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John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks in #40 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the John Locke Foundation, the Palmetto Promise Institute, and the Mercatus Center.
Featured Work of the Week
This week’s featured work of the week is from the Competitive Enterprise Institute. John and Donny discuss a two reports recently released titled “People, Not Ratios: Why the Debate over Income Inequality Asks the Wrong Questions,” and “The Rising Tide: Answering the Right Questions in the Inequality Debate.” These two reports seek to explain why focusing on income inequality is a distraction and why we need to focus on how to increase the well-being of those in poverty by reducing barriers to entry and encouraging real free-market reforms.
In the World of Think Tankery
Today Donny and John talk about an article from the John Locke Foundation titled “Economics and Environment: NC CON law is central planning beyond Bernie’s wildest dreams.” This article explains the absurdity of Certificate of Need Laws by comparing the industry to the production of computers. The author shows that if the computer industry was as centrally planned as health care facilities, no one would stand for it. Donny compares these CON laws to the draconian “Directive 10-289” rules from Atlas Shrugged.
In the next segment, Donny and John discuss an update from the Palmetto Promise Institute about how “New Technology could Change Lives in South Carolina.” An innovative new online startup, Opternative, is attempting to change the way people go about getting an eye examine. With a new app, people can check their eyesight and obtain a prescription without having to go to the eye doctor. This innovation is now meeting resistance in a number of states. A recently passed bill banning this new technology was vetoed by South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley.
- Competitive Enterprise Institute – 2016 Annual Dinner and Reception (Thursday, June 2) @ the Marriott Washington in D.C.
- Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) – Property Rights, Markets, and Freedom (Tuesday, June 21), in Bozeman, Montana.
- Heartland Institute – Funding Education Choice: Jason Bedrick (Wednesday, June 8) @ The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois