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Benjamin Powell on U.S. Pork Barrel Farm Policies
Posted: Fri. September 16, 2011

Benjamin Powell on CNBC discusses the pitfalls of U.S. protection of the farming industry with pork barrel farm policies, and how they hurt both Americans and producers in underdeveloped countries.

Recorded: Fri. August 20, 2010
Experts: Benjamin Powell
Type: Television
Issues: Agriculture, Government Waste/Pork, Trade

Robert Higgs on the U.S. Government’s Ethanol Scam
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Here is Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs speaking on “Ethanol Subsidies Have Many Bad Consequences,” from the Mises Circle seminar, “Agricultural Subsidies: Down on the D.C. Farm,” held May 14th in Indianapolis.

Recorded: Sat. May 14, 2011
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Other Event
Issues: Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Government Waste/Pork

The Jason Lewis Show Interviews Emily Skarbek on the Government Cost Calculator
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Dr. Emily Skarbek, Director of the Government Cost Calculator was interviewed on the nationally syndicated radio program, “The Jason Lewis Show” (Premiere Radio Networks). In the program, Dr. Skarbek uses MyGovCost.org to explain the specific effects of rampant government spending on the personal situation for any individual in America.

Recorded: Wed. September 29, 2010
Experts: Emily C. Skarbek
Type: Radio
Issues: Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

Dr. Emily Skarbek Talks about the Government Cost Calculator on “Taking Back America”
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Dr. Emily Skarbek, Director of the Independent Institute’s MyGovCost.org was interviewed on the nationally syndicated, web, radio blog, “Taking Back America”. During the interview, Dr. Skarbek uses MyGovCost.org to explain the specific effects of rampant government spending for any individual in America. Dr. Skarbek illustrates how an individual can find out what their own personal costs imposed by government are, and what they could have earned instead.

Recorded: Wed. September 29, 2010
Experts: Emily C. Skarbek
Type: Radio
Issues: Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

Robert Higgs Interviewed: The Expanding Pork for Military Pay and Towns
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed by Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio on the widening gap between public and private sector pay, the increasing affluence of military towns compared with others, the disappearance of traditional checks on government power, and the predation and incremental “ratchet effect” of expanding governmental powers that increase “temporarily” during wartime but never really recede.

Recorded: Fri. August 27, 2010
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Government Power, Labor and Employment, Terrorism and National Crises

Robert Higgs Interviewed: Government’s Intrusions Threaten Economy
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed on “Government’s Intrusions Threaten Economy.” Interviewed by Steve Stanek of the Heartland Institute, Dr. Higgs explains that the government’s growing intrusions into the economy—bank bailouts, economic stimulus, interest rate manipulations and credit expansion by the Federal Reserve, increased business regulations—could eventually lead to soaring price inflation and interest rates and another, far worse economic downturn. The solution is to move deliberately to end such policies and the accumulation of federal bureaucratic programs, controls and taxes on Americans.

Recorded: Thu. June 3, 2010
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic Policy, Government Waste/Pork

Robert Higgs on Booms, Busts and Bad Predictions
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Robert Higgs is interviewed here by Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio. They discuss the economic baloney of mainstream economists, the failure of most to understand the potential for mass inflation given the money supply currently sitting around in bank reserves, the reality of the business cycle and the politicians’ and media’s failure to grasp it, and why none of us should make sweeping predictions about how the future will unfold, even if we do understand economics, since human action and the flexibility of markets are impossible to quantify.

Recorded: Wed. March 24, 2010
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Politics

Robert Higgs Debates James Galbraith on Obamanomics
Posted: Thu. September 15, 2011

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Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs debates James Galbraith (Professor of Economics, University of Texas; son of infamous, “liberal”, Keynesian economist John Kenneth Galbraith) on Antiwar Radio regarding the folly of government bailouts for insolvent banks, creation of the Glass-Steagall Act as a means to prevent FDIC insured banks from taking excessive risks, benefits and detriments of public and private regulation and oversight, problems of regulatory capture and revolving door politics, divergent opinions on the causes of the Great Depression and efficacy of the New Deal and the arguments for and against government spending on public infrastructure.

Recorded: Tue. April 20, 2010
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, History (U.S)