The Terrible Thing That Trump and Elijah Cummings Agree On

While the president was launching yet another culture war, the combatants were agreeing to blow the federal budget sky high.


Poor Mick Mulvaney! Just kidding—the White House chief of staff (and director of the Office of Management and Budget) is, according to Nick Gillespie, a bald-faced and balding "liar." And that was just within the first 10 minutes of today's Editors Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast.

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch take swings at bipartisan budget awfulness, Federal Reserve debt monetization, David Simon grumpiness, and—yes!—President Donald Trump's swipes at Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–Md.), the City of Baltimore, and its residents. The editors also discuss what they learned on their summer vacations, tiptoe into the bi/trans wars, and even say nice things about you, the listening public!

Audio production by Ian Keyser.

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Relevant links from the show:

"The House Just Passed a Budget Deal That Will Add $1.7 Trillion to the National Debt," by Eric Boehm

"Once Again, Uncle Sam Shirks Fiscal Responsibility in Budget Deal," by Veronique de Rugy

"Can the Freedom Caucus Convince Trump to Derail This Awful Budget Deal? If Not, Fiscal Conservatism Is Truly Dead," by Eric Boehm

"Republicans Are the Party of Trillion-Dollar Deficits," by Matt Welch

"Rush Limbaugh Abandons Fiscal Conservatism," by Billy Binion

"Why Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax Won't Work," by Peter Suderman and John Osterhoudt

"White Identity Politics, Not Trump's Racist Tweets, Is National Conservatism's Real Problem," by Steven Greenhut

"Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Is a Nostalgic Defense of Movie Violence," by Peter Suderman

"Video: David Simon on Treme, New Orleans, the Drug War, Obama, The Wire—And Disappointing Libertarians," by Nick Gillespie and Jim Epstein

What are we consuming this week?

Matt Welch

  • The Brothers Steve concert
  • Disneyland