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2011 EVENTS

November 2, 2011


On November 2, 2011 the Young Leaders Circle was honored to host Gov. Jan Brewer from the great state of Arizona. Having first hand experience as the leader of a southern border state, Governor Brewer discussed the many negative impacts of illegal immigration. Crime, drugs, human trafficking, kidnappings, blackmail and obscene violence erupting on suburban streets have only been parts of the problem. An even greater strain has been placed on Arizona's beleaguered health, educational and social welfare networks.

The Governor also discussed her latest book, Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politics to Secure America's Border (HarperCollins 2011) which explains her state's effort to pick up the federal slack in U.S. border enforcement.

 


October 5, 2011


President Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction." In her latest book, American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party (Crown Forum) Margaret Hoover calls for Republicans to embrace a conservatism that emphasizes individual freedom both in economic and social policy in order to appeal to the new generation of voters.

On October 5, 2011 Ms. Hoover joined the Young Leaders Circle to advocate for a conservatism that is consistent with her great-grandfather's values of civic responsibility and service to others, as well as the original impulses of the American conservative movement. She discussed solutions for not only strengthening the Republican Party, but for America as a whole.

September 14, 2011


September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever be remembered in our nation's history. In honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Young Leaders Circle was proud to host a forum on keeping our cities safe from future terrorist attacks.

Judith Miller, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a City Journal contributing editor discussed how urban counterterrorism has evolved over the past ten years on September 14, 2011. Miller's writings have focused on the Middle East, counterterrorism, and the need to strike a delicate balance between protecting both national security and American civil liberties in a post-9/11 world. Her most recent book, Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War (Simon & Schuster, 2001) topped the bestseller list in the wake of 9/11 and the anthrax letter attacks.

 

July 6, 2011


On July 6th, returning speaker Andrew Breitbart, news critic and social-media entrepreneur, discussed his latest book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World (Grand Central Publishing).

Righteous Indignation begins with Breitbart's coverage of the ACORN scandal and his subsequent rise to becoming one of the country's biggest New Media magnates. Breitbart also talks about the key issues that Americans face, how he has aligned himself with the Tea Party, and how one needs to deal with the libera news world head-on. Along the way, he details his early years, in which he worked with Matt Drudge and the Huffington Post, and how he developed his unique style of launching key websites, such as Breitbart.com, Breitbart.tv, BigHollywood.com, and BigGovernment.com, to help get the word out to conservatives all over.

"Righteous Indignation starts off where many conservatives are born: after college, when liberalism's theoretical utopia begins to clash with the real world. Gen X slacker Breitbart transforms himself—with the help from yours truly—into a cultural warrior, a New Media powerhouse, and one of the conservative movement's most ferocious fighters."
—Rush Limbaugh

June 1, 2011


Rich Trzupek, chemist, principal consultant at environmental engineering and consulting firm Mostardi Platt Environmental and contributing editor of FrontPageMag.com, discusses his new Broadside, How the EPA's Green Tyranny is Stifling America (Encounter Books) at the June 1, 2011 Young Leaders Circle forum.

In this booklet, Trzupek explains how the relationship between environmental regulation and economic growth has gone from dysfunctional to disastrous. Lisa Jackson's EPA has assumed broad new powers and promulgated sweeping new regulations unlike anything America has seen since the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act were signed into law 40 years ago. While much of the public has focused on the EPA's plans to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions, the agency's power grab extends into far more areas of society and the economy than fossil-fuel use alone.


Suggested reading:
We Need a Hearing on Fed's Role in Gas Prices, Front Page Magazine, 05-13-11
An Energy Policy Designed to Fail, Front Page Magazine, 03-17-11
Nuclear Disaster in Japan?, Front Page Magazine, 03-15-11

May 4, 2011


On May 4, 2011, Manhattan Institute experts E.J. McMahon [link to fellows page] and Steven Malanga joined the YLC to discuss the hottest topic in the news -- the realities of public-sector unions and what union leaders have avoided telling taxpayers.

States have begun to rein in spending and that has brought on a clash with public-sector unions who claim that states are unjustly stripping away their benefits. What union leaders do not state, is that the excessive benefits they used to receive are one of the culprits of state budget cuts. As states fall deeper into debt, costs must be diminished in order to save the jobs of union-members. The very greed that unions claim the states exhibit is endemic among union leaders more concerned with unnecessary perks than with the jobs of their coworkers.


Suggested reading:
EJ McMahon and Steve Malanga are regular contributors on www.PublicSectorInc.org, which is a one-stop-shop for the latest news, analysis and research about the issues facing the public sector and the American taxpayer. It provides a national forum to probe problems and develop solutions at the state and local level.

April 6, 2011


Some of our nation's most powerful leaders from Barak Obama to Bill and Hillary Clinton are graduates of elite law schools like Harvard and Yale. In his new book, Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America, Walter Olson questions the type of education law students really receive while within the university's walls. Olson's fourth book on the law chronicles how bad ideas from America's elite law schools have harmed the nation. Rather than focusing on producing competent and ethical lawyers for the future, our top law schools have churned out disastrous policies ranging from court takeovers of school funding at taxpayers' expense, to the rights to sue anyone over anything in class actions, to court orders mandating mass release of prison inmates. And since many of our national leaders have their roots in these law schools, many of the ideas taught in legal academia will doubtless wind up shaping national policy in the years ahead.

On April 6th, Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies and former Manhattan Institute fellow – whom the Washington Post rightly named an "intellectual guru of tort reform," discussed Schools for Misrule and the ways in which law schools have evolved over time.

Suggested reading:
Overlawyered.org is Walter Olson's award winning website chronicling the excesses in the legal arena.


March 2, 2011


People love to badmouth cities. But cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live. New Yorkers, for instance, live longer than other Americans; heart disease and cancer rates are lower in Gotham than in the nation as a whole. More than half of America's income is earned in twenty-two metropolitan areas. And city dwellers use, on average, 40 percent less energy than suburbanites.

On March 2, Edward Glaeser—a Manhattan Institute senior fellow, City Journal contributing editor, and one of the world’s most renowned urban economists—described to us how cities confer these benefits and many more in his new best-selling book, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. Read reviews, excerpts and more on the book website.

 

February 2, 2011


February 2011 marks President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. To celebrate the achievements of this extraordinary American, the Ronald Reagan Library and Centennial Committee are encouraging a variety of organizations around the country to remember his achievements.

On February 2nd Clark Judge, presidential speech writer and founder of the White House Writers Group, visited to discuss the leadership and legacy of our 40th president. Mr. Judge served as Speechwriter and Special Assistant to both President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush. His work on a variety of policy issues and strategic communications are widely published.

January 5, 2011


Cliff Asness, hedge fund manager, Manhattan Institute trustee and regular commentator on how federal tax and regulatory policies effect business, visited the Young Leaders Circle on January 5th.

Seeing how regulatory policy and other big government initiatives were threatening our freedoms, he began writing about free market issues. He spoke about the quantitative-research business and several articles he’s written on how federal regulatory policies have impacted his business and the free-market.


Suggested reading:
The Bush Income Tax Cuts Were (Very Mildly) Progressive, Forbes, 12-15-10
Money Managers May Face New Tax Increase, Bloomberg, 06-13-10
The Treasury-Financial Complex: The Dodd Bill Is Perfectly Designed To Create The Largest And Most Powerful Crony System In History, Wall Street Journal, 05-13-10

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

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