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In The Tank Podcast (ep55): Unlocking America's Resources, Social Security, and Health Care Rationing

September 9, 2016

Donny is joined by Director of Communications Jim Lakely in this week's exploration of think tanks across the country in episode #55 of the In The Tank Podcast.

Donny is joined by Director of Communications Jim Lakely in this week's exploration of think tanks across the country in episode #55 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 National Center for Policy Analysis, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, and the Atlas Society.

Featured Work of the Week

Today's PolicyBot featured work of the week comes from the the Heritage Foundation. Heritage recently released a report titled "Time to Unlock America's Vast Oil and Gas Resources." The report explains how, without the direct hinderance from the government, America's energy sector would lead to a booming economy. The report points out these "hinderances" and outlines suggestions for the next administration to better tap America's abundant energy resources.

In the World of Think Tankery

Donny and Jim start off this segment discussing a policy brief authored by the National Center for Policy Analysis titled "Four Reasons to Abolish the Social Security Benefits Tax." The report explains how this tax is complex and unfair and should be abolished. Jim and Donny take this a step further and explore a plan by Heartland Peter Ferrara to privatize social security.

Next, Donny and Jim talk about an article authored by Justin Katz, Research Director at the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity titled, "Two Steps Down Our Health Care Road." The article talks about new rationing rules that are taking hold in North Yorkshire that restricts non-life-threatening surgeries from patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. Jim explains how this type of rationing is fundamental to socialized health care.

The last topic discussed here comes from the Atlas Society. They recently released a short video outlining the life of author Ayn Rand. The video covers her life in Russia, her move to America, and the inspiration that led to her two most popular books.


  • (Wednesday, September 14) the American Enterprise Institute - Can the European Project Survive? in Washington D.C.
  • (Thursday, September 15) The Heartland Institute’s 32nd Anniversary Benefit Dinner featuring P.J. O’Rourke @ The Cotillion in Palatine, Illinois.

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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
Jim Lakely is the Vice President and Director of Communications of The Heartland Institute. @jlakely