Philanthropy and Civil Society with J.P. DeGance and Leah Hughey

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics, Podcast

 About 15 years ago, Frank Keating, then the Republican governor of Oklahoma, gave a talk at The Heritage Foundation about what he had done to revive the economy in his state. He said he asked the economics departments of the state’s two flagship universities – University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State – to identify the top factors that were … Read More

Taxing and Spending with Romina Boccia and Adam Michel

Bill WaltonEconomics, Investing, Podcast, Policy

 I’m not sure what left the bigger impression on me after my visit with Romina Boccia and Adam Michel–the awesome bigness of the federal government’s fiscal challenges or the mindsets of those we elected to deal with them. The problem is enormous. The federal government spends $4 trillion per year. It takes in $3.3 trillion in taxes and fees and thus runs … Read More

The Bill Walton Story

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Health and Fitness, Investing, Podcast, Policy, Politics, Self Help

 It is interesting being the host of a production such as Common Ground. It is even more interesting to be a guest. Recently, my friend, the economist and writer John Tamny, turned the tables and interviewed me. And as I look back over the conversation and about the lifetime of experiences we discussed, I can’t help but think how … Read More

The Father of Supply Side Economics with Arthur Laffer

Bill WaltonEconomics, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Podcast, Policy, Politics

 Most people talk with Arthur Laffer about supply-side economics and his famous “Laffer Curve,” which shows how governments can increase revenues by lowering taxes. But few know that Laffer is an outstanding investor. He recently joined me as a guest on “Common Ground” and I asked him for investment advice. And that advice might surprise some. Laffer likes France … Read More

Heritage Scholars’ Take on Today’s Pressing Economic Issues with Jack Spencer and Norbert Michel

Bill WaltonEconomics, Podcast, Policy, Politics

 Life is immensely better now than 50 years ago. It was highly unusual for a car to last more than 60,000 miles in the mid-1960s. Now, they routinely last 300,000 or more. They have paint that rarely fades, navigation systems that ensure we’re never lost and technology from bumper to bumper that requires dramatically fewer repairs. Medicine is barely … Read More