In this week’s episode of AEI’s Banter podcast, Stu and Andrew sit down with the man, the myth, the legend: AEI economist Michael Strain. The topic: minimum wage laws. Michael walks through the likely effects of raising the federal minimum wage law from $7.25 to $9.00 as President Obama proposed in his recent state of the union address. Michael touches on both economic theory and empirical studies to make his case, suggesting that unemployment would rise. But we don’t just stop there. We also discuss the potential upside of raising the minimum wage, who works in minimum wage jobs, and the value of these jobs for workers. Last, Stu and Andrew reminisce about minimum wage jobs they’ve held (present jobs excluded). As always, thanks for listening and enjoy!
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On this week’s Banter, Stu sits down one on one with the Deputy Editor of the AEI Ideas blog, Henrik Temp. Henrik blogged the last 100 days leading up to the 2012 Presidential election. He brings good insight into just how insane American politics can be. We also take time to discuss where the Republican party can go from here and what role social conservative will play going forward. Enjoy.
In the latest episode of Banter, Gary Schmitt, the Co-Director the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, discusses foreign policy and the presidential election with hosts Stu James and Andrew Rugg. Gary assesses not only how each candidate did during the third and final presidential debate, but what Romney and Obama revealed about their foreign policies. We also go region by region, examining what each candidate said (or didn’t say) about the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Enjoy!
In this week’s episode of Banter we’re joined by AEI Tax Policy expert Alex Brill to talk about the differences in the two presidential candidate’s tax plans. Alex explains to us the details, or lack thereof, in each candidates plan and gives us some great insight into how each candidate thinks they can lower taxes and the deficit. We also take a few minutes to talk about PBS and Big Bird debacle.
Andrew also takes a few minutes to talk to us about an article he wrote for American.com discussing polling and how people should be viewing and interpreting polls.
With school bells ringing all over the country we asked the newest member of AEI’s education team, Michael McShane, to sit down with us this week on the podcast. We discuss Mike’s first thoughts on AEI and how his first TV appearance went. Mike also talks with us about a controversial new measure a Connecticut is taking to try and get kids to stay in school. We also move into the political sphere discuss both of the candidates for president and how their education records stack up and we cajole Mike into grading each. Finally we discuss Mike’s new book with is available for purchase today!
On this special edition of Banter, Stu and Apoorva are joined by AEI Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, Danielle Pletka (on Twitter @dpletka). They discuss the ongoing situation in Libya and President Obama’s speech about the operation.