Is a Titanic event going to hit our economy?

This morning on radio, Glenn talked to Matt Bevin about our country’s current economic state. Are we really heading towards a massive crisis? Hear Bevin discusses pension plans and his ideas for combating some of our current economic issues.

GLENN: All right. So Kentucky, I mean it, you blow it, we are -- our love for you and your stupid horse race. It's over. It's over. We come with lawn mowers and we cut all of your bluegrass.

JEFFY: What about the bourbon?

GLENN: The bourbon, I take. The bourbon, I take. They had their chance with Matt Bevin as a great senator. Instead, you decided to give America the turtle, Mitch McConnell. Okay. How is that working for us, Kentucky? We want to thank you deeply for Mitch McConnell. But now you get another bite at the Matt Bevin apple, as Bevin is currently running for governor in the state of Kentucky. The primary for the Republicans is coming up on Tuesday, May 19th. It looks like he is in first place. This is the first poll where he's now at first place. It's a three-way -- a three-way race. But it is close. And 20 percent still undecided. We wanted to give Kentucky another chance to hear from Matt Bevin who we really greatly respect. Matt Bevin, how are you, sir?

MATT: Glenn, I'm doing great. It's so good to be on with you. A lot of pressure you guys are putting on me here. A lot of pressure. I don't want to be responsible for being double dead.

GLENN: Well, I'm telling you. So here's the headline in the Washington Post last week. Team McConnell isn't about to just let Matt Bevin become governor.

MATT: Yes. Did you see the quote at the end of that article? Brilliant.

GLENN: No. I couldn't take it.

MATT: Honestly, I would encourage you to go back and read the nuggets of wisdom that dripped out of the mouth of a certain individual at the end of that article.

GLENN: What did he say?

MATT: I won't even paraphrase it. It was idiocy.

GLENN: Will you look it up? So tell me why -- make the pitch to the Kentuckians who might not know you on why you would be the right person for governor.

MATT: We need somebody who is not a politician. Somebody who does not arrive in Frankfort already half owned or fully owned by somebody. Someone who comes with a fresh sheet of paper. We need somebody who comes from the outside business world. Somebody who understands how the wealth of this nation is created.

I'm a guy who grew up below the poverty level. I paid my own way through school. I'm a military veteran. I'm a small business owner. Employ dozens and dozens of people. I'm pro-life. I'm pro Second Amendment. I'm conservative. I understand firsthand how wealth is created. I'm the only one in this state that has ever worked in the pension business that's running for governor. And we have a significant pension crisis here in Kentucky.

GLENN: We have a significant --

MATT: You know, some of -- which is why I truly think myself -- I also have by far the best running mate who will bring such a great perspective to Kentucky. We offer an extraordinary opportunity, I believe, for Kentucky to go in the right direction. A constructive direction. One where we will be a magnet to people around this country and not the opposite.

GLENN: She's the African woman -- African-American woman that we discussed last time you were on. Right?

MATT: Jenean Hampton. Amazing. Exactly right. She is incredible. Twenty years of high-level management experience in the Fortune 500 world. Manufacturing. Experience. In particular, an engineering degree. MBA. Military veteran. War veteran. You know, former Air Force officer. Completely self-made. Raised herself to a level of opportunity here in America. It is an example to many, growing up in inner city Detroit in the '50s and '60s. Just an incredible, incredible woman.

GLENN: So, Matt, we are looking at a time where you would be governor where the financial world this week has been more honest than I've ever seen them be. HSCB has come out and said, they believe a titanic event is coming. And they said that the economy no longer has any lifeboats. I mean, that was -- that's pretty significant language. England is now discussing literally making cash illegal. So when the crash comes, everything becomes digitized, and that way, they can control what people are spending. And there is no cash in the system. We're looking at a time when banks could be closed or you see just even -- just social issues like in Baltimore, where the streets could be on fire. What do you do as governor if you're facing something like Baltimore, no matter if it would be a run on the bank, God forbid, or God forbid, you know, a police officer that's been shot there in Kentucky. You know that the Al Sharptons of the world will take, you know, people from Kentucky look like the biggest racists in the world. What do what you do if you're facing that?

MATT: I'll tell you this. One thing I learned in the military is you lead by example. What is it that has always made America great? What is it that has made us exceptional among nations? What is it that makes people want to come here both legally and illegally more than any other nation on the face of this earth? It is the fact that we are a nation, above all, we're a nation of laws. And I will tell you what, if I'm the governor of this state who are involved in government in any way, shape, or form, that I would do everything within my power to ensure that we uphold what makes us great. And we would uphold and defend the law. And we would uphold and defend this state. We would not make room for people to destroy or any of the rest of that nonsense. We would absolutely enforce the rule of law. Because this is what makes us exceptional.

GLENN: Do you have an opinion or -- just leave it at that. Do you have an opinion on the militarization of our police forces?

MATT: I think it's ridiculous. Let me tell you what it is. It's an outgrowth on the war of drugs. Every time the federal government declares war on anything, we've spent hundreds of billions of dollars at a minimum and ended up with more on exactly what we were fighting. Look at the war of poverty. More poverty. Trillions of dollars having been spent. Look at the war on drugs. A militarized police force across this nation. I think it's inexcusable. It's unnecessary. We now have people moving around in SWAT teams that have become the exact opposite of the old cop on the beat in some measure. This isn't helping them. It's not helping the community. Look at the war on terror. How is that working for us? We need to get the federal government out of all of these various wars on things we want less of. Restore power to local communities and states. This is part of why I'm running for governor. We can do more in this state to be an example. To be a beacon for the rest of America about how a constitutionally limited government should operate and how it will thrive and be an example to states around us.

PAT: Matt, what is the deal with the McConnell team, with Mitch McConnell and his former adviser and the irrational hatred they seem to have for you. Is it just that you dared challenge him for the Senate seat and did really well? Is it --

MATT: Yeah. I just think -- it's ironic. I heard from people -- he seemed not to have gotten over the last race. I seem to be the only one unfortunately that has. It's too bad. You know, the adults in the room are who needs to step up at this time. Not only here in Kentucky. Not only here in America. As you noted a moment ago. Nationally. Whether it's in London. Whether it's the people that are running the HSCB. What have you. All these banks. The IMF now, people looking to challenge the US dollar as the world's reserve currency. Trust me, if they are successful, that is the beginning of the end. Certainly for our country. We've got to bring adults to the table, and they've got to man up and lead as men and women of conviction. The likes of which we have not seen for a long time in this world.

PAT: So what's the biggest issue for you in this race? And what is -- what is the driving reason you got into the race for governor of Kentucky?

MATT: The reason I got in, in short measure, is that I didn't see those that were in, who I know and who are good people and who are far better than the Democrat operative on the other side of the equation. Nonetheless, none of them would put forward a plan. None of them would be specific. None of them would talk about how they would create jobs. That is our biggest concern in this state. We are an economic trouble. We're one of which Forbes refers to as the death spiral state. This has to end. We have to get to the point --

GLENN: They're calling you the death spiral over Illinois?

MATT: There were five death spiral states. I believe we and Illinois were in that group. We have now surpassed Illinois as being --

GLENN: Holy cow.

MATT: We are at the bottom of Illinois.

GLENN: So what is your plan to take care of that?

MATT: We have to freeze the existing plan. We can't keep exacerbating this by adding people to a system that we know is already on the fast track to insolvency.

GLENN: I will tell you, I don't know how you're going to do that, Matt. When I was at Fox, we did an episode where I showed how many firefighters it takes to pay for the pensions of the firefighters. And there's just not enough. I mean, it is -- you want to talk about voodoo economics. It is voodoo economics times 1,000.

MATT: If you look at our -- we just had a 30-day session with our legislature. They brought forward more than 750 ideas in their respective committees. And none of them seriously addressed this issue. We have just ignored it and hoped it would fix itself. You're right, demographics have changed to the degree that even things I'm proposing are not enough. We need to freeze the existing plan. We have to require more current participants. We have to go to a 401(k) type plan and give people lump sum encouragement to take their money out if they're young enough and stop becoming a part of the problem. But all those things in their combinations still will only begin to stop the bleeding. To reseal the wound, we'll need jobs.

GLENN: That goes back to my civil unrest kind of thing. When I was at Fox, we talked about when those pensions -- when it becomes apparent that the states cannot pay for those pensions, which they were owed. Everybody -- everybody plays this game. And everybody knows they're just hoping to get theirs out before it collapses. But when that becomes apparent. There is no trust with anyone. The governor is going to be hated, if he's trying to take the pensions away. The -- the people who are -- you know, the ones paying for the pensions, the tax holders are going to be I had a by the public servants. The public servants aren't going to understand the people paying the taxes and vice-versa. How do you heal that rift besides coming and saying the truth, guys, I know. Everybody is pissed off. But it doesn't work. So we're going to have to forget the promise that we made and now come back to the table with a different kind of system.

MATT: This is when our generation is going to have to reach deep and find among our ranks those that are willing pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. Because it will take leadership. We have a nation and a world full of Neville Chamberlains, and we need them to step up. Because the world depends on this. Our future depends on this. And it will not be easy. There will be hatred. There will be people vilified. If it's any comfort to you, I've been well-prepared for the last two years in having scorn and enmity heaped upon my head. So I'm as callous on that front as perhaps anybody. I'm willing to offer myself forward as a public servant at this time, and the voters of Kentucky will decide on May 19th.

STU: Matt, what are the main separation points between you and the other candidates?

MATT: The biggest issues are that before I got in the race, they were all for keeping the Obamacare exchange here in Kentucky. Now everyone is against it because I put a plan against it. I'm really against it. I'm really against Common Core. Mark Twain once noted that, history may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme. And that's kind of what's been happening.

GLENN: So they're against it like Jeb Bush is against it.

MATT: Exactly. Suddenly I find they're against a lot of things that I'm against. And that's all right. At least they're rhyming in the right direction. But those are differences that I know where I stand on it. And I've been clear, and I've lead in writing on that front. I'm also the only one in this race that grew up below the poverty level. We have a lot of people in this state in a similar way. I'm able to address that with empathy, not just with sympathy. I'm the only one that has a chance to be the next governor of this state that is a military veteran. We have 340,000 military veterans in this state. That's a big differentiator. I'm the only one in this race that upon winning -- running against the other side. I'm not a lawyer. They're the other guys running on the G.O.P. side are not lawyers. But both the people on the Democrat side are lawyers. We don't need more lawyers in government. I have a lot of good friends that are lawyers. But we don't need more laws in America. We have to start to be smarter with respect to the way in which we govern. I'm also the only one in this race with pension experience. I started a firm here in Kentucky that now manages $5 billion in pension assets. I understand firsthand this business because I've spent most of my adult life in it. We have to address things. I'm as qualified as anybody in this race to actually step forward and do it. Will it be fun? Of course not. Will it be thankless? You bet? Will I be hated by people, Democrat and Republican alike? Yes, I will. But guess what, leadership requires people to step up. And I'm putting myself forward and offering that ability to people at this time.

GLENN: Matt Bevin, he's running for governor in Kentucky. The primary is next Tuesday.

PAT: Don't blow it, Kentucky.

GLENN: Matt, I will tell you, you are blessed to live in one of the best states in the Union. I've lived in Louisville, Kentucky. I just loved it. It's such a great state. It's not only because of the beauty and the heritage of that state. But the people are truly fine, fine people. And we are hoping that they do the right thing this time around.

PAT: And don't you wish there was a way you could help Matt Bevin if you wanted to? Don't you wish there was a place you could go?

MATT: Pat, you are a good man.

GLENN: You know, he doesn't do this for everybody. I thought he did. But he doesn't.

MATT: I'll tell you, I mean it sincerely, guys. I'm grateful for you. I appreciate your willingness to come alongside in this effort. I appreciate your help. We do need help. Five days. We need every dollar we can get to get ourselves up there. If you want people who respect the Constitution. Who respect America. Who are military veterans and businesspeople that are willing to fight for you and your children and grandchildren, regardless of what state you live in. If you want us to have 50 such governors and you want one of them to be in a state that could be a beacon for America, I would be grateful if you would go to mattbevin.com.

PAT: There it is.

MATT: Mattbevin.com.

PAT: Mattbevin.com.

MATT: It's the place to contribute. I would be grateful.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah. Whatever. If you win, if you win, we watched the Kentucky Derby, and my wife said, we have to go to Kentucky Derby next year. And I said, we'll never get tickets. If you win, we'll buy them. We just need to get to the front of the line -- that's the only reason why we're supporting you.

MATT: I can't make any promises at this point.

4 signs that PROVE Americans are hitting rock bottom

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As we approach the presidential election in November, many Americans are facing dire economic straits.

Glenn has shown time and time again that Bidenomics is a sham, and more Americans than ever are suffering as a result. Still, Biden and his cronies continue to insist that the economy is booming despite the mounting evidence to the contrary. But who is Biden fooling? Since the beginning of the year, gas has gone up an average of 40 cents a gallon nationwide, with some states seeing as much as a 60-cent per gallon increase. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Foreclosures and bankruptcies are on the rise, evictions are surging, and America is experiencing a record amount of homelessness. We can't survive another Biden term.

Americans across the country are hitting rock bottom, and here are four stats that PROVE it:

Evictions

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Across the country, people are being evicted from their homes and apartments. Between 2021 and 2023, evictions increased by 78.6 percent. With inflation driving up prices and employers struggling to raise wages to compensate, rent is taking up an increasingly larger percentage of people's paychecks. Many Americans are having to choose between buying groceries and paying rent.

Foreclosures

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Renters aren't the only ones struggling to make their monthly payments, foreclosures are on the rise. This February saw a 5 percent increase in foreclosures from last year and a 10 percent increase from January. More and more Americans are losing their homes and businesses.

Bankruptcies

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High interest rates and inflation have driven bankruptcies through the roof. Total filings have risen 13 percent and business bankruptcies rose 30 percent in 2023. It's getting harder and harder for businesses to stay afloat, and with California's new law requiring most restaurants to pay all employees a minimum of $20 an hour, you can expect that number to keep climbing.

Homelessness

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The result of all of these issues is that it is getting harder and harder for Americans to afford the basic necessities. January of 2023 saw a record-breaking 650,000+ homeless Americans, a 12 percent jump from the previous year. More Americans have hit rock bottom than ever before.

Editor's note: This article was originally published on TheBlaze.com.

I want to talk to Generation Z. I’ve seen some clips of you complaining about your 9-to-5 jobs on social media and how life is really hard right now. To be honest, my first reaction was, “Suck it up, buttercup. This is what life is really like.” In a sense, that’s true. But in another sense, I think you’re getting a bad rap. You are facing unique problems that my generation didn’t face — problems that my generation had a hand in creating.

But I also think you don’t understand the cause of these problems.

I would hate to be in your position. When I was your age, we didn’t have to deal with any of the challenges you’re facing. In one sense, your life has been tough. At the same time, compared to previous generations, your life has been very easy. Everybody was rushing to save you, to protect you. You were coddled, which makes your life harder now.

You’ve grown up with social media and the definition of narcissism: somebody gazing into the pond looking at themselves all the time. I don't mean this as an offense, and I am not just including you in this. We’ve become a culture of narcissists. It’s all about “me, me, me, me.”

If you end up thinking more collectivism is the solution, then you haven't done enough homework.

You’ve been in territory that my generation never had to enter. You’ve already navigated a landscape that we didn't have to, where nothing is true, and you can’t trust anybody. I wouldn’t trust anybody either if I were in your position. But I do know a few things to be true and a couple of things I can trust.

First, life is worth it. Life is tough, but it is worth it in the end.

Second, life is not about stuff. As a guy who is kind of a pack rat, I can tell you that none of that stuff will create happiness in your life. In fact, I think your generation has a better handle on happiness in some ways than anybody in mine. You’re starting to realize that pharmaceuticals may not be as good as natural solutions in a lot of situations, that the huge house may not be as satisfying as just having a smaller house, that living your life instead of having to work all the time may be a better way to live.

I want to talk to those of you who feel like it’s not worth even trying to go to work because you’ll never get anywhere. You work 40 hours a week or more, and you still can't afford a place to live. You’re still living with your parents. You can’t afford food. I think you're right to feel frustrated because the problems you're facing weren't always the case.

I blame a lot of the current problems we’re facing today on the hippies. That may be wrong, but I hate hippies. Hippies have been screwing things up since the 1960s. While on their socialist march, they have become everything that they said they were against: lying, greedy politicians. They just won’t let go of their power even though their time has passed.

These are the people who have come up with policies that make you feel like this is the way the world is. I hope I can convince you that it doesn’t have to be this way. This isn’t the way our country has always been. We don’t have to keep these people in power. Actions have consequences. Votes have consequences. These people allow crime, looters, squatters, riots, and somebody needs to pay for that.

You say you can’t afford health care. I understand. Since Obamacare passed, the cost of individual health insurance has doubled. You need to remember that politicians promised that if we passed this massive health care overhaul, it would mean a savings of $2,500 per family. You're in school. You must know that $2,500 savings is not the same as an 80% increase. Moreover, the cost of hospital stays is up 210%. I understand when you say you can't afford health care at these costs. Who could afford health care? Who could afford insurance?

The generation coming of age is right to feel frustrated.This mess — with high costs and a massive debt burden — was not of their making.

Iwant to talk to Generation Z. I’ve seen some clips of you complaining about your 9-to-5 jobs on social media and how life is really hard right now. To be honest, my first reaction was, “Suck it up, buttercup. This is what life is really like.” In a sense, that’s true. But in another sense, I think you’re getting a bad rap. You are facing unique problems that my generation didn’t face — problems that my generation had a hand in creating.

But I also think you don’t understand the cause of these problems.

If you end up thinking more collectivism is the solution, then you haven't done enough homework.

I would hate to be in your position. When I was your age, we didn’t have to deal with any of the challenges you’re facing. In one sense, your life has been tough. At the same time, compared to previous generations, your life has been very easy. Everybody was rushing to save you, to protect you. You were coddled, which makes your life harder now.

You’ve grown up with social media and the definition of narcissism: somebody gazing into the pond looking at themselves all the time. I don't mean this as an offense, and I am not just including you in this. We’ve become a culture of narcissists. It’s all about “me, me, me, me.”

You’ve been in territory that my generation never had to enter. You’ve already navigated a landscape that we didn't have to, where nothing is true, and you can’t trust anybody. I wouldn’t trust anybody either if I were in your position. But I do know a few things to be true and a couple of things I can trust.

First, life is worth it. ≈

Second, life is not about stuff. As a guy who is kind of a pack rat, I can tell you that none of that stuff will create happiness in your life. In fact, I think your generation has a better handle on happiness in some ways than anybody in mine. You’re starting to realize that pharmaceuticals may not be as good as natural solutions in a lot of situations, that the huge house may not be as satisfying as just having a smaller house, that living your life instead of having to work all the time may be a better way to live.

I want to talk to those of you who feel like it’s not worth even trying to go to work because you’ll never get anywhere. You work 40 hours a week or more, and you still can't afford a place to live. You’re still living with your parents. You can’t afford food. I think you're right to feel frustrated because the problems you're facing weren't always the case.

I blame a lot of the current problems we’re facing today on the hippies. That may be wrong, but I hate hippies. Hippies have been screwing things up since the 1960s. While on their socialist march, they have become everything that they said they were against: lying, greedy politicians. ≈

These are the people who have come up with policies that make you feel like this is the way the world is. I hope I can convince you that it doesn’t have to be this way. This isn’t the way our country has always been. We don’t have to keep these people in power. Actions have consequences. Votes have consequences. These people allow crime, looters, squatters, riots, and somebody needs to pay for that.

If you end up thinking more collectivism is the solution, then you haven't done enough homework.

You say you can’t afford health care. I understand. Since Obamacare passed, the cost of individual health insurance has doubled. You need to remember that politicians promised that if we passed this massive health care overhaul, it would mean a savings of $2,500 per family. You're in school. You must know that $2,500 savings is not the same as an 80% increase. Moreover, the cost of hospital stays is up 210%. I understand when you say you can't afford health care at these costs. Who could afford health care? Who could afford insurance?

You are also starting your life with thousands of dollars in debt. Your parents didn't have that burden. People used to be able to work their way through college and graduate debt-free. Others were able to get jobs that quickly paid off their debt. You can't do that now. Once the government said that they were going to guarantee all student loans, university costs skyrocketed, and it hasn't stopped. You can thank the progressive President Lyndon B. Johnson for that.

The people who created this mess cannot fix it. But it can be fixed.

You are also starting your life with thousands of dollars in debt. Your parents didn't have that burden. People used to be able to work their way through college and graduate debt-free. Others were able to get jobs that quickly paid off their debt. You can't do that now. Once the government said that they were going to guarantee all student loans, university costs skyrocketed, and it hasn't stopped. You can thank the progressive President Lyndon B. Johnson for that.

Once the government said that they were going to guarantee everybody’s college tuition, universities found out that they could just charge more because the government would give you virtually any amount in your loan. And they have been charging more and more ever since. In 1965, the average college tuition was $450 a year. Adjusted to inflation, that's $4,000 a year. You're currently paying an average of $26,000 a year as opposed to the inflation-adjusted $4,000.

What happened? The answer is always the same: government regulations. Gas is up. Why? Government regulations. Can't afford a house? Well, that's due to several things. Many of them revolve around the fed and our national debt. But the simple answer is the same: government regulations.

Moreover, the U.S. government has run a staggering national debt. We have been concerned about it forever, but the people in power haven't been listening to your mom and dad and people like me. A lot of other people just thought, "Oh, well. We could get away with it. We're the United States of America, after all. Somehow or another, it will all work out."

People like me have been saying, "No. We can't pass this on to our children." You're now seeing what we have passed on. When you say that the adults are responsible for creating this world of problems, in some ways, you’re right. We were lied to, and as many people do, they want to believe the lie because it makes them feel better.

There are big lies being pushed in your generation as well. You're being told that a man is a woman and a woman is a man. At the same time, you’re being told that gender doesn't even exist at all. It makes us feel better to go along with the lie because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.

My generation believed the same kind of lie about our national debt. We were told that we could spend all this money on subsidized programs because it would provide you, our children, with a better life. Some people warned, "Wait, how will they pay this off? This will cost them." We didn't want to believe them. The lie sounded better, and it was easier to believe that than the truth. We never saw the consequences, and even if we did, they were always way out in the future. Nobody wanted to listen to the doomsday people saying, "No. It's going to come faster than you think."

And that time is right now. Our government now is printing $1 trillion every 100 days. That's never been done before. We have more debt than any country has ever had in the history of the world. But we’re not alone. Every country is doing this. They’re going into debt like we’ve never seen before, and we’re all about to pay for that. It’s going to make your life even harder.

There are Democrats and Republicans who still believe in spending all kinds of money and getting us involved in every global conflict. Then there are constitutional conservatives who believe that we should conserve the things that have worked and throw out the things that don’t and follow our Constitution and Bill of Rights. You haven't really learned about those most likely. But you should. All of our problems are caused by the government and the people who feel they can bypass the Constitution. That's what this election is really all about.

You might say, “I don’t really care. I don’t like either of the political parties.” I know a lot of people who don’t like either of them, but one is going to try to cut the size of this government and one is going to spend us into collapse.

The people who created this mess cannot fix it. But it can be fixed. You need to learn enough about the truth, about why this has happened to us, and about how our Constitution lasted longer than any other Constitution in the world. The average is 17 years. This thing has lasted hundreds of years. Why? How? And why is it falling apart today? That's what you should dedicate some of your time to figuring out today.

You can complain about the way things are. I complain. Everybody complains. But don't wallow there. Learn what caused this. And if you end up thinking more collectivism is the solution, then you haven't done enough homework. They always end the same way, and that's exactly where we're headed right now. We can either repeat the dreadful past of nations that have tried it before us, or we can choose freedom, liberty, and prosperity. The ball is in our court.

Glenn recently had Representative Thomas Massie on his show to sound the alarm about an important yet often overlooked issue affecting what we eat. Whether you're trying to be prepared to weather a catastrophe or just trying to keep food on the table without resorting to eating bugs, it's more important now than ever to source local food. Unnoticed by most, our right to eat home-grown or locally-sourced foods is under attack. The government doesn't just want a say in what you eat; they want you vulnerable and dependent on their system, and they are massively overstepping their bounds to ensure your compliance with their goals.

How did the attack on your food begin?

Government overreach on food can be traced back to 1938 under the autocratic eye of FDR with the Supreme Court case "Wickard v. Filburn." The case was pretty straightforward, but the results were devastating. The case began with the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, which sought to control national food prices by placing limitations on how many crops farmers could grow in a season.

Filburn was one such farmer, who was allotted 11.1 acres of wheat to plant and harvest annually. Filburn planted and harvested 23 acres, arguing that the extra acres were not headed for the market, but were used for personal consumption. After being penalized for over-harvesting, he fought his case all the way up to the Supreme Court, arguing that Congress did not have the authority to regulate crops that never left his farm.

Unfortunately for Filburn (and the rest of us), the Supreme Court didn't agree. They ruled that the mere existence of that extra wheat—whether it left Filburn's farm or not—had an effect on the national value of wheat. Congress assumed the power to regulate just about anything that could be roped under the umbrella of "interstate commerce."

Under the precedent set by Wickard v. Filburn, Congress might bar you from growing tomatoes in your backyard, because it could affect national tomato prices. This was a major blow to our right to feed ourselves, and that right has been eroding ever since.

How is our right to feed ourselves under attack today?

Last June, the Virginia Department of Agriculture shut down Golden Valley Farms, a small Amish farm owned and operated by Samuel B. Fisher in Farmville, Virginia. Golden Valley Farms had started out selling dairy products, primarily, and processed some meat for personal consumption. However, by popular demand, Fisher began selling meat.

Fisher initially hauled his animals to a USDA processing plant, paid to have them processed, and then hauled them back. This process was time-consuming and costly, and Fisher's customers didn't want the meat processed by the plant. A survey done on Golden Valley Farms customers found that an overwhelming 92 percent preferred meat processed by Fisher. So naturally, Fisher began to process more and more meat for his customers.

Moreover, COVID shut down the USDA plant, which made it impossible for Fisher to process the animals by the USDA anyway, though the demand for meat was greater than ever. Fisher made the call to process 100 percent of his animals himself and didn't look back. That was until June when the Virginia Department of Agriculture caught wind of Fisher's operation and shut it down. The VDA seized all of Fisher's products, and he wasn't allowed to process, sell, or even eat his meat. Then they loaded it up in a truck and left it at the dump to rot.

Nobody ever got sick from eating meat from Golden Valley Farms. This was NOT about "health and safety." This was about control. The fact is that informed adults were not allowed to make a simple transaction without the government sticking its slimy fingers into Fisher's business and claiming it was somehow for "our benefit." But it's not for "our benefit." It's so they can regulate and control what we buy and what we eat, and they cannot stand it when we operate outside of their influence.

What comes next?

Where does this end? With so much of our ability to feed ourselves already eroded, is it too late? Is it going to get worse? Before long, will it be illegal to eat eggs from your chickens or pick vegetables from your garden without getting government clearance first? Fortunately, a solution is already in the works.

Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie recently told Glenn about a new constitutional amendment designed to limit government overreach regarding food production. The proposed amendment reads as follows:

And Congress shall make no law, regulating the production and distribution of food products, which do not move across state lines.

The amendment is still on the drawing board and has not been formally introduced to Congress yet. But this is where you come in. Call your representative and tell them to support Massie's amendment and take a stand for your right to provide sustenance for you and your family.

If we can build skyscrapers, we can rebuild bridges

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on TheBlaze.com.

I am sick and tired of hearing about our limitations. The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge this week is an amazing hero story of the cops and first responders who saved an untold number of lives by doing exactly the right thing quickly. But I’m really tired of hearing about how long it’s going to take us to recover from this catastrophe and how bad it’s going to be.


The immediate impact for Americans regarding this bridge collapse seems dire. If you're waiting for a new car to come in from overseas, prepare to wait longer. The Port of Baltimore stands as the nation’s leading import-export site for cars and trucks. It’s also the leading nexus for sugar and gypsum, which is used in fertilizer, drywall, and plaster. A record 52.3 million tons of foreign cargo was transported through Baltimore just last year.

To expect more from our leaders is rational. But to expect the most from ourselves is essential.

The bustling port is now cut off after the 1.6-mile-long bridge crumbled and fell into the river early Tuesday, blocking the only shipping lane into the port.

The officials have said the timeline for rebuilding the bridge will be years. The Port of Baltimore creates more than 15,300 jobs, with another 140,000 jobs linked to the activity at the port. This is a major disaster and will continue to cause significant problems on the East Coast for U.S. importers and exporters.

The bridge collapse means it will not be possible to get to the container terminals or a range of the other port terminals in Baltimore. Maryland Secretary of Transportation Paul J. Wiedefeld told reporters on Tuesday that vessel traffic in the port would be suspended until further notice but noted the port is still open to trucks.

Michael Mezzacappa, an attorney and expert on property damage cases in the shipping industry, told the New York Post that the collapse will have a major impact on shipping and traffic routes in the East Coast for the foreseeable future. “It’s not going to get fixed any time soon,” Mezzacappa said. “It’s going to take a lot longer than anyone expects. This is going to be a major problem for the Northeast.”

Remember the American spirit

I am absolutely sick to death of all of these stories that say things like that. Have we forgotten who we are? Have we forgotten what we’ve done?

Let me remind you of the American spirit, a spirit so potent and so vibrant that it has scaled towering mountains, mountains nobody thought they could cross.

It’s the spirit that constructed marvels of engineering. Have you ever been to the Hoover Dam? Have you seen the New York City skyline? The skyscraper was invented here for a reason. Here we are on the threshold of tomorrow, and none of us knows what is going to happen. But I'm getting the impression that we’ve been so beaten down that we believe we’re not going to make it tomorrow.

Have we forgotten who our ancestors are and what they did? If you look through our history even briefly, you will see a group of people who never take no for an answer. You will see a people who can do anything.


I want to stop just briefly in 1930. The Great Depression had its icy grip on us. It was a time that felt like a flickering candle in the vast darkness just barely holding on. Yet, it was in this crucible of adversity that Americans did great things.

The Empire State Building rose. It wasn’t just a structure of steel and stone. It was a beacon, a beacon of hope and American resilience and ingenuity. The way that thing was built — no one has ever seen anything like it before and since. In a record-shattering one year and 45 days, an army of workers, as many as 3,400 men on certain days, transformed this audacious vision into a cowering reality.

If you look through our history even briefly, you will see a group of people who never take no for an answer.

The Empire State Building wasn’t constructed. It was conjured into existence with a symphony of clanging metal and roaring machines and the inexhaustible spirit of its builders. The men perched on steel girders that were being flown in by giant cranes whispered tales about how they could still feel the warmth of the freshly poured metal beneath them. That beam was still warm, even though it was poured in Pittsburgh, put on a train, then put on a boat, then on a truck, then hauled up into the air.

They could fill the warmth because we moved that fast. It was a feverish pace of construction. It seemed to defy the laws of time and physics.

For a long time, it was the tallest building in the world — an architectural achievement. It was also a declaration to the world that America was a land where the impossible became possible, that we are a people of determination, innovation, with a relentless will to succeed.

These aren't merely historical footnotes. They are blazing torches illuminating our path forward. They remind us that when we're faced with adversity, we don't just endure it. We overcome it. We don’t wait for history to chart our course. We write it with the sweat of our brow and the strength of our backs. That’s who we are. Have we forgotten that?

What are we waiting for?

We find ourselves at another crossroads faced with the challenges that threaten to dim the bright future that we all dream for our nation, for our children. The spirit that built the Empire State Building, laid down miles of railroads, cut through the Rocky Mountains, and sent astronauts to the moon is still inside of every heart of every American, somewhere.

Awaken that spirit. Scale new mountains. It's not just rock and earth. Scale the mountains of innovation. Build. Not just physical structures but a future that upholds the spirit of adventure, hard work, and ingenuity. Stop tearing everything down. Let's start building.

Why are we waiting? If this isn't a national emergency, I don't know what it is.

And I don't just mean the bridge. I mean all of it. You might say, “Well, our government has to lead.” Really? Does it? Maybe that’s our problem. America is led by its values and principles that are found in the souls of those who still remember who we are and who we serve. Americans lead the way. The government always follows.

You might say again, "Well, we can’t act without the government." Nonsense! Where are the bridge builders who will stand up today and say, “I'll get it done!” As soon as that happens, you’ll see who is leading and who is stalling. The government is the one that stalls the engine out. To expect more from our leaders is rational. But to expect the most from ourselves is essential.

There is nothing we can't achieve when we all stand together, united by our dreams, and driven by the will to see them fulfilled. Don't listen to anybody else who tells you differently.