Are Government Shutdowns Good for Limited Government?

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In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman break down the politics of a potential government shutdown on the horizon and assess the United Auto Workers strike ahead of the next Republican presidential primary debate.

0:29: Another looming government shutdown

20:02: United Auto Workers strike

27:46: Weekly Listener Question

34:24: The next GOP debate is this week.

42:05: Bob Menendez, senator of sleaze

Mentioned in this podcast:

It’s Government Shutdown Theater, Again,” by J.D. Tuccille

5 Dissenters in the House,” by Liz Wolfe

Congress Is Still Using ‘Emergency Spending’ on Non-Emergencies,” by John Stossel

Don’t Let the Government-Shutdown Charade Distract You From the Debt Crisis,” by Romina Boccia

Shutdown Highlights Basic Fact: Most of Government is ‘Non-Essential,'” by Nick Gillespie

Final Countdown to Government Shutdown,” by Meredith Bragg and Nick Gillespie

Government Shutdown: Planet of the Apes Remix,” by Meredith Bragg and Nick Gillespie

The Government Is Going to Shut Down Again (and That’s Bad),” by Andrew Heaton and Sarah Rose Siskind

5 Sequester Facts To Know Before Committing Suicide,” by Meredith Bragg and Nick Gillespie

Tim Scott Invokes Ronald Reagan and Says UAW Strikers Should Be Fired,” by C.J. Ciaramella

Biden, the ‘Most Pro-Union President,’ Reaps What He Sows,” by J.D. Tuccille

Strikers Demand 4-Day Workweek,” by Liz Wolfe

Baby Boomers Screwing Younger Workers, Private Sector Edition,” by Nick Gillespie

How to Make Unions More Powerful, the Libertarian Way,” by Brian Doherty

Are We Really Doing a Trump vs. Biden Rematch?” by Steven Greenhut

Zelenskyy Goes To Washington,” by Liz Wolfe

“Gen Xers are most worried with 86% saying they are worried about the future of Medicare and Social Security,” according to Allianz Life insurance.

The Real Class Warfare Is Baby Boomers vs. Younger Americans,” by Nick Gillespie

Generational Swindle: How D.C. Is Screwing Over Millennials,” by Nick Gillespie

The Trump campaign’s “Whoop a man’s ass” commercial

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Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve

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