Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s leading public policy organization or think tank. On January 18, 1989 President Reagan conferred the Presidential Citizens Medal on him as "a leader of the conservative movement." The citation continues: "By building an organization dedicated to ideas and their consequences, he has helped to shape the policy of our Government. His has been a voice of reason and values in service to his country and the cause of freedom around the world."
Feulner also serves as Treasurer and Trustee of The Mont Pelerin Society; Trustee and former Chairman of the Board of The Intercollegiate Studies Institute; member of the Board of the National Chamber Foundation; member of the Board of Visitors of George Mason University; and Trustee of the Acton Institute and the International Republican Institute. He is past president of various organizations including The Philadelphia Society and the Mont Pelerin Society, and past Director of Sequoia Bank, Regis University and the Council for National Policy.
Dr. Feulner has studied at the University of Edinburgh (Ph.D.-Founding President, American Friends of the University), the London School of Economics (Richard M. Weaver Fellow), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA-Recipient, Joseph Wharton Award), Georgetown University, and Regis University (B.S.-Distinguished Alumnus Award). He has received honorary degrees from Pepperdine University, Nichols College, Grove City College, Bellevue College, Gonzaga University, Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala), Hanyang University (Korea), St. Norbert College, Hillsdale College, and Thomas More College.
Feulner served on the Gingrich-Mitchell Congressional Task Force on U.N. Reform (2004-2005) and the Congressional Commission on International Financial Institutions ("Meltzer Commission," 1999-2000). He was the Vice Chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform ("Kemp Commission," 1995-1996), Counselor to Vice Presidential candidate Jack Kemp (1996), Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (1982-91), a Consultant for Domestic Policy to President Reagan, and an advisor to several government departments and agencies. He was a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellows (1981-83), of the Secretary of State’s UNESCO Review Observation Panel (1985-89), of the Carlucci Commission on Foreign Aid (1983), and served as a United States Representative to the United Nations Second Special Session on Disarmament (with the rank of Ambassador) where he delivered the final United States address to the General Assembly (1982).
Dr. Feulner served as the Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Confidential Assistant to Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird, Administrative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Philip M. Crane (R-Illinois), and as a Public Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
He is the author of six books: Getting America Right (2006), Leadership for America (2000), Intellectual Pilgrims (1999), The March of Freedom (1998), Conservatives Stalk The House (1983), and Looking Back (1981). He is the editor of U.S.–Japan Mutual Security: The Next Twenty Years and China: The Turning Point, and a contributor to ten other books and numerous journals, reviews and magazines. He was the Publisher of Policy Review (1977-2001), and articles by him have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Washington Times and other major newspapers. He is a regular contributor to Investor's Business Daily. As a member of Investor's Business Daily's "Brain Trust," he regularly contributes op-eds on issues of special interest to financial markets. His weekly column appears in dozens of newspapers across the country.
On a personal note, he is married to Linda Claire Leventhal. The Feulners have two married children, Edwin J. Feulner III, and Emily Lown. The Feulners live in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Feulner is listed in standard reference works including the current edition of Who’s Who in America.
It wont be long before Americans all across the country are celebrating our great national birthday. And we wont do so quietly.
Congress does two things well: nothing and overreact. Well, I have some good news: Doing nothing when it comes to the Ex-Im Bank is exactly what we need right now.
If you can read this, thank a teacher, begins a saying you can find on t-shirts and bumper stickers. If you can read it in English, thank a veteran.
Its hard to say which is more galling: when politicians want to extend the life of a program that doesnt work, or when they want to pull the plug on one that does.
Ever since 9/11, whenever Americans seem especially polarized over a controversial issue, youll hear pundits recall how united wed became in the aftermath of that vicious attack. Why, they ask, cant we be like that again?
They won't go to Indiana, but they will go to Saudi Arabia. Thats Carly Fiorina speaking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and his well-publicized opposition to Indianas religious-freedom law.
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech. The words of the First Amendment couldnt be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate.
Traitors. Thats a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Years Eve.
Lets say you were a financial advisor, and a family came to you with the following situation.
Theres a reason the words Im from the government, and Im here to help are a punchline. Government involvement rarely helps. In many instances, in fact, it exacerbates the situation.
A world leader giving an address to Congress shouldnt be controversial. Especially when that leader is the prime minister of a major U.S. ally -- indeed, a bulwark of freedom in a deeply troubled region of the world.
Ever heard of the Agriculture Risk Coverage program? How about the Price Loss Coverage program? Youre paying for them.
Many of us launch a new year with resolutions. We may not write out a formal list, but something about the arrival of January 1 makes us want to do better. We start a diet or an exercise program. We read or pray more. We get organized.
With so many high-profile, headline-grabbing issues facing the incoming Congress, lawmakers might be tempted to ignore one of the most persistent problems in Washington: overspending.
If youre like most Americans, you havent been questioning the welcome drop in gasoline prices. You just fill er up and feel grateful that youre spending less.
Its easy for Thanksgiving to boil down to little more than turkey, football and travel delays, but many Americans strive to make it more meaningful. They try to take the focus off of our problems and to reflect on our many blessings.
Ready to pay more for Internet access? Me neither.
We are in a dangerous place in the world, perhaps more dangerous than in the past 10 years. Thats what former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff had to say when he visited The Heritage Foundation recently. And with reports of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, often referred to as ISIS, all over the news, its not hard to see why.
Which is a shame, really. Constitution Day may lack the flair and pageantry of our national birthday, but without this landmark document that carefully outlined the form of our republic, its unlikely wed still be celebrating the Declaration in the 21st century.
America is built on the philosophy of bootstrapping, or pulling yourself up through your own talents and abilities. And no tool is better suited for doing that than a good education.