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Budget and Deficit

January 12, 2023

IPI Policy Basics: Should We Limit the Debt Limit? (Audio: Podcast)

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.

January 5, 2023

Joe Biden, Welfare King

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.

October 14, 2022

Progressive Policies are Backfiring on Democrats at the Mid-Term Election (Audio: Podcast)

There are four major policy areas—inflation, crime, the border, and gas prices—that voters have identified as their top concerns at the midterm election, and all four of these are areas where Democrats gave free rein to the progressive left, and having sowed the wind, are poised to reap the whirlwind. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

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.

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