Featuring Dorothy Robyn, Senior Policy Expert, Clinton and Obama Administrations; Stephen Van Beek, Vice President of Aviation Consulting, ICF International; and Chris Edwards, Editor, DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
Of all the rights the U.S. Constitution protects, courts are probably most vigilant about protecting free speech. Freedom of expression is not only a cornerstone of democratic government, but also central to the more ordinary choices citizens make in their daily lives. Yet one class of speech has been almost entirely ignored by the courts: speech by professionals engaged in their business. In the new issue of Regulation, Cato scholar Timothy Sandefur argues that the Supreme Court should make it clear that censoring professionals is intolerable.
As one of us has already noted, on Monday evening the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to put President Obama’s Clean Power Plan on ice—where it will remain until the justices get a chance to rule on the regulatory package themselves or until a new President sidelines it. The White House, whistling past a graveyard of unrecyclable solar panels (thanks to all the arsenic in them), blew up the vorticity of its spin cycle into relativistic speeds, calling it a “bump in the road” and a “temporary procedural issue.”
Published in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Kelo v. New London, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America made a powerful contribution to the firestorm of interest in protecting property rights. Now in its second edition, Cornerstone of Liberty has been fully updated by authors Timothy and Christina Sandefur, and examines how dozens of new developments in courtrooms and legislatures across the country have shifted the landscape of private property rights since 2005.
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 REAL ID Act: Unfixed by the Regs and Unworkable on any Time Frame
Featuring: Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Tim Sparapani, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union; and David Williams, Vice President of Policy, Citizens Against Government Waste.
The REAL ID Act was rushed through Congress as an attachment to a military spending bill in 2005, without any hearings. Under the law, states are supposed to issue federally standardized driver’s licenses and make databases of driver information accessible nationwide by May 2008. DHS recently issued regulations that punted on the most difficult problems, delayed the compliance deadline, and raised the cost estimate for implementing the law to $17 billion. A growing number of state legislatures have passed resolutions against REAL ID, recognizing that regulations can’t make this law work, and neither can a delay. Bills to restore the more carefully crafted ID provisions of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 have been introduced in the House and Senate. Please join us for a discussion of identity-based security and the privacy, liberty, and cost consequences of the REAL ID Act.