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In a recent polling industry autopsy of the 2020 election, pollsters themselves acknowledge that they don’t know why their numbers were skewed by about 4% in favor of Joe Biden and Democrats. "It’s time to stop paying attention to pollsters," says IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews. And IPI President Tom Giovanetti thinks that’s a great idea, since polling has a pernicious effect on our political system.
With jobless claims increasing rather than declining, and with the infrastructure and budget resolution bills seemingly bogged down, President Biden’s economic agenda has hit rough sledding. And if the administration succeeds in getting their agenda through, will that help grow the economy or slow the recovery? And what can we learn from previous administrations in similar situations? IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and President Tom Giovanetti discuss these and other relevant topics.
In a conversation between IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, we discuss how the vaccine issue has been politicized by both sides, not just one. And that vaccine hesitancy is bipartisan.
What is zero-sum thinking, and is it appropriate for economic policy? Is the pie static, or can we have more pie? And was Donald Trump the ultimate zero-sum politician? By IPI President Tom Giovanetti with Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.
Critics claim big tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google have become monopolies, and that the Federal Trade Commission should break them up—a sentiment shared by the new FTC chair. But IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland explains that monopolies tend to limit choice and disregard consumer welfare, whereas these companies have greatly expanded choice and enhanced consumer welfare.
The pandemic-induced global shortage of semiconductors has revealed just how dependent our economy and our lives are on these silicone chips. But as IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland explains, it also underscores how vulnerable our national security is to these mostly foreign-manufactured chips.
On this Fourth of July, we invite you to revisit our great charter of liberty by listening to this dramatic reading.
"It’s ba-aack!” After an almost two year suspension, our old friend the debt ceiling showdown is back again as a deadline facing Congress. IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews guides us through the recent history of the issue and explains how the debt ceiling can be used as leverage by the part out-of-power, if they are so inclined. Will they raise the debt ceiling? Will they once again find a way to suspend the vote and cop out? Or will they eliminate Congress’ control over the debt limit all together? The inquiring mind of IPI President Tom Giovanetti wants to know.
Almost everyone, conservatives and liberals alike, thinks local control is a governing principle, and that state legislatures have no business intruding on local issues. But this is a misunderstanding of the structure of our constitutional system and results in cities enacting all sorts of policies that erode economic liberty, property rights, and individual liberty.
We commonly hear numbers like “each American’s share of the national debt is $85,300,” but because many people have little or no federal income tax liability, the reality is that tax-paying households have a much higher share of the national debt hanging over their heads. Analysis by IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, with witty contributions by IPI President Tom Giovanetti.