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News Release
May 18, 2011

The Independent Institute’s Emily Skarbek to be on Fox Business’ Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano

May 18, 2011—Set your DVR's or tune in live this Thursday when Independent Institute Research Fellow Dr. Emily Skarbek joins Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Freedom Watch on Fox Business Channel to discuss the current political climate surrounding the federal budget crisis and mounting national debt.

Freedom Watch will air on Fox Business, Thursday, May 19th at 8:00 pm ET (5:00 and 8:00 p.m. PT).

Dr. Skarbek, Director of the Independent Institute's Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation, is also Director of the team of economists who recently brought you the new Government Cost Calculator at

The interactive tool generates an attention-grabbing graphical overview, personalized to each unique visitor, showing that individual's projected lifetime tax burden for overall federal spending, as well as for each of 20 individual federal programs: Medicare, Social Security, Interest on the Debt, Welfare, Defense, Agricultural Subsidies, and far more—plus, the portfolio those taxes could have generated if allowed to be kept and privately invested.

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