To raise or not raise (the debt ceiling) - UPDATE

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So where does Glenn stand on the debt ceiling? The issue came up last night between Glenn and Judge Napolitano, and afterwards everyone was unsure what Glenn thought. Well, after a forty-minute philosophical discussion, we have an answer. Kind of. Maybe.

Pat said, “I'm just looking over some of the media sites and it looks like, did you and the judge say yesterday that raising the debt ceiling is the beginning of the end for the Republicans?” He added, “It makes it look like you're advocating for not raising the debt ceiling, which would kind of be disastrous.”

Glenn was surprised that his words were being twisted and misunderstood, so he tried to clarify.

First, he used the analogy of flying a plane:

"And quite honestly, I'm for not raising the debt ceiling. I'm exactly where I was on TARP and on the first day of TARP I said, listen, this airplane is going to slam into the side of a mountain and it's over and nobody's ready because nobody has told you what it means. That's why I was for TARP for the first two days, because I thought that they were actually going to explain to the American people, okay, guys, we've got to bring this plane down into the trees. Well, if you didn't do TARP, I really, truly believe this, the engines would have stopped. Retrospect and two days into it I was against TARP because I realized they're going to lie to you even more. They're going tell you it's got to fix it. It's going to turn the plane around and try to land it in the trees instead of landing it in the side of a mountain where we all die…If we don't raise the debt ceiling, we can't pay our bills and the rest of the world says America is on fire."

Because not raising the debt ceiling would be disastrous, as Pat said, Glenn has been warning people to prepare. Raising the debt ceiling only gives people time to prepare and for the country and individual American citizens to start making the necessary sacrifices to save the country and the economy. This is why charity and preparation are so important:

“This is why I've been saying you've got to be better at charity, you've got to prepare and have food not just for your family but for your neighbors, because if you turn the debt ceiling and say no more raising of the debt ceiling, the government won't take care of people. You must. You must. We must reach out to each other. Otherwise, there will be riots in the streets.”

Stu simplified Glenn’s analogies, “On the debt ceiling you're essentially saying, look, you have to be serious about actually solving this problem but that doesn't mean we default on all our debts? I don't understand what is physically conservative about defaulting on debit. That's not something that is -- it's about being responsible for your actions and your past actions.”

Pat added, “Leadership means that the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the box backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

Glenn concluded that the issue was ultimately about personal responsibility and making sacrifices as a country:

“We will do this the responsible way. We are on the hook for those debts and we will pay them. We will just not incur new debts, but you must raise the debt ceiling because what we told you, as interest rates go up, you don't have enough money. You can't -- there's not enough tax dollars to pay for it. There's not. So, if you want to be responsible, you pay the debt but then, at the same time, you don't incur any new debt. That's what we're doing. Right now you're in that situation with your mortgage. You can't pay your mortgage? You pay the damn mortgage, but you don't go and renew the cable bill.”

Stu was able to summarize Glenn’s position: “Raise it as long as it's paired with legitimate physical responsibility.”

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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