The Center For Global Development ranks Cato the #1 think tank in America for efficiency. Debbie and I are strong supporters of the Cato Institute. Here Cato’s great new CEO, John Allison, tells you about the groundbreaking policy research being conducted by Michael Cannon, Michael Tanner and Chris Edwards.
In recent months Debbie and I have had the opportunity to speak with each of these gentlemen and have come away with a wealth of intelligence and insights that I am able to share with you. No organization in the country does a better job at championing the small government, Federal Republic form of government intended by our Founders. Among the many outstanding achievements of Cato’s scholars over the past year has been Cato’s leadership in the crusade against O’Care. When you see the names Cannon and Tanner in the media, you know you are hearing from the most diligent and informed foes of O’Care. What an extraordinary year for the Cato Institute.
In recent years, Cato scholar Chris Edwards has argued that federal government workers are substantially overpaid relative to private-sector workers. His efforts helped to create a loose freeze in federal pay increases, which has saved taxpayers over $90 billion. Cato was also visible in the debate for a rational immigration strategy based on attracting the brightest and hardest working to America, while requiring individuals to fully understand the principles that have made America great before becoming citizens.
We just conducted the most in-depth conference any organization has held on NSA spying on U.S. citizens and the need to protect your right to privacy. Big brother is watching you. We are watching him. Michael Cannon has been one of the most visible and intellectual opponents of Obamacare. He has helped organize three new court cases that pose a serious additional challenge to this destructive legislation. We fight on.
Mike Tanner published an updated report on welfare which highlighted the fact that in 32 states welfare recipients can make more on welfare than holding a full-time minimum wage job.
We continue to fight “tooth and nail” to spread the ideas of liberty throughout the planet — all within the context of creating a free and prosperous society at home founded on the principles of individual liberty, free markets, limited government, and peace. The Cato brand has risen while some of our fellow “think tanks” have drifted toward partisan politics on both sides of the political spectrum. We have enhanced our reputation for objective, quality research on important public policy issues.