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MARCH 25, 2015

To Cut IRS, First Start Tax Reform

Ted Cruz famously called for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service in his announcement to run for president. Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses on WINA's Schilling Show whether eliminating the agency is possible, explaining that any kind of attempts to downsize the IRS must first start with downsizing the tax code. 

MARCH 25, 2015

Congress Must Prioritize Tax Reform (Audio: Interview)

Republicans are downsizing the IRS budget, but more even more could be done if it were not for the ridiculously complicated U.S. tax code. Tax reform and simplification needs to be one of Congress's top priorities, says Dr. Merrill Matthews on WAVA's Don Kroah Show. 

MARCH 24, 2015

Among White House Hopefuls, Is Tax Reform Just All Talk?

Even if a White House hopeful who campaigns on tax reform wins in 2016, what are the chances of real reform happening? Merrill Matthews discusses this with WGTK’s Joe Elliott.  

MARCH 24, 2015

Is It Possible to Downsize the IRS? (Audio: Interview)

Ted Cruz has thrown his hat into the 2016 presidential race, and he wants to abolish the IRS. But is that possible? Dr. Merrill Matthews says downsizing the agency is at least possible through fundamental tax reform.   

MARCH 17, 2015

SoundByte: Fast Track Trade Authority - Good Policy, Bad Politics for Democrats

Every president wants fast track authority for trade agreements. Unless they’re a Democrat on the campaign trail, says Dr. Merrill Matthews. 

MARCH 17, 2015

Reining In Tax Fraud (Audio: Interview)

In this interview with WAVA’s Don Kroah, Tom Giovanetti discusses how massive a problem tax fraud is, who is really responsible, and how to reduce fraud—including through meaningful tax reform.  

MARCH 12, 2015

Why Healthcare Spending Has Risen Under Obamacare (Audio: Interview)

IPI resident scholar Merrill Matthews, Ph.D. discusses the recent Supreme Court case King vs. Burwell, but also points out two major health care ironies since the implementation of Obamacare: Health care spending has dramatically risen, and high deductible health plans have actually become more of the norm. 

MARCH 10, 2015

Obama's "Student Aid" Scheme Offers Wrong Incentives (Audio: Interview)

The president’s new “student aid bill of rights” is just a way to pressure the GOP in approving $21 billion in higher education spending, Merrill Matthews tells the World News Group’s Jim Henry. “President Obama is actively trying to get college students hooked on thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded loans, only to forgive much of that debt later. That's how you create government dependency, not fiscally responsible citizens.”

MARCH 10, 2015

Extreme Winters Show Americans Still Have Strong Need For Fossil Fuels (Audio: Interview)

How well would Boston be doing this winter if its energy use was restricted only to that of wind and solar power sources? 

MARCH 9, 2015

King vs Burwell: What's At Stake (Audio: Interview)

In this interview with KMED's Bill Meyer, Merrill Matthews discusses what's at stake depending upon how the Supreme Court rules in King vs Burwell. 




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