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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January 5, 2010, 10:34 AM EST
In 2010, Americans should demand that our leaders be followers. They ought to do what the rest of us are already doing.   Let’s begin with spending. According to a poll conducted by Consumer Reports magazine, two-thirds of Americans planned to reduce their spending on holiday gifts. That made sense in this economy. Unemployment was up, employee pay wasn’t, and people wanted to hang on to their hard-earned money. If only our federal government would do the same thing.  
December 15, 2009, 4:51 AM EST
December 8, 2009, 4:31 AM EST
When considering war strategy, it’s best to start where you want to finish. For example: in Afghanistan the United States needs to destroy the Taliban. The question is, how?   In his recent speech at West Point, President Barack Obama authorized sending some 30,000 more American warriors to Afghanistan—significantly fewer than commanding Gen. Stanley McCrystal had asked for, but a solid step nevertheless.  
December 1, 2009, 4:36 AM EST
Mention politicians in the same sentence with global warming, and the “hot air” jokes almost write themselves. Unfortunately, what world leaders have planned for us when it comes to climate change is no laughing matter.   Indeed, Americans have good reason to worry as international elites gather in Copenhagen this month to discuss their climate-change agenda. The greatest danger is that U.S. officials will sign on to a treaty that would put us at a huge economic disadvantage, yet do virtually nothing to affect the earth’s atmosphere.  
November 24, 2009, 4:38 AM EST
“You can fool some of the people all of the time,” Abraham Lincoln said, “and all of the people some of the time.” Apparently Congress agrees.   Indeed, lawmakers are counting on it: In an effort to fool just enough people for just long enough, they’re engaging in budget tricks to ram through health “reform.” In essence, they’re making promises that won’t be kept. Here’s how.  
November 17, 2009, 4:28 AM EST
Kevin Hancock wants to harvest trees—sustainably—and create jobs in the process. The federal government may put a stop to all that.   His business, Hancock Lumber, has been in the family for six generations. It owns 30,000 acres of Maine timberland and employs 550 people. But Kevin already knows that when his elderly mother dies, he’ll have to sell off huge swaths of his land to pay the ensuing tax bill.  
November 10, 2009, 5:57 AM EST
Elections have consequences. But sometimes we have to wait a bit to learn what they are.   Recall Barack Obama’s historic election. He glided into office last year, bringing along an increased Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and a seemingly filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.   How did he win? In part by promising to restore fiscal sanity.  
November 10, 2009, 5:48 AM EST
November 3, 2009, 4:41 AM EST
These are the times that try conservatives’ souls.   A liberal president wants funding for defense slashed. Congress aims to increase taxes and regulate just about everything. Activist judges create new “rights” while ignoring long-standing precedent.   So why remain upbeat? Because our country still has the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They’re the touchstones of our liberty—and the conservative trump cards in the battle of ideas.  
October 27, 2009, 4:21 AM EDT
This fall, as American families anticipate the holiday season and an uncertain economy in 2010, they’re likely to decide to cut back. Maybe they’ll stay home for Thanksgiving instead of flying to Grandma’s house. They’ll put fewer gifts under the Christmas tree.   It’s a pity our political leaders aren’t inclined even to consider such frugality. Two recent stories prove that, far from cutting back in the face of recession, Congress and the Obama administration are eager to expand entitlement spending. Take Social Security.
October 20, 2009, 5:00 AM EDT
A key reason Congress is struggling to pass health insurance reform: Lawmakers are trying to do too much all at once. The more “comprehensive” a bill becomes, the more difficult it is to build support for it.   Two years ago, Congress and President Bush failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The proposal was simply too sweeping. In trying to deliver something for everyone, it wound up imposing something almost everyone could oppose.  
October 15, 2009, 9:06 AM EDT
Your parents probably told you that you can’t get something for nothing. But your government is sending a very different message. For now, at least.   The non-partisan Tax Policy Center recently released a report finding that almost half (47 percent) of American households will pay no income taxes this year. Many, in fact, will actually come out ahead in their dealings with the government, because they qualify for refundable tax breaks such as the earned income tax credit.  
October 1, 2009, 5:35 AM EDT
During the Cold War, the United States deliberately stationed troops on the front lines facing the Soviet Union and its satellites. The message was clear: America stands with Europe against its most dangerous enemies.   These days, however, our leaders seem to be sending a far different message.  
September 22, 2009, 5:03 AM EDT
Quite a few questions surround the war in Afghanistan. Should the U.S. change its approach? Would more troops help? What’s the exit strategy?   Washington policymakers will spend a fair amount of time answering these queries this fall. But there’s a bigger, longer and more expensive war that deserves scrutiny. It also requires an exit strategy: the War on Poverty.  
September 15, 2009, 4:48 AM EDT
Students of history know it’s never a good policy to bet against the United States military. American warriors have a knack for turning the tide toward victory just when things look bleakest.   Consider Pearl Harbor. A devastating sneak attack damaged 21 Navy ships and killed some 2,400 Americans. Yet within six months, our crippled Navy was able to prevail at the Battle of Midway, sinking four Japanese carriers and beginning a trans-Pacific push to V-J Day.  
September 9, 2009, 4:50 AM EDT
The president has countless things to worry about, but at least he can be confident his children are safe. Whether the First Family is vacationing in the Grand Canyon or hosting town halls in New Hampshire, Secret Service agents are always on the job.   This is true even when the Obama daughters are in about the safest place imaginable: the hallowed halls of the exclusive Sidwell Friends private school, where they attend classes along with the other children of Washington’s privileged elite.  
September 1, 2009, 4:41 AM EDT
Small-business owners are sweating this summer—and it’s not necessarily because of the weather. Many worry that a form of nationalized health care could soon become law, and that this would cost jobs.   “I give my employees health insurance but I can’t afford to meet the government mandates,” one owner told the National Federation of Independent Business. “I will have to eliminate several employees to reduce my payroll expense.” (NFIB is a trade organization that helps businesses).  
August 25, 2009, 4:52 AM EDT
During the John Adams administration, Americans were offered a chance to bribe their way out of a war. Most responded by chanting, “Millions for defense, not a penny for tribute.”   These days, our political leaders might go for the tribute.  
August 18, 2009, 4:53 AM EDT
Before he took office, Barack Obama told CNN he’d use a Blackberry to stay in touch with average Americans. “If I’m doing something stupid, somebody in Chicago can send me an e-mail and say, ‘What are you doing?’” Obama explained.   But some six months into his administration, many Americans are wondering just how much criticism Obama wants to hear.  
August 11, 2009, 4:23 AM EDT
If there’s a parade going by, any good politician will jump in front and claim to be leading it. But it’s especially brazen to do so when you’re promoting policies likely to bring that parade to a screeching halt.   Consider what members of the Obama administration are saying about the economy.