Wikipedia, for all its faults, is supposed to give fair and unbiased information. Only objective experts are supposed to have access to its articles for editing. So, why would someone want congressional staff members to come anywhere near Wikipedia? Cato Institute Senior Fellow Jim Harper joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a list of good reasons.
The U.S. cannot be the world’s policeman. But it can advise, train and equip friendly nations facing conflicts of their own. It’s doing that in Iraq right now, in the country’s fight against the military group ISIS. And it’s doing that in Nigeria, where hundreds of schoolgirls remain missing. This type of defense aid will be pondered, debated and questioned at an event today hosted by the Cato Institute. Visiting Research Fellow Jennifer Keister joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the event she is moderating today.
Sen. Tom Coburn told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday that Congress isn’t doing its job and that’s the root cause of much of the waste in government. Rep. Darrell Issa promised to work with Coburn and Sen. Tom Carper on legislation to reduce overlapping programs.
Benjamin Friedman, a CATO Institute research fellow, said sequestration prevents intelligent spending cuts, but that doesn’t necessarily mean DoD lacks room to make smarter ones.
On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources. Across-the-board mandatory cuts have a lot of people on edge, especially those who work closely with the Defense Department. Across-the-board mandatory cuts have a lot of people on edge. But some of the rhetoric could be overblown, says Benjamin Friedman, a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute.
Dr. Sonja Batten, deputy chief for specialty mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the VA’s plans to hire 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) talks about two bills aimed at reducing the number of duplicative government programs.
Jim Harper, senior policy analyst at the conservative Cato Institute, says that some of the cybersecurity bills Congress is considering are overreaching and may be unnecessary in the long run.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the military is not the cause of the nation’s debt and deficits — but it needs to be part of the solution. And he said finding that solution could involve reexamining military pay and benefits.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said repeatedly over recent weeks that operating the Defense Department under 2010 funding levels represented a ”crisis on my doorstep.” Several Defense spending critics said the assessment was overblown.
Research from the Cato Institute says that the new Republicans in Congress are not challenging defense spending.