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Roadmap for the 21st Century

The Roadmap for the 21st Century Project is a collaboration of free-market experts nationwide reflecting their views on the major public policy choices facing the nation, particularly those affecting economic growth and prosperity. Formal co-sponsors of the project are the National Tax Limitation Foundation and The Heartland Institute, with supporting roles played by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Deliberations included valuable input from representatives of the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Committee to Unleash Prosperity, National Center for Policy Analysis, Goodman Institute, and others organizations.

We are grateful to members of the House Republican Task Forces, appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this year, for their input. The reports produced for those task forces are discussed in the reports of this project, and we deliberately chose to cover the same subject areas of tax reform, health reform (repeal and replace Obamacare), regulation, welfare reform and poverty, and national defense.

No claim is made that all free-market experts hold the views expressed by the reports in this series. However, we do believe the reports reflect a rough consensus by the best thinkers and doers in the free-market movement, particularly those who seek to restore booming American economic growth.  

The Roadmap


Budget & Tax Reform

Health Care Reform

Monetary Policy

Energy Deregulation

Welfare Reform


Social Security and Medicare

National Defense

Rightsizing Government

Commentary About the Roadmap

Disabling Filibuster Is Key For Pro-Growth Reforms, Lewis Uhler and Peter Ferrara, Investor's Business Daily (Dec 13, 2016)
“Voters might justifiably assume that having now gained control of Congress and the White House, Republicans have complete power to enact all campaign promises of the last election. But without changes to the filibuster, Senate minority Democrats can still block Republican reforms.”

Democrats must not obstruct essential pro-growth reforms, Lewis Uhler and Peter Ferrara, Washington Times (Dec 7, 2016)
“Republicans cannot allow Democrats to obstruct essential pro-growth reforms, such as tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, or reversing Obama anti-energy restrictions.”

Trump & Carrier: Incentives Are Preferable To A ‘Mailed Fist’, Lewis Uhler and Peter Ferrara, Daily Caller (Dec 5, 2016)
“All of Trump’s executive and legislative proposals are based on universal voluntary incentives to produce the right result, and individual consumer choice in competitive markets, NOT the ‘mailed fist’ of raw political power to force the outcome.”

Speaker Ryan Leads Republicans To A Better Way, Lewis Uhler and Peter Ferrara, Daily Caller (Nov 21, 2016)
“The Trump plan would be powerfully pro-growth, serving as the foundation for long overdue, booming economic recovery.”

How Trump Can Become One of Our Greatest Presidents, Lewis Uhler and Peter Ferrara, American Spectator (Aug 15, 2016)
“Donald Trump can become one of the greatest presidents in American history, if he can accomplish just a few simple things that America urgently needs to get right.”

Ryan’s Executive Overreach Working Group: It’s Time for Congress to ‘Man Up’ And Do Its Duty, Lewis Uhler and Peter Ferrara, Daily Caller (Jul 26, 2016)
“Reasserting its power of the purse, Congress under that tax reform should also abolish the IRS as an Executive agency – an anomaly of the Lincoln era – and replace it with a bureau reportable directly to and under control of Congress.”

‘Government is the problem, not the solution’, Lewis Uhler and Peter Ferrara, Washington Times (Jul 17, 2016)
“Regulation is another form of taxation. Government imposes cost burdens on businesses and job creation — and on the ability of workers to increase “take home pay.” When Mr. Reagan entered office in 1981, he intuitively understood that regulation retarded economic growth, but at the time not by how much. Now we know.”

Drawing a conservative road map, Peter Ferrara and Lew Uhler, Washington Times (May 24, 2016)
“The right policies and programs advanced in civil discourse by a united conservative team can carry the day and make America great again.”

Paul Ryan And Kevin McCarthy Ride Again: Young Guns Morph Into Senior Policy Sharpshooters, Peter Ferrara and Lew Uhler, Daily Caller (Mar 24, 2016)
“Grassroots outreach and voter education around [these] policy solutions will be key to creating a legislative mandate for 2017 and beyond.”

The New Road to Freedom, Christopher N. Malagisi, Townhall (Mar 20, 2016)
“At the tail end of the debilitating Obama administration’s economic policies, Peter Ferrara, the senior fellow at The Heartland Institute, offers hope and a blueprint for America to get back on the road to freedom and prosperity.”

About The Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute is a 33-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

About the National Tax Limitation Committee

The National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) was organized in 1975. Its mission is to provide national leadership to achieve the optimal size and functions of government and promote candidates and initiatives that support these goals.