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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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Biden's Big Speech: The Glenn Beck & Mark Levin Rebuttal

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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Is 2022 Our Last Chance to Save America? | Victor Davis Hanson | Ep 105

Do you know where your water comes from? Renowned historian and conservative commentator Victor Davis Hanson gets his water from a well on his family farm. He pumps it himself. And he believes that's what more Americans need — to be grounded and stop taking so much for granted. Hanson joins Glenn to point out that this needs to happen soon, because as he describes in his new article, "The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America," things are getting ... bleak. The Left is subverting the Constitution more every day. The value of the dollar is dropping. The media has fused with the radical Left. Corporations, Hollywood, Silicon Valley are all working together to increase their power and their wokeness. And academia isn't any better — as a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Hanson has watched for himself the deterioration of constitutional rights on campus. And as a historian, he knows how all of this usually ends — and what we must do to prevent it.

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Dollar Decimation: How Biden’s Spending Spree Will End Our Currency

If it feels like the U.S. government is spending money like it's going out of style, it's because it is.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes the TRUE state of our economy that the Biden administration doesn't want you to see. Obama kicked off a spending spree that was continued under the Trump administration, and now President Joe Biden will finally push us over the ledge with the $2.3 TRILLION "infrastructure" deal.

All signs point to a major economic disaster. And the perfect storm is brewing to convert the greenback into a new digital currency. Think Bitcoin, but with CENTRAL bank control, where we could see the end of private savings and private spending and your finances are tracked. Every time our money gets converted, your wallet will take the losses.

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WATCH: Glenn on Tucker: After Chauvin Verdict we CAN come together

Emotions are high and regardless of how you interpret what happened that day between Derek Chauvin and George Floyd, the wounds are deep. Politics swooped in and took an event that horrified everyone and turned it into a team sport, only deepening the divide.

Glenn joined Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night to discuss a less political way forward.