We’re starting to firm up the speaker schedule for the rest o the year, and we wanted to let everyone know who we’ll be hearing from in the coming months.
In October, we’ll hear from economist Garett Jones. Known for his research on how IQ determines productivity, Garrett holds positions at George Mason University and the Mercatus Center.
In November, Greg Ip will be discussing his new book “Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes us Safe.”. Greg was the U.S. Economics Editor of the Economist and is now the chief economics commentator at the Wall Street Journal.
In December, FCC Commissioner Mike O’Reilly. Mike has a long history as a policy analyst for multiple U.S. Senate Committees, and is an expert on telecommunications.
Congralations to Andrew O’Shaugnnessy, recently named as a finalist for the Cundill Prize in History for The Men Who Lost America.
National Review Online awarded Prosperity Caucus member Daniel Corrin an honorable mention in its 2010 challenge. NRO contributor Kate O’Beirne conducted a search for “worthy ideas from within and beyond the Beltway” to improve government. Corrin’s suggestion was to “Put COLAs on a diet.” NRO reports….
Daniel Corrin from Washington, D.C., notes that “every January the federal government increases retirees’ Social Security payments, federal pensions, and government workers’ salaries by the growth in the Consumer Price Index.” He suggests that the federal government wait until the cost of living has gone up by 5 percent before implementing any of these Cost of Living Adjustments. Assuming a steady 3 percent inflation rate, for example, the federal government would give out a 5 percent COLA every 20 months instead of a 3 percent one every year. Over time, the savings add up (Corrin’s back-of-the-envelope calculation has the federal government cutting spending by more than $250 billion over the first five years).
The entire article can be found here.