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Demint leaving Senate to take over The Heritage Foundation

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Tea Party hero Jim Demint notified the Senate that he will be resigning from the Senate in January in order to become president of The Heritage Foundation, the right wing "think tank" that promotes radical right wing philosophies. The Heritage Foundation ideas typically become gospel for the national conservative movement. When I did some research on their website, I felt like I was reading the national Republican platform. Their views seemed one in the same. From monetary policy to social welfare programs, The Heritage Foundation and the RNC platforms mirror each other.

    With Jim Demint set to take over Heritage in January, I wonder what impact this will have on the national conservative movement. These think tanks have a greater and greater role in how policy is written and I'm interested to see how this will all play out with a person like Mr. Demint at the head of this organization. The people behind the scenes tend to have a lot more power and influence than the people that actually write our nations policies.

    I wonder if this points to a sign that the Republicans are going to dig in these next couple of years and not work with the President at all. Will they prefer gridlock over working with the President and the Senate democrats for the greater good of the nation? Or do you believe that Senator Demint realized that he was losing influence within the Senate and decided it was time for him to seek something that will allow him to stay influential without having to vote on anything again?
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    Albuquerque, NM
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    you can tell when a ship is sinking the rats reave first
    jaredsxtn Wrote: Tea Party hero Jim Demint notified the Senate that he will be resigning from the Senate in January in order to become president of The Heritage Foundation, the right wing "think tank" that promotes radical right wing philosophies. The Heritage Foundation ideas typically become gospel for the national conservative movement. When I did some research on their website, I felt like I was reading the national Republican platform. Their views seemed one in the same. From monetary policy to social welfare programs, The Heritage Foundation and the RNC platforms mirror each other.

    With Jim Demint set to take over Heritage in January, I wonder what impact this will have on the national conservative movement. These think tanks have a greater and greater role in how policy is written and I'm interested to see how this will all play out with a person like Mr. Demint at the head of this organization. The people behind the scenes tend to have a lot more power and influence than the people that actually write our nations policies.

    I wonder if this points to a sign that the Republicans are going to dig in these next couple of years and not work with the President at all. Will they prefer gridlock over working with the President and the Senate democrats for the greater good of the nation? Or do you believe that Senator Demint realized that he was losing influence within the Senate and decided it was time for him to seek something that will allow him to stay influential without having to vote on anything again?
  • Democrat
    Albuquerque, NM
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    you can tell when a ship is sinking,the rats leave first
  • Liberal Democrat
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    So look where Jim DeMint is going...the Heritage Foundation. They are more than just a right wing think tank. I agree with jaredsxtn. They are funded by extremely wealthy interests including the Koch brothers to advance a right wing agenda. Facts get muddled into graphs, charts and articles that are designed to deceive and obfuscate. I have looked at many of their claims over the years and they don't hold up. For example, in 2001 the Heritage Foundation made a ridiculous claim that the Bush tax cuts would pay off the national debt by 2010. Read it here:

    Business Insider, November 19, 2012: About That Time The Heritage Foundation Said The Bush Tax Cuts Would Pay Off The National Debt By 2010

    Looks like Jim DeMint will fit right in.