Tag Archives: Nick Gillespie

The Minimum Wage Cruelty

The much-debated $15 minimum wage became the law of the land for millions of citizens in California and New York, but the real impact of the legislation could be devastating. George Mason University economist Don Boudreaux, like a majority of economists, is a staunch believer in the economic theory that if you raise the price of something, everything else being equal, you get less of it.

Thus implementing the $15 minimum wage will destroy jobs for the least skilled members in the workforce. “The vast majority of studies on the minimum wage, I’m estimating 70 percent, show a significant negative effect on minimum wages on the employment of unskilled workers, usually proxy by teen-agers,” Boudreaux says. But not only do you have job loss, Boudreaux reasons, the unskilled workforce, almost 4 percent of them under the age of 25, will lose the valuable opportunity to gain experience in the workplace.

Boudreaux joins host Nick Gillespie to further explain the conundrum in this edition of Reason.TV.

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Garland’s Merits Not Enough

Georgetown law professor Randy Barnett says his former Harvard Law classmate, Merrick Garland, is “qualified” for the Supreme Court, but that doesn’t mean the Senate should confirm him. Garland, chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, was recently nominated to replace Judge Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama.

“Qualifications aren’t enough,” Barnett says. “What you need is what Joe Biden used to say, you have to look for, and that is judicial philosophy. And that gets us back to originalism. That is what a justice should be–an originalist, first and foremost.” Barnett explains further as he joins host Nick Gillespie in this edition of Reason.TV.

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Obamacare Still in Hot Water

The detrimental effects of Obamacare continue to surface as its architect–President Obama–prepares to leave office. “The greatest short-term problem is to try to figure out what you do with these medical loss ratios with respect to private plans,” economist Richard Espstein says. He further notes that the continued failure of Obama’s signature legislation has now improved the prospects for legal challenges. He explains to host Nick Gillespie in this edition of Liberty Pen.

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The Impact Of ‘Star Wars’

George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise was an immediate cultural phenomenon. The series and the numerous spinoffs in books, toys and comics date back 30-plus years and redefined how movies were made and marketed. Host Nick Gillespie sits down with cultural critics Alyssa Rosenberg of the Washington Post, Sonny Bunch of the Free Beacon and Peter Suderman of Reason, Vox to discuss how and why Star Wars changed everything and how the original movies became political and cultural touchstones in this edition of Reason.TV.

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Backpack Funding the Answer

Nick Gillespie says our public schools aren’t doing so well. “Since the early seventies, we’ve more than doubled per pupil spending without increasing test scores for high school seniors,” he says. So what’s the solution? A little-know reform know as backpack funding. Listen to Gillespie as he explains in this edition of Reason TV.

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Libertarian Sights On GOP

FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe tells Nick Gillespie of Reason.TV that it might be time for Libertarians to take over the GOP. Author of the recently released Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto, Kibbe says more Americans have drifted toward Libertarianism because of the failure of both [parties]. “You’re not waiting for the parties to tell you what to think anymore,” he says. Join Gillespie and Kibbe on Reason.TV as they discuss government, Republicans and the future of Libertarianism.

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Our Liberty is Slipping Away

Judge Andrew Napolitano, a political and senior judicial analyst for Fox News, tells Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie that we are rapidly losing our liberty. “With respect to the level of regulation by the government, the areas of human behavior utterly and totally dominated by the federal government, much less a state government, and with the surveillance state, the welfare state, the regulatory state, the administrative state, we are on a downward spiral and we are losing liberty with every tick of the clock. And unless we get a game-changer, in the White House and the Congress  or in the courts, the spiral will continue.”

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Pope Wrong About Capitalism

When Pope Francis decried that the culture of prosperity deadens us all and blamed it on capitalism last December, that riled more than a few capitalists. One of them is Marian Tupy, senior policy analyst at the Cato Institute and editor of the website Human Progress, who tells Reason.TV’s Nick Gillespie that Pope Francis is wrong on two counts.

“First of all, the Pope is under the impression that the markets are free. That the markets are unfettered. He uses the expression ‘totally autonomous markets.’ In fact, over the past 20 years Washington alone has produced some 80,000 regulations … we don’t really have free markets as such. And secondly, what we see in countries with a level of great economic freedom, the poor are richer, they own a greater share of national wealth, there is less corruption and there are greater political and civil liberties.”

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