Our Wise Overlords Are Just Here to Serve Us

Our Wise Overlords Are Just Here to Serve Us

An Op/Ed by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

In some ways the budget is the easy part.

There’s nothing complicated about the fiscal crisis on the horizon.  Even assuming the rosiest scenario – a robust recovery from our current malaise, along with interest rates holding at historic lows – the government’s own numbers tell us that by 2020 we’ll be paying nearly $1 trillion per year just in interest payments on the national debt.   That’s quite a brick wall we’re about to hit.

But it’s not as bad as the coming collapse of the major entitlement programs.  Social Security and Medicare are underfunded by an astonishing $111 trillion.  (The one consolation here is that this figure makes the national debt seem not so bad.)  It is not possible to tax, borrow, or print our way out of that.  That’s why persuading people that the numbers simply don’t add up isn’t our greatest challenge.

Instead, the hard part is overcoming the comic-book version of government all of us were taught in sixth grade.  We know the drill.  Government is composed of wise public servants selflessly devoted to the public good.  Why, without them we’d have no art and no science, only the wealthy few would be educated, and most of us would be getting our limbs blown off by exploding consumer products or working in mines for a dollar a day.  What ingrates these Tea Partiers are!  Wherever would we be without the wise, paternal custodianship of Joe Biden?

It is this cartoon version of government at which we must take relentless aim. It is beneath the dignity of Americans to believe they’d be a heap of helpless and pathetic nobodies without the constant supervision of the political class.  But that is the subtext of all the debates over the federal budget.  If the federal government were to return even to the budget of 2008, why, we would be stepping over corpses on our way to work.  There would be no one to “invest” in “our future.” The earth would likely break free of its axis and go tumbling toward the sun.

This description of life without the constant supervision of our wise overlords is superficially plausible, to be sure.  But it is false – and grotesquely so – in every particular, as I argue in my new book, Rollback.  The elites who look down their noses at the Tea Partiers demanding cutbacks pull this trick all the time: if we listened to the Tea Party, they warn, it would be the end of America.

To the contrary, it would be a new beginning.

We literally can’t afford to believe the comic-book version of government any longer, or allow it to go unchallenged.  The federal government and the weight of its impossible promises are sucking the life out of the American economy.  We would not die instantly if this albatross were removed from our necks.  We would flourish.  If we’re going to have any success, we need to make this case.  Rollback is my contribution.

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., who holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including the just-released Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse.  Read a free chapter.

There's been a lot of talk about the idea of a (peaceful) "national divorce" as the Left continues to abandon everything that made America what it is. Well, this week's guest on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" is all for that divorce. Michael Malice is the author of "The Anarchist Handbook" and host of the podcast "Your Welcome." He joined Glenn to talk about how an anarchist would peacefully take on America's greatest challenges — with a smile.

"My rights are not up for discussion," Malice told Glenn. He explained why his version of America will save America, and why, in spite of anxious talk of "national divorce," he has so much hope for the future.

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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It should come as no surprise that a newsworthy story receives more media coverage when released on a Monday than a Friday. The reason is in part due to a large number of news-consuming Americans checking out for the week to focus on their weekend plans rather than the news.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck shared information that President Joe Biden decided to release on Friday — when fewer people would notice — regarding the Climate Finance report. This report is marketed to Americans as "A Roadmap To Build a Climate-Resilient Economy." But Glenn believes the report to be Biden's Great Reset warning shot to banks.

In this clip, Glenn warned that if Americans don't stand together, in eight years we all indeed will own nothing. Watch the clip for the full story. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.



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On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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