$2 Trillion in Cuts in Perspective

Congressional Republicans have said that spending cuts must be at least as large as an increase in the debt ceiling. Negotiations over lifting the debt ceiling are ongoing, but the “magic number,” so-to-speak, would be around $2 trillion in spending cuts. Cutting $2 trillion in federal spending sounds like a lot, but it’s actually relatively […]

$2 Trillion in Cuts in Perspective is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Sunlight Before Signing: Is President Obama Throwing It Under the Bus?

President Obama went to Puerto Rico two weeks ago. If you missed it, that might be because the trip was so brief—a mere four hours. Observing how the president “SEAL-Team-Sixed” it, Jon Stewart speculated that the president was not motivated by love of the island or a campaign promise to revisit it, but by courting […]

Sunlight Before Signing: Is President Obama Throwing It Under the Bus? is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Conrad Black Ordered Back to Prison

By Tim Lynch

Over at NRO, Mark Steyn on last Friday’s order that Conrad Black report back to federal prison: With a system that relies on multiple charges and an ability to pressure everybody else in the case to switch sides, you can win (as Conrad did) nineteen-twentieths of the battles and still lose the war. He’s a wealthy […]

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Where Is Barack Obama Now That We Need Him?

Back in the day (February 2008), a senator named Barack Obama said, “I opposed this [Iraq] war in 2002. I will bring this war to an end in 2009. It is time to bring our troops home.” The following month, under fire from Hillary Clinton, he reiterated, ”I was opposed to this war in 2002. . . . […]

Where Is Barack Obama Now That We Need Him? is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Where Is Barack Obama Now That We Need Him?

Back in the day (February 2008), a senator named Barack Obama said, “I opposed this [Iraq] war in 2002. I will bring this war to an end in 2009. It is time to bring our troops home.” The following month, under fire from Hillary Clinton, he reiterated, ”I was opposed to this war in 2002. . . . […]

Where Is Barack Obama Now That We Need Him? is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Two Votes on Libya

The House of Representatives has taken two votes on the war in Libya. In the first, the House voted 295 to 123 against authorizing the war. 70 Democrats voted or 36 percent of the caucus voted against authorization. That’s pretty impressive given that the Secretary of State made a personal appeal to her fellow partisans […]

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One Generation of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. is Enough

Today, the Charlotte Observer reports on the ongoing attempts to find restitution for the 3,000 living North Carolinians who were victims of the state’s forced sterilization program. It may surprise many readers, but forced sterilization has a long and shameful history in the United States. In North Carolina, the last forced sterilization was performed as […]

One Generation of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. is Enough is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Vouchers in Education and Health Care Reform

E.D. Kain has a post up here (and here) comparing and contrasting vouchers in education and health care. It’s an interesting post that manages both insight and remarkable oversights in a very short space. And the insight and oversights are bound up with each other: I think it’s a consistent position to support both single-payer […]

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Obamacare’s Platonic Guardians

As followers of this blog recognize, Obamacare has more constitutional defects than just the individual mandate or even the coercive use of Medicaid funds.  One issue that is getting increasing attention (see the Weekly Standard, National Review, and George Will) is this weird new entity called the Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB, which Sarah Palin famously […]

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Poll Finds a Libertarian Shift

Polling wizard Nate Silver of the New York Times today points to a couple of poll questions that David Kirby and I have often employed and finds some welcome new results, along with a great graph: Since 1993, CNN has regularly asked a pair of questions that touch on libertarian views of the economy and […]

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