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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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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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Water Fight
Recorded: Friday, March 7, 2014

Senior Fellow Randy T. Simmons, co-editor of Aquanomics, looks at the battles over water in the western United States. Thirsty citizens of growing cities, farmers, factories and environmentalists are in a fight for a natural resource that is priced arbitrarily. Its value is determined not by the free market, but by bureaucrats. Outdated government reclamation projects and water policies have put residents of the Golden State at the mercy of the weather, and of government's mandatory regulations.

Experts: Randy T. Simmons
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Business, Economic Policy, Environment, Land Use, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Anthony Gregory on the 4th Amendment
Recorded: Monday, February 3, 2014

Gilbert I. Collins Fellow Anthony Gregory, author of The Power of Habeas Corpus in America wants a new national dedication to the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, protecting Americans’ rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. Gregory says we are on the cusp of having no privacy at all, living in a society even more intrusive than George Orwell’s 1984.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Government Power, Privacy

       
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Obama and Putin: A Summit that Wasn’t
Recorded: Friday, August 9, 2013

In a cold war of words, President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin he wouldn’t attend a Moscow summit in September. Research Fellow Anthony Gregory compares the two leaders’ record on human rights and asks why they would even meet in the first place.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics

       
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Reaction to the Conviction of Bradley Manning by Research Fellow Anthony Gregory
Recorded: Thursday, August 1, 2013

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to protect government whistle-blowers in an effort to be more transparent. When U.S. Army private Bradley Manning was convicted of espionage, Independent Institute Research Fellow Anthony Gregory said it's time to make a choice.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Defense and Foreign Policy, Government Power

       
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Anthony Gregory on Rand Paul’s Senate Filibuster
Recorded: Friday, March 8, 2013

Rand Paul's nearly 13-hour filibuster in the U.S. Senate was one of the most exciting events to take place in Washington in the eyes of Independent Institute Research Fellow Anthony Gregory.

Experts: Anthony Gregory
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Law Enforcement

       
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