Too many members of Congress seem still to believe that the good life is brought about primarily by government programs, not by individuals acting in their private capacities. And they believe equally that the Constitution authorizes them to enact such programs, even as many Americans know better. But government rarely solves the problems it purports to solve; in fact, it usually makes those problems worse.

More on Congress

Commentary

Washington Should Stop Squandering “Defense” Dollars on Rich Allies and Failed States

By Doug Bandow. Forbes. October 20, 2014.

In Big Government, Breaking Up Is Always Hard to Do

By David Boaz. Washington Times. October 14, 2014.

The CR Charade

By Michael D. Tanner. National Review (Online). October 1, 2014.

Cato Studies

‘Paint Is Cheaper Than Rails’: Why Congress Should Abolish New Starts

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 727. June 19, 2013.

Free Trade, Free Markets: Rating the 112th Congress

By K. William Watson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 53. June 4, 2013.

Farm Bill “Reform” Is in the Eye of the Beholder

By Sallie James. Free Trade Bulletin No. 52. May 29, 2013.

Articles

Congressional Abdication and the Cult of the Presidency

Gene Healy. White House Studies. Vol. 10. No. 2. 2010.

An American Debate

Edward H. Crane and Roger Pilon. The Politics and Law of Term Limits. 1994.

Public Filings

Halbig v. Burwell

By Bert Rein, William S. Consovoy, Michael Connolly & Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. October 3, 2014.

Dept. of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads

By Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, Brian Callanan and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. September 29, 2014.

BNSF Railway Co. v. United States

By Jeremy D. Kernodle, Ryan Paulsen, Ilya Shapiro & Julio Colomba. Legal Briefs. May 5, 2014.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Introduction

David Boaz. Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 7th Edition (2009).

The Courage to Change the World

Gov. Mark Sanford. Cato's Letter. Winter 2009.

Congress, the Courts, and the Constitution

Roger Pilon. Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 7th Edition (2009).

Events

Suspending the Law: The Obama Administration’s Approach to Extending Executive Power and Evading Judicial Review

Featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Andrew M. Grossman and Ilya Shapiro. May 21, 2014. Policy Forum.

Free Trade, Free Markets: Rating the 112th Congress

Featuring K. William Watson. June 18, 2013. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Can a Treaty Increase the Power of Congress?

Featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz and Roger Pilon. June 14, 2013. Policy Forum.