Heritage Action for America:
Make Congress Feel the Heat

2010 April 12

If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

Ronald Reagan

The Heritage Foundation has been spreading their light of analysis and information since 1973. Last week they decided to start making Congress feel the heat with the creation of their new independent advocacy organization, Heritage Action for America.

In New Fangs for the Conservative ‘Beast’ Edward Feulner and Michael Needham announce the scope of Heritage Action  (emphasis added):

…the truth of the Heritage Foundation’s message—a message backed by extensive analysis and decades of experience—as the core of an effort to advocate for public policy recommendations. Our ideas all start with the same fundamental goal: building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish.

Heritage Action will not get involved in electoral politics, but it will use all the tools available in the American political system to ensure that congressmen face the same pressure to do the right thing as they face to do the politically expedient thing.

Heritage Action will have the ability to create this pressure. There are 110 congressional districts in America with over 1,500 Heritage supporters apiece. Two-thirds of congressional districts in this country have over 1,000 Heritage members each. Now they will have an advocacy organization that can press Congress on their behalf.

Since 2008 the membership of The Heritage Foundation has more than doubled to over 633,000 in number.  I expect that significant growth to continue.  Heritage Action is going to have a long reach around the country with these grassroots members already in place.  Among the various activities Feulner and Needham mention:

When at his district office, well-informed constituents will visit him to press the case as to why a specific bill deserves to die or pass.

Congress may finally receive that political education they’ve been avoiding and even learn to read their bills.  Those constituents will probably show up with their Heritage copy of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution in their hip pocket.

It’s going to be a stemwinder of an election year.

H/T:  RedState, Heritage Action For America, The Wall Street Journal, The Heritage Foundation, The Foundry.

55 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 April 12 5:30 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Just keep flooding the zone. We outnumber the Leftists 5:1. They can threaten all of us, they just can’t get all of us. Their fail.

  2. 2010 April 12 5:36 pm
    INC permalink

    That doubling of membership during the onset of the Obama regime is significant. It’s still small in number, but that’s Sam Adam’s irate, tireless minority.

  3. 2010 April 12 5:48 pm
    justrand permalink

    I just joined at the Basic level…here’s hoping they expand dramatically in the coming weeks. Obama and his verminous ilk are gonna take my money anyway…might as put it to good use!

  4. 2010 April 12 5:52 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Stern resigning SEIU? — http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0410/SEIU_official_Stern_to_resign.html#comments

    I don’t consider it exactly good news.

  5. 2010 April 12 5:59 pm
    INC permalink

    I wish I could have followed their thinking over the last year and a half. I’d love to when and where the memberships started to roll in and read some of the emails they received. I’d also like to know when the light bulb went on and they started planning to do something with all those people.

  6. 2010 April 12 6:00 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Scott Brown tells Boston Tea Partiers: I’m not with you.

  7. 2010 April 12 6:01 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Only in a world of Unicorns would this be true. But it is fun to think about! —

    In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.

    For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.

    The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?

    HT: HotAir


  8. 2010 April 12 6:06 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    No one seems to care, but hey, I thought he was all about fiscal restraint and common sense government.

    Unless it’s time to tack on $100 billion in new debt. Not so much then, I guess.

    Seems like he has a rope of infinite length, however.

    All this crap about “Oh he can’t be seen with the Teas or everyone in MA will know he’s a klansman!” is just that, everyone with a clue knows the Teas are not racist, hell they’re not even socons, by and large.

  9. 2010 April 12 6:07 pm

    Brown’s election was a fluke anyway.

  10. 2010 April 12 6:12 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    IP, have to agree. Brown caught the Dim napping and once he had the MO they could not recover. They won’t make that mistake again.

  11. 2010 April 12 6:12 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Scott Brown is like a toddler learning to walk and still pooping his pants. No matter what he does or how obnoxious it is, everyone will plaster a crap-eating grin on their face and say “Hell yeah, Scott Brown is awesome!” …..

    Well, if that’s true, no point bitching about any Blue state R at all, soon enough, the Red state Rs aren’t listening either.

    Wait, that’s just what we have now. Shazam! Let’s get more of it!

  12. 2010 April 12 6:13 pm
    INC permalink

    Dr. D., I just saw that at HA!

    The irony is highly, highly amusing and richly deserved. I guess Nancy herself had to wait for the bill to be passed to see what was in it.

    They messed the bill up so badly it seems Congress legally should lose its health care now. The bill is not self executing and they also failed to provide for an “administrating or implementing authority.”

    It looks like they were in such a hurry someone didn’t clean up Grassley’s handwork!

    The provision governing members of Congress can be traced to the Senate Finance Committee. When the panel was working on the legislation last September, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, proposed an amendment to require that elected federal officials and all federal employees buy coverage through an exchange, “rather than using the traditional Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.”

  13. 2010 April 12 6:14 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Are you serious? Are you serious? -San Fran Nan…..

  14. 2010 April 12 6:15 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Forget Scott Brown, I guess, and aim at Red state Dems and RINOs.

  15. 2010 April 12 6:18 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    RWY – think of Brown as the Russians in World War II. He is not with the Nazi’s, he is allied to us BUT he is not the ally the Brits and the frogs are.

  16. 2010 April 12 6:18 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Anyone hear CK McLeod get nuked on Beck this morning, by Paul Ryan? lol. That was worth tuning in to hear.

  17. 2010 April 12 6:19 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Americans ought to go immediately on the attack and demand that all federal officers and staff so affected by the HC bill be removed immediately as a cost cutting measure.

  18. 2010 April 12 6:19 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Fair enough Gn…..

  19. 2010 April 12 6:19 pm
    INC permalink

    Make sure you read Dr. D.’s link to the NYT in #7.

    Unbelievable. Those people shouldn’t be writing city ordinances.

  20. 2010 April 12 6:21 pm
    justrand permalink

    drdog… so if the Swine Flu hits D.C. now, then no members of Congress can get medical treatment? Is there a down side to this that I’m missing? 👿

  21. 2010 April 12 6:21 pm
    INC permalink

    RWY, I read about that. Well deserved. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a rebuttal from Ryan.

    Dr. D., I’m wondering if I should call Bill Nelson’s office about it and make a point of asking if they write a bill so sloppily what makes them think they can takeover health care.

  22. 2010 April 12 6:23 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink


    Sorry for linking to Kosputin, but there you go: Amnesty as leftist firewall.

    Anyone still in the dark about this?

  23. 2010 April 12 6:25 pm
    justrand permalink

    gnqanq, Brown’s more Italy in WWII after we defeated them. They tried to switch sides but we told them “no thanks”. We didn’t really need them on our side…we just didn’t want them on the OTHER side! Brown’s value is not in what WE gained…but in what THEY lost. I’ll settle for that for now.

    Minus his victory and the Dims would have jammed through ObamaCare sooner…and in even worse shape. AND America wouldn’t have gotten to witness the obvious rape of our Republic. Witnessing that event is turning people away from the Dims in droves!

  24. 2010 April 12 6:30 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    JR, 20,

    Not that I can see as a downside. I’ll rent the plane if you have the vials…..

  25. 2010 April 12 6:33 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    INC, 21,

    You truly do have a devious side. 🙂

  26. 2010 April 12 6:39 pm
    INC permalink

    Dr. D., I’ve been on the receiving end of his boilerplate email non-answers. It makes me irate to be treated like an idiot.

    I called up after the stimulus was an utter failure and reminded his office that I had called and pointed out before it was passed that forecasts said the economy would be better off and recover without it.

    In fact, now that I think of it, I think I’ll bring the stimulus up again.

  27. 2010 April 12 6:54 pm
    INC permalink

    In this video, the counselor can be seen and heard telling a woman who is reportedly 6 to 8 weeks pregnant that her developing baby has “no arms, no legs, no heart, no head, no brain.”

    Lying to coerce.

    From http://www.liveaction.org/

    Wisconsin law requires women to receive medically accurate information before obtaining an abortion.

  28. 2010 April 12 7:42 pm
    retlaw permalink

    “Allee Bautsch: Bobby Jindal’s Campaign Finance Director Attacked In French Quarter”
    By Beth Shaw (at Right Pundits)

    …Drudge also has this up…happened last Friday…developing

  29. 2010 April 12 7:43 pm
    retlaw permalink

    Beth Shaw was who wrote the piece…not the person who was the attacker… 🙂

  30. 2010 April 12 10:09 pm
    blakeney permalink

    We weren’t born to walk on water
    We weren’t born to sack and slaughter
    But on our souls, we weren’t born
    To stoop to those who would make America knuckle under

    There was a dream, a dying ember
    There was a dream, I don’t remember
    But we will resurrect that dream
    Though rivers stream and hills grow steeper
    Our blood will run deeper
    And when the final duel is near
    We’ll lift our spears and fly
    Piercing into the sky and higher
    If we wait for the darkest hour
    Till we spring alive
    Then with claws of fire, we will devour them like a falcon in the dive!

  31. 2010 April 13 3:26 am

    blakeney~~~~Sublime limey bard.

  32. 2010 April 13 4:41 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Beth Shaw was who wrote the piece…not the person who was the attacker — retlaw

    Hey with the Press these days you can never be too sure! 😛

  33. 2010 April 13 4:49 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    mmmm mmmm mmmm – social “democracy” is great for the moochers, leechers, and authoririans – its stinks if you have a work ethic (ie your a sap) and want to live free and independent:


    “How many leeches in America have exactly this same attitude: “I don’t feel bad about being subsidised by people who are working. I’m just working with the system that’s there.”

    Worse yet, these people have 8 children who are undoubtedly learning from mom and dad that the world owes them a living just for existing.

    Laugh at how foolish Britain is if you like, but this is exactly where we’re headed as a nation. We’ve created a massive raft of programs that reward people for not pulling their own weight and year after year, they grow ever bigger. The programs are more impossible to kill than New York City cockroaches, they’re very seldom every pruned back, and any attempt to even suggest that we’re creating families of lazy ne’er-do-wells like the Davey family with our policies is met with cries of, “You hate the poor. You hate the children.”

    When you subsidize the sort disgusting sort behavior that the shiftless Davey family is displaying, inevitably, you only get more of it. Britain’s not the only country that needs to learn that lesson.”

  34. 2010 April 13 4:55 am
    Havok permalink

    Off topic,
    Anyone see this article from the usually biased EU Times?:
    eutimes.net: french-leader-sarkozy-slams-obama-warns-he-might-be-insane

    too lazy to use html….

    disabled the link due to Trojan horse issue

  35. 2010 April 13 4:59 am
    drdog09 permalink

    This is your Social In-Security system — http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/SS%20Deficitsmaller_0.JPG

    Can we say the red ink came a little sooner than they thought? Damn static cost analysis….

  36. 2010 April 13 4:59 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    mmm mmm mmm – its a good thing that those peace-luvin’ leftist “unbiased journalists” at MSNBC are all over the REAL threat to this country:

    Those soliders and veterans who are brainwashed on those crazy notions of “freedom” and “liberty” and the Constitution:


    I would say this makes me wanna puke – but we all know the deal now: we are in a life and death struggle for our liberty and freedom against a hard core marxist cabal and their stooge enablers – these scum will stop at nothing to enslave us!

  37. 2010 April 13 5:02 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #37 Hey its all you “greedy” SOBs who refuse to submit everything you work for or produce to the “collective” good to be destributed by our betters in the new political elite!

    Equal of material outcome is what matters to the statist so he can buy control and influence for himself – even if their is nothing resembeling equality of input or service to your fellow man!

  38. 2010 April 13 5:04 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Havok, 36

    You ought to write that up as a posting and submit it to JM. That is astounding. But we have been saying that around here for well over a year.

  39. 2010 April 13 5:26 am

    POST 36


  40. 2010 April 13 6:39 am
    justrand permalink

    while the link in post #36 WAS great it DID attempt to highjack my machine!!

    I recommend NOT clicking it…but search for the article elsewhere…I’m going to disable the link and leave the name

  41. 2010 April 13 6:50 am
    JustMary permalink

    According to this report, Sarkozy was “appalled” at Obama’s “vision” of what the World should be under his “guidance” and “amazed” at the American Presidents unwillingness to listen to either “reason” or “logic”. Sarkozy’s meeting where these impressions of Obama were formed took place nearly a fortnight ago at the White House in Washington D.C., and upon his leaving he “scolded” Obama and the US for not listening closely enough to what the rest of the World has to say.

    But but but I thought he was healing hearts and restoring others’ faith in America!

  42. 2010 April 13 6:53 am
    Havok permalink

    Should I copy and paste the article here?

  43. 2010 April 13 6:54 am
    JustMary permalink

    You can post snippets if you like.

  44. 2010 April 13 8:10 am

    You know it’s bad out there, when even the french can call someone else crazy.

  45. 2010 April 13 8:14 am
    Havok permalink

    I think the article gets better….
    Apparently, as this report details, the animosity between Sarkozy and Obama arose out of how best the West can deal with the growing threat posed by rising Islamic fundamentalism. Both Sarkozy and his European neighbors had previously been supported in their efforts by the United States in forming an alliance to strengthen the integration of Muslim peoples into their societies, and has including France and Belgium moving to ban the wearing of burqa’s.

    European fears over their growing Muslim populations appear to be valid as the growing immigration and birth rates of these Islamic peoples are warned is causing the “Eurabiazation” of the Continent and within a few generations will see them become the majority of nearly all of the EU Nations.

    The greatest threat to these Western Nations posed by the Muslim peoples becoming the majority of their populations lies in their likelihood of destroying the Global Banking System which according to their faith is firmly rooted in “satanic” evil and “must” be replaced by an Islamic one.

  46. 2010 April 13 8:17 am
    Havok permalink

    Here is a different site. Same story.
    Let me know if this is also trojan-ed up…

  47. 2010 April 13 8:29 am

    I think I will pass, it took several attempts to de bug my computer.

  48. 2010 April 13 8:43 am
    JustMary permalink

    Do you have a Mac, Havok?

  49. 2010 April 13 8:53 am
    Havok permalink

    HAHA, no. Lets just say its not a secure PC and I don’t care.
    I don’t do anything on it that I need to worry about…

  50. 2010 April 13 8:55 am
    Havok permalink

    I HATE Apple.

  51. 2010 April 13 10:24 am
    JustMary permalink

    Oh ok. I was just wondering how you didn’t get a virus warning….

  52. 2010 April 13 10:49 am


  53. 2010 April 13 10:56 am

    Here is the culprit. digital protection

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