Cato Handbook for Policymakers

Cato Handbook for Policymakers

Cato Handbook for Policymakers

Cato Handbook for Policymakers


Now in its seventh edition, the Cato Handbook on Policy gathers the policy recommendations from Cato Institute scholars and experts on every major policy issue. Providing both in-depth analysis and concrete recommendations, the Handbook is an invaluable resource for policymakers and anyone else interested in securing liberty through limited government. This year's edition appeals to policymakers on federal, state, and local levels with a broad scope of issues, such as healthcare, foreign policy, Social Security, education, taxes, and energy policy. The Washington Post has called the Handbook a soup-to-nuts agenda to reduce spending, kill programs, terminate whole agencies, and dramatically restrict the power of the federal government.


It's been a long time since a U.S. election generated feelings of actual joy beyond the ranks of partisan activists. If Barack Obama hasn't yet ushered in a new “era of good feelings,” all Americans can take pride in the demise of yet another glass ceiling in a nation born in the idea that all of us are created equal, entitled to the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Indeed, we can take some satisfaction in observing that something normal happened: A party that had given Americans a long war and an economic crisis, led by a strikingly unpopular president, was defeated. Republican government requires that failed parties be turned out of office. The American Founders believed firmly in the principle of rotation in office. They thought that even successful officeholders should go back home to live under the laws after a short period in office. No doubt more members of the 110th Congress would have been given that privilege were it not for the vast incumbent protection complex of laws and regulations and subsidies.

George W. Bush and the Republicans promised choice, freedom, reform, and a restrained federal government. As far back as the Contract with America in 1994, congressional Republicans pledged “the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public's money.” But over the past eight years they delivered massive overspending, the biggest expansion of entitlements in 40 years, centralization of education, a war that has lasted longer than World War II, an imperial presidency, civil liberties abuses, the intrusion of the federal government into social issues and personal freedoms, and finally a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street that just kept on growing in the last month of the campaign. Voters who believe in limited government had every reason to reject that record.

At the Cato Institute we stand firmly on the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, on the bedrock American values of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. And throughout our 32 years we have been willing to criticize officials of both . . .

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