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With John MIA, Donny is joined by Director of Communications Jim Lakely in this week’s exploration of think tanks across the countryin episode #48 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 isavailable for download as part of theHeartland Daily PodcasteveryFriday. Today’s podcast features work from the Cato Institute, the Rio Grande Foundation, and the James Madison Institute.

Jim and Donny start off the podcast talking about the latest attack on the freedom of speech by Democratic Senators with their #WebOfDenial campaign. The Heartland Institute was singled out more times than any other organization in the Senators’ name and shame stunt.

Featured Work of the Week

In this Featured Work of the Week segment, Donny and Jim discuss a research paper from theCato Institutetitled “Downsizing the Federal Government.” The reportdescribes a course of action that could be taken to get government spending under control. Going far beyond the tried appeal to reducing waste, fraud, and abuse, this report proposes major cuts to dozens of federal departments and services. As Donny explains, these cuts will surely impact everyone in the country, but in the effort of solving the ongoing debt crisis, it is necessary.

In the World of Think Tankery

In this week’s “think tankery” segment, Donny and Jimlook at a study by theRio Grande Foundationtitled “New Mexico’s Renewable Portfolio Standard: An Evaluation of its Impact on the State Economy.”The report takes a close look and the benefits and drawbacks of these mandates specifically in the state of New Mexico.

In the last part of this segment, Donny and Jim talk about a publication from theJames Madison Institutetitled “Solving the Everglades Riddle.” This issue of restoring the Everglades hasbeen the subject of debate for decades. This report gives a detailed look at the current situation, what led to the current situation and what we can do to help. Never let anyone tell you that free-market, and limited-government advocates don’t care about the environment.