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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #120 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 Cascade Policy Institute, Senator James Lankford, Americans for Tax Reform and The Heartland Institute.
John and Donny (again) start off the podcast talking about their reactions to the newly released Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s featured work is a report from U.S. Senator James Lankford. The report, titled “Federal Fumbles Vol. 3: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball,” provides numerous cases of how the government wastes tax dollars. Some examples include, Social Security for Chimpanzees, Manipulating People for Science and Art Camps for Adults. While the report is comical in nature, it highlights a larger underlying issue.
Other Think Tank Works
Donny and John talk about recent news out of the great state of Oregon where a reform has softened the ban on self-serve gas stations. Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states that restrict people from pumping their own gas. Donny and John take on the justifications for this ban and apply this logic to other potentially ban-able things.
Supplemental article – Cascade Policy Institute‘s “Oregon Self-Service Gas Prohibition Probably Won’t End-But it Should.”
Last, Donny and John talk about New Hampshire’s recent move to create a statewide Education Savings Account program. This is the latest state to follow the school choice trend that has been spreading across the country.