Rand Paul heats things up with his budget proposal

This morning on radio Kentucky Senator Rand Paul joined the program to discuss is new budget proposal, which Glenn may have wished was a marriage proposal after hearing all the details.

Senator Paul ran for office in 2010 in large part because he believes the Congress should have a rule that forces them to balance the budget. The balance budget proposal Republicans in Congress were pushing for late last year said it would accomplish a balanced budget in five years. This exactly what Rand Paul’s budget proposal claims to do, unlike Representative Ryan’s plan, which takes twenty-eight years to balance the budget.

“I like Paul Ryan,” Senator Paul told Glenn. “I think he’s a smart guy, and he’s helping the entitlement reform debate, but his budget doesn’t balance for 28 years—and that’s before you even talk to Democrats. So you’re starting out with your initial plan being 28 years to balance. I just don’t think that’s tenable or should be our position.”

The Senator went on to explain what makes this budget different from the Ryan Plan that is getting so much media attention. Rand Paul’s plan not only does entitlement reform, but also immediately starts Medicare reform.

“We let senior citizens have the Congressional health care plan,” Sen. Paul explained. “And I think this is consistent with the Tea Party platform where we always said we don’t want special privileges for Congressmen, we don’t want special carve-outs for people. We want everybody to get the same sort of attitude from legislation. But, if you give all senior citizens the Congressional healthcare plan, and you do it immediately, it saves a trillion dollars over ten years. It does a lot of the things that Paul Ryan’s does, but his waits ten years, and then give the choice of staying in Medicare.”

The CBO scores the Ryan Plan as zero savings, but that’s assuming people will choose to leave Medicare.

Senator Paul adds that the other big difference between his and Rep. Ryan’s, he explains, is “we do a flat tax of 17%, corporate and individual.”

This was something Glenn and Pat clearly liked the sound of, because within thirty seconds listeners and the Senator were hearing Barry White singing in the background.

Unfazed by Glenn and Pat, Senator Paul continued, “I think what you would see is you would really see the economy grow like it hasn't grown that long time. That would be cutting our corporate tax in half. There would be very few deductions. So, it would be much simpler and I think really that's what with we need to get everybody off the sidelines from basically not investing.”

Glenn agreed with the Senator, his plan would be a huge start to the engine of America’s economy. Knowing that anyone who wants to balance a budget in Washington is an “extremist” he asked, “How can we help you get this done?”

“Letting your 14 million listeners in on the clue is always a big help,” Sen. Paul answered.

Rand Paul also told Glenn he’s been speaking with conservatives in the House this week, and believes that they will be introducing to “conservative alternative” to Paul Ryan’s plan after seeing the five year balanced budget proposal.

Glenn also wanted to know how Sen. Paul’s plan affects the defense budget.

Rand Paul explained to Glenn that because they eliminate four departments, and cut a lot of spending, it allows them not to have a sequester. “Instead of having military spending go down, like the sequester would have, ours actually allows for a gradual increase in military spending over time,” Rand told Glenn.

“So, how does that work?” Glenn asked.

Senator Paul explained that due to the amount they are able to eliminate in spending, through the elimination of the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Education and HUD, that they avoid the sequester.

It was pretty obvious from the return of the Barry White backtrack that Glenn, Pat and Stu really liked the sound of this.

“Wow, that’s amazing,” Stu said.

When Pat asked the Senator what his plan was for dealing with the fit the left will throw over this, he said, “I guess we take it for what it's worth. We realize they're on the other side of this, but we also realize the country is broke, that we are now borrowing $50,000 a second and it's untenable. So, they can squawk all they want, but we're trying to save the country while they're letting Rome burn.”

Next Glenn asked Rand Paul what his thoughts were on Occupy, if he [or anyone in Washington] was paying attention to the radicals that are in bed with Occupy and what they’re planning for the summer.

“I’m concerned about the whole philosophy that if you’ve got three cars and I have a moped, that I should send the President over to your house to get one of your cars,” Sen. Paul answered. “Because the next step is, if you accept that philosophy of redistribution of wealth, why wait for the President to get one of your cars? Why don't I go to your house with a brick and take what I want? Or go to the storefront? So, the idea that it’s the government's job to take from those who succeed and give to those who don't …once we accept that philosophy, it's a short step from that to violence. So, I do worry about accepting this idea of transferring wealth from one group to the next, because in times when there's a crisis and people don't get their checks, like in Greece, then they riot and say it's mine—you promised me my check, and so I'll just go to the storefront and take what I want.”

This may have been one of the first Congressmen Glenn has interviewed that really seemed to understand the Occupy movement, or at least what it is capable of, as he followed that up by asking Rand Paul, “is there a candidate that is running that has a really, really nasty cold that could go off the rails and get really sick and could you be their vice-president?”

“Well, I've told people if there's any kind of secret plan for that happen, it's to secret, they haven't even told me about it,” Sen. Paul answered.

“You are what the Tea Party, I believe, is looking for,” Glenn told the freshman Senator. Later adding, “You've said more in the last eight minutes than I think most of these candidates have said the entire race.”

“I made the mistake of reading this book Broke before I got into office,” Rand Paul replied, “I have all this information bottled in my head.”

Glenn next asked Rand Paul what listeners could do to help support his budget.

“Call your Congressman, your senators. Tell them that we have to balance the budget, and it's the most important thing facing our country. It's the number one threat to our national security, and you have to cut spending. It's not about raising taxes. It's not about punishing your neighbor,” Sen. Paul answered.

Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

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."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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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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