Today marks the 225th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. Constitutional Convention on May 25, 1787. The U.S. Constitution, which has enabled our country's growth and success for hundreds of years was written in a mere four months. Read the Foundry's fascinating blog post on how those summer months transpired and how the most incredible governing document in history was created.
Obama Spends Way Too Much
The President is on track to increase federal spending to 24% of GDP during his term. Major spending cuts are required to prevent a Greece-style financial disaster. This week Heritage responded to media reports that spending levels are not unprecedented with a Mike Brownfield blog post
. Also, please view the 2012 Federal Budget in Pictures
for further evidence of the spending binge. Below is a sample graphic from the new book:
Protect America Month: Defending Defense Project
May is Protect America Month in large part because the defense budget is being debated here in DC. A joint effort on the part of American Enterprise Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and Foreign Policy Initiative called Defending Defense has produced a new website. This online resource serves as a powerful tool to educate citizens on the need for strategy-based defense spending and why massive arbitrary cuts to defense spending must be avoided.
Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) is Unnecessary and Dangerous
The U.S. Senate is considering a treaty that would surrender sovereignty and subject U.S. citizens to a tax that would be collected by an international governing authority. While Senator John Kerry announced this week that the vote will be postponed until after the November election, it's still a cause for concern. Ratifying the treaty would be a dangerous and unneccessary step in the wrong direction. Learn the dangers of LOST from Heritage fellow Steven Groves by reading this fact sheet. For a more detailed explanation of the threats the treaty poses read his new Backgrounder on the topic.