This Week in Government Failure

By Tad DeHaven Over at Downsizing Government, we focused on the following issues this week: The two most recent first quarter deficits have been about $100 billion higher than the average annual deficits run from 2002 to 2008. Utah legislators call for fiscal federalism. Small businesses are citing government as the problem, but the media […]

Do We Really Want to Mimic Western Europe’s Stagnant Welfare States?

By Daniel J. Mitchell Since many of the politicians in Washington want America to be more like Europe (including complete government-run health care instead of the partially government-run health care system we have now), it’s worth contemplating what that would mean for the economy. America today is richer than Western Europe. Indeed, per-capita living standards […]

Weekend Links — Health Care Edition

By Chris Moody Republicans and Democrats are both missing the point of true health care reform: “Health care reform cannot just be about giving more stuff to more people. It should be about actually ‘reforming’ the system. That means scrapping the current bills, and crafting the type of reform that makes consumers responsible for their health care […]

Shane Harris’ The Watchers at Cato March 10th

By Jim Harper Here’s a great conversation at Slate.com about Shane Harris’ new book The Watchers. We’ll be having the author here at Cato on March 10th for a similar discussion of his book and the growth of the surveillance state. Register here.

Does Duncan Have Any Clue What a Free Market Is?

By Neal McCluskey On the heels of exploiting the name of perhaps the world’s all-time greatest free-marketeer, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has decided to cut right to the chase and abuse the term “free market” itself. Writing in the Washington Post as part of his ongoing effort to demonize banks and push the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act over the finish […]

Should the U.S. Withdraw from NAFTA?

By Daniel Griswold Rep. Gene Taylor, D-MS, thinks so. According to CongressDaily, Taylor is about to introduce a two-page bill that would withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Taylor blames the agreement with Canada and Mexico for the loss of 5 million manufacturing jobs since it was enacted in 1994. […]

When Bipartisanship Is Good News

By Sallie James Usually when I hear that a policy proposal has bipartisan support, I instinctively check for my wallet. But I greeted with pleasure the news on Wednesday that two lawmakers — Rep. Scott Garrett (R, NJ) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D, PA) — had introduced a bill to shut down the USDA’s Market Access Program, which the congressmen rightly paint as […]

EDA, NADO, and the Appropriations Hearings Charade

By Tad DeHaven A couple weeks ago Orson Swindle, an assistant secretary of commerce for economic development in the Reagan Administration, was kind enough to send me news articles from his days battling policymakers over porky Economic Development Administration projects. In a 1989 Insight article, Orson gave a nice summation of one of the problems […]

The Health Care Debate on C-SPAN

By Jim Harper Today, President Obama began to fulfill the promise that health care legislation would be hashed out on C-SPAN. His discussion with congressional leaders was broadcast on that cable channel and streamed live on the Internet. The nearly six-and-a-half hour-long meeting began to touch on many of the issues at stake in the health care area.  […]

Are We Really Going to Leave Iraq? (cont’d)

By Justin Logan A follow up on yesterday’s post about my skepticism that we would be able to get out of Iraq by 2011 (and get all “combat” troops out by September 1 of this year): Tom Ricks reports that Gen. Odierno has formally requested keeping a combat brigade in Kirkuk beyond the September 1 […]