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IPI President Tom Giovanetti wonders how the Biden administration knows it can schedule the cancellation of the federal Covid-19 emergency order in May, since that’s now how emergencies work. If you already know when it’s going to be over, it’s not an emergency. This prompts a discussion about the use of emergency orders by executive branch officers at both the state and federal levels to advance policy goals that can’t be achieved through legislation, and the likely need for legislatures to rein in the emergency powers of their executives. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.
IPI’s Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews makes a back-of-the-envelope guesstimation about how much states spend on education for children of illegal immigrants, since the Supreme Court has found that such children are entitled to a public education. The point: While we at IPI are proponents of significant legal immigration, It costs states a LOT to educate children of illegal immigrants, and the likelihood is that illegal immigrants aren’t paying enough in taxes to offset the costs.
A tempest in a teapot has erupted about Republicans wanting to slap a 30% “national sales tax” on American consumers. IPI was there at the beginning of the national sales tax proposal, so we give a history of the national sales tax, talk about its strengths and weakness, give credit where credit is due, and then suggest that it’s a politically untenable proposal and can only result in a self-inflicted wound on House Republicans. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti.
No one wants to be involuntarily released from their employment, but in a growing economy, layoffs represent the redeployment of human capital from less-productive to more-productive uses. With this understanding, policymakers should make it as easy as possible for people to change jobs and forms of income generation. Any policy that makes it harder to change jobs, start a business, or work a “gig economy” job creates friction slowing down the most efficient deployment of human capital. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.
Special Guest Roberto Salinas of the Atlas Network talks with IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews about the current state of politics and democracy in Latin America, their economies, and the impact on immigration and the border crisis.
You can’t make this stuff up. Are the Trump and Biden classified document scandals different in any material way? Did the Biden people think they could keep this quiet? With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti.
What is the debt ceiling, and why do we have it? How often does the debt ceiling come up, and isn’t it an anachronism, since Congress has already authorized that spending? Or is any leverage over spending worth preserving? IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explain and discuss the debt ceiling, and remind us that the core problem is spending, not the debt limit.
At the same time the Biden administration is bragging about its job creation numbers, President Biden has also dramatically increased the number of Americans on federal government assistance and would extend government welfare programs even more if he could. But increasing the number of Americans dependent on federal assistance is terrible fiscal, budgetary and moral policy. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti.
What is “regular order” for Congress and why is that better governance than the annual drama and circus we see now every year with continuing resolutions and gigantic, must-pass omnibus spending bills? Was the old way better? Tom Giovanetti, Merrill Matthews.
Revenge impeachments by the new Republican House will be a terrible waste of political capital, energy and time, because they won’t succeed in the Senate and will be seen by voters as just more partisan infighting. Legitimate investigations and oversight is another matter entirely. Merrill Matthews, Tom Giovanetti.