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Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft present episode #149 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 American Enterprise Institute, the State Policy Network, the Ethan Allen Institute, and the Foundation for Government Accountability.
Donny starts off the show with a discussion about technology and space travel. Today is the 49 year anniversary of man’s first steps on the Moon. Donny asks “why aren’t we at Jetsons’ levels of technology by now?”
James Taylor, Senior Fellow at The Heartland Institute, joins Donny and John to talk about a potential carbon tax. The Heartland Institute recently signed onto an anti-carbon tax coalition letter with 28 other organizations. James explains the negative effects of a carbon tax and why we should avoid one. Adding on to this conversation, Donny brings up statistics, illustrated by a chart from the American Enterprise Institute, that show that the United States have led the way in reducing CO2 emissions while Canada and the European Union have increased emissions.
Next, Donny and John talk about “Dues Skimming.” Dues skimming is a scheme where public sector unions siphon off Medicaid money that goes to in-home caregivers. This scheme shaves off roughly $250 million a year.
State Policy Network – Dues Skimming FAQs Problem & Solution
Ethan Allen Institute – Time for Congress to End “Dues Skimming”
The last topic Donny and John talk about is new findings from a Council of Economic Advisers’ report titled “Expanding Work Requirements in Non-Case Welfare Programs.” The findings in this report, mentioned in a Foundation for Government Accountability press release, show that a large percentage of able-bodied adults on welfare do not work. John explains the implications of this finding.
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