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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 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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Robert Higgs Presentation at Economic Liberty Lecture Series
Recorded: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Television
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Benjamin Powell Discusses the Business of Charity on Stossel
Recorded: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell discusses the “Business of Charity” with host John Stossel of Fox Business Channel’s Stossel.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Television
Issues: Business, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.)

       
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Álvaro Vargas Llosa on Immigration and Globalization
Recorded: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

International political commentator and Independent Institute Fellow, Álvaro Vargas Llosa, discussed his book Global Crossings at the Dole Institute of Politics.

Experts: Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Television
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Immigration, Latin America, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Ivan Eland Joins Discussion on Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack
Recorded: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ivan Eland interviewed for report on the RT Global News Channel concerning a chemical weapons attack in Syria.


Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ben Powell Speaks on the Gold Standard on Stossel at FreedomFest
Recorded: Thursday, July 18, 2013

Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell appears on the Fox Business Channel’s “Stossel” show, recorded in Las Vegas, during FreedomFest. Powell discusses the valuation of US currency, the economic constant of greed, and the gold standard among other topics.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Television
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Trade

       
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