Glenn Beck: Bailout stalls


Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina

Glenn: But let's go to Lee.  Hang on.  We have Senator DeMint with us.  He's just called in.  So, let me go right to the senator.  Senator, how are you, sir?

Senator DeMint:  Hey, Glenn, I hope to jump in front of Lee, but I hope you'll give us a few minutes.

Glenn:  I appreciate it.  I didn't know you were on the phone yet.  Senator, you know what?  Honestly I feel today like that guy in the -- in every Hitchcock film that finds himself in an impossible situation and he's, like, well, wait, wait.  How did I get involved in this?

Senator DeMint:  Yeah.

Glenn:  Today after the Senate decided that they were not going to bail out the big three, George Bush said that it had to go through Congress, now the news breaking from Bloomburg is that Bush is reversing himself and he's going to use coincidentally the $15 billion that's left from the bailout, he's going to use that to bail out the big three auto makers to save them because Congress didn't act.  Since when do we have this system where anybody can just do whatever the hell they want with our money?

Senator DeMint:  Well, that would be, I think, a big mistake by the bush administration.  He's had a lot of problems in his administration, I think, expanding the scope of government and the dependency of people and what happened in the Senate was that the united auto workers, the union bosses, essentially did to us what they've done to the auto companies for years and they would not negotiate in good faith to create a reasonable compensation package which the government should not be negotiating, anyway, but there were Republicans who were trying to work out something where we could keep these companies operating but the unions just threw the work he recalls and the interest of the workers out the window and said no way and --

Glenn:  Senate, hang on just a second.  I mean, first of all, you're exactly right on the -- I mean, it's pretty darn reasonable to ask the auto workers union to take a concession and have the auto workers work in Detroit where you think you can buy a house for 1 dollar 75, to ask them to take a pay cut to the level of the auto workers here in America building Hondas and, you know, other foreign cars.  So, it's totally reasonable, but we're off the track already.  Why should we be baling this company -- what are they telling you that makes you, of all people say, well, maybe we should bail out the big three?

Senator DeMint:  Well, I had told them of regardless of how they changed it, I did not think it was the appropriate role of government because the role of government is to make laws.  We have laws.  We have bankruptcy protection, we have Chapter $11 designed for situations just like this, where a company can continue to operate, they can restructure their debt, they can rewrite their union contracts all under the protection of an objective bankruptcy judge and that's what the companies need to do.  The government cannot manage an automobile company and that's what they're talking about with the car czar and the ridiculous things that have been going on lately and now, you know, the President is saying, well, this slush fund that Congress passed awhile back that we haven't used like we said we were already, now we're going to use it to pick winners and losers out in the marketplace.  People are getting angry because a lot of people have been laid off and I hear everywhere, why aren't they baling me out, why aren't they helping me?

Glenn:  I don't want them helping anyone.  I want you people in Washington to get your freaking hands off my money.  When is that message ever going to be carried by anybody?

Senator DeMint:  Well, it's got to -- the idea of a Constitutional government and rule of law has kind of been throughout out of the window in Washington.

Glenn:  So, how do we get it back, senator?

Senator DeMint:  Well, the way we do it is the way we beat this bailout is we get people angry from your shows, shows all over the country, bloggers.  I spent the whole week along with five other senators doing radio talk shows, talking to bloggers and having bloggers, you know, teleconferences and going on FOX and CNN and NBC.  All of us did that and that's what happened is Americans got angry, they called, they e-mailed their senators, and lot of the senators backed down who were going the other way.  That's how we can change Washington.

Glenn:  But -- wait a minute.  Senator, we're running out of time.  You know, it was one thing to say three years ago, you know, let's get people -- let's get people angry about this and involved.  You're getting to a point to where people are already angry and as they feel their government just take them and stab them in the back and not listen to them and we -- okay.  You got us angry.  We listened.  We got on the phone.  We called.  Yada yada yada.  We spoke.  You guys saved it, but then it goes to, you know, the money czar, Hank Paulson, and King George W. Bush and he just screws us, anyway.  At some point, Senator, you've got so many people who are angry that stupid, violent things can happen and that is -- I am so -- I have been -- I said to you at the beginning of this conversation, I feel like the guy in every Hitchcock movie.  I have been saying to people in Washington for the last three to four years, please stop this, please, please, you don't know what you're doing.  You're sewing the seeds of discontent.  You are moving in a direction that is going to make the American people not trust you and angry with you.  Now I've given up on Washington.  Now I'm looking to the other group of people in America and I'm saying to them, No, please don't do this.  Please, back away.  Sit down.  Have peace in your heart, love.  Don't do anything stupid.  Do you know what?  I mean, here I am in the center of this thing and I think most Americans feel this, nothing good is coming our way with anger.

Senator DeMint:  No, it's not.  And I hear the anger every day in my office because we've gotten thousands of calls on this, thousands of calls on energy, thousands of calls on earmarks, illegal immigration, the amnesty bill and you're right.  For the last three or four years, it's really been --

Glenn:  One after another.

Senator DeMint:  Legislative chaos and people are losing confidence and what we need to do now -- I don't want to give up hope.  I think we're close to the point of no return with socialism, but we can still fight this.  People need to let the bush administration know the same way they let senators know we don't expect him to come in and do anything because these companies can continue to operate under the protection of Chapter 11 and that's the only way to fool the rule of law here and they're not going to close down unless they just ignore the obvious.  The people who held their debt were willing to take a two thirds loss yesterday when we were negotiating this.  Everybody involved, the CEO's were going to take caps on salaries.  Everybody but the unions were willing to negotiate and now I see more than ever what has happened to these car companies.  These unions have pushed their back against the wall and the government shouldn't come out and bail out the unions because that's really what's happening here.

Glenn:  But they're going to.  They're going to.  If they didn't do it now, they're going to do is as soon as the Democrats take control.  The unions spent $1 billion.  You want to talk about a special interest group?  $1 billion.  Senator, you said -- I think it was yesterday and you've since changed this or retracted this and said it was a misspeak, but you said that you thought that riots would happen if this went through.  What are you changing that to?

Senator DeMint:  Well, no.  I was really just referencing what I had seen on television is people protesting already with signs, you bailed out Bank of America, why not me and people who have been laid off.  So, I'm not -- I mean, I think people were suggesting I was encouraging riots and I wasn't, about I'm eye frayed the anger of the people, just as you said, is going to bubble over to very destructive behavior because a lot of people are going to be hurting over the next year or two and they're going to be wondering why some are getting money and some aren't and that's just the way socialism works.  It sews discontent and anger and it turns into --

Glenn:  Senator, most people listening to me right now, you're speaking to a group that has been very active.  You're speaking to the group that pays attention to the news, that reads, that cares deeply.  This audience, like so many others, are not getting their news from Jon Stewart.  They'll get their laughs from Jon Stewart but not their news from Jon Stewart.  They're not the people that are just, like, well, I don't know.  Bailout?  I guess.  These people are involved and they have been involved and they have been involved for so long and they have been screwed over and over and over again.  They have said, No, I want you to protect our border and stop calling me a racist for that.  There are economic ramifications.  You know, every step of the way, they've called, they've got ton involved, and then they've been stabbed in the back many times by their own party and the people that they voted for.  Please speak directly to those people who are right now in their car saying, senator, you've got to be kidding me.  You really want me to get on the phone one more time and call?  They're running out of times that they're going to

Caller: .  Speak to them.

Senator DeMint:  Well, I'd like to, because I've been pummeled by my own party trying to change rules of seniority in the last month, in trying to three Ted Stephens out of our conference so that people would know we want a new start and my own party has been pretty rough on me, but I will say, I mean, I'm concerned and I'm fighting every day, but we did stop the amnesty bill.  You know, we have done a lot to create a problem with the earmarks and people are backing down from those to a degree.  Haven't won that battle yet, but we have, through the anger of the American people, gotten a moratorium on drilling taken away.  They'll probably fry to put it back on, but we defeated the auto bailout and we've lost a lot of battles, too, but I think part of this process is helping a lot of Americans, like those that listen to your show, realize they can make a difference.  It's hard and if you look at -- if you Google Jim DeMint, you'll see what kind of abuse that I'm taking.

Glenn:  Oh, senator, you are one of the guys -- the good guys.  You have been on the front line and I don't mean to take my frustration out on you, but I'm frustrated, senator, just as you are, because some of us, you have been one of them, have been ringing this bell for quite some time with the members of the Senate and Congress and in this current White House saying, what are you doing?  You are sewing the seeds of our destruction and I'm not even talking about nationalized, socialized country.  What I'm talking about is they are sewing the seeds of ripping us apart internally and nobody would listen and they're still not listening and I just -- I just know that the people who are paying attention are holding their head and they're saying, What else do I do?  What else do I do?

Senator DeMint:  Well, Glenn, I would just again, these folks that listen to you encourage me because they've called and they've said, keep fighting and I know they're listening to your show.  The thing I've come to realize is I'm butting my head against the wall trying to change the Senate.  The way I can change this country and stop what the Congress is doing is to get more and more people engaged and informed, angry, constructively angry, and to grow those numbers and I think we're beginning to do that.  People are walking up.  You know, calls that used to be in the hundreds are now in the thousands.  People are no longer saying you've got to push issue this or that.  They're grabbing my arm and saying, how can I help?  That's what they say, how can I help in so, Americans wants to get involved.  We've just got to give them a target and help them -- and I tell you, we've got to get busy this year because these same unions that have brought down the American auto industry, they want to get rid of the secret ballot, they want to spread unionism across the country and the Democrats are requesting to help them and hopefully these kind of things will bring today a rebirth of a Republican party because, as you've mentioned, I mean, we can't even trust the Republican party as a label because we've had so many among us who didn't agree with our basic philosophy.  So, we've got a lot of work to do, but I can't afford to have -- to get negative.  I do every now and then, but then I come home and people say, Keep fighting.  Thank you.

Glenn:  No.  Senator, God bless you.  I don't know.  I couldn't do your job.  I don't know who could.  Let me ask you this:  How many people in the Senate that you work with -- are you there?

Senator DeMint:  Excuse me.  Somebody just got on the line.

Glenn:  It might be one of my kids.  I'm using the phone.  How many people that you work with on a day-to-day basis in the Senate do you think actually understand how dire the situation is with discontent and the economy, that know that they are dealing now with something that this country has never, ever experienced before?

Caller:  We might have 10 in the Senate.

Glenn:  Geez.

Senator DeMint:  But salt and light can go a long way and we've had less than that who have, you know, stopped the amnesty bill and done other things like -- I mean, there were six of us that met at the beginning of this week and decided to do everything we could to take our case to the American people and at that point everyone was saying there was no way we could stop this thing, but a few people can make a difference if they have advocates on the outside and that really comes back to you, your listeners, and folks like you around the country.

Glenn:  Senator, I've got to go, but we do support you, sir, and we will be watching you carefully and don't you dare give up, because there are very few lights in Washington coming out and we appreciate you being there.

Senator DeMint:  Thank you.  We couldn't do it without you.

Glenn:  You bet.  Bye-bye.  Senator Jim DeMint.

Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving for radical leftists. This charade goes on year after year, where decent folks across America try to enjoy and celebrate Christmas, and a few militant progressives disapprove. It's exhausting. We get it, you don't like Christmas. And that's totally fine. But entire communities of people who do like to celebrate Christmas are tired of their celebration being held hostage by an extreme minority—sometimes just one person—getting offended.

This year, a self-described “Unintentional Grinch who stole Christmas" is in the lead to win Scrooge of the Year. The principal at Manchester Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska sent her teachers a memo this week outlining all the Christmas-related items and activities that will not be allowed in their classrooms.

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The banned list includes:

  • Santa
  • Christmas trees
  • Elf on the Shelf
  • Singing Christmas carols
  • Playing Christmas music
  • Making an ornament as a gift
  • Any red and green items
  • Reindeer
  • And, of course, candy canes. Not because the sugar will make the children hyper, but because, as the principal explains, the candy cane is shaped like a “J" for Jesus.

She writes, “the red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection." In case you try to cheat, different-colored candy canes are not allowed either.

Why is this principal going out of her way to delete any trace of Christmas in her school? She explains:

“I come from a place that Christmas and the like are not allowed in schools…"

Her list, “aligns with my interpretation of our expectations as a public school who seeks to be inclusive and culturally sensitive to all of our students."

What about being culturally sensitive toward students who do celebrate Christmas?

Kids will survive if they're accidentally exposed to a Santa.

The irony here, for this principal and others who hate Christmas and the Christianity that undergirds it, is that Christmas has long existed on two parallel tracks. You've got the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ on one, and you've got the Santa Claus, secular mythology on the other. That means there is more than enough about the Christmas season that has nothing to do with Jesus if that's your thing.

You don't need a totalitarian list of forbidden things to protect the children from a 2,000-year-old holiday. Kids will survive if they're accidentally exposed to a Santa, or a Christmas carol, or—heaven forbid—a manger scene.

Avenatti bails on 2020 presidential run, leaving Biden as 'most qualified' — really?

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Well, that de-escalated quickly. Michael Avenatti, lawyer of Stormy Daniels, announced he will not run for president in 2020 after all. That takes the number of Democrats planning to challenge Trump down to around 724.

In a statement, Avenatti said he would still run, but he decided not to out of respect for his family's “concerns." He didn't list their concerns, but said:

“We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter. I remain hopeful the party finds one."

Speaking of — if you've been wondering who's the most qualified person in America to be president, wonder no more. It's former vice president Joe Biden.

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How do we know? Because ol' Joe told us so, at a book tour stop in Montana. The 76-year-old says he'll make a decision about a 2020 bid within the next two months, which is campaign-speak for “I'm definitely running, so get out your checkbooks."

Biden admitted:

“I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can't tell the truth."

Yeah, about that… the first time Biden ran for president, in 1987, he was actually pulling ahead of the Democratic pack until his campaign got snagged on plagiarism. He got caught lifting entire sections of a speech by Neil Kinnock, a British Labor Party candidate who ran for Prime Minister and lost to Margaret Thatcher. It wasn't just the fact that Biden copied exact sections of Kinnock's speech, he also stole biographical facts from Kinnock's life and tried to pass them off as his own — like saying his ancestors were coal miners.

The most qualified person in the country to be president? Maybe in the mind of Joe Biden.

Perhaps in the pre-Internet era, Biden thought he could get away with it. But he didn't. An adviser for Michael Dukakis' campaign saw a tape of Kinnock's speech and put together a side-by-side comparison video of Biden's plagiarizing, then sent the tape to the New York Times. As reporters dug further into the story, they found that Biden had also lifted large portions of speeches by Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.

Those revelations led Biden to admit he got an “F" for a course in law school after he plagiarized five pages for a term paper. Biden was caught in more lies about his academic credentials and enough embarrassments mounted that he finally withdrew from the race.

The most qualified person in the country to be president? Maybe in the mind of Joe Biden.

Saturday Night Live writer Nimesh Patel, an Emmy-nominated comedian, is the latest victim in campus culture's wacky game. Patel is the first Indian-American writer for SNL, so by the usual standards of identity politics, he should be safe. Not the case. All of the rules went out the window when he was performing a stand-up comedy set for an event called "cultureSHOCK: Reclaim" at Columbia University hosted by the Asian American Alliance.

He joked that being gay cannot be a choice because “no one looks in the mirror and thinks, 'this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it.'"

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For one, that's less of a joke and more of a statement. It's exactly the kind of safe, pro-LGBT statement that you would think campus feminists and trans activists would squeal with glee to hear.

According to Columbia's school paper, student organizers, offended by Patel's joke, rushed the stage 30 minutes into the set and told Patel that he needed to finish his set and say a few closing remarks.

Patel argued that his jokes were not offensive, and that they were actually much-needed insights into the real world. He also made it clear that he stands in solidarity with the Asian American Alliance.

They still cut his microphone off and booted him off stage.

Patel hasn't commented on the uproar, but here are a few comments from people who were in the audience:

The Columbia Spectator quoted three students who were in the audience. One of them said:

“The message they were trying to send with the event was opposite to the jokes he was making, and using people's ethnicity as the crux of his jokes could be funny but still offensive... He definitely wasn't the most crass comedian I've ever heard but for the event it was inappropriate."

Another student said:

“I really dislike when people who are older say that our generation needs to be exposed to the real world. Obviously the world is not a safe space but just accepting that it's not and continuing to perpetuate the un-safeness of it… is saying that it can't be changed," said Jao. “When older generations say you need to stop being so sensitive, it's like undermining what our generation is trying to do in accepting others and making it safer."

The radical version of leftism that has overtaken college campuses... will eat their own without thinking twice.

The third student wasn't bothered by the jokes:

“While what some of the things that he said might have been a bit provoking to some of the audience, as someone who watches comedy a lot, none of them were jokes that I hadn't heard before and none of them were jokes that elicited such a response in my experience."

The third student is a little ray of hope in all of this, but I'm afraid that people like her are increasingly outnumbered and unwilling to speak up.

The jokes were clearly not racist or homophobic. If anything, they seem to have been designed to pander to overly sensitive campus activists who all too often cry “racist" and “homophobic" and all their other insults.

It just goes to show that the left, particularly the radical version of leftism that has overtaken college campuses, will stop at nothing to push its postmodern narrative. They'll spare nobody. And they will eat their own without thinking twice.

Forbes recently described student loan debt as the $1.5 trillion crisis, adding that "Student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category - behind only mortgage debt - and higher than both credit cards and auto loans," which is affecting 44 million borrowers in the U.S.

There's also the cultural effect that college is having, the indoctrination that young people are being subjected to. More and more powerful people are recognizing that college as an institution is a problem.

Last Friday, Peter Thiel gave a keynote speech at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Collegiate Network editors' conference. He told a roomful of 100 students:

Universities today are as corrupt as the Catholic Church of 500 years ago. At some point, if it's 100 to zero, you start to suspect you're in North Korea. Does the unanimity mean you've gotten to the truth, or does it mean you're in a totalitarian state. We have this illusion that all sorts of important decisions have been decided.

He added:

We are not on the losing side of history. The other side is on the losing side. The reformation is going to happen, and it won't come from within, but from the outside.

Thiel has worked actively to bring about the change that he's talking about here. The lawsuit he led against Gawker helped topple their empire of filth and lowest-level journalism. He has also created The Thiel Fellowship, which "gives $100,000 to young people who want to build new things instead of sitting in a classroom. The idea that we are on the losing side is a form of psychological warfare."

We're not on the losing side. Not in the slightest.

And he's right. We're not on the losing side. Not in the slightest. We're on the up-and-up. Things are only going to get better from here.