Calling Out the COVID-19 Relief Bill

After critiquing the COVID-19 relief bill and denouncing the latest Biden policies, the Roundtabler's find some reprieve in imagining legalized opioids for all.


Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie come together to discuss Biden administration's newest policies on this week's Reason Roundtable. After lamenting the latest examples of bad government behavior, the group contemplates what a opioid-legal world would look like.

Discussed in the show:

00:00: Bad Super Bowl jokes

02:22: Suderman on Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

22:43: Mangu-Ward on the possibility of student loan forgiveness

28:25: Gillespie on the possibility of high-speed rail

35:00: Why the latest irrational government spending left Mangu-Ward "dead inside"

40:50: Weekly Listener Question: Can societies handle legal opioids, or is it a bridge too far?

46:09: Media recommendations for the week

This week's links:

Send your questions either by email to or by voicemail to 213-973-3017. Be sure to include your social media handle and the correct pronunciation of your name.

Today's sponsors:

  • Get an up-close look at the history of the Constitution with the Institute for Justice's new podcast, Bound by Oath. Available wherever you check out podcasts.
  • If you feel something interfering with your happiness or holding you back from your goals, BetterHelp is an accessible and affordable source for professional counseling. BetterHelp assesses your needs and matches you with a licensed therapist you can start talking to in under 24 hours, all online.

Audio production by Ian Keyser.
Assistant production by Regan Taylor.
Music: "Angeline," by The Brothers Steve.