I’ve never been more thankful or proud to work at The Heritage Foundation than I was on Thursday, Oct. 20. That was the day my boss, Ed Feulner, joined a coalition of other conservative economic and family organizations to urge Congress to reign in federal spending.
Of course, Heritage has been warning Congress and various administrations for years that saddling our children with unfunded entitlements and robbing taxpayers to fund pork projects is financially foolish and just plain wrong. But Dr. Feulner’s message at the press conference, combined with the voices of other gallant warriors in the battle for America’s future, was gutsy. He and David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union; Pat Toomey, head of the Club for Growth, and Chuck Donovan, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, made for a fearsome foursome.
Of particular note is the presence of the nation’s largest family policy organization. The Family Research Council has traditionally focused more on family policy than on fiscal issues. But Chuck Donovan eloquently described how the government must stop making decisions that are better left to families, and that earnings are best left in the hands of the workers who earn them.
The major networks covered the press conference, and C-Span replayed it twice. Here’s what (in part) impressed the writer of The Washington Post’s “Think Tank Town” blog about the event:
“President Bush, already taking a lot of heat from conservatives for his nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, has now been sharply criticized by a big-name leader on the right for not cutting more money from the Federal budget.
“Edwin J. Feulner, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, said at a news conference with other right-leaning leaders on Thursday, October 20th, that the President and Congress face a critical test of whether they have the ‘political spine’ to act responsibly by reducing government spending.
“The think tanker said somewhat tartly that he took the President at his word when Bush declared recently that he is a conservative, and proud of it.