Eating Doritos While Drowning in Debt

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In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman lament the latest dire forecast from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) last week forecasting a $2 trillion budget deficit in 2024.

02:31—$2 trillion federal budget deficit

21:17— Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump on immigration

37:02—Weekly Listener Question

46:23—Revisiting Anthony Fauci and COVID-19 origins

55:18—This week’s cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

Federal Budget Deficit Forecast Jumps $400 Billion, Fueled by Student Debt Forgiveness,” by Emma Camp

The National Debt Is Now So High That Every American Essentially Owes $100,000,” by John Stossel

Why We Need To Shrink the National Debt, and Fast!” by Nick Gillespie and Mark McDaniel

The Golden Age of Groupon Government,” by Nick Gillespie

Trump Suddenly Loves Immigration,” by Liz Wolfe

Protections for the Undocumented,” by Liz Wolfe

There Is No Party of Immigration in American Politics,” by Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie

Should the U.S. Shut Its Borders? A Free Press Debate,” featuring Nick Gillespie

The Five Best Arguments Against Immigration—and Why They’re Wrong,” by Nick Gillespie and Todd Krainin

The End of Obesity?” by Ronald Bailey

Whole Foods’ John Mackey: We Must Change How We Think About Capitalism,” by Nick Gillespie

Government Subsidies Keep Your Food Boring,” by C. Jarrett Dieterle

Mandatory GMO Disclosure Doesn’t Sway Shopping Habits (But Will Drive Up Costs),” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

The War on Fat,” by Jacob Sullum

American Slender,” by Nick Gillespie

Maybe Brian Williams Just Needs to Write a Book Denouncing the Drug War?” by Matt Welch

Anthony Fauci’s Inner Circle Initially Thought COVID Came From a Lab,” by Rand Paul

In Congress, Debate Rages About How To Prevent the Next Lab Leak,” by Christian Britschgi

COVID-19 Misinformation: Brought to You by the U.S. Government,” by Robby Soave

‘Vast Majority’ of Pandemic Employee Retention Credit Claims Are Likely Scams, Says IRS,” by J.D. Tuccille

Make the CDC an Infectious Disease Epidemic Fighter Again,” by Ronald Bailey

Presidential Screen Test,” by Nick Gillespie

Based on a True Story: Bill Clinton and the New Court Culture,” by Nick Gillespie

Is Rob Lowe a Libertarian?: ‘I want the government out of almost everything,‘” by Nick Gillespie

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Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve

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