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Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan: California’s Public Pension Crisis
Recorded: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On June 17, 2014, Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan spoke at an event for supporters of the Independent Institute. Dr. McQuillan spoke about California’s state pension system, a topic he writes about frequently, including in his forthcoming book “California Dreamin’: Resolving the Public Pension Crisis.”

First he defines the types of pension programs for state employees, he outlined how funding for the programs is not sustainable for the promises made to pension recipients. The state admits to an unfunded liability of $140 billion, but McQuillan says that is actually an underestimate. According to most economists, the true amount of the unfunded liability is $430 billion.

How did this happen? McQuillan explains and offers six solutions to keep the pension systems solvent.


Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Labor and Employment, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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New MyGovCost App Demo!
Recorded: Friday, June 13, 2014

How much Washington’s spending is costing YOU? Enter your age, income, and education level and the calculator shows exactly what you’re paying for national defense, welfare, education, national debt, and more even federal programs, as well as the entire federal budget. Along with the calculator, the free MyGovCost iPhone and iPad mobile application contains blogs, Op-Eds, videos, and news from The Independent Institute and MyGovCost.org.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Labor and Employment

       
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Ivan Eland on Taliban’s POW Exchange
Recorded: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on Canada’s CTV to analyze the recent exchange of an American Prisoner of War for five Taliban leaders held in Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Freedom, History (U.S), Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on Edward Snowden’s NBC News Interview
Recorded: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

On Canada’s CTV, Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland reacts to the recent network television interview of Edward Snowden. Eland says that Snowden’s actions are a “net positive” for America as he calls attention to the NSA spying on American citizens.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Freedom, Government Power, Technology

       
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The War on Everything
Recorded: Monday, April 14, 2014

Research Fellow Anthony Gregory, author of "The Power of Habeas Corpus in America," discusses how politicians love to declare war on social and economic issues, and how these "wars" only manage to increase government power while reducing liberty.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Free Speech, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, History (U.S), Immigration, Law Enforcement, Regulation and Deregulation, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ron Paul: Whistleblowers are Heroes
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In this clip from "Ron Paul: Liberty Defined," Dr. Paul calls out the U.S. government for rewarding criminals and punishing whistleblowers.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Ron Paul: All You Have To Do Is Scare Them
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014 In this clip from "Ron Paul: Liberty Defined," Dr. Paul talks about how governments instill fear in populations through propaganda.

Experts: Ron Paul
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Democracy, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on Latest Events in Russia, Crimea and Ukraine
Recorded: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on RT's "CrossTalk" program to talk about the latest events in Russia, Crimea and Ukraine.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Freedom, Government Power, History (International)

       
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