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.”

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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