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What Charles Manson Teaches Us About Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, and Tax Reform: Podcast

Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch discuss what's wrong with the GOP tax bill, Roy Moore, Al Franken, and Aquaman.

On this week's Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch discuss everything that's wrong with the Republican tax reform bill, what it would mean for Obamacare, whether the neverending stream of sexual-assault revelations will turn America into a desert wasteland of fierce Beyoncé woman warriors, gubernatorial candidate and Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill's announcement that "in the last 50 years" he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females," and whether Harvey Weinstein is the "Charles Manson" of the 21st century.

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  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Pussy-grabbing used to be cool.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    One can only imagine how frustrating it must be that you've never been in contact with one in your pathetic life. It's no wonder you struggle with manic depression and suicidal thoughts.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Mikey, are you frustrated that the Con Man's agenda is close to death?

    I mean, he even fucked up the shit I thought we could use. The border wall is a stupid idea but I at least wanted to see him fight Congress over building it.

    And you could have had Huckabee!

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    I shouldn't laugh, but I totally did.

  • Hugh Akston||

  • Hugh Akston||

    He would definitely win, but only because he would play rope-a-dope with an endless stream of densely-packed non sequiturs.

  • Red Tony||

    By Red Tony do you mean me or John?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Mocking someone for mental illness is insipid. Raise the level of conversation instead of lowering yourself to such bullshit.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    BUCS, it's Simple Mikey you're talking to. Insipid is a real achievement for him.

  • Mark22||

    What, are you some kind of imbecile?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    It is too difficult to work "Denny Hastert dragging a Lazy-Boy into the boys shower room" when I want to reference a sleazy politician. "Pussy-grabbing" is succinct and timely.

  • Domestic Dissident||

    You know what though, I bet that if you gave Elizabeth Nolan Brown a little chunk of your book advance or got her a full-time job at the Post, there's a small chance she might actually give you some, just out of pure pity if nothing else.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Wait you think this'll work? (asking for a friend)

  • Domestic Dissident||

    Not for most of us; Weigel is one of the few commenters here she doesn't despise.

    For his own sake, I'd highly recommend going to the clinic and getting every available vaccination first though.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Yeah. Bailey, Shaquille, and Kray Kray have all gotten into it with John and others, but the only commenter i've ever seen ENB clash with is... Simple Mikey.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    One time I saw The Jacket touch Chipper Morning at a USO show.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Mike wonders the same thing about his mom every time he calls and she yells obscenities into the phone before hanging up on him.

  • BYODB||

    Can one 'grab' negative space?

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    In their mind. Assuming it hasn't just blown out.

  • Ska||

    I prefer the term "vulva grappling".

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    So it turns out Franken is an ass man. And based on her pic he is showing good taste.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Sexual molestation is OK if she's hawt, it's understandable even, heck it shouldn't even be an issue. What's the point of a nice pair of titties, a bubble butt or a trimmed pussy if not to be grabbed?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Plus you get elected.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Bill was call the Big Dawg you know. As in horn dog.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    If women didn't want to be raped they should have stopped strutting around with their giant vaginas.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I imagine it's pretty shocking to realize that you may have just destroyed someone's career.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    But if it destroys Franken's career, isn't it worth it?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I'm just saying, a person with empathy and a conscience is probably going to feel weird about wrecking another human's life, even if it's justified.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Empathy, conscience? Take it outside, Phil Donahue.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    There is a pic of Leeann Tweeden with HER arms wrapped firmly around Franken while engaged in a kiss (same day as the tits pic).

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    That wasn't his tongue.

  • Headache||

    Great podcast! Start out with criticism of the tax reform bill. It is going to blow up the debt by 1.5 - 2 Trillion.
    OK why not mention that is an estimate for ten years resulting to 150 - 200 Billion. Great job!
    They go on to Norquist, and talk about how Bush cut taxes and raised spending a big no no.
    True, but didn't mention Obama raised taxes and spending with six years of 1.5 Trillion annual deficits.
    Then they continue about the backlash that will come with the dropping of certain deductions, and ignore the backlash that would come with spending cuts they promote. Excellent commentary.

  • Ama-Gi Anarchist||

    Taxes are the price we pay for government

    Oh horseshit, Nick. Taxes are extracted from us at gunpoint. Its done so under the threat of "Gimme your shit or I shoot you!" Plenty of people want LESS government but the asswipes infesting Mordor on the Potomac don't give a fuck about anything but their own power and their cronies ability to keep them in their lavish lifestyle.

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