Job numbers are lousier than expected, supply chains are wrecked across several industries, cargo ships are backed up in ports, and Biden is pulling a Trump by insisting we "buy American." On this Monday's Reason Roundtable, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie try to gauge what the heck is happening with the economy right now.
Discussed in the show:
1:09: Lousier-than-expected job numbers, supply chain failures, and cargo ships backed up. Is this all the new normal?
18:52: Workers' strikes in response to vaccine mandates conflict with Biden's pro-union agenda.
36:28: Weekly Listener Question: In regards to our country's budgeting process, when do each of you foresee the proverbial fiscal can getting kicked off the proverbial fiscal cliff resulting in a new fiscal reality being forced on all of us?
48:00: Media recommendations for the week.
This week's links:
- "Inside America's Broken Supply Chain," by David J. Lynch
- "World leaders reach landmark deal on a global corporate tax rate," by Silvia Amaro
- The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America, by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch
- "Biden's labor secretary is stumped by the worker shortage," by Dan Primack
- "Fed to the lions: Jerome Powell's 'taper' chase may cost him his job," by Charles Gasparino
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