The Gabfest on the Ryan-Murray budget deal, Obama's lowest approval ratings ever, and wealth and tech in San Francisco and New York.

Do Tech and Wealth Ruin Cities?

Do Tech and Wealth Ruin Cities?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Dec. 13 2013 3:12 PM

The “Why Don't the Homeless Just Use Uber?” Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about the budget deal, Obama's sagging approval ratings, and whether millionaires are making cities unaffordable for the middle class.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, recorded live in San Francisco, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Roman Mars discuss who wins and loses in the latest budget deal, whether Obama can salvage an effective second term, and whether tech millionaires will drive everyone else out of San Francisco.

Live political gabfest in San Francisco.

Courtesy of Andy Bowers

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

  • Matt Yglesias compares Paul Ryan and his allies on the budget deal to teenagers who try to preserve their status as "technical" virgins.
  • The Cato Institute is not a fan of the new budget deal.
  • George Packer examines Silicon Valley's foray into politics in The New Yorker.
  • Farhad Manjoo argues that tech wealth is good for San Francisco.

Emily chatters about a man whom her sister helped exonerate after he spent 34 years in prison.


Roman chatters about crazy ants.

David chatters about a group of conservative state legislators who want to rewrite the Constitution.

John chatters about the locked-room game the Gabfesters played before the show.

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Podcast production by Abdullah Rufus and Andy Bowers. Links compiled by Rebecca Cohen.