Glenn announces three "American Dream Lab" locations across the globe

All this week on TheBlaze TV, Glenn will be outlining his vision for 2013 and the role that The American Dream Labs will play this year and in the years to come. While Glenn has teased the American Dream Labs in the past, this week will mark the first time he takes viewers into the plans he has for the group and the projects that they are currently working on. On tonight’s episode, Glenn hinted at what was to come over the next few weeks and detailed some of the legendary American figures who are models for the type of innovation the American Dream Labs will be trying to replicate in the next few years.

“This is not just about the future of TheBlaze, not just the future of the entire TV industry. Believe it or not, revolutionizing how the news is delivered and how a network is run is the smallest of our many, many dreams. All this week I’m going to give you a glimpse into those dreams. I do that knowing that some will mock, others will dismiss. But that’s OK. Every era of change has those who are resistant to it and those who like the comfort of the status quo or those who wish to spend their free time or their creative time mocking. It’s time to stop worrying about what others are doing and wonder why are we here,” Glenn said as he opened the show.

“The scope of what I’m going to show you this week of what we want to accomplish in the American Dream Labs is enormous. Food, farming, energy, transportation, healthcare, news, technology, information, you name it. But we will not limit the range of our innovation, but it is going to take a massive effort,” Glenn said.

Glenn asked viewers to take a leap of faith with him on the journey of the American Dream Labs, and said that with the support of his audience the Dream Labs could change the fabric of information, technology, entertainment, and more.

Glenn explained that this week each show would focus on a different area of innovation that the American Dream Labs will address. On Tuesday, Glenn will focus on global news and information as well as “research and development”. Wednesday, Glenn will bring people into the Labs working on farming, energy, and advertising. On Thursday? Glenn’s only hints were “Galt’s Gulch” and the “Man in the Moon”. Friday be a Q&A show with Glenn and the audience.

Glenn also revealed three American Dream Labs are already set up in three locations across the globe. In Dallas, TX, Glenn directs work on “energy, innovation, and high tech”. Glenn announced that an entertainment, history, and farming Dream Lab has just been built in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also revealed that he has partnered with a group in New Zealand that are working on a “Tesla Project”. According to Glenn, few people on his own staff were aware of the Dream Labs in Utah and New Zealand.

But on tonight’s show, Glenn focused on two legendary American icons who have laid the ground work for innovation, imagination, and vision that have inspired the American Dream Labs: Thomas Edison and Walt Disney.

“I want to show you where I’m coming from so you can see the big picture,” Glenn explained.

Glenn went into the history of Thomas Edison, explaining how Edison made bold claims about cheap lighting from incandescent light bulbs that would make gas lamps obsolete. He was attacked by the press and by his critics, but in the end he was successful because he and his team worked hard and experimented with every resource available to create a practical, working light bulb. He made fulfilled his promises, despite the criticisms.

Glenn modeled his initial design of his Texas studio off of Edison’s laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ, but opted to focus on actual innovation rather than showcasing existing inventions.

Glenn also focused on Walt Disney, who also had his own private company dedicated to innovation – WED Enterprises, which developed over a hundred patents and changed not only movies and television, but also amusement parks. Walt’s biggest dream, possibly best captured in his original plan for EPCOT, was to change the way people lived and worked in towns across America. He wasn’t just focused on the Park or the studios; he was focused on improving people’s lives.

This past summer, Glenn won at auction Walt Disney’s Disneyland Prospectus, a document that outlined Walt’s original vision for the theme park. Walt had hoped the document would help get him the investors he needed to build Disneyland, and when he had little success he left it on an office desk. Glenn bought it at auction because it represented not only a grand vision, but a vision that was always changing and improving through imagination and innovation. Glenn promised this document would play an important role in the days ahead as he rolled out his announcements and plans for the American Dream Labs.

Glenn explained that Walt Disney spent his time on smaller projects like “The Dancing Man” and miniature trains and towns. At the time, he had no idea why his mind was occupied with such things, but these ideas led to the animatronics and designs found in Disneyland today. Glenn said that much like Walt, some of the small things he is working on will in some fashion influence bigger plans down the road.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.

President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job of keeping his campaign promises so far. From pulling the US from the Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the president has followed through on his campaign trail vows.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

Watch the video above to hear Glenn Beck, Sara Gonzales, Doc Thompson, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray discuss the story.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar brings white fan onstage to sing with him, but here’s the catch

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a fan to come onstage and sing with him, only to condemn her when she failed to censor all of the song's frequent mentions of the “n-word" while singing along.

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“I am so sorry," she apologized when Lamar pointed out that she needed to “bleep" that word. “I'm used to singing it like you wrote it." She was booed at by the crowd of people, many screaming “f*** you" after her mistake.

On Tuesday's show, Pat and Jeffy watched the clip and talked about some of the Twitter reactions.

“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."