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  • Commentary posted November 9, 2016 by Jim DeMint The People Have Spoken: Change Must Start Now

    Last night, the American people soundly rejected the failed liberal policies of Hillary Clinton and the broken legacy of President Barack Obama. Instead, they elected a candidate who vowed to restore their jobs, protect their borders, strive for peace, respect the Constitution, and make their country great again. Early on in the campaign, Clinton chose to ignore policy…

  • Commentary posted June 17, 2016 by Jim DeMint A Father's Prayer

    My father left my mother and four children when I was very young. As a boy growing up without a dad, I found it hard to imagine a father in heaven who really loved me and would never leave. And while my mother was persistent about taking us all to church, I disliked religion and believed churchgoers to be mostly hypocrites. It wasn't until I graduated college, got married…

  • Commentary posted April 22, 2016 by Jim DeMint Obama Sidesteps Senate Approval of Paris Agreement

    This Friday is “Earth Day” and by all indications the Obama administration intends to celebrate it by traveling to the United Nations in New York and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Despite the pomp and circumstance of a U.N. Headquarters signing ceremony, President Obama claims that the Paris Agreement is not a treaty. Since he claims it is not a treaty,…

  • Commentary posted March 24, 2016 by Jim DeMint, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. 33 Years and 33 Minutes: Why Missile Defense Is More Necessary Than Ever

    Wednesday marks the 33rd anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s historic “Star Wars” speech, in which he introduced the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) to the American people. The intent was to protect the U.S. from nuclear attack. Today, when a ballistic missile fired from anywhere in the world can reach the United States within 33 minutes, Reagan’s bold vision for a…

  • News Releases posted March 4, 2016 by Jim DeMint Conservative Ideas Win Elections

    [Remarks to CPAC, as prepared for delivery at 3:40 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2016] What a year! More than a decade of frustration and disappointment by conservatives has led to a complete rebellion against the status quo in Washington.  All of the Washington establishment, political consultants and media pundits have been wrong about what Americans want. And they still…

  • Commentary posted November 9, 2015 by Jim DeMint For conservatives and the House Freedom Caucus, a time to build

    A few weeks ago the House Freedom Caucus was being roundly pummeled by the media, liberal and pseudo-conservative alike. This small band of conservative House members had the audacity to challenge the status quo in Congress, and in the eyes of Washington's comfortable elites, that's a serious offense. For years, Washington's chattering class has guarded the status quo…

  • Commentary posted August 21, 2015 by Jim DeMint Get the Government Out of Public Broadcasting

    The rest of PBS should follow the lead of Sesame Street Big Bird, like the dodo, doesn’t fly. But he may now fair better than the ungainly fowl last seen in Mauritius in the 1600s. That’s because Big Bird has migrated to HBO, leaving behind the unchallenging environment of public broadcasting. The dodo became extinct because it was flightless. It was flightless because,…

  • Commentary posted August 19, 2015 by Jim DeMint, Bruce Klingner Easing the Strains Between Japan and South Korea

    As world attention has recently been focused elsewhere, longstanding tensions between two critical U.S. allies, Japan and South Korea, have quietly been easing. This is the result of initiatives by the leaders of both countries, as well as the concerted efforts of diplomats. That’s good news for Washington, since together the three nations can better address common…

  • Commentary posted June 24, 2015 by Jim DeMint Let the subsidies die

    In the five years since Obamacare became law, millions of Americans have seen their insurance premiums rise and their deductibles skyrocket. Millions more have been pushed out of their plans and onto Medicaid — a notoriously ineffective health program. And all the while, Washington has tried to paper over these problems with subsidies. Soon the Supreme Court will rule on…

  • Commentary posted June 17, 2015 by Jim DeMint Free Trade in Name Only

    When I was first elected to Congress in 1998, South Carolina's Fourth Congressional District was a reliably protectionist vote. In the words of former Senator Fritz Hollings, the entire delegation viewed free trade as “the commercial equivalent of unilateral disarmament." As a free-market conservative, free trade is in my DNA. It is a trait shared by many of my former…

  • Commentary posted June 12, 2015 by Jim DeMint Saving Internet Freedom

    In barely 20 years, the Internet and other communications breakthroughs have changed the world immeasurably. The information age has transformed economies, expanded growth, and improved the quality of life for billions. It has also greatly enhanced freedom for individuals — political freedom in the public square, economic freedom in the marketplace, and social freedom in…

  • Commentary posted May 15, 2015 by Jim DeMint Ex-Im Bank Is Crony Capitalism Run Amok

    There are two types of businesses: successful ones that don't need financial assistance from the government, and unsuccessful ones that don't deserve it. Those lucky enough to have foreign deals backed by the Export-Import Bank fall almost entirely in the first group. They don't need the help, but they'll take all the favors they can get. Only 2% of American exports get…

  • Commentary posted April 30, 2015 by Jim DeMint, Bruce Klingner The High-Wire Washington Visit of Japan's Prime Minister

    History will be made today. For the first time, a leader of Japan will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. Such recognition of a critical U.S. ally in Asia is long overdue. Japan's phoenix-like rise from the devastation of war is a testament to the country's policymakers and citizens. Japan has blossomed into a vibrant democracy and the world's third-largest…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2015 by Jim DeMint Why state Medicaid expansion hurts everyone

    We’ve heard a lot about how Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will be costly to states in the long run. Yet this hasn’t stopped some governors, who know that taking more money from the federal government makes their budgets look good (in the short term), while making themselves appear compassionate. But we haven’t heard enough about how expanding Medicaid will cause…

  • Commentary posted March 16, 2015 by Jim DeMint Marginal leadership leads to 'marginal' military

    The Constitution focuses primarily on limiting the power of the federal government. The founders knew that most things can be done more effectively and efficiently at the state level, or simply by the people themselves. But one of the few powers they gave Washington is the responsibility to provide for the security of the United States. It takes the federal government to…