In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie discuss the depressing end-of-year omnibus government spending deal.
0:21: A massive year-end spending bill
20:10: The $858 billion National Defense Authorization Act
33:59: Notable legislative areas NOT being addressed this week
49:17: This week’s cultural recommendations
Mentioned in this podcast:
“Biden Is Set To Sign $858 Billion Pentagon Budget—One of the Biggest Ever,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
“Here’s Why Biden Is Wrong About the Deficit,” by Veronique de Rugy
“November’s $249 Billion Federal Budget Deficit Set a Record. Now, Congress Is Preparing To Spend Even More.” by Eric Boehm
“Chuck Schumer Scrambles To Save the Marijuana Banking Bill He Blocked Last Year,” by Jacob Sullum
“Rand Paul Goes Hawkish, Proposes Massive Defense Increases, Becomes Less Interesting,” by Nick Gillespie
“Hot August Fright: The Month Republicans Lost Their Minds Over Immigration,” by Matt Welch
“James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water Is a Can-You-Believe-It Spectacle That Looks to the Future,” by Peter Suderman
“Bernie Sanders Abandons Plan To Force Vote on Yemen War,” by Fiona Harrigan
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Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve
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