Former treasury secretary Timothy Geithner says White House told him to lie to the American people

In his new memoir Stress Test, former treasury secretary Timothy Geitner recalls at least one instance in which he was encouraged by the Obama White House to be less than truthful:

I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when [White House senior advisor] Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn’t contribute to the deficit. It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute. Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.

An article about Geithner’s revelation was posted Monday morning on TheBlaze, and while it gained a decent amount of attention, it wasn’t a runaway, viral story. On radio this morning, Glenn wondered if the American people have grown so accustomed to hearing government mistruths, they hardly blink an eye at these types of revelations anymore.

When Geithner was first being considered for the treasury secretary post in 2009, Glenn specifically remembers bringing up two key problems with his credentials and both were based on the fact that Geithner was a known liar.

“When Timothy Geithner’s name was being pushed forward [for treasury secretary], I know for a fact I said, A, you are putting him in charge not only of the treasury. So in other words… he's in charge of your money and the guy has already been proven a liar,” Glenn said. “He cheated on his own taxes. He was a liar. So how are you going to put him in charge of your money? Do you believe that he's the guy that would be the steward of your money? That was point number one.”

“Point number two that I said: You are also putting him in charge of the IRS. If you can't trust him now in his own personal life, how do you trust him with the power of the IRS,” Glenn continued. “Look what's happened. And if he's already lied over and over again… in a position of real power already. Remember, he was one of the chairs of the Fed Central Bank in New York. How do you trust him? How do you trust him that when he gets into his position he's not going to lie to you? That's why I was against his nomination.”

As Glenn expected, Geithner has now admitted to be less than truthful. But as Pat and Stu explained, what Geithner was asked to do is really no different than what then-ambassador to the UN Secretary Susan Rice did in the aftermath of the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks or what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney does on a daily basis.

“Geithner's a big guy – one of the top people in the Administration,” Stu said. “How many times do people like Susan Rice, for example, get the same advice and immediately do whatever they say?”

“How often does Jay Carney get that advice every stinking day,” Pat added, “because every stinking day they lie to us.”

Glenn watched this story trend on TheBlaze.com all day yesterday, and he was struck by the lack of firepower it had compared to other articles on the site. Then again, he wasn’t entirely surprised.

“This [story] is huge. This is the treasury secretary saying the White House told me to lie. That puts everything in question. And yet… it [only] became number one for about two hours yesterday until Anderson Cooper's story about the Clippers came out and then it was bumped,” Glenn said. “I have been trying to figure out why. I think it is because people expect [it]. Of course they lied. That's not news.”

“What would be news is that something would happen to him because of those lies. What would be news is someone is going to say, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Treasury Secretary, you were told to lie. Could you come in front of Congress and tell us what other lies were told?’ If there were any ramifications, that would be news,” he concluded. “The Benghazi story is not even getting any traction – even with Trey Gowdy – because no one believes, in the end, anything will happen.”

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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