Biden Falls Off the Metaphorical Bike – Reason

Posted: June 22, 2022 at 11:33 am

In this week's Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Nick Gillespie discuss President Joe Biden's bungled policy statements and abysmal approval ratings.

1:35: Biden botches inflation, gas prices, taxes, and bicycling.

29:21: Weekly Listener Question: Even though most, if not all of you, are resigned to the fate that we'll never see a Libertarian president elected, those of you who do vote typically still vote for the Libertarian candidate, from what I gather. So, my naively hypothetical question is: Were a Libertarian ever elected president, what realistic things would you like to see on their "First 100 Days" agenda? The online libertarian crowd, of course, loves to post routinely about Abolish the Fed, Defund the CIA, Disband the ATF, and much more. Still, in reality, not all libertarian wishes can be granted with the power of a pen and a phone. Rightly so, mind you. Even a well-intentioned liberty-minded dictator is still a dictator, but there are things presidents can do that would be incremental steps toward a society with more freedom. The first thing that comes to mind for me is using executive pardon capabilities for Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, but the list certainly doesn't stop there. So, I'm very interested to hear your Libertarian presidential wish list ranging from complete anarchy as KMW would have it to Nick's likely entirely drug-related list to Peter's statist apologist desires and cocktail party requirements, and even whatever baseball mandates and classic rock reforms Matt would request.

40:35: Polarization in the wake of the upcoming Supreme Court decision on abortion.

46:17: Media recommendations for the week

This week's links:

"A Wonky Evisceration of Biden's Bad Deficit Math," by Veronique De Rugy

"Blame High Gas Prices on Red Tape," by J.D. Tuccille

"Fixing Our Economic Woes Is as Easy as Looking to the Past," by Bruce Yandle

"Political Violence Escalates in a Fracturing U.S.," by J.D. Tuccille

"Kamala Harris Is a Cop Who Wants To Be President," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Remarks by President Biden at the 29th AFL-CIO Quadrennial Constitutional Convention," by Joe Biden

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