Return America to Greatness

America's destiny depends on the advocacy of its citizenry to defend and promote the ideals that made America the greatest nation in history. American Encore is dedicated to helping our nation and its leaders rise to the test and to confront these challenges. We will defend freedom; promote free markets; work to expand economic opportunity and make the case for the American ideals of liberty and democracy, both at home and abroad.

By: Patrick Hedger, Policy Director-American Encore Excerpt from Blueprint for 2015: Setting the Stage for the Next Session The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a federal government mandate designed to incorporate an increasing amount of fuels derived from non-fossil fuels sources, primarily...
By: Patrick Hedger, Policy Director-American Encore The complaint that Congress “does nothing” or reports claiming the previous Congress was “the least productive in history” are somewhat annoying. Supposedly seasoned politicos like to make this point as if they are offering something insightful...
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By: Patrick Hedger, Policy Director-American Encore A recent Politico article leads with the line, “Progressives have a new rhetorical ally: corporate America.” The article then goes on to discuss the various major corporations that have decided to raise the base hourly compensation rate for their...
By: Patrick Hedger, Policy Director-American Encore With graduation season upon us, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is ramping up the talk on higher education and the growing levels of student loan debt. There is no doubt that student debt is an issue that is stunting economic growth in this...
By: Patrick Hedger-Policy Director, American Encore Today Arizona Governor Doug Ducey made a smart move against a dumb system that is failing American students nationwide. Governor Ducey called on the State Board of Education to scrap the controversial “Common Core” standards handed down by the...
By: Patrick Hedger-Policy Director, American Encore Defenders of Mesa School District’s Superintendent Michael Cowan have sought to discredit the revelation that Cowan only spends half of the district’s money in the classroom and only a dismal one-third on compensating the district’s teachers...
Today marks a truly seminal milestone in American history. Exactly 150 years ago today, on March 4, 1865, from the steps of the Capitol, the newly re-elected 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, gave what he considered his greatest speech, his second inaugural address to the nation...
Regulation: One need not be a member of a Jewish or a Christian faith to be familiar with the Ten Commandments. According to scripture, Moses descended from Mount Sinai with two stone tablets that were given to him by God. Inscribed on them were God’s rules for man. Ten was good enough for God. In...
Mesa's school superintendent is not spending money in the classroom. Instead, funds appropriated to the school district are flowing away from Mesa's students and their teachers. Nearly two-thirds of Mesa's education dollars never reach the classroom. This is a major departure from national...
In addition to rolling back disasters like ObamaCare, Republicans should look at the next two years as a public relations battle, not just a legislative battle. Some on the right have said nothing short of a repeal of ObamaCare is good enough. However, there is a case to be made for small victories...

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