Reason Alert: 14 Specific Ways to Cut Government Spending

The growth of government threatens freedom more than mosque-building muslims

- 14 Specific Ways to Cut Government Spending
- The Growth of Government Threatens Freedom More than Mosque-Building Muslims
- Five Whoppers From Opponents of California's Marijuana Legalization Initiative
- Why Should Opponents of the War on Drugs Vote for Democrats?
- New Videos  

14 Specific Ways to Cut Government Spending
In the 3D  November issue of Reason, our staff writers detail "14 ways to dismantle a monstrous government, one program at a time." Reason's Peter Suderman outlines how to overhaul Medicaid. Tim Cavanaugh explains how to end defined-benefit pensions for public employees. Jacob Sullum says it's time to admit defeat and stop spending money on the drug war. Katherine Mangu-Ward targets agricultural subsidies and Ronald Bailey makes clear why it is time to close the Department of Energy.
Watch Matt Welch Discuss Reason's Government Spending Cuts on C-Span's Washington Journal    

The Growth of Government Threatens Freedom More than Mosque-Building Muslims
Reason magazine Editor in Chief Matt Welch writes, "Republicans will do anything to win midterm elections except the right thing: spelling out, with both programmatic detail and philosophical conviction, how government is obstructing freedom, bankrupting the country, and impeding the great transition from top-down dictation to individual autonomy. Some day that transition will come to government. But only after we insist on it."
 

Five Whoppers From Opponents of California's Marijuana Legalization Initiative
"With a month to go before California voters decide whether to legalize marijuana, Proposition 19's opponents have pinned their hopes on desperate arguments that illustrate the intellectual bankruptcy of the prohibitionist position. Unable to offer a persuasive moral justification for continuing to treat marijuana users and suppliers like criminals, the No on 19 crowd has tried to distract voters' attention with several bright red herrings." - Reason magazine's Jacob Sullum examines the five most dubious claims against California's Prop. 19 in his syndicated column.
Former DEA Heads Repeat Their Bogus Constitutional Argument Against Prop. 19
 

Why Should Opponents of the War on Drugs Vote for Democrats?
Democrats are hoping that marijuana initiatives can help them reduce a Republican wave, but Reason's Jacob Sullum wonders why people who oppose the drug war would automatically vote for Democrats: "[President] Obama embodies the disappointment that almost always awaits voters who think Democrats will enact more enlightened drug policies because they sound more enlightened before they gain the power they seek. As a senatorial candidate, Obama advocated marijuana decriminalization, a position he renounced when he ran for president. As a presidential candidate, he said he would end the DEA's medical marijuana raids, a promise he broke after he was elected. So far he has waged the war on drugs, which he once called an 'utter failure,' in pretty much the same manner as his predecessor, only with more money. The one substantial improvement in federal drug policy since Obama took office is crack sentencing reform, which he supported. But that change was in the works for years and had already attracted support from many Republicans. Meanwhile, Obama literally laughs at the voters whom Democrats hope will turn out for them now."

New Videos  

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Michael Moynihan on the Merits of Not Voting on Fox Business' Stossel
 

Katherine Mangu-Ward Debates CEO Salaries on CNBC

Tim Cavanaugh on Fox Los Angeles Discussing CA Budget - Tuesday
 

Tim Cavanaugh on Fox Los Angeles Discussing CA Budget - Monday
 

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Filmmaker Michael Covel on Broke - The New American Dream
 

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