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.

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Cato Studies

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Public Filings

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NLRB v. SW General, Inc.

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Thomas Berry. Legal Briefs. September 26, 2016.

Texas v. United States

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Cato Reviews & Journals

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A Guidebook for the 115th Congress

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Restraining the Regulatory State

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The Fight with ISIS: One Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War

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

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