WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2005-Voters again have
delivered a mandate to Washington policy-makers to govern
conservatively-and a new guidebook from The Heritage Foundation
for Leadership' outlines policies designed to limit government,
expand freedom and strengthen America," says Ed Feulner, president
of the Washington-based think tank. "It provides a brief yet
comprehensive road map for everything from reforming the federal
budget process and eliminating needless and costly regulations to
fixing Medicare, homeland security and the federal courts."
156 pages, this latest edition in Heritage's "Mandate" series is
the smallest, by far. That's because it serves a different purpose,
Feulner explained. The original version, published in 1980, was
written for a new administration just gaining widespread support
for its ideas. Dubbed the "bible" of the Reagan White House by
The Washington Post, it provided a step-by-step guide to how
to transform conservative principles into government policy.
those principles are well established in Washington, well accepted
by American voters and well understood everywhere in terms of how
they translate into policy," Feulner said.
Consequently, the new Mandate for Leadership takes a different
tack: It lays out the principles and programs conservative
candidates pledged to work for during their campaigns. "The book
can serve as a policy checklist to help hold conservative
politicians to their promises," he noted.
opening chapter addresses how to limit the size and role of
government, presenting policy benchmarks for efforts to curb
federal spending, reform regulation, restrict judicial usurpation
of power and strengthen federalism.
entitled "Combining Freedom with Responsibility" presents
principles for improving welfare reform, revising 2003's massive
Medicare entitlement, expanding affordable achieving health-care
coverage and reforming Social Security.
security and defense transformation are among the issues addressed
in the chapter "Securing America Efficiently and Effectively." A
chapter entitled "Creating Foreign Policy to Protect National
Sovereignty and Security" presents principles to guide public
diplomacy initiatives, energy policy and relations with Europe and
also addresses challenges involved in expanding economic freedom,
an area in which the United States is losing ground to its global
competitors. In this year's "Index of
Economic Freedom," a publication produced jointly by Heritage
and The Wall Street Journal, the United States for the first
time failed to rank among the world's 10 most economically free
countries. "Mandate" outlines steps the U.S. can take to climb back
among the world's elite in economic freedom and help spread that
complete "Mandate for Leadership" may be downloaded, free, from
mandateforleadership.org. Print copies, which may be ordered
by calling 800-544-4843, are available for $4.95 (includes shipping