Featuring Alex Kozinski, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
So many Americans are concerned with how “Washington isn’t listening to them,” and candidates like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are stoking that outrage. But maybe Washington isn’t listening because it is so big that only mobilized special interests have the resources and incentives to pay attention. Maybe big government will never really pay attention to the people. If this is so, then maybe people should stop trying to control each other so much.
American leaders have cooperated with regimes around the world that are, to varying degrees, repressive or corrupt. Such cooperation is said to serve the national interest. But these partnerships also contravene the nation’s commitments to democratic governance, civil liberties, and free markets. In Perilous Partners, authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent provide a strategy for resolving the ethical dilemmas between interests and values faced by Washington.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom,” Cato’s David Boaz writes in his book, The Libertarian Mind. “It is the indispensable framework for the future.” And as the new report demonstrates, the Cato Institute, thanks largely to the generosity of our Sponsors, is leading the charge to apply this framework across the policy spectrum.
The Grand Old Spending Party: How President Bush and the Republican Congress Became Some of the Biggest Spenders in History
Featuring Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.
(R-Oklahoma); Stephen Slivinski, Director of Budget Studies, Cato Institute; and Veronique DeRugy, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
The zeal to cut government spending seems to be absent from the Republican Congress these days. The same members who were swept into office on the promise of making government smaller have presided over the largest spending increases since Lyndon Johnson. President Bush has assisted this growth by not vetoing a single bill in his first term and by proposing increases in the federal budget for various pet programs. Does Bush’s new budget reverse the trend, or is it simply more of the same? Please join us for a discussion of how the Republican budget revolution went astray and what can be done to get it back on track.