Glenn: Not enough union dues in this country to support the system

Glenn took some time on radio this morning to define his stance on unions and union members, and to outline why all Americans need to have a real conversation about the issues at hand (as opposed to say, running off to another state instead of holding a debate).

“I'm going to set the record straight here before we go on. Stu, have you ever, working with me for ten years, have you ever heard me say that the police are paid too much or we should not pay our police more?” Glenn asked on radio this morning. Many pro-union supporters have been using firefighters, teachers, and police as the face of the Wisconsin pro-union protests.

“It's been a lot longer than ten years and, yes, I've never heard you say anything near that. I've never heard you say anything but the police and firefighters should make more money,” Stu answered.

“Nothing like that. In fact, I have railed against how much the cops make here coming in to New York City. There's no way you can live on $35,000,” Glenn said.

“That's why the cops you see out on the streets, I mean, you look at them and you're like, okay, there's no way you can live ‑‑ you can't even live here. You can't even live here,” Glenn said.

“I am no different than the average American. The average American wants to take care of their teachers, their cops, their firemen and their soldiers. That's who they want to take care of. They protect us and they teach our kids. We want to protect them, take care of them. Not a problem with that. Never, never have I had a problem with that.”

“But it must be realistic. And we haven't had to have this conversation, I think ever.”

“Every taxpayer is going to go broke or going to lose their 401(k) or whatever you have. If the United States and state after state goes bankrupt, you'll lose everything. The reason why the American dream is diminishing is, that is if you work hard, you'll be able to get ahead and you'll be able to, you know, go your own way. Not that you're going to have a house or a car or stuff. It's just that you have a chance to make it.”

“Let me ask you: How much are you paying for food? How much are they paying for gas? How much are you paying for gas? In London they are paying $9 a gallon now for gasoline. Your gas went up 17 cents in one week. That is because of revolutions, instability in the planet, and also we're devaluing our dollar. We have to make changes. We have to make cuts. You know this in your own house, you have to do it. The lie that politicians and unions have been telling everyone is that this will go on.”

“Unions are necessary but so is common sense. And because we're all alike, we all think, well, I want to make sure that our teachers and our soldiers and our firemen are all well paid. I want to make sure that they get something. And our politicians said, I'm going to do that for the firemen, I'm going to give them a raise, and we can do that.”

“And they've come up with this system between the two of them, between the union bosses and the politicians that make no sense at all. Remember we told you, we showed how it has to happen. One firefighter in California retires and it takes 40 new firefighters getting paid by the city to pay his pension. Well, that doesn't work. You don't need that many firefighters. There's not enough union dues in the country to be able to pay that kind of system. It wasn't ever intended to last. So it has to stop.”

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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