As the new Associate Director of Coalition Relations I’ll be sending out key bits of information (from Heritage and other organizations) that will be helpful in your communications. This week I’m focusing on responses to the president’s jobs speech, the new super committee on deficit reduction, and our newly launched Preserving the Constitution Series.
My background is in political training and activism, so I will focus on giving you practical, helpful tools. Heritage currently has a “Tool Kit” online. If you have particular activities or topics that you would like guidance on, then please give me feedback on what information is most useful to you so I can tailor this e-mail and the Tool Kit accordingly.
The President’s Jobs Speech
The Heritage Foundation has been closely following the president’s plan to encourage American businesses to create jobs. President Obama is expected to present his proposed jobs legislation to Congress this afternoon, but we can say once again, Reagan’s famous line, “There you go again” is appropriate. Obama again touted Keynesian economic ideas in his $447 Billion “jobs” proposal. Heritage experts were quick to respond.
The following graphic illustrates how successful his ideas have been thus far.
Heritage compiled five things that Obama should have encouraged the federal government to do in his speech:
1) Do & Spend Less, Not More
2) Restore Confidence, Eliminate Uncertainty in the Tax Code
3) Get Spending Under Control
4) Eliminate Unnecessary Regulations
5) Repeal Obamacare
Preserve the Constitution
Super Committee on Deficit Reduction
Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, more commonly referred to as the "super committee," has already begun meeting to find at least $1.2 Trillion in spending reductions over 10 years. Purple Strategies, a DC political consulting firm, has assembled an excellent primer on the committee that is worth reading. Heritage is standing strong in support of defending the defense budget because this budget should be based upon national security needs rather than temporary budgetary considerations. Congressman Buck McKeon created a video that articulates this point well.
Defending Defense Project
This joint effort of the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Foreign Policy Initiative promotes a sound understanding of the U.S. defense budget and the resource requirements to sustain America’s preeminent military position. At the Defending Defense event on Capitol Hill Senator Kyl (R-AZ) firmly stated, “I am off of the committee if we are going to talk about further defense cuts.”
Coalition for the Common Defense
This coalition just formed to educate citizens on how a strong national defense is key to American prosperity. Please visit the website and read their statement of principles.
We Live in a 9/12 World
In 2007, The Heritage Foundation became the first and only organization tracking thwarted terrorist attacks against the United States. The fact that the United States has not suffered a large-scale attack since 9/11 truly speaks to the country’s counterterrorism successes. Please read the following backgrounder to learn more about our nation’s successes and current threats:
by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. and Jessica Zuckerman
For more information, please visit: www.heritage.org