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We Are So Unprepared for the Coming Budgepocalypse: Podcast

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One of the best things about divided federal government, Nick Gillespie reminds us on the new editors' roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, is that at least it's not unified. Which is to say, there's less chance of unfunded entitlement expansions, big new overseas military commitments, and all the debt/deficit that they bring.

Fellow podcasters Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and yours truly weigh in with dramatic Congressional Budget Office readings, tales from post–World War II governance, and grim assessments of almost all politicians who hold elected office. Also debated: voter fraud fantasia, President Donald Trump's reading comprehension issues, and this delightful Isaac Asimov roundtable discussion from the 1970s.

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Relevant links from the show:

"House Democrats Plan to Use Their New Majority to Target Trump. Let's Hope It Keeps Them Too Busy to Legislate," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"With Midterms Done, Are We Going To Get Serious About Policy or Continue the Clown Show?" by Nick Gillespie

"When the Bubble Bursts, We're So Screwed," by Matt Welch

"Trillion-Dollar Deficits Are Nearly Here. Thanks, Republicans!" by Peter Suderman

"Failed States," by Michael Flynn and Adam B. Summers

"It Can Happen Here," by Arnold Kling, David Henderson, and Maurice McTigue

"The 19 Percent Solution," by Nick Gillespie and Veronique de Rugy

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  1. Budgepocalypse

    The Dotard is the self proclaimed ‘King of Debt’. He has it all figured out already.

  2. One of the best things about divided federal government, Nick Gillespie reminds us on the new editors’ roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, is that at least it’s not unified.

    Lefties and Anarchists dont want Government to be unified in rolling back government. For Lefties, its so government power does not wane. For Anarchists, its so the USA will implode under massive debt so they can form Anarchy-Land from the ashes.

    They dont want to fix America. Its why they hate Trump who is trying to fix America where he can. Trump represents the American People change from implosion to maybe saving ourselves.

    1. More proof that Peak Derp can never be reached.

      1. But LoveCon is determined to get as close as possible.

        1. You people are so derp in what you say…. it cannot be described with words.

    2. Yup. Anarchists are some idealist derps all right.

    3. Okay, I’ve seen you slithering around the comments section here and there for a while now spewing bullshit like that and I have say that out of all of Trump’s ball sack-remoras that nest here for whatever reason, you are the one whose claim to being a libertarian rings the most hollow. I’ve seen absolutely nothing to suggest that you’re anything other than a standard-issue nationalist, power-worshiping, conservative stooge. You’d have to be to believe that President Pumpkin Skin only wants what’s best for us and to save us from the mean, old “Left”. Seriously, do none of you pigs remember that Trump spent years bankrolling Hillary Clinton? Or do you just ignore that? He didn’t have any problem with whatever shady shit her or her equally corrupt husband were up to until it was his personal ambitions they were standing in the way of. Between his love of eminent domain and his complete dismissal of the issue of asset forfeiture [link to video of said dismissal below], Trump doesn’t give a shit about the… [fanfare]… American People if fucking them over either benefits him or benefits the cops (because on top of everything else, he’s a fucking hardcore badge bunny).

      The promised link:

      1. And by the way, it’s stupid to complain about anarchists on a libertarian website since modern American libertarianism was born as anarchism (the free-market socialism of Benjamin Tucker and other 19th-century individualist anarchists), was nurtured and influenced by both right- and left-libertarian anarchism throughout the modern libertarian movement’s formative years in the late-’60s/early-’70s (represented by Murray Rothbard and Karl Hess, respectively, and both remain strong currents of the overall libertarian movement to this days. But I wouldn’t expect you or your ilk to know anything about that, fake libertarians that you are.

  3. Note that the knife on the reason cover is held in a way to stab, NOT slash!

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