Congressman: Debt ceiling a “phantom issue”

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With our national debt spiraling out of control and no relief in sight, it is quite unsettling to hear a sitting United States Congressman argue that the debt ceiling is a ‘phantom’ issue. That’s exactly what happened this week - so if you were hoping for that $15trillion debt to be reduced, don’t hold your breath. Who said it? South Carolina's James Clyburn!

"The fact of the matter is we should be focusing on jobs and opportunities and we ought to stay away from these phantom issues like the debt ceiling. We ought to ask ourselves, why do we have a debt ceiling in the first place?" Clyburn said.

"It does absolutely no good. How many countries have got debt ceilings? This is a made‑up issue. It's manufactured. The issue itself is a phantom, and we ought to be going about talking about jobs, creating opportunities for our young people, many of whom are coming out of school this week and next and they are going to be looking for opportunities to pursue their life's dreams," Clyburn continued.

Glenn could not believe this rationalization.

"Let me ask you this: How fast would you divorce your spouse if your spouse said that to you? If you knew that we were in trouble? And you had heard your spouse at some point saying, 'This budget is out of control. We're just, we're in real trouble. We have to stop spending.' And then things started going your spouse's way. They, I don't know, started getting new shoes or new purses or new whatever it is. And then all of a sudden your spouse starts to say, 'You know what? I ‑‑ why do we even need this debt ceiling again? You know what we should be talking about is Bobby is going to get out of high school here soon and he's going to need to go to college and we need to ‑‑ we're creating opportunities. You know what? By dressing, by me buying new suits all the time, I'm dressing for success. That's what's happening here. I'm ‑‑ it's new opportunities. You know why we need to expand our house? We need to expand our house because, let me tell you something. Have you seen the neighborhood lately? The neighborhood, the houses are getting bigger. I mean, how are we going to ‑‑ how are we ever going to turn this thing around? We need to look at our opportunities.' You would say, 'Honey, you're out of your mind.'"

"Clyburn is right about this: There are a lot of countries that don't have, you know, any kind of debt ceiling. Greece is one of them. They didn't seem to have a debt ceiling. Spain is another one. They don't really have a debt ceiling. Portugal. What are they up to, almost 300% of GDP? Whatever," Glenn said.

Glenn then played audio of Obama saying, "My budget freezes spending for five years and what that does is it solves the short‑term problem by saying we're not going to spend any more money than we're taking in. That requires some painful cuts in some areas and some cuts that I'd prefer not to have to do but I think it's important for us to get that right."

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may say he's all about advocating for the common good, but during his more than 30 years in "public service," the socialist senator has been more adept at promoting his own bottom line.

Investigative journalist and best-selling author, Peter Schweizer, joined Glenn Beck in the studio Friday to discuss his new book, "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Political Elite," and to break downs how Sanders has become the very model of the corrupt socialist leader who becomes wealthy at the expense of the citizens they are elected to serve.

"It's a major problem for Bernie Sanders," Schweizer said. "He's turned socialism into a profession that has generated a lot of money to his family."

"Isn't that what always happens?" Glenn asked. "I mean, everybody in charge of a socialist country, they walk away with billions, in some cases, and the people are left starving."

"Yes, that's exactly right," agreed Schweizer. "It is a racket for Bernie Sanders. And the sort of austere image that he presents —kind of the John the Baptist of the progressive movement — it's simply not true."

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By now you've probably heard all about former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged corruption in Ukraine with his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma. But as it turns out, the Biden family's dubious dealings weren't limited to Ukraine, but extended to China as well.

In this clip, Glenn Beck explains Hunter Biden's four primary "problems" in China, including partnering with criminals, working with Chinese companies accused of stealing and spying on the U.S. military, as well as some very sketchy investments.

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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