Glenn examines the problem with higher education

President Obama is hitting the road today for a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania. The objective: expand upon the higher education reforms he hinted at during is State of the Union address in February. The cost of high education has skyrocketed, and the President is looking to make college more affordable.

"The president has some ideas about how we can better align federal assistance with a commitment on behalf of colleges to keep costs low for students," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said earlier this week. "And that will be part of something that the president will talk about this this week."

Glenn has been vocal about what he feels to be the shortcomings of high education for quite some time. While President Obama did reference the importance of reemphasizing vocational training during his State of the Union speech, on radio this morning, Glenn explained that government regulations have made it nearly impossible for businesses to offer students apprenticeship or internship opportunities.

“You know, the president is out today giving some stupid speech on how college education has gone up 250 percent. I got news for ya, Mr. President: since you've gotten into office, it's gone up a lot more than 250 percent,” Glenn said. “While he was talking about health care, education was going up in cost much faster. And why? Well, because we took it out of the free market system. It's been going through the roof ever since – what was it, the 1960s – when we started to say that government will give you special loans, they will make it cheaper for you to get a loan and everything else.”

Higher education has existed in this country for some 200 years, and yet the cost of pursuing higher education has only become a serious problem in the last several decades.

Why?

“We always had college education… It was there during the Revolutionary War. How come everybody could afford it before? How come the Ivy League was relatively affordable compared to now,” Glenn asked. “Well, because nobody was guaranteeing loans. And not everybody went to college. And not everybody should go to college. Not everybody needs to go to a four‑year college.”

President Obama will most certainly blame the rising costs on the universities when, in reality, it is government interference that is wreaking havoc on the system. Additionally, it is virtually impossible for businesses to offer opportunities to those who are not enrolled in college.

“Do you see what they're doing with interns now? White House interns work, I believe the average intern works 45 hours for free at the White House. Why? ‘Well, we're giving them an experience they wouldn't be able to get anywhere else.’ Really,” Glenn asked. “Well, how about if I have an intern? I can give them an experience they won't be able to find anyplace else. I can have them intern here? No, no, no. I've got to pay my interns… You have to pay for them now.”

“This is what progressives do, right? They remove competition,” Stu interjected. “They have this structure built with the universities in which they get to indoctrinate everybody. And the only way you can really learn an industry without going there is to get an internship and work your way up. Well, if you remove companies' incentive to do that, well, then you control everything.”

College is not for everyone, and Glenn is a perfect example of that. But the way the system is rigged today, there aren’t very many opportunities to break into an industry for those who do not earn a college degree.

“And you notice that you have to be going to a university or a college to become an intern,” Glenn said. “I can't just say, ‘Hey, you, you want to learn this? Come on in.’ No, no, no. You have to pass through the portal of an educational system to be able to come in here and work. I understand, we don't want anybody working slaves. We don't want any, you know, indentured servants. We don't want any of that. I got it. I got it.”

Stu explained that he got his start in radio because Glenn allowed him to work on his program and taught him the ropes. “This was a path I chose. I chose to work my butt off for free for several years, and you were very up front with me. You said, ‘Look, this is gonna suck for a while. What's going to happen in the next few years is probably going to suck, but if we can stick with it, work hard, and on our own merit make this into a giant company, someday you'll be rewarded,’” Stu said. “And you know what? It worked out because we worked together really hard to put something together like this.”

Glenn got his first job in radio at 13 years old, but there is no way he could employ a young, dedicated kid legally under today’s laws.

“At 13 years old, I'm working at a radio station,” Glenn said. “Could I hire a 13‑year‑old today? Could I hire a 10‑year‑old today? I would love to hire some kid that had the same desire… Now, I can't hire him. I can't have him walking around doing stuff. Of course, that would be illegal. That would be horrible. I would love to put a kid in an entry role and say, ‘You're going to learn absolutely everything about television. I want you to stand next to the camera. Whatever that camera guy tells you to do, you do.’”

“And I would gladly do that. Gladly do that. But the government won't let me do that,” he concluded. “Why? There's too much money to be made in education. There's too much power to be gained if we can just churn out a bunch of rubes.”

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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