Mike Lee Uses This Simple Analogy to Explain Why the Government Is Ripping You Off

What’s going on?

Congress has pushed through a major budget deal that increases government spending caps by a whopping $300 billion over the next two years. Conservative lawmakers like Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) aren’t happy.

This week, Lee used the analogy of a trip to the grocery store to illustrate why out-of-control government spending is insane. If you go to the store for bread and milk, why should you have to buy one of every item in the store to purchase those two things? Why is government funding an all-or-nothing decision?

Did the government shut down?

Very briefly, yes. Congress approved a budget deal that President Donald Trump signed into law early this morning, ending the overnight shutdown.

Who else fought the deal?

In the House, 76 Republicans voted against the continuing resolution, while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged Democrats to vote no because the bill doesn’t include a provision for DACA.

Paul delayed the bill on the Senate floor until 1 a.m. this morning, forcing a brief government shutdown until the deal went to a vote.

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GLENN: All right. We've got a lot to say about the budget. Last night had to be one of the weirdest and ridiculous nights of government that I have maybe ever seen. If you watched C-SPAN -- let me rephrase this because this is a phrase that has never been uttered before. Hey, did you watch C-SPAN last night? No.

But if you would have watched C-SPAN, you might have actually been entertained. If it didn't mean slavery to our children.

Last night's theatrics, if it had a musical score, it would have been somewhere between circus music and the Benny Hill theme -- I expected that three-wheel car to come in and just tip over.

The Senate agreed two days ago, in a long-term bipartisan budget deal, that is the equivalent of a massive, raging Dumpster fire. Now, here's the thing: This isn't this isn't actually a budget. This is a continuing resolution. This is vote for everything the government does, no exceptions, no changes, except to change in increasing the spending, or shut down the government.

This set the tone for last night when Rand Paul stood up in in front of Senate Republicans and called up their hypocrisy. Paul didn't pull any punches. He straight-up called them all hypocrites and warned that a, quote, day of reckoning is coming.

Thank you, Rand Paul, for being a voice of reason. Thank you for actually warning the country on what's coming. If they don't pay attention, their own blood and the blood of their children are on their hands. You did your job. Same with Mike Lee.

Rand Paul is right. And every Republican in that room -- I mean, that did agree with him, back in 2011, they all fought the Democrats to install budget caps. This is out-of-control spending! This new budget obliterates all those new budget caps and sets the precedent for this to get even worse in the years to come. Wow.

The Republicans, they suddenly have become enlightened. They've had a change of heart. They don't want children to starve to death anymore. They're not trying to kill all of the people that just can't get hospital care.

Oh, my gosh. Or, did they actually not ever really believe in physical responsibility to begin with? Or were they just playing partisan politics? Spoiler alert, it's the last part.

The truth is. They just wanted to win in 2011. And so they knew, if we impose debt caps, well, we'll convince the American people, that if you vote for us, things are going to be different. Well, they are different, to the tune of $2 trillion of more debt in the next two years.

That's great. So bravo to Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and anyone else that stood up and actually said out loud what some on the Senate floor might have been thinking and feeling, if they were still thinking and feeling people.

Paul kept his criticism going long enough to delay the vote, which actually caused the government to shut down just for a little bit -- just for a couple of minutes. In the end, it was valiant, but a losing effort.

The Senate voted 71-28 to pass the deal. Democrats voted against the deal, but not because of the budget. It didn't do enough for those who are here illegally. It shot over to the House for a quick vote, to try to avoid the shutdown extending into Friday.

Over at the House, Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues not to show their hand until they knew how many Republicans would vote yes.

And as the pressure finally mounted, she declared that she wouldn't vote because of DACA, of course. But she wouldn't hold anybody else back from voting for it.

One by one, Democrats voted yes. They started to flood in.

I don't know if Nancy Pelosi is just full-fledged -- not in her right mind?

Or if she's auditioning for an acting gig. Because neither her theatrics last night nor her eight-plus-hour-long DACA speech had any value beyond pure theater.

Last night, if you watched C-SPAN, which nobody did -- it was kind of entertaining. If you're suicidal, if you were bored, nerdy and really rooting for the construction of America, you loved it.

What else beyond a good movie or I bad ineffective government can deliver laughs and tears, all in one episode?

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.

Science did it again. It only took 270 million years, but this week, scientists finally solved the mystery that has kept the world up at night. We finally know where octopuses come from: outer space. That explains why they look like the aliens in just about every alien movie ever made.

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It turns out octopuses were aliens that evolved on another planet. Scientists haven't determined which one yet, but they've definitely narrowed it down to one of the planets in one of the galaxies. Hundreds of millions of years ago (give or take a hundred), these evolved octopus aliens arrived on Earth in the form of cryopreserved eggs. Now, this part is just speculation, but it's possible their alien planet was on the verge of destruction, so Mom and Dad Octopus self-sacrificially placed Junior in one of these cryopreserved eggs and blasted him off the planet to save their kind.

This alien-octopus research, co-authored by a group of 33 scientists, was published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal. I'm sure you keep that on your nightstand like I do.

Anyway, these scientists say octopuses evolved very rapidly over 270 million years. Which sounds slow, but in evolutionary terms, 270 million years is like light speed. And the only explanation for their breakneck evolution is that they're aliens. The report says, “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes — more than is present in Homo sapiens."

Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

They mention that the octopus' large brain, sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies and ability to change color and shape all point to its alien nature. Octopuses developed those capabilities rather suddenly in evolution, whereas we're still trying to figure out the TV remote.

These biological enhancements are so far ahead of regular evolution that the octopuses must have either time-traveled from the future, or “more realistically" according to scientists, crash-landed on earth in those cryopreserved egg thingies. The report says the eggs arrived here in “icy bolides." I had to look up what a “bolide" is, and turns out it's a fancy word for a meteor.

So, to recap: a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, an alien race of octopuses packed their sperm-bank samples in some meteors and shot them toward Earth. Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

President Trump's approval rating is rising, and Democrats — hilariously — can't seem to figure out what's going on. A few months ago Democrats enjoyed a sixteen point lead over Republicans, but now — according to CNN's recent national survey — that lead is down to just THREE points. National data from Reuters shows it as being even worse.

The Democratic advantage moving towards the halfway mark into 2018 shows that Republicans are only ONE point behind. The president's public approval rating is rising, and Democrats are nervously looking at each other like… “umm guys, what are we doing wrong here?"

I'm going to give Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi a little hint. We know that the Left has enjoyed a “special relationship" with the media, but they might want to have a sit down with their propaganda machine. The mainstream media is completely out of control, and Americans are sick of it. We're DONE with the media.

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Look what has been going on just this week. The president called MS-13 gang members animals, but that's not the story the media jumped on. They thought it was more clickable to say that Trump was calling all immigrants animals instead. In the Middle East, the media rushed to vilify Israel instead of Hamas. They chose to defend a terror organization rather than one of our oldest allies.

Think about that. The media is so anti-Trump that they've chosen a violent street gang AND A GLOBAL TERROR ORGANIZATION as their torch-bearing heroes. Come on, Democrats. Are you seriously baffled why the American people are turning their backs on you?

Still not enough evidence? Here's the New York Times just yesterday. Charles Blow wrote a piece called "A Blue Wave of Moral Restoration" where he tried to make the case that the president and Republicans were the enemy, but — fear not — Democrat morality was here to save the day.

Here are some of these cases Blow tries to make for why Trump is unfit to be President:

No person who treats women the way Trump does and brags on tape about sexually assaulting them should be president.

Ok, fine. You can make that argument if you want to, but why weren't you making this same argument for Bill Clinton? Never mind, I actually know the reason. Because you were too busy trying to bury the Juanita Broaddrick story.

Let's move on:

No person who has demonstrated himself to be a pathological liar should be president.

Do the words, “You can keep your doctor" mean anything to the New York Times or Charles Blow? I might have saved the best for last:

No person enveloped by a cloud of corruption should be president.

I can only think of three words for a response to this: Hillary Frigging Clinton.

Try displaying a little consistency.

If the media really wants Donald Trump gone and the Democrats to take over, they might want to try displaying a little consistency. But hey, maybe that's just too much to ask.

How about starting with not glorifying terrorist organizations and murderous street gangs. Could we at least begin there?

If not… good luck in the midterms.

In the weeks following President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the mainstream media was quick to criticize the president's pro-Israel stance and make dire predictions of violent backlash in the Middle East. Fast forward to this week's opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the simultaneous Palestinian “protests" in Gaza.

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Predictably, the mainstream media chastised Israel for what they called “state-sanctioned terrorism" when the IDF stepped in to protect their country from so-called peaceful Palestinian protesters. Hamas leaders later admitted that at least 50 of the 62 Palestinians killed in the clashes were Hamas terrorists.

“In our post-modern media age, there is no truth and nobody even seems to be looking for it …. This is shamefully clear in the media especially this week with their coverage of the conflict between the border of Israel and the Gaza strip," said Glenn on today's show. He added, “The main media narrative this week is about how the IDF is just killing innocent protesters, while Hamas officials have confirmed on TV that 50 of the 62 people killed were working for Hamas."

The mainstream media views the Palestinians as the oppressed people who just want to share the land and peacefully coexist with the people of Israel. “They can't seem to comprehend that in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only one side is actively trying to destroy the other," surmised Glenn.

Watch the video above to hear Glenn debunk the “peaceful Palestinian protest" fallacy.