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%."

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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."

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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