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  • Commentary posted January 7, 2014 by Israel Ortega Why we've been losing the war on poverty since Lyndon Baines Johnson

    Forty years ago, Lyndon B. Johnson defiantly declared war. No, it wasn’t against communism and communist forces in Vietnam. Instead the tall lanky Texan declared war on poverty. Among his prepared remarks to a joint Congress, LBJ confidently said: “…Our aim is not only to relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it, and above all to prevent it.” A cursory study of…

  • Commentary posted November 29, 2013 by Israel Ortega Conservatives Should Reject Defeatism, Reach Out to New Voters

    Can you imagine Christianity without the dedicated faithful taking the gospel to nonbelievers? Missionaries would not travel the world preaching the redemptive message that God’s own son died on a cross to save humanity. What kind of institution would Christianity be? What kind of membership would it have? The answer is obvious. It would be a smaller circle comprised…

  • Commentary posted November 13, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, Israel Ortega Don’t Look to the Feds for Pre-School

    You’d think that the Obamacare rollout debacle would give one pause before asking the federal government to start running another mega-program. Yet Senator Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) and Representatives George Miller (D., Calif.) and Richard Hanna (R., N.Y.) are doing just that today. Accompanied by Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner, they are unveiling “a bipartisan proposal…

  • Commentary posted October 29, 2013 by Israel Ortega Hispanic Business Owners And Obamacare

    Beyond the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website, many Hispanic business owners see other problems ahead. These include hiring freezes, lower employee hours and increased insurance premiums. Editor’s Note: From time to time, Latin Business Today will present views from across the political spectrum on issues of vital interest to business people. These views are…

  • Commentary posted October 24, 2013 by Israel Ortega Republicans can win over Florida Hispanics with economic pitch

    For conservatives looking for a way back from the 2012 presidential election, Florida is promising turf. Perhaps no other state provides a microcosm of American voters quite like Florida, with its mix of northern transplants, rural and urban voters and an ethnically diverse electorate — including a sizable Hispanic segment. President Obama’s re-election success in…

  • Commentary posted October 5, 2013 by Israel Ortega Common Core: Doubling down on a failed strategy

    How different is New York City from San Antonio? Or better yet– is your youngest son, the same as your older son? Well, if you’re the federal government these aren’t important questions to consider when it comes to creating education policy. Known as Common Core, the Department of Education has provided billions in federal funding to support a push for national…

  • Commentary posted September 9, 2013 by Israel Ortega Conservatives have an opening with Hispanic evangelicals

    By now the narrative is well known. President Barack Obama mopped the floor in last year’s presidential election when it came to the Hispanic vote. This matters, of course, because Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in the United States comprising nearly one out of every three children in today’s kindergarten classroom, and more importantly for our public…

  • Commentary posted July 31, 2013 by Israel Ortega Hispanic Economic Mobility Through Community, Not Government

    If there’s one thing on which America’s conservative and progressive policy wonks can agree, it’s that education is key to an individual’s ability to climb the socioeconomic ladder. This bipartisanship extends to the Hispanic community and has been boosted by promotional or public service campaigns. What’s more, public opinion polls confirm that the majority of the…

  • Commentary posted February 19, 2013 by Israel Ortega Calling All Conservative Hispanics: Pessimism is No Recipe to Grow a Movement

    Sen. John McCain’s recent “straight talk” urging conservatives to support immigration reform to win Hispanic voters was more than incredibly misguided; it ignored the new political landscape that places principled leadership over political gain. In so doing, Sen. McCain only made it increasingly difficult that the Gang of Eight’s proposal will receive the backing in the…

  • Commentary posted February 14, 2013 by Israel Ortega Immigration: A Clarion Call to Lead

    With immigration once again taking center stage, conservatives must do two things. First of all, we must make clear—through actions as well as words—that we value, respect and welcome immigrants. Secondly, we must lead the discussion. Rather than be reactive naysayers, we must present policy proposals consistent with our principles, including the need to respect the rule…

  • Commentary posted February 12, 2013 by Israel Ortega Zero-sum Immigration Policy?

    Anyone hoping to hear a more conciliatory speech than the inaugural address must have been disappointed to hear an equally argumentative President deliver this year’s State of the Union Address. Oblivious to a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, the president ticked off a laundry list of lofty progressive goals that are sure to placate his liberal base, but…

  • Commentary posted November 29, 2012 by Israel Ortega How Conservatives can Reach Hispanic Voters

    First rule of Hispanic outreach: Don’t call it Hispanic outreach. To reach Hispanic voters, conservatives need to scrap most of the old playbook and replace it with a fresh, innovative and inspirational message that will appeal to every single American — including Hispanics. The first thing we need to do is resist a knee-jerk reaction that over-interprets the…

  • Commentary posted November 7, 2012 by Israel Ortega What Hispanics Can Expect in the Next Four Years

    If the last four years were any indication of what we can expect in the next four years, Hispanics, like all Americans have plenty of reason to remain worried about our country’s economy. It’s hard to see how a President with a deeply liberal bend will pivot to the center in order to reduce our country’s 16 trillion dollar deficit. For Hispanics, this election was a…

  • Special Report posted September 20, 2012 by James M. Roberts, Mark Schreiber, Derek Scissors, Ph.D. Brazil: Restoring Economic Growth Through Economic Freedom

    Abstract: Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country, Latin America’s largest economy, and an important trading partner for the U.S. The Brazilian government dominates many areas of the country’s economy, undercutting development of a more vibrant private sector, and Brazil’s four-year growth average of 4 percent has recently weakened. Government expenditures consume…

  • Commentary posted September 11, 2012 by Israel Ortega Both Parties Claim the Diversity Mantle

    The face of American politics is changing. And in case anyone had any doubts, the recent political conventions made it increasingly clear that both political parties are eager to claim the mantle of inclusion and diversity. For Republicans, Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM), Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) and of course, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) provide Republicans with three…