Are banks 'gangsta'?

Everyone's favorite liberal, Maxine Waters, is a (bad) quote machine. She lived up to her reputation once again in a recent rant lashing out at 'gangsta' bankers. The real shocking part of this story is - did Glenn Beck actually agree with Waters?

Waters told an audience, “It's time for the bully pulpit of the White House to bring the gangsters (aka the banks) in, put them around the table, and let them know that if they don't come up with loan modifications and keep people in their homes, that they've worked so hard for, we're going to tax them out of business.”

“Are banks gangsters? Yeah, I think they are,” Glenn said to the surprise of Pat and Stu.

“There's another generalization, though, and another stereotype that you just can't blanket like that. It's a blanket statement,” Pat argued.

Glenn suggested that, as an organization, Bank of America was a “gangster”, but was quick to point out he didn’t mean all the employees. “ I wouldn't say that about all the people that work in Bank of America.”

“I feel like it's so easy to just sit back and say the banks are a bunch of gangsters. I mean, the vast majority of the transactions these people do are solid and they're willing on both sides, including a lot of those mortgages where people who apparently worked so hard to get a zero % down mortgage for a house they couldn't afford,” Stu said.

“I hate to be dog piling on the bank, but, I mean, let's be fair here. There are people on both sides of the issue. The banks aren't loaning the money. They're not loaning the money. They're sitting on the piles of cash. Now, they're doing it because of some of the policies of the President. They're doing it also because they're a business and they know that the economy is in trouble, but the ones that are really doing the right thing, I think, the ones that are doing the right thing are the local banks, the small banks. They're really trying and the Federal Government is coming down on them like a box of rocks, where you've got these big huge five top banks and I know this isn't a bank, but I put Goldman Sachs into this. I think Goldman Sachs is in this web,” Glenn argued.

“Here they are. I mean, they have all the control, they have all the people, all in the right places, not that Goldman Sachs hasn't done some good things, but, please, please, you're in bed with gangsters. How are you not a gangster?” Glenn said.

“But you and I have known and know people involved in Goldman Sachs,” Pat said. “They're not out to screw anybody. They're not out to take anybody's house. They're not out to force somebody who makes $20,000 into a $10 million home. They're not trying to do that.”

“But they're in bed with gangsters,” Glenn said, “and I'm sorry if you're doing business with gangsters, there's somebody on your payroll that's a gangster themselves.”

After a break, Glenn returned to the topic.

“What Maxine Waters now is doing is setting the table for, please, please, just seize control and help the American people. It's extraordinarily dangerous. But she brings up the point of the gangster banks. I have to tell you, I think there are gangsters in our big businesses and our big banks. There are gangsters because they're gangsters in government and when you're in bed with a gangster, I'm sorry, but you are a gangster. You may not be a mob member, but if I'm doing business with the mob and turning a blind eye, I'm sorry, you might as well be one.”

“I'm not anti-corporation, but I think we have come up with a system of thuggery and gangsterism,” he continued. “

Stu, however, felt that the same people putting pressure on the banks to make predatory loans are the same ones telling people to walk away form their loans.

“Think about the process. Banks are forced and encouraged to give loans to people who can't afford them by the government and pressure groups. Banks are being accused of targeting the poor and -- so, then all these people get these loans and they default on them appeared, yet, who gets blamed for that? The banks,” Stu said.

“Then these same pressure groups come out and they say, Walk away from the loans, just walk away, drop off your keys so the banks get screwed on those loans. Then it's -- you know, again, they've got to deal with people walking away. Banks have to deal with that somehow. So, they tighten up their lending restrictions. So, what happens, government and pressure groups again say they're targeting the poor and sitting on their own all over again and the entire circle runs around and runs around and runs around and when did this end?”

“ It's too late for the banks because they compromised themselves all of the away long. You get what you deserve. You made your bed. Now sleep in it,” Glenn said.

“ I'm saying the structure in the system is distorted and bad. It needs to reset. Let them go out of business. Let people do what they are supposed to do. If you took out a loan, you're responsible for the loan. You've got to pay off the loan.”

Glenn also said that the banks, even though many were bullied into predatory lending, went along with thinking it would pass. “ We're talking about being bullied into it and being bullied into supporting these things. All of these companies, they all said, Well, do you know what? It's better to play along. It's better to get along. It will pass. It will pass. It will pass. Just do this and it won't work. The framework was helped to be built by these banks. They helped.”

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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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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