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.
Obama’s Fiscal Commission and the GOP Budget Agenda
Featuring Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; and Christopher A. Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute. Moderated by Brandon Arnold, Director of Government Affairs, Cato Institute.
The president’s fiscal commission has unveiled serious proposals to cut programs, restrain the growth of spending, and reduce the federal government’s huge budget deficit. The commission’s report provides numerous fiscal policy ideas for the large class of new Republican members who are eager to fix the federal fiscal mess while the prospects for budget restraint look promising. How should the GOP propose cutting discretionary spending and reforming entitlement programs? Should they consider increasing taxes? Which of the commission’s proposals should the president embrace? How can the GOP address the bloated military budget? Please join our panelists as they answer these questions and discuss other fiscal challenges facing our country.