A RETURN TO EARMARKS?

Proponents of the WRDA legislation have made much about the legislation being “earmark free.” Now while the bill seems to comport with the current earmark moratorium, it does fund or expand previous earmarks. A headline in the Washington Examiner this morning said it all: Earmarks may be dead, but pet projects live on.

For instance, the bill increases the cost share for the Olmsted Lock and Dam in Kentucky from 50 percent to 85 percent. This project was first authorized in 1988 at a cost of $775 million, and it is still not finished and now costs $2.9 billion. Why would the federal government take on more of the burden of the project? The WRDA bill has 34 expansions (authorization for construction) and 8 project modifications (increases in spending) to existing projects in the Army Corps of Engineers’ list of projects, but the real danger is the earmark-like process it sets up to authorize new projects going forward. 

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ENLIST-ING MILITARY FOR BACKDOOR AMNESTY IS WRONG

Washington lawmakers are pushing for a House vote on legislation (H.R. 435 and H.R.2377) that would grant amnesty to those living in the United States illegally in exchange for military service.  Having served in the United States Marine Corps, I can attest that this is a misguided approach.  Amnesty is wrong and undermines the rule of law by encouraging future unlawful immigration.  This proposal would add insult to injury.

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LEFTIST FEMINIST PROPAGANDA ON THE NATIONAL MALL?

While NWHM claims a nonpartisan agenda, there is no mechanism in place to ensure that the museum is not used as a platform to promote liberal propaganda (even if that museum is still in its infancy). The women typically celebrated by federally monitored or federally commissioned institutions are of the “progressive era” or the “sexual liberation movement” (consider particularly the characters and events promulgated by Smithsonian institutions or nationalized educational programs). These figures glorify the elements of women’s history that have furthered disrespect for human life, destruction of the family unit and general harm to the wellbeing of women.  

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