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John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks in episode #43 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 Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, the John Locke Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute.
Better Know a Think Tank
In today’s Better Know a Think Tank Segment, Donny and John welcome to the podcast Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. Stenhouse joins the podcast to talk about his organization as well several topics they have been working on. Donny, John, and Mike talk about the “The Jobs & Opportunity Index” – a topic discussed in a past episode. Mike explains how this economic measure is far more telling than the commonly used unemployment rate. Mike also discusses a few other topics relating to Rhode Island including Renewable Portfolio Mandates.
Featured Work of the Week
Featured this week is a policy brief from the John Locke Foundation titled “Natural Gas – Low-Cost Energy Source That Curbs Emissions and Land Impacts.” This policy brief gives a great look at this now-abundant energy source, giving a background of natural gas, and comparing it to wind and solar. As the policy brief shows, natural gas is responsible for a massive reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
In the World of Think Tankery
In this week’s “think tankery” segment, Donny and John talk about welfare. Recently Paul Ryan and the rest of the House Republicans released a roadmap showing how to better structure the welfare system to ensure money is going to the people who need it most. The plan outlines more than a dozen recommendations that will help reduce redundancies, waste, fraud, and abuse.
Adding to this conversation is work by Charles Murray from the American Enterprise Institute. A recent press release, and article published in the Wall Street Journal titled “A guaranteed income for every American.” The premise consists of an unconditional basic income of roughly $13,000 to every citizen over the age of 21. The hope is that this plan would replace the complex web of roughly 120 different welfare programs and their associated bureaucracies. While the plan in broad and drastic, Donny and John talk about what they like about the plan and what makes them skeptical of the plan.
- Heartland Institute – (Monday, June 20) Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy w/ Stephen Moore. @ The Union League Club in Chicago, Illinois
- Pioneer Institute – (Monday, June 20) 2016 Better Government Competition Awards Gala @ the Hyattt Regency in Boston, Massachusetts
- The Heritage Foundation – (Thursday, June 23) The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech @ The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C.