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In The Tank Podcast (ep46): #OurAmerica, Monopolies and Antitrust, and Sin Taxes

July 8, 2016

John and Donny are joined by Heartland Director of Communications Jim Lakely in episode #46 of the In The Tank Podcast.


John and Donny are joined by Heartland Director of Communications Jim Lakely in episode #46 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 Heartland Institute, the Center for American Progress, and the Commonwealth Foundation.

Better Know a Think Tank

In today's edition of Better Know a Think Tank, John and Donny speak with Jim Lakely about the Heartland Institute's announcement that we are joining a coalition in a month-long campaign in July to celebrate American exceptionalism. Jim discusses why the #OurAmerica campaign is important, which other organizations are involved, and why patriotism is downtrending.

Featured Work of the Week

In this Featured Work of the Week segment, Donny, John and Jim respond to a report from the Center for American Progress. The report, titled "Reviving Antitrust: Why Our Economy Needs a Progressive Competition Policy," makes a case for expanding the use of antitrust to limit mergers and increase competition. Donny, John and Jim comment on what they liked about the report, and more importantly, what the report got wrong.

In the World of Think Tankery

In this week's "think tankery" segment, Donny, John and Jim talk about an article from the Commonwealth Foundation titled "Sin-sylvania?" The article talks about how Pennsylvania takes in more tax revenue from "sin taxes." A supplementary article titled "Three Reasons to Avoid Tobacco Taxes" explains why "sin taxes" should be avoided.


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Donald Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute, a research fellow for Heartland's Socialism Research Center, and the host of Heartland's In the Tank Podcast and Stopping Socialism TV. @InTheTankPod
John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 and left in January of 2019.
Jim Lakely is the Vice President and Director of Communications of The Heartland Institute. @jlakely