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In The Tank (ep65) – Overtime Rule Stopped, The Cost of Thanksgiving, and Internet Taxes

November 25, 2016

Donny is rejoined by John in episode #65 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Heritage Foundation, Reason Magazine, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Heartland Institute.

Donny is rejoined by John in episode #65 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, Reason Magazine, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Heartland Institute.

John and Donny start off with a new development in the new Dept of Labor Overtime Rule. An article from the Heritage Foundation's website, the Daily Signal, titled "Federal Judge Blocks Implementation of Controversial Overtime Rule," explains what the overtime rule would have done, and what the injunction means going forward.

In honor of Thanksgiving, John and Donny talk about a couple of articles related to the holiday. One, an article from Reason titled "Thanksgiving Tragedy," tells of how the Pilgrims almost starved to death because of their reliance on communal farming. It was not until the Pilgrims embraced property rights that they enjoyed an abundance of goods. 

The next item comes from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). Every year, the AFBF produces an informal price survey of a basket of items that compose a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Donny and John discuss the findings of this 31st annual survey and past results. 

The last piece comes from the Heartland Institute. In light of Black Friday and the Monday, Donny and John talk about a new Research & Commentary titled "Preserve The Quill Nexus Standard for Internet Taxes." John explains why we should stay clear of opening up a can of worms by applying taxes to online sales.  

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute and the host of Heartland's "In the Tank" podcast. @InTheTankPod
John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 and left in January of 2019.