Glenn Beck: Bailout opposition growing


Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina

GLENN: A voice that we have grown to trust on this program from South Carolina, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is with us now. Senator, you said, and I quote, it is a sad fact that Americans can no longer trust the economic information that they are getting from this administration.

SENATOR DeMINT: You are exactly right, Glenn. We've heard all year long that we've got a crisis. And first it was $150 billion to send checks to every American. That didn't work. Then we needed $300 billion to bail out some mortgage bankers. That didn't work. Then they wanted to blame for Fannie Mae but promised they wouldn't use it. They did use it. And now they want nearly a trillion dollars to put a Band Aid on this to get us past the next election.

GLENN: I believe Paulson lied to you, I think it was Paulson lied to you yesterday when he said this is the maximum of $700 billion that we want and we won't use a dollar more, and I don't believe for this to work, it's going to take $2 trillion. There's just no way this is $700 billion, no way.

SENATOR DeMINT: I mean, this, even at $700 billion, that's $10,000 for every American family and the folks who don't think they will have to pay it, they will because the value of our dollar and what we can buy with it is going to continue to decline because this country has so much debt and other countries are losing confidence in our ability to pay it back. So I think any good this thing might do in the short term is going to be wiped out by long term problems.

GLENN: When you say you can't trust this administration, the information that is coming out there, do you believe, Senator you know, I don't want to put you on the spot. Here's what I believe and you tell me and you take it from there. I believe that we are in a catastrophe mode that last week we were on the eve of October 1929, massive, massive failure of our system. I believe this is not really even designed to work. It is designed to slowly collapse this system as opposed to having the plane fall right out of the sky. Do you have a sunnier version of that?

SENATOR DeMINT: Well, I think the truth is no one really knows. I mean, clearly we've got a lot of bad mortgages that have been guaranteed by the government, spread throughout our financial system, and there will be a credit crunch. There's going to be a tightening of credit. And the thought is that we throw all this money into the system that credit will be loosened up, but that's going to take a while to do. And if basically we're socializing our economic system.

GLENN: Right.

SENATOR DeMINT: No one should be fooled by this at all. And once if government gets into something, it never gets out. We're basically selling out our free enterprise system here. And for my part, I can't see how we can ask men and women to go around the world, fight and die for freedom when we're going to sell it out here. I mean, under the guise of trying to stop a recession. The real frustrating thing, Glenn, is there are some things that we could do to make the free market work better. I mean, we could lower our corporate tax rate. We know we need to do that. We could eliminate the capital gains tax. We could fix Sarbanes Oxley that's chasing capital offshore.

GLENN: Yes.

SENATOR DeMINT: We could open up our own energy and stop sending our money overseas. These things are obvious but we don't do anything to help the economy work but we're looking at doing nearly a trillion dollars as a down payment. Like you said, I think it's just a down payment.

GLENN: Okay. Senator, I have been against every single one of these bailouts. This one I have said that I am for because I believe it is slow down catastrophe. However, there are caveats to that. Congress is taking this thing and I mean, introducing judges to be able to negotiate your renegotiate your interest level and your mortgage payments and everything else. And then the other disturbing thing that I'm starting to hear, I heard a lot of talk about it yesterday in the United Nations and everything else. United Nations is now saying to stem this, we must have one global financial system. You have China saying we need one global currency. You're starting to hear these things, making me believe that there's a lot of people in this that would certainly love to design a global financial system. Is that just talk of a raving madman?

SENATOR DeMINT: No. I mean, the government can't get in it without trying to manage the whole thing. I mean, we've seen that in education, we're seeing it in healthcare. You've seen what they've done in the whole energy business. And once they get into the credit market, they are not only going to be talking about CEO compensation, what the interest rates are, who can get a loan, who can't get a loan, and that's how this whole problem started is we wanted everyone to have a house whether they could afford it or not. We've created easy credit, government backed loans and we are bringing down our financial market.

GLENN: Senator, I have 20 seconds here. Can I hold you past the break or do you have another you've got to cut and run?

SENATOR DeMINT: No, I can wait another five, seven how long will you be?

GLENN: Just a couple minutes and then we'll continue after the break and we'll continue our conversation because I'd like you to spell out in the most pithy way exactly why Americans should be against this or for it. You are obviously against it. Why they should be against it and what they can do to make sure the people in congress hear their voice, coming up.

(OUT 9:30)

GLENN: We're talking about this bailout package and as I have told you before, I am for the bailout package, however that is getting weaker and weaker as the days go on because it is getting more and more caveats and it is becoming worse and worse. Congress does exactly what congress always does. They have not sensed what is really coming around the corner and they are trying to load it up with special interests and making sure they take care of all their boys and making sure that they score political points. And also there's the other side of growing cries of socialism and one world government, one world control of the financial system here in the last week and that should make the hair stand on the back of your head. So we go back to Senator DeMint now.

Tell me exactly what you think the worst case or the worst point of this bailout bill is.

SENATOR DeMINT: It will increase our national debt to the point where our dollar will begin to lose confidence around the world, which means our dollar will be worth a fraction of what it is today. And we're already in a position where we can't pay our debts. This just pushes us over the cliffs in my mind. And I think the second part of that is there's no example in our history of a government actually taking something over and running it well. It's ruined our education system, it's ruined our healthcare system, our transportation system. And the financial markets are the most complex and dynamic part of our economy. The government cannot come in and buy it. And just as you were starting to explain before the break is once they get into it, then you start looking at globalization of rules, the United Nations involved with what we're doing here because these bad mortgages are all over the world now. They've been sold with government guarantees all over the country as part of our debt package. And these other countries are demanding we make them good. So this government's dug a big hole for us and we can't get out without some pain. But I think we can get out of this because I really do believe that the American people and our economic structure will work if we just take the burden of bad government, overtaxation, regulation off of it and that is something we could do in a week if we were willing to do it.

GLENN: Senator, what can the average person do? Just call the Senate and call the House and say absolutely no bailout, and will people actually listen to the American people?

SENATOR DeMINT: They will. I mean, there were only a few of us trying to stop the immigration bill and millions of Americans called and e mailed and wrote. The same thing with earmarks. We're almost going to we're close to winning that battle because people have gotten angry and engaged. We're going to lift the moratorium on drilling because people got angry. And after they heard the truth from you and others around the country. If they e mail and call and they show their anger to their congressmen and senators and they don't settle for this double speak of, "Oh, well, we have to do it but we're going to protect the taxpayer," that's a bunch of baloney. Once the government gets into this business, I mean, we have socialized our economy. So the anger of the American people is what's needed now and we could win if people call in. Everyone listening to your show today, if they called, I guarantee you the Democrats would back off of this thing and leave the President to hold it.

GLENN: All right. Senator, I sure appreciate all of your hard work and we would love to have you back in the coming base and update us on that.

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First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

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"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

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-AND-

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Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

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At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


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This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.