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Economics 101 Educational Series

The Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation presents their "Economics 101" video series, a project designed to educate students, young people, and the general public about basic free market principles.

12) Tax Competition: A Powerful Force to Restrain Big Government

11) Four Reasons Why Big Government Is Bad Government

10) Keynesian Economics Is Wrong: Economic Growth Causes
    
Consumer Spending, Not the Other Way Around

9) Indexing the Capital Gains Tax to Protect Taxpayers from Inflation

8) Repealing Obamacare and Restoring a Free Market in Healthcare

7) Job-Killing Impact of Minimum Wage Laws

6) Deficits, Debts and Unfunded Liabilities

5) Cost of the Internal Revenue Code

4) Lessons Learned From Sweden

3) Government Monopolies

2) Moral Hazard

1) Don't Copy Europe's Mistakes

 

12) Tax Competition: A Powerful Force to Restrain Big Government

This Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation Economics 101 video succinctly explains why tax competition restrains excessive government since politicians realize that jobs and investment can cross bordes if they get too greedy and impose punitive tax policy. (March 1, 2011) 5:58 minutes



Economic 101:
Tax Competition: A Powerful Force to Restrain Big Government
 

11) Four Reasons Why Big Government Is Bad Government

This Economics 101 video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity explains that excessive government spending undermines prosperity by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy. Moreover, the two main ways of financing government taxes and borrowing cause additional economic damage. (February 7, 2011) 5:33 minutes



Economic 101:
Four Reasons Why Big Government Is Bad Government

 

10) Keynesian Economics Is Wrong: Economic Growth Causes
     Consumer Spending, Not the Other Way Around

Politicians and journalists who fixate on consumer spending are putting the cart before the horse. Consumer spending generally is a consequence of growth, not the cause of growth. This Center for Freedom and Prosperity video helps explain how to achieve more prosperity by looking at the differences between gross domestic product and gross domestic income. (November 29, 2010) 5:00 minutes


Economics 101:
Keynesian Economics Is Wrong: Economic Growth Causes
Consumer Spending, Not the Other Way Around

9) Indexing the Capital Gains Tax to Protect Taxpayers from Inflation

The capital gains tax is a perverse form of double taxation that should be abolished, but this bad tax is especially damaging because taxpayers are taxed on gains that are solely the result of inflation. This video explains how taxpayers could be protected by indexing the capital gains tax so the levy only applies to inflation-adjusted gains. (September 20, 2010) 5:03 minutes


Economics 101:
Indexing the Capital Gains
Tax to Protect Taxpayers from Inflation

8) Repealing Obamacare and Restoring a Free Market in Healthcare

Government programs and intervention were making a mess of the healthcare system, even before Obamacare was enacted. Repealing Obamacare is a good idea and will prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. This CF&P Foundation video explains, however, that repeal is just the first step if we want to genuinely restore a free market and create an efficient and cost-effective healthcare system. (July 12, 2010) 4:19 minutes


Economics 101:
Repealing Obamacare and
Restoring a Free Market in Healthcare

7) Job-Killing Impact of Minimum Wage Laws

Minimum wage laws seem like a good idea, but arbitrarily mandating a certain wage can have terrible consequences. Business are not charities, so if the minimum wage is set above the market level, this eliminates job opportunities particularly for the less fortunate members of society. Since employees and employers should have freedom of contract, the right minimum wage is zero. (June 14, 2010) 4:25 minutes


Economics 101:
The Job-Killing Impact of Minimum Wage Laws

6) Deficits, Debts and Unfunded Liabilities

Huge budget deficits and record levels of national debt are getting a lot of attention, but this video explains that unfunded liabilities for entitlement programs are America's real red-ink challenge. More important, this CF&P mini-documentary reveals that deficits and debt are symptoms of the real problem of an excessive burden of government spending. (May 10, 2010) 4:19 minutes.


Economics 101:
The Onerous Compliance Cost of the Internal Revenue Code

 

5) The Onerous Compliance Cost of the Internal Revenue Code

The tax system is a complicated nightmare that forces taxpayers to devote ever-larger amounts of time, money, energy, and other resources in hopes of complying with the internal revenue code and avoiding IRS persecution. This CF&P Foundation video shows that this corrupt mess is the result of 97 years of social engineering and industrial policy that began almost immediately after that dark day in 1913 that the income tax was created. (April 12, 2010) 5:09 minutes.


Economics 101:
The Onerous Compliance Cost of the Internal Revenue Code

 

4) Lessons Learned From Sweden

Sweden is a powerful example of the importance of public policy. The Nordic nation became rich between 1870 and 1970 when government was very small, but then began to stagnate as welfare state policies were implemented in the 1970s and 1980s. The CF&P Foundation video explains that Sweden is now shifting back to economic freedom in hopes of undoing the damage caused by an excessive welfare state. (March 8, 2009) 5:17 minutes


Economics 101:
Learning From Sweden's Free Market Renaissance

 

3) Government Monopolies

This CF&P Foundation's Economics 101 video discusses how competition promotes innovation and results in higher quality and lower costs. Government-run schools are a tragic example, by contrast, of why monopolies generate bad results. This video uses the example of school choice to explain why competition is a better approach. (February 9, 2010) 4:58 minutes


Economics 101:
School Choice Example Shows Why
Government Monopolies Are Bad


Economics 101:
Learning From Sweden's Free Market Renaissance

 

2) Moral Hazard

This CF&P Foundation's Economics 101 video discusses the Moral Hazard, which occurs when bad choices are subsidized. This often happens when government intervention lets people take risks while having little or no skin in the game. Housing policies, for instance, subsidized mortgages, thus enabling irresponsible borrowing and leading to bubbles and bailouts. Politicians may be setting the stage for the next crisis with a too big to fail policy that will subsidize the biggest financial institutions. (January 11, 2010) 3:38 minutes


Economis 101: Moral Hazard

 

1) Don't Copy Europe's Mistakes

In this CF&P Foundation video, Eline van den Broek explains that government interference is driving up healthcare costs in America and warns that European style health "reform" will make the situation even worse.  Based on what has happened in Europe, she explains that universal health coverage is not the same as universal healthcare, that insurance mandates mean more government control, and that price controls simply do not work. (November 3, 2009) 4:39 minutes


Economics 101:
Learning From Sweden's Free Market Renaissance

 

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