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.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

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?

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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