Five Reasons Conservatives Shouldn’t Give the Heritage Foundation Another Red Cent
December 28, 2020 (11mo ago)

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For the past four years, the Heritage Foundation has happily ridden the coattails of Donald Trump while doing what it can to undermine the most important goals of his presidency. Now, Trump isn’t even out of office and the Foundation is showing how eager it is to return to the failed Paul Ryan brand of GOP politics. Doubtless, Heritage thinks it can raise money from conservatives forever, regardless of what ideology they are actually pushing. Conservatives must pay attention and reject this. If Heritage abandons President Trump’s political realignment, then it doesn’t deserve a single cent of funding. It deserves to be torn down and replaced.

Sadly, it seems that is exactly what will have to happen, for several reasons.

1. Heritage is rejecting efforts to remedy catastrophic coronavirus lockdowns.

President Trump just signed a $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package. The package is filled with pork for all kinds of programs, including foreign aid. The one part of the bill that is indisputably worthwhile is a new $600 payment to ordinary Americans to offset the government-imposed dislocation from the pandemic lockdowns. Arguably, the payments should be much higher (and Trump fought for just such an increase). But Heritage takes the opposite view. After tens of million of Americans had their lives totally derailed by hopelessly inept government officials, Heritage wants them to go uncompensated.

“More Stimulus Checks Aren’t the Answer,” Heritage says in a recent article for its website. The article argues that a coronavirus payment isn’t needed because, among other things, Americans’ average credit card debt burden has gone from terrifying to merely enormous:

Through the first three quarters of 2020, Americans repaid a record-high $119 billion in credit card debt, according to a WalletHub Credit Card Debt report.

That’s great news, especially considering that the average household credit card debt is down 11%, or $950, from this time last year. But the fact that Americans are able to pay off such significant credit card debt suggests that the majority of households do not need stimulus checks. [Heritage]

That’s 2012 GOP thinking in a nutshell: the average American only has $8,000 in debt piling up 15-25 percent interest a year, so apparently they don’t deserve anything to offset months of government-mandated lockdowns.

The article only gets worse from there. According to Heritage, direct payments to Americans do nothing to stimulate the economy because, as hyper-rational economic actors, they will all deduce that more borrowed money today means higher taxes in the future, and they will have to save for them. Not only is this an insane simplification of how actual people behave, even Heritage’s own analyst doesn’t believe it. The exact same writer has spent years touting tax cuts even as the national debt has grown.

By the end of the article, Heritage reveals its own solution for the coronavirus calamity: Vague libertarianism.

Sending another round of so-called stimulus checks would be ineffective and wasteful. Instead, policymakers should reduce barriers to income opportunities and make it easier for individuals to earn their own paychecks. [Heritage]

Just “remove barriers to income opportunities” and make it easier for Americans to work as Uber drivers. That’s Heritage’s prescription for a healthy America.

If that vision sounds at odds with what Donald Trump ran on, it’s no surprise. The Heritage Foundation has spent years undermining the president while posing as supporters of his agenda.

2. From the beginning, Heritage was undermining President Trump’s agenda on immigration and foreign policy.

Prior to the 2016 election, Heritage harshly attacked Trump’s core immigration platform. Heritage fellow Mike Gonzalez complained to NBC that Trump’s plan to curb legal immigration “ignored the benefits” it gave to America. During Trump’s presidency, Heritage did embrace tough actions against illegal immigration, and promoted necessary reforms like ending birthright citizenship. But at the same time, Heritage fought to prop up America’s endless inflow of legal immigrants. In 2018, Heritage’s Mike Inserra pushed for no cuts to America’s annual legal immigration, combined with the abolition of America’s per-country immigration cap. This reform would do nothing to help Americans, but it would help big tech lower wages by expanding the endless importation of tech workers from India. Recently, Senator Mike Lee fought to do exactly that.

The old adage that personnel is policy applies equally well to think tanks as it does to Presidential administrations. Ever since Heritage Foundation caved to the left-wing mob and fired the conservative Harvard Ph.D. working on its immigration policy (who incidentally was recently hired by the Trump Administration), it has not had a single full time employee working on public policy of immigration.

While Heritage’s record on immigration is spotty, its record on foreign wars is suicidal. Throughout all four years of Trump’s presidency, the foundation has demanded the perpetual extension of the endless, useless war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, it also released papers promoting military action against Syria.

3. Heritage has slavishly defended the growing power of Big Tech at the expense of American workers.

While big tech’s censorship power grew more and more powerful, Heritage (which receives donations from Google) published mindless papers touting “free enterprise” as the solution to powerful monopolies choking off the speech of ordinary Americans. Early in 2020, Heritage’s Robert Bluey attacked Tucker Carlson for criticizing the foundation’s perspective:

It should come as no surprise that Heritage supports empowering consumers rather than government to influence the private sector. We are, and have always been, champions of free enterprise and critics of government intervention.

Why not let platform owners choose what content they will and will not allow—and what their customers demand? Do Cleland and Carlson honestly believe government would do it better?

Conservatives have repeatedly shown they can outmaneuver the left on their own—without government intervention. Just as conservatives flourished on talk radio and cable TV when the government stopped enforcing the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, so too have conservatives on the internet. [Heritage]

It’s just that simple! Just outcompete Facebook, Google, and Amazon, and free speech and conservatism will flourish. It might even work, if “free-market” conservatives hadn’t allowed a few tech companies to grow so large they rival national governments in how much power they wield. But they did, so no solutions need to be sought. Heritage isn’t interested.

4. Heritage embraced the big lie about American racism.

Worst of all, after George Floyd’s death, when America was convulsed with riots and the left launched its most ambitious cultural offensive in decades, Heritage Foundation president Kay C. James was there to egg it on:

Racism in America is a fatal wound. Every time another incident occurs we put a Band-Aid on it, but the Band-Aid keeps falling off. Band-Aids are not enough to ever stitch this country back together. The arrest of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Friday on charges of manslaughter and third-degree murder is a welcome step, but it is just a Band-Aid.

Nothing can bring George Floyd back to life. But if his horrific and needless death proves to be a turning point to make Americans finally end the ugly racism that stains our nation’s history and afflicts us like a cancer of the soul, he will leave behind a legacy we sorely need. [Fox News]

James had many tears to shed for criminal and drug addict George Floyd, but none for Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse’s politically-motivated crucifixion has been studiously ignored by Heritage, as has that of former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe. James’s op-ed, like so much of what her organization fights for, was indistinguishable from what CNN would say, except that it is dressed up as being “pro-Trump.” That has been the Heritage Foundation’s modus operandi for the past four years: Staffing the Trump administration, and raising money off its close association with him, while doing nothing to understand or embrace his America First agenda. For Heritage, Trump is just a vehicle to advance the stale early 2000s conservatism that Americans emphatically reject.

5. Heritage has abandoned Trump and his voters after the 2020 election.

And now that Trump seems to be on his way out, they’re happy to abandon him. For years, Heritage has published content on voter fraud, and how common it actually is all over the country. That should make them a leading force in rejecting the flawed 2020 election results and calling for legislative intervention or other measures. But right now, with the presidential election being snatched away through blatant foul play, Heritage is nearly silent (except, of course, for its effort to fundraise off of the stolen election). A few tweets have popped out, and one fellow has written about preventing future election thefts, rather than combating the one happening right now. For Heritage, Donald Trump’s unpredictable realignment is an annoyance, and they’ll be happy to see him go. Soon, they can go back to openly pushing their agenda, rather than quietly undermining Trump’s.

The question, naturally, is what value the Heritage Foundation actually has. Supposedly, it is a venerable “conservative” institution. But this is a ruse. It distinguishes itself in Washington by combining bush-league credentials with an establishment aligned agenda. It is a fundraising engine that largely takes advantage of well-meaning patriotic donors who have little inkling of how spectacularly the foundation fails conservatives on foreign policy, on Big Tech, on riots, and now, on the greatest economic assault against the middle class ever mounted. After four years of Donald Trump, it wants nothing more than to spend the next eight as a safe, lucrative opposition group. Conservatives should reject it with their hearts, their minds, and their wallets. Friends do not let friends give one red cent to the Heritage Foundation.

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Guest
11 months ago

I voted third party for 25 years. I can always go third party again.

Jilli
11 months ago

That helps you sleep well at night, not voting for RINOs and Dems. For twenty years I voted US Constitution Party even though less than 200 people in the entire county I lived in did that. This year I voted Trump but feel my vote didn't count because of all the fraud and lies. My only charitable donations go to my church and Compassion International.

Guest
10 months ago

Yeah, we don't care. Leave the GOP. We don't want you.

CaliCurmudgeon
10 months ago

Enjoy your ocean cruise with a bunch of empty suits, pogden297. Sell us on the virtues of selling out.

Guest
11 months ago

There is ONLY The Party of Trump for me moving forward – The GOOEY GOP Cowards and RINOs can ALL Pound Sand!

CaliCurmudgeon
11 months ago

THIS. Take back our GOP from the "Establicans".

Guest
10 months ago

I'm sorry, you don't think Trump, a lifelong liberal Democrat, con man, isn't a RINO? He certainly is.

Guest
11 months ago

Why isn't one of the reasons that the heritage foundation is blatantly a false opposition operation by the voldemort people?

BTW all of Trumps nominees and lists of possible nominees were straight from the heritage foundation.

Vince 6816
11 months ago

I think the GOP and their corporate sponsors can figure it out without the Trump Base. We’ve got nothing to lose or gain (after their feckless performance)

Teresa Douglas
11 months ago

Good assessment. I have done a lot of research on the non-governmental organizations (NGO) that partner with the United Nations to promote a globalist agenda. Years ago, I saw the Herirage Foundation on that list. Heritage Foundation betrayal of Conservatives is expected once you know their UN partnership. Almost every major Christian church denomination are also NGOs.

Guest
11 months ago

Heritage? I am abandoning the GOP and republicans in general. Many of them will hang beside their uniparty globalist allies in the coming civil war.

Guest
11 months ago

I read Regan despised the Rockefeller type of "Republican" ironically they hijacked his image saying he wanted us to be the World's Police but like Trump he rarely used Military strange….

CaliCurmudgeon
11 months ago

Admittedly, it was a different world in the era of Uncle Ron. The Soviet Empire still existed. Now, in a post Soviet world, it is definitely time to pull back and retrench and figure out who our real allies are.

The GOP infight between the Globalist Faction (Bush dynasty, Heritage Foundation) vs. the Nationalist Faction (Trump, Tea Party turned Trump supporters) did not exist back then because the Soviet menace was just so much more pressing.

Guest
10 months ago

China has replaced the USSR as the world menace. But the Biden administration, big tech and the corporations wear blinders. They are allowing this menace to grow more dominant, and the CCP will ultimately eat us all. We should be treating China like we did Nazi Germany because they are even more dangerous. The Dem Party is in their pocket, so it is the quisling party.

Guest
8 months ago

That makes about 20% of us reliable republican voters at minimum. I won't participate in rigged elections for one and secondly, a vote for most if not all republicans is a vote for the uniparty globalist agenda.

This country will not be taken back via the ballot box now. Fortunately our founders gave us a final option. Most of you won't fight until you have nothing left to lose, so be it, that point is right around the corner.

Guest
11 months ago

Add Paul Ryan to the Heritage Hate list. Carries water for the globalists who seek everything bad for our country. Revolver needs to maintain the list…start with Drudge Report and Fox News.

Guest
11 months ago

Lol Drudge wears a Fedora i thought homosexuals had fashion sense?

Guest
11 months ago

He thinks he 's Walter Winchell. That was his original role model 25 years ago.

Guest
11 months ago

Lawyers go where the "MONEY" ( $ $ $ $ ) IS !

Jilli
11 months ago

Don't limit that to lawyers. 😉

Guest
11 months ago

Reminds me of Rush Limblah and Sean Hannity. Real Merikans

Guest
11 months ago

You failed to mention their role in the creation of NAFTA.

Guest
11 months ago

NAFTA was good moron. Without NAFTA I wouldn't have been born.

Guest
11 months ago

And, that's good?!?

CaliCurmudgeon
10 months ago

Was it really, Hat? We thought economic development in Mexico would turn off the illegal alien invasion, but it didn't. And all it did was eliminate many American middle class family supporting jobs. Now if NAFTA somehow allowed your dad to meet your mom, do tell, but for the rest of us, not so much.

Guest
10 months ago

NAFTA was one of the best ideas ever.

magnus
11 months ago

I had been leery of Heritage for about 2 years. I stopped my monthly donation to them when Kay James made her idiotic response to the George Floyd situation. They are dead to me. Good riddance. More faux conservatives who only want your money but won't pull the weight to get it done. Not to mention that I just slammed my supposedly conservative House Rep Van Taylor (who ran on Trump's coattails in commercials) for voting to override the NDAA veto. As far as I'm concerned, modifying what Mrs. Finkle said, establishment republicans and anyone who doesn't support true Conservatives and doesn't hold the laces out, "should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell."

Guest
11 months ago

Democrat / Republican, it's all the same.
I'm leaving the Republican party.
I'm never voting for a Republican again.
I'm never voting for a Democrat either.
We Trump voters need to start a new party, one that's actually of the people, by the people and for the people.
The Dems are going to be the American monarchs for the next century unless we dissolve the RNC and give the people something that resembles what the Founding Fathers intended.

Guest
11 months ago

Why should we give up the party? The Republican party IS Trump's party now. He expanded the base and made us relevant again. It's our job to vote out all the never-Trump losers. Let them start their own new party. They think they can just have the party back now that Trump is out. Nope. They're in for a surprise.

Guest
11 months ago

Any party that Mitch McConnell is in, is one I will not be in.

CaliCurmudgeon
11 months ago

If you can get a better Senate Majority Leader, Muthaucker, I am with you. But in a choice between Mitch "The Tortoise" McConnell and the smarmy Hare-Brained Charles Schumer, we have no other choice, sadly. At least the Tortoise does plod forward steadily and gets decent judges put into the courts. And this may save us during the new four years of Demunist misrule.

CaliCurmudgeon
11 months ago

The problem with that, Alcibiades, is that 3rd parties are doomed to failure, given the American Presidential/Congressional electoral system. This isn't the UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, where a 3rd party can sustain itself in a Parliament. While it IS a good idea to never again contribute the the RNC or any "Republican Party" organization directly, it is still worth it to support Republicans who are actually worth supporting.

Guest
10 months ago

You got Trump through the current bi-political system. That is why Trump had to run within the system. Don't be foolish with third party nonsense. I am a Libertarian but knew to vote republican until the system changes.

Guest
10 months ago

You're leaving the GOP? Good riddance. We don't want Trumpers like you. Go away. Just go away.

Guest
11 months ago

We all need to bend way, way over, and kiss our hineys good-bye. The lefties get so much support from their lies, and the patriotic conservatives get so little support from the truth. Evil has taken over. See New Lies for Old, Anatoliy Golytzen, and Our Enemy, the State, by Albert Jay Nock. Contra socialism, see Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt. (Von Mises Institute)

CaliCurmudgeon
11 months ago

But where do we go otherwise? I presume you were born in 1944 and are 76 going on 77 this year, but the younger among us can't just give up and retire; we still have too much of our lives at stake. Too much doom and gloom do not inspire – they paralyze.

Guest
10 months ago

We are to the point that we need to follow the lead of Etienne de la Boetie in his Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. In short, just stop obeying the tyrant(s) as much as you can. They will eventually cave.

Guest
11 months ago

Who cares about "The American Worker"? I care about freedom and free markets. Socialists care about workers.

CaliCurmudgeon
11 months ago

You remind me of Lenin's maxim that "When the time comes to hang the Capitalists, they will sell us the rope with which to do it."

You and your Wall Street Journal and Karl Rove ilk lost California because you just *had* to have those cheaper gardeners and maids, and you even deluded yourselves into thinking you could win a Hispandering Contest. How did THAT work out for you?

Yes, national security, national sovereignty, and future for your children DO matter more than just making a quick buck.

Guest
10 months ago

Wow.You're changing my mind using facts (Rove, etc). I feared you were a troll, but if you are, youre doing it right! Thanks CaliC. I for 1 have been defeatist about this;I hate RINOs, but we should use them like they've done us. Trying to invent a new party when millions of young black&brown folks finally stood with us massively…I don't know-but I confess I did Change my party affliation to "I" when so many turned on my president this month- but I'm convicted when you said "we (our young) can't gve up and retire." That's not just truth-It's WISDOM. Please take heart…they can bring in illegal aliens, but only conservatives reproduce anymore (ive got 3 robust sons/2 beautiful daughters;my lesbian sister tells me that the LGB's call us "breeders"-she offered to buy my 2 yr old daughter-for $75 grand! They're fate is extinction-and most know it,the few that don't abort their babies will drive them to us as their kids search for the meaning of their existence-progressives serve thin gruel for that meal-they're the party of no hope.

Guest
10 months ago

yes,Hat, we have been conditioned, since birth as Americans to despise our own kind. I realized this while deployed as an army officer.Brits, Dutch, germans,diggers & Kiwis-they all marveled at how much American brass were always insulting, depriving, investigating, charging and punishing their subordinates at Kandahar (AFG) airbase- some for good cause- but of it most was arbitrary and divisive. America's fighting soldiers fear whats behind them more than whats in front; their leaders care about something els,i guess (freedom, markets, career, their boss, being 2 faced, rank… like you). Who cares? I care- about Americans: someone has to

Guest
10 months ago

The Taliban exploits American officers' hatred of our soldiers. We (C 2/3rd SFG) found an enemy manual that our interpreter said was titled "What to do if you're captured by US Infidels " It said to tell higher rankers when they come to interrogate you that your captors beat & Raped you and that you cant eat cause its not hallal. Next step is, they'll arrest your guard, apologize, arrange a ride to the front gate and $50 for cab fare home and some chow.

Guest
11 months ago

Congress should NEVER spend beyond revenue received. All revenue should go to the debt. This is a national emergency that threatens the global AND American economy.

Guest
11 months ago

Excellent

Guest
11 months ago

Same with numbersusa. Totally worthless pac that IMO colludes with both parties for more and more illegal immigration to justify its existence. They use packaging just like Mitch to ensure the worst possible outcome.

CaliCurmudgeon
11 months ago

For all of his failures in other places (and even most of those are due to his being stymied and not really his fault), the one great public service Donald Trump provided us over the last four years is his unmasking of many "Conservatives" and "Republicans" as phonies and sell-outs.

Guest
11 months ago

Stopped giving to Heritage after Romneycare.

Guest
10 months ago

Another reason to *NOT* give $ to Heritage:
they bombard you with never-ceasing letters asking for money. I once gave them a single donation and I got weekly mails for years thereafter, even after asking them several times to cease this torrent. They must have killed several trees just for me.

Guest
10 months ago

Perfect set of example why to STOP supporting Heritage. I stopped last summer. They are full-on establishment types……..full stop!

virginia9000
10 months ago

This article is so important. Please get the word out about this organization. Don't give it a dime!

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