Good stuff from Heartland’s podcasts this week, including a discussion of the impact of global warming on the 2012 elections. Click the links below to listen, and subscribe on iTunes so you get the latest podcasts as soon as they are produced. (Search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store.)
ON TECH: Berin Szoka, founder of TechFreedom, and former senior fellow and director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, explains the need for reforming the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Listen here.
ON BUDGET: Despite a flurry of newspaper editorials, lobbying by the nation’s largest retailer, and Internet taxation bills from Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois and other lawmakers, there’s little chance we’ll see a national bill become law, says Dean Zerbe, managing director of Alliantgroup and former tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee who helped shape the 2001 and 2003 federal tax cut laws. Listen here.
ON EDUCATION: Chester Finn Jr. joins the School Reform News podcast to discuss why he thinks the nation’s 14,000 school districts should largely be eliminated to “reinvent local control.” Finn is the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Find a copy of the National Affairs article he discusses here. Listen here.
ON FIRE: C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann speaks with David Snyder, vice president and associate general counsel of the American Insurance Association, about the impact on the U.S. insurance industry of recently approved trade deals with Korea, Panama and Colombia. Listen here.