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    The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.

    Morning Bell: Taking America from Welfare State to Opportunity Society

    “I must go to college!” insists eight-year-old Pierre William. Such planning may seem unusual in a second grader. But Pierre is lucky. He’s attending a private school in the District of Columbia using funds from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. That’s opened his eyes to the possibilities that only a … More

    Morning Bell: Fighting Government Cronyism with an Opportunity Agenda

    Would you like a raise? For some workers, cronyism prevents receiving raises in pay. In early 2011, a Giant Eagle supermarket in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, wanted to give wage increases and higher starting wages to 25 employees. But a union wouldn’t let it do so. Why would a union object to … More

    Morning Bell: What Ideas Are Conservatives FOR?

    Many looked at the results on Election Day and saw disaster. At The Heritage Foundation, however, we see opportunity. Americans are asking: “What do conservatives stand for?” This is the opportunity to tell them. There are important lessons to be learned from the recent election and the current trends in … More

    Presidential Speeches Quiz: Who Said It?

    Barack Obama has compared himself to many Presidents. First he ran as Abraham Lincoln reincarnated. He even appealed to the spirit of Ronald Reagan. Then he tried to govern like Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). He campaigned for re-election as Harry Truman running against a “do-nothing” Congress. He’s been to Osawatomie, … More

    Obama's Radicalism Revealed

    It’s only Day 3 and the Obama Administration already feels old and tired. Year in and year out, the President keeps saying the same things. Over and over again. By this point, we’re tempted to simply tune him out. But that would be a mistake. From the very beginning, President … More

    Will Obamacare Go the Way of Prohibition?

    Steve Benen on MSNBC’s “The Maddow Blog” dismisses congressional efforts to repeal all or parts of Obamacare and admonishes conservatives to get with the program. Why? He says Obamacare “is here to stay.” What makes Obamacare untouchable? Congress considers countless pieces of legislation “to amend” this legislation or that statute. … More

    Capitalism: Making Tires Safer and Most Things Better

    Humans have been using tires since the dawn of the automotive age. But today’s tires aren’t much like their predecessors. Instead of being made with natural rubber, for example, they’re fashioned from layers of materials, including textiles and steel. This is a perfect example of what economist Joseph Schumpeter meant … More

    Holmes: Can We Govern Ourselves?

    As The Heritage Foundation’s Kim Holmes asks in The Washington Times, is our capacity to govern ourselves disappearing? Today, the political process is jeered at as an exercise in futility—an endless, heated tangle of competing forces akin to Beltway traffic. Still, the genius (and threat) of government is that it … More

    Constitution: You’ve Read It; Now Rely on It

    At 10 this morning (be sure to catch it on C-SPAN), members of the House of Representatives will take a break from the normal hurly-burly of lawmaking to actually read the Constitution, out loud, on the House floor. It’s only the second time this has been done, and this time … More

    Michigan Right-to-Work Law: How to Fight for the Freedom to Work

    Last month, a special session of the Michigan legislature passed and Governor Rick Snyder (R–MI) signed right-to-work legislation, which outlaws compulsory union membership. “This simply means that workers will no longer be forced to join a union,” noted Ed Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation, at the time. “They will … More