Featuring A. Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University; and Erik Goepner, Doctoral student in public policy, George Mason University; with comments by Betsy Woodruff, Politics Reporter, The Daily Beast; Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Aaron Schumacher, Director, International, Foreign Policy Group, and Senior Vice President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
A limited constitutional government calls for a rules-based, freemarket monetary system, not the topsy-turvy fiat dollar that now exists under central banking. This issue of the Cato Journal examines the case for alternatives to central banking and the reforms needed to move toward free-market money.
Americans are finally enjoying an improving economy after years of recession and slow growth. The unemployment rate is dropping, the economy is expanding, and public confidence is rising. Surely our economic crisis is behind us. Or is it? In Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner examines the growing national debt and its dire implications for our future and explains why a looming financial meltdown may be far worse than anyone expects.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is not just a framework for utopia,” 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.
Welfare Reform Implementation: A State Report Card
Featuring Dr. Wade Horn *, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Jenifer Zeigler, Welfare Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Jon Hobbs, National Director of Welfare Reform Initiatives, American Institute for Full Employment; and Mark Greenberg, Director of Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy.
In 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) was signed into law, and the nation waited to see if welfare reform would truly “end welfare as we know it.” Through block grant funding and administrative devolution, states finally had a chance to move beyond pilot programs and prove they could transition people off welfare more efficiently and effectively than the federal government. In a new Cato Policy Analysis, Jenifer Zeigler grades the states on their policy choices regarding welfare reform implementation—rewarding choices that encourage personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. Join us for a review of the state grades and a discussion of how states handled the challenges of welfare reform and are preparing for the future under welfare reauthorization.