Glenn explains why we are the ‘board of directors’ that ‘can change the path’ of the GOP

On last night’s Glenn Beck Program, Glenn revealed a story that was over a year in the making. Just weeks before the 2012 election, Glenn announced on his radio program that he had learned of “the biggest news story is going on,” but he chose not to divulge the information in order to maintain peace ahead of the election.

So what was the story?

Around this time last year, the establishment GOP tried desperately to take the wind out of the sails of the conservative and libertarian movement, by going after FreedomWorks in what Glenn referred to as a “hostile takeover.” Last August, Glenn received a phone call from Matt Kibbe right after he had been forcibly removed from his office by armed guards. GOP operatives had influence within the FreedomWorks ranks and, once Kibbe had returned to FreedomWorks, it took several months to rid the organization of their power.

Glenn explains how the situation unfolded in the clip below:

On radio this morning, Glenn elaborated on why now was the time to tell this story. When you look at the in-fighting and corruption within the GOP between the establishment Republicans and the more conservative members of the party, a situation very similar to what happened at FreedomWorks last year begins to unfold.

“Now, I didn't say anything about it during the election because it took about a week to get [Kibbe] back in [FreedomWorks], maybe just a couple of days… And I didn't say anything because, quite honestly, I looked at my wife when I first heard it, and I said, ‘We're done.’ If they can do this, these guys can do anything. And it just took the wind out of my sails for about two weeks,” Glenn said. “And I didn't want to tell you because I didn't want you to be hammered because it was being fixed. But I told you on the air, there is something happening behind the scenes that I think is the most important political story to happen in the year. And it's happening right now and nobody knows about it. And someday I will tell you about it. That's what I said on the air, and I said it several times.”

In the lead up to the 2012 election, Glenn didn’t feel releasing the story served any purpose. Other outlets reported various versions of the story, but it didn’t gain much traction. Today, however, in the midst of stories about Republicans turning on one another and calling each other names, the incident takes on a whole new meaning.

“But I never said anything about it [then] because it didn't serve a purpose at that point,” Glenn said. “It does now because what is happening in the GOP, in the Senate to Ted Cruz and to Mike Lee, and in the House of Representatives to all of those who are standing up for the Constitution, and [it is] being done by people like Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn, John Boehner, all of those guys. What's being done right now is what they tried to do to FreedomWorks.”

FreedomWorks was able to reclaim its identity and get itself back on track. Its board of directors elected to reinstate Matt Kibbe as CEO, and slowly but surely the non-conservative/libertarian elements of the group began to leave. The American people find themselves in a very similar situation. We are the board of directors, and it is our turn to make a decision about the future of the Republican Party.

“And you are the board of directors. You are the ones that can change the path. So, when I said to you last week, ‘Defund the GOP.’ This is why I said it. You are the board of directors. The board of directors opened their eyes to all of this, because they [knew], ‘We got nothing,’” Glenn said. “That's why I am coming to you, the board of directors, and saying, ‘Is the [GOP] ranchers in your cattle?’ Because that's the way they look at you. They don't want the choices coming from you. They want to give you the choices. They say, ‘This guy or this guy.’ And you say, ‘The lesser of two evils. I guess I'll take that guy.’ That's the way they want it. They don't like it that you picked somebody from the ranks that they don't have control over. And this is the end game. Just like it was with FreedomWorks.”

“If FreedomWorks would have lost that, it would have meant that we would have been destroyed. All of the work they had done, all of the work and a lot of the credibility that the Tea Party had and everything else would have all been destroyed, would have all been gone,” he continued. “Because it would have been then a GOP operative and we would have had to start all over again. And we would have lost years. Years. And I'm telling you, the same thing is happening now. But if the board of directors, you, stand up, and you know what's the going on, and you know who the bad guys are. And you know who they are. But they are trying to convince you that you have no power.”

The John Cornyns, the Lindsey Grahams, the Mitch McConnells, the John Boehners, have all worked years and years and years to gain their status and power and they are not about to go down without a fight. But many of them are up for re-election this year, and it is your turn to decide.

“They want you to feel like you are powerless. You can't do it. You will never make it. And if they win, it means that it will be just a GOP that goes against all of the Constitution. And we will lose years, if not lose the fight. This fight in Washington is not about the President. It is not even about the debt. It is about the Constitution,” Glenn said. “It's not even about fairness. It's about an equal shot. It's about everybody being free to be able to do and follow the desires of their heart… It's not about debt. It's about bottom up control. We the people, equal justice, and equal chance because all men are created equal. We just want the chance to be who we believe we can be.”

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.

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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."

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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."