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?

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

Don't miss the full interview with Eric Weinstein here.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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