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September 9, 2022

Why University Endowments Should Be the Primary Source of Student Loans (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar discusses his recent op/ed about how requiring Universities to invest in their students and have “skin in the game” would change the incentives for universities in several positive ways. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

September 5, 2022

Is Inflation Going Away with Don Luskin (Audio: Podcast)

Don Luskin, Chief Investment Officer of TrendMacro, explains why inflation is already in decline and is going to recede faster than most have expected. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

August 25, 2022

Government Spending Has Become One Big Fraud-Fest (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews expands on his recent piece for The Hill outlining the enormous sums of money that the federal government itself has acknowledged as improper payments. Hint: It’s close to a trillion dollars! With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

August 25, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: The Student Loan Problem--Causes and Solutions (Audio: Podcast)

On the occasion of the Biden administration announcing its $500 billion “forgiveness” of student loan debt, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the origin and causes of the student loan problem, whether it’s as big of a problem as claimed, why “forgiveness” involves a truckload of moral hazard, and how we would address the problem of skyrocketing college tuition and debt.

July 22, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: What Is a Recession and Why Does It Matter? (Audio: Podcast)

In this episode, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the various definitions of recession, what causes recessions, what’s the harm of recession, and are there any possible silver linings to a recession? Are recessions always unintentional, or are they sometimes intentional?

April 22, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: The Impact of Inflation on Your Taxes (Audio: Podcast)

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. 

April 22, 2022

Biden's Policies Have Us Soooo Confused (Audio: Podcast)

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.

March 3, 2022

IPI's Reactions to the State of the Union Address (Audio: Podcast)

On a special episode recorded the day after President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union Address, IPI President Tom Giovanetti, Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, and Director of Development & Events Addie Crimmins discuss the speech, its tone, its connection to political reality, and other various hot takes.

February 22, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: The Perils and Pitfalls of Modelling (Audio: Podcast)

No, not fashion modelling or Instagram modelling, though we’re sure there are perils and pitfalls there, too. This episode is about using mathematical models and computers to try to predict outcomes. Riffing off of IPI’s experience and knowledge of economic modelling, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews draw some conclusions about climate change modelling as well. Hint: Models are just not very accurate.

January 28, 2022

Earmarks--They're Back! (Audio: Podcast)

What’s an earmark? Why did Republicans in Congress do away with them, and has that turned out to be a good move? Why are Democrats bringing them back, and why aren’t Republicans complaining? IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti discuss the return of earmarks and the possibility that earmarks might serve a useful purpose.

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