Niskanen Center CEO Jerry Taylor plans to alter the dynamics in Washington. I know Jerry well from his years at the Cato Institute, where Jerry was unquestionably one of the most energetic members of Cato’s great team.
At his new think tank, the Niskanen Center, named after former Cato chairman Bill Niskanen, Jerry’s goal is to influence policy fights and get ideas enacted, not simply published and shelved.
In “A ‘Mindless’ Meme,” Niskanen’s Matthew Fay writes about recent anti-defense cuts commentary from John McCain and includes a quote from retired Marine Core General James Mattis: “no foe could wreak such havoc on our security that mindless sequestration is achieving.” Fay rebuts, “With all due respect to McCain and Mattis—and much is due—they are wrong. The most mindless thing about the Budget Control Act has actually been the Pentagon’s response to it.”
Advantage Fay! A January 25 Niskanen Center release sums up the debate quite succinctly: “Why is the Pentagon asking for $51 billion for a war in which combat has officially ended?”