A Time for Choosing: The GOP and the Marijuana Initiatives

By Tim Lynch

Attorney General Eric Holder is soon expected to announce the federal government’s response to the marijuana legalization initiatives recently approved in Colorado and Washington.  For conservatives and GOP persons in the Congress, it is a time for choosing. The first path is to turn against the federal drug war.  Call it a correction–just as many have […]

A Time for Choosing: The GOP and the Marijuana Initiatives is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

My Testimony on the Illegal IRS Rule Increasing Taxes & Spending under ObamaCare

By Michael F. Cannon

Here is the video of my recent opening statement before a House Oversight Committee hearing on the IRS rule that Jonathan Adler and I write about in our forthcoming Health Matrix article, “Taxation without Representation: the Illegal IRS Rule to Expand Tax Credits under the PPACA.” Please forgive the audio. In addition, Pete Suderman writes that Adler and I […]

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Fidel Castro, Medicare Beneficiary?

By Michael F. Cannon

There’s no proof yet, but it looks an awful lot like Medicare might be subsidizing the Castro brothers. I, for one,  was not surprised to read that Medicare payments for non-existent medical services are ending up in Cuban (read: government-controlled) banks. Nor that “accused scammers are escaping in droves to Cuba and other Latin American […]

Fidel Castro, Medicare Beneficiary? is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Cato Study: Heretofore Unreported ObamaCare ‘Bug’ Puts IPAB Completely beyond Congress’ Reach

By Michael F. Cannon

Today, the Cato Institute releases a new study by Diane Cohen and me titled, “The Independent Payment Advisory Board: PPACA’s Anti-Constitutional and Authoritarian Super-Legislature.” Cohen is a senior attorney at the Goldwater Institute and lead counsel in the Coons v. Geithner lawsuit challenging IPAB and other aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of […]

Cato Study: Heretofore Unreported ObamaCare ‘Bug’ Puts IPAB Completely beyond Congress’ Reach is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Alan Blinder Owes Me $5 for Wasting My Time

By Michael F. Cannon

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Alan Blinder writes one of the most error-ridden and discourse-debasing op-eds I have ever read. About any topic. Ever. A sampling: [O]ur country was founded on the idea that the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable. Access to affordable health care is surely essential to two […]

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You Keep Using the Word ‘Affordable.’ I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.

By Michael F. Cannon

The federal government gave a $10 million “affordability” prize to a giant corporation for manufacturing a $50 lightbulb. The Washington Post: The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award…for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry to offer the costly […]

You Keep Using the Word ‘Affordable.’ I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means. is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Credit Where It’s Due: Sarah Kliff Edition

By Michael F. Cannon

On Friday, President Obama announced an “accommodation” to those who object to his contraceptives mandate. Since then, I have been astonished at how many reporters have portrayed the president’s announcement as some sort of compromise, even though it would not reduce — not by one penny – the amount of money he would force Catholics and others with […]

Credit Where It’s Due: Sarah Kliff Edition is a post from Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute Blog

Did President Bush have the worst ever Economy and Fiscal Policies?

LadySnowbird asked: President Bush “The Mother of All Big Spenders”, the conservative think-tank Cato Institute writes that “Sadly, the Bush administration has consistently sacrificed sound policy to the god of political expediency”. Yet when Democrats want to increase spending on domestic issues such as health care for the poor Bush suddenly becomes a “fiscal conservative” […]