Pollsters have told us for weeks that a great conservative wave of new lawmakers with fresh ideas was about to hit the United States. If the polls prove to be correct – through all the counts, recounts and legal challenges, I hope that the conservatives are ready to meet the challenges facing our nation.
The experts at the Heritage Foundation prepared a list of twenty-three areas of policy that are of concern to Americans. Among their concerns are the following policy areas along with recommendations to solve the problems.
"Federal Spending. Government spending is out of control—so much so that a new political movement, the tea party, has sprung up to rein it in. America has a spending problem, and Heritage has a solution. The majority of our spending growth is on entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid —to say nothing of Obamacare—and Heritage has created a series of recommendations that the new Congress should enact in order to correct the out of control spending that will tack on an additional trillion dollars to our national debt in the next decade.
Health Care. Heritage urges a total and immediate repeal of Obamacare, and this needs to be a top priority for the new Congress. But Congress shouldn’t stop there: Heritage supports free market solutions (link in PDF) as opposed to a big government takeover of one-sixth of the nation’s economy.
Government Regulations. The amount of government regulation in the past year has been unprecedented, costing taxpayers an additional $26.5 billion in 2010 alone. These costs will affect Americans in many ways. It will raise the price of the cars they buy and the food they eat, for example, while destroying an untold number of jobs. Worse, the amount of red tape is set to rise in the coming year. Congress must keep in mind that the more regulations placed on Americans, the more they are restricting their freedoms.
These United States have some definite problems that need solutions. What has been done over the past months and years is not working. The biggest need is to reduce the amount of control that the government has in the lives of individuals. Heritage Foundation is a Washington think tank with the object of preserving the founding principles in the United States. It favors no party, but it works with both parties to solve problems in our nation. I hope our newly elected members of Congress pay attention to the recommendations of the Heritage Foundation.
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