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Budget and Deficit

September 16, 2021

If Biden's $3.5 Trillion Tax and Spending Bill Passes, We'll All Be Worse Off (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains how politically difficult Democrats are finding it to get their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill through their own caucus, and how harmful it would be for the economy should they succeed. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

August 19, 2021

Is Joe Biden the Republican's Secret Weapon for a Midterm Victory? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar describes several Biden administration disasters that are eroding confidence in his administration and likely will contribute to Republican gains in the 2022 midterm elections.

August 12, 2021

Biden and the Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews discusses the $1.7 trillion student loan debt owed to taxpayers and the possibility of another government shutdown on Houston’s Newsradio 740 KTRH.

August 5, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What Is Dynamic Scoring? (Audio: Podcast)

Trying to not get TOO deep into the weeds, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explain why treating the economy as dynamic rather than static, and treating consumers and businesses as rational rather than stupid, is the right way to try to estimate the results of policy changes on the budget and the overall economy.

July 22, 2021

Biden's Economic Optimism Hits the Wall (Audio: Podcast)

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.

July 1, 2021

The Debt Ceiling Showdown Is Back (Audio: Podcast)

"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.

June 24, 2021

Your Share of the Federal Debt Is Likely Bigger Than You Think (Audio: Podcast)

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.

June 17, 2021

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Is a Bipartisan Mess (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews talks us through the all the problems with the bipartisan infrastructure plan, and IPI President Tom Giovanetti focuses on the specific problems with the broadband spending proposal.

June 16, 2021

The Threat and Consequences of Rising Inflation (Audio: Interview)

Talk show host Robert Pratt interviews IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews about the threat and consequences of rising inflation. 

May 20, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Inflation Is the Most Miserable Tax of All (Audio: Podcast)

With the undeniable return of inflation, at least for now, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss the current causes of inflation and the return of the “Misery Index.”

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