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Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft are joined by Justin Haskins in episode #144 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 Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Manhattan Institute, and the Tax Foundation.
Donny and Justin start off the show with a discussion how the elitism of the left has been on full display in recent weeks, most notably is Bill Maher’s desire to see the economy collapse in order to make Donald Trump look bad.
The first policy item discussed on the show is free trade and tariffs. To set the table for the discussion and subsequent debate, Donny reads from an article authored by Daniel T. Griswold in the Journal of The James Madison Institute titled “Seven Moral Arguments for Free Trade.” The discussion goes from the ideal scenario of free trade to the recent decisions by Donald Trump to impose various tariffs.
Cato Institute – Making the Case for Free Trade
Cato Institute – When Trump Proposes Trade Liberalization, Let’s Take Him Up On It
Heritage Foundation – The Trouble With Tariffs
Next, Donny and Justin discuss an article authored by Mark Mills from the Manhattan Institute titled “Healthcare (Desperately) Needs More Robots.” Mills notes the lack of productivity growth in the health care industry. Mills explains how an incorporation of AI, technology and innovation can induce desperately needed productivity growth in this industry.
In the last segment of the episode, Donny and Justin talk about two policy updates.
The first comes out of the city of Seattle. An article from the Tax Foundation titled “Seattle City Council Votes Overwhelmingly to Repeal New Business Head Tax,” reports how the city council of Seattle decided to repeal the recently passed “Amazon Tax.”
Second, it was recently reported Attorney General Jeff Sessions would not defend Obamacare against charges by 20 GOP led states that the controversial law is no longer constitutional. Justin explains what the implications of this development may be.