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IPI Policy Basics Podcast

January 14, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: The Three Types of Taxes (Audio: Podcast)

Beginning a series on basics of tax, IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains taxes on what we earn, taxes on what we buy, and taxes on what we own, with the able assistance of fellow taxpayer and IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

December 19, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: The Debt Obligations of the Federal Government Are Much Bigger than You Think (Audio: Podcast)

Beyond the “national debt,” which has skyrocketed in the past decade, the real total obligations of the federal government include the future obligations of Social Security, Medicare, federal employee pensions, military pensions and more. It’s not a pretty picture. IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discuss federal deficits, debt, entitlements, and the threat this debt service poses to future generations.

December 10, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Social Media Regulation, Section 230, and the First Amendment (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Senior Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland and IPI President Tom Giovanetti have an extensive conversation explaining the origins of Section 230, and the insurmountable First Amendment problems with states trying to compel social media platforms to host speech they don’t want to host.

November 11, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Why Are Lower Taxes Better than Higher Taxes? (Audio: Podcast)

There are moral, economic, philosophical, and political reasons why lower taxes are better than higher taxes. It’s not just about the greediness of taxpayers. IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews discuss lower vs. higher taxes from the perspective of government, the perspective of earners, and the political perspective.

October 14, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Not All Tax Cuts Are Created Equal (Audio: Podcast)

Tax cuts can have a strong impact on economic growth, or none at all—it depends on whether the tax cut encourages private sector investment. IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and President Tom Giovanetti look back at the IPI archives to a 2001 study that ranked different types of tax cuts based on their impact on economic growth. Hint: Tax cuts designed to “put more money in people’s pockets” aren’t going to get the job done.

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.

August 26, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Where Do Our Rights Come From? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains that our rights come neither from government, from the Bill of Rights, or from the Constitution, and thus are not limited to those enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Further, if your rights come from government or a document, government can take your rights away by changing the document. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

August 19, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: The Proper Use of Eminent Domain (Audio: Podcast)

Eminent domain, or the taking of property for a public use, is a perfectly constitutional, if sometimes controversial, function of government and government-approved private actors. So long as the constitutional requirements are met—that it be for a public use and the owner receive just compensation, eminent domain is legitimate. But what is a public use? And what is just compensation? And was the Kelo decision right or wrong? IPI President Tom Giovanetti leads a discussion about eminent domain with the assistance of Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews

July 22, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Put Not Your Trust in Polling (Audio: Podcast)

In a recent polling industry autopsy of the 2020 election, pollsters themselves acknowledge that they don’t know why their numbers were skewed by about 4% in favor of Joe Biden and Democrats. "It’s time to stop paying attention to pollsters," says IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews. And IPI President Tom Giovanetti thinks that’s a great idea, since polling has a pernicious effect on our political system.

July 15, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Why is Zero Sum Economic Thinking Wrong? (Audio: Podcast)

What is zero-sum thinking, and is it appropriate for economic policy? Is the pie static, or can we have more pie? And was Donald Trump the ultimate zero-sum politician? By IPI President Tom Giovanetti with Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

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