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  • 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
    Watchdog.org ^ | 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 · 1,028 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
    cato.org ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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. http://www.cato.org/guns-and-self-defense
  • 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
    Libertarianism.org ^ | 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
    http://www.cato.org/testimony/ct-js031401.html
  • '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...
  • Looking For Patterns in Chaos

    03/16/2010 12:24:00 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 141+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | March 16, 2010 | Tilla Bradley
    Looking for Patterns in Chaos Tilla Bradley, March 16, 2010 The government is constantly looking for ways to identify threats to national security before American citizens are threatened. Since the 1980s, the intelligence community has struggled with the challenges of monitoring electronic communication while protecting the privacy of its citizens. Journalist Shane Harris, the author of The Watcher: The Rise of the U.S. Surveillance State addresses these challenges and the solutions that the government is attempting to develop in his latest book. Also on the panel to comment on the book were former journalist, and analyst with the Cato Institute...
  • Keynesian Economics and the Wizard of Oz (Cato Institute)

    03/14/2010 5:28:57 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 18 replies · 455+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | 3/13/2010 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    When Dorothy and her friends finally reach Oz, they present themselves to the almighty Wizard, only to eventually discover that he is just an illusion maintained by a charlatan hiding behind a curtain. This seems eerily akin to to the state of Keynesian economics. It does not matter that Keynesianism isn’t working for Obama. It does not matter that it didn’t work for Bush, or for Japan in the 1990s, or for Hoover and Roosevelt in the 1930s. In the ultimate triumph of theory over reality, the Keynesians say all that matters is the macroeconomic model behind the curtain showing...
  • Gay People & Conservatives

    03/03/2010 10:40:57 AM PST · by bs9021 · 7 replies · 357+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | March 3, 2010 | Tilla Bradley
    Gay People & Conservatives Tilla Bradley, March 3, 2010 The libertarian Cato Institute’s panel discussion, “Is There a Place for Gay People in Conservatism and Conservative Politics?,” preceded the appearance of Gay rights activists at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Panelists at Cato included Andrew Sullivan, the former editor of New Republic and currently a blogger with The Daily Dish Blog, Nick Herbert, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, Conservative Party, United Kingdom, and Maggie Gallaher, the president of the National Organization for Marriage. Herbert gave a presentation on the UK’s Conservative Party’s inclusion and...
  • Not-So-Great Depression

    02/11/2010 5:03:25 AM PST · by radioone · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | 1-7-09 | Jim Powell
    Which U.S. president ranks as America's greatest depression fighter?
  • Tea Partiers Shouldn't Date the GOP

    02/05/2010 9:50:07 PM PST · by dr_who · 81 replies · 1,261+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | February 4, 2010 | John Samples
    In recent months, the most influential political party in the country may not be the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, but the Tea Party. This murky, largely leaderless grassroots movement has been the driving force behind the derailment of President Barack Obama's dearest agenda items, notably health care reform and climate change legislation. What are the goals of this movement? In part, that is the wrong question. The Tea Party effort rejects the notion that a politician or a pundit should define their movement. Rather, citizens themselves will tell us what the movement means. As their name suggests, these...
  • CATO - Obama "Using Smoke & Mirror Accounting" In His SOTU Speech; Rest Of Speech? Wrong!

    01/28/2010 9:26:38 AM PST · by Starman417 · 2 replies · 200+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-28-10 | Curt
    The Cato Institute analysis of the Obama State of the Union speech: [VIDEO AT SITE] The only part of this response I disagree with is at the very end when Malou Innocent says troops should be withdrawn from Afghanistan and that the war can not be won. Marc Thiessen tackles Obama's whining about Republicans on the issue of terrorism: Read more at floppingaces.net...
  • Tuning Out the State of the Union

    01/26/2010 2:18:58 PM PST · by The Pack Knight · 46 replies · 1,123+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | 26 January 2010 (originally) | Gene Healy
    Tomorrow night, an embattled President Obama will deliver his 2010 State of the Union. He originally wanted to give it on Feb. 2, but — adding to a string of recent indignities — had to yield after irate Lost fans made clear they wouldn't put up with their season premiere getting pre-empted by a lousy presidential speech. Lost is a silly show — a six-year-long Twilight Zone episode doomed to end in disappointment. But you can hardly blame Americans for preferring it to the SOTU, a dull and tacky spectacle that celebrates our retreat from limited, constitutional government. The Constitution...
  • Free Speech for All

    01/21/2010 12:38:57 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 1,381+ views
    CATO / The Washington Examiner ^ | 2010-01-21 | John Samples & Ilya Shapiro
    Will the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision destroy American democracy? You might think so given the responses of its critics. The Citizens United decision, far from signaling the fall of the republic, strengthens the First Amendment and freedom of speech. Let's start with the facts of the case. Citizens United, a nonprofit political advocacy group, produced a film called "Hillary: The Movie" about the current Secretary of State, who at the time was a presidential candidate. The movie did not reflect well on Ms. Clinton but did not explicitly advocate her defeat in the 2008 presidential contest. Citizens United planned...
  • Dems Double Down

    01/20/2010 4:11:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 995+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care: Will the administration seize the moment of Scott Brown's victory to work out real solutions, or will it follow Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid over the cliff? Or is it just about government control? Before Sen.-elect Brown became the Scott heard 'round the world, House Speaker Pelosi was asked what his victory in the bluest of blue states would mean. "Certainly the dynamic will change depending on what happens in Massachusetts," she replied in a bit of an understatement. The dynamic has changed, yet the Democrats, as the country song goes, apparently don't know when to hold them...
  • Abominable Economics (Beware of Jerome R. Corsi, “conservative defender” of free enterprise)

    01/18/2010 11:58:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 716+ views
    National Review ^ | 01/17/2010 | Daniel Griswold
    With friends like Jerome R. Corsi, the American free-enterprise system is in more trouble than we feared. Corsi should be on the right side of the battle to defend economic freedom. Before the 2008 election, he wrote a popular book with a great title, The Obama Nation, warning that Barack Obama was not the man we needed in the White House. But in his latest book, America for Sale: Fighting the New World Order, Surviving a Global Depression, and Preserving USA Sovereignty, he sounds a lot more like Obama than like Ronald Reagan, the former president he professes to admire....
  • Obama's Prescription for Low-Wage Workers: High Implicit Taxes, Higher Premiums

    01/16/2010 2:46:50 PM PST · by dajeeps · 9 replies · 327+ views
    Cato.org ^ | January 13, 2010 | Michael F. Cannon
    House and Senate Democrats have produced health care legislation whose mandates, subsidies, tax penalties, and health insurance regulations would penalize work and reward Americans who refuse to purchase health insurance. As a result, the legislation could trap many Americans in low-wage jobs and cause even higher health-insurance premiums, government spending, and taxes than are envisioned in the legislation. Those mandates and subsidies would impose effective marginal tax rates on low-wage workers that would average between 53 and 74 percent— and even reach as high as 82 percent—over broad ranges of earned income. By comparison, the wealthiest Americans would face tax...
  • Should Republicans Have Compromised to Produce a Less-Bad Healthcare Bill?

    01/03/2010 8:55:36 PM PST · by Delacon · 90 replies · 1,898+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | January 2, 2010 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Writing for Forbes, Bruce Bartlett puts forth an interesting hypothesis that healthcare legislation could have been made better (hopefully he meant to write “less destructive”) if the GOP had been willing to compromise with Democrats: Democrats desperately wanted a bipartisan bill and would have given a lot to get a few Republicans on board. This undoubtedly would have led to enactment of a better health bill than the one we are likely to get. But Republicans never put forward an alternative health proposal. Instead, they took the position that our current health system is perfect just as it is. Bruce...
  • Brain-dead Conservatives

    01/01/2010 12:20:30 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 102 replies · 2,281+ views
    CATO ^ | 2009-10-04 | David Boaz
    "The heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism," Ronald Reagan said on many occasions, including a speech at Vanderbilt University when I was an undergraduate. I'm not so sure. But at least the conservatism of Sen. Robert Taft, Sen. Barry Goldwater, and Reagan stood for a limited constitutional government in opposition to the federal aggrandizement of the New Deal and the Great Society. Back in the FDR-JFK-LBJ years, conservatives even stood for congressional government and against the imperial presidency. But what does conservatism stand for today, other than opposition to President Obama? President Bush expanded entitlements, increased federal spending by...
  • Peace On Earth, Free Trade For Men

    12/24/2009 9:01:44 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies · 977+ views
    CATO ^ | 1998-12-31 | Daniel Griswold
    With the Christmas season and its promise of "Peace on earth, goodwill toward men" upon us, and protectionist sentiment stirring in Washington, it is appropriate to revisit the question of whether free trade promotes world peace. Advocates of free trade have long argued that its benefits are not merely economic. Free trade also encourages people and nations to live in peace with one another. Free trade raises the cost of war by making nations more economically interdependent. Free trade makes it more profitable for people of one nation to produce goods and services for people of another nation than to...