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Cato Institute 03/20/2019 15:21
Federico A. de Jesús and Colin Grabow. While Democratic presidential hopefuls have been. making their way to Puerto Rico to. win support from both island residents and their diaspora on. the mainland, it’s actually a Republican who has. introduced a bill that would provide immediate relief to the. island. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is heading the efforts to repeal a. restrictive trade law known as the Jones Act.
Cato Institute 03/20/2019 09:36
Jonathan Blanks. Punishment without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System. Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal. by Alexandra Natapoff. Basic Books (2018), 352 pages, $30. Although many of the criminal justice policy reforms proposed in. the past few years have dealt with “mass incarceration,”. particularly sentence reductions and alternatives to incarceration. for nonviolent felony offenses, most criminal convictions in the. United States are actually for misdemeanors — ranging from. serious crimes such as domestic battery and driving under the. influence of alcohol to less serious offenses like blocking the. sidewalk, failing to pay a parking ticket, and public intoxication. Typically, misdemeanor convictions mean no jail time or are.
Cato Institute 03/19/2019 11:04
Chris Edwards. Are rich people idle “rentiers,” as economist Thomas. Piketty calls them, who inherit wealth and add no social value? In. supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan for higher estate taxes,. former Labor Secretary Robert Reich claimed. that “America is creating a new aristocracy of the. non-working super rich.” And in plugging Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s wealth. tax, Paul Krugman said “we seem to be heading toward a. society dominated by vast, often inherited fortunes.”In fact, today’s economy is dominated by entrepreneurial. innovation, which is generating rapid turnover in the ranks of the. wealthy. And even among the declining share of the rich who. inherited their wealth, many are impressive company builders or. philanthropists in their own r.
Cato Institute 03/19/2019 08:29
Trevor Burrus. For over 100 years, America’s drug war has been a part of. our lives. For those, like me, who grew up consuming Reagan-era. anti-drug propaganda, the drug war resembled a holy crusade of. purification more than a criminal-justice problem. Murderers,. robbers, and rapists were treated as criminals of opportunity and. desire, but drug users were moralized in the language of sin and. redemption. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I asked the. most basic and fundamental question about the drug war: Why. do heroin addicts get cages and alcoholics get. treatment? Only by asking that question was I able to cut through the pall. of anti-drug propaganda that had been pulled over my eyes. It’s often observed that, during wartime, home-front. pr.
Cato Institute 03/18/2019 09:00
Neal McCluskey. If the. Varsity Blues bribery and cheating scandal has done anything. positive, it has been to shine some light on a basic reality: very. little in higher education is truly nonprofit. It turns out some. analysts—and residents—of the ivory tower have been. making this point for years. But nothing elevates things in the. public consciousness like rich people—especially. celebrities —behaving badly. The specifics of the scandal involve outright fraud by people. outside of the ivory tower trying to get their kids into the. penthouse—elite institutions including Yale and UCLA. There. is no evidence of which I’m aware that the schools themselves. encouraged such fraud, though some employees, seeking to enrich. themselves, allegedly did. This
Cato Institute 03/18/2019 08:54
Doug Bandow. The Trump administration has made Saudi Arabia and the United. Arab Emirates the foundation of its anti-Iran strategy. As a. result, Washington, despite its avowed commitment to democracy, is. supporting two authoritarian absolute monarchies. Riyadh recently. distinguished itself by murdering and dismembering a journalistic. critic in its own consulate. Worse, however, the Saudis and Emiratis are proving to be the. most disruptive, destabilizing forces in the Persian Gulf. Most. disastrously, in 2015 they intervened in Yemen, turning that. nation’s enduring internal strife into another front in the. region’s dangerous sectarian struggle. Their brutality has been ostentatious, bombing urban and. civilian targets, including hospitals, marke.
Cato Institute 03/17/2019 08:31
Ted Galen Carpenter. An array of news stories over the past two weeks confirms that. Washington’s NATO allies are increasingly defiant toward U.S. policy objectives that they consider misguided or merely. inconvenient. One prominent blow came when Turkey finalized its. purchase of S-400 air defense missiles. Trump administration. officials had told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s. government for months that executing that deal was unacceptable. Not only would the S-400s be incompatible with systems that other. NATO members were deploying, thus undermining a coordinated NATO. air defense, but the purchase symbolized a disturbingly cozy. relationship that was developing between Turkey and Russia. The. administration warned its Turkish ally that “ grav.
Cato Institute 03/15/2019 09:42
Doug Bandow. The largest welfare system in the world today is run by the. Pentagon. Americans subsidize the defenses of many countries,. plenty of which are very rich. In fact, most of the U.S. “defense” budget devoted to power projection is really. protecting other nations—and making America less safe. The obvious solution is to stop protecting countries able to. defend themselves. However, President Donald Trump tends to look at. everything, including foreign policy, through a profit and loss. lens. According to Bloomberg, the administration is now considering. a “Cost Plus 50” initiative, under which nations would. be expected to pay the full basing cost of any U.S. troops. stationed within their borders plus at least a 50 percent. supplement. The
Cato Institute 03/15/2019 09:19
John Glaser. “ Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based. international order .” The Economist ’s. headline last summer summarized a common refrain within. America’s foreign policy establishment. Trump “wants to. undo the liberal international order the United States. built,” Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution warned on Inauguration Day in 2017. Trump could. “bring to an end the United States’ role as guarantor. of the liberal world order,” Princeton professor G. John. Ikenberry wrote . Trump is certainly hostile to what he sometimes refers to as. “globalism”: multilateralism, free trade agreements,. international institutions, and any international legal regime that. could impose constraints on U.S. power. He is antagonistic toward. allies an.
Cato Institute 03/15/2019 08:39
Doug Bandow. Slavery is evil. Virtually every American believes that. Even. most foreigners, other than a few ISIS fighters who now are. enduring the great beyond, almost certainly bereft of the 72. virgins they were expecting. However, there was a time when most of. humankind accepted the practice. Even those ever so civilized. Greeks and Romans, upon whose thought much of modern civilization. rests, enjoyed lives made more comfortable by the labor of those in. bondage. Which means much of humanity is descended either from those who. were slaves or who owned slaves. Few nations evolved untouched by. the practice. Go back to the beginning of time and virtually. everyone alive today probably should receive or pay - and perhaps. both simultaneously - rep.
Cato Institute 03/14/2019 08:47
Doug Bandow. The Trump administration’s relations with North Korea may. continue their roller-coaster course. From warnings of war to. professions of love and, now, perhaps, back to belligerent insults. and threats again. The Hanoi summit breakdown surprised most everyone. The. North’s Kim Jong-un had dramatically retooled his. country’s image. President Donald Trump needed a political. victory. Rumors of tentative agreements were flying. Then came the bust. President Trump still. might play his claimed role as negotiator-in-chief. A failure to agree does not doom the relationship. Ronald Reagan. and Mikhail Gorbachev did not join in Reykjavik to eliminate. nuclear weapons. But they ultimately agreed to other arms. limitations and ended the Cold War.
Cato Institute 03/13/2019 15:16
Michael D. Tanner. Outside the media and political circles that follow her every. move, few probably noticed or cared when Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. pronounced capitalism “irredeemable.” But what are we. to make of the refusal of former Colorado governor John. Hickenlooper — supposedly the moderate in the Democratic. field — to admit that he was a capitalist? Speaking on. MSNBC’s Morning Joe last week, Hickenlooper turned. aside several direct questions about whether he was a capitalist. before allowing that “some aspects” of capitalism, like. small business, “probably work.” And what about the. fact that 77-year-old avowed socialist Bernie Sanders is in a. statistical tie for the Democratic nomination? Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in N.
Cato Institute 03/13/2019 15:12
Ted Galen Carpenter. As if the United States wasn’t already pursuing enough. murky and dubious military missions in such places as Afghanistan,. Syria, and Yemen, a push appears to be underway to expand. Washington’s involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa. U.S. troops are more deeply engaged in "anti-terror". in Niger, Somalia, and other countries than most Americans realize. When four American Special Forces personnel died in Niger in 2017,. even members of Congress were surprised . A lobbying effort now seems to be taking place for U.S. intervention to alleviate suffering in the Central African Republic. (CAR), because of that country’s ongoing civil war.
Cato Institute 03/13/2019 09:36
Michael D. Tanner. President Trump submitted his 2020 budget last week, and, as. with nearly all presidential budgets before it, two things. immediately ­became apparent: First, there was zero chance it would. be ­enacted as drafted, and, second, there was no limit to. congressional hysteria and demagoguery in response. Among the biggest sources of hysteria was the president’s. proposal to reduce the growth in Medicare spending by $845 billion. over the next decade.
Cato Institute 03/13/2019 08:36
Aaron Rice and Ilya Shapiro. Two days before the framers signed the Constitution, one. delegate noticed a defect in the plan. He rose to point out that. under the current proposal, only Congress could initiate the. process of amending the Constitution. But if the federal government grew out of control, it could. never be counted on to rein in its own power. There needed to be a. way for the states to initiate the amendment process. The other convention delegates agreed and unanimously voted to. add provisions to Article V, which equipped the states with the. power to call for a convention at which delegates would make. amendment proposals — which would then have to be ratified by. the states. The day the framers feared, when the federal government wo.
Cato Institute 03/13/2019 08:36
Ilya Shapiro. Although marijuana has been illegal under the Controlled. Substances Act since 1970, that will inevitably change. With. two-thirds of the country currently in favor of. legalizing recreational use—a remarkable shift, rivaled only. by polling trends on same-sex marriage—Congress is beginning. to read the smoke signals. Late last month, for example , Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). reintroduced the Marijuana Justice Act, which would legalize. cannabis as a matter of federal law and expunge federal marijuana. convictions. It’s important that lawmakers get national cannabis policy. right, which means both respecting each state’s prerogative to. handle its own policy and allowing interstate marijuana trade among. those states that legalize. Currently.
Cato Institute 03/12/2019 09:39
Ted Galen Carpenter. There are signs of growing congressional inconsistency, if not. incoherence, regarding the authority of the president in foreign. affairs. The legislature seeks to interfere on issues that are the. president’s responsibility while still failing to fulfill its own. constitutionally mandated responsibility regarding the war. power. An incident of misplaced assertiveness took place in January. when the House of Representatives passed the NATO Support Act prohibiting the executive. branch from using any funds to facilitate U.S. withdrawal from the. Alliance in any way. The legislation appears to bar a drawdown of. U.S. troop levels in Europe and any effort to terminate U.S. membership in NATO. Enacting the legislation seemed weirdly
Cato Institute 03/12/2019 09:33
Ted Galen Carpenter. Despite the spin that both the Trump administration and the. North Korean government adopted, the outcome of the Hanoi summit. was a major disappointment. Widespread expectations existed that. the meeting would at least produce a joint declaration ending the. Korean War, the establishment of liaison offices in the two. capitals, and some progress on the thorny issue of Pyongyang’s. nuclear and missile programs. The abrupt end to the summit without. even the publication of a joint communique was not according to. script. Both sides apparently wish to continue the bilateral dialogue,. and that’s a good sign. However, the United States needs to adopt. more limited, realistic goals. North Korea’s complete, verifiable,. and irreversible.

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