Glenn Beck: Keepers of the flame



Congressman Michele Bachmann

GLENN: I want to introduce you to somebody I just met the other day, Congressman Michele Bachmann. She is from Minnesota. And normally -- I believe I just said within the last two weeks that we should secede from Minnesota, but that's only because of Jesse Ventura and Al Franken. What are people thinking?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Hey, it's not over yet. We have this in court right now, and Norm Coleman may yet pull this out. If we get a judge who will lawfully apply the Constitution, equal protection under the law, then we will see Norm Coleman prevail.

GLENN: You know, here's the thing, congresswoman. We have got to change the system to where if you're too stupid to vote, we don't have a court try to figure out -- or individuals try to figure out what you voted for. If you're too stupid to fill in a little bubble, you've disenfranchised yourself. You're too stupid to vote.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, we have a situation in Minnesota where we had votes counted, Glenn, that were date stamped November 2nd. We had votes where they were run through a machine twice they were counted. 28 precincts there were more votes than voters. We have some real irregularities. We had votes that were counted on election night if they favored Al Franken, votes counted with the recount if they favored Al Franken. So it was flip a coin: Heads, Al Franken wins, tails, Norm Coleman loses. So if we get actual equal protection under the law, then we'll be fine. We just need to have the law applied equally and fairly in all the counties and then we'll get a just result.

GLENN: Congresswoman, you said to me that there are a few of you in Washington, in congress, that are like minded, that are just fighting the fight to keep the flame alive.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: There are. There are. I would say there are probably 30 keepers of the flame over here, and I fully believe you don't need to even have a majority but you need to have a critical mass. I don't know if we're quite a critical mass, but if you have enough like minded people, the main thing we can do right now is be foreign correspondents reporting to you from enemy lines. That's really what we're doing right now because I think the American people would have their breath taken away if they saw the amount of freedom and money that will be taken away from them in the next few months, and they need to pay attention to you, they need to tune in to your new television show on Fox because they are going to hear it in too many venues what is actually happening here in D.C. and that's what I want to partner with you today, let you know the reality of what's happening here.

GLENN: Let me ask you this real quick question, then I want to get to some of the realities of what's happening. Please tell me that there are some common sense Democrats that are part of that 30 or 40.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, I hope so. There are new Democrats here that I haven't met yet and I will be quite blunt with you. I'm not trying to be partisan. There are very, very few Democrats who are gutsy enough to not vote with Nancy Pelosi. This woman rules with a titanium fist, a very tight ship, and she just threatened the, quote, conservative Democrats that if they don't vote for this stimulus plan that she will take away from them their one-week recess that they have to be back in their district in February. So it's kind of like --

GLENN: It's like second grade.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: It is like second grade. It's like the teacher says, "Students, class, you won't be going out for recess if you don't do what I'm telling you to do." That's exactly what she announced last week and so --

GLENN: All right. Hang on -- okay. Hang on just a second. So America, what you should hear from this is if you voted for a conservative Democrat and your person won and got in, you must get on the phone and shore them up.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Without a doubt, yeah.

GLENN: Please.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah.

GLENN: Please, you don't have to come home. We understand you stay in touch with us through radio or television or Internet or whatever, just stay in touch with us. You don't have to come home. Stay there. Do the right thing. Do the hard thing. Buck the system. That's what we sent you to do.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: We need to send a big negatory on this next so-called stimulus plan. It's not stimulus. It will actually kill our economy because again, remember your listeners need to know, Glenn, we don't have this money. We didn't have the last $700 billion that we sent out the door. We had to go and borrow that from countries that don't like us very much. It's just like if you take a loan out to buy a house, a loan for let's say $100,000. You don't pay back $100,000 to the bank. You pay over $200,000 back by the time you pay interest. It's the same thing. And with the mother of all ironies, Glenn, is that the young people that voted for Obama are the ones who are voluntarily putting on the shackles and chains. They will have to pay all this back. And literally, I'm not kidding, I'm a former federal tax lawyer, the young generation could potentially be looking at tax rates of 70 and 80% in their future if we go down the road that Barack Obama --! and remember, Democrats control every lever of power now in Washington. Republicans have virtually no power. So if we go down this road, they will be looking at tax rates of 70 and 80%. That's reality.

GLENN: All right. Now, I have to -- let me play truth squad with you here just a little bit. Everything here is true except the Republicans were going down this same damn road anyway.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: No kidding. No kidding. It was embarrassing and that's why we lost and we deserve to lose because the biggest strategic blunder of '08 is that our nominee, John McCain, jumped on board with the bailout.

GLENN: Exactly right.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: And also some of the Republican leadership here in the congress. That was the biggest strategic blunder. I was against the bailout from the get-go and was very vocal here in our conference against it and probably got into trouble for it. But it was the wrong thing at the wrong time, and I'll continue to be a voice for fiscal conservativism.

GLENN: All right. So what happens -- because this is what everybody says to me: Glenn, you are just going to let everything fail? I mean, the system will need to be reboot. You are going to just, you are just going to look families in the eye and say, "Sorry, you don't have a job anymore?"

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: No, what we need is real prosperity and real stimulus, and it's actually not that difficult to do. We have the second highest corporate tax rate in the world in the United States. It's at 35%. We should drastically cut the business tax rate and we should drastically cut the capital gains tax. What capital gains does, that's when you take your private money and you invest it and then when you reap the benefit of that, the gain, government wants a piece of that action. If we drastically lower capital gains, drastically lower the corporate tax rate, we will actually increase revenue to the government tremendously because we'll jump start our economic powerhouse. We could turn our economy around within about 12 to 15 months if we dramatically lower tax rates. That's true stimulus. All through the 1930s we adopted this dramatic influx of government monies, which is actually your money, and I'll tell you what after nearly a decade of dramatic ! government intervention, Henry Morgenthau who was the treasury secretary in 1939 said we have never spent more money in the history of the United States from the government to pump money into the economy. And he said, it didn't work. We can't go down this road. So we've done this before. We did it under FDR, we adopted the strategy under LBJ, under Jimmy Carter. We know it doesn't work. What works is Calvin Coolidge, JFK, Ronald Reagan: Cut taxes dramatically. That's true stimulus.

GLENN: All right. Let me ask you a real quick question, then I want to move to something else because you are a tax attorney. So I want to talk about the new treasury secretary with you but first I want to ask you this: Doesn't it seem to make common sense if you want to cut the tax rates, what you are doing is you are inviting people to invest in America, invest in American companies because they can keep more of their money, the companies can grow and keep more of their money, et cetera, et cetera, especially when -- I have not heard anybody talk about this, and I think this is colossal news. Spain, Ireland, Italy, and there's another big one that is about to be downgraded in their credit scores by Moody's. If that happens, it will crush the Euro, the Euro will spiral out of control which will -- people will rush to the dollar because they are going to look for something, which will make it harder for us to be able to export any goods beca! use they won't be able to afford it because their dollar is worth so much. Wouldn't it be the right time to cut our corporate tax rates and help businesses along through tax policies? Because people, when they're looking for a place to shelter their money from overseas, will invest in American companies?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: You are exactly right. Because right now I was up in New York -- that's where I met you a couple of days ago when I was meeting with some investors up there. And I asked them, tell me the best formula. That's what they told me. There are very few places that people know where to go to have a safe haven for their dollar. If we dramatically cut the corporate tax rate and cut also the capital gains rate, people will see this as a long-term investment. That's why Obama's plan of redistribution of wealth -- because let's face it, that's what this is. He wants to -- his so-called tax cuts are basically welfare checks that will be written to the 40% of Americans who pay no taxes in this country. You can't give tax cuts to people who don't pay taxes. So if we cut taxes on the means of introducing more prosperity into the United States, that will allow people to have jobs and also increases.

GLENN: We used to call the bailouts corporate welfare. Now the TARP program, Obama wants to change the name of it because it's been Sullied, I don't think it ever had a good name, except corporate welfare. I'm not sure if he wants to change it back to corporate welfare. But the designer, the architect of the TARP program is possibly going to be our treasury secretary. I've seen that he didn't pay his income tax properly in an unbelievable fashion. I've seen the arrogance after he --

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: And this is why he was the Federal Reserve chair in New York. That's what's really rich about this.

GLENN: It's really amazing. Could this have been an honest mistake from a genius in the financial market? Could you make this series of mistakes?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: A person can always make mistakes, but let's face it. When he's in a position of being the federal reserve chair from New York, you would think if you are not watching your own finances, you would have an accountant who was. This was simple paying of his self-employment taxes. He didn't pay his Social Security tax. He didn't pay his Medicare tax. Glenn, I just want to say this: The double standard that we saw during the last election with the media, present company excepted, is continuing with this appointment. Trust me, if this was a Republican administration, you would have a constant drumbeat against this fellow. This treasury secretary nominee is arguably one of the most important appointments of the Obama administration.

GLENN: It is.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: He will be observing and he will be over over a trillion dollars potentially of new spending. He will also run IRS, the very organization that's auditing your listeners, and he didn't even follow his own law. You have to have someone running the agency who observes the rule of law. Not only did he not pay his taxes, he only just paid them in November when he thought he was going to get appointed to this job, and he has problems with household help that he hired. This guy is replete with problems. And if it wasn't the Obama administration, this guy would have been run out of town. He wouldn't be allowed to be nominated. And really Obama needs to withdraw his nomination.

GLENN: Okay. Michele, I thank you very much for being on -- I'm sorry, Congresswoman Bachmann.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Michele, Glenn.

GLENN: It's nice to have you here. And I would like to know for the Republicans and Democrats, the people who are in there fighting an honest fight -- and I also have to thank you. I hate fluorescent light bulbs. I hate them. It is the Bain of my existence.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Oh, you and me both, baby.

GLENN: You were the one who wrote up the light bulb freedom of choice act.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yeah, freedom of choice.

GLENN: I thought everybody was pro choice. I don't want fluorescent light bulbs!

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: They are horrible. Nancy Pelosi snuck into my office one night and replaced all my incandescents with these terrible pigtail looking light bulbs. It's the worst lights. They either don't work well or they -- they're terrible.

GLENN: I was in the oval office and I actually -- the President was standing there talking and I just kind of looked down into the lamp. They are fluorescents in there. If he wasn't the President of the United States, I would have had a tantrum. All right, thanks a lot. I appreciate it, Congresswoman.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: We'll stay in touch. Thanks, Glenn.

New details emerge about Trump raid — and 'it doesn't look good for the FBI'

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New, alleged details about the raid of former President Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago hint that it's "not looking good for the FBI," said BlazeTV host Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday.

Trump has faced attacks from every direction, but despite all of it, he has "not been found guilty or had any kind of real, solid evidence against him," Glenn pointed out.

Glenn detailed a long list of investigations, accusations, and lawsuits against Trump, and the latest puzzling revelations about the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago, which only seem to raise even more questions. For example, did agents truly refuse to give Trump's lawyer a copy of the warrant upon arriving at the home? Because sources have alleged that his attorney was kept "10 feet away from the warrant" and was not allowed to actually read it. If that's true, then it was absolutely against the law.

Then there was the inordinate amount of time spent going through Melania Trump's closet. And did they have the proper authority to break into Trump's safe?

"That warrant had better damn well say that they can break into that safe because the law is, you can't go into somebody's house and ... just tear it all apart," Glenn said. "You have to have a pretty good idea of where things might be located, and you ask for permission for those areas. And you have to know exactly what you're looking for, and if it's in a safe, you need to specifically say, 'it's in a safe and we're having a safe cracker come in.' If they didn't say in the warrant that they could crack his safe, it's the fruit of the poisoned tree. By the way, there was nothing in the safe."

Glenn also explained that the FBI broke into a specific "safe room" that contained national archives, which Trump was allegedly told by investigators to keep in a locked room.

"[Trump] made a safe room, and put two locks on it, at their request. And that's what they broke into," Glenn said. "This doesn't look good for the FBI," he added.

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There’s an economic axis of evil taking shape right now, and the people in charge of our government are too stupid to acknowledge and deal with what’s happening. The U.S. dollar and the entire financial system are at stake, and, as Glenn Beck reveals on "Glenn TV" Wednesday, our enemies’ PUBLISHED plans to take the entire thing down.

While all of this is happening, our own leaders are making everything worse. We’ve got Nancy Pelosi risking an international incident, accelerating China’s plans to collapse us. And when Biden SHOULD be focusing on the security of our country, he’s instead preoccupied with controlling the weather with his Inflation "Reduction" Act.

Glenn exposes the TRUE numbers on what that bill will do to your family’s budget. Add to that, they’re more than doubling the IRS to make sure you feel the pain. And if you think they won’t come for you, look at what they just did to the former president of the United States. The DOJ and FBI just went after the political opponent of their boss, Joe Biden.

This is what they are focused on, and the threat to the dollar — and the entire financial system — isn’t even on their radar. Pain is coming for us, and they don’t care one bit.

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Speaking before signing the “PACT Act of 2022” on Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden claimed that his wonderful economic plan "is working" and that somehow July’s annual inflation rate of 8.5% was actually “zero.”

“I just want to say a number: zero. Today we received news that our economy had 0% inflation in the month of July,” Biden said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dutifully echoed the president's not-at-all misleading claim:

The truth of the matter is that last month's inflation rate of 8.5% was a (small) step in the right direction, but only because it was lower than June's 41-year high of 9.1% — and the thing is, anyone who's graduated kindergarten knows it.

So, who do White House personnel think they're fooling? On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere broke down how the Biden administration came to this latest disingenuous conclusion about the economy, what the latest consumer price index actually shows, and why the inevitable Biden brag-fest will be unbearable.

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Glenn Beck: This is the ONLY endgame that makes sense for the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

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If you're celebrating this FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, you have no idea how much this changes things. We don't do this in America. At least, we didn't. But the left cannot have Donald Trump be president again. His "America First" platform goes against everything they've been working for. So, what's their endgame here? On the radio program, Glenn Beck said there's really only one endgame that makes sense — and it should scare us all.

"If you are not for the destruction of America, you better pay attention quickly. This is a massive move," Glenn said of the Mar-a-Lago raid.

"Who has credibility on this? ... The right will believe Donald Trump, but nobody on the left, so you're not going to change any minds there. Do you think the right will believe the New York Times? MSNBC? NBC? CBS? Do you think we're going to believe the New York Times — the people who have been carrying water for the Biden crimes? The Clinton crimes? And ... I'm talking about her server and having her own State Department people go into a skiff, which is the top secret room, completely sealed off, going in and getting documents, cutting off 'top secret,' and then emailing them to her on her private server. And nothing? And now you're going to try to convince me [that] this has nothing to do with January 6?" he added.

"Remember the [allegations about] bank servers, [Trump] was pinging a bank? Untrue. Carter Page is a Russian spy? Untrue. Donald Trump is a Russian spy? ... Untrue. Collusion with Russia? Untrue. Ukraine, the perfect phone call? Not true. Not true. Wasn't a perfect phone call. Was not impeachable. The pee tape dossier? None of that was true. Here's why they can't have [Trump] as president of the United States. They can't have him as president of the United States because we are headed towards a completely new, all redesigned, non-capitalist, nonconstitutional Great Reset," Glenn argued. "They cannot have him be president because he is America first."

Glenn warned Americans that our federal government is accumulating massive power, case in point the 87,000 new IRS agents. "Coupled with the [IRS agents] they already have ... that's almost the size of our National Guard. Do you feel comfortable with that? Democrats? You don't think there's a possibility ... that someone ... might come in at some point and weaponize the IRS?"

He also warned that the FBI's raid on Donald Trump’s home has implications that stretch far beyond simple dislike for the former president. So what are they hoping to accomplish?

"What is the endgame? You make him into a martyr by throwing him into jail or killing him ... so you make him stronger. That doesn't make sense, why would they want that?" Glenn asked. "So, what is their endgame? The only one that makes sense to me, is to stop him at any cost, then lunatics will take to the streets, and then [the Democrats] will have evidence that the [right is] more dangerous than anyone could possibly imagine. Please, pray for your country."

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