We’ve got some good stuff for you this week, as always — in all six of our primary topic areas. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes for the latest in free-market policy. (Search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store.)
ON HEALTH CARE: Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul was repeatedly singled out to defend his libertarian beliefs at the MSNBC/Politico debate at the Reagan Library on September 7. He had a great answer about the Food and Drug Administration — which has driven up the costs of drugs and not greatly improved drug safety. In fact, the FDA does more harm than good by keeping life-saving drugs off the market. Ben Domenech, managing editor of Health Care News, uses the exchange between Paul and NBC’s Brian Williams to discuss Heartland’s Free To Choose Medicine project. Listen Here.
ON EDUCATION: The school district that created its own voucher program using a charter school to administrate state funds has received financial help from a private foundation as the lawsuit against it heads for the Colorado Supreme Court. Ben DeGrow, senior education analyst at the Colorado-based Independence Institute, joins the podcast to talk about that district’s unusual focus on school choice and competition. Visit the Independence Institute’s DougCo Vouchers page for more information and the latest updates. Listen Here.
ON TECH: Marc Oestreich, legislative analyst for The Heartland Institute, speaks with Infotech & Telecom News Managing Editor Bruce Edward Walker regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s fundamentally flawed e-Rate program. Listen Here.
ON BUDGET: Jack McHugh of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy discusses his latest essay, which argues the massive increases in government spending and borrowing won’t work because they never have worked. They’re done to benefit politicians, not the people the politicians say they represent. Listen Here.