EPISODE 53: Why Some States Get Rich, While Others are Going Broke-Jonathan Williams and Seth Grove
There are right ways for states to manage their economies – and some very wrong ones. So if you wanted to make your state more prosperous, wouldn’t it be helpful to have the tools to determine how it will perform years into the future? They exist.
Developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), “Rich States, Poor States” is an annual economic forecast for all 50 states based on their ranking in 15 policy variables, each one directly influenced by state lawmakers through the laws they pass.
What the survey shows is that at the state policy level a lot can be accomplished, both good and bad. Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist of the American Legislature Exchange Council and Seth Grove, chairman of two committees in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, explain how on a recent Bill Walton Show.
Bad economic policies drove nearly 800,000 people out of California last year which means that after the 2020 census it may lose a congressional seat for the first time in its history. On the flip side, Utah has been No.1 in the “Rich States, Poor States” rankings for 12 years because of its flat tax, a truth-in-taxation law and transitioning pensions to a defined-contribution model. Want to make your state prosperous? Learn about how on our show and urge your state legislature to take ALEC’s 15 tried-and-true steps on tax policy, labor laws and regulation.
In this episode I’m joined by Jay W. Richards, Ph.D. to talk about “climate change.”
We are both skeptical about the claims that man is causing abnormal changes in the climate, mainly by adding CO₂ to the atmosphere, and that we need a political solution – fast! – to somehow arrest the spread of this toxic combination of molecules. We’re even more skeptical that the solution is for governments or the UN coerce us do it, and along the way essentially shut down the modern economy.Watch Now
Episode 244: How Financial Regulators Have Become a (Progressive) Law Unto Themselves” with Todd Zywicki
In this episode I’m talking with Todd Zywicki, the George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law in the Antonin Scalia Law School and former Executive Director of the GMU Law and Economics Center.
He is also one of the most engaging and clear thinkers about the vast and complicated world of consumer financial services. He was Chair of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law and served as Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review.
Todd’s recent article “Restoring the Rule of Law in Finance” served as our launching point for a fascinating – and disturbing – conversation about how financial regulation has become a key weapon in the progressives arsenal to fundamentally change America.Watch Now
Episode 243: Capitalism’s Promise: Essentially Infinite Resources and Human Flourishing with George Gilder and John Tamny
I’m talking in this episode with the upbeat and visionary George Gilder, one of America’s leading economic and technological thinkers, and the author of the groundbreaking books, Wealth and Poverty, Knowledge and Power, The Scandal of Money and now:
Life after Capitalism: The Meaning of Wealth, the Future of the Economy, and the Time Theory of MoneyWatch Now
Episode 242: The Surgeon General Now Wants To Cure Your Loneliness: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? with Stella Morabito and Mark Tapscott
In one of our most talked about episodes, Stella Morabito came on the show in May to talk about her book The Weaponization of Loneliness: How Tyrants Stoke Our Fear of Isolation to Silence, Divide, and Conquer.
We talked about the dangerous tyranny of thought creeping into American lives. Government, social media and a new kind of “ruling class” are increasingly working to control speech and behavior and isolate us from one another. This effort is intensifying and spreading throughout society’s institutions.Watch Now
“America needs to come to terms with the reality and scale of the assault on free speech. Our government has established a vast system of censorship. By keeping it largely secret, it has been able to exert unconstitutional control over medical, scientific and political speech, suppressing debate over questions of great public importance. This is a shocking constitutional violation. All of us, not only the courts, need to recognize what is at stake.”Watch Now