Good stuff from Heartland’s podcasts this week, including a discussion on Medicare’s quarter-billion dollars spent on penis pumps for elderly men. 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 EDUCATION: Americans are the most generous givers in the developed world, and research has shown the more a person believes in private enterprise and personal freedom, the more likely that person is to give more of his or her income to charity. Jonathan Butcher, education director at the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, joins the School Reform News podcast to discuss one way individuals and businesses can sponsor a good education for a needy child. Listen here.
ON HEALTH CARE: Ben Domenech discusses Medicare’s quarter-billion dollars spent on penis pumps for elderly men, how this is indicative of larger Medicare fraud, and how lobbyists perpetuate the system. Listen here.
ON BUDGET: Nine states have never had an income tax. Now serious moves are afoot in several other states with income taxes to reduce and eventually eliminate them. Budget and Tax News Managing Editor Steve Stanek discusses how states are moving away from income taxes with the Director of Government Relations for the Heartland Institute John Nothdurft. Listen here.
ON FIRE: C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann talks to Alex Tabarrok, the Bartley J. Madden Chair in economics at George Mason University and co-creator of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution about his new book, Launching the Innovation Renaissance: A New Path to Bring Smart Ideas to Market Fast. Listen here.
ON TECHNOLOGY: Scott Cleland, chairman of Netcompetition.org, discusses why he claims the Federal Communication Commission’s draft staff analysis opposing the proposed $39-billion AT&T and T-Mobile merger is neither credible nor fair. Listen here.