The Heritage Foundation is a think tank located in Washington, D.C., in the United States. It pushed Ronald Reagan towards promoting free trade and subsequently, in appeal to foreign donors including some from China, Heritage vastly expanded its advocacy of free trade policies that have eroded American jobs. Heritage was founded by Edwin Feulner and Paul Weyrich in 1973, with support from the Coors and Scaife families, with conservative goals. Over time, Heritage has been less and less socially conservative, and in its recommendations in 2016 for nominees by Trump to the U.S. Supreme Court Heritage did not include even one pro-life woman.
Heritage has a large board of directors of about 23 individuals, most of whom support or profit from aspects of globalism. One board member, for example, credits himself for supposedly being “an intellectual force behind the North American Free Trade Agreement.”
On April 28, 2017, it was reported that its president for four years, the former conservative Senator Jim DeMint, was being fired.
Heritage conducts basic research on public policy. Its stated mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional values, and a strong national defense.
The Heritage Foundation is also known for its influential conservative personnel, many of whom have served, or gone on to serve, in senior governmental roles, including: Richard V. Allen, L. Paul Bremer, Elaine Chao, Lawrence Di Rita, Michael Johns, John F. Lehman, Edwin Meese III, Steve Ritchie, and others. Other prominent Heritage Foundation alumni include conservative author Russell Kirk and Wall Street Journal editorial board member Stephen Moore.
Democrats claim, with some validity, that Obamacare was based on a 1989 Heritage Foundation proposal. In 2017, the Heritage Foundation lobbied against the GOP proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. Following the defeat of the plan, President Trump tweeted:
On December 2, 2010, Heritage announced the creation of Libertad.org, a website dedicated to bring the message of liberty to a Spanish-speaking audience.
In addition to news, Libertad also offers several Founding Documents that have been translated into Spanish such as the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and all 85 of the Federalist Papers.
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