Cato Policy Report, January/February 2000
Vol. 22, No. 1
|Cato senior fellow Pat Michaels explains carbon dioxide and global warming to the House Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs on October 6.|
October 13: At "The Coming Crisis in Long-Term Care Financing," Stephen Moses of the Center for Long-Term Care Financing said that the government has created perverse incentives that currently discourage people from taking seriously the problems with financing long-term care. Jim Martin of the 60 Plus Association stressed the importance of having market incentives to make long-term care insurance both attractive and affordable. David Kendall of the Progressive Policy Institute contended that we need a long-term care system that presumes everyone will participate but allows people to opt out. Joshua Weiner of the Urban Institute argued that private-sector initiatives can help solve some of the problems with long-term care financing but that we should continue focusing on improving the public sector’s delivery system.
|Economists Anna J. Schwartz and David Meiselman talk with legal scholar Henry G. Manne at Cato’s 17th Annual Monetary Conference.|
November 3: Jagdish Bhagwati, one of the world’s foremost trade economists, and Brad Smith of Microsoft keynoted a "Global Liberty in the New Millennium" seminar held in Seattle a few weeks before the World Trade Organization meeting there. Cato’s Brink Lindsey, Robert Levy, and Ed Crane also spoke.
November 4–5: Scholars, entrepreneurs, and scientists gathered at the third annual Cato Institute/Forbes ASAP Conference, "Technology and Society," to consider the implications of the Knowledge Revolution for business and government. The speakers included William Schrader, chairman and CEO of PSINet; Peter Thiel, CEO of Confinity Inc.; higher education entrepreneur John Sperling; venture capitalist Tim Draper; Charles Brofman, president of CyberSettle; Dave Hughes of Old Colorado City Communications; Cato’s Ed Crane and David Boaz; Mike Malone of Forbes ASAP; and Tom Siebel, chairman and CEO of Siebel Systems.
November 10: The Cato Distinguished Lecturer Series featured Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa discussing "The Future of Liberty in Latin America." Vargas Llosa said that Latin Americans will remain pessimistic about democracy in theory until they see actual justice improved in their countries.
|Fernando Alessandri, Webmaster for Cato’s Spanish-language site, www.elcato.org, talks with novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, a Cato Distinguished Lecturer, on November 10.|
November 15: At the end of 1999, the U.S. government will complete the turnover of the Panama Canal to Panama. Meanwhile, the government of Panama has awarded a contract to a Hong Kong–based shipping company to operate ports at either end of the canal. At the Cato Policy Forum, "Is China a Threat to the Panama Canal?" Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy argued that we are relinquishing control of the canal "at our peril" in the face of the threat from China. Richard Nelson of the Atlantic Council contended that there is no evidence that the company has inappropriate ties to the government of the People’s Republic of China or its military. Michael Shifter of Inter-American Dialogue said that the transfer of the canal should be "celebrated" as a foreign policy achievement that helps spread capitalism across the Northern Hemisphere.
|Jagdish Bhagwati of Columbia University discusses free trade and the WTO at a Cato seminar in Seattle just before the WTO delegates arrive.|
|Presidential candidate Steve Forbes laid out his differences with George W. Bush on the role of government at a Cato seminar in New York on November 19.|
November 22: As part of the Cato Institute’s series of speeches by presidential aspirants, Patrick J. Buchanan, a candidate for the Reform Party nomination and author of A Republic, Not an Empire, answered critics and outlined his vision for the future of American foreign policy. In his speech, "The New Americanism: Buchanan Responds to Clinton’s Attack on the ‘New Isolationism,’" Buchanan called for the United States to engage in talks with Iraq and Iran. Those countries, unlike China and Viet Nam, "never killed tens of thousands of American soldiers in war," Buchanan said. "If we can engage China and North Vietnam, and even North Korea, why can we not at least talk to Iran and Iraq?" he asked.
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2000 edition of Cato Policy Report.