“Screwed”: We will eventually be Greece if we don’t change our path

Why in the world would any American politician think they can help figure out the financial crisis overwhelming Greece and the European Union? After all, many of the problems in Greece echo those in America. And yet, President Obama inserted himself into the bailout talks. What kind of solutions could he really offer? Stu broke down the parallels between Greece and America on TV last night, and warned America to wake up before we end up in the same place as Greece

STU: Glenn has been going on and on about Greece for at least as long as I can remember. It’s one of his most passionate topics, I’d say. Finally, these morons are reaping what they sowed. Could these people be any dumber? I mean, beyond their own resources they’ve been spending, borrowing money, they had no earthly way of paying back, and increasing government handouts even after it became clear that they were crippling the country.

Greece owes various creditors about $271 billion, with Germany being the largest. So, how did they get into this mess? There are a few culprits, many of which are cited in the book Boomerang by Michael Lewis. They pay government officials almost three times as much as the average private-sector job.

An example of this overspending can be found in the national railroad. It pulls down about €100 million a year. It seems like a pretty good business, but they have to pay out about 400 million in payroll, plus another 300 million in other expenses. The average salary for a railroad employee, €65,000 a year about, 71,000 bucks. As one businessman pointed out, it would actually be cheaper for the government to scrap the railroad altogether and just pay for every Greek citizen to take cabs.

Public schools, Greece’s are among the lowest ranked in all of Europe, yet they have four times as many teachers per pupil than the rest of the best schools, which, by the way, the number one is Finland, and they’re four times as much. The school system is so bad that Greeks typically pay for tutors so that their kids actually get some learning done.

Greece is plagued with phony job creation programs such as 270 people that were paid to digitize the photographs of Greek public lands—sounds wonderful. The problem is they didn’t hire anyone with any digital photography experience at all, nobody.

The retirement age in Greece is insanely young, 55 for men and 50 for women. Wow, I thought Europe was so progressive. What is up with all that sexism there? This is at the heart of Greece’s struggles. This early retirement goes not just for police officers and firefighters, but anyone with an “arduous job,” that is including hairdressers and radio announcers. Maybe Glenn should move to Greece. He is approaching 55. Musicians even, everybody basically. So many people are retiring young and living longer, the austerity payouts are ballooning.

Government healthcare is wildly inefficient in Greece. Before the crisis, it was really just a mess. Citizens had to give medical staff cash gifts in order to make sure they’d get good treatment. While all this was going on, while everyone dipped their grimy fingers into the government pot, no one was counting how much was going in, nor how much was going out. By the time someone decided to take a breather from the spending orgy, the damage was irreparable. The debt to GDP ratio had expanded to a devastating 177%.

Greece’s unfunded liabilities are 875% of GDP. Federal spending in Greece is close to 50% of GDP. Even with all this information, people still went to the polls and voted against cuts in spending. Liberal outlets applauded the vote, referring to austerity cuts as harsh. People in Greece, of course, rejoiced at the news of the vote. I think it was 61-38 or something like that. They were happy to get another far left government to keep higher taxes, spending, and handouts in place.

What’s going to be harsh is when the day of economic reckoning arrives and they realize they really couldn’t afford any of this. This is how you destroy a country, not save it.

Here’s the best part about Greece, Pres. Barack Obama has inserted himself into the bailout talks. I can’t wait for this. Barack Obama is trying to give Greece financial advice. Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, meet pot.

Let’s go back through that list of things that helped destroy Greece again. This is going to be fun. Federal workers in Greece earn more than private citizens. Well, US federal workers earn 37% more than private-sector employees. Greece has an unprofitable state rail system. Amtrak loses over $1.4 billion every year. The biggest waste is being in the 15 little-traveled routes that cost $600 million to keep operational for no freaking reason at all.

Greece overspends on education despite failing schools. Well, the US Department of Education is $77.4 billion and increasing every single year, despite the fact that we rank 17th in the world in education. Greece has all those phony job programs. Could I remind you of the stimulus? That cost American taxpayers at least $278,000 per job with some estimates having that well over $1 million per job.

Greece’s retirement age is far too young, 55. America’s is 65. That’s a little better, but it hasn’t been changed since Social Security was invented. Even the life expectancies have dramatically improved. Greece’s government healthcare is crippling the nation. ObamaCare—I don’t think I need to go any further than that, but as you know, it’s already a mess. It’s costing us a fortune. It couldn’t even get the freaking website right to sign up to pay for it.

Greece’s debt is 177% of GDP. We’re at 101%, so we’re close. It’s worse though than France and Spain, and Spain is dealing with a 25% unemployment rate. Unfunded liabilities in Greece, 875% of GDP. In the US, it’s $90 trillion or about 500% of our GDP—not quite as bad as Greece but still terrible.

Federal spending in Greece, about 50% of GDP. America, it’s only 20.5, so we’re doing great there, and when factoring in state and local governments, of course, it’s more like 35 and is projected to rapidly rise. The economic disaster playing out in Greece is the American story in the short-term future. Our situation is not as bad as Greece’s, but we’re on the same trajectory. We will eventually get there if we keep making the same fatal mistakes as viewing austerity as harsh.

It may be harsh at times. There’s tough choices to come, but it’s necessary, and if someone in the room doesn’t have the courage to step away from the spending orgy and count the debits and credits, we’re all screwed.

Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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