Flashback: Glenn interviews Romney's VP pick Paul Ryan in April 2011 about his proposed plans for the federal budget

In the wake of Mitt Romney selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, we are reposting this article from Glenn's interview with Paul Ryan in April 2011:

Glenn interviews the $6 trillion dollar man

Rep. Paul Ryan has been all over the news today, but he took time out of his busy schedule to speak with Glenn about his proposed budget which seeks to cut close to $6 Trillion from the federal budget over the next ten years. Glenn welcomed Rep. Paul Ryan in the third hour of today’s radio show.

Glenn was quick to thank Rep. Ryan for proposing a budget that would attempt to make some real changes. “When Congress was going back and forth with, oh, should it be 60 billion or 40 billion I was losing my mind,” Glenn said.

“We were talking about the trillions and here you come, riding in on your white horse to give us a plan that has a chance of saving our country. Thank you for that, sir,” he told Rep. Ryan.

“You’re welcome. It’s what I owe you, my children, my constituents. We owe this to our country,” Rep. Ryan said. “Our whole budget committee, you know, half of which are new freshmen, we decided, look, we’re just going to fix this. We’re going to go after these programs, after these drivers of our debt and, you know, we rolled up our sleeves on the worked for the last two months, you know, and working with the CBO and all these other actuaries to put in place a plan that cut $6.2 trillion out of the Obama budget over the next 10 years and get this debt on a path to actually be paid off.”

You can read Rep. Ryan’s article on the GOP Path to Prosperity here.

Rep. Ryan broke down some of the major components of the proposed budget. ‘We’re going after corporate welfare which means Fannie and Freddie, getting rid of Dodd-Frank and all the bailout funds, going after actual the energy green pork.”

Part of cutting out corporate welfare means that Rep. Ryan will be going after Fannie and Freddie Mac. But Glenn wanted to know what that meant for the average American as those two organizations have control over most of the loans that have been written in the past year.

“It means we’re going to get the private sector to do the secondary mortgage market, not the government. We’re going to put private capital at risk for securing mortgages, not taxpayer capital,” Ryan said.

But Ryan said that there plan goes beyond just Fannie and Freddie, as they will also focus heavily on welfare reform and entitlement programs. “We want to finish with reform now so they work. Food stamps have grown fourfold. We’re reducing that. We’re sending it back to the states and we’re having time limits and work requirements so we can get people into a system where they don’t become complacent and dependent on government but they get up on their lives and lives of sufficiency.”

“We’re talking about shrinking the Federal workforce by 10% over the next three years through attrition, pay freezes in the Federal workforce. We’re talking about cutting discretion spending on government agencies below 2008 levels. We’re talking about entitlement reform, block running Medicaid to the states, and doing welfare reform 2.0 which is food stamps, housing programs,” Rep. Ryan said.

Ryan said that he wants to shrink the federal government down from the historic size that it has reached and reform the system so people do not become complacent and dependant on big government.

“This is not the role of Federal Government. We want to get the government out of the role of picking winners and losers, out of the role of trying to micromanage the economy, and back toward a traditional Constitutional role which is to protect our natural rights,” he said.

But how will Rep. Ryan stand up to the inevitable criticism from the left? “They’re going to say that you’re offering tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, blah, blah, blah. You’re taking money out of the mouths of children. They’re going to hit you with all that stuff that we can’t afford this and that this is reckless and extreme. How are you going to combat that?” Pat wondered.

“I think the country is ahead of the political class up here in Washington. I think they’re ready to be spoken to like adults. They want that honest conversation,” Rep. Ryan said.

“You know the path we’re on. We go to becoming a cradle-to-the-grave welfare state. The size and scope of the Federal Government will be unrecognizable if we stay in our current path,” Ryan said.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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