Footnotes: Research from TV 1/12/2011

(Bloomberg National Poll, July 2010)

Americans Blame Bush, Not Obama, for Deficit, Jobs, Afghan War

·        60%  say Bush is primarily responsible for the current situation in Afghanistan

·        Almost 6 in 10 respondents say the war in Afghanistan is a lost cause.

·        More blame Bush (32%) rather than Obama (24%) for the federal deficit <http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=DOUTFED:IND>

·        Obama (28%) gets more credit for increases in the stock market <http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=SPX:IND>  over the past year, compared with 13% for Bush.

·        Bush (32%) is listed as more responsible for unemployment compared with Obama (22%)

OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING

GOP CRITICIZE DEMOCRATS FOR DEFICIT

·        (SOT: Rep. John Boehner, August 24, 2010) President Obama should ask for - and accept - the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council…. we do not have the luxury of waiting months for the president to pick scapegoats for his failing 'stimulus' policies.

·        (SOT: Rep. Paul Ryan, Nov. 7, 2010) There have been so many massive spending increases, 24 percent in the base budget, 84 percent when you add stimulus. We need to take all these spending increases back so that we can get this deficit in the right direction and take the pressure off tax increases.

PRES. BUSH SOT ON DEFICIT (Sept 19, 2008)

·        “There will be ample opportunity to debate the origins of this problem. Now is the time to solve it.”

DEMOCRATS CRITICIZE GOP FOR DEFICIT

·        (SOT: VP Joe Biden, August 24, 2010) For eight years before we arrived in the West Wing, Mr. Boehner and his Party ran the economy and the middle class literally into the ground. They took a 237 billion operating surplus inherited from the Clinton administration and left us with a $1.3 trillion deficit, in the process quadrupled the national debt all before we literally turned on the lights in the West Wing…

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-21-budget-democrats_x.htm

·        (QUOTE: Rep. Rahm Emanuel, 2004) The deficit is going to be a symbol of their credibility problem, and the budget is going to be the document we use.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/20/business/20prexy.html

·        (QUOTE: Larry Summers, 2008) “A different Treasury would have taken a different approach. I don’t think the economy has been well managed, and that has certainly been crucial for the problems we’re facing.”

WAR ON TERROR

GLENN TERRORISM SOT (August 1998)

·        This ain’t the war on drugs. This is the war on terrorism and I’m telling you, within the next 30 years, war isn’t going to be anything like what we’ve seen in the past. We’re in a whole new territory right now. A whole different kind of war. Are you ready? Are you absolutely ready to wage the war against terrorism?

DEMOCRATS CRITICIZING BUSH

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/29/AR2006092900730.html

·        (QUOTE Sen. Carl Levin, Sept. 29, 2006) "We've got a continuing state of denial in a president," said Sen. Carl Levin. The book makes clear that Bush "took us to war without a plan, conducted war incompetently," Levin said, appearing at a Capitol Hill news conference with other Senate Democrats.

·        (QUOTE Sen. Jack Reed, Sept. 29, 2006) "That disengagement has produced extraordinary and adverse consequences for this country," Reed said. "There was no plan, really, to occupy Iraq successfully. There was no direction in leadership from the top levels -- civilian levels -- of this government to do it."

GOP CRITICIZING CLINTON

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/leadership121798.htm

·        (QUOTE Sen. Trent Lott, Dec. 17, 1998) “Both the timing and the policy are open to question,"

·        (QUOTE Rep. Gerald B.H. Solomon, Dec. 17, 1998) "Never underestimate a desperate president

·        (QUOTE Rep. Dick Armey, Dec. 17, 1998) “The suspicion some people have about the president's motives in this attack is itself a powerful argument for impeachment," he said. "After months of lies, the president has given millions of people around the world reason to doubt that he has sent Americans into battle for the right reasons."

DEMOCRATS CRITICIZING REAGAN ON IRAN

President’s Arms Deal Continues Under Siege AP, Nov 23, 1986

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rRsrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5MgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1336,7108327&dq=democrats+criticize+reagan+and+beirut&hl=en

·        (QUOTE Rep. Tony Beilenson) “The President broke the law, he broke faith with our friends and allies around the world and he broke his word to the American people.”

Presidents Friends Telling Him to Reverse Course in Iran, AP, Nov 23, 1986

·        (QUOTE, unidentified Sr. House Democrat) “Now there’s a feeling the bear is bleeding,”

GAS PRICES

DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH OIL AND DEPENDENCY? EVERY POLITICIAN SAYS IT IS THE OTHER SIDE- WE STARTED WITH CARTER. AND EVERYTIME IT IS THE OTHER PERSON'S FAULT.

-- GOP criticizing Carter and/or Democrats for high gas prices due to foreign oil dependency

-- Democrats criticizing Bush for high gas prices

-- Republicans critizing Obama/Democrats for rising gas prices

BUSH - Democrats criticizing Bush over gas prices (April 2006)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2006/apr/25/20060425-123202-9285r/

·        The same Bush administration that so tragically bungled the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has now bungled its way to $3-per-gallon gasoline," Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, said yesterday. "Now it's clear to anyone who fills up at a gas pump that this administration is also failing in its approach to energy."

·        "I'm all for Americans having retirement security, but does anyone think it's fair to have consumers pay $100 a week to fill their fuel tanks and the big energy bosses fill their bank tanks with hundreds of millions of dollars?" Mr. Reid said.

·        CARTER CRITICIZING GOP (1980)

Now, what do the Republicans propose? Basically, their energy program has two parts. The first part is to get rid of almost everything that we’ve done for the American public in the last 3 years. They want to reduce or abolish the synthetic fuels program. They want to slash the solar energy incentives, the conservation programs, aid to mass transit, aid to elderly Americans to help pay their fuel bills. They want to eliminate the 55-mile speed limit. And while they are at it, the Republicans would like to gut the Clean Air Act. They never liked it to begin with

To replace what we have built, this is what they propose: to destroy the windfall profits tax and to “unleash” the oil companies and let them solve the energy problem for us.

·        REAGAN CRITICIZING DEMOCRATS (1980)

America must get to work producing more energy. The Republican program for solving economic problems is based on growth and productivity. Large amounts of oil and natural gas lay beneath our land and off our shores, untouched because the present administration seems to believe the American people would rather see more regulation, taxes and controls than more energy.

·        PELOSI CRITICIZING BUSH (2007)

Years of Bush administration policies that have favored big oil over the consumers have resulted in record dependence in foreign oil

leaving American families and businesses to pay even higher prices.

SOCIAL SECURITY

-- Reagan and GOP telling Democrats that social security will fail/go broke

-- FDR saying that social security will fail

-- GOP criticizing Obama/Democrats about social security's failure

DEMOCRATS CRITICIZING GOP

Source: "Clinton, Senate chief spar over social security," Reuters News: 27 October 1998

·        (QUOTE Pres. Clinton, 1998)  "I think the Senate majority leader will be able to find time to work with me to save Social Security, and I certainly hope so." // "After all, they were willing to work with the insurance lobbyists to kill the patients' bill of rights. And then they worked with the tobacco companies to kill our teen smoking bill to protect our children from the dangers of tobacco.

Source: "By Rick Pearson, Tribune political reporter. Chicago Tribune: 18 October 2004

·        (Sen. John Kerry) "When I am president, I won't cut Social Security benefits, and I won't raise the retirement age. I will restore fiscal responsibility so we can reduce the deficit and strengthen Social Security,"

GOP CRITICIZING DEMOCRATS

(Source: "What Roosevelt can teach Obama," The News Journal: 17 August 2009

·        Republican senator from Delaware claimed that Social Security would "end the progress of a great country and bring its people to the level of the average European

http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1983/42083a.htm

·        (QUOTE Pres. Reagan, April 20, 1983) Time and again, benefits were increased far beyond the taxes and wages that were supposed to support them. In this compromise we have struck the best possible balance between the taxes we pay and the benefits paid back

http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1981/71881a.htm

·        (QUOTE  Pres Reagan, July 18, 1981) At the same time, I deplore the opportunistic political maneuvering, cynically designed to play on the fears of many Americans, that some in the Congress are initiating at this time. These efforts appear designed to exploit an issue rather than find a solution to the urgent Social Security problem

GOP CRITICIZING FDR

(Source: "Pitchforks and torches," The Salt Lake Tribune: 1 August 2009)

·        In 1935, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave us Social Security, Republican critics sneeringly referred to FDR as "Rooseveltski," suggesting he was a communist. Few elderly Americans today would tolerate the demise of this program.

(Source: "What Roosevelt can teach Obama," The News Journal: 17 August 2009)

·        In hearings before the Senate Finance Committee, a senator from Oklahoma accusingly asked President Franklin D. Roosevelt's secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins, "Isn't this socialism?" When Perkins emphatically answered no, the senator leaned forward and, with a conspiratorial whisper, pressed, "Isn't this a teeny-weeny bit of socialism?"

(Source: Campaign Address on the “Economic Bill of Rights” October 28, 1944)

http://www.ssa.gov/history/fdrstmts.html#1937

·        (QUOTE GOP comments to FDR) “Those incompetent bunglers in Washington have passed a lot of excellent laws about social security and labor and farm relief and soil conservation--and many others--and we promise if elected not to change any of them."

·        (QUOTE GOP comments to FDR) "These same quarrelsome tired old men have built the greatest military machine the world has ever known, which is fighting its way to victory; and, if you elect us, we promise not to change any of that, either."

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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