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.

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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