Gene Healy is senior editor at the Cato Institute. He is the author of a number of Cato studies on executive-power abuses by presidents of both parties, including “Arrogance of Power Reborn: The Imperial Presidency and Foreign Policy in the Clinton Years” (2001) and (with Timothy Lynch) “Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush” (2006). Healy also edited the 2004 book Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything. He has appeared on PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, among other venues, and his writings have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.
Healy holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He grew up in Springsteen Country on the Jersey Shore, but has long since become a self-hating Washingtonian. Healy lives in the District’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, about two miles north of the White House. His attitude toward public affairs can best be summed up in the words of Elvis Costello: “I used to be disgusted/now I try to be amused.”