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Heritage - Happy 225th Anniversary of the Constitutional Convention!

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.


ALG - Indefinite detention of U.S. citizens temporarily halted

May 22, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement praising the U.S. Southern District of New York Court for enjoining enforcement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allowed for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens for national security purposes:

"Judge Katherine Forrest has taken the first, necessary step of suspending enforcement of the section 1021 of the NDAA pending further review by federal courts, preventing the federal government from indefinitely detaining any U.S. citizen while the trial is taking place. The government's arguments in this case rest on a very broad interpretation of the President's war powers on the homeland. It is essentially claiming to already have the power to exercise war powers against citizens on the homeland.

"The Bill of Rights was designed to work under all circumstances, including wartime, and as such the authorization to use force in Afghanistan cannot supersede constitutional protections to due process. Nor can the government target citizens for activities otherwise protected by the First Amendment as violations of law or threats to national security.

"Judge Forrest must now go the extra step and find the NDAA's overbroad detention policies to be an unconstitutional overstep by Congress. If the government has enough cause to hold a citizen indefinitely, it can make its case at a trial with a jury of one's peers rendering a verdict. The reasons for indefinite detention would otherwise be prohibited by federal statute anyway, and subject to criminal penalties. Therefore the government has yet to articulate a reason why such authority is necessary, let alone constitutional."

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Shea-Porter For Congress - Frank Guinta votes against victims of violence

New Hampshire- Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who is running for Congress in the First Congressional District, released the following statement.

“Today, Congressman Frank Guinta voted for a weakened, partisan version of The Violence Against Women Act that leaves out vital protections for victims of abuse. He rejected pleas from hundreds of religious, civic, humanitarian, and law enforcement organizations and sharply limited protections for gay, immigrant, and Native American victims of violence. Frank Guinta even refused to vote for a motion that would have prevented a suspected batterer from being notified of a victim's efforts to seek assistance from law enforcement. Mr. Guinta was the only member of the New Hampshire Delegation who found stronger protections for victims of violence unacceptable.” 


Carol Shea-Porter for Congress
P.O. Box 453
Rochester, NH 03866


Heritage - Saving America From Failure

We've witnessed the struggles of the American economy and the government attempts to intervene and "fix" things. Heritage research and recent history confirms what conservatives always have known, which is that government programs are not the solution, they are the problem. This fall America will send a new batch of leaders to Washington who will hopefully arrive with a plan to get government out of the way and allow American ingenuity and entrepreneurship to provide a real and sustained recovery.


What Would It Take For America to Fail?
An organization called has created a series of videos explaining how important free markets are to sustaining and growing American prosperity. One video cites Heritage's Index of Economic Freedom when describing our nation's multi-year economic slide. The most popular video, entitled "If I wanted America to fail," articulates what an administration might hypothetically do to inflict the greatest economic harm on the country.


Are Companies Too Big or Too Small To Fail?
The current debate on Capitol Hill is over whether small post offices should be closed in order to cut costs for the beleaguered USPS. Will the agency cut costs and innovate or become an even larger encumbrance on the taxpayer by sustaining tiny post offices for the sake of nostalgia? James Gattuso tackles the issue in a recent Issue Brief on regulation.


Now Online: A Clause-By-Clause Guide to the Constitution
Heritage just launched an online version of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution that provides a brief and accurate explanation of each clause of the Constitution. Three key benefits of the online format are: the content is completely searchable, the website provides links to Heritage research papers and analysis, and free access to the entire book makes it an attractive teaching companion. This tool will help American citizens and lawmakers develop a deeper understanding of what the Constitution really means, so please spread the word about through your social networks.

New Insider Magazine: Obamacare vs. Liberty
The spring edition of Heritage's quarterly magazine The Insider has just been released with a brand new look! This issue features an article entitled "Obamacare vs. Liberty." Visit InsiderOnline to download your PDF copy today.

National Standards Say: "I'm From the Government & I'm Here to Help"
The federal government is using a combination of carrots and sticks to encourage states to sign on to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Relying on government bureaucrats in Washington, DC to know what's best for your child is never a good idea.  Learn why Heritage education expert Lindsey Burke rejects the idea of federal standards and what we should do about it in her Backgrounder on the subject.

The Values Bus Tour
The next leg of the bus tour swings through Colorado. In June the bus will visit Wisconsin. For detailed tour dates and information please visit

CEI Today: Highway bill, Upside-Down Constitution, and the Water Desalinization Act 

HIGHWAY BILL - MARC SCRIBNER Highway Bill Needs Real Reform, Not Politics as Usual

The House is set to consider yet another extension of 2005’s SAFETEA-LU surface transportation law. The current extension, which is the tenth since the law expired in 2009, is set to expire on June 30.

While the purpose of tomorrow’s
Rules Committee hearing is ostensibly to enact another extension to continue existing highway program funding through the rest of Fiscal Year 2012, proponents of the Senate-passed MAP-21 bill are working overtime to push their deeply flawed legislation into conference.  > View more on

> Interview Marc Scribner


GOV'T WASTE - WAYNE CREWS Tuesday testimony before the House Water & Power Subcommittee, on Reauthorization of the Water Desalination Act of 2011


Occasionally the problem confronting research isn’t market failure but the failure to have markets. “Doing something” about legitimate water needs is not the same as spending money and initiating research and education. When linking research to human needs and promoting infrastructure, capital markets trump the legislative process  — or if not, policy should shift to ensure that they can.

Interestingly, the dollars allocated in the various federal desalination acts over the decades seems to total perhaps a few billion. But removing barriers to private researchand manufacturing could yield far greater gains than relying upon appropriations that invite rent-seeking and that may threaten safety improvements.  
> Read the full testimony and analysis on

> Interview Wayne Crews, author of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State


Video: The Fred Weekly

Fred Smith reviews Michael Greve's book, The Upside-Down Constitution, and explains why America may be experiencing another "Constitutional" moment today much like our founding fathers.


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