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A growing economy creates jobs, raises living standards, maintains global competitiveness, and thus engenders positive attitudes and optimism about the future.

While many policymakers seem intent on focusing on either economic stimulus or austerity, IPI believes that the economy can grow consistently and at higher rates than we’ve experienced in the last decade, and we reject the idea that economic growth contains within itself the seeds of its own demise through inflation, the business cycle, and erroneous Phillips Curve assumptions. Therefore, economic growth should be elected officials’ primary policy goal at the federal, state and local levels, and it’s the organizing principle of our policy work at IPI.

Whatever limitations may exist on economic growth, they should not be self-imposed through counterproductive tax policy, overbearing regulations, ill-conceived monetary policy, trade protectionism, or hostility toward skilled and ambitious immigration.

August 21, 2019

Don't Cut the Payroll Tax, Unless...

A temporary cut in payroll taxes creates a unique opportunity to implement one of our favorite pro-growth policy ideas—personal retirement accounts.

August 20, 2019

The Recession Threat Is Real

President Trump and administration officials are downplaying fears of a recession. While a recession isn't imminent, the threat is very real. 

August 9, 2019

Our Own Private Theranos

The licensing of intellectual property is put at risk by absurd outcomes like the HouseCanary verdict.

July 30, 2019

Back to the Slow-Growth Economy

The economy is doing well, just not as well as we thought—or hoped. If Trump plans to run for reelection on a record of strong economic growth, he needs to resolve some lingering issues.

July 23, 2019

Is Sen. Bernie Sanders Dooming His Presidential Campaign by Embracing Socialism?

Sanders’ reluctance to denounce authoritarian socialists, both now and in the past, is characteristic of the widespread speak-no-ill-of-socialists mentality.

July 8, 2019

Biggest Threat to America? Democrats Wrongly Pin Blame on U.S. Corporations

While Democrats may think big corporations killed the American Dream, millions of Americans seem to think that large corporations have made the American Dream possible.

June 18, 2019

The Socialist Pattern

Matthews said that socialists have a pattern of reluctance to criticize other socialists who had governments, regardless of how aggressive and tyrannical they are.

June 16, 2019

Proposed Texas High-Speed Rail Project Faces Legislative Opposition

Plans for a privately financed, high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas are being challenged by members of the Texas State Legislature, landowners along the proposed route, and some transportation researchers.

June 12, 2019

Stock Alert: Toyota Considers a Money-Losing Electric Vehicle Strategy

Toyota stock may struggle in the near future as the company decides to dramatically crank up its electric vehicle production.

June 5, 2019

Tariffs Are Taxes

President Trump is threatening to raise taxes on Americans. Again. That’s because tariffs are taxes, and they are paid by Americans, not by foreigners.

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