What is The Heritage Foundation Doing?
Our Center for Data Analysis is finishing a study on the economic impacts of the proposed energy tax currently being considered by Congress, aka “Cap and Trade” legislation, and the preliminary results are in:
It would shrink the national economy by $7.4 trillion by 2035.
It would eliminate millions of jobs without replacing them with so-called “green jobs.”
It would increase your electricity bill by 90% and your gasoline prices by 74%, so that the average household energy bill would increase by $1,500 per year.
And, even if you accept all the science from the International Panel on Climate Change, the legislation would only lower the temperature by .1-.2 degrees C by 2100. Put another way, this legislation is all economic pain for NO environmental gain.
Analyzing the Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report:
Budget Chart Book – Visualize the Spending: http://www.heritage.org/research/features/BudgetChartBook/
In addition to this research, our analysts post quick hits on our blog, The Foundry.
And, Heritage promotes work across the conservative movement at our Insider Online website.
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Heritage has produced its first ever full-length documentary, 33 Minutes, which outlines the need for the U.S. missile defense program. If you are interested in hosting a screening for a local group you are involved with, please visit the website www.33minutes.com today and fill out the online form.
Tea Party Takeaway
Many people have asked “what’s next” after the Tea Parties. Becoming an educated and engaged citizen who will write letters to the editor and call their elected official about important issues is the simplest way to carry the spirit of the Tea Party forward.
You can also volunteer your time and money to an organization or elected official you believe shares your values.
Or, maybe you want to do even more. Does anyone report what’s happening at your local city council or county commission meetings from a conservative perspective?
If you are willing to show up at those monthly meetings and write an online article about it, you can start your own blog. If you have a computer and an Internet connection, this will cost you nothing more than your time. Sites like www.wordpress.com and www.blogger.com will host it for free. Just type “how to start blogging” into www.google.com and pick a link to get started. Once you are up and running, then just e-mail your blog link to your friends and family, and you will have an instant audience.
There’s a good chance no one else is doing this in your community. Establishing a local ‘niche’ will bring your audience back, so you can also help educate them about other state and national issues that are important to you.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you.
Strategic Policy Outreach Manager
The Heritage Foundation