“The American dream is not the dream that everybody wants,” says Heritage Foundation Executive Director Matt Kibbe.
“It’s the dream of a limited government and an individualistic ethos.”
That means no government involvement in education, health care, or the environment.
And it means no “welfare for everybody” to help people make ends meet.
In other words, the American dream should be achieved by the government—not by the private sector.
It’s a philosophy that helped spawn the American Civil War, a military that killed more Americans than the Vietcong and a tax system that’s more regressive than the Roman Empire.
In the modern era, Heritage has been a leading advocate for limited government, but it’s the modern world we live in that has ushered in the era of austerity, which has led to an economic downturn and the emergence of a resurgent nationalism.
Kibbe says that the Heritage Foundation is committed to helping people realize the American Dream through a limited-government philosophy.
But in doing so, it has become one of the most powerful and influential political forces in Washington.
And he’s right: The Heritage Institute has long been one of Congress’ most influential lobbying groups.
If you look at the Heritage-driven agenda for the Trump administration, it includes a number of things.
The Heritage Foundation’s “Freedom from Government: The Case for Prosperity” report argues that, if you’re in favor of the American ideal, then the government should not be involved in economic policy.
That includes the budget, spending, taxation, social welfare, and environmental protection.
“The American public would love to have a government that was more responsive to their needs and that was willing to act more aggressively when it did get in the way of people wanting to have better lives,” Kibb says.
“But that doesn’t mean the government is the only place to do that.
We need a government for everything.”
The report goes on to advocate for a “small government” ideology.
Kibba says the Heritage Institute supports “small-government principles,” but says, “we’ve been very clear about the importance of a small government for our nation’s prosperity and our ability to compete globally.
Small government is a way to reduce the federal government’s power, to reduce its influence over our country, to empower small business, and to put the nation on a sound economic footing.”
And the Heritage Center for Freedom, a think tank that’s been in the Heritage Heritage Foundation since the 1960s, has pushed a similar philosophy.
The Center’s director, Daniel Webster, says the organization’s mission is to “build a culture of freedom and the free enterprise system, which promotes freedom and opportunity, and we do so through the creation of a free market.”
Kubick and the Heritage report say that small government should be in the name of individual liberty, and not government intervention.
But that’s not the only thing the Heritage organization has advocated for.
As far back as the 1950s, the Heritage group promoted the idea that, for the most part, the U.S. is a constitutional republic.
It said that the Constitution does not create any government or make any law, and that there are no federal laws that exist for the protection of individual rights.
It argued that there should be no taxes, no subsidies, and no mandates that are enforced by government.
That means “there are no taxes that need to be paid to protect people from the government, no taxes to pay for public goods like roads, schools, and hospitals,” Heritage Foundation President Matt Khibbe says.
And that means there should not even be a “wagering system” in the first place.
A “small” government, therefore, means that government should “be limited” and “limited in scope” and that “no government authority should ever interfere in the economic affairs of others.”
But the Heritage institute has long argued that it should not play a central role in regulating the economy or the financial markets.
It has long advocated the creation and promotion of the private market, and has called for a smaller government to protect individual liberty.
And Heritage Foundation president and CEO David McIntosh has said the group would be open to government regulating the financial industry.
But, in his view, that’s a “political issue” that “has no practical bearing on our nation.”
“It’s a great debate and we’re glad that the president is speaking out against the concept of a government in the market place,” says McIntosh.
“And we’re excited to hear him talk about this.”
In the future, Heritage plans to take a new approach to the future of government and public policy.
Khibb says the group is focused on helping people understand the American story, but also on helping them realize the promise of a smaller and freer government. And that