My ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Prediction

By Tad DeHaven

Policymakers have been kicking the fiscal policy can down the road for years. That can is going to reappear shortly after the November elections when policymakers will be forced to confront scheduled tax increases, mandated spending cuts, and – once again – the debt ceiling. (I’m assuming, quite confidently, that nothing gets resolved before the […]

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Disadvantaged Minority: Non-Beneficiaries of Government

By Tad DeHaven

The Hill reports that “The Commerce Department is considering naming Arab Americans a socially and economically disadvantaged minority group that is eligible for special business assistance” through its Minority Business Development Agency. I would argue that the federal government should not favor people of one particular ethnic backgrounds over others. However, I think the bigger […]

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Blame It On the Constitution

By Roger Pilon

The New York Times treats us today to an op-ed by Prof. Sanford Levinson entitled “Our Imbecilic Constitution,” with the remedy recommended for such imbecility taking us well beyond reforming the document’s amendment provisions. The problem, you see, is that our government has become “dysfunctional” owing to “gridlock.” Like all good Progressives, Levinson is a […]

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Veterans and the Presidency

By David Boaz

In Sunday’s Washington Post, U.S. Naval Academy professor John Nagl notes that “For the first time in modern American history, neither major candidate for the presidency has any military experience.” That reminded me of a post I wrote as the 2008 presidential campaign got underway, with only one veteran in the mix. I’ll bring the last […]

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With All Due Respect, Rep. Cole, My Arguments Against Race-Based Government Are Quite Principled

By Ilya Shapiro

While campaigning for former Hawaii governor Linda Lingle, who is now running for U.S. Senate, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), the only Native American in Congress, said that opposition to the Akaka Bill is “arrogant” meddling in local affairs.  (The Akaka Bill, which I’ve covered extensively, would create a race-based governing entity that would negotiate with […]

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The Value of Books

By David Boaz

At MasterResource, a free-market energy blog, Alex Epstein posts a glowing tribute to the 1996 Cato book Oil, Gas, and Government by Robert L. Bradley, Jr. (who happens to be a co-blogger at MasterResource). Oil, Gas, and Government is surely the longest book Cato ever published, and nobody knows better than I do—well, Rob Bradley […]

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New Study from UK Think Tank Shows How Big Government Undermines Prosperity

By Daniel J. Mitchell

It seems I was put on the planet to educate people about the negative economic impact of excessive government. I must be doing a bad job, because the burden of the public sector keeps rising. But hope springs eternal. To help make the case, I’ve cited research from international bureaucracies such as the Organization for […]

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Mass Surveillance: No Need for Debate?

By Julian Sanchez

It’s been almost four years since the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 put President Bush’s warrantless wiretap program on legal footing by authorizing broad, programmatic surveillance of Americans’ international communications. The only thing the public really knows about it so far is that it was almost immediately misused, resulting in “significant and systemic” overcollection of […]

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What’s ‘Wacky’ About Wanting to Eliminate the USDA?

By Tad DeHaven

Over at the Washington Post‘s PostPartisan blog, Jonathan Bernstein discusses the rising influence of the “Ron Paul crowd” on Republican state party platforms. Bernstein cites a derisive piece from Ed Kilgore on a draft platform being considered by the Iowa Republican Party: Now, a new group — the Ron Paul crowd — is taking over […]

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House Appropriations Chairman Behind Military Pork

By Tad DeHaven

After the Republicans took back control of the House following the November 2010 elections, the GOP leadership went with Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers—a.k.a. “The Prince of Pork”—to chair the powerful House Appropriations Committee. I wrote at the time that “The support for Rogers from House Republican leaders is a slap in the face of voters […]

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