Detroit: A hot progressive mess

Well, it was only a matter of time, but Rock City has hit rock bottom. On Thursday, the city of Detroit became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, as the state-appointed emergency manager filed for Chapter 9 protection. Just 50 years ago, Detroit was the richest city in America and the birthplace of the middle class. So what went wrong? Once the progressives got involved, it all went downhill.

“At this point the City of Detroit owes money to more than 100,000 creditors. Detroit is facing $20 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities. That breaks down, by the way, to more than $25,000 per resident,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Back in 1960 the City of Detroit actually had the highest per capita income in the entire nation. By the way, these facts are from Zero Hedge. They're unbelievable.”

To truly put things in perspective, it is important to look at how steady a decline this has been for the city. In 1950, there were 296,000 manufacturing jobs in Detroit. Today, today there are less than 27,000. Between December 2000 and December 2000 and December 2010, 48% of the manufacturing jobs in the State of Michigan were lost. At this point there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the City of Detroit. About one third of Detroit's 140 square miles is vacant. Less than half the residents in Detroit are over the age of 16 and… 60% of all children in the City of Detroit are living in poverty. Over the last 60 years, the population of Detroit has fallen by a staggering 63% from 1.8 million people to approximately 700,000.

Despite President Obama’s grandiose proclamations that his administration saved the auto industry, in recent years Detroit was forced to seek other means of revenue. “The City of Detroit is now heavily dependent on tax revenue that it pulls from the casinos in the city. Detroit is bringing in $11 million a month in tax revenue from the casinos alone,” Glenn explained.

Perhaps unsurprising, crime is also a major problem in the city. “The size of the police force in Detroit has been cut by 40%,” Glenn said. “When you call the police now in Detroit, it takes them an average of 58 minutes to respond. Due to budget cutbacks, most police stations in Detroit are now closed to the public 16 hours per day. Violent crime late in Detroit is five times higher than the national average. The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City. Today, police solve less than 10% of the crimes perpetrated in Detroit.”

While these numbers may be shocking, there are other major U.S. cities facing a similar reality and, in time, a similar fate.

“Now here's the thing about Detroit that you have to understand. Detroit just got their first,” Glenn said. “Other cities are going to fall. Philadelphia is on this trajectory. Other cities are going to fall and eventually the nation will fall – in exactly the same way.”

Why?

Unfunded liabilities, healthcare, Social Security, pensions, government corruption, out-of-control unions… The list goes on and on.

“The City of Detroit and the City of Philadelphia and the City of Washington D.C., it's progressive policies that are destroying our cities,” Glenn concluded. “It's not a problem with the Democrats. Well, the Democrats are over, but it's not a problem with the Democrats or the Republicans per se. It is the progressives in both parties. And they are headed towards a one‑party system. And if you don't believe that, then you have to ask yourself, ‘Why is it I vote every time and every time it seems like I get the same policies?’ Because they're progressive policies.”

An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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