Featuring Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute.
Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Sen. John McCain
Rep. Jim Cooper
Rep. Jeff Flake
Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Louisiana’s congressional delegation has requested $250 billion from the taxpayers to rebuild that one state alone. President Bush and congressional leaders have promised billions of dollars for reconstruction. But without a plan to pay for it, the new spending will blow a hole in the federal budget and soak future generations. The devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita demands leadership and a re-evaluation of spending priorities, first and foremost the costly and unwise Medicare prescription drug benefit set to take effect in January. At this Cato briefing, speakers will argue that Congress should at least delay implementation of the Medicare drug benefit to pay for hurricane relief. A two-year delay that retains “transitional” assistance for low-income seniors would save $84 billion.