It's no secret that the Heritage Foundation is conservative, but there's
a significant distinction between advocating an ideology and actively assisting
a candidate for political office. Doing the former is common among tax-exempt
nonprofit groups like Heritage and its liberal counterparts; doing the
latter is illegal.
Heritage's support of Bob Dole's presidential campaign dangles right
on the edge of illegality. In exchange for Dole's signature on a fundraising
letter, Heritage gave the candidate one-time use of its mailing list for
his own fundraising purposes.
In a March 28 editorial, the Wall Street Journal
commented that "'Learning disabled' is one of those ephemeral but handy
categories . . . particularly handy, it turns out, for well-heeled high
schoolers hoping to score well on their college boards." The editorial
referred to reports questioning whether the waiver of time limits on SAT exams
for learning-disabled students was being abused.
Republicans want to make sure voters have a proper
appreciation of their efforts in time for the 1996 elections. Under the budget
plan they approved this past November, tax cuts would apply partially to 1995
and checks for special refunds on 1995 taxes would be mailed out in--guess
On the other hand, the elderly would not see higher Medicare premiums reflected
in their Social Security checks until January 1997.
George Washington famously disdained faction. In his
farewell address, he warned the nation against the "baneful effects of the
spirit of party." This dislike for partisanship may be the only connection
between Washington and his namesake, the magazine George. Editor John F.
Kennedy, Jr. describes George as post-partisan, an effort to engage more people in civic life
by making politics more fun.