Dana Loesch eviscerates the leftist view of poverty: 'Poverty is a choice!'

Dana Loesch opened Monday's Glenn Beck Program simple yet powerful message: Poverty is a choice. Despite what those in Washington D.C. would like us to believe, there is a path out of poverty that does not involve checks from the government and entitlement programs.

"I know a thing or two about poverty," Dana said. "I spent my childhood in a house headed by a single mom, and sometimes we would have milk, gravy, and biscuits twice a day to save money."

As Dana explained, she grew up tiny, rented house in a small town with her single mother who worked three minimum wage jobs to provide as best she could for her daughter. While she didn't always have three meals a day to eat or the proper school supplies, Dana explained they got by because of her mother's hard work - not a government handout.

"Here's something: My mom never went on welfare. We never took entitlements," Dana said. "She worked three jobs… but she never once went on a single food stamp. Nothing. She made minimum wage, and we survived."

While her mother was entitled to pursue happiness, there was no guarantee that pursuit would be easy. No one, as Dana explained, is entitled to easiness. But everyone is entitled to choose how they wish to live their life. Look no further than President Barack Obama to understand no one in the United States is a slave to the class they were born into.

"My mother did not choose poverty. She may have been born with it, but she didn't choose it," Dana said emphatically. "You cannot tell me that poverty is forced upon people… That's a lie that survives because a particular political entity lives on the power of grievance."

With the left's entire political capital tied up in the promise of 'free' stuff and government assistance, it is time for the right to come forward with principle-based solutions to the problems that currently keep people in poverty. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is one Republican speaking out about the issue via his "Expanding Opportunity in America" plan and his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea. Ryan joined Dana to discuss the solutions he believes forge a path forward.

While Ryan's plan has received criticism from some on the right for not doing enough to thwart entitlement spending and some on the left for consolidating a number of welfare programs, he is one of the few politicians actually speaking out about the issue at all.

Despite being 50 years into the War on Poverty and spending trillions of dollars on government programs, Ryan said the United States is facing its highest poverty rate in a generation. Ryan explained the origins of poverty are complicated because some people experience a "generational poverty," in which they face persistent, multi-generational poverty, while others face a more temporary struggle due to the death of a spouse or the loss of a job.

"There are a lot of different ways people go into poverty," he said. "The point I'm focusing on is, instead of having what I call an 'input-based' approach… based on how much money government spends [and] how many programs are created… why don't we think about measuring it based on outcomes, effort, are we getting people out of poverty, results?"

Ultimately, Ryan wants to focus on getting people "from welfare to work" - not via Washington D.C.'s top-down approach that has "failed" time and time again, but by giving states and communities the ability to implement these principles as they see fit.

Under Ryan's plan, states will need to prove they have met certain criteria and outputs in order to qualify for what is essentially a block grant.

"There are strings," Ryan said of the grant. "People have to work, and they have to measure the results. [States] can't take the money and spend it on filling potholes. It has to be [spent] on serving the poor, [but] they can customize it, consolidate it."

"You have to break up the welfare monopolies," he continued. "Right now, most welfare is gotten from a local government agency. You have to break it up and let other entities - non profits, for profits, religious charities - let them in on the game of providing welfare benefits and assistance… so families in need actually have choices."

While "liberal progressives" seek to take power and money from communities and give it to the government so that a large, centralized force is essentially responsible for administering rights, his plan seeks to return to the conservative ideals of a limited government that works for the people.

"Let's get back to those core, founding principles," Ryan concluded. "Let's get back to Constitutional principles… by focusing on outcomes and focusing on results."

Former senior COVID adviser for the Biden administration Andy Slavitt suggested Americans should have "sacrificed a little bit more" to get through the pandemic during an interview with CBS' "This Morning" earlier this week.

Asked by host Tony Dokoupil how much of the pandemic was preventable, Slavitt responded by first blaming the Trump administration, then all Americans in general for not sacrificing enough.

"We obviously had a set of technical mistakes with the testing and the PPE that we know about. But if we're honest, there were also two other mistakes, that caused a lot of loss of life. One was just plainly political leadership mistakes. We denied the virus for too long under the Trump White House. There was too much squashing under divisions," Slavitt said.

"But I also think we all need to look at one another and ask ourselves, 'What do we need to do better next time?' And in many respects, being able to sacrifice a little bit for one another to get through this and to save more lives is going to be essential. And it's something that I think we could all have done a little bit better on," he continued.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck had more than a few fiery words for Slavitt, who is apparently unaware of the terrible toll this pandemic has had on the mental, physical, and emotional health of millions of Americans.

"We could have sacrificed a little bit more?" he asked. "So, the sacrifice of [nearly] 40% of all businesses now being closed, I mean permanently out of business ... was that sacrifice good enough? Or the fact that teen suicide now is up by 31%? A few more of us should have sacrificed our children, you know, throw them up on the altar of Anthony Fauci? I think we could have done it, right?"

"Go to hell," Glenn added. "Who do you think you are, telling us that we should sacrifice more?"

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President Joe Biden and world leaders are spending the week discussing the biggest issues across the globe. But Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State during the Trump administration, believes more needs to be done.

Pompeo joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to talk about President Biden's upcoming meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and to explain why he believes it's not just "appropriate," but necessary to hold Putin accountable for the recent cyberattacks on the Colonial Pipeline and the JBS meat processing company.

Pompeo said it's likely that "at the very least" Putin turned a blind eye to the major attacks against U.S. infrastructure. He stressed that the Biden administration should not abandon private businesses in the face of these ransomware hacks, but rather do everything possible to make sure those businesses' assets are secure from future invasions.

"This is an attack on America," Pompeo said. "It came through an attack on a commercial enterprise, but the capacity for pipelines to move product around on our east coast is an American national security interest.... We have to help these businesses protect their systems, and then there has to be a national effort to impose costs on those who put American lives at risk by denying available product around our country.

"Putin, at the very least, is turning a blind eye to [the cyberattacks], probably more. So, it's appropriate to hold Vladimir Putin and the Russians accountable for the actions taking place inside of their country," he added. "We have to do it, and there are tools by which we can."

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On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn read from the Bible's II Timothy 3, in which Paul warns of "perilous times" to come and describes a generation that will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, and the list goes on. Sound familiar?

But Glenn said the times we're facing — which will likely become more and more difficult — are not any graver than what our Founders faced. We can overcome, and while it won't be easy, it will be worth it.

"Just like George Washington and the badge of merit, we will not be able to conquer this evil unless we are on God's side. If we don't have Divine Providence, we will not be able to survive. The things that are arrayed in front of us, are no greater no less than what our Founders had arrayed against them," Glenn stated.

"So, what will we do? You must make those decisions, as a family, right now. What is the line for you that you and your family will not cross? Because if you don't know it now, you will cross it," he warned. "You have to speak out, be that voice. You have to be strong enough to lead."

Glenn went on to thank and praise his audience, saying, "This is the kindest, most generous audience I have ever encountered."

"You will stand. This audience could be the extra 5% that is needed to change things, for the better," he added. "We have great and glorious times, when I believe we will see the hand of God. We will see miracles. Expect them. And live in such a way where you can call them down."

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How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

Watch the video clip below to hear eight of the most anti-Trump the narratives shamelessly pushed by the media — that were completely wrong.


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