The Best of the Forge


As the Senate prepares to vote for the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) wants to remind everyone the American people were misled and the process was rigged from the start.  Sen. Lee succinctly laid out what occurred in the Senate throughout the process, why the bill is flawed, and how the procedural fix was in. 

Obama Wants to Reduce Earth’s Temperature by 0.08 Degrees… Really

President Obama’s recent speech on “climate change” indicated that there’s a lot he wants to do to prevent global warming.  But what is he willing to sacrifice to do so?  And – perhaps the more important question – will he get his desired results?  Remember, in life, there are tradeoffs.  A prudent politician should know this.  Heritage explains that his plan will harm American families.

But here’s the thing.  Even if you, and I, and President Obama, and everyone in America stopped exhaling that dangerous CO2, and all carbon emissions stopped in America, it would decrease the global temperature by only 0.08 degrees Celsius by 2050.

Supreme Court’s Mixed Decision on Marriage

The Supreme Court announced disturbing decisions today on two important cases dealing with marriage law. The Court refused, however, to create a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

An Internet Tax Would Anger Americans and Alienate Young People

Last week, a gathering of conservative lawmakers and conservative groups including Heritage Action’s CEO Michael Needham discussed why the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act, better known as the Internet sales tax (IST), is a terrible idea and should not even be considered by the House.  This conservative position was amplified by a fresh Gallup poll showing an overwhelming majority of Americans (57% to 39%) would vote against an Internet sales tax.

As you dig into that data even further, you quickly notice 18-29 years old are against the IST by a margin of 73-27. Gallup notes in their analysis that “If Republicans in the House oppose the Internet sales tax bill, that may help the GOP’s appeal to younger Americans, a key demographic in the party’s plan to build support before the 2014 and 2016 elections.”

Something Revolutionary: Break Up the Farm Bill and Food Stamp Legislation

It is amazing what a difference a year makes!  Many people are now calling for what Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) called for in August of 2012 (sub. req’d):

For decades, an unholy Washington alliance—between rural lawmakers and their urban and suburban colleagues—has caused exponential growth in spending by combining farm policy and food stamps in one huge legislative package.

It is time to have a farm-only farm bill, and move other policies separately.

This common sense reform is beginning to resonate with people in politics, in the media, and across America.


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