Restoring Love Food Drive: 11 trucks filled on the 1st night!

Last night on GBTV Glenn unveiled a national Restoring Love food drive being organized by Mercury One. He explained how there are actually cities in the United States where it is illegal to give food to the homeless. As regulation gets more and more strict, it’s becoming impossible to really help others.

Glenn has been challenging this audience to put your money where your heart is, live a life of honor, and be a force for good – the government is becoming the exact antithesis of that. So how do we begin to change course and take a stand against these regulations? Glenn presented his plan last night.

Glenn’s goal was to fill eleven tractor trailers with food and send them to eleven cities where they are in need and where regulations have restrained donations: Detroit, MI; Navajo Reservation, NM; New Orleans, LA; Las Vegas, NV; San Joaquin Valley County, CA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Wilmington, OH.

This morning on radio, Glenn told listeners about the overwhelming response he go from the GBTV audience.

“Last night in one broadcast, 531,200 meals were purchased for the hungry by this audience,” Glenn said. “I don't know if anybody has ever done that that fast. I don't know. I don’t know. Am I reading this right? We filled eleven tractor trailers last night?”

Glenn compared this to one of the biggest food drives in Connecticut he and Pat use to put together. It would take days to fill one giant food truck for Thanksgiving.

“This audience filled eleven in an hour and there's more and more to come,” Stu added.

Glenn told listeners that the food drive culminates on July 28th at Restoring Love in Dallas, TX – just two months away.

“This will be overwhelming,” Glenn said. “This will take care of the homeless shelters.”

There are three fronts to the Restoring Love Food Drive:

“One, you don't become everything that you despise. You don't get into anger. You're creating. You're doing something good, okay? You are restoring love and ensuring love with your own friends and family. Two, you're winning the political debate because you're feeding the hungry and the homeless. You're winning the debate, not even by arguing – just doing. Forget about talking. Everybody can talk,” Glenn said.

He explained that this is how you win the political debate – by doing, and doing good. Glenn told listeners that he and Mercury One are working on language with all 50 states that would prevent food bans. “If you want to give to the homeless, there is no ban, no restriction that going to be put on the American people,” Glenn said.

“Even if it’s salty,” he added.

Glenn reminded the radio audience of the story of Paulina, one of the Righteous Among the Nations, who saved 500 lives, and it all started with one bowl of soup. There are so many hurting and hungry within our own borders right now. People who have, as Glenn put it, “been Cass Sunstein regulated” out of business.

“What do you say we help them? And we’re not penalized for helping them? Push back,” Glenn said.

Glenn went on to say that America has always been a country of plenty. We have always been able to help other countries because of that, but the economic outlook is frightening. If we have nothing, we can’t help.

“Right now we still are in the land of plenty. That may change,” Glenn said. “Have you seen what's going on in Europe? That may change, and it may change quickly. If we fill our soup kitchens now, if we make sure that we have plenty, if we make sure that there is no regulation for neighbor helping neighbor, we're going to be fine.”

Glenn hit his goal of filling eleven tractor trailers by July 28th in one day with the GBTV audience. This morning Glenn challenged both his GBTV and radio audience to fill more.

“Let me make it 25 tractor trailers. We filled eleven. Now let's see if we can fill twenty-five tractor trailers,” Glenn said. “I know I can get some more tractor trailers. Can you do that? Will you do that? Go to GlennBeck.com. Wouldn't it be amazing by the end of the, by the end of the week next week maybe that we filled twenty-five tractor trailers.”

He later added, “I'm telling you this is good thing, and it was a great start last night. I would love to see what you can do. Join us, will you? Go to GlennBeck.com. Click on the third button, Live It, the blue 3, Live It, and you can get involved and read all about it.”

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.

President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job of keeping his campaign promises so far. From pulling the US from the Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the president has followed through on his campaign trail vows.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

Watch the video above to hear Glenn Beck, Sara Gonzales, Doc Thompson, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray discuss the story.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar brings white fan onstage to sing with him, but here’s the catch

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a fan to come onstage and sing with him, only to condemn her when she failed to censor all of the song's frequent mentions of the “n-word" while singing along.

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“I am so sorry," she apologized when Lamar pointed out that she needed to “bleep" that word. “I'm used to singing it like you wrote it." She was booed at by the crowd of people, many screaming “f*** you" after her mistake.

On Tuesday's show, Pat and Jeffy watched the clip and talked about some of the Twitter reactions.

“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."