The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation is a conservative “think tank” based in Washington, D.C. Founded in February 16, 1973 by Paul Weyrich, Edwin Feulner, and Joseph Coors. The foundation took a leading role in the conservative movement during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

Heritage Foundation’s mission is “to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.” It researches, publishes, lectures on, and markets right-wing public policy. Heritage supports faith-based initiatives, school vouchers, ban on abortion, overturning affirmative action programs.

Climate Change: While maintaining that “Science should be used as one tool to guide climate policy,” the Heritage Foundation often uses rhetoric such as “far from settled” to sow doubt about climate science. One Heritage report even claimed that “The only consensus over the threat of climate change that seems to exist these days is that there is no consensus.” Senior Policy Analyst Ben Lieberman has said that “global warming is clearly not a crisis and should not be addressed as one.

Immigration: Jason Richwine, the co-author of a Heritage Foundation report on immigration argued that Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. have substantially lower IQs than whites. The report put the cost of immigration reform at a whopping $6.3 trillion. Though Heritage’s 2007 report was one of the reasons an earlier immigration bill failed, the 2013 report was widely mocked.

Education: The Heritage Foundation is behind the push for Charter Schools (and school vouchers). These programs take money from public education and funnel it to corporations, and pay for private school education for the rich. Critics of charter schools say these companies skimp on education costs, such as hiring inexperienced teachers, so they can turn a profit. They have also pushed for a prayers in schools amendment, and are responsible for implementing the propaganda style text books in Texas. Texas students may soon be reading in their history textbooks that the American system of democracy was inspired by Moses.

Voting Rights: The Heritage Foundation created the “Voter Fraud” scam, which led to the voter I.D. movement that has eliminated millions of minorities and the poor from voter pools.

Obamacare: The foundation’s CEO former Senator Jim DeMint, spent a month touring the country, drawing cheering crowds as he demanded that Republican politicians insist that Obamacare be defunded—and denouncing those who wouldn’t go along.

The main funding for The Heritage Foundation has come from the Koch Brothers (of course) and Exxon/Mobil who have given 10’s of millions, in exchange for pushing their destructive agendas. Both Exxon and the Koch’s are known for their heavy financial support to organizations that promote doubt over climate science, peddle fossil fuel use and attack clean energy on precedent. The Heritage Foundation has played a consistent role in promoting the oil ideology. And the Koch brothers have given CEO DeMint $86,000 directly. Who said democracy is not for sale?

In conclusion, The Heritage Foundation is just another propaganda mill, pretending to be a non partisan “think tank”.


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