• February 17, 2013 8:04 AM | Anonymous
    The Internet offers much more than simply changing the media. History shows that nearly every great advance in civilization was preceded by an advance in communications technology -- from the earliest invention of language to the printing press to the telephone. In the Middle Ages, for instance, books were rare commodities. Monks and scholars spent lifetimes copying texts by hand. Because few could afford to own books, knowledge was available to only a small number of people. In the mid-1400's, Johannes Gutenberg developed the printing press. Suddenly, written works could be copied quickly, accurately and in great quantities. Books were cheaper and easier to come by, and, for the first time ever, the common man had firsthand access to knowledge. An ordinary person could read his own copy of the Bible, for example. Soon he would be able to read it in his own German, French or English, rather than in Latin. He could see for himself what the Scriptures said, and no longer had to accept without question an authority’s view of his religion. As we know, this new, widespread access to knowledge led to the Reformation and great changes in Western culture. This pattern has been repeated throughout history. When it becomes easier to communicate, civilization advances.

  • February 17, 2013 7:25 AM | Anonymous
    Pennsylvania voters will not be required to show photo identification in the May 21 primary election under an agreement signed Thursday by both sides in a pending lawsuit.

    Lawyers representing the Corbett administration and plaintiffs who are challenging the constitutionality of the voter ID law in state Commonwealth Court agreed that the law won't be enforced as voters choose nominees for judicial and municipal offices.


  • February 09, 2013 9:26 AM | Anonymous
    The author of this article may have the right states picked, but fails to recognize the deeper issues.  She talks about economic decline, but doesn't understand the underlying reasons for that decline.  She misses the fact that these states have long been blue states governed largely by Democrats.  Likewise, these are not right-to-work states so they are saddled with burdensome union legacies.  It will be no surprise to you that all of these states went for Obama in 2008 and 2012.  People are migrating to where there’s economic freedom and opportunity.  Always have, always will.  It’s not hard to figure out if you care more about people than power.


    John Emmons

  • February 08, 2013 10:19 AM | Anonymous
    Matthew Spalding, Ph.D., Heritage's vice president for American Studies and director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, finishes the week with another great article.

     Indeed, the purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to secure the rights and liberties promised in the Declaration of Independence.

       Today, though, the federal government has acquired a nearly unquestioned dominance over virtually every area of American life.

       The scope and depth of its rules means that the national government increasingly regulates more and more of our most basic activities, from how much water is in our toilets to what kind of light bulbs we can buy. This is a government that is increasingly unlimited, undemocratic, and damaging to popular self-government.

       Conservatives want to restore real limits on a government that is out of control.

    Read the Entire Article

  • February 07, 2013 11:38 AM | Anonymous
    Matthew Spalding is 4 for 4 so far this week - another must read article...

    Today, while government spending is soaring, defense spending relative to the size of the economy is near historical lows. The Obama Administration is promising to hollow the military even more in the years ahead. Right now, America’s defenses are facing harmful cuts through budget sequestration. Such policies not only jeopardize our safety and our ability to secure our interests, they also undermine our legitimate role in the world.

  • February 06, 2013 12:24 PM | Anonymous
    Another interesting article from Matthew Spalding, Ph. D.  It's the 3rd great read this week from The Heritage Foundation's vice president for American Studies and director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics.

    President Obama made clear yesterday that he is more interested in additional tax increases than serious entitlement reforms. At the same time, the Congressional Budget Office was projecting that health care entitlement spending will be bigger than defense or even Social Security spending in just two years.

    For some, the entitlement mentality of the welfare state breeds a culture of dependency. Conservatives propose a different approach, one based on empowering all Americans. We intend to encourage upward mobility for poor and low-income Americans. We intend to strengthen an anxious middle class. We intend to reduce concerns about health care and retirement security. And we intend to protect those throughout society who have earned success for themselves and their families.

  • February 05, 2013 4:06 PM | Anonymous

     Another interesting article from Matthew Spalding  - one of the speakers we had at our American Renewal Event - it is a must read! 

    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 workers receiving higher wages? Because in this case, the increases went to “less senior” employees. The union went to arbitration and won a judgment that Giant Eagle can’t give raises “without first obtaining concurrence from the Union” and an order to rescind those increases already given.

    Today, some employees in Edinboro are earning less than their employer wants to pay them. All because of cronyism in the American economy.


  • February 04, 2013 1:40 PM | Anonymous
    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 American politics, for sure. But we believe this is precisely the time to reaffirm the principles that guide us and to redouble our efforts to change America’s course.


  • January 31, 2013 5:37 AM | Anonymous
    How President Obama Lost His Shirt to John Boehner
    The House, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, has precipitated a postponement in the debt ceiling fight until May. This represents a strategic choice by Boehner to make the Sequester fight, not the debt ceiling fight, the next major engagement. Much of the mainstream media now is accusing Congress of “kicking the can down the road.” They are missing the strategic implications.
  • January 25, 2013 12:12 PM | Anonymous
    From the champion of the poor and middle class comes a whopping regressive tax.  Another little nugget buried deep inside Obamacare - a severe premium penalty, or tax, for smokers.

    WASHINGTON (AP) undefined Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance  because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's health care law, according to experts  who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive  legislation.

    The Affordable Care Act undefined "Obamacare" to its detractors undefined allows health insurers  to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan.  1.


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