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In The Tank (ep148) – Is Bipartisanship Dead? Reactions to Brett Kavanaugh, and SeaSteading

July 13, 2018

Donny Kendal, Jim Lakely and Charlie Katebi present episode #148 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Reason Foundation, Edchoice, the AEI, and the Seastead Institute.

Donny Kendal, Jim Lakely and Charlie Katebi present episode #148 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 Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Reason Foundation, Edchoice, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Seasteading Institute.

Donny starts off the show with a discussion about bipartisanship. Is bipartisanship dead? Can we find common ground on policy at the state level?

The trio then talk about various reactions to the nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Among these reactions are those of experts from the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and EdChoice. Most of these reactions praise the selection. They discuss what policy implications this appointment may have for things like Blaine Amendments and Chevron Deference.

Cato - Judge Brett Kavanaugh: A Strong Supreme Court Pick 
Heritage Foundation - Trump Hits Another Home Run With Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh
Reason - Eveyone Hasts Brett Kavanaugh, Everyone Loves Brett Kavanaugh: Reason roundup
EdChoice - Does A Justice Kavanaugh Mean That Blaine Amendments Are History?

Moving on, the group talk about a new article from the American Enterprise Institute titled "Why Don’t Teachers get Fired for Poor Teaching?" According to the article, only a tiny fraction of teachers fired were fired for poor performance reasons. Lumping on this new report, they talk about the popular examples of how hard it is to fire a tenured teacher. 

Supplemental items:

ABC - John Stossel’s ‘Stupid in America’

The last topic discussed is a novel idea from the Seasteading Institute. This ambitious plan foresees a number of man-made island communities built around the world. According to the organization, construction is to begin next year on a island community in the French Polynesian.  John, Charlie, and Donny talk about whether they would be early investors in this idea or not.

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute.
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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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Charles Katebi is state government relations manager with the Heartland Institute
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