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April 15, 2021

Climate Change Is Not Behind Central American Migrants (Audio: Podcast)

by Merrill Matthews, Dr. H. Sterling Burnett

Some would have us believe that Central American migrants are fleeing north to escape climate change. IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews welcomes Dr. H. Sterling Burnett who exposes the myth behind the notion of "climate refugees." 

April 1, 2021

IPI Policy Basics Podcast: No, Markets Aren't Perfect--They're Just Better than the Alternatives (Audio: Podcast)

Those of us who are proponents of free-markets are under no obligation to argue that markets are perfect—just that they are better than the alternatives of pillaging, communism, socialism, and attempts to manage the economy from the top-down by government bureaucrats. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

April 1, 2021

Joe Biden Is No Barack Obama--Fiscally (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains that President Joe Biden’s massive federal spending blowout makes Barack Obama look like a fiscal moderate. And a side discussion about the perils of dumping crazy amounts of money on broadband projects with IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

March 11, 2021

Biden's $1.9 trillion Blow Out Could Undermine Job Creation--and the Economy (Audio: Podcast)

Resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains how they just passed $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill threatens to undermine job creation and restrict the supply of labor that is needed for economic growth.

February 25, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage Is Unnecessary and Harmful (Audio: Podcast)

Here’s everything you need to understand about the federal minimum wage, why it’s unnecessary, why it’s harmful, and how it will harm the very segment of the labor force it is supposedly designed to help. With valuable contributions by IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

January 28, 2021

President Biden's Worst Actions So Far (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains some of President Joe Biden’s worst executive orders so far, which is saying something, since he has only been in office for two weeks. Joined by IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

January 21, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: The Government and the Country Are Not the Same Things (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains that government is itself a special interest, and it more often looks after its own interests than those of the country. Too often, policy and political discussions talk about the federal government as if it is a proxy for the country. But more often than not, what’s best for the federal government is not what’s best for the country, and vice versa. In this podcast Tom is ably assisted by IPI Director of Development & Events, Addie Crimmins.

January 19, 2021

Retaining Some Policies Could Keep America Great

In an interview with WAVA's Don Kroah in Washington DC, IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses some of the Trump administration's policies that Biden should maintain.

January 14, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Consumer Welfare Should Always Come First (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti, with the help of Dr. Merrill Matthews, explains why policy should put what’s best for consumers ahead of what’s best for producers and competitors in the areas of trade and antitrust, and also ahead of what’s best for politicians.

January 14, 2021

Is PAYGO Still a Thing? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains Congress’s “PAYGO” spending requirement, and why it has been completely ineffective in restraining federal spending or reducing budget deficits.

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