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Hurricane Harvey Aid Bill Was Nothing More Than Ransom Money

Only 17 Republicans voted against a bill that would temporarily raise the debt ceiling and provide government funding to Hurricane Havery victims Thursday.

Today on radio Glenn discussed the politicians who chose to use hurricane relief funding as leverage rather than come to a bipartisan, altruistic agreement.

The final approval came Friday as the House voted 316-90. According to the New York Times, “The deal agreed to by the president cobbles together hurricane money with a debt-limit increase and a stopgap spending measure, relieving a logjam of issues that lawmakers needed to deal with before the end of September.”

“This was ransom money,” asserted Glenn. “Only 17 people saw this for what it was — manipulating a crisis.” According to the Daily Caller, only 17 senators voted against the funding. These include:

Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Steve Daines of Montana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Michael Enzi of Wyoming, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, James Risch of Idaho, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, John McCain of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

Glenn went on to praise the organizations who have independently raised funds to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey including JJ Watt who raised $27 million, Michael Dell who gave $36million of his own money, Hollywood stars, and larger and smaller companies and charities including Bank of America and TheBlaze’s very own, Mercury One.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Never let a crisis go to waste. And that was the principle that was in action this week. Only 17 senators voted nay HEP yesterday on the idea of combining hurricane relief and raising the debt ceiling. Only 17 people saw this for what it was: manipulating a crisis. Did the other 80 congressmen take no issue at all with using federal aid for Hurricane Harvey victims as leverage?

This was ransom money, bought and paid for, to ensure the players on Capitol Hill get to play their little games in the months to come. I have a message for those in Washington. And anybody who is using the threat of hurricane relief money to further their agenda: Keep your damn money. Every last cent of it. We don't need your help. And we'll take care of our own.

If there is one thing that Hurricane Harvey has taught us -- not even taught us, reminded us, through all of the cacophony of lies in the media, we heard this: The American spirit is as strong as it has ever been. And we didn't wait around for you to come and save us. We saved ourselves. We didn't beg for government money and government assistance. We all got into our cars, our trucks. We had neighbors that had boats that just took it down themselves and rescued people, while they were in Washington cutting back door deals, we were opening our wallets and our lives and our homes in droves.

I don't know if this has really hit you yet, but J.J. Watt took to Twitter and raised over $20 million, and that number is still climbing.

Michael Dell gave $36 million of his own money, 16 million has been given from sports franchises. Hollywood has even stepped up with over 10 million. The US Chamber of Congress reported that companies such as Bank of America, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Google, IBM, Shell, all have donated 140 million. And that number is going up every single day.

As of last night, Mercury One and this little audience has raised over $2.1 million. And that number will be well over five soon. And this money? None of that money is going into some politician's hands so they can take a cut, spread it to their friends and their families and their special interests that will help them get reelected. This is cash going directly from the people, directly to the people who have lives and families and businesses that actually need it.

There's a ton of work to be done in America. And America had become a country that relies on federal help when disasters come. But that doesn't mean you in Washington have to take advantage of those in need. Never let a crisis go to waste.

How about we think differently? Let's think like Texans. To those in Washington playing your little games, we dismiss you. Stand aside. We've got this.

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'They believe their job is to REMAKE your child': WSJ writer warns public schools may be LOST to woke trans activism

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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Is California ‘PURPOSEFULLY’ destroying this small business?

It seems like some politicians are purposefully trying to destroy the lives and dreams of certain Americans, specifically small business owners. Dave Foldes spoke to Glenn over six months ago after THIS audience raised thousands of dollars for his restaurant that refused to close: Cronies Sports Grill. Now, despite making progress in his administrative battle against LA, the city of Agoura Hills, California is coming for Cronies instead. And the reasoning is INSANE. But Foldes isn't giving up, and neither are his supporters. It's the ultimate David vs. Goliath showdown.

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Trans Activism Will End Your Parental Rights | Abigail Shrier | Ep 110

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it is incredibly dangerous. Just ask Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier. Her book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — just like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, Shrier argues it could end your parental rights for good. She is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy number one to the activists. Recently, the American Booksellers Association even called sending her book to others "a serious, violent incident." Abigail joins Glenn to lay out just how slippery this slope has proven to be and what we — conservatives and liberals — must do to protect our children.

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DEADLY Negligence: Exposing the REAL Origins & Coverup of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Who were the people and groups involved with coronavirus research, and what really went down before and after the pandemic began? On "Glenn TV" this week, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to outline a tale of negligence and then, coverup. The elites of the world - the people calling themselves experts - trusted the Chinese Communist Party with one of the most dangerous weapons we can imagine on this planet--a virus.

Glenn reveals who was involved in a definitive timeline, and argues: If proof of a lab leak does come out, the worlds needs to know EVERYONE that was involved. We must expose the coverup and attempt to control the narrative of the pandemic origins. Everyone from Big Tech, the media, the Chinese and even our own government have been involved. What lies behind the coverup could reveal the dirty secret that, in order to cut corners, the academic elites and government entrusted Communist China with a civilization-killing virus.

Watch the full episode below:

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