Rick Santelli goes off on unemployment numbers

People often refer to Glenn as the "father of the Tea Party," but if you ask Glenn, he'll be quick to tell you he's really more of a "distant uncle."

"I'm not the founding father of the Tea Party, I believe that's Rick Santelli."

Like Glenn, Rick Santelli, isn't always the most popular guy in the media — but he is honest.

"I've had an executive in the networks tell me, and I quote, "Glenn, we all know what's coming, we all know. But we have a responsibility to not tell the American people the truth." That's a direct quote," Glenn told listeners this morning.

For some reason, the big leaders in the media, the government and the finance world, seem to think the truth calls more panic than an ill-informed public being surprised by disaster. Like Glenn explained, information on how to survive a crisis is what prevents panic — but the first step is knowing there might be a crisis.

"I believe, as journalists: to tell you the truth no matter how ugly it is," Glenn said.

Rick Santelli is among the small number of people in the media that are will to tell the American people the hard truths when it comes to the economy. Recently on CNBC, Rick got into a shouting match with Steve Leisman over recent comments regarding possible election-year manipulation of the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report.

Here is the prediction Santelli made about what was going to happen with the jobs numbers weeks ago:

"I want to make a prediction for the Friday before the election for the unemployment number right now — right now! 7.9%."

Watch:

Yesterday, when it came up again, this is what happened:

Joe Kernen: "Rick, let me ask: What are you saying today? The BLS, where do they — they get numbers from somewhere, right?"

Steve Leisman: "Why would you ask Rick that question?"

"Listen to that," Glenn interjected. "'Why would you even ask him about that?' Discredit. Discredit and isolate."

RICK SANTELLI: Well we could argue about the process. We could look at how the BLS outsources to the census bureau. We could look at how the census bureau operates. Where their jurisdiction is, where it shifted in '09. But we don't need to go there — everybody's protesting too much. Here's what I will say, we have a stock market at all-time year highs, we don't have an economy at all-time year highs. You can put any jobs level 100, 125,000 —whatever you want — and put it forward if you want to say it's going to be the new benchmark, because that's under the guise of this shrinking labor force. So that number isn't really viable either.

All I can tell you is, there was no doubt in my mind a month ago unemployment would be under 8%. There was no doubt in my mind 5 minutes before the number that it would be under 8% — take it anyway you want!

LIESMAN: We can't take it anyway you want Rick, because you're implying with your comment —

RICK SANTELLI: I'm not implying anything! I'm telling ya and it turned out that way! I'm a market whisperer!

LIESMAN: Why say it?

RICK SANTELLI: Because it's true!

 

LIESMAN: It was the same point Jack Welch made.

RICK SANTELLI: I like people to get the benefit of my 32 years in the market. There was no doubt it would be under 8 percent!

LIESMAN: Why did you have no doubt, Rick?

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"Listen to the guy's belligerence," Pat reacted. "Why would you have no doubt.  It came to pass so he must have had something."

Glenn noted that Joe Kernen, the anchor, interjected with "oh, [expletive]" because he knew the ramifications of the road Santelli was about to go down.

"The guy who's the anchor knows this is going to kill Rick.  Rick is going to say things now that are going make him into a conspiracy theorist, and they're going to destroy him," Glenn said. "Rick knows it too." 

"Please America, please recognize that people are putting themselves.  They're falling on their sword so you can have the information. They're falling of their swords. They're risking their livelihoods, their families — they are doing the things that we have begged people to do," he told listeners. "They are doing it."

Glenn use to say, "one day you're going to wake up and you're not going to recognize your country." Has that day come?

"You have Rick Santelli: He's afraid to put out his point of view," Glenn pointed out. "How many Americans right now are afraid of putting Romney bumper sticker on their car, are afraid of putting a Romney sign in front of their house because they become a target?  How many people in this country are now afraid that they're going to become a target?"

A few years ago on Glenn's cable TV show, he told the American people of the four coordinated attacks — coordinated by the White House — to get him off the air or silence his speech.

"It's never happened before in American history, and no one said a word," he said, no one." That leads to more silence. That leads to people like Rick Santelli sending up a flare."

Glenn noted again that he believes Rick Santelli is one of bravest guys in the media right now. And, should the opportunity arise, he wouldn't mind having him join the team at TheBlaze…

"We would be honored to have you at the Blaze. I think he's one of the bravest guys out there.  I think he continues to show his bravery every day, and America show yours."

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.