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Heritage performs triage
Wash Post ^ | 1/21/14 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 01/21/2014 10:13:44 AM PST by jimbo123

The Heritage Foundation of late has been subsumed to the bare-knuckle Heritage Action, the result being a diminution in the influence and intellectual integrity of the foundation. It is therefore cause for conservative celebration that Wall Street editorial board member Stephen Moore is being brought in as the foundation’s chief economist. Moore is pro-growth, pro-immigration — a cheery conservative warrior. If allowed free rein — and I can’t believe he would have taken the job unless he was assured of intellectual freedom — he has the ability to restore Heritage Foundation’s luster and to help introduce the far right to a more affirmative agenda.

The Heritage board should go further, however. Former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint was hired, in essence, for the wrong job to head the foundation. He is, however, a right-wing brawler who founded the Senate Conservatives Fund and has led the charge for the shutdown and for purifying the GOP from the Heritage Action podium.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amnesty; heritage; heritagefoundation; jimdemint; stephenmoore
Jennifer Rubin is happy that Heritage hired Stephen Moore as Chief Amnesty Pimp.
1 posted on 01/21/2014 10:13:44 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Moore is hired as the chief economist, and Rubin infers that he really got the top job. If wishes were horses...


2 posted on 01/21/2014 10:19:05 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: jimbo123

If Heritage moves left on immigration and accepts amnesty...or any compromise that results in a conference bill leading to amnesty...they are finished. They already lost the entrenched DC politicos. They can’t afford to lose the base.


3 posted on 01/21/2014 10:20:08 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: jimbo123; Lakeshark

A Jennifer Ruben endorsemen is hardly an encouraging sign, but then she is spinning to get out in front of the story for leverage, leaning on Heritage in hopes of influencing its future direction.

Waiting to hear from DeMint.


4 posted on 01/21/2014 10:20:46 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK

Rubin seems to say the Heritage amnesty pimp was hired by the Board, not by DeMint.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 10:23:16 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Wonder what Heritage thinks of THIS:

snip-”The US plans to resettle 30,000 Syrian Islamists displaced by the Syrian War, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s not the story.

The story is that it hinges on their “receiving exemptions from laws aimed at preventing terrorists from entering the country.”

Why have counterterrorism laws at all then? If politicians are going to ignore them when taking in refugees from a country overrun by al Qeada, then we don’t need the laws. We should just let anyone come over.”

http://www.independentsentinel.com/here-come-the-30000-syrian-islamists-with-loosened-restrictions/


6 posted on 01/21/2014 10:24:40 AM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: jimbo123

Rubin, the supposed “Post Conservative”, is an extreme RINO who supports amnesty, abortion, and tax and spend policies better than a Democrat.

Moore is part of that Wall Street Journal cabal which mocked those who fight illegal immigration.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sduq3vy4vE


7 posted on 01/21/2014 10:26:02 AM PST by oldbill
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To: Mortrey
A neighbor/friend's son was just told he's being sent to Syria. He's recently enlisted, right after HS.

Pray for our brave heroes.

8 posted on 01/21/2014 10:28:17 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: jimbo123

Thx. Still interested in DeMint’s statement, if he makes one.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 10:30:12 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK
I won't be happy if Heritage goes to the dark side on immigration, and yes, it's often a bad omen when Rubin the WaPo RINO endorses something.

I'm still going to wait and here from them what their actual policy will be. I'm concerned about this news, but I'm also going to make sure it's genuinely bad news before getting angry. They may not go for amnesty as is feared, Stephen Moore has a lot of good things to say as well.

10 posted on 01/21/2014 10:30:57 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: jimbo123

Heritage and Jim DeMint took a beating last year because of the author of that immigration study that they were citing.

I wonder if this has anything to do with that.


11 posted on 01/21/2014 10:34:56 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: jimbo123

Whoops! Has Heritage Foundation caught that contagious bug, compremiseosis-spelunkitius?


12 posted on 01/21/2014 10:35:47 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Lakeshark

Stephen Moore is very pro-amnesty. Pretty much right on a lot of other issues, but his pro-amnesty stance is his fatal achilles heel.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 10:35:56 AM PST by flaglady47 (Proud Conservative Republican)
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To: Lakeshark

Wonder if Rush will have DeMint on the show as he did when DeMint took the job? Rush and Hannity are their top mouthpieces on talkradio but I don’t see either of them as favoring the amnesty proposal. Spin, little tops, spin....


14 posted on 01/21/2014 10:37:45 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: ilgipper

I don’t think any of these conservative foundations survive with their ideological foundations in tact for very long.

I think as soon as they are formed, the left starts figuring out how to take it over.


15 posted on 01/21/2014 10:46:38 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: ilgipper

I don’t think any of these conservative foundations survive with their ideological foundations in tact for very long.

I think as soon as they are formed, the left starts figuring out how to take it over.


16 posted on 01/21/2014 10:46:38 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: jimbo123

By hiring a pro-amnesty toadie, Heritage has lost me. We already have immigration laws that should be enforced. Nothing more, nothing less.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 10:50:36 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: WXRGina

ping


18 posted on 01/21/2014 10:52:39 AM PST by logitech (It is time.)
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To: jimbo123

Washington Post and GOPe types are more interested in having the respect of the DC/Ivy League/NYC Establishment than in getting things done or doing what’s right.

In the end, they get the same kind of respect due to the Washington Generals or Chicago Cubs.


19 posted on 01/21/2014 11:12:38 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel prize and leaves us alone.--Moshe Yaalon)
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To: jimbo123

Stephen Moore “help introduce the far right to a more affirmative agenda.”

Jim DeMint “is, however, a right-wing brawler.”

Ah, Jennifer, there you go again, you ignorant slut.


20 posted on 01/21/2014 11:16:52 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: jimbo123

Heritage Foundation is going RINO.

Simple as that


21 posted on 01/21/2014 11:18:45 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Zhang Fei

Long march Through The Institutions

eventually this guy runs the place and hires like-minded “moderates” and eventually Heritage becomes another liberal organization


22 posted on 01/21/2014 11:19:41 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Mortrey

resettling Islamic rebels who have been killing people, and Christians, in this country

what could possibly go wrong??


23 posted on 01/21/2014 11:20:47 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: jimbo123
Heritage will probably never miss my annual $25, but if they get soft on immigration, they're off my list. I've already had to warn them twice about being soft on the 2nd Amendment. One more strike and they're out.
24 posted on 01/21/2014 11:21:14 AM PST by JoeFromSidney (itYe)
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To: jimbo123
. . . to help introduce the far right to a more affirmative agenda.

Pro-gay/marriage, pro-abortion, pro-WHAT???

25 posted on 01/21/2014 11:23:16 AM PST by madprof98
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To: Jane Long
A neighbor/friend's son was just told he's being sent to Syria. He's recently enlisted, right after HS

That is very curious. Maybe Jordan, or Turkey, but Syria?

Methinks someone mis-read their orders.

Then again, we have all kinds of military in the Horn of Africa.

5.56mm

26 posted on 01/21/2014 11:25:49 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: jimbo123
If the word "heritage" has meaning for current generations, then an organization which goes by that name should honor its name by example. Definition of "heritage": "something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth."

" If these Commentaries shall but inspire in the rising generation a more ardent love of their country, an unquenchable thirst for liberty, and a profound reverence for the constitution and the Union, then they will have accomplished all, that their author ought to desire. Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capable, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of fife, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence. The structure has been erected by architects of consummate skill and fidelity; its foundations are solid; its compartments are beautiful, as well as useful; its arrangements are full of wisdom and order; and its defences are impregnable from without. It has been reared for immortality, if the work of man may justly aspire to such a title. It may, nevertheless, perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, THE PEOPLE. Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them." - Justice Joseph Story's final paragraph in "Commentaries on the Constitution. . . ."

From a 1987 Bicentennial Volume entitled "Our Ageless Constitution," the following paragraphs are excerpted. Quotations from former leaders may be enlightening for our generations as it pertains to our common heritage.

The Constitution of the United States of America structured a government for what the Founders called a "virtuous people - that is, a people who would be able, as Burke put it, to "put chains on their own appetites" and, without the coercive hand of government, to live peaceably without violating the rights of others. Such a society would need no standing armies to insure internal order, for the moral beliefs, customs, and love for liberty motivating the actions of the people and their representatives in government - the "unwritten" constitution - would be in keeping with their written constitution.

George Washington, in a speech to the State Governors, shared his own sense of the deep roots and foundations of the new nation:

"The foundation of our empire was not laid in the gloomy age of ignorance and superstition; but at an epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period.... the treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labors of philosophers, sages, and legislators, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collective wisdom may be happily applied in the establishment of our forms of government."

And Abraham Lincoln, in the mid-1800's, in celebrating the blessings of liberty, challenged Americans to transmit the "political edifice of liberty and equal rights" of their constitutional government to future generations:

"In the great journal of things happening under the sun, we, the American people, find our account running ... We find ourselves in the peaceful possession, of the fairest portion of the earth....We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us. We found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings. We toiled not in the acquirement or establishment of them - They are a legacy bequeathed us, by a once hardy, brave, and patriotic...race of ancestors. Theirs was the task (and nobly they performed it) to possess themselves, and through themselves, us, of this goodly land; and to uprear upon its hills and its valleys, a political edifice of liberty and equal rights, 'tis ours only, to transmit these...to the latest generation that fate shall permit the world to know...."

Because it rests on sound philosophical foundations and is rooted in enduring principles, the United States Constitution can, indeed, properly be described as "ageless," for it provides the formula for securing the blessings of liberty, establishing justice, insuring domestic tranquillity, promoting the general welfare, and providing for the common defense of a free people who understand its philosophy and principles and who will, with dedication, see that its integrity and vigor are preserved."

Our ageless constitution can be shared with the world and passed on to generations far distant if its formula is not altered in violation of principle through the neglect of its keepers - THE PEOPLE.


Our Ageless Constitution, W. David Stedman & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Editors (Asheboro, NC, W. David Stedman Associates, 1987) Part VII:  ISBN 0-937047-01-5

Perhaps the Heritage Foundation will hold to its appropriate role as a preserver, or conservator, of America's founding ideas which appear to be under attack in the halls of government today. How can that role avoid involvement in what may be described as the "politics" of the day?

27 posted on 01/21/2014 11:48:12 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: jimbo123

One cannot be conservative and support Illegal Alien Amnesty

Heritage needs to rid themselves of that Amnesty Liberal now


28 posted on 01/21/2014 11:58:11 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: SeminoleCounty

It’s clear the Heritage board of directors wanted this guy on-board in time for the GOP Amnesty Summit in 2 weeks.


29 posted on 01/21/2014 12:02:19 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: DannyTN
16 I don’t think any of these conservative foundations survive with their ideological foundations in tact for very long. I think as soon as they are formed, the left starts figuring out how to take it over.

“Fish rot from the head.” Ancient proverb meaning that when an organization or state fails, it is the leadership that is the root cause.

10/27/1989 - British conservative political commentator and journalist, John O'Sullivan (who currently resides in Decatur, AL), wrote the article below which was published in National Review.

O’Sullivan’s First Law
An eternal truth.

“Robert Michels — as any reader of James Burnham's finest book, The Machiavellians, knows was the author of the Iron Law of Oligarchy. This states that in any organization the permanent officials will gradually obtain such influence that its day-to-day program will increasingly reflect their interests rather than its own stated philosophy. …

… O'Sullivan's First Law: All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing. I cite as supporting evidence the ACLU, the Ford Foundation, and the Episcopal Church. The reason is, of course, that people who staff such bodies tend to be the sort who don't like private profit, business, making money, the current organization of society, and, by extension, the Western world. At which point Michels's Iron Law of Oligarchy takes over — and the rest follows.

Is there any law which enables us to predict the behavior of right-wing organizations? As it happens, there is: Conquest's Second Law (formulated by the Sovietologist Robert Conquest): The behavior of an organization can best be predicted by assuming it to be controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies. Examples: virtually any conservative party anywhere, the Ronald Lauder for Mayor campaign, and the British secret service. That last example is, however, flawed, since the British secret service actually was controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies in the form of Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt, et al. In which case, Conquest's Law should have operated to make M1-6 a crack anti-Soviet intelligence service of James Bond proportions. But these are deep waters. …”

30 posted on 01/21/2014 12:05:14 PM PST by MacNaughton
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To: Lakeshark

I couldn’t help notice Rubin plants the idea that Heritage has somehow been slipping in prestige, before she launches her spin on how the Moore addition to the foundation, along with their come-along on immigration should be altogether just the ticket to their revival.

Do you ever get the idea our government policy makers and think tank power brokers are skimming along on another plane, entirely above the people’s ablity to reach it, shape it, or control any of it?

My concern is the huge money incentives that must be raining down on the powerful to facilitate outcomes. The people are sure not asking for this chaotic approach to governance, but for simple things, like enforcement of laws on the books, privacy and property rights, constitutional rights.

I, too, hope Heritage can hang onto its conservative bona fidis. :)


31 posted on 01/21/2014 1:29:09 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: jimbo123

Yes...quite obvious they brought him in just before summit


32 posted on 01/21/2014 1:50:17 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: MacNaughton

LOL, that pretty much explains it.

I like the comment leading up to deep waters.


33 posted on 01/21/2014 2:15:53 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: jimbo123

The Rector study was a specific project.

Moore will be working on all sorts of issues.


34 posted on 01/23/2014 7:04:22 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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