David Beckworth, host of "Macro Musings" podcast interviewed Scott Sumner, author of "The Midas Paradox", on the content of this book, what caused the Great Depression, monetary economics among other topics.
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Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland is interviewed on the Larry Conners USA radio show on KTRS. Eland says the 50 years of trying to get rid of the Castro brothers has not worked and its time for a different policy. Now that the Cold War is over, says Eland, Cubas future may be democracy, but not all countries would make good democracies. Cuba must open its economy in some way, he says, because the country needs capital.
Walmart has recently closed stores worldwide and part of the reason some stores closed is because of recent raises in minimum wages, above the federal minimum requirements. Abigail R. Hall Blanco speaks about businesses and the profit margins they have and the effects of higher wage costs imposed on them.
KGO Radio, March 22, 2016
Presidential candidates have said there must be major changes to the Social Security program, which is on a path to bankruptcy. Research Fellow Craig Eyermann talks about the complex system and the factors that determine how sustainable the system is.
KGO Radio, March 21, 2016
Aired on March 11, 2016, television personality John Stossel (Host of Stossel on Fox Business) presented the ten worst political promises from the US candidates like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Ted Cruz among others. Benjamin Powell, Research Fellow of Independent Institute was invited to analyze these promises.
Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall Blanco is interviewed on the Larry Conners USA radio program about the effects of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was enacted in 2012 and championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Despite its noble goals and good intentions, the lunch program is creating a black market for food that students actually will eat. Studies also show the perverse effects of the program: cutting staff at lunchrooms in schools, layoffs, and deferred hiring. The new rules are prompting kids to throw away more food, among other unintended consequences of the federally mandated school lunch program.
March 9, 2016
Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on Larry Conners USA on KTRS radio, to talk about US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his impact on the Supreme Court and the US Constitution. A strict constitutionalist, Scalia rejected the idea that the Constitution is a living, breathing document. Watkins offers his unique perspective on Antonin Scalia and his legacy for America. Watkins also talks about the future of the court and how and when a replacement for Scalia might be chosen. He says Our Constitution is more in jeopardy than it has been for a long time.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump and the New York Times have recently demonized China for its relationship with Iran, but Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland cautions against such rhetoric. Economically, China is not much of a threat, says Eland. Chinas thirst for oil might actually help drive down the price of oil. Criticizing China for human rights violations usually leads to a backlash that harms dissidents. Chinas territorial claims in the South China Seas are too far away for the US to be concerned about, says Eland. China is often seen as the evil enemy some politicians in the US need to appear as if they are strong candidates.