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.

Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" to explain how mail-in ballots are typically disqualified during recounts at a far higher rate than in-person, Election Day ballots, and why this is "good news" for President Donald Trump's legal battle over the election.

"One of the things that gives the greatest cause for optimism is, this election ... there's a pretty marked disparity in terms of how the votes were distributed. On Election Day, with in-person voting, Donald Trump won a significant majority of the votes cast on in-person voting on Election Day. Of mail-in voting, Joe Biden won a significant majority of the votes cast early on mail-in voting," Cruz explained.

"Now, here's the good news: If you look historically to recounts, if you look historically to election litigation, the votes cast in person on Election Day tend to stand. It's sort of hard to screw that up. Those votes are generally legal, and they're not set aside. Mail-in votes historically have a much higher rate of rejection … when they're examined, there are a whole series of legal requirements that vary state by state, but mail-in votes consistently have a higher rate of rejection, which suggests that as these votes begin being examined and subjected to scrutiny, that you're going to see Joe Biden's vote tallies go down. That's a good thing," he added. "The challenge is, for President Trump to prevail, he's got to run the table. He's got to win, not just in one state but in several states. That makes it a lot harder to prevail in the litigation. I hope that he does so, but it is a real challenge and we shouldn't try to convince ourselves otherwise."

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Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean is perhaps even more disgusted with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for his coronavirus response than BlazeTV's Stu Burguiere (read what Stu has to say on the subject here), and for a good reason.

She lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York's nursing homes after Gov. Cuomo's infamous nursing home mandate, which Cuomo has since had scrubbed from the state's website and blamed everyone from the New York Post to nursing care workers to (every leftist's favorite scapegoat) President Donald Trump.

Janice joined Glenn and Stu on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to ask why mainstream media is not holding Gov. Cuomo — who recently published a book about his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic — accountable?

"I'm vocal because I have not seen the mainstream media ask these questions or demand accountability of their leaders. [Cuomo] really has been ruling with an iron fist, and every time he does get asked a question, he blames everybody else except the person that signed that order," Janice said.

"In my mind, he's profiting off the over 30 thousand New Yorkers, including my in-laws, that died by publishing a book on 'leadership' of New York," she added. "His order has helped kill thousands of relatives of New York state. And this is not political, Glenn. This is not about Republican or Democrat. My in-laws were registered Democrats. This is not about politics. This is about accountability for something that went wrong, and it's because of your [Cuomo's] leadership that we're put into this situation."

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As America grows divided and afraid to disagree with the Democrats' woke plan for America, Megyn Kelly is ready to fight back for the truth. For nearly two decades, she navigated the volatile and broken world of the media. But as America leans on independent voices more than ever, she's breaking new ground with "The Megyn Kelly Show."

She joined the latest Glenn Beck Podcast to break down what's coming next after the election: Black Lives Matter is mainstream, leftists are making lists of Trump supporters, and the Hunter Biden scandal is on the back burner.

Megyn and Glenn reminisce about their cable news days (including her infamous run-in with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump) and to look into the chaotic and shady world of journalism and the growing entitlement it's bred. For example, many conservatives have been shocked by how Fox News handled the election.

Megyn defended Fox News, saying she believes Fox News' mission "is a good one," but also didn't hold back on hosts like Neil Cavuto, who cut off a White House briefing to fact check it — something she never would have done, even while covering President Obama.

Megyn also shared this insightful takeaway from her time at NBC: "Jane Fonda was an ass."

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