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In The Tank (ep143) – Social Security Insolvency, Free College?, and Vermont Paying You to Live There

June 8, 2018

Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft are joined by Justin Haskins in episode #143 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Reason Foundation, the Economic Policy Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and more.

Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft are joined by Justin Haskins in episode #143 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 Reason Foundation, the Economic Policy Institute, The Heritage Foundation, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Donny, John and Justin start off the show with a discussion about items that if invented today, would not be allowed to exist by government decree.

The first policy item discussed on the show is social security. the recently released Social Security Trustees Report projects the programs insolvency by the year 2034. An article from Reason, titled "Social Security Will Be Insolvent in 16 Years. Maybe Congress Should Do Something About That," tells how dire the situation is. On the other side of the political spectrum, the Economic Policy Institute released an article titled "Social Security trustees report shows why we should expand the program - not look for excuses to cut it." 
Supplemental article - (Heritage Foundation) Misleading the Public: How the Social Security Trust Fund Really Works

Next, the trio talk about an article co-authored by Jeb Bush, chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, titled "How Governors Can Give All Students 'Freshman Year for Free.'" 

Last, they talk about a new program out of the state of Vermont where the government will pay you $10,000 to live in the state. They compare this idea to an article from the Texas Public Policy Foundation titled "New Yorkers and Californians Can't Stop Moving to Texas." Turns out, people respond more to sound economic policy than short-term bribery. 

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John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 as Heartland's legislative specialist on budget and tax policy. He was named government relations director in November 2010.
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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute.
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Justin Haskins is an executive editor and research fellow at The Heartland Institute.
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