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In The Tank (ep89) – Gov Regs Increase Car Prices, Amtrak Nonsense, and How the Gov Ruins Paradise

May 19, 2017

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #89 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Heritage Foundation, the Center of the American Experiment, and Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #89 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 Center of the American Experiment, and Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

Policybot Featured Work of the Week

This week's Policybot featured work of the week comes from the Heritage Foundation. In the report, titled "Regulation Continues to Increase Car Prices," the author explains how strict fuel economy standards have caused car prices to buck the downward trend and instead, trend higher. John and Donny talk about this report and more negative effects of these government imposed regulations.

Other Think Tank Works

Next, Donny and John talk about an article produced by the Center of the American Experiment titled "Flawed survey used to support adding a second Amtrak train between St. Paul and Chicago." This comical article covers how the Midwest Interstate passenger Rail Commission and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are using favorable outcomes of a "SurveyMonkey" poll to push for increasing rail services. The author of the article illustrates how ridiculous this situation is.

The next item discussed on the podcast is a study from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Recently, the Grassroot Institute released a short video bringing attention to the fact that more and more people are leaving the state due to high taxes and lack of opportunity. This proves that, given enough time and control, the government can ruin paradise.

In the last segment, Donny asks for John's opinion on a proposed bill in North Carolina which would protect drivers who hit protesters who block the road if they "exercise due care."

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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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