Edwin J. Feulner’s 36 years of leadership as president of The Heritage Foundation transformed the think tank from a small policy shop into America’s powerhouse of conservative ideas.

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September 21, 2010, 4:47 AM EDT
Thanks to a certain immigration law, the Obama administration isn’t very happy with Arizona these days.
September 14, 2010, 4:49 AM EDT
Even America’s bitterest enemies understand why we mark July 4th with parades, speeches and fireworks: t
September 9, 2010, 4:59 AM EDT
Conventional wisdom says voters don’t pay much attention to campaigns until after Labor Day. But crafty politicians take no chances. They like to hammer home their talking points early and often.   Take President Barack Obama. On Aug. 18, he took to the stump to criticize those on his political right. “They’re not offering new plans,” he told Democratic donors in Florida. “They’re not offering new ideas. They’re offering cynicism, and they’re offering fear. They’re offering distractions and wedge issues.”
August 31, 2010, 5:03 AM EDT
As we celebrate Labor Day, let’s remember what makes this holiday possible in the first place: American workers. For the most part that means small business.   According to federal statistics, small firms (those with fewer than 500 employees): --Represent some 99 percent of all employer firms. --Employ more than half of all private-sector employees. --Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll. --Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.  
August 24, 2010, 4:30 AM EDT
While enjoying the final few weeks of summer, many Americans may have missed the news that China just passed Japan. Its economy now ranks second in the world, trailing only our own.   Great news for Beijing, but it sparks a less welcome question: Economic success aside, is the human rights situation in China improving? The sad answer: Not at all.  
August 17, 2010, 4:30 AM EDT
In Washington, politicians often give their bills clever names designed more to obscure than to reveal.   Consider the CLASS Act. It sounds like yet another federal attempt to meddle in local schools. Instead, it stands for “Community Living Assistance Services and Support.”  
August 10, 2010, 4:17 AM EDT
It’s no secret what the average American family does when income drops: Spend less and save more.   In fact, we’ve seen just that during these last two recessionary years. The personal saving rate, barely 1 percent of income in the first quarter of 2008, reached 5 percent last year and remains above 3 percent.   Businesses are doing the same thing. The Washington Post reported recently that non-financial companies are carrying some $1.8 trillion on their books, about 25 percent more than at the start of the recession.  
August 3, 2010, 4:20 AM EDT
It’s no secret what the average American family does when income drops: Spend less and save more.   In fact, we’ve seen just that during these last two recessionary years. The personal saving rate, barely 1 percent of income in the first quarter of 2008, reached 5 percent last year and remains above 3 percent.   Businesses are doing the same thing. The Washington Post reported recently that non-financial companies are carrying some $1.8 trillion on their books, about 25 percent more than at the start of the recession.  
July 20, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT
It’s always good to find topics where liberals and conservatives can agree. When we’re all striving toward the same goals we’re more likely to reach them.             For example, avowed leftist Van Jones, the Obama administration’s former “green jobs czar” who’s now at the Center for American Progress says, “We’re trying to build a pro-democracy movement.”            
July 13, 2010, 4:38 AM EDT
Growing up in Chicago, it seemed everyone knew the route to a safe, secure future: Get a government job. It might not pay as well as a “real” job, but you couldn’t beat it for security; once on the payroll it was virtually impossible to lose a government job.  
July 8, 2010, 4:53 AM EDT
Professional sports leagues have ways of ensuring that “the last shall be first.” Teams with bad regular-season records get the top draft choices, theoretically allowing them to bring in the best young talent. Teams with excellent records draft later.  
June 29, 2010, 4:55 AM EDT
For decades, liberals have promoted welfare as a “hand up, not a hand out.” Now, with the cost of American welfare programs pushing toward $1 trillion per year, it’s time to make that slogan a reality.  
June 8, 2010, 4:56 AM EDT
In the final season of the TV show “24,” an idealistic president finds herself sacrificing her principles one by one in an attempt to preserve a “peace process.” She eventually manages to hammer out a flawed treaty, but can’t bring herself to sign it.   In the real world, the Obama administration’s overly idealistic pursuit of a reduction in American and Russian stockpiles of nuclear arms has led it to actually sign a woefully flawed treaty. The goal may be worthy. The pact is not.  
June 3, 2010, 5:12 AM EDT
At the age of 19, Arthur Brooks dropped out of college to follow his dream. He joined a touring chamber music group. “I made little money and spent months every year driving around America in a van with four other guys,” Brooks writes in his new book, “The Battle.” Grueling work, yet “I had control over my artistic destiny,” he writes.  
May 25, 2010, 4:53 AM EDT
Funny how much a plan can change on its way from drawing board to reality. Look no further than the “Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.”   Lawmakers passed the bill because it would, supposedly, help them control spending and even put our country on a glide path to a balanced budget. It set a spending limit and identified the minimum amount the federal government would collect in taxes, thus allowing policymakers to see at a glance whether they were spending more than the IRS took in.  
May 18, 2010, 4:20 AM EDT
You don’t have to spend much time in Washington to notice a regular pattern of events. An accident or incident will be followed by a federal disaster declaration. The media will be filled with stories wondering whether the federal government is doing “enough” to “protect” us from the weather or from industry.  
May 11, 2010, 4:45 AM EDT
Last December, my family saw the revival of “White Christmas” at the Marquis Theater on Broadway. The play reminds us of a time when Americans could easily identify their enemies. Back then, veterans poured home knowing they’d completely vanquished their Axis foes and kept our country safe. Things aren’t as straightforward today.  
May 6, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT
The story of America was written by people who took big risks and reaped large rewards.   Through the early days of our republic, thousands of settlers moved west in search of a better life. Business leaders built railroads, companies and manufacturing plants. Some—John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, George Pullman, and, much more recently, Bill Gates—made massive fortunes as they created millions of jobs and delivered the products that built a nation.  
April 27, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT
It’s good to be young. But 2010 isn’t an especially good time to be young and looking for a job. A survey from Michigan State University shows hiring of new grads was down 40 percent last year, and is expected to dip lower this spring.   But that’s not the only problem young Americans face. Even as the job market has been drying up, so has political civility.  
April 20, 2010, 6:43 AM EDT
During the 1980s, the struggling Ford Motor Company tried to turn things around by introducing an ad campaign that promised customers, “Quality is Job One.”