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  • Morning Bell: Americans Call for Change As U.S. Becomes Less Economically Free

    Scott Brown’s shocking victory in Massachusetts on Tuesday was a shot across the bow of the liberal ruling class in Washington and declared one clear message: Americans do not like the direction the country is heading, and they’re not going to stand for it, even in the solidly-blue Bay State.

    The United States’ direction today is a dangerous one, even when compared to the country’s state of affairs just one year ago, as revealed in the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, which we are releasing this morning in a joint project with The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The Index analyzes just how economically “free” a country is, and this year America saw a steep and significant decline, enough to make it drop altogether from the “free” category, the first time this has happened in the 16 years we’ve been publishing these indexes. The United States dropped to “mostly free.”

    The drop in rankings is notable as it comes in the same week that marks the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. By any standard, over the last year Americans’ overall wealth and prosperity has continued to decline. Americans, in fact, are more likely than ever to believe that their children and grandchildren will be worse off than the current generation. They believe future generations will live in a less prosperous and less economically mobile America. The traditional American faith in upward economic mobility – widely understood to be the American Dream – seems more elusive now than ever.

    One recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 55% of Americans believe their children will be worse off when they grow up, while only 36% see a better future for them. Similarly, a December 2009 Gallup study found that Americans are more pessimistic about our future now than at any time since the late 1970s.

    Sadly, this bleak view of the future is understandable – after all, unemployment has skyrocketed and shows no signs of abating, government spending and debt are at unprecedented levels during peacetime, and our elected officials seem determined not only to ignore these alarm bells but to pursue policies – expensive new entitlement programs; debilitating new taxes on wealth creation, savings, and investments; and new government regulations that have created a climate of such uncertainty – that will cause entrepreneurs to stay on the sidelines rather than take the risks that have led the United States out of previous recessions. Studies indicate that this is indeed the case. “The largest force driving unemployment [in the U.S.],” Heritage’s James Sherk argues, “is the sharp drop in private-sector job creation” rather than job losses incurred through lay-offs.

    In a nutshell, there is a growing sense that, in economic terms, America is less free and is destined to remain that way.

    As the Index of Economic Freedom reveals (and as each and every American can feel in their daily lives), the United States is now the home of the mostly free. This development is huge – akin to learning that the premier rating agencies have been forced to downgrade U.S. Treasury debt to second tier status.

    What exactly is the Index? It’s a comprehensive review of 179 countries around the world that considers economic freedom in ten separate areas. Five of these measurements — freedom in business, trade, investment, finance, and labor—measure the regulatory burdens government places on businesses and entrepreneurs. Three — fiscal freedom, government spending, and monetary freedom—examine the overall size and level of intrusiveness of government and its effectiveness in maintaining a stable economic environment. The remaining two—property rights and freedom from corruption—look at fundamental societal characteristics that underpin all modern prosperous economies.

    Detailed analyses have found that citizens in countries with the highest scores on the Index enjoy much higher standards of living than their neighbors in countries that are less free. Freer countries, for example, have levels of per capita GDP that are more than 10 times higher than in countries that are mostly unfree or repressed. Higher levels of economic freedom also go hand-in-hand with broader indications of both economic and social well-being.

    While some of the decline is attributable to policies enacted under the previous Administration, this year’s findings nevertheless should be especially relevant to the policy agendas now dominating Capitol Hill. Specifically, the Index records a wide disparity among the 20 largest economies in the world over the past year, with half continuing to increase economic freedom while the other half, including the United States and the United Kingdom, embraced policies that substantially diminished it.

    In particular, countries that undertook large stimulus measures or other government-directed attempts to spur growth failed to realize economic growth. Not only have growth rates not increased, but the long term impact of these measures, which includes increased deficits, inflation, higher taxes, and protectionist measures against foreign trade, actually diminish economic activity. In the case of a country like the United States, which has such a large impact on the world economy, slower growth harms not only Americans, but citizens of almost every other country in the world, as well.

    Alarmed by the findings in this year’s Index, The Heritage Foundation has embarked on a comprehensive project to identify those policy changes that, if enacted, would return the United States once again to the ranks of the freest countries on Earth. We will identify the policies in each of the ten areas of economic freedom that are most highly associated with true economic freedom, compare those “best practices” to the policies currently in place here, and recommend an economic freedom agenda worthy of America.

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    50 Responses to Morning Bell: Americans Call for Change As U.S. Becomes Less Economically Free

    1. Mary.... WI says:

      Thank you Heritage Foundation! And Thank you people of Massachsetts! Let's keep the momentum going until our government is balanced once again.

    2. Linnie Panning says:

      I don't care for the new format you are using. It is much harder for me to read and understand. It isn't something I'd pass on and believe me, I passed many of the Morning Bells along. The older I get, the more simple I need things to be!

    3. lori kouten hanove says:

      thank you so much for all you are doing for our freedoms, economic and otherwise! keep up your great work to save our country!

    4. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      The election of Scott Brown, in my home state of Massachusetts, proves one thing.

      The Democrats in Congress, and the White House, have a tin ear—–make that a

      cauliflower ear. They won't listen. Obama was elected on the promise of hope and change. I'll take the hope. He can keep the change. As we go down the road to the

      USSA, we should remember one thing. His lease expires in two years.

    5. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      SOCIALISM DOESN'T WORK–IT RUINS EVERY COUNTRY.

    6. R. Thomas Trimble A says:

      As significant as the election of Scott Brown was to the American People, it had little impact on Pelosi, Reed and Obama. All it meant to them is that they now have to figure out new technicalities they can find to ram Obama Care down the throats of the people. This vote had absolutely no impact on their arrogance. Damn what the people think they will prevail. Their purpose is totally ideological. With that attitude I think the ONLY thing they will understand is to be voted out of office. Perhaps that will tell them something, but, probably not. .

    7. Gregg in Tennessee says:

      Worst level since the late 1970's…HMMM…I wonder what those periods have in common. Oh yeah…..a leadership that has no clue or concern for what needs to be done(or rather what doesn't need to be done ) in order to allow our economic system to go about recovering from it's current stat. (i.e.: GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR WAY!!!!!!!!!!!)

    8. Ted Stein says:

      In 1995, while attending the wedding of a junior associate, my partner's wife looked at me and said that our children would not do as well as we had. Once the discussion took flight later at the reception, we concluded that although our children had significantly greater opportunities than we had, primarily due to our ability to provide those opportunites, we recognized that their income potential, relative to the cost of housing, etc., was totally out of wack. We lived through the reengineering period and loss of manufacturing jobs leading to a reduction of collective bargaining (I'm not pro-union, but speaking frankly). Combine that with the shift of benefits funded by employers to employees through HSA's and 401K's, real wages have dropped significantly. Many families have compensated by depending on two incomes, probably for life. This has provided opportunities for women, and led to greater cooperation in child rearing, I hope, but will require several more years to determine the social implications. I suspect they will be mixed.

      I look forward to your list, and hope you can predict their long term impact.

    9. Charles LaBounty says:

      Now will the Repubs get the message for last night's results in Mass and get their mesage and policies together to win some seats in Novemebr — ? —

      What I heard what the American people want is quite simple:

      1) Less government at all levels.

      2) Take steps to reduce the $13 T debt. by cutting spending (not raising more taxes).

      3) Maintain a strong National Defense

      (and maybe open up oil exporation and refinery building so we can all drive a full size pick-up truck, if we want to)

      Charlie

    10. Ozzy6900 says:

      The first and foremost thing that we need to do is return to capitalism and let it work. If a company falls on it's face, it can either pick itself up or it must fail. Secondly, we must stop all the "bad paper" that is floating in the banking industry. Lending practices have gotten so far out of hand and must be brought back into control – not by the Government but by the banks themselves. Lastly, the Government must do two things immediately – stay out of the private sector and stop spending money like drunken sailors!

    11. jansuzanne Krasner says:

      Republicans can become the Party of “We the People” by JanSuzanne Krasner

      To borrow a catch phrase from President Obama: “Let’s be perfectly clear about this”…no matter who wins the Massachusetts Senate seat, the message is evident. There is a furious battle brewing between Democrats and Republicans, the likes of which we have not seen in this country in decades. The President’s decision to go to Massachusetts to stomp for Martha Coakley demonstrates the significance of this election, even outweighing the risk to his Presidency if she should lose. The ramifications of a Scott Brown win will send further fright throughout the Democratic Congress and boomerang right back to President Obama. His Administration’s agenda to change the direction of this country will be at risk. And Democrats knows it.

      The issue in focus that could cause this upset is the health care fight. This Senate seat represents the 60th vote for the health care plan or the 41st vote against it. This issue has been the centerpiece of the campaign with the two candidates openly stating how each will vote if elected. Also, let’s note that Massachusetts has been a Democratic state for several decades. Ted Kennedy held this seat for almost 47 years. Imagine how the level of Democratic concern has risen this month as Brown has destroyed Coakley’s 30 point lead and in some polls is ahead by 4 points.

      I watched the Boston Democratic rally this past Sunday and could easily see whom this rally was really intended for. It was choreographed for the 65% of the Independents who are leaning towards Brown and the 17% of Democrats saying they will cross party lines. What struck me the most about the rally was Obama’s elitist attitude towards Brown’s grass roots approach to campaigning. This was his way of covering up Coakley’s negative response to shaking hands with people outside in the cold while Brown was getting out in his truck to meet and greet on the streets. This sarcasm could resonate loud and clear to those undecided voters, wondering whom they can trust. In addition, let’s note that Massachusetts already has a government health care plan in place that the people have had time to evaluate.

      My perception is that the country is dividing more than ever and is being fueled by astoundingly passionate emotions on both sides of the issues. Should Brown win, the Democrats will truly know that their power of influence is threatened. With the 2010 elections less than 10 months away, desperation is soon to follow. I believe this climate will culminate with the Democrats (Nancy Pelosi, for sure) labeling Republicans as the ‘enemy’ of this country. Their fear and hatred will spew worse than what we saw during President Bush’s Administration. Democrats will accuse the opposition of being power hungry and using this seat to prevent the poor and middle class from getting health care reform, from getting jobs, from making Wall Street pay the taxpayer back, and for any other legislation they just can’t get passed. Republicans will remain the party of ‘ney”, the party that stops everything good for America. It just doesn’t matter that our Constitution was written with ‘checks and balances’ meant to protect our people from a one-sided government that would ignore the voice of the people.

      The time has come for the Republicans to get organized…to stop bickering and politicking about trivial matters. Instead, focus on the issues that matter to the people and offer tangible solutions. Pretty talk is not the answer. Honesty is. This will be the way to fight the onslaught of venom and deceitful information that will occur. Whether Brown wins or not, we must be ready with concrete positions and specific proposals to prove that we are not the party of ‘no’. And, we must be ready to take on the media who will continue to block information from getting to the public. Add to that the growing lack of trust many voters now have with all politicians and you can see the challenges that lie ahead.

      The 2010 elections will be a battle to keep political power in the hands of one party or to put political balance back in Congress. We must choose our candidates wisely. We must speak for the Independent voters, the “tea party” participants, the Conservative voices, and other groups who agree that our country is going in the wrong direction. Bring them all under the same umbrella by offering concrete ideas that will unite us on our common issues. Winning the 2010 elections will be based on winning the hearts and minds of these voters. Our candidates must be leaders who have a track record of “walking the walk” and not changing their minds when it was in their own self-interest. Then the Republican Party will become the party of “We The People”.

    12. jansuzanne Krasner says:

      Republicans can become the Party of “We the People” by JanSuzanne Krasner

      To borrow a catch phrase from President Obama: “Let’s be perfectly clear about this”…no matter who won the Massachusetts Senate seat, the message is evident. There is a furious battle brewing between Democrats and Republicans, the likes of which we have not seen in this country in decades. The President’s decision to go to Massachusetts to stomp for Martha Coakley demonstrates the significance of this election, even outweighing the risk to his Presidency if she should lose. The ramifications of a Scott Brown win will send further fright throughout the Democratic Congress and boomerang right back to President Obama. His Administration’s agenda to change the direction of this country will be at risk. And Democrats knows it.

      The issue in focus that could cause this upset is the health care fight. This Senate seat represents the 60th vote for the health care plan or the 41st vote against it. This issue has been the centerpiece of the campaign with the two candidates openly stating how each will vote if elected. Also, let’s note that Massachusetts has been a Democratic state for several decades. Ted Kennedy held this seat for almost 47 years. Imagine how the level of Democratic concern has risen this month as Brown has destroyed Coakley’s 30 point lead and in some polls is ahead by 4 points.

      I watched the Boston Democratic rally this past Sunday and could easily see whom this rally was really intended for. It was choreographed for the 65% of the Independents who are leaning towards Brown and the 17% of Democrats saying they will cross party lines. What struck me the most about the rally was Obama’s elitist attitude towards Brown’s grass roots approach to campaigning. This was his way of covering up Coakley’s negative response to shaking hands with people outside in the cold while Brown was getting out in his truck to meet and greet on the streets. This sarcasm could resonate loud and clear to those undecided voters, wondering whom they can trust. In addition, let’s note that Massachusetts already has a government health care plan in place that the people have had time to evaluate.

      My perception is that the country is dividing more than ever and is being fueled by astoundingly passionate emotions on both sides of the issues. Should Brown win, the Democrats will truly know that their power of influence is threatened. With the 2010 elections less than 10 months away, desperation is soon to follow. I believe this climate will culminate with the Democrats (Nancy Pelosi, for sure) labeling Republicans as the ‘enemy’ of this country. Their fear and hatred will spew worse than what we saw during President Bush’s Administration. Democrats will accuse the opposition of being power hungry and using this seat to prevent the poor and middle class from getting health care reform, from getting jobs, from making Wall Street pay the taxpayer back, and for any other legislation they just can’t get passed. Republicans will remain the party of ‘ney”, the party that stops everything good for America. It just doesn’t matter that our Constitution was written with ‘checks and balances’ meant to protect our people from a one-sided government that would ignore the voice of the people.

      The time has come for the Republicans to get organized…to stop bickering and politicking about trivial matters. Instead, focus on the issues that matter to the people and offer tangible solutions. Pretty talk is not the answer. Honesty is. This will be the way to fight the onslaught of venom and deceitful information that will occur. Whether Brown wins or not, we must be ready with concrete positions and specific proposals to prove that we are not the party of ‘no’. And, we must be ready to take on the media who will continue to block information from getting to the public. Add to that the growing lack of trust many voters now have with all politicians and you can see the challenges that lie ahead.

      The 2010 elections will be a battle to keep political power in the hands of one party or to put political balance back in Congress. We must choose our candidates wisely. We must speak for the Independent voters, the “tea party” participants, the Conservative voices, and other groups who agree that our country is going in the wrong direction. Bring them all under the same umbrella by offering concrete ideas that will unite us on our common issues. Winning the 2010 elections will be based on winning the hearts and minds of these voters. Our candidates must be leaders who have a track record of “walking the walk” and not changing their minds when it was in their own self-interest. Then the Republican Party will become the party of “We The People”.

    13. Medina, Fl says:

      Well we have God's answers to our petitions and Praises to His name. Today we have two great news; the victory of Scott Brown in MA, with a terrific victory and the second one is Erroll Souther's, the anti-Christian Obama's nominee withdraw from his nomination!. It's a sign we must keep up our prayers going, so Obama's Socialist Political Progressives Agenda be completely defeated for ever and we can get our great country back. The blood of our Heroes are speaking from their graves and we must help listened and do our part in their memory and appreciation of their sacrifices. God Bless America and its citizens and protect us from all the evildoer's and American haters!

    14. Jon, Utah says:

      Great article once again which brings to light the loss of our freedoms and the dangers we face. One comment on this remark in are article, "government spending and debt are at unprecedented levels during peacetime." Is it peacetime right now? Are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan officially wars or just American occupation of those countries? Whether it is now peacetime or not the government spending and debt are out of control and if left unchecked will ruin us.

    15. vincent loffredo, ne says:

      stay pro active every day. list in detail and in plain english your plan to help the usa to move forward to impove the financial and health care system(only private health care for all the people). Also show the cost to the american people etc.

      You must be honest and clear. we need our freedom and liberty back. no more bailouts. small government,low taxes.. get back all the money from the auto industry and the unions who tried to bankrupt the country. Also aig,fannie and freddie may. If they can't pay File chapter 11 for sell the off. no government ownership. God bless america. i'am so glad that we can get the truth from someone. i will stay pro active and try to help as much as i can. thank you

      vinny

    16. Dennis says:

      Outstanding piece. I look froward to getting the results of your study on how America can be a much more free society.

    17. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      I am not so sure we are in "peace time" as stated in the above Moning Bell article but I completley agree with the premise and conclusions. The reason for my politcal activity is for my daughter – not me. After many discussion with my WWII veteran father I have come to realize that it is the long term reprecussions of administrative policy for which we need to be concerned. Short term is window dressing. It seems to me that we quickly forget history and reinvent the wheel with good intentions only to find that history does repeat itself. One must look way beyound the past "eight years" to understand the consequence of Congress. My guess is that history will continue to recycle itself.

    18. Dennis Social Circle says:

      This mess is ruing this country, I can not imagine how anyone would think that you could borrow your way out of money troubles. The only way this will be staightened out is for the American people to get back to work. The people of this country have to realize that the "guvernment" can not provide all their needs, or wants, one has to take the necessary steps to provide for themselves. Our society has grown used to the idea that the "guvernment" will take care of them. The tax payer is going broke, the country is going broke and the dems and obama have not the good sence to see what has to be done. I AM GLAD THAT PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO WAKE UP AND SEE THAT SOCIALISM IS ON THE HORIZION. THE VOTE IN MA. WAS GREAT.

    19. john Arizona says:

      The question that will be hard to answer is: "How will Obama and his gang of socialists blame George Bush for the election of Scott Brown?"

      Haven't they blamed all of their failings on the Bush administration?

      Maybe they will get the picture – I doubt it, but hopefully they will!

    20. john koss says:

      THANK YOU MASSACHUSETTS!!! Just when I had begun to think that we were moving into the Obamination you stepped up and said; "UH! UH! NO! NO! IT AIN'T SO!! Wonder what Ted is thinking now. Probably attending a Heritage Foundation meeting in heaven being hosted by Ron Reagan. He is saying: "Now why didn't I think of that. I drive a Pickup and am proud of it. All REAL Americans should feel proud today our nation does work and not just for the privileged. It takes hard work, sacrifice, self-discipline and a compassion for our fellow man. Enough for today, enjoy your victory Scott Brown, you deserved it. Oh and by the by; I think the Taliban is still in and around Afghanistan.

    21. Don Ballew Elk City, says:

      The nation has to get rid of the graduated income tax. For revenue we go to a sales tax. And spending must be controlled. The nation is doomed if government spending isn't controlled.

    22. Dale Shipley, Tampa says:

      Your recommendations will be important to get into the hands of candidates and voters for the next election cycle. Please do what's right and not what is political.

    23. Louis L Cesar F Levy says:

      Man can only appreciate all the work you do. Making known what hinders us and proposing working solutioms is tremendous. Just remember that we are NOT in peace time and that the situation you justly describe is the result of combined factors, most of them being from the conscious will-even tough subtle-of an Enemy who is after destroying. In this perspective it is always good not to forget what I call the concept of multidimensional war, where some of levels of reality are usually not taken into account while they pertain to a whole which only can give a complete intelligence of the situation and therefore more suited solutions.

    24. Ed-Sugar Land says:

      We are on our way back. We have started with Senator Scott Brown now we need to continue to move forward and re-claim our Country back from the worse administration since Jimmy who ( Oh Yah ) carter. We can remove the Illinois Thugs out of Washington. We can't take a back seat now and expect change with obama and his cronies. We need to continue to push them out one at a time. I would have liked to have been a little bug in the homes of pelosi and reid last night after the Massachusetts elections were over and martha coakley gave Senator Scott Brown a call giving him the race.

    25. Richard; PA says:

      FYI, the content of today's email contained numerous unknow symbols in multiple words. The following is an example of what I received.

      What exactly is the Index? It’s a comprehensive review of 179 countries around the world that considers economic freedom in ten separate areas. Five of these measurements — freedom in business, trade, investment, finance, and labor—measure the regulatory burdens government places on businesses and entrepreneurs. Three — fiscal freedom, government spending, and monetary freedom—examine the overall size and level of intrusiveness of government and its effectiveness in maintaining a stable economic environment. The remaining two—property rights and freedom from corruption—look at fundamental societal characteristics that underpin all modern prosperous economies.

    26. JIM says:

      OBAMA SHOULD HAVE TO RE-PAY THE TAXPAYERS FOR THE LONDON SHOPPING, THE N.Y. DATE, TWO 747'S AND SECURITY, TRIP TO SAVE COAKLEY AND ALL OF HIS BOONDOGGLES AT OUR EXPENSE. GOOD FOR THE BANKS…..GOOD FOR THE POTUS.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    27. Prevailer76AZ says:

      We have been 'speaking' for some time now – but do they listen? Perhaps enough outcomes such as in Massachusetts will get their attention. Whether plain bravado or that they really believe their agenda for this country is viable, the Dems continue to be in our face as they work to take over everything that makes this country function and its people to thrive.

      We must never take for granted any victory such as Massechusetts, as they will always have plan B and C and D in their back pocket. But, as well, we must have our plan B, C and D, with a basis of 'no more government intrusion in our lives'. "For your own good," their latest mantra has an ominous ring to it.

    28. Shan, Madison, WI says:

      Yeah, yeah, yeah!!!

      We have some hope for our future now! Thank you Massachusetts Voters…

      I can't wait for the Spring Tea Parties…

    29. Publius Huldah, Cook says:

      When will WE reclaim the moral high ground respecting the "entitlement" state? The Progressives gush about the moral superiority of their position, and WE are silent. In effect, we concede – by our silence – the moral superiority of their position.

      But here is the answer: "The welfare state is not based on 'compassion'. It is based on envy, coercion and theft: Money is taken by force from one group of people and given to other groups, in exchange for their political support. And that is evil."

    30. Ed Galicki says:

      This should not come as a shock. The goal of leftists and environmentalists has always been, and will always be, to limit or destroy personal freedom and opportunity, and to control the lives of us 'stupid' masses. The goals are quite obvious, if you know how to read and how to count.

    31. JOHN S FOX WYTHEVI says:

      THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO SAY.. ABOUT FOUR CHANGES IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD CORRECT ALL OUR PROBLEMS

      1.TARRIFF LAWS WERE AT ONE TIME USED TO KEEP JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT IN THIS COUNTRY. DO IT NOW

      EXAMPLE;; IF A GOOD COMES TO THE U.S FOR LESS THAN WE CAN PRODUCE IT ADD A TARRIFF TO MAKE THEM THE SAME.

      2.ALL BUSINESS THAT ENJOY GOVERMENT BENEFITS SUCH AS TAX BREAKS AND NO COMPENTION SHOULD BE REGULATED. DO IT NOW.

      EXAMPLE; OIL COMPANIES ALLOWED ONLY A REASONABLE PROFFIT.

      3.ALL ELECTED OR APPOINTED REPRESENTIVES SHOULD BE ALLOWED NO MORE THAT THREE OR FOUR TERMS. DO IT NOW.

      EXAMPLE; ROBERT BYRD WAS ELECTED 50YEARS AGO FROM WEST VIRGINIA WAS CARRIED TO THE SENATE FLOOR TO VOTE HE DOES'T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING.

      4.ALL ELECTED OR APPOINTED REPRESENTIVIES TO RECEIVE JAIL TIME FOR TAKING MONEY OR OTHER VALUES FOR SPECIAL FAVORS PERTAINING TO THEIR JOBS. DO IT NOW.

      EXAMPLE; THE DRUG COMPANIES HAVE SPEND BILLIONS OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS TO GET SPECIAL FAVORS. DRUG COMPANIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THEIR DRUGS.

      IN THIS COUNTRY THE MAJORITY SHOULD RULE. THE TAIL SHOULD NOT WAG THE DOG''

    32. John B. San Diego says:

      The election in Mass. has sent a number of messages to diverse group of recipients and it's very similar to witness’s accounts of a traffic accident, everyone has a different view.

      I think that will be the result of the "Special Election for Senator from Massachusetts."

      Agonizing how each individual group of players reacts will say volumes about hidden motivations and true desirers of that particular group.

      To sit back gather information on reactions from the relevant players is key short term in establishing strategy for the latter part of this year. I don't think strategists should exploit the American Peoples' emotion over issues I think strategists should rather pick candidates that most fit what the People want and demand of leadership in Washington. Once elected, that group will lead our nation out of this mess.

      I advise that one terrible National Weakness is to call on past failures of government or any Administration as the cause of America's failures and I'm talking about Obama, Bush or Clinton. Doesn't everyone already realize the failures so apparently and abruptly have a direct effect on our way of life freedom and prosperity why do we need to blame Obama for his first year or Bush for his eight years and Clinton for his terms.

      Many around the globe see our infighting and floundering as a "Huge Ship at Sea with No Rudder" as weakness to be exploited immediately.

      So why do we Americans accommodate those whom are willing to take advantage of Our Country…No….NO!

      Senator Elect Brown (R) Mass. should be seen as the Independent escape from Bi-partisanship and the "Beginning of the END" of the downward spiral of The United States of America in this World!

      "A House Divided Against Itself Can Not Stand——– Abraham Lincoln!"

    33. shorething brigantin says:

      i pretty much agreed with most of your article but PEACETIME????? "on what planet have you been living?" i won't go into the rest of barney the demonrat dinosaur's rave but really??? the jihadists have been at war with us for more than a generation (app 20 yrs as i understand it) we did not recognize the ferocity of the war against us until 9/11. WE REMAIN AT WAR and unfortunately will probably be so for many more generations. just because totus wants to try to make nice nice does in no way affect the hatred our enemies have for us and especially our FREEDOM/s

    34. shorething brigantin says:

      watching beck now and just realized that oBowMao has managed to find the middle ground. he has the far left po'd at him and has no chance of getting the rest of us to follow his path to servatude/socialism thank God for oBowMao he has done more to save (wake up) the country. he should be enshrined on mt rushmore inverted of course cause he failed in trying to enslave US and instead woke us up to how close the loss of freedom ALWAYS is

    35. Brenda Cregor, CA. says:

      What a lovely revisit to the Tea Party for Massachusetts and the rest of the nation!

      While the Democratic/Liberal/Progressive politicans and bureaucrats are certainly speedily "making fundamental changes" to this nation, they would not have been able to accomplish their goals so quickly had they not had the aid of cultural changes ( brought about by citizens from all economic and political groups), which have tossed individual integrity out the window, affecting everything from the stability of the family ( which is the foundation of any great nation) and, yes, even the economic system.

      Shockingly enough, the latter idea was beautifully illustrated in the Capitalist Manifesto issue published by, of all magazines, NEWSWEEK, this past summer.

      The former idea was prophetically focused upon in the book How Should We Then Live?

      Modern man will give up almost all of their freedoms for a "sense" of personal peace and affluence, but like the wise Bostonians, I am up for a revolutionary scuffle.

    36. ella quinn,kinston,n says:

      God is working to help american people.Lets not give up keep on praying.

    37. Ed Kimble says:

      Economic freedom is freedom. If all your time is spent serving the economy or the state, then when will the persimmons be refrozen until they lose their bitterness? When will they be made into pies or set on the window sill. When will the artist explore his or her soul, where is the machine turning out wooden RC boats or sail boats. If morality, stupidity, philosophy, or economy makes you choose violence and looting as a way of life, when will you sit unafraid in wonder of a child's smile. When will you build that tree house or feel the sand between your toes as you go surf fishing. When can you even read about such things??.. In this sense, in such worlds, "work ethic" is an evil -itch, an oxymoron, a black shadow that steals love's very essence>>>>time itself. Two shops produce the same goods but one produces twice as much for the same effort. Why? Machines, automation, biology, and electricity. And what makes these things possible..Ans: Nothing the bail out programs have done :(

    38. Lynn Bryant DeSpain says:

      I beleive that it would be better phrase to say,"The Republicans, may have another opportunity to represent the will of the People."

      Neither Party are the People, only the so called representatives of the peoples' will.

      When you and I own a company and that company is failing, it has to be one of three things; there is no Market, we are charging to little for our product, or we are top heavy in management.

      I propose to you all, that the later of these is America's problem at this moment in time.

    39. Robert Phillips, Cle says:

      Thank you, Heritage Foundation, for the work you do. I feel more informed than ever. I'm so glad I'm a member.

      I pray Scott Brown's almost miraculous win in Massachusettes is only the tip of the iceberg as we move toward November 2010.

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    42. Mike, Chicago says:

      The last time we had a president that ran up alarming debts for the country and greatly expanded the size of the government the "conservatives" thought he was the best thing they'd seen in ages and questioned the patriotism of anyone who didn't support him. And now that the US is paying for the costs of those errors, conservatives are complaining about the current size of the government and the cost of the debt – don't you guys remember Regan and the Contract on America?

    43. Monte, Arizona says:

      My hope is that ALL the erstwhile "career" politicians cozily ensconced within D.C.'s Beltway, and in many State Capitol buildings across this once free land, will open wide their myopic eyes and clearly see the ramifications of Senator Scott Brown's truly historic election. Did they see the refreshing lack of party emblems at his acceptance rally?

      That famous "shot" heard on April 19, 1775 at Concord's Old North Bridge is again resounding throughout the political world. It is, indeed, a sweet report.

      If, and it will be a closely watched if, Senator Brown can avoid the siren song, sung to the tune of "Politics As Usual," and fulfill the CONSERVATIVE promise he represents, then Massachusetts' January 19, 2010 historic second "shot" will, again, revolutionize our great Union.

      Before me is a 6 1/2" by 3 1/2" by only 1/4" thick booklet. I carry it with me wherever I go, even around the house. Within only forty-two of the fifty-two pages of this shirt pocket edition is a clearly stated and understandable guideline for a free Representative Republic. Combined, the two sacred documents in this little booklet are a complete repudiation of the thousands upon thousands of full sized pages of obfuscation representing this past year's Socialist "hope" and "change."

      I implore the aforementioned political careerists to, maybe for the first time, actually read the Declaration of Independence; the basis for our fledgling Nation to expel two untenable regimes (Great Britain and our first Federation). Then read and finally uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.

      This Country is finally awakening to what we have lost, and how much more we are poised quickly to lose. If it is not too late, "We the People" can, while it still stands, use OUR God given rights and powers granted by the Constitution to peacefully halt a progressive abolition of both the Document and its protections.

      Please order your free shirt pocket edition of sacred truths through http://www.heritage.org. Carry the booklet on you, and keep its promises alive. Let no political ambition, affiliation, or Socialist experiment prematurely bring to an end what began in Massachusetts 235 years ago and was reaffirmed a few short days ago.

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    45. Kim Peacock Canada says:

      It seems a pity that the motto of American conservatives seems to be "Conserve it for ME!".

      I agree with Mike from Chicago: if you want a deficit, elect a Republican!

      And as for Scott Brown…he voted for MA's universal coverage and his electors would deny that right to the rest of the country.

      It's a sad time for the USA.

    46. Judy, Mass says:

      I was involved in the campaign here on Cape Cod, Hyannis headquarters making phone calls and joined in the rally on January 16th. It was awesome. The people that I reached 95% said that they were going to vote for Scott. Some Democrats, several Independents and loads of Republicians. Some households had 3 votes, some 5 votes. I was so pumped up. People coming in to get signs, stickers and making donations. I had never gotten involved with anything like this and it was magical. I am so proud to have been part of this great turn around to our State. It is about time. Now it needs to happen in November. My suggestion is to get involved. We need to get our Country back. God Bless America…………………………

    47. Hiram says:

      If it such an egregious burden for Americans to pay for the health care of all citizens, why aren't the tax freedom worshipers calling for the complete privatization of the school system as well? Not enough gall for that? yet?

      But hey, Praise God for the freedom to watch fellow Americans sicken and die, for lack of health insurance.

    48. Monte in Arizona says:

      Dear Hiram

      Get the NEA the heck outta our way, and then "We the People" WILL take care of education for a whole lot less wasted money resulting in a whole lot more practical, basic, and useful learning sans revisionist history, cultural reengineering, and socialist propanganda disguised as Progressive education.

    49. Maralynn Johnson says:

      This may seem petty, but I remember when "reds" were communists and "blue dogs" were conservative democrats! Every time I hear people talk about the red states being the republicans and the blue being democrats, it makes my blood boil. I would like somebody, The Heritage Foundation, The Teabaggers or somebody turn it right again. How stupid does it sound talking about "bluedog democrats" when that now means left instead of right!

      Like I said, it might be little, but to me it just shows how upside down our world is. Let's put things right starting with blue being blue and red being red.

    50. MyDogOreo, Chappaqua says:

      A "sense" that we are less free? I think we have a bit more than a sense. We are back to the old Colonial system only this time it's our own government doing it to us. They are going to tax us back into slavery. In a decade or so, we will all be working solely to pay off the debt we owe. The Fed and our wonderful Congress have created a neo-slavery system. Even the Communists weren't that smart!! They won after all and don't have bury us because we will bury ourselves.

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