The fantastic letter from one of the new TV providers to carry TheBlaze

Last night, Glenn got a letter from one of our new affiliates, Atwood Cable, via Lynne Costantini, President of Business Development at TheBlaze. Bob Dunker, owner of Atwood Cable, explained why he decided to bring TheBlaze onto his lineup - and it's a pretty amazing story of how a family can build a business and spread the message of truth.


I'll to try to keep this short, I wanted to give you a little background information. In 1958 my dad and his cousin started this business repairing radios and then TVs in the back room of a grocery store. My dad bought him out in the mid‑Seventies and then we became a Radio Shack dealer in 1977. In 1980 my dad and my two brothers and I started our cable TV company to go along with our electronics business Radio Shack. We also provide Internet and telephone service.

My son now has joined the business and we also farm 2,000 acres of wheat and corn and peas because it takes a lot of diversification to survive here in God's country. So Glenn's message really hits home around here.

When Glenn was on Fox News, I basically was paying my employees to watch the show. When Glenn left Fox, I subscribed to GBTV as soon as it was available.

Due to our geography, the Internet bandwidth here is extremely expensive and primitive, therefore watching online could be painful at times. And I also didn't want to be hogging the bandwidth that my customers were paying me for. We have a handful of customers here that have been lobbying me to somehow or another just hijack and put you on our cable system. So TheBlaze going to satellite, that was good news to us here.

I'm sorry to say that it seems that there are a lot of elitists in the cable industry, mainly on the programming side, and not enough good ole boys.

Here at Atwood Cable we are truly independent and we don't appreciate being pushed around by the big boys. But being small, it's tough to fight them and the government too. But we're in the fight.

I'd just like to say thank you to Glenn and TheBlaze. Now I can proclaim "the truth lives here" in Atwood, Kansas at Atwood Cable.

Oh, and thanks for a great value and a refreshing perspective that you bring to the TV news business.

Bob Dunker

"Thank you so much for being the first wave to come on board," Glenn said. "And sincerely please keep the calls up because sincerely there is movement and the only reason why people, these cable companies, they are aircraft carriers times a thousand. Getting them to turn around and even look at you is almost impossible, and there is serious movement on them, and the only reason why it's happening is because the calls are coming in. Please call your cable or satellite provider and tell them you want TheBlaze. Ask them, if you've done it before, 'Are you listening to me?' You can call 800‑996‑BLAZE, 800‑996‑BLAZE, and we will put you in touch. We'll make the call for you and put you in touch with your cable operator. Or you can go to"

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."