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.

Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.