An Excellent Analysis of President Obama’s SOTU Speech Tuesday Night & It’s Obstruction to Liberty, Free Markets and Peace

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Cato Institute scholars Gene Healy, Michael F, Cannon, Benjamin Friedman, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Neal McCluskey, Sallie James, John Samples, Justin Logan, Daniel J. Mitchell and David Rittgers analyze the 2011 State of the Union.

Immediately following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, a panel of Cato policy experts joined together to analyze the speech, its contents, and the perspectives it provides on how the President and Congress will try to lead the country going forward. In this video, each Cato expert provides analysis and insights through the lens of their years of research. You can also review the commentary from last night’s live blog of the State of the Union
here.

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“Arizona and Immigration” Podcast featuring Daniel Griswold of The Cato Institute

Click here to listen to a podcast posted on May 17th, at CATO.org, on Immigration, and Arizona’s state law.

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Federal Salaries Explode posted at Cato-at-Liberty.org by Chris Edwards

That’s the subject of a USA Today analysis, which reveals an outrageous increase in salaries at the top levels of the federal workforce. I’ve been complaining about excessive federal pay for some time based on one set of data, and now Dennis Cauchon provides strong support for my thesis using a different set of data.

Cauchon finds that since the economy fell into recession, the number of federal workers earning more than $150,000 has more than doubled. The federal government has become extremely bloated and top heavy, even as families and businesses across the nation have had to tighten their belts. With 383,000 workers earning six-figure salaries, the government has become an elite island of overcompensated administrators immune from the competitive job realities of average families.

There are a remarkable 22,000 federal civilians earning salaries of over $170,000, illustrating that Big Government works for the benefit of well-off insiders, not average Americans. And Cauchon only looks at salaries and wages. Average annual federal benefits are more than $41,000, which pushes total federal compensation even further ahead of the private sector average. Click here to read more.

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