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  • Libya Epitomizes Clinton's Not-So-Smart Power (In which she escalates terrorism)

    07/06/2016 3:13:14 PM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
    National Interest ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 | Christopher A. Preble
    A long profile on Hillary Clinton in the Washington Post earlier this week highlights (the 2011 Libyan intervention) as a key indicator of her approach to foreign policy. Clinton claims that the Libyan bombing campaign was an example of “smart power at its best.” If she actually believes that, it raises serious questions about her judgment, as well as about her ability to analyze foreign policy dispassionately and with the best interests of the United States at heart. If Clinton is willing to point to Libya as a “signature moment in her four-year tenure” as secretary of state, as the...
  • Burt Kwouk, veteran of the 'Pink Panther' movies, dies at 85 [Cato]

    05/24/2016 7:58:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2016 9:50 AM EDT
    Burt Kwouk, who played martial arts expert Cato in the comic “Pink Panther” films, has died. He was 85. Kwouk’s agent, Jean Diamond, said in a statement that he “passed peacefully” on Tuesday. She didn’t give a cause of death. Born in northwest England and raised in Shanghai, Kwouk had his breakthrough film role in “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness” in 1958, and appeared in the James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “You Only Live Twice.” …
  • Organized crime: The 'looting' of $11 trillion from the U.S. economy

    03/06/2010 10:48:43 AM PST · by opentalk · 15 replies · 963+ views
    World Tribune ^ | March 5, 2010 | world tribune/ Cliff Kincaid
    The following is based on a report by Cliff Kincaid for Accuracy in Media. The New York Times is quoting a spokesman for George Soros as saying that the well-known hedge fund operator is guilty of no wrong-doing in connection with the financial upheaval currently affecting Greece and Europe as a whole. But Zubi Diamond, author of the powerful new book, Wizards of Wall Street, says the agenda of Soros and other short sellers is clear. Their purpose, he says, is “to loot America and any foreign country which invested in America. Greece was one of them. Iceland was ravaged...
  • Congress Can Deny Barack Obama the Power to Replace Justice Scalia

    02/14/2016 8:01:06 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 63 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | Feb. 14, 2016 | Michael F. Cannon
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with a press release saying, "this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President." Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), and Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) agree. Hillary Clinton spoke for many Democrats: "The Republicans in the Senate and on the campaign trail who are calling for Justice Scalia’s seat to remain vacant dishonor the Constitution. The Senate has a constitutional responsibly here that it cannot abdicate for partisan political reasons." Conor Friedersdorf says the no-vote stratagem is...
  • Ted Cruz For Liberty... Ted Cruz For President

    02/05/2016 10:17:48 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 41 replies
    The Bull Elephant ^ | February 5, 2016 | Robert Kenyon
    The liberty movement must help elect Senator Ted Cruz the next President of the United States. Many of us in the liberty movement saw the handwriting on the wall some time ago, as far as the Rand Paul campaign was concerned. He came in a distant fifth in Iowa, a state many thought he would win a year ago. His polling looked bleak in the other early states, and he was short on resources. He likely could have gone on, but instead, suspended his campaign Wednesday morning. He'll focus on securing re-election to the Senate, which he should easily accomplish....
  • Conservatives and a Lone Libertarian Take on Donald Trump

    01/23/2016 12:16:42 AM PST · by cons_it · 35 replies
    Today I join some 20 other writers in making the case against Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. The venerable National Review, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., assembled a group of diverse critics to argue that Trump is not a conservative, not an advocate of limited government, but rather (as the editorial asserts) “a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.”

    07/20/2015 8:25:34 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 34 replies
    SpaceX ^ | 20JUL2015 | Staff Writer
    On June 28, 2015, following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight, resulting in loss of mission. This summary represents an initial assessment, but further investigation may reveal more over time. Prior to the mishap, the first stage of the vehicle, including all nine Merlin 1D engines, operated nominally; the first stage actually continued to power through the overpressure event on the second stage for several seconds following the mishap. In addition, the Dragon spacecraft not only survived the second stage event, but also continued to...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal a Clear Success (facepalm)

    07/16/2015 7:45:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | July 14, 2015 | John Glaser and Justin Logan
    The deal just struck between the U.S., world powers, and Iran is an historic achievement that decreases the likelihood of an Iranian nuclear weapon and forestalls the risk of another costly U.S. war in the Middle East.But while the diplomats in Vienna are finished wrangling over the final details, the Obama administration is by no means finished fighting for the agreement’s survival. Congress has 60 days with which to review the deal for final approval, and while Republicans may not have a veto-proof majority, they — along with some Democrats — remain vehemently opposed to any plausible peaceful resolution.The debate...
  • Cato Institute advances myth about Pacific Rim Trade Agreement

    06/12/2015 6:03:57 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 7 replies
    6/12/2015 | johnwk
     SEE: Top Nine Myths About Trade Promotion Authority And The Trans-Pacific Partnership Under “Myth 1: TPA and U.S. FTAs are unconstitutional and undemocratic!” we find: ”Finally, it’s important to reiterate that, contrary to some claims, FTAs are not treaties (which are typically “self-executing,” require two-thirds approval by the Senate, and have the force of law upon ratification).” Now, with regard to the language contained in constitutions see: 16 Am Jur 2d Constitutional law Meaning of Language Ordinary meaning, generally ”Words or terms used in a constitution, being dependent on ratification by the people voting upon it, must be understood in...
  • Treason Magazine upset at Jeff Sessions influencing the GOP

    05/16/2015 4:25:53 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Treason Magazine | May 2015 Scott Walker's Olympic Quality Immigration Flip Flop How the right-wing pundits paved the way for Walker's labor protectionism Shikha Dalmia | May 12, 2015 If Jeff Sessions' Anti-Immigration and Free Trade Stances Are the Future of the GOP, It Has No Future.
  • Tim Cook’s Moral Confusion—and Intolerance

    04/01/2015 6:27:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CATO INSTITUTE ^ | 04/01/2015 | Roger Pilon
    Few recent battles have seized the nation’s moral compass quite as emotionally as the one going on in Indiana right now, pitting defenders of religious liberty against opponents of discrimination based on sexual orientation. But Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook brings the moral confusion surrounding the battle to a head this morning with his op-ed in the Washington Post. Lumping together both legitimate and illegitimate “religious freedom restoration acts,” he writes, “they go against the very principles our nation was founded on.”Really? Let’s see if that claim stands up. We find those principles in the nation’s founding document, the Declaration...
  • Bipartisan Common Core Opposition

    03/03/2015 9:45:16 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Contrary to popular belief, aka news media coverage, opposition to the Common Core education reforms of President Obama is stretching across party lines. “The Democratic Party in the state of Washington just passed a resolution condemning Common Core,” Emmett McGroarty said last Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Bear in mind, this is the same state Democratic party that consistently endorses far-Left candidates such as U. S. Senator Maria Cantwell. McGroarty works with the American Principles Project. Forty-five states originally signed onto Common Core, Sabrina Schaeffer of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) pointed out. Schaeffer moderated the panel...
  • The 2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

    11/27/2014 6:36:34 AM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 11 replies ^ | December 12, 2014 | The Cato Institute
    Never in human history have people been more connected than they are today — nor have they been more thoroughly monitored. Over the past year, the disclosures spurred by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have drawn public attention to the stunning surveillance capabilities of the American intelligence community, and the unprecedented volume of data they collect from hundreds of millions of people around the world. But the growth of government surveillance is by no means restricted to spies: Even ordinary law enforcement agencies increasingly employ sophisticated tracking technologies, from face recognition software to “Stingray” devices that can locate...
  • Supreme Court to Consider Whether Police Ignorance of the Law Justifies Stop

    10/03/2014 10:53:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    aclu ^ | 10-2-2014
    On Monday, October 6, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a North Carolina case that asks whether a traffic stop based on a police officer’s mistaken understanding of traffic laws violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. A friend-of-the-court brief submitted by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Cato Institute argues that a mistake of law can never supply the reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing that the Fourth Amendment requires in order to justify a traffic stop. "Ignorance of the law is not...
  • Should America Open Its Borders? Reason Presents a Debate on Immigration

    05/14/2014 9:29:21 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 35 replies
    Reason ^ | Joshua Swain
    Does America need more or less immigration? Should we let the free market decide how many immigrant workers the economy can support? Or should a responsible government manage the flow of labor? On Tuesday, April 22, Reason Foundation Managing Editor Tom Clougherty moderated a debate on immigration reform featuring Cato Immigration Policy Analyst Alex Nowrasteh, Professor of Economics at George Mason University Bryan Caplan, and Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies Mark Krikorian.
  • Study: No connection between spending, student outcomes

    04/07/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 24 replies ^ | April 7, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    SANTA FE, N.M. – For decades, it’s probably the most troublesome question facing education: Why are results for U.S. public school students so mediocre, despite the billions of taxpayer dollars spent? Andrew Coulson thinks he’s got the answer: Because there is no discernible correlation between spending and outcomes. “The takeaway from this study is that what we’ve done over the past 40 years hasn’t worked,” said Coulson, director of the Center For Educational Freedom at the CATO Institute. “The average performance change nationwide has declined 3 percent in mathematical and verbal skills. Moreover, there’s been no relationship, effectively, between spending...
  • The Encroaching Nature of Power, Ever to be Watched and Checked. Cato's Letter No. 115

    01/13/2014 4:04:56 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Classical Liberal ^ | February 9th, 1723 | John Trenchard
    How did Thomas Jefferson incorporate the theory of England’s seventeenth century John Locke into our Declaration of Independence with such apparent ease? Why were Jefferson’s words, based on Lockean principles and ratified by the Continental Congress, immediately admired and accepted? Were the ideas and conclusions new to the public? No. It wasn’t because the typical colonist in British North America had read Locke’s famous Two Treatises of Government that he understood the prose and purpose of Jefferson’s great work. Books were expensive. To have a home library was a mark of wealth and assumed wisdom. Still, most families had at...
  • CATO Institute: Yes, Ted Cruz Can be President

    08/30/2013 12:02:15 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,033 replies
    CATO Institute ^ | Aug 26, 2013 | By Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow In Constitutional Studies, Cato
    By Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow In Constitutional Sudies and Editor-In-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review As we head into a potential government shutdown over the funding of Obamacare, the iconoclastic junior senator from Texas — love him or hate him — continues to stride across the national stage. With his presidential aspirations as big as everything in his home state, by now many know what has never been a secret: Ted Cruz was born in Canada. (Full disclosure: I’m Canadian myself, with a green card. Also, Cruz has been a friend since his days representing Texas before the Supreme Court.) But...
  • Study: Welfare pays more than work in most states

    08/20/2013 2:37:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 20 Aug 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Looking for a good paying job? Well, look no further. No, really, stop looking. In 35 states, welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job, according to a new study by the libertarian Cato Institute, and in 13 states welfare pays more than $15 per hour. “One of the single best ways to climb out of poverty is taking a job, but as long as welfare provides a better standard of living than an entry-level job, recipients will continue to choose it over work,” said Michael Tanner, senior policy analyst and co-author of the study. The study is an...
  • Who Killed Gun Control?

    04/18/2013 11:13:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 18 April, 2013 | David Boaz
    The Establishment is very concerned this morning that the representatives of the people have resisted demands for stricter gun control measures. The president calls it “shameful.” The New York Times editorial board intones, “The Senate Fails America.” Dana Milbank of the Washington Post deplores a lack of “courage” on Capitol Hill, though some might think it takes courage to defy the overwhelming drumbeat of the national media. Whatever the merits and popularity of the specific measures that went down to defeat in the Senate on Wednesday, I think the Establishment fails to appreciate the depth of American support for the...
  • Why Do People Believe Scientifically Untrue Things? Because to do otherwise would be immoral.

    03/18/2013 4:06:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 73 replies
    Reason ^ | March 15, 2013 | Ronald Bailey
    You hear a lot about the politicization of science, but the real problem is the moralization of science. The New York University psychologist Jonathan Haidt has made a compelling case that moral differences drive partisan debates over scientific issues. Dan Kahan and others at the Yale Cultural Cognition Project have identified cultural differences that bias how people assimilate information. Together, Haidt and Kahan’s research suggests that what you believe about a scientific debate signals to like-minded people that you are on their side and are therefore a good and trustworthy person. Unfortunately, this means that the factual accuracy of beliefs...
  • Sequestration and Voter Ignorance

    03/11/2013 10:19:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | March 11, 2013 | Tad DeHaven
    Sheldon Richman and I spent a lot of time last week running through numbers from the Congressional Budget Office in order to gauge sequestration’s effect on federal spending. In the resulting column, Richman lays out the numbers and asks a pertinent question: How the $#!?% is the average voter supposed to have a clue about this stuff?  From Richman’s column:  I subjected myself to this pain because I’m a professional masochist. I’m paid to do it. How many people who are not so rewarded are likely to search for, locate, and download CBO spreadsheets to see the numbers for themselves?...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • CATO Institute Guns and Self Defense Map

    01/24/2013 2:37:48 PM PST · by tired&retired · 13 replies
    This is a USA map of Guns used for self-defense. Gun control proponents cannot deny that people use guns successfully against criminals, but they tend to play down how often such events take place. The purpose of this map is to draw more attention to this aspect of the firearms policy debate. It is not comprehensive, but is useful.
  • Dislodging Obamacare

    12/03/2012 3:35:13 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 30, 2012 | Michaek F. Cannon (Cato Institute)
    Republicans believed a Mitt Romney win would seal Obamacare's fate. Democrats - or rather, the lonely two-fifths of Americans who support the president's beleaguered healthcare law - believed an Obama win would secure its future. Both sides were kidding themselves.Romney may have pledged to repeal the law, but his positions on Obamacare had the life span of a rainbow. He supported an identical law when he got the credit for signing it as governor of Massachusetts. He then opposed Obamacare when that's what GOP primary voters wanted to hear, and later endorsed parts of it when he thought that's what...
  • States Can Shut Down ObamaCare's Big Spending Plans (CATO)

    11/10/2012 8:24:54 PM PST · by Kolath · 36 replies
    CATO ^ | 08/01/2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    Contrary to popular myth, states are under no obligation to expand Medicaid or create a health insurance exchange, and they should refuse to do either. That from Michael F. Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute. He argues that the costs to the private sector will be significant if states agree to create exchanges.
  • Romney is Right that Economic Liberty Works

    08/07/2012 7:26:28 PM PDT · by johnatures · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 3, 2012 | John A. Tures
    COMMENTARY | Mitt Romney's international excursion included gaffes over Anglo-Saxon heritage and Olympic insults in England, insulting the Palestinian culture in Israel, and getting a hostile reception from the freedom-loving trade union Solidarity aware of Romney's anti-labor stands. Lost in this forgettable foreign policy trip included one of Romney's best moments, when he touted the virtues of economic liberty in Poland. The only question is Romney's commitment to such freedom, which has been in decline throughout the Bush and Obama Administrations...
  • Cato and the Kochs

    03/04/2012 8:32:09 PM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Cafe Hayek ^ | March 4, 2012 | Don Boudreaux
    Like many in the liberty movement, I’m disheartened by the current goings-on involving the Cato Institute, namely, the power struggle between, on one side, Cato’s co-founder and President Ed Crane, and on the other side Charles and David Koch. (Of course, there are many other people on each side of this dispute, but these are the main representatives of each side.) The immediate source of this dispute is the disposition of the shares in Cato that belonged to former Cato Chairman Bill Niskanen, who died late last year. The Kochs believe that they, the Kochs, are entitled to those shares;...
  • What Should Libertarians do About Politics? (To fight or not to fight at Cato)

    03/06/2012 12:29:39 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 6, 2012 | Trevor Burrus
    Recent momentous events at Cato have drudged up some age-old questions about libertarianism and politics: how should libertarians interact with politics and political candidates? Should libertarians compromise “full freedom” by promoting half-measures in the form of less-than-perfect candidates who are better than the alternatives on some matters but perhaps worse on others? Many of the most long-standing divisions within libertarianism are partially a result of different answers to these questions. Some regard all interactions with politics and politicians as inherently corrupting and a tacit endorsement of governmental oppression. Others feel that a refusal to engage in politics is a one-way-ticket...
  • Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens (New Cato study, FReeper author)

    02/02/2012 5:56:56 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 54 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | February 2, 2012 | Clayton E. Cramer and David Burnett
    The ostensible purpose of gun control legislation is to reduce firearm deaths and injuries. The restriction of access to firearms will make criminals unable to use guns to shoot people. Gun control laws will also reduce the number of accidental shootings. Those are the desired effects, at least in theory. It is important, however, for conscientious policymakers to consider not only the stated goals of gun control regulations, but the actual results that they produce. What would be the effect of depriving ordinary, law-abiding citizens from keeping arms for self-defense? One result seems certain: the law-abiding would be at a...
  • State of the Union 2012 (Cato Institute Response)

    01/27/2012 2:14:07 PM PST · by DigitalVideoDude · 2 replies
    catoinstitutevideo on YouTube ^ | Jan 25, 2012 | Cato Institute
    Cato Institute scholars Malou Innocent, Chris Edwards, Neal McCluskey, Ilya Shapiro, Jerry Taylor, Dan Mitchell and Dan Ikenson respond to President Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address.
  • RomneyCare: Making a Fool of Every Republican It Touches Since 2006

    10/13/2011 7:45:41 PM PDT · by justsaynomore · 6 replies
    Cato at Liberty ^ | 10/13/11 | Michael Cannon
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) hearts former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), so much that Christie says it is ”completely intellectually dishonest” to compare RomneyCare to ObamaCare. Why? Because Romney didn’t raise taxes, and President Obama did. Oh. Avik (pronounced O-vik) Roy explains how Christie gets RomneyCare so very, very wrong: There isn’t a single person, left or right, who follows health policy seriously who disagrees with the assertion that Romneycare was the model for Obamacare. And Massachusetts has had to raise taxes, after Romney left office, to pay for the law’s significant cost overruns. Here are some examples,...
  • Randal O'Toole of the CATO Institute speaking in Denver area, October 11th

    09/26/2011 1:08:53 PM PDT · by invaderzim · 3 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 9.26.11 | Hear Us Now
    Hear Us Now is pleased to host Randal O’Toole of the CATO Institute on October 11th. His topic will be, “The Best Laid Plans”: […]how government attempts to do long-range, comprehensive planning inevitably do more harm than good by choking American cities with congestion, making housing markets more unaffordable, and sending the cost of government infrastructure skyrocketing.
  • Drug-Free Thoughts On Cato’s Edward Crane

    08/10/2011 4:34:40 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 2 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | August 11, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Below are some random thoughts on Cato’s founder, Edward Crane. Consider it a free-flowing free speech exercise. Indulge me. First, the “Libertarian Party Correspondent”, Edward H. Crane III strikes one as naďve, at best. Here he is in August 1973 (Reason, Aug/Sep2008, Vol. 40, Issue 4): If there were any remaining doubts as to the viability and future of the Libertarian Party, its 1973 National Convention in Strongsville, Ohio, early in June must surely have eliminated them. The L.P. is no longer a tenuous coalition of hesitant and dubious allies but rather a united front of determined individualists committed to...
  • ‘Pink Panther’ director Blake Edwards: 1922-2010

    12/16/2010 10:12:55 AM PST · by Borges · 71 replies · 3+ views
    Blake Edwards, comedy director, Julie Andrews husband and Peter Sellers star-maker, has died at the age of 88. He directed “The Pink Panther,” the original, not the Roberto Benigni/Steve Martin versions, and “A Shot in the Dark” and “10″ and “SOB,” a pretty entertaining send-up of over-the-hill Hollywood. He also did “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Wild Rovers,” “The Party.” The one that made perhaps the biggest splash was his gender-bending (and still old fashioned) farce “Victor/Victoria.”
  • Cato Institute grades the governors: Pawlenty, Jindal get A's

    09/30/2010 10:11:53 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The fiscal conservative-libertarians at Cato Institute have issued a report card for current governors, and they aren’t exactly generous with the praise. If a C is the minimum passing grade, then just 27 out of 50 states manage to keep from failing the test. At the top of the list, the Wall Street Journal reports, are at least two presidential aspirants — Tim Pawlenty and Bobby Jindal, and a third that gets a B, Mitch Daniels: The Cato report card gives the lowest grades to Governors who proposed or enacted the biggest tax and spending increases, while Governors who cut...
  • On the Motor Voter Act and Voter Fraud

    09/18/2010 10:31:59 PM PDT · by seton89 · 9 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | March 14, 2001 | John Samples
  • 'Mosque' Debate Is a Red Herring

    08/21/2010 11:14:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies · 2+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | August 17, 2010 | Gene Healy
    By 2012, our national debt will be larger than the entire U.S. economy, according to the International Monetary Fund. So what's on the front burner in Washington these days? Zoning issues in lower Manhattan! Is it OK to put a Muslim community center close to Ground Zero? I don't know, but local authorities don't seem to mind. That should settle it, but what Sarah Palin calls the "9/11 mosque" has somehow become a headline-grabbing controversy. On Friday, President Obama insisted that Muslims have the "same right to practice their religion as anyone else" and can build a mosque near the...
  • Friday Interview: Fighting Traffic Gridlock in North Carolina

    08/06/2010 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Carolina Journal ^ | August 6, 2010 | CJ Staff
    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s traffic congestion could double in the next couple of decades, with Charlotte drivers facing the same types of delays Chicago drivers face now. That was the conclusion of a 2007 John Locke Foundation report. It recommended $12 billion of spending to clear North Carolina’s congested urban roads and prepare for future traffic growth. Many traffic problems outlined three years ago continue to cause concerns today. Randal O’Toole, senior fellow with the Cato Institute, recently tackled the issue from a national perspective in the book Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It....
  • Rich Nukes, Poor Nukes

    07/28/2010 10:49:35 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 2+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 28, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Rich Nukes, Poor Nukes Bethany Stotts, July 28, 2010 Last month, in a Cato Institute lecture, Georgetown professor Matthew Kroenig outlined what he sees as the strategic reasons why nuclear nations help spread these weapons to other countries. The author of Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, Professor Kroenig argued that nuclear transfers are “driven by a strategic logic.” “My argument, in short, is that the spread of nuclear weapons threatens powerful states more than it threatens weak states and that this leads to three strategic conditions under which countries are most likely to export...
  • Daniel Hannan: What is the ideal size of the state?

    07/06/2010 10:12:12 PM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 07/05/2010 | Daniel Hannan
    The British government is spending 50 per cent of GDP, but taking just 40 per cent in taxes. The coalition’s aim is to close that gap over the next five years (still leaving a massive accumulated debt, by the way), partly by raising taxes and partly by cutting spending. The hope is that economic growth will keep the eventual figure closer to 40 per cent than to 50. What, though, is the optimum share? The above video hazards an answer. The Rahn Curve is to state spending what the Laffer Curve is to taxation. Drawing on a mass of published...
  • Forecasting the Next Crisis

    06/16/2010 9:55:09 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 115+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 16, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Forecasting the Next Crisis Bethany Stotts, June 16, 2010 Johan Norberg, author of Financial Fiasco, argues that countries worldwide have set themselves up for another, more severe, worldwide financial crisis by holding interest rates artificially low and accruing government debt. “All the measures that we have taken to save the economy: the low interest rates, the massive debt, the safety net for the financial industry—these are the very things that led us into a crisis in the first place,” he said when narrating the film Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis. “We’ve been saved from the consequences of one burst bubble...
  • Marriage Equality for All Couples (Cato Institute Chairman is pro-gay marriage)

    06/13/2010 2:38:39 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 60 replies · 1,345+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | 06/08/10 | Robert Levy & John Podesta
    Nearly a century after the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that "marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man.' " That 1967 case, Loving v. Virginia, ended bans on interracial marriage in the 16 states that still had such laws. Now, 43 years after Loving, the courts are once again grappling with denial of equal marriage rights — this time to gay couples. We believe that a society respectful of individual liberty must end this unequal treatment under the law.
  • Homeland Insecurity

    06/03/2010 6:04:40 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 110+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | June 3, 2010 | Spencer Irvine
    Homeland Insecurity Spencer Irvine, June 3, 2010 In a forum hosted by the CATO Institute on May 25, 2010, libertarian author Ben Friedman and Ohio State University professor John Mueller argued that the American public’s panic over terrorism and homeland security has cost taxpayers trillions of wasted dollars. Ben Friedman, author of the book Terrorizing America, claims that Americans, as “cognitive misers,” overestimate the possibility of harm from terrorism. This overestimation causes panic, which then is used by politicians to alarm the public even more. Friedman argued that “because this is [a] democracy, [the] public demand for overreaction…causes” the creation...
  • Amnesty Advocate Dick Armey Endorses Mike Lee (Delegates take note!)

    04/28/2010 10:13:37 PM PDT · by dangus · 1 replies · 523+ views
    Mike Lee Press Release, Vanity Commentary ^ | 4.29.10 | Armey's Press Release, Vanity Commentary
    Until this past year, I would never have guessed Sen. Bob Bennett would be a top target of RINO hunters. He's made some very unpopular moves, like supporting the TARP bailout, but his ACU rating has been quite high. Nonetheless, I've been rather excited to see the RINO hunters so successful that they can move down to what I would have guessed was a low priority target. But are Utahans about to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire? Mike Lee is currently leading polls among delegates to the Utah state convention. But Lee is proudly trumpeting...
  • Cato Swings At Romney ("the guy who created the prototype for Obamacare")

    04/16/2010 1:34:02 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 492+ views
    National Journal ^ | 2010-04-16 | Reid Wilson
    An influential conservative think tank is firing a broadside at ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), criticizing the potential WH'12 contender for a health care plan they say looks identical to Pres. Obama's. "When you run down this list of elements in the Obama plan and the Romney plan, they are all identical," says Michael Cannon, the Cato Institute's director of Health Policy Studies, in a new video running on the group's website. "Both the Romney plan and the Obama plan are essentially a government takeover of the health care sector of the economy."Romney's signature achievement during his tenure in the...
  • Parents Deserve Louder Voice in Country's Education Debate

    04/12/2010 10:04:12 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 405+ views
    CATO ^ | 2010-03-23 | Gene Healy
    While Washington, D.C., focuses on the federal power grab in health care, there's another ongoing drive for regimentation that hasn't received the scrutiny it deserves. A panel of educators assembled by 48 state governors and school superintendents just released a uniform set of math and reading standards for the nation's students. If the Common Core State Standards Initiative were totally voluntary, there would be little to fear. But for too many education reformers, whatever is not forbidden is compulsory. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said that "if we accomplish one thing in the coming years, it should be...
  • Defining Success: The Case against Rail Transit

    03/26/2010 8:48:02 AM PDT · by BfloGuy · 45 replies · 572+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | March 24, 2010 | Randal O'Toole
    In 2002, the Vermont legislature funded a commuter train from Burlington to Charlotte, 13 miles away (see Appendix A for definitions of terms such as commuter rail, light rail, and streetcars). To ensure funds were effectively spent, the legislature set targets for the service and asked for an audit after one year. The audit found the rail line’s capital costs were more than twice the projected amounts; the operating costs were nearly three times projections; the trains carried less than half of the projected riders; and fare revenues were less than a third of projections. The audit also found that...
  • It’s NOT a Health Bill, NOT a Medicare Tax and It Can’t Possibly Cost Only $940 Billion

    03/21/2010 5:58:56 PM PDT · by optiguy · 14 replies · 637+ views
    Cato ^ | March 21, 2010 | Alan Reynolds
    It’s NOT a Health Bill, NOT a Medicare Tax and It Can’t Possibly Cost Only $940 Billion Posted by Alan Reynolds * The “reconciliation bill” is not a “health bill” but an anti-health bill. It relies heavily on price controls, taxes and fines to punish doctors, hospitals and formerly innovative companies the produce prescription drugs and medical devices. If we treated farmers, food companies and grocery stores the way Congress threatens to treat the health industries would anybody expect food to become better or cheaper? * The 3.8% tax on both labor and investment income is not a “Medicare tax.”...
  • GOP Peaceniks?

    03/19/2010 9:36:05 PM PDT · by molybdenum · 2 replies · 312+ views
    The Nation ^ | 3-19-10 | Robert Dreyfuss
    Last December, when President Obama launched his second escalation of the Afghan war, he did so with the unflinching support of the Republicans, the right, and neoconservativies. But a small group of conservatives, libertarians and assorted contrarians on the right has opposed the war, and yesterday I journeyed to the Cato Institute to find out whether that nucleus of anti-war opposition is significant or not. The answer: maybe, but probably not. The Cato conference was entitled "Escalate or Withdraw? Conservatives and the War in Afghanistan," and it brought together several ultra conservative members of Congress: Tom McClintock (R-CA); Dana Rohrabacher...