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July 15, 2022

Making Welfare Reform Great Again (Audio: Interview)

Institute for Policy Innovation’s Dr. Merrill Matthews joins Pratt on Texas to discuss his recent op/ed in The Hill titled: Rick Scott Wants to Make Welfare Reform Great Again.

June 10, 2022

Social Security's Finances Aren't Very Secure (Audio: Podcast)

The Social Security Trust Fund trustees are out with their latest annual assessment of the program's financial status, which remains gloomy. IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews and Mark Litow, a former principal of  the actuarial firm Milliman, Inc., discuss why the Social Security program faces such financial challenges and what to do about them.

October 7, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: What's Wrong with Social Security, and How Do We Fix It? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti describes Social Security’s structural, demographic and financial problems, and explains that there are solutions and it’s not rocket science, if only our elected officials would pay attention.

We focus particularly on Personal Retirement Accounts. Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews describes how three counties in Texas have demonstrated for 40 years that Personal Retirements Accounts can safely outperform Social Security’s miserable rates of return.

February 25, 2021

President Biden Wants to Expand Medicare Because Obamacare has FAILED (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains that, if the reality of Obamacare was everything we were told it would be, there would be no need for President Biden to advocate expanding Medicare eligibility. And how Biden’s plan will hasten the bankruptcy of Medicare and the impending entitlements crisis. With occasional cackling and contributions by IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

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.

December 17, 2020

It's Time to End the Social Security Retirement Earnings Limit (Audio: Podcast)

In the December 17, 2020 episode of the Institute for Policy Innovation Podcast, Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains the Social Security retirement earnings limit, why it makes no sense, and why it’s time to eliminate it.

March 2, 2020

Prescription Drug Prices | KRLD In Depth (Audio: Podcast)

It's an issue that plagues many Americans; high prices of much-needed prescription drugs, and how to pay for them. 

February 12, 2020

2021 Budget Proposal: Where's the Cut? (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with WBOB’s Ed Dean, IPI resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses the 2021 Budget Proposal and belies the claim that there are any "cuts" in entitlement spending as the deficit continues to grow. 

November 12, 2019

An Easy Way to Reduce Wealth Inequality (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with KMED's Bill Meyer in Medford, Ore., IPI resident scholar Merrill Matthews explains the difference between income inequality and wealth inequality and presents a solution millennials should rally around. 

October 29, 2019

A Radical Solution to Student Debt and Social Security's Insolvency (Audio: Interview)

In an interview with KMED's Bill Meyer in Medford, Ore., IPI president Tom Giovanetti presents a radical solution to both Social Security’s insolvency and the student debt crisis. 

Total Records: 60