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Clifford F. Thies, author of The Independent Review article Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi, is interviewed on National Public Radios All Things Considered about the state of Mississippi defaulting on its loans in the 1840s. Other states defaulted on loans during this period, but most reconciled with debtors, but not Mississippi. Mississippi repudiated its debts, refusing to pay them.
Senior Fellow John C. Goodman, author of A Better Choice, appears on the Wall Street Journals Opinion Live program to discuss how free markets can solve many issues with Obamacare and Americas healthcare system. Goodman talks about which provisions of Obamacare should be changed and which ones should be left alone. Free market principles would level the playing field and give patients the power of choice.
Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on the Wall Street Journals Opinion Live show to talk about how to right Californias underfunded public pension system. He talks about how California got into the mess and how other states and cities have the same issue.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on WNWS radio in Jackson, Tennessee to discuss the financial crisis growing in a number of cities and states across America: their underfunded public pension systems. The problem threatens cities and states with bankruptcy because the money that should be in the pension funds isnt available and retirees have been promised benefits. Bankruptcy judges have already ruled that pensions for public employees can be cut to pennies on the dollar. How to we reform the system? McQuillan has a plan to move to 401k-style pensions that will keep the funds solvent and continue to pay benefits promised to retirees. Nationally, state and local governments are in the red, or in deficit $4.7 trillion, which is money that should be in the bank, ready to pay pension benefits.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on WEBY radio in Florida. McQuillan discusses the implications of leaving future generations saddled with debt owed to public employee pension systems. His simple idea is to switch now to a defined contribution plan, similar to a 401-k, rather than a defined benefit plan, such as a pension plan. Private companies long ago did away with defined benefit plans. Across the United States, cities, states and counties have pension plans for public employees that are underfunded. Recent bankruptcies have shown that if the trend continues, judges will cut the payments to retirees in bankruptcy rulings.