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Tom Giovanetti


Tom Giovanetti is president of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), a public policy research organization based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining IPI in 1992, Mr. Giovanetti was a freelance policy writer and the director of product development for a small manufacturing company in Dallas, where he designed several patented products and gained real-world experience in how taxes and regulations affect small business.

Mr. Giovanetti writes for IPI and for other publications on a wide variety of policy topics including tax reform, intellectual property, Social Security personal accounts, communications policy, Internet governance, education reform, the broadband revolution, and out-of-control government spending.  In addition to being published in leading papers including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily and The Dallas Morning News, he also appears regularly on a number of radio and television programs.

Mr. Giovanetti represents IPI many national and international organizations, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), where IPI is an accredited NGO. IPI was also accredited as an observer organization with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), where he argued against UN involvement with Internet governance, and with the UN's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Mr. Giovanetti also participated during meetings of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, and represents IPI as a stakeholder during trade agreement negotiations such as the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

In addition to his writing and speaking, Mr. Giovanetti also testifies before state and federal legislative committees on a variety of topics, and is primarily responsible for fundraising and development for the Institute for Policy Innovation.

Follow Tom on Twitter at @tgiovanetti

FEBRUARY 7, 2014

Why is Obama Stalling on Keystone?

Moving forward on Keystone XL may seem like a no-brainer, but the president continues to stall, much to the detriment of the economy as well as moderate Democrats in energy-producing states. 

JANUARY 31, 2014

Could the Obama MyRA Rectify Social Security Insecurity?

Giovanetti and Matthews discuss the only interesting policy idea made by President Obama in this year’s State of the Union. 

JANUARY 30, 2014

Could Obama's MyRA Be an Idea Conservatives Can Rally Behind?

The president's MyRA proposal, with a few tweaks, could be a winning bipartisan plan. 

JANUARY 24, 2014

SOTU 2014: Promise Zones or Potholes? (Audio: Podcast)

Giovanetti and Matthews offer a preview of what to expect the president to address in next week's State of the Union.

JANUARY 10, 2014

Lift the Crude Oil Export Ban, Jumpstart the Economy (Audio: Podcast)

Matthews and Giovanetti discuss the tremendous economic benefits to lifting the archaic ban. 

JANUARY 3, 2014

Grand Bargain or Grand Boondoggle? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI's Tom Giovanetti and Merrill Matthews discuss how raising the federal minimum wage harms the very people it's designed to help.

DECEMBER 12, 2013

Ryan's Budget Deal: A Ransom to Prevent Another Government Shutdown? (Audio: Podcast)

What's in the Ryan-Murray budget deal, and did Ryan compromise too soon on abandoning the sequester spending restraints? Did the government shutdown serve as the final indictment and poison the well for Republicans on future budget standoffs? And a look into the growing tensions between the GOP leadership and conservative groups. 

NOVEMBER 22, 2013

The Majority Leader Who Diminished the Senate (Audio: Podcast)

Harry Reid has pulled the nuclear option trigger in the Senate, begging the question if he even cares about his legacy. History books may describe Reid as the majority leader who diminished the role of the Senate to allow President Obama to pack the DC circuit court and better advance his own agenda. But if Republicans win in 2014, will Democrats regret this rewriting of Senate rules?

NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Has Rule of Law Been Trumped by Rule of Expediency? (Audio: Podcast)

Do government agencies or even the president have the legal authority to ignore federal law? Has rule of law been abandoned for the rule of political expediency? IPI's Giovanetti and Matthews discuss recent government regulations which have been ignored after being found to be impossible to meet, including ObamaCare's health insurance mandate as well as a similar biofuel mandate issued by the EPA.

NOVEMBER 5, 2013

Cuccinelli, Texas Prop 6, and Rainy Day Funds (Audio: Interview)

It's Election Day! IPI's Tom Giovanetti discusses the Virginia governor's race and Proposition 6 on the Texas ballot with KSKY's Mark Davis. Plus, if a state has billions saved up in a "rainy day fund," does the state government have too much taxpayer money?

NOVEMBER 1, 2013

The Biggest Domestic Policy Lie Ever Told by a U.S. President (Audio: Podcast)

Tom Giovanetti and Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the millions of health care policy cancellations, the ObamaCare website disaster, and how it all may impact not just the 2014 Congressional elections but even next week's Virginia governor's race.

OCTOBER 22, 2013

2013 Communications Summit: Spectrum Auctions--Progress and Pitfalls

Bret Swanson, Ari Meltzer, Charla Rath, John Hane, Tom Giovanetti

Panel participants, representing broadcasters and telepnhone companies, explain how the upcoming FCC spectrum incentive auction is expected to be the world’s most complex spectrum sale.

OCTOBER 18, 2013

Is President Obama Setting a Political Trap for the GOP? (Audio: Podcast)

Is the budget deal allowing a bipartisan conference really just a political trap for the GOP on entitlements? And should Republicans be supporting Paul Ryan's plan to raise Medicare premiums for high income seniors and bump the retirement age to 67?

OCTOBER 11, 2013

What's Scarier? The Debt Ceiling or Obama's Pick for Fed Chair? (Audio: Podcast)

As the latest showdown unfolds, should we be worried about the US defaulting on its debt? Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warns if Congress doesn't act, Social Security checks won't be mailed—so what happened to the $2.6 trillion Social Security Trust Fund Democrats have always defended? And why the president's nominee for Federal Reserve chairman may be the real threat to our long-term fiscal health.

OCTOBER 9, 2013

Who's To Blame for the Government Shutdown? (Audio: Interview)

IPI president Tom Giovanetti tells WPR's Joy Cardin while both sides are at fault, Obama is rejecting a golden opportunity to come out as the hero by refusing to negotiate with the GOP.


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