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Cato Institute

Libertarian think tank that strongly supports very loose borders. Affiliated with the Koch family.

Cato's Dan Griswold was the inspiration for George Bush's anti- and un-American scheme to open the U.S. labor market to the world.

Last modified Apr 5, 2012
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Delusional Alex Nowrasteh thinks "National Sovereignty and Free Immigration Are Compatible" - 04/29/14

At the Koch family-funded CATO Institute, Alex Nowrasteh offers "National Sovereignty and Free Immigration Are Compatible" [1]. Here's why it's wrong. He writes: The standard Weberian definition of a government is an institution that has a monopoly (or near monopoly) on the legitimate use of violence within a certain geographical area. The way it achieves this monopoly is by keeping out other...

"The Kronies": slick libertarian propaganda linked to Koch, and who doesn't reveal that - 01/24/14

... @seanmdav. * Caleb Brown of the CATO Institute (also linked to the Kochs) offers "Meet the Kronies!" ( peekURL.com/z2c6Hc2 ). His is like a smaller version of Rothman's post. There's no follow-up appended. In his very limited defense (of a sort), he uses the Kronies videos to pivot to promoting CATO's own videos. Write @cobrown. * Megan Roberts of Students For Liberty (another group linked to...

Michael Tanner of Cato, meet reality (immigrants using food stamps to send food back home) - 07/21/13

... quotes Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute as saying: "I don’t want food-stamp police to see what people do with their rice and beans, but it’s wrong. The purpose of this program is to help Americans who don’t have enough to eat. This is not intended as a form of foreign aid." That's ironic given those in the Cato sphere who call remittances a good form of foreign aid; examples in [1] here....

Sarah Jane Glynn of CAP hypes amnesty using studies from Cato, Bush, and the Fed - 07/09/12

... an odious libertarian from the Cato Institute (which is linked to the Koch family), and the Federal Reserve. The events are unrelated, but they illustrate yet again that when it comes to immigration there isn't much difference between the left and right elites (and their helpers like Glynn). Both also illustrate that you can't trust CAP to get things right. Glynn's "Top 5 Economic Benefits from...

Fiscal conservatives side with America-denouncing billionaire (Cato, Dan Mitchell, Heritage, Brownfield, Sean Medlock, Daily Caller, HotAir) - 05/11/12

... Policy" by Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute (link): The statists say these people are "tax traitors" and "economic Benedict Arnolds," but those views are based on a quasi-totalitarian ideology that assumes government has some sort of permanent claim on people's economic output. That makes no sense. Any new money Savarin earns will be subjected to Singapore's rules. The wealth he accumulated...

Cato immigration conference April 26, 2012: let's discredit them (CFR, Lofgren, Jacoby, Federal Reserve, NIF, NFAP) - 03/22/12

On April 26, 2012, the Cato Institute will be conducting an all-day conference ("Is Immigration Good for America?") supporting massive immigration. I urge anyone who'll be in the Washington DC area to attend with the goal of discrediting them as will be described below. Most people will probably have never heard of most of those attending, but discrediting intermediaries is a very effective way...

NFAP misleads on skilled immigration (Stuart Anderson, Frank Sharry, National Foundation for American Policy) - 05/25/11

Stuart Anderson of the National Foundation for American Policy offers "The Impact of the Children of Immigrants on Scientific Achievements in America" [1], which comes to a highly misleading conclusion based on a very small sample. It's also promoted by Frank Sharry's AmericasVoice [2]. See the second link for more on the NAFP. Based only on the fact that 70% of the finalists at the 2011 Intel...

Reason TV misleads about green energy - 03/13/11

... he's an adjunct scholar at the CATO Institute [1]. The video also fails to note that CATO is part of the "Kochtopus", those groups funded by or otherwise linked to the Koch family which just so happens to be in the energy business. CATO is also funded by other oil and gas companies [2]. 3. Reason itself is also part of the Kochtopus, and funding they receive from those who have a monetary stake...

Yet another example of Teaparty being useful idiots for the Koch brothers? (Madison union protests) - 02/19/11

... Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Reason Foundation (see Reason Magazine) have long taken a very antagonistic view toward public-sector unions. Several of these groups have urged the eradication of these unions. The Kochs also invited (PDF) Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an anti-union outfit,...

Lee Sherman of Mint cowardly gives in to illegal immigration supporters (Timothy Lee, Megan McArdle, Dave Weigel, Ezra Klein, Max Read) - 06/18/10

... off is from Timothy Lee of the Cato Institute, guest-blogging for Megan McArdle (and, yes, she bears partial responsibility for leaving hacks like that with the keys to her blog) [2]. Max Read of Gawker links to the Lee post at [3]. Ezra Klein has his smears at [4]. His Washington Post colleague Dave Weigel's report (not as bad as the others, for what that's worth) is at [5]. I'd never heard of...

UCLA CAP IPC deceptive study: immigration reform would increase GDP by $1.5 trillion over 10 years - 01/07/10

... extremist Dan Griswold of the Cato Institute agrees with the study (Register report in 1 above).

Ironic: Dick Armey's support for massive immigration leads to more spending, bigger government - 11/12/09

... of FreedomWorks spoke at the Cato Institute about various topics including immigration (cato.org/pubs/policy_report/pr-ja-da.html), and his remarks are incredibly ironic: his immigration policies lead to the opposite of the other policies he claims to support. Most of what he supported then has since occurred albeit on a smaller scale, and we know how that worked out. Note that Armey still...

Sleazy low-level elitist Arnold Kling has no clue about Tea Parties - 09/15/09

Arnold Kling of the Cato Institute - presumably speaking only for himself - recently smeared the tea parties and showed how clueless he is about who's attracted to their "movement" (econlog.econlib.org/archives/2009/09/tea_and_sympath.html). Do they fit the stereotype of being white, small-town, uneducated racists? Not much racism, but otherwise I would say they fit the stereotype enough to make...

9/12: Tea Party march on Washington DC live coverage (Glenn Beck, Freedomworks) - 09/12/09

... immigration), at least one from the Cato Institute (ditto), and Rep. Mike Pence (ditto). The "star" power is provided by a Baldwin brother: Stephen (apparently Mickey Dolenz wasn't available). And, from the libertarian side of things, they've got speakers from Ron Paul's "Campaign for Liberty", the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, and the Free State Project. They've also got speakers from...

Napolitano immigration meeting: you weren't represented (vast # of loose borders groups, Obama/Janet anti-287g) - 08/20/09

Earlier today, Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security held a closed-door meeting with a group of what she calls "stakeholders" (dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1250792978709.shtm) but was actually a vast pantheon (see below) of far-left, racial power, corrupt business, and in general loose borders groups all of which want some form of comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty....

CATO promotes financial gain from illegal alien amnesty, ignores massive non-financial costs (Peter Dixon, Maureen Rimmer) - 08/14/09

... Dixon and Maureen Rimmer of the CATO Institute have a study promoting the supposed economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform aka amnesty ("Restriction or Legalization? Measuring the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform", freetrade.org/pubs/pas/tpa-040es.html). As with other "economic" studies, theirs isn't really based in economics in that they're ignoring all the costs of what...

"Tea Parties": an astroturfed Koch family movement (FreedomWorks, Instapundit, Rick Santelli) - 02/28/09

... and advocacy groups, from the Cato Institute and Reason Magazine to FreedomWorks. The scion of the Koch family, Fred Koch, was a co-founder of the notorious extremist-rightwing John Birch Society. ...ChicagoTeaParty.com was just one part of a larger network of Republican sleeper-cell-blogs set up over the course of the past few months, all of them tied to a shady rightwing advocacy group...

20,000 U.S. military troops to help with "homeland security" in U.S. by 2011 - 12/01/08

Spencer Hsu and Ann Scott Tyson of the Washington Post offers "Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security" (link), which is currently being linked by Drudge: The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon...

Melinda Zosh lets Jason Riley/WSJ engage in logical fallacy, Michael Barone spout nonsense - 06/23/08

... for Open Borders") gave at the CATO Institute (link). While she offers a fine and no doubt accurate transcription, like most MSM reporters she doesn't go beyond that and question anything she's told. She simply serves as Riley's stooge and fails to call him on his use of a logical fallacy: ...Riley said that Americans limit their perspectives and fear that new immigrants won't assimilate. But...

Mexico-linked ACLU: immigration raids are "terrorizing communities" (Joanne Lin) - 05/22/08

... power." Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute is quoted as disagreeing with the latter claim. And, while it's not the best question I'd ask the ACLU, at least CNS asked something: At Monday's briefing, Lin spoke about the federal lawsuit filed against the Department of Homeland Security and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department by the ACLU and the family on behalf of Pedro Guzman, the...

Notes from the Nick Gillespie/Matt Welch/Reason Magazine alternative universe (everyone's a libertarian!) - 03/21/08

... something: As David Boaz of the Cato Institute and David Kirby of America's Future Foundation note in a study of public opinion polls, roughly 15% of the electorate can be considered libertarian. Just as long as you define things just right, and put as much spin as possible on "consider", that might be true. However, very few people are willing to sign on to the full libertarian platform (and...

Bush's original "guest" worker scheme revealed - 03/28/07

In this video segment from 2004, Margaret Spellings [1] described how Bush's original "guest" worker scheme would be open to *everyone*, specifically mentioning nurses, teachers, and high-tech workers. In brief, president Bush wanted to open (most of) the U.S. labor market to the world, including (previously) middle-class occupations. Oddly enough, the Democrats completely failed to highlight...

Charlie Norwood on CATO's latest anti-American proposal - 06/28/05

... Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA): A CATO Institute-sponsored report intended to discredit efforts to secure the U.S. border has instead bolstered findings that immediate deployment of troops in support of the Border Patrol is the only means of stopping the current hordes of illegal immigrants invading U.S. territory. CATO author Douglas Massey's report also contends Americans should abandon...

"Sens. Cornyn, Kyl Prepare Massive Guestworker Plan" - 05/27/05

... of Trade Policy Studies at the CATO Institute, and Princeton sociology professor Douglass S. Massey (Douglas Massey). The witnesses also told senators that illegal immigration would solve the social security problem. Assistant Secretary Law made the incredible observation that the use of h-1b guestworkers in the high-tech industry, proves there is continued job growth in the high-tech...

Tamar Jacoby on the Kennedy-McCain mass amnesty - 05/14/05

... include Stephen Moore of the Cato Institute, now head of the Club for Growth. Whatever his libertarian views on immigration, I imagine Steve hightailed it out of there after he realized what he'd gotten into, because the people sitting around the conference table at NIF board meetings include some decidedly unsavory characters. In addition to the usual leftist suspects — the ACLU, the Service...

"Dogmatic Libertarians: Over the edge." - 01/19/05

... NRO article Griswold [of the Cato Institute] insists that he is not for "open borders," but his record suggests otherwise. A story in the Christian Science Monitor (August 30, 2000) by Scott Baldauf is particularly revealing. Baldauf describes a new project of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's Border Patrol that specifically targets highly sophisticated criminal smuggling rings that...

"Why conservatives must not vote for Bush" - 09/10/04

From the Cato Institute's Doug Bandow (link): George W. Bush presents conservatives with a fundamental challenge: Do they believe in anything other than power? Are they serious about their rhetoric on limited, constitutionally restrained government? ...A few high-octane speeches cannot disguise the catastrophic failure of the Bush administration in both its domestic and its foreign policies...