- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Some conservatives are done with cautious reactions and ready to rumble. Their culture has changed, and there’s disinfectant involved. Read on.

“Our times do not call for timid, poll-tested solutions. They call for a bold agenda that delivers opportunity for all but favoritism to none,” declares a new roadmap for the conservative policy agenda, and a project of Heritage Action for America, the feisty grassroots offshoot of the Heritage Foundation.

“The culture in Washington must change. And if we do the right things in the coming months conservatives have a real opportunity to start calling the shots. It’s time to go on offense,” says Michael Needham, the young CEO of the organization.

He’s made sure that all 535 members of the vacationing Congress have access to the document, which has some backbone to it - recommending “a strong economy, a strong society and a strong America.” The agenda lashes out at elite bureaucracy and a government that appears to have lost its heart, and maybe its bearings.

“Americans recognize this. It’s the reason public polling shows such consistent disdain for Washington politicians and bureaucrats. Thanks to the actions of government and business, that sentiment has surged over the past several years,” the agenda declares. “The nation is ready for leaders who will address concerns about the relationship between mobility, economic dynamism, concentrated power, and collusion between special interests and government.”

Penned by a team of policy analysts, the 20-page agenda is smartly worded, and has a certain fearless ring to it.

“Free markets and limited government are a natural disinfectant to cronyism and corruption. These principles align us naturally with popular sentiment that government does too much to tip the scales in favor of the powerful and not nearly enough to respond to most people’s everyday concerns,” the document advises.

“Conservative leaders should make clear the principles they hold true and the policies they support. Those who articulate those ideas in clear terms might upset some special interests, but their message would resonate with the American people.”

Mr. Needham wants the public in on it, of course. Read and download the whole opus here: Heritageaction.com/agenda