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  • Cato report says Afghan 'victory' unlikely

    09/15/2009 4:04:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 836+ views
    UPI ^ | 2009-09-15
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. military can pull most of its troops from Afghanistan in the next year as "victory" is not a realistic outcome, a report by the Cato Institute says. Malou Innocent and Ted Galen Carpenter in an authoritative report on the conflict in Afghanistan note that "a definitive, conventional 'victory' is not a realistic option." Washington said its strategy in Afghanistan is focused in part on denying al-Qaida and other militants the opportunity to establish a safe haven in the embattled nation. The authors, however, opine that denying a sanctuary to terrorists does not require...
  • OECD Taking on Tax Havens

    09/02/2009 2:37:03 PM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 1 replies · 181+ views
    CNBC TV Squakbox ^ | Sept. 2, 2009 | CNBC
    The OECD is combatting Tax Havens according to this report and a meeting of cooperating countries in Mexico City. If the link doesn't get to this video, you need to search for "OECD Taking on Tax Havens".
  • Free or FAIR Immigration?

    08/28/2009 8:34:35 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 364+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 28, 2009 | Anthony Kang
    Free or FAIR Immigration? by: Anthony Kang, August 28, 2009 A new study published by the Cato Institute asserts that current U.S. immigration laws and policies run counter to the economic wellness of U.S. households and advocates legalization of illegal immigrants through visa-taxing in order to maximize immigration’s benefit. The methodology utilized in the study consists of seven different simulations, measuring six factors, and forecasts the respective long-run economic effects on the welfare of U.S. households by the year 2019. The six different effects included in each simulation include: a) direct effect: the change in U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)...
  • The Cult of the Presidency

    08/25/2009 11:35:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 493+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | August 2009 (reprint) | Gene Healy
    The chief executive of the United States is no longer a mere constitutional officer charged with faithful execution of the laws. He is a soul nourisher, a hope giver, a living American talisman against hurricanes, terrorism, economic downturns, and spiritual malaise. He — or she — is the one who answers the phone at 3 a.m. to keep our children safe from harm. The modern president is America's shrink, a social worker, our very own national talk show host. He's also the Supreme Warlord of the Earth. This messianic campaign rhetoric merely reflects what the office has evolved into after...
  • Federal Pay Continues Rapid Ascent

    08/25/2009 8:58:05 AM PDT · by mr_hammer · 17 replies · 846+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | August 24, 2009 @ 11:57 am | Chris Edwards
    Snip... Figure 1 looks at average wages. In 2008, the average wage for 1.9 million federal civilian workers was $79,197, which compared to an average $49,935 for the nation’s 108 million private sector workers (measured in full-time equivalents). The figure shows that the federal pay advantage (the gap between the lines) is steadily increasing.
  • Palin blasts ObamaCare citing Laffer, Cato, others

    08/08/2009 9:35:15 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 19 replies · 1,158+ views
    Texas for Sarah Palin ^ | Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 6:37 PM | Josh Painter
    Sarah Palin has followed up her health care call to arms posted yesterday on her Facebook Notes page with another post today titled "Some Useful Commentary on the Health Care Debate." This latest posting is a bibliography of sorts, including editorials, op-eds and a video of a Cato Institute health care forum. Sources cited by the former governor range from pundit Mark Steyn to former Reagan economic advisor Arthur Laffer. Rather than repost it all here, we'll give Sarah Palin's Facebook Notes the page hits it deserves with this link. If yesterday's health care post by the 2008 GOP vice...
  • Hate Crime Legislation: A Shocking Disregard for Federalism

    07/02/2009 6:24:50 PM PDT · by Bob017 · 13 replies · 603+ views
    Cato ^ | David Rittgers
    Last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings (video at the link) on the proposed federal hate crimes bill showed the dark underbelly of the Senate. The road to undermining the rule of law is being paved with the best of intentions and casual disregard (if not outright hostility) for the principles of limited government and equality under the law. I raise some objections to the bill in this podcast: The bill federalizes violent acts against victims by reason of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Never mind that these acts are...
  • An Appointment with Reform

    07/02/2009 12:38:47 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 152+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 2, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    An Appointment With Reform by: Brittany Fortier, July 02, 2009 Is there a doctor in the house? There were plenty in attendance for the CATO Institute Conference on Health Care Reform held on June 17, 2009, and they were all prepared to discuss the Obama administration’s plan to set up a government-run health care “option” that would “compete” with the private sector. Cato Institute President Edward H. Crane expressed his disagreement with a New York Times article saying that a doctor shortage is “an obstacle to Obama goals.” “When I see the word ‘shortage,’ I know it is a nonmarket...
  • Return to Sender

    07/02/2009 11:20:13 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 189+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 2, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Return to Sender by: Brittany Fortier, July 02, 2009 At the Cato Institute Conference for Health Care Reform held on June 17, 2009, a panel discussed the importance of reforming the way health care is delivered to patients. “As hard as coverage expansion is, the only way health care is going to become … more predictable, more sustainable, and more cost effective over time is … if there is substantial delivery system reform,” said moderator Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs. Shannon Brownlee, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and the Author, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making...
  • The GOP Is Not Serious about Cutting Down Spending

    06/05/2009 1:05:26 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 1,320+ views
    CATO Institute ^ | 6/5/2009 | Tad DeHaven
    A month ago, President Obama issued a list of proposed spending cuts that I dismissed as “unserious” due to the fact that they were trivial when compared to his proposed spending and debt increases. Today, the House Republican leadership released a list of proposed spending cuts. I’d love to say I’m impressed, but I can’t. Both proposals indicate that neither side of the aisle grasps the severity of the country’s ugly fiscal situation, or at least has the guts to do anything concrete about it. The GOP proposal claims savings of more than $375 billion over five years, the bulk...
  • 'Thought Crimes' Bill Advances

    05/11/2009 10:47:32 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 35 replies · 2,659+ views ^ | May 11, 2009. | Nat Hentoff
    Why is the press remaining mostly silent about the so-called "hate crimes law" that passed in the House on April 29? The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed in a 249-175 vote (17 Republicans joined with 231 Democrats). These Democrats should have been tested on their knowledge of the First Amendment, equal protection of the laws (14th Amendment), and the prohibition of double jeopardy (no American can be prosecuted twice for the same crime or offense). If they had been, they would have known that this proposal, now headed for a Senate vote, violates all these constitutional provisions....
  • Breaking Down 60 Minutes' Anti-Gun Bias

    04/14/2009 6:48:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies · 611+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | 13 April, 2009 | David Rittgers
    ABC’s 20/20 did a hit piece on the Second Amendment and armed citizens on Friday night. The show responded to the growing sentiment that “if I only had a gun,” maybe an armed citizen could make a difference in a spree shooting such as the incidents at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University. In reality, it ought to be called “if I had ONLY a gun.” Picking people without concealed carry permits to represent the armed citizen and rigging the scenario to ensure that they don’t defeat your narrative is propaganda, not journalism. Several college students are selected to represent...
  • Video: Cato Institute Rep Laughs At Obama's Attempt To Control The Weather

    04/09/2009 8:10:25 AM PDT · by careyb · 16 replies · 787+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/9/09 | Cato Institute
    Global warming insanity hits a new low.
  • "Mr. President You Are Incorrect." (Full page ad in the LA Times.)

    03/30/2009 8:14:21 AM PDT · by nufsed · 53 replies · 3,625+ views
    LA Times 3-30-09 | 3-30-09 | Cato Institute
    In today's LA Times first section there is a full page ad sponsored by the Cato Institute. Over 50 scientists stating thet there has been no temperature increase for the last 10 years and that the president is incorrect on global warming.
  • How to turn a recession into a depression

    03/29/2009 11:38:06 AM PDT · by Kent C · 33 replies · 930+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | March/April | Wm. Niskanen
    Four federal economic policies transformed the Hoover recession into the Great Depression: higher tariffs, stronger unions, higher marginal tax rates, and a lower money supply. President Obama, unfortunately, has endorsed some variant of the first three of these policies, and he will face a critical choice on monetary policy in a year or so.
  • Obama’s Budget Builds on Bush Precedents

    03/12/2009 7:45:44 PM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 21 replies · 706+ views
    President Barack Obama has introduced his federal budget plan for the coming years, and it includes large increases in spending, taxes, and debt.1 The Obama plan includes the costs of recent financial bailouts and the stimulus package, but it also foresees a long-term increase in regular domestic spending. The plan builds on spending precedents set by President Bush, and would boost nondefense outlays to a record share of the economy.
  • Mexico's Other Export

    03/10/2009 9:15:24 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 916+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 10, 2009 | Heather Latham
    Mexico’s Other Export by: Heather Latham, March 10, 2009 Mexico has a major export that never gets discussed in free-trade agreements. “There has been an alarming spike in violence in Mexico in recent years, most of which is associated with the trafficking in illegal drugs and the efforts of the Mexican government to shut down that trade,” Ted Galen Carpenter writes in a recent CATO Institute Policy Analysis titled “Troubled Neighbor: Mexico’s Drug Violence Poses a Threat to the United States.” He continues, “The turf battles have been ferocious. In 2005, more than 1,300 people perished in drug-related violence. By...
  • With all due respect Mr.President,that is not true...

    01/28/2009 8:23:32 AM PST · by MelSmith · 31 replies · 1,891+ views
    See the CATO Institute's full page ad: "We the undersigned do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance. More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the Great Depression in the 1930s. More government spending did not solve Japan's "lost decade" in the 1990s. As such, it is a triumph of hope over experience to believe that more government spending will help the U.S. today. To improve the economy, policymakers should focus on reforms that remove impediments to work, saving, investment and production. Lower tax rates...
  • VIDEO: Cato Institute's Dan Mitchell Tutorial on Why the Stimulus Proposed is Destined to Fail

    01/26/2009 4:45:27 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 2 replies · 545+ views ^ | Jan. 26, 2009 | Dan Mitchell
    Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute explains why the Obama stimulus is bad for the overall economy.
  • School tax credit can help kids and the state

    01/16/2009 6:59:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 493+ views
    star ledger ^ | 12.15.08 | ADAM B. SCHAEFFER
    New Jersey is in deep financial trouble, and government estimates keep get ting worse. The most recent budget deficit prediction tripled the last one, concluding that the state might be $1.2 billion in the hole. The bad news doesn't end there. The economic slowdown is prompting many families who can no longer afford both taxes and private school tuition to move their children into public schools. Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Camden, for instance, have lost almost 1,000 students, about 10 percent of their enrollment from last year. And those declining enrollment figures came before the worst of...