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Jim Lakely, communications director at The Heartland Institute, talks with journalist, author, and American”European socialist” Nina Burleigh about various topics including the results of the midterm elections, the economy and politics in general. Jim and Nina, who disagree about everything, became cordial email pen pals in 2011 based on the ability to have a civil discussion about Obamacare.
In the discussion, Burleigh says she is disappointed with the result of the election, but is hopeful about the future of the Democratic Party. Burleigh says Democrats took a misstep by running away from President Obama’s record when they could have pointed toward the recovering economy.
The conversation continued into the topic of politics and money in elections. Burleigh says the amount of money going into the elections is detrimental to the democratic process. Lakely, however, responds by pointing out the massive amount of money Tom Steyer poured into the campaigns fell on deaf ears when global warming failed to be an important topic during the midterms.
Listen to that, and more, in the player above.