Greed, excess, manipulation, robbery: this budget bill represents the worst of Washington DC

TWO THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-TWO PAGES... that’s how long the newest budget bill is.

A small select group of lawmakers wrote this monstrosity and delivered it to the rest of Congress last night. But no worries! I’m sure your Congressman has PLENTY of time to read over this thing and make sure all your needs are met. There’s NO WAY this thing gets rushed through. Oh, wait... THEY’RE VOTING ON IT TOMORROW.

Two thousand, two hundred and thirty-two pages. Let’s put that into perspective for just a second. Expecting someone to read this bill before they vote on it tomorrow would be like asking them to read War and Peace, not once, BUT TWICE. War and Peace is only 1,400 pages. Not even a speed reader could get that done.

The truth is obvious. Most of Congress won’t even attempt to read this, but they’ll be guilted into voting for it anyway because... “THE GOVERNMENT MAY SHUT DOWN IF WE DON’T!!!”

$1.3 trillion of YOUR MONEY is at stake here. Yeah but, we’re dealing with a lot of complicated things this time, right? The border wall, DACA... If you were hoping to hear about either of those you’re going to be severely disappointed.

Those two issues, which held up the budget agreement last time, are nowhere to be found in this two thousand plus page mega-bill. Wow, it’s almost like neither side actually really cares about either issue. Almost like it’s just one big game.

So what IS getting funded? Well... Planned Parenthood is still getting money from OUR pockets. A half a billion dollar project to build a tunnel under the Hudson River is in there. I’m sure that doesn’t benefit New York Senator Chuck Schumer at all...

This isn’t governing.

The amount of wasteful spending is out of control. We’ve cut taxes, so we SHOULD be cutting back spending, but Washington is raising the national debt at a historic rate. In the last six months, the national debt has grown by ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. Has the debt grown that quickly before? Oh sure, back in 2009 during the GREAT RECESSION.

We’re now looking at $21 trillion in total debt, and there is NO sign that ANYONE in Washington cares to do anything about it. To the contrary, they just hid even more wasteful spending into a two thousand two hundred and thirty two page bill that THEY KNOW everyone won’t have time to read. This budget bill represents the worst Washington DC stands for: greed, excess, manipulation and outright robbery.

This isn’t governing. Who in Washington will take a stand and stop this?

It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place.

"I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's something in between," Jensen said. "I would have thought that the science of masks would have to do with the physics of masks, so I did a video a couple months ago where I talked about the pore side of a cotton mask or a surgical mask."

He explained that properly worn masks can help reduce the spread of virus particles, but cautioned against a false-sense of security when wearing a mask because they are far from providing complete protection.

"If you have a triple-ply mask, the pore size will end up being effectively five microns. And five microns, to a COVID-19 virus particle, is 50 times larger. That's approximately the same differential between the two-inch separation between the wires of a chain-link fence, and a gnat," Jensen explained.

"But now what we're seeing is if we have some collision of COVID-19 viral particles with the latticework of any mask ... if you're breathing out or breathing in and the viral particles collide with the actual latticework of a mask, I think intuitively, yes, we can reduce the amount of virus particles that are going back and forth."

Dr. Rutherford said masks are essential tools for fighting COVID-19, as long as you wear them correctly. He laid out the three main reasons he believes we should all be wearing masks.

"So, we're trying to do three things," he said. "First of all, we're trying to protect the people around you, in case you are one of the 60% of people who have asymptomatic infection and don't know it. The second thing we're trying to do is to protect you. The third thing we're trying to do is, if you get infected, you'll get infected at a lower dose, and then you're less likely to develop symptoms. That's the threefer."

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On the heels of the Seattle City Council's vehement support for cutting the police department by 50%, the council's next plan is to abolish prisons, municipal courts, and ultimately the entire criminal justice system, according to several documents leaked from the King County Executive's Office in Seattle.

The documents, which read like a critical race theory paper or a far-left diversity training pamphlet, detail a plan that has apparently been years in the making. They argue America's criminal justice system is a "white supremacist institution" that must be dismantled entirely.

Christopher Rufo, editor for City Journal and director of the Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to reveal exactly how and why city leaders plan to abolish the foundational institutions responsible for catching and prosecuting crime, including police departments, jails, prisons, and court systems.

"This is a document that comes from the King County's executive office, and it really provides the theoretical basis for the executive's plan to completely and permanently shut down the largest jail, with no plans to replace it," Rufo said of the first document. "It has a kind of chart and a pyramid that says that ... the things that are foundational to the justice system in Seattle, and in the United States, is white racism, white supremacy, white fragility, and a whole lot of other theories with the kind of the buzzwords that have been circulating lately."

The documents go on to claim that crimes committed by "People of Color" are not the fault of the criminal, but the fault of society — specifically white society.

"The logic is, well, if you have a racist society, that in essence forces people, especially people of color, to commit crimes. If you abolish the institutions of the carceral system, if you abolish the jails, if you abolish the police, and the municipal courts, those people will stop offending because their oppression has been lifted," Rufo explained.

"I mean, it's absurd! It doesn't work in practice at all. And it gets the causality so skewed it's hard to even understand on logical grounds. But this is the kind of pseudo-scientific, pseudo-academic nonsense that is driving the decision making at the highest levels of government in Seattle, in Portland, in New York, and elsewhere. It's really shocking because they're really boiling down a very complex social problem, crime, to just, 'white people are evil and they set up these evil institutions that force people to do wrong.' And their solution is not reform at this point. For many years, it was about criminal justice reform. They've moved well beyond that, in very rapid succession, to do criminal justice abolition."

View the source documents here and here.

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Despite being just about the most isolated family in America for the past several months, Glenn Beck's entire family caught COVID-19 — all except for his two grandkids and himself, that is. Fortunately for them, it was no worse than having a "bad cold with a fever."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn shared what the experience has been like so far, the medicines his doctor has prescribed, and why he believes everyone will eventually catch this virus.

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Acting Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, Ken Cuccinelli, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday. He came prepared to expose the leftist lies and detail the truth about what's really going on with federal agents in Portland, Oregon.

Cuccinelli made it clear that claims of federal agents in unmarked cars " kidnapping" Portland protesters from the streets are patently false. Rather, agents are protecting federal buildings in a lawful, safe, and constitutional manner.

"There are four federal agencies [in Portland] protecting the federal property. Three of them are from the Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. Marshals is the fourth, they guard the inside of the courthouse," explained Cuccinelli.

He went on to explain that a little known division of the DHS, called the Federal Protective Service, protects thousands of federal properties across the country, and has been protecting the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland since it was built in 1997.

"This is not a new mission. It's a 24/7, 365 mission. We've been there from the beginning of this courthouse being built, and the birth of the Department of Homeland Security," Cuccinelli said.

"Our officers have bravely and resolutely done their duty and done their job to protect their facilities and people using them, and each other, of course," he continued. "And with respect to the cars, we do use unmarked cars. I almost laughed when I heard [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi making this 'accusation.' Maybe she should check the San Francisco Police Department. You will find that every single law enforcement agency of any size in America uses unmarked vehicles, because they're safer for the officers and they're more effective for the mission. And we're not grabbing people off the street. The only people that we detain are people that match descriptions of offenders or who were just caught in the act."

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