Obama Admits CBO Cost Estimates of ObamaCare Are Incomplete

By Michael F. Cannon Yesterday — day #224 of the ObamaCare Cost-Estimate Watch — President Obama told House Republicans: You can’t structure a bill where suddenly 30 million people have coverage and it costs nothing. And just like that, the president admitted that the official Congressional Budget Office estimates of his health care plan do […]

Karl Rove’s Spending

By Chris Edwards Former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove enjoys complaining about the spendthrift ways of President Obama and the Democrats. But I noted in a Wall Street Journal letter today:  Annual average real spending grew faster under President George W. Bush than any president since Lyndon Johnson… Even leaving out defense, President Bush was the biggest […]

Larry Lessig and the Lunching Libertarians

By Julian Sanchez Outside the realm of copyright, Cato folk (and libertarians generally) don’t often see eye-to-eye with left-leaning cyberlawyer and Harvard prof Lawrence Lessig. Nevertheless, I wasn’t too surprised when Lessig signaled his interest in opening a dialogue with Cato scholars about his Change Congress project and his research on political corruption. After all, […]

The Presidential Scold

By Roger Pilon Today, Politico Arena asks for comments on: Duking it out in Baltimore My response: It’s all well and good that President Obama wants to meet with Republicans — giving the appearance of reaching out — but when it’s mainly to “chastise” them for opposing his programs, as the AP is reporting after […]

Weekend Links

By Chris Moody A libertarian primer on the real meaning of the phrase “campaign finance reform.” For more, read John Samples’ book, The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform. New report shows that Head Start, a sacrosanct (and very expensive) federal education program, doesn’t work. So what should we do about it? Give it more money of […]

This Week in Government Failure

By Tad DeHaven Over at Downsizing Government, we focused on the following issues this week: The federal government added its 2,000th subsidy program for individuals, businesses, or state and local governments. Statists, rejoice! Hundreds of the nation’s mayors meet in Washington to grovel for federal handouts. President Obama’s proposed spending freeze wouldn’t actually be a […]

The Next Step after Citizens United

By John Samples The debates following the Citizens United decision continue, thanks in part to President Obama’s criticism of the U.S. Supreme Court during the State of the Union address.  Keeping track of those debates might cause you to miss what may well turn out to be the next step in liberalizing our campaign finance […]

Can Unemployment Benefits Create Jobs?

By Alan Reynolds At the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, sociologist Michael Leachman claims “some of the most effective job-creation and job protection measures” in last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are excluded from the job figures to be released on recovery.gov on January 30.   He explains that, “Most of ARRA’s distributed dollars […]

Chinese Security Scholar Calls for Overseas Basing to Counter U.S.

By Justin Logan Dr. Dingli Shen, a scholar of security studies and Chinese and U.S. foreign policies at Fudan University, had an interesting op-ed yesterday that merits attention. Dr. Dingli Shen According to Shen, China should consider developing “overseas military bases,” which he says people define in today’s context as “supply bases for the navy […]

More Data on “Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal” Voters

By David Boaz A study by the Tarrance Group for the Republican organization GOPAC provides further evidence on the existence of voters who don’t fall into the “conservative” or “liberal” box.  Tarrance asked people who voted in the 2008 election not just to label themselves conservative or liberal, but to describe their views on both fiscal and social […]