Episode 29: When Spongebob ‘gets it,’ politicians better start getting on board as well

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 29 | Guest: Shoshana Weissmann, R Street

When otherwise wonky policy issues seem to be showing up on shows like South Park, Bobs Burgers and even Spongebob Square Pants, it would seem like popular culture might actually “get it” on that issue. In fact, it would seem at that point like pretty much everyone “gets it.”

So, what about politicians?

Shoshana Weissmann, from R Street Institute, joined the program to talk about one such policy issue that has found popularity in unlikely pop-culture circles, and how it is now finally starting to break through political barriers as well. That issue is the completely mundane (and kinda boring-sounding) policy area of Occupational Licensing—something that generates a surprising amount of shared passion and activism among otherwise unlikely political bedfellows.

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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

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Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a radio talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.