Overregulation is killing people (literally)

This morning Glenn took a call from a guy who has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for about fourteen years who wanted to discuss the overregulation of the pharmaceutical industry. Drug companies that spend millions and millions on R&D to create drugs that will save lives have been forced, through bloated regulations and other attacks that they’re ability to produce enough medicine has been reduced. What did Glenn think?

The caller claimed that since 2008, when President Obama was elected, the pharmaceutical industry has lost up to 250,000 jobs. According to the caller the industry lost around 90,000 jobs under Clinton, but those jobs were mostly in sales and marketing. This caller told Glenn that, “it’s the first time in the industry that they have been laying off M.D., Ph.D., and scientific researchers. Companies have gotten completely out of research and development, completely out of manufacturing.”

“What’s happening is the pharmaceutical companies, in defense of that to stay afloat, close their facilities,” the called explained.

The caller continued, “You know, in the old days, Pfizer would have a plant, and they'd make one drug, or you know, Johnson & Johnson in that plant, but now, they use contract facilities or generic plants. And recently we had a plant in Ohio that we got 120 different drugs for around 37 different companies. When the FDA regulates those facilities, you know, they'll shut down that plant if something is not right. Well, they shut this plant down, or, you know, for some reason around the line or you know, employees on the line. Well, they were only making one drug that day because they alternate days or months that they make different drugs, and then what happened was the FDA came in and said this is all wrong. They closed down the entire plant, and it's been closed since November 11th. And it's closed for the rest of the year. Well, it's not like you can make widgets. You just can't pick up and say let's move it over to this plant and make these drugs. You can't do that the FDA has to approve where you're going to move it. Then they have to come in and go through the facility.”

While the FDA may make it hard for companies to produce needed medicines, the caller argued that when a panic is created by the threat of a disease like swine flu, the government has no issue pushing through a vaccine.

“All of a sudden, Swine Flu came out of nowhere. And they were all like, ‘it’s going to kill us.’ ‘It’s an epidemic,’ the caller told Glenn.

“35,000 to 45,000 people die every year of the regular flu. We had less than 11 deaths to the Swine Flu,” he said.

While Swine Flu was rushed through the approval process, the FDA did still not approve drugs that had been for a significantly longer time.

While Stu that the FDA was very inefficient, he pointed out that we need to be prepared to tackle a large, contagious disease, and that we have to take that seriously. At the time, swine flu seemed to be such a case.

However, Glenn acknowledged that the government has so much control of the industry now that they essentially get to dictate what does and does not take priority.

Glenn gave the example of the groundbreaking new cancer treatment that MD Anderson is working on. “So you have these great drugs that, for instance, we’re trying to get into human testing now the incredible, incredible device from MD Anderson that will kill all cancer,” Glenn explained.

Glenn has been involved in helping raise money for a new type of cancer treatment that is making breakthroughs.

Glenn continued, “They have already done it in animal experiments. All they have to do is get it to human.”

That’s where the FDA creates the roadblock.

“They won’t let you,” Stu said.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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