Full Speech: Nikki Haley’s speech on capitalism at the Hudson Institute

Full Speech: Nikki Haley’s speech on capitalism at the Hudson Institute

Ambassador Nikki R. Haley
February 26, 2020 / Hudson Institute

It’s a great pleasure to be at the Hudson Institute.  Hudson is in the forefront of the battle of ideas.  Ideas about what makes America strong and prosperous.  Ideas about what makes the world freer and more just.  I’m honored to be with you.

I came here today with a simple goal. To remind us why capitalism is the best economic system the world has ever seen.

A growing number of people have forgotten this fundamental truth.

The Democratic presidential candidates are embracing socialism.  And some in more traditionally conservative circles are calling for a “watered-down” version of capitalism.  

While these two camps are different, they are the same in one key respect.  Both are dangerous to the American people.  For the sake of our children and grandchildren, America’s future must be built on an actual capitalist foundation.

I’ll start with the people and place I know best: My family and my home state of South Carolina.

I’m the daughter of Indian immigrants. My parents left lives of relative privilege in India to move to America. They wanted to give their children the best shot at the best life. It took them to the town of Bamberg, South Carolina, population 2,500.

When I was growing up, my mother did what so many immigrants do. She started a small business. A retail clothing and gift store in one of the most rural parts of the state. It was a family business in every sense of the word. Started from scratch.

When I was twelve years old, my mother’s long-time bookkeeper announced she was leaving. After a couple of weeks of not finding a replacement, the bookkeeper got concerned. She had to train someone to take her place and time was growing short. She asked my mom how she wanted to handle it.

I happened to be walking past at that exact moment. My mom grabbed my arm and said, “Train her. She can do it.”

By the time I was 13, I was doing taxes, keeping the ledger, and balancing the expenses and bank account. It wasn’t until I got to college that I realized that wasn’t normal.

Now I realize it was totally child labor.

I love telling this story for many reasons. Mostly because it shows the promise of America.

This is a country where a woman can start a business.

Where she can hire neighbors and give them a good paycheck.

Where people can find different jobs, better jobs, that match their talents and passions.

This is a country where someone who wants to make the world a better place can.

And for all these reasons, this country has lifted up more people, unlocked more progress, and unleashed more prosperity than any other country in history.

This is America. And the American system is capitalism.

Many people avoid saying that word, including some conservatives and business leaders. Some think it’s a “politically incorrect” word. But we shouldn’t be ashamed of capitalism. It’s another word for freedom. And it springs from America’s most cherished ideals.

We all know the most famous phrases from the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” We are “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.”

But while we know these words, we often forget their meaning. Yes, they mean free speech, freedom of religion, and other fundamental rights. But the Founders knew that economic freedom was also essential. What good are our rights if our homes and savings can be taken? Are we really free if we own nothing and the government owns everything? Of course not.

So while the Founders never used the word, they gave us capitalism in all but the name. And over the years, we’ve proven that capitalism can work for everyone.

It is a myth that capitalism is just for the wealthy or big corporations.

It has benefited workers and communities most of all.

It is also a myth that capitalism is all America stands for. We have other deeply held values that make our economy and our country stronger.

We don’t allow sweatshop working conditions in America.

We’ve invested in a vast public education system to help our children learn the skills they need.

We’ve created a social safety net to make sure our friends, family, and neighbors don’t fall through the cracks when they fall on hard times.

As Americans, we don’t want a country where people get left behind.

And we don’t want a country where government tells people, “You can’t aspire to a better way of life.  We’ll just try to make you comfortable with the life you have.”

We want a country where every American can get ahead.

And we have made tremendous progress.

Every American is massively better off today than our ancestors were.

In 1800, no one had electricity. If you needed to go somewhere, you probably walked. You were lucky if you lived to the age of 40. One-third of children didn’t live past the age of five.

Then Americans did what we do best. We worked hard. We invented things. We gave more people the freedom to pursue their dreams. We reached for the stars. And we never let anything get in our way.

Now we drive cars. We fly in airplanes. We have the internet, computers, and cell phones. Average incomes have soared by more than 4,000 percent. Amazing medical breakthroughs mean we live twice as long. And America is just getting started.

But it’s not just us. Capitalism has transformed the world.

Two hundred years ago, 94% of the world lived in extreme poverty. Today, it’s 10%.

Much of this drop happened in the last 40 years, after Soviet communism collapsed in Russia and Eastern Europe, and after Communist China adopted sweeping market reforms.

It’s a similar story with childhood disease, literacy, and even the environment. You wouldn’t know it from listening to the gloom and doom of the left, but the facts are clear. The world is getting cleaner, healthier, and wealthier.

And the main reason is capitalism.  Everywhere capitalism takes root, people do better.

We should celebrate this, not apologize for it.

I’ve seen capitalism from two perspectives: Private life and public life.

My family’s experience taught me that capitalism can lift up families and communities. It also taught me that government can have your back, or it can stab you in the back. That lesson was a constant reminder when I got elected.

As Governor of South Carolina, I would always talk about how hard it was to make a dollar, and how easy it was for government to take it. My goal was to flip the script and come down on the side of workers and job creators. I wanted to make it clear that government was there to serve the people, not the other way around.

We started by changing the government culture. We had all state employees start answering the phones by saying, “It’s a great day in South Carolina. How can I help you?” They hated it. But I wanted to remind them that they worked for the person on the other end of the phone.

I told my agencies that time is money, and if you were costing a person or business time, then you were costing them money, and that was no longer acceptable. We had every agency streamline things. We were determined to set businesses up to succeed, not regulate them into failure.

The results were incredible.

We attracted over $20 billion in new capital investment. We were number one in foreign capital investment. Number one in our region in export growth. We were building more BMWs than any place in the world. We recruited Volvo and Mercedes Benz, and five international tire companies. By the time we ended our administration, business and trade magazines named South Carolina “the beast of the southeast,” which I loved!

And best of all, our state unemployment rate hit a fifteen-year low. When I left office, more South Carolinians were working than ever before.

Now, remember, this is the same South Carolina that just one generation before was devastated by the collapse of the textile industry. For over a century, textiles dominated manufacturing in our state.  The process of shifting away from it was wrenching. Real people in real communities suffered.

But our answer was never socialism. The same communities in upstate South Carolina that once had textile mills today build cars, tires, and medical devices. The region has never had more jobs or better wages than it has today.

South Carolina is proof that capitalism works, and it works best for working people. I’m proud of our state and I’m proud of our record.

Then I went to the United Nations. More than anything else, that experience demonstrated to me just how exceptional America is. How fortunate we are to have the system we do.

Even with all the progress of the last few decades, there’s still too much pain and poverty in the world. There are many causes. But the biggest cause of human suffering is socialism.

Socialism is the polar opposite of capitalism. It’s the dangerous idea that the government should control the economy. That government should control your ideas, your property, your money, your lives.  And the consequences are well-documented and heartbreaking.

Socialism has failed everywhere it’s ever been tried. Instead of prosperity, it leads to poverty. Instead of opportunity, it creates dependency. Instead of liberty, it means oppression at home and often means aggression abroad. Instead of hope for a better tomorrow, socialism means a living nightmare every single day.

Look at North Korea. Its governing document is literally called the “Socialist Constitution.” While I was ambassador, the UN released a report documenting that country’s plight. About 70% of North Koreans require food aid. More than one out of five young and middle-aged women are malnourished. Nearly 30% of children are physically deformed from hunger. Torture and murder are the rule in the world’s deadliest gulags. And North Korea’s leader dreams of overtaking his southern neighbor and threatening America.

Across the border, in China, while the introduction of market capitalism has done wonders for the economy, the socialist political system has created the world’s most repressive nation. Nearly 1.4 billion people are under constant surveillance. Corruption is everywhere. In Xinjiang, millions of Muslim Uighurs have been thrown into modern-day concentration camps, forced to change their names and drop their religion. Where people do have a choice, in Hong Kong and Taiwan, no one is choosing the Chinese socialist model.

Closer to home, socialism is alive — but not well — in Cuba and Nicaragua. I dealt with these countries as ambassador. My heart broke for their citizens. They live with tyranny beyond anything Americans would recognize.

Yet nothing moved me like the suffering of the good people of Venezuela.

In 2018, I stood on the Simon Bolivar Bridge, which crosses from Venezuela into Colombia. I watched thousands of Venezuelans go by. Entire families walking in the blazing heat for hours to get to Colombia where they would have the only meal they would eat that day. The average Venezuelan lost 24 pounds in 2017 alone. Four million have fled their homeland. They are literally fleeing socialism.

The socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro, propped up by his Cuban socialist allies, has run Venezuela into the ground. It was the richest country in Latin America when it was capitalist. It also had free and fair elections. Now Venezuelans are digging in trash cans and killing zoo animals for food.  Millions are sick, starving, and denied the most basic political freedoms.

The same day I stood on the Simon Bolivar bridge, I met a Venezuelan family and held their beautiful baby girl. Her mom was emotional. She said she never wanted her baby to grow up that way.

Socialism is a total disaster. And as Americans, we must condemn it, wherever it exists.

That is why it is truly amazing to see how socialism has become trendy in parts of America.

These days, it seems like socialism is everywhere.

It’s in our colleges and universities.

It’s in Congress, where an up-and-coming Congresswoman says, “capitalism is irredeemable.”

It’s at the highest levels of society and politics.

Right now, the Democratic presidential frontrunner is an avowed socialist named Bernie Sanders.

Only in a prosperous country like America can people be so flippant about capitalism and so naïve about socialism. Do you know where people aren’t demanding socialism? Venezuela. Nicaragua. North Korea. Every socialist country ever.

It’s at this point in the argument that defenders of socialism usually say that of course they don’t mean the socialism of Venezuela or China. 

Their version is different, they say.  It’s kinder and gentler.  They point to Scandinavia.

The same Scandinavia where Sweden tried socialism, saw it fail, and went so far in the other direction that it now has one of the freest economies in Europe.

The same Scandinavia where Denmark cut its business tax rate by more than half.  The Danish Prime Minister criticized Bernie Sanders and said his country is a “market economy.”

And get this. Finland’s president was recently asked if his country was socialist. His response: “No, God bless.”

Other democracies have tried socialism.  Israel, India, and the United Kingdom went through periods of socialism, only to abandon it. Their people are markedly better off as a result.

This trend in America must be taken seriously. An entire generation has grown up without knowing the suffering caused by socialism in the 20th century.  America’s collective amnesia is becoming a real threat. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to educate young Americans about where socialism leads.

We have the facts on our side. But more than that, we’ve seen the faces of socialism’s victims. Their stories deserve to be heard. Stories of breadlines that stretch around streets. Stories of empty grocery stores and hospitals without medicine. Stories not just of poverty, but of oppression, torture, and murder. Just ask any of our fellow American citizens who fled socialism. They know the truth — and we need to tell it.

This is a fight we must wage, and win. We must promise each other, and future generations, that America will never become a socialist country.

But socialism isn’t the only thing we need to guard against.

There’s a growing trend of people who reject socialism and capitalism. They say the free market is broken, and it needs to be fixed. I find this strange, because it often comes from people who should know better.

Take the Business Roundtable. It includes the CEOs of America’s biggest companies. Last year, they tried to redefine the role of business. These corporate leaders want companies to focus not on business, but on some vague notion of helping “stakeholders.” They seem embarrassed by their companies’ success.  They shouldn’t be.

What the Business Roundtable says it means by “stakeholders” is customers, workers, and communities. This is puzzling.

It’s puzzling because in a capitalist economy, companies must tend to their customers, employees, and communities in order to succeed.

A company that doesn’t serve its customers, doesn’t have them for very long, and will go out of business. 

A company that doesn’t reward its workers sees them go to work for a competitor. 

A company that is not a good citizen in its community breeds resentment and ultimately will not prosper.

A cutthroat company that cheats its customers, abuses its workers, and offends its community is going to fail every time.

The Business Roundtable knows this. They know what capitalism is and why it works.

The thing that allows abusive companies to survive is misguided government policies.

Remember Solyndra?

It was supposed to cure global warming and create thousands of jobs. 

It did neither.  And when it went bankrupt, taxpayers were left holding the bag.

Which brings us to other critics of capitalism.

Some conservatives have turned against the market system. They tell us America needs a “new kind” of capitalism. A different kind of capitalism. A hyphenated capitalism.

Yet while these critics keep the word capitalism, they lose its meaning.  They want to give government more power to make more decisions for businesses and workers. They differ from the socialists only in degree.

Others reject capitalism in the name of the environment. Too many young Americans are being convinced that the only way to save the planet is to reject capitalism.

The opposite is true.  Only countries that succeed economically have the resources and political will to demand a cleaner environment.  Our capitalist economy continues to grow even as our carbon emissions decreased in 2019.

It falls to all of us to explain to young Americans that if they care about preserving the environment, they should care about preserving capitalism.

That is not to say our system is perfect. Of course it’s not.

The critics of capitalism – whether socialists or embarrassed conservatives — have pointed out some real issues. They are just wrong when they try to diagnose the underlying disease.

They’re right when they say too many businesses engage in corrupt self-dealing. We saw it in the housing crisis of the last recession. We see it today with some anti-market monopolistic behavior. But that’s not capitalism. It’s corruption. It’s often illegal, and it’s always immoral. Corruption has no place in a free market. Everyone deserves an equal shot.

They’re right that too many special interests get special treatment. But that’s not capitalism either. That’s cronyism and corporate welfare. It destroys a level playing field and rigs the economy in favor of the well-connected. We should expose it and root it out.  And no company should ever get a taxpayer bailout.

They’re also right that some communities in the American heartland have suffered ill effects from globalist economics.  But globalism and capitalism are not even close to synonymous.  Take it from me, at the United Nations, I had a front row seat to witness the values of the multilateral bureaucrats. I assure you capitalism was not among them.

Finally, critics of capitalism are right that income levels are unequal in America. Income inequality will always exist in a free economy. That is not capitalism’s proudest feature, but it’s infinitely better than the alternative. Under socialism, everyone is equal. But they are equal in their poverty and misery. Most Americans don’t want to imagine John Lennon’s world of no possessions. We want everyone to have the opportunity to prosper, and capitalism creates that.

Our country has problems. Most of them are driven by cultural decay and big government, not by businesses or billionaires. Broken families. Insecure borders. Schools that cost too much and teach too little. A safety net that often traps people. Capitalism can’t be blamed for any of these problems. In fact, it can solve them. And the past few years have proved it.

President Trump has tackled economic issues head-on, from trade to taxes to red tape. Unemployment has hit a 50-year low. Wages are up for working people. Food stamp rolls are down. Companies of all kinds have created millions of new, good-paying jobs. The stock market has created trillions in new wealth, helping millions of retirees. After decades of investing overseas, our businesses are investing in American towns and American workers.

The United States is on a roll. Because this administration brought capitalism back.

Socialists and hyphenated capitalists have no good answer to this. And if their diagnosis is wrong, then it stands to reason that their cures are wrong, too.

Their so-called “solutions” always end up with the federal government taking a bigger role in telling businesses and workers what to do, how to invest, how to live. More tax credits here. More subsidies there. More mandates for this. More regulations for that.

The underlying assumption is that they can design a better economy.

My question to them is simple. If politicians can best run the economy, then why is Washington, D.C. such a mess?

There’s also another big problem with this approach.

For conservatives, the trend toward asking companies to get more involved in public issues is dangerous. If companies jump into politics, we’ll get more corruption, more collusion, and more corporate welfare, not less.

And by now we should all realize just how captive the corporate world is to liberal political correctness.

Disney threatens to pull out of Georgia because of a pro-life law.

Pension funds consider boycotting Israel and bowing to anti-Semites.

Google refuses to work with the Pentagon to keep America safe, even while its search engine is freely used by terrorists.

This is what happens when companies become activists. It’s rarely a good thing for conservatives. And it’s bad for workers too.  Few things are more dangerous than big government and big business in bed with each other. Businesses should stick to business.

At the end of the day, hyphenated capitalism is no capitalism at all. The better name for it is socialism lite. And it’s just a slippery slope to the full-blown thing.

I don’t believe we’ll get there. Because I believe in the American people. We have proved for nearly 250 years that capitalism works.

As Americans, we cannot give up on the values that made us the envy of the world. We must put those values to work once again, as we are doing today.

And while we renew our economy at home, we must proudly promote our principles abroad. Foreign adversaries like Russia and China seize on our failure to defend our way of life.

We must respond to the critics with the truth. Capitalism can end poverty, feed the world, and cure disease. Capitalism can give every child the chance not just to dream, but to do. That’s the hope that every parent has for her children.

And so, my thoughts come back to my family. My mom. My dad. My sister and two brothers. The six of us together, making our way in Bamberg, South Carolina, where our neighbors didn’t know who we were, what we were, or why we were there. We were there because my parents knew that in America their children would be better off than they were. I thank God every day for their decision to come here.

Our journey was unique, but our story was not. It is the same story that generations of Americans have lived. A story of hope, hard work, hard times, and hard choices. A story of belief that tomorrow will be better than today. It was. And it still can be for this generation, and all who follow, if we make the right choices.

Speaking for myself, I will never forget the lessons I learned in my mother’s store, and in all the days since. And I will never stop being the loud and proud ambassador of those principles to my country and the world.

Thank you. And God bless America.

What We’re Standing For – February 21st

What We’re Standing For – February 21st

Stand for America

What we are standing for

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Free speech on campus

A new survey of more than 1,000 undergraduates at the University of North Carolina confirms a trend that should concern all Americans – the censorship and bias faced by conservative students on our college campuses. Here are some of the survey’s findings:

→ Students on both the left and right self-censor themselves in the classroom – but conservatives do so at a much higher rate. 68% of conservatives self-censor compared with 49% of moderates and 24% of liberals.

→ Some students refuse to engage socially with classmates who hold different views – BUT only 3% of conservatives said they would not be friends with a liberal, while 25% of liberals said they would not be friends with a conservative.

→ 25% of UNC students responded that it’s okay to silence views they believe are wrong, like creating “an obstruction” or yelling profanity to prevent someone from speaking.

→ Conservatives are regularly disparaged on campuses. Among students who self-identify as liberals, 57% said they hear negative comments about conservatives, nearly triple the number who hear negative remarks about other groups of people.

These findings are similar to the stories Ambassador Haley hears from conservative college students across the country – stories about bullying and isolation, and self-censorship for fear that their grades will suffer. Our institutions of higher education are allowing students to bully other students into silence because they have different political beliefs. That’s just wrong.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal explains how the stifling environment on college campuses, among other factors, gave rise to Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy.



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Staying tough on Russia

The Trump administration took Russia to task for continuing to prop up the corrupt socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela. This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced major sanctions on a subsidiary of state-owned Russian oil giant Rosneft for violating U.S. restrictions on conducting business with Venezuela.

What does this mean: Existing U.S. sanctions have caused Venezuela’s oil exports to plummet by more than a third and Russia has stepped in to give the Maduro regime an economic lifeline. More than 70% of Venezuelan oil now goes through Rosneft, according to the U.S. treasury secretary.

Why it matters: Although nearly 60 countries back National Assembly President Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s democratically-elected leader, Maduro has been able to cling to power with the help of Russia and Communist Cuba. Not only is Russia helping Maduro economically, but Putin has sent his foreign minister to Venezuela to try to legitimize Maduro, and deployed a Russian mercenary group to provide security for the dictator. There’s even cause to believe that Russia talked Maduro out of fleeing Venezuela for Cuba.

The bigger picture: After Juan Guaidó received a bipartisan welcome at President Trump’s State of the Union address this month, the United States is taking action, sending an important message that America supports the Venezuelan people and will stand up against countries, like Russia, who aid in their repression.

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Socialism (now more than ever)
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Stand For America has been warning about America’s creeping support for socialism since our founding last year. Now is the time to get even louder, as Bernie Sanders surges to front-runner status among the left’s field of presidential candidates. What’s worse, Bernie and his friends are trying to convince Americans that his version of socialism is a soft and fuzzy version, similar to European socialism.

→ In this week’s debate, Bernie declared: “Let’s talk about democratic socialism — not communism… Let’s talk about what goes on in countries like Denmark, where…they have a much higher quality of life in many respects than we do.”

→ Ultra-liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote: “Bernie Sanders isn’t a socialist but he plays one on TV.”

The Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan argued that “in most other Western/European countries, Sanders would be considered a pretty mainstream, center-left social democrat.”

The truth: Uh, no. No, no, no, no. Also: NO. Bernie’s socialism is a full-throated rejection of capitalism and free markets. His policies would give government control over vast sectors of our economy, stripping individuals of freedom and opportunity. Let’s review.

→ Bernie has repeatedly praised socialist and communist nightmares like Fidel Castro’s Cuba and Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua. He has declined to support Juan Guaidó as the leader of Venezuela over Maduro, a position his own party publicly rebukes.

→ Bernie’s campaign surrogates speak openly about overturning capitalism. If Bernie’s socialism is soft and fuzzy, his surrogates didn’t get the memo.

→ Bernie has called for nationalizing most major industries in this country.

→ Bernie’s platform is far to the left of Britain’s Labour Party.

→ Even Denmark’s prime minister rejected Bernie’s comparison to his country – because Denmark’s corporate tax rates are low, and successful business people are not demonized.

Read More: Megan McCardle’s on-the-money (pun intended) column – “Bernie Sanders is not just a garden-variety social democrat.”

The fact that long-time Democrats are freaking out over a possible Bernie Sanders nomination should tell you just how radical Bernie’s democratic socialism truly is.


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What We’re Standing For – February 14th

What We’re Standing For – February 14th

Stand for America

What we are standing for

One

Fiscal responsibility

The White House released its 2021 budget proposal this week, laying out the administration’s priorities for cutting wasteful spending and strengthening our national security. Here are a few things Congress should prioritize:

Education reform: Reducing the federal government’s direct role in education and empowering state and local governments to prioritize their students’ needs. Reminder: the United States has dedicated $2 trillion – with a T – to the Department of Education over the last 40 years.

Lower drug prices: Building on the administration’s initial proposal to lower prescription drug prices, with the goal of saving taxpayers an estimated $135 billion and decreasing Americans’ out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Foreign aid: Cutting foreign aid by 21% by eliminating wasteful foreign projects (a poetry festival in Finland and a Muppet Retrospectacle in New Zealand are just two examples). Instead, the administration wants to redirect foreign aid to align with American interests and address real threats, like countering Chinese investments around the world. Dating back to her time as ambassador to the UN, Amb. Haley has been outspoken about the need to reform foreign aid.

Our wish list: Unfortunately, the proposal, which projects budget deficits until 2035, doesn’t address our country’s $23 trillion debt – literally growing by the second.

What is a budget proposal? It’s still up to Congress to write and pass a budget – something they have neglected to do for more than 20 years. And if they don’t pass spending bills by October 1, our government could face another shutdown. Here’s hoping Congress gets its act together. 🤞



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A secure border

Despite the liberals’ calls for an open border, strong immigration policy has driven attempted illegal border crossings to an eight-month low. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reported that January apprehensions dropped to 36,679 – a 10% decline from December 2019 and a 75% decline from May 2019.

What got our border under control? The Trump administration has pushed Mexico to step up enforcement on its own side of the border. And we negotiated agreements with the Mexican and Central American governments to process immigrants’ U.S. asylum claims in their countries. This much-needed shift has lightened the load of overburdened U.S. courts and deterred immigrants from coming in the first place. It has been like “night and day” for overwhelmed U.S. customs and border agents, who risk their lives every day to keep Americans safe.


“We’re an open and generous nation. But a country isn’t a country unless it can control its borders.” – Nikki Haley

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Chinese espionage

This week, the U.S. government announced charges against Chinese military members who hacked credit-reporting company Equifax in 2017. The breach affected almost half of Americans and put sensitive data, from social security numbers to credit scores, in the hands of the Communist Chinese government. According to the FBI, it was the “largest theft of sensitive [personally identifying information] by state-sponsored hackers ever recorded.”

What is China doing? Chinese spying has reached unprecedented levels in the United States. The FBI is now overseeing around 1,000 cases of espionage, with Chinese spies infiltrating the State Department, the CIA, and Defense Intelligence Agency.

→ The United States recently arrested a Harvard professor and two Chinese nationals doing research at Boston University over undisclosed links to the Chinese government. The Chinese researchers stole sensitive information and materials, like biological samples, and handed them over to China. And the Harvard professor, the prominent chair of the school’s chemistry and biology department, received millions of dollars from China in exchange for sharing sensitive research, and lied about to our own government.

→ Chinese spies have infiltrated U.S. scientific and research institutions through China’s “Thousand Talents Plan,” which has recruited over 2,600 experts to help smuggle scientific research back to China.

→ China has been accused of hacking a wide variety of U.S. companies, from computer networks of steel manufacturers, to a health insurer, to a major hotel chain.

What is China’s goal? China is stealing American intellectual property and sensitive research in order to gain an economic and military edge against the United States. And they are stealing Americans’ personal information to help get ahead in developing a new generation of technology – artificial intelligence – that the Communist government can use for mass surveillance and censorship.

What is the United States doing about it? Last week, the Justice Department launched the China Initiative to raise awareness, pleading with Americans to be more alert about China’s spying and economic espionage, which costs the United States up to $600 billion per year.

The Trump administration is also working to stop China’s global dominance in 5G wireless communications, warning our allies that allowing the Chinese company Huawei to take part in its 5G networks will threaten national security and give the Chinese government even more power to spy around the world.

→ Read More: “Chinese spies are on the offensive”



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MORE anti-Israel bias at the UN

We shouldn’t be surprised… anti-Israel bias is the status quo at the UN… but the UN’s decision to publish a controversial blacklist targeting Israel is a new low.

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As UN ambassador, Amb. Haley worked to stop the blacklist, knowing it would be unfairly used to target, boycott, and attack Israeli companies.

After more than two years of holding back the report, the timing of its release this week is highly suspect, coming just a few days after the Palestinians failed to pass a UN Security Council resolution condemning the United States for its Middle East peace plan. Unable to use Security Council resolutions to broadcast its anti-Israel bias, the UN resorted to the blacklist.

What about other countries? Great question. There are no other countries and no other UN blacklists. Despite the long list of human rights abusers (Venezuela, China, Cuba come to mind), Israel is the ONLY country the UN has targeted with a blacklist. 🤔

What has the reaction been? Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced it was cutting ties with OHCHR, the UN body that released the report. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Whoever boycotts us will be boycotted.” And Amb. Haley said the following:

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What We’re Standing For – February 8th

What We’re Standing For – February 8th

Stand for America

What we are standing for

One

Economic growth

Listening to the Democrat presidential candidates, you might think the American economy is suffering from a terrible depression.

Unfortunately for them, their doom and gloom-filled stump speeches have nothing to do with reality.

According to a new poll, 67% of Americans say the economy is in good shape. And it’s not hard to see why. The numbers don’t lie:

→ 3.5 million: new people entering the workforce
→ 7 million: new jobs
→ 10 million: Americans off the welfare rolls
→ 500,000: new manufacturing jobs
→ 225,000: new jobs in January, far above economists’ expectations of 161,000
→ 12,000: new factories across America
→ $12 trillion: has been added to our nation’s wealth as the stock market soared more than 70%

No wonder American confidence in the U.S. economy is the highest since 2001.

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→ Read more: “The American Dream is Alive and Well” in the Wall Street Journal is an important reminder of why our economy is so strong — because of the success of free markets and capitalism. We should be loud about defending these American values.



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Supporting Venezuelan democracy

This week, President Trump welcomed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó — recognized as the country’s president by the United States and more than 50 other countries — to the White House and hosted him at the State of the Union.

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When President Trump introduced Mr. Guaidó as the “true and legitimate” leader of Venezuela, members from both parties stood and applauded.

“Mr. President, please take this message back to your homeland. All Americans are united with the Venezuelan people in their righteous struggle for freedom.” – President Trump

The lesson: If the left recognizes the need to defeat socialism abroad, maybe – just maybe – they can start to confront the risk of socialism at home.



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Socialism ☭

There are many takeaways from the Iowa caucus this week, but one of the most important is the threat of socialism on the left. With 99% of precincts reporting (finally), Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren captured 43% of the caucus vote. Let that sink in: An avowed socialist and a far-left liberal took two of the top three spots at the caucus.

From the Green New Deal to Medicare for All to open borders to sky-high tax rates, Senators Sanders and Warren have pushed the Democrat Party towards an agenda so far left that it threatens American prosperity and security.

What’s the solution: Speak up. As Amb. Haley says: “It’s not enough to say that Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, open borders, and higher taxes are bad policies. We have to explain why.”

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→ Read more: “Even a partial dose of democratic socialism seems to be economic poison.”



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Petty partisanship

The State of the Union is about tradition. It’s about ideas that will move our country forward. But Tuesday night produced something else entirely: extreme partisanship and temper tantrums.

Yes, we’re in the middle of an election year, but that doesn’t mean we have to throw all civility out the window.

The president’s speech was filled with policies that would improve life for all Americans. From criminal justice reform, to fixing a broken education system, to a booming economy that lifts everyone up, there was plenty to celebrate. But some members of Congress who disagree with the president refused to attend. Many who showed up weren’t much better – they talked, checked their phones, and the Speaker of the House went so far as to rip the speech in half.

As Amb. Haley often reminds us, we can disagree on policy, but we should always treat each other with respect.

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No wonder Congress’ approval rating sits at an embarrassingly low 23%.



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There’s a whole lot of animal love this week, and we’re lovin’ it. After the Kansas City Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years, a Chiefs player offered to pay all of the adoption fees for all the adoptable dogs at a local animal shelter. Not to be outdone, Coors Light is encouraging people to adopt a pet this Valentine’s Day by offering to pay for up to 1,000 adoptions.




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What we’re standing for this week – Feb 1

What we’re standing for this week – Feb 1

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MIDDLE EAST EDITION


A realistic peace plan

This week President Trump proposed a comprehensive peace plan aimed at resolving the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Why is this important: Jews and Arabs have been warring over land the size of New Jersey for over a century now. American presidents going back to Lyndon Johnson have tried to bring Israel and Palestinians together to reach a peace agreement, to no avail.



What makes this plan different:

(1) President Trump has been the most pro-Israel president in history, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, getting out of the disastrous Iran deal, and cutting off funding to UNWRA – the corrupt UN agency overseeing Palestinian refugees. With this history, the Trump administration approaches a peace process from a different angle, with Israel’s security as a non-negotiable priority.

(2) While previous plans left fundamental questions like the status of Jerusalem and final borders open to negotiation, the Trump plan tackles those issues head on. Instead of clinging to unrealistic notions about the conflict, the Trump plan is upfront about the pain points.

(3) Old alliances in the Middle East have shifted. It used to be the Arab world vs. Israel. Today, Egypt and Jordan have peace treaties with Israel, and countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates recognize the major security interests they share with Israel.


Take a deeper look:

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→ Settlements: Settlements refer to Israeli communities in the West Bank (land captured by Israel from Jordan in the Six Day War in 1967). While some of these settlements are small outposts, others are large cities, home to hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

The Trump plan recognized that Israel will not and should not uproot hundreds of thousands of its citizens or compromise its legitimate security interests in the West Bank. Instead, the plan offers Palestinians as much as 80% of the West Bank territory – and comes with an agreement from Israel that it will not engage in any settlement activity in areas that would comprise the future Palestinian state for a period of four years. This is something Israel has never agreed to before.

→ Economic incentive: The plan promises $28 billion in aid over 10 years for Palestinians to build a thriving, peaceful state. It also includes $22 billion in aid for Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon to give an economic jumpstart to the entire region. This aid would not be a cash dump. It would come in the form of investments in transportation, infrastructure, education, healthcare, and other civilian priorities.

→ Hamas: Hamas – the terrorist group currently controlling the Gaza Strip – must renounce violence, disarm, and accept the legitimate existence of the Jewish State. The Gaza Strip will be connected to the West Bank via an underground tunnel, easing passage for Palestinians.

→ Jerusalem: Now that America has recognized Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, the plan offers a future Palestinian state a capital on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem.

→ Maps: Unlike previous plans, the Trump plan contains specific maps for what the two states will look like, something no previous U.S. president has done. See the map here.


How has the “deal of the century” been received?

→ In Israel, both Prime Minister Netanyahu and his chief campaign rival Benny Gantz embraced the plan. Regardless of the outcome of Israel’s ongoing and uncertain elections, their support sends a clear message that Israel will be pro-peace.

Palestinian officials rejected the plan and refused to meet with White House officials. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responded: “We say a thousand times, no, no, no to the deal of the century.”

Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. urged Palestinian leaders to accept the Trump plan as a starting point. Bahrain, Oman, and the U.A.E. sent their U.S. ambassadors to the White House for the plan’s unveiling.

THE TAKEAWAY
This is an important step toward a real and lasting peace. In the past, Arab countries automatically took the Palestinians’ side – something Ambassador Haley saw firsthand at the UN – but their reaction to the Trump administration’s plan shows how much has changed. Thanks to a growing relationship with Israel and a lack of patience with failed Palestinian leadership, we are seeing a seismic shift in the Arab approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ambassador Haley called the plan the “last chance” for the Palestinians: “It does not compromise national security for Israel, and it improves the quality of life for Palestinians,” she said. “I hope both sides will give it the opportunity it needs.”

Watch Amb. Haley’s interview with Israel’s Channel 12:

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If you only watch one video this week… make it this one. This is what pure joy looks like. 🍦👶

What we’re standing for this week – Jan 25

What we’re standing for this week – Jan 25

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Common sense on climate

This week, world leaders met in Davos, Switzerland for a crash course in hysteria. Former Vice President Al Gore actually compared climate change to 9/11 and World War II.

“This is Thermopylae. This is Agincourt. This is Dunkirk. This is the Battle of the Bulge. This is 9/11.”

This kind of rhetoric is not only insulting to the lives lost in those tragedies, but it is also wholly unproductive.

Take the Green New Deal. It is the perfect example of what policy making shouldn’t look like:

→ The GND calls for the U.S. to stop using ALL fossil fuels, including natural gas, within the next 10 years — a plan that is not only dishonest and impossible, but would harm America’s economy and national security, and cause electricity prices to skyrocket.

→ The GND would also move our country away from free markets, ensuring that almost 50% of the economy would pass through the government.

→ The GND is estimated to cost American taxpayers up to $10 trillion or more, and if that doesn’t sound expensive enough, Bernie Sanders has even higher socialist ambitions — his GND would cost $16 trillion.

→ Worst of all, the Green New Deal wouldn’t even prevent the temperature rise that the far-left claims will lead to our climate doom.

We can and should be responsible stewards of our environment, but we can’t sacrifice our economy, our national security, and good old common sense in the process.

This week, House Republicans introduced their own climate plan that focuses on encouraging businesses and people to take responsibility for the environment instead of punishing them.

What’s in the plan:

Trees galore: The Trillion Trees Act calls for increasing the number of trees in the U.S. to help sequester carbon dioxide.

Clean energy: Calls for investing in clean energy research (including nuclear energy and natural gas) and lowering tax rates for companies that export clean energy technology.

Conservation: Focuses on cleaning up plastic and redirecting foreign aid to help countries eliminate plastic pollution.

This plan puts realistic ideas on the table for discussion, as opposed to taxing and regulating every aspect of our economy as a means to a socialist end.



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Celebrating life

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This week, thousands gathered in state capitals and our national capital to celebrate the most beautiful and fragile gift we have: Life.

The March for Life is not an angry march. It’s not a protest. It is a celebration, because life, in all of its colors, shapes, and sizes, is worth celebrating.

Our Stand For America team was able to speak with some of the participants at the march to get their perspectives on why they are pro-life. Watch the short video below.

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Last year, Amb. Haley spoke at the Susan B. Anthony annual gala about her personal reasons for being pro-life and what the pro-life movement means to her. Watch below.

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Extremism on immigration

The latest: Just when it seems like liberals can’t get more extreme, they prove us wrong. This week, Bernie Sanders (who has come a long way from his concerns over our “porous” border) expressed an openness to destroying parts of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and stopping 99% of deportations. That would basically mean a free pass to anyone who crosses our border illegally.

“A moratorium on 99% of deportations is nothing to sniff at, and I think the undocumented community would be very proud of that.”

→ It’s not just Bernie: Not to be outdone, Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted this week that we should stop detaining ALL illegal immigrants.

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→ There’s more: In New York and New Jersey, there is a renewed obsession with sanctuary cities and states – defined by a city or state’s refusal to work with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in detaining illegal immigrants who commit dangerous crimes. In New York City, an illegal immigrant who should have been deported was recently accused of murdering a 92-year old woman. ICE is fighting back by issuing subpoenas for information and releasing a list of nine illegal fugitives who have been released into communities under the city’s sanctuary city policy.

→ The problem: While this kind of radical positioning may help politicians score points with an activist base, it makes our communities less lafe and hinders the goal of actually fixing our broken immigration system.

Politicians need to spend more time talking about solutions in Congress, and less time pandering.

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The USS Abraham Lincoln docked this week in San Diego after a 295-day deployment, and many naval officers met their new babies for the first time. These pictures will pull on your .

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Here’s what you need to know this week – January 19th

Here’s what you need to know this week – January 19th

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U.S. leadership on energy

If you listen to the far-left, fracking is a dirty word. During this week’s Democrat debate, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren called for an across-the-board ban on fracking. But even fellow liberals, like Amy Klobuchar, think this goes too far.

→ What is fracking? Hydraulic fracking is a drilling technique used to extract oil and gas in a cost-effective way. The innovation has created a natural gas boom in the United States over the past decade.

→ Why do liberals hate fracking? Liberals like Bernie Sanders envision a world in which ALL fossil fuels are completely eliminated. 🤔

→ What are the benefits of fracking: Fracking has created millions of jobs, boosting local economies across America’s heartland and making the American economy stronger overall. It’s also alleviated our dependence on oil – especially foreign oil – and helped the United States lead the world in reducing carbon emissions (a point the far-left clearly doesn’t want to acknowledge). Finally, the fracking boom has lowered gas prices across the country, putting more money in hardworking Americans’ pockets. 🎉

Bottom line: The far-left’s ban on fracking is just another example of how radical progressives have become on climate change – they are willing to sacrifice America’s economy and national security to score political points.

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Eliminating regulations & speeding up American growth

Here’s a fascinating fact: The national wonder that is the Hoover Dam was built in only five years. Today, simple infrastructure projects lie dormant for many more years because of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

→ What is NEPA? NEPA is a 1970 law requiring an environmental study before proceeding with any construction project that uses federal funds or permitting.

→ How has NEPA worked? The short answer: Terribly. Case in point: An effort to expand Interstate 70 in Denver by 12 miles resulted in an 8,951-page study with a 7,307-page appendix and took 13 years to be completed. Basically, NEPA rules have become a way for bureaucrats to hold up important and necessary infrastructure projects.

→ What’s new: This week, the Trump administration released rules clarifying and streamlining NEPA. Of course, liberals were outraged. Enter Nancy Pelosi, stage left:

“This means more polluters will be right there, next to the water supply of our children. That’s a public health issue. That in their denial of climate, they are going to not use the climate issue as anything to do with environmental decision-making.”

Bottom line: It’s been 40 years since NEPA was written, and it’s time to rein in its worst elements. It is possible to protect our environment and build roads, bridges, and other projects at the same time. All we need is a little common sense. Too bad it’s in such short supply in Washington.



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Putting China on notice

The United States took an important step forward in reaching a trade agreement with China this week, signing Phase One, which covers a wide array of economic concerns, from agricultural imports, to access to financial markets, to intellectual property theft.

→ What’s the big deal? President Trump has fundamentally changed the United States’ relationship with China and put its Communist government on notice: China can no longer steal American technology and inventions with impunity and get trade terms that benefit its economy at the expense of our own. 🇺🇸💪

→ What to look out for: Whether China actually upholds its end of the bargain. After all, the Communist country has a long track record of cheating. But America has sent China an important message: We won’t be taken advantage of.

Amb. Haley has been outspoken on the Chinese threat and specifically, Chinese theft:

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Giving into Iran’s threats

Amb. Nikki Haley was a leading advocate of leaving the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. Since then, she has urged our European allies to join the United States in recognizing the threat of the Iranian regime and reimposing sanctions.

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Europe has refused to listen until now, trying to preserve the Iran deal at all costs. Finally, this week, Britain, France and Germany took steps to reimpose international sanctions on Iran.

→ Why now? A week ago, Iran announced it would not comply with uranium enrichment limits mandated by the agreement. This move came after months of Iran slowly backing away from other commitments in the deal, including a ban on developing missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

→ How did Iran respond? The usual. The regime stuck to its tried and true playbook: threats and bullying (if ain’t broke…), openly threatening violence against European soldiers.

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then continuing to coddle Iran is nothing short of… insane.



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Get out your stamps and mark your calendar for Feb. 14. A 104-year old World War II Marine Corps veteran is asking people to send him Valentine’s Day cards. What are you waiting for? 💌 Send cards to:

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The events that shaped the decade

The events that shaped the decade

As the decade comes to an end, we’re taking a moment to remember some of the foreign and domestic policy events that have shaped the past 10 years. Many of these challenges and opportunities remain critically important as we enter a new decade. Here’s what we are standing for and what we are standing against in 2020 and beyond.

What we are standing for

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The will of the people

On Jan. 14, 2011, Tunisians ousted their dictatorial president, kicking off the Arab Spring. Pro-democracy uprisings followed in Morocco, Libya, Egypt, and Bahrain. Eight years later, Hong Kong citizens took to the streets to protest a proposed extradition bill that would have weakened Hong Kong’s autonomy from mainland China. From Africa, to Asia, to Latin America, this was a decade that saw millions of people bravely making their voices heard.

In other places, popular uprisings led to prolonged conflicts. In Syria, an uprising started after parents protested a brutal attack on a group of teenagers and grew into a horrific eight-year long civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more.

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In Venezuela, two decades of socialism under Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolás Maduro have led to rocketing inflation, blackouts, starvation, extreme poverty, illness, death, and mass migration. Sadly, despite the Venezuelan people’s protests against Maduro and U.S.-led efforts to isolate the brutal socialist regime, Maduro has held tightly to power, causing more than 4.5 million people to flee the country and leaving millions more to suffer. The world must continue to stand up for the people of Venezuela.

Ambassador Nikki Haley has said time and again, when leaders don’t listen to their people, conflict will follow. As we begin the new decade, authoritarians around the world would do well to take notice.

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American service

It took 10 years, but on May 2, 2011 U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Eight years later, U.S. special forces killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria. And just this week, President Trump authorized a strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian terrorist who sowed chaos and violence across the Middle East, and was responsible for killing and injuring thousands of American soldiers. These successful operations made the world safer and would not have been possible without the brave men and women – and their families – who sacrifice to serve their country and fellow Americans.

Nearly 20 years removed from 9/11, there is a growing indifference toward the sacrifice our brave men and women face every day – both on the battlefield and when they return to civilian life. This is unacceptable. It shouldn’t take a war to appreciate national service. As Amb. Haley often says, “We are the land of the free because of the brave.”

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Economic boom

Following the 2009 economic crisis that devastated many American families, the United States is now enjoying the longest economic expansion in American history. As of December, the U.S. economy has grown for 126-straight months and the S&P index has tripled in value.

Unemployment is 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years
Interest rates are at historic lows, allowing businesses to borrow, spend, and grow
We’ve seen wage growth across all income levels, with employers hiring and raising pay

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The lesson of all this prosperity is that free markets work. Low taxes, reduced regulations, and an environment that encourages entrepreneurship benefit all.

Liberal calls for socialism are not only out of touch, they are plain wrong. Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, “free” programs, higher taxes – all these policies would only reverse the largest economic boom in history. Where’s the sense in that? 🤔

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Leaving bad deals

Under the Trump administration, the United States said good-bye to a number of bad deals and organizations.

→ President Obama’s Iran deal: Amb. Haley has repeatedly argued that Iran could not be trusted to hold up its end of the bargain. Without a trustworthy partner and the necessary enforcement mechanism, the Iran deal gave the Iranian regime billions of dollars while it continued to enrich uranium, sponsor terrorism, and violate international law.

Now, as U.S. efforts to isolate Iran through economic sanctions prove successful, the regime is showing its true colors as it threatens the United States and our allies, demanding sanctions relief and orchestrating violent protests at our embassy in Iraq this week.

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The Paris climate agreement: Orchestrated by President Obama, the agreement placed unfair and unrealistic restrictions on the United States and disadvantaged U.S. companies, especially vis-à-vis China, which produces more than a quarter of the world’s emissions – more than double the United States. Under the Paris agreement, China is allowed to increase its emissions until 2030 (they went up again in 2019) and remain a member in good standing, while the United States agreed to much more drastic short-term measures. Watch Amb. Haley’s response to the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement here.

→ The hypocritical UN Human Rights Council: Amb. Haley spearheaded the U.S. move after UN members rejected all efforts to reform the long corrupt council that includes members like China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Amb. Haley’s explains why leaving the Human Rights Council made us stronger here.

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Border security

The U.S. continues to experience an immigration crisis as millions of people have crossed our southern border illegally, overwhelming border security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and our courts.

We are a nation of immigrants and we should welcome people who want to come to this country legally and achieve the American Dream. But the United States is a country of laws and anyone who enters this country must follow those laws. The current crisis and the Left’s call for “open borders,” decriminalizing illegal border crossings, and sanctuary cities will endanger our citizens and our national identity.

Every nation has a right to protect and enforce its border. In fact, the U.S. government has a duty to do so. As Amb. Haley says, “a country isn’t a country unless it can control its borders.”

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Spiraling debt 💰

The national debt stands at $23.1 trillion – or $69,999 for every person in the United States, or $179,695 for every household. It’s the highest level of debt as a percentage of the economy that we have seen since World War II.

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These numbers are unsustainable. Our government will eventually run out of money and will be unable to make good on its obligations and promises. When that happens, we will be left with two choices: Raise taxes or print dollars – both would be devastating to our economic prosperity.

It’s time for Congress to get its act together and start acting responsibly.



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Socialism ☭

Socialism used to be taboo. Today, self-declared socialists occupy the halls of Congress, and young Americans have a more favorable view of socialism than ever before. Membership in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has surged, and the DSA helped elect socialists at all levels of government. Socialist policies like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, 70% tax rates, and nationalization of whole sectors of our economy have become commonplace proposals on the Left.

Numerous articles and reports have shown that these misguided policies would come at a great cost to our standard of living and economic growth. Socialism’s failure in other countries should be enough to send a stark message. But all this evidence hasn’t dulled the calls for socialism on the Left.

It’s up to us to continue to make the case for capitalism, not just as the best and fairest economic system, but as an integral part of our national story.

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Putin

On March 4, 2012, Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed victory in a much disputed election. Nineteen years into his autocratic rule, Putin has grown increasingly aggressive, annexing Crimea, poisoning dissidents, and meddling in U.S. elections. One thing is clear: Putin is not our friend.

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Growing Chinese aggression

When Xi Jinping took over as China’s new president in 2013, there were questions about what kind of leader he would be. No longer. Over the past decade, we have learned that Xi is aggressively devoted to protecting the Chinese Communist Party – no matter what or who stands in the way.

Under Xi’s leadership, China has detained hundreds of thousands of minority Uighurs in prison camps, denying them religious freedom, expanded surveillance over its citizens, and built up its military presence in the South China Sea. Xi also abolished presidential term limits, making himself president for life.

As Amb. Haley argues in her Foreign Affairs article, “The longstanding conventional wisdom about China’s liberalization and moderation is dead.” The new decade will require new thinking on how to work with China while recognizing the threat it poses, not only to America’s security and economic interests, but to democracy and freedom globally.

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Incivility

It’s no secret: Our politics has grown increasingly polarized, and this acrimony has spilled over into daily life and social media. This is a shame, because America is at its best when we talk to each other – not past each other. That doesn’t mean we can’t disagree and debate policies. It means we shouldn’t disrespect one another simply because we don’t support the same candidate or platform.

“Today, Americans increasingly see each other as the enemy, and that’s not right. Too many regard those who disagree with them not simply as wrong, but as evil. But it’s hard to have government by the people and for the people if we regard each other as unworthy of even having a conversation with.” – Amb. Haley




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Update on our Hong Kong Petition!

Update on our Hong Kong Petition!

We delivered thousands of your petitions to the Senate asking that they pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which recently cleared the House.

And today we received these thank you videos from two of the bill’s sponsors, Senator Marco Rubio, and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Jim Risch.

We will continue to update you on the progress of this important legislation.

Thank you again to everyone who sent in a petition, and thank you to the Stand For America members who support our efforts every day.

Your action is making a difference in Washington.