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Solo this time, IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains that the very idea of self-government means rules agreed to through compromise and consensus-building, rather than being imposed on an unwilling people. If there is no consensus, there should be no rule. And because rules imposed by the Judicial Branch or the Executive Branch violate this principle, the Legislative Branch is the superior branch of government, as intended by the Founders. But sadly, today this is not how things function, and it’s part of the reason for the dysfunction and dissatisfaction with our American government.
IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews joins the Rod Arquette Show to discuss his piece in The Hill about how much of the Hispanic vote the GOP would need to garner to gain political dominance.
IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews suggests that the recent pattern of Hispanic voters increasingly voting Republican could actually give Republicans a structural political advantage, which is the opposite of the decades-long assumptions by Democrats. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.
One thing the Obama administration got right was shifting NASA’s space program toward reliance on private space launch providers, which has led to an environment of much more rapid innovation, lower costs to taxpayers, and the emergence of multiple competing providers. IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss how the private space revolution is yet another example of how the private sector does things better, faster, and cheaper.
Where does President Biden truly stand on the issues of the day? Some accuse him of being far left, while others say he drags his feet. The press has also been blamed for sewing confusion. IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews joins Inside Sources host Boyd Matheson to discuss the real problem with the way the president does and does not communicate his agenda.
IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Director of Development & Events Addie Crimmins discuss some recent death penalty drama in Texas, and relate that to the overall effort in recent years for conservatives to recognize that the criminal justice system as currently constituted doesn’t necessary reflect the values of the inherent dignity of human beings, justice, redemption and forgiveness, and thus needs reform in many areas. And we introduce our upcoming virtual policy briefing on this same topic scheduled for May 25, 2022.
IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland guides a discussion with IPI President Tom Giovanetti about the importance of permissionless innovation, and the problems with its opposite—the precautionary principle.
Based on this week’s shocking leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe decision, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland avoid discussing the morality of abortion but instead explain how Roe precluded any development of consensus on abortion policy and drove both sides to their corners to become more extreme. Now, if Roe is overturned, an overdue policy discussion that has been frozen for 50 years can finally take place through consensus and legislation.
IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explain why inflation can result in taxes paid on false gains because capital gains tax rates and other taxes on assets are not indexed for inflation, and that income tax brackets in many states are also not indexed for inflation.
IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews shares a number of conflicting and contradictory acts of the Biden administration that demonstrate inconsistency and incoherence, and IPI President Tom Giovanetti reacts.