Glenn Beck: Obama and FDR


New Deal or Raw Deal?

By Burton W., Jr. Folsom

GLENN: Burton Folsom is an author of New Deal, Raw Deal, and you'll learn more about FDR than you've ever learned and, of course, Burton, I'm sure, have they started to try to discredit you yet?

FOLSOM: Well, that press conference by President Obama last night did send a sharp Barb against those who are critical of FDR and indeed he did not get us out of the Great Depression. His version of a stimulus package of the 1930s did not work and, hey, I think that has historical lessons for the president.

GLENN: Okay. So here is what Obama said last night and then, if you will, just jump off from there, Burton. Here it is.

FOLSOM: Sure.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Some of the criticisms are really with the basic idea that government should intervene at all in this moment of crisis. You have some people very sincere who philosophically just think that government has no business interfering in the marketplace and, in fact, there are several who suggested that FDR was wrong to intervene back in the New Deal. They're fighting battles that I thought were resolved a pretty long time ago.

GLENN: You know what's funny is I thought they resolved a long time ago during the American Revolution. I mean, I'm sorry to point out that every founding father would be the one that would say, "Yeah, government really has no place in business."

FOLSOM: Absolutely. Article I, Section 8 makes that so clear, limited government. Not even building roads and that kind of thing.

GLENN: Yeah.

FOLSOM: Absolutely.

GLENN: I mean, I love -- here we are talking about healthcare, universal healthcare. Even Ben Franklin didn't go to the government, and he could have. Ben Franklin was wildly influential, wildly popular. What did he do? He built the first hospital, but he built it with private money. He went to all the rich people he knew. He didn't say that government should take the money from the rich. He went and said, "Hey, this is the right idea. We should build a hospital." And so they built a private hospital. The first one in the United States. Built privately by one of the founders who could have had the -- he did -- correct me if I'm wrong, Burton. He had the power. He could have gotten that through congress but that's not the way they understood America at the time.

FOLSOM: Absolutely not. And when it came to library buildings, Franklin had private funds building libraries in Philadelphia. When we wanted something done in this country in the 1700s, groups of people got together, formed associations and got the job done.

GLENN: Right. This is exactly the opposite now of what Barack Obama and FDR believed. FDR -- and really it started with Woodrow Wilson, they believed that government was the answer. Barack Obama said something stunning that only government can create the jobs needed to be able to pull us out. Give me the comparisons between the New Deal and the stimulus deal and the facts that America may have never heard before on the new deal in the 1930s.

GLENN: Well, the new deal did promise a kind of stimulus package. It wasn't labeled that way, but it was the idea, "Hey, we're good to fix farming and then we're also going to provide infrastructure for roads and highways and that thing through the WPA." So you have the AAA, the Agricultural Adjustment Act, we're going to fix farming. And sure enough prices, farm prices went down. Well, they went down because government had already been involved passing the biggest tariff in United States history. Nations were retaliating against us because we had put a high tariff on their product. They were refusing to buy our wheat and corn. So we put in the AAA, we're going to raise farm prices. And the way we decide to do it is by Roosevelt by paying farmers not to produce on part of their land. If we paid them not to produce on part of their land, they won't grow as much and they will get more money and that will raise prices. Well, that is not really going to fix the problem, Glenn. In fact, two or three years after the AAA in 1935 we were actually importing corn to the tune of 35 million bushels, wheat to the tune of 13 million bushels, cotton to the tune of 36 million pounds because we weren't greedy enough in part because we were paying farmers not to produce the products we were now importing and that is called fixing the prices.

GLENN: May I ask you, Burton, and I don't know this part of history but I'm just guessing. The way we got away with importing all of this, not having an outcry was I'm guessing they sold it to the American people if they even knew about it at the time. They sold it to the American people as something of, we're helping the rest of the world and mending fences and being able to be protectionist in nature.

FOLSOM: I want to give him credit. He did reduce tariffs. He had the act of 1934 and he began to reduce some of those tariffs. And yes we were able to improve our trade relations but still that's at a price of the absurdity of paying farmers not to produce on part of their land and then importing some of those very products we were paying farmers not to produce.

GLENN: Okay, all right. So there we have farming. Then what else did we do?

FOLSOM: Well, the WPA was designed to build roads but here's the thing. And the same thing with the stimulus package, Glenn. You are going to build roads. It sounds good, you are going to build schools, you are going to fix bridges and all of this. But then the next question is who decides what bridges and what roads get built and fixed?

GLENN: Wait a minute, hang on just a minute. In the school thing, I don't know if anybody saw the speech last night but when he was talking about that one school from the 1800s that shakes when the train goes by, there's no money in this stimulus package to build new schools. Just thought I'd throw that out.

FOLSOM: Okay.

GLENN: But when you're talking about the work project program, you built Hoover Dam, you built gigantic projects that were good for the country. How could you possibly say that this program didn't work?

FOLSOM: Right. Well, the first -- as I said, the first thing is you have to decide who is going to choose which areas get built and which ones don't get built and what we found immediately was the Democrats were choosing, it's going to be our areas in our districts that are going to get rebuilt and we're going to use that rebuilding to seek votes from the voters. Yeah, I have quotes. For example, we have a fellow by the name of V. G. Copeland who is saying in the, "Hey, what I think will help is to change the WPA management from top to bottom, put men in there who are in favor of using these Democratic projects to make votes for the Democratic Party." You have another man, James Doherty, a New Hampshire Democrat that says, quote, "It is my personal belief that to the victor belongs the spoil and the Democrats should be holding most of those WPA positions so that we might strengthen our fences for the 1940 election" so you are going to get projects built but the Democrats are going to go out and say "We built the projects, vote for us" and they will not decide to vote for projects in areas that Republicans might like to have them built. So in effect you are transferring wealth to a political party.

GLENN: So really -- and this we're already seeing with Obama where he is taking the census and moving it away. 1903 the census moved to the commerce department and it's been there forever. Now he's moving it to the White House and Rahm Emanuel, which would indeed be a way to shift all of these projects and the money to Democratic areas. If you don't have an actual head count where you could just estimate, "Well, I estimate on that block over there, there's 2500 people living" and they could -- in fact, that's what these projects would do. They would move to those areas.

FOLSOM: I think you have a good point, Glenn, and I that I that kind of thing could possibly happen. Part of the thing is I can't tell much about President Obama's character yet. Roosevelt had very poor character and he was very quick to use a lot of money, federal money for political expediency. I think Obama really believes that the stimulus package will work. I'm not sure that Roosevelt completely believed that, but I do think he thought he could help the Democratic Party with it. If Obama really thinks the stimulus package will work, maybe he'll wake up when it doesn't work.

GLENN: Yeah... no. I think what Obama believes in is collective governance.

(Buzzing sounds).

GLENN: Excuse you. Are you shaving or -- with a buzz saw?

FOLSOM: I'm sorry.

GLENN: What is that noise?

FOLSOM: I'm sorry. We're chopping the stimulus package up, Glenn, into pieces over here.

GLENN: Okay. So listen, here's the thing. I think he believes in socialism, as many of the people did back in the New Deal and all they are doing is putting framework of socialism in here. Here's probably -- I don't like strawman argument. So I'm going to give you the toughest argument on the other side. The toughest argument on the other side, on Obama's side is this, and this comes from -- who is this, Stu? This is one of the -- yeah, this is one of the guys that's cited everywhere on, you know, pro, you know, pro FDR New Deal stuff. He says, I heard that, you know, the New Deal didn't work, et cetera, et cetera. On deeper examination I discovered that the right bases its New Deal revisionism on the recession on the years straddling '37 and 1938 but that was four years into Roosevelt's term, four years marked by spectacular economic growth. Additionally the fleeting decline happened not because of the New Deal spending programs but because Roosevelt listened momentarily to conservatives and backed off them. Nobel Prize economist Paul Krugman notes in '37-'38 FDR was persuaded to balance the budget and cut spending and the economy went back down. Tell me if any of that is true.

FOLSOM: That is a standard New Deal argument, Glenn. That is what you often get in the textbooks. What happened is Roosevelt had incredible spending and their argument is if he had only spent more and stepped it up in the late Thirties, it would have had more recovery potential. And what I'm suggesting is that, we doubled the national debt in the 1930s and that we had higher interest rates, we had instability and that was causing the lack of recovery.

GLENN: But did he have spectacular economic growth in the first four years?

FOLSOM: I would say that that's absolutely false unless you consider 15% -- it's slightly under -- unemployment to be spectacular economic growth. We've only had one period in American history, the 1890s, where we had unemployment that was anywhere near that high. I say that --

GLENN: If I'm not mistaken -- I'm sorry. If I'm not mistaken, when FDR got into office if you took three lines of men and you started in Los Angeles, they would go all the way, work lines, three mile lines of men all the way to Maine. When he left -- or in 1939 that line went from Los Angeles to Maine and then meandered down the coastline all the way into Virginia.

FOLSOM: Absolutely.

GLENN: So unemployment never went down. We were just shifting jobs from one group to another group it seems.

FOLSOM: We did have some ups and downs and sometimes the defenders of Roosevelt liked to take the low figure right there in 1936 and match it with the high figure when he came into office. But I think the fair thing to do is, hey, look at what happened in his second term. Unemployment steadily went up because of the instability. Roosevelt even put a tax on corporate undistributed profits. We have a 79% marginal tax on incomes and we simply have entrepreneurs refusing to invest in the economy and unemployment remaining high because of that.

GLENN: Will you do me a favor. Tonight I know you are going to join me on TV. Just have some of these stats and figures and look for a couple of things. Did in 1936 the Supreme Court finally allow the unions to finally come into play and do, just crippling business. I believe that passed in 1936. And then there was another thing if I'm not mistaken that you just mentioned, and explain this on television tonight because I've only got 10 seconds here, where FDR forced people if you didn't reinvest in your business, then you would be taxed and all that money would go away and the businesses didn't want to do it because of a possible other down turn and that is also what happened in that same year. If you can just cover that tonight on television on Fox, Fox News Channel, 5:00. By the way, the name of this book is New Deal, Raw Deal by Burton Folsom.

Joe Biden's administration is getting ready for something historic, but we're all being distracted. And now that Biden has hired at least 14 former or current executives from Big Tech — experts at colluding to censor unflattering news about Biden — Americans must be laser-focused on what's coming.

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I want to talk to you about something that probably didn't make a lot of sense a long time ago. In fact, I can't tell you how many program directors and how many stations threatened to cancel. Or how many calls I got from the average listener saying; What the hell are you even talking about when I talked about, the leadership of Martin Luther King.

I have done everything I can — as much as I possibly can — to teach you about Martin Luther King and nonviolent protests. And I don't think there's anybody in the media who has talked about nonviolence longer and more in-depth on commercial airwaves than me. Preachers, certainly. But commercial airwaves — I don't think anybody has.

Now I think many are beginning to understand why I tried to lay that foundation. I have told you since September 11th that I have this feeling you are going to be the group of people that will, in the end, save the republic.

I've always believed that. I don't know how it's saved. It might just be preserved in our hearts, I don't know. But I believe it now.

I never wanted us to get to this point — everything I've done is to prevent us from getting here. But everybody is so politically tied to their side that no one will let their shields down and actually listen to one another.

And we're at that desperate point now.

You are equipped to save the republic because you at least hopefully have a fundamental understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And you have at least a basic understanding of American history. More importantly, what makes this audience so phenomenal is that it is the most generous and service-minded audience of any show in America and perhaps the world.

That's part of what continues to be so frustrating about the Capitol invasion last week. Because you're being maligned.

You.

I know who you are. This is the most peaceful, generous, loving, God-fearing, authentic and patriotic audience in America. And you are frustrated and you are tired of being hit in the face and being called bigot and everything else no matter what you do.

I've been called an anti-Semite just in the last 24 hours by everybody, unjustly.

I get it.

You are now being tainted by the actions of complete imbeciles who do not represent you and me. It's not fair. But that's the hand that we're being dealt and God is in charge and He is not surprised.

We know the left's current tactics fail in the long run. Silencing. Canceling. Taking away rights.

We know the left's current tactics fail in the long run. Silencing. Canceling. Taking away rights. These are the hallmarks of regime, after regime, after Marxist regime on the ash heaps of history. Now China is still there because they've taken the so-called free market and took the capitalist system and they combined it with their Marxist utopia.

I don't know what's going to happen to the people over there. Especially seeing that our high-tech has joined them to weed out the dissidents. But it's not inevitable that we join them.

And it is going to require us to take a stand. Just not in the way that most people — especially if they're angry — think is most effective. Look at the ratings of BLM. 78 percent of Americans, at the beginning of the summer, thought that they were swell.

That number is in the low 20s now. Why? Because violence doesn't work.

I don't know if you saw the fellowship of the ring, but if you did, do you remember when Frodo said: "I don't want to do this!"

He's lamenting having to face down the evil and he's just one guy. I'll never forget it because it was right after 9/11, that the movie came out. I'll never forget Gandalf's reply. He said: "So do we all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what we're going to do with the time that is given us."

We can't decide what others are going to do. We can't control the dangerous Orwellian darkness that seems to be descending on America. All we can control is our response and strive to lead by example. If you know anyone in your sphere of influence who might be planning to attend one of these armed rallies in the coming days, beg them not to go. Do everything you can to stop them.

That's not a way to take a stand and it will not protect anything you hold dear and it will endanger the republic. It is what the other side wants.

So how do we take a stand?

The first thing I need you to do today is to help lower the temperature. It has been so hard for me not to respond to people on Twitter who have called me every name under the sun because I quoted the leading Holocaust historian last night on Tucker Carlson.

But see, that wasn't an attack on me, that was an attack on Tucker. If you can scare the guests from coming on to Tucker, you destroy Tucker. That's what they're doing.

Do not vent your anger on social media. At this point, it is probably just going to get your account shut down.

I want you to write this down and I want you to keep this in front of you.

Blessed are the peacemakers. For they will be called the children of God.

That means something today, much more than it did six months ago.

Blessed be the peacemakers.

Be a peacemaker.

And this is the hard part, you can't disconnect. Because things are moving too rapidly. You must stay plugged in.

But I want you to reach out to someone in kindness on social media. Encourage someone. Do not engage with the darkness. Be the light in the corner of your world.

You need to be a leader for what is to come.

And I know I'm asking you almost the impossible. I know you're angry and frustrated and it is gut-wrenching to feel that you're powerless to stop your nation from what you believe is sliding into the abyss.

You are not powerless. You are not voiceless.

I believe it too, with everything in me. I wish I was wrong. I hope that I am. I pray that I am. But know this: You are not powerless. You are not voiceless. You may be the only voice that anyone hears. Voices like mine will go away. I am trying to think of what I need to share with you before, God forbid, that ever happens. Because I cannot live with myself if I talked about something stupid politically and I find my voice silenced and then saying, I wish I would have said this or I wish I would have told them that.

You wield more power than you know. Not because of your voice or being able to call your congressman. You're more powerful than you know because you understand the real problem in America. The real problem in America is not political.

It is spiritual.

If you're like me when you get angry, you think that you are going to take on this challenge on your own — you are not being humble. You think you'll fix it. Everything that is happening to us is because we are an arrogant, out of control people.

We must humble ourselves. Please, you have the skill and the strength to endure the fiery darts that are going to come your way or already are. But this is a problem with our hearts.

You cannot reach someone's head without capturing their heart and no one is going to capture anyone's heart through violence.

Start in your own home and then reach out and if you're able, serve your neighbor. If you can, serve your local community. You must be a beacon of light in a very dark place. I'm going to ask you to do something you're really not going to like. And that's how I know things are from God. When I hear something or I think something and I'm like — oh crap, I don't want to do that — and you just know it it's right. You just know it's what God wants. And you're hoping that maybe you didn't hear it.

And it's so horrible. Because it's the last thing you want to do. But God is unlike many of our churches and preachers, He doesn't tell us what we want to hear. He doesn't have to pay for the church or get collection. Or be judged by how many people go.

Rise above the fray, with service and love, with malice toward none and charity toward all.

He'll say the same thing and he'll lose whole flocks. And they'll eventually start to go — oh wait, where is the Shepherd again?

But I have to tell you now some things that I want you to do. And they're not new. But I need you to hear me. I am asking you if you want to stand for the republic, I need you first to pray.

Pray like you've never prayed before. Pray for humility. Pray for guidance. Pray for peace. Pray for those people who you think you hate. Because you don't. Because hatred does not come from any good place.

Then I want you go out and serve someone in any way possible. On inauguration day especially, get your family and your children involved. Volunteer somewhere, take someone a meal. Do something to lift the spirits of hospital workers or your local police department.

Help a stranger mow a lawn, fix someone's car, pick up trash on the side of the highway. Do what you can do. But the most important thing is to do it with a sincere heart. And if someone asks you, why are you doing this? Just say, because I love my country.

Rise above the fray with service and love, with malice toward none and charity toward all.

Watch how the conversation went on radio HERE:

A pre-Inauguration Day plea: You wield MUCH more power than you know youtu.be


Early Monday morning, Amazon Web Services removed social networking platform Parler from its cloud servers. This comes just after Apple and Google removed the Parler app from their app stores over the weekend.

"You can't find them on the internet anymore. They're gone," Glenn Beck said on his radio program Monday.

"This is something I warned you of four years ago ... because a profound technological change is coming," he continued. "I told you, at the time, high tech will need the government, and the government will need high tech. And they will work together to preserve their power and their position. This is what's happening, today."

Glenn said he believes the "far left" has been talking about breaking up companies like Parler for years, and that the Capitol riots provided the opportunity they needed.

"This is not the end of this. This is where the Left is starting," he warned. "Those who persist in standing for freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to assemble, freedom to keep and bear arms, those people will be targeted for deletion. You will be hounded, boycotted, fired, ostracized, and de-platformed. And the louder and the more significant and effective your voice is, the bigger the target is on your back.

"But, let me say this: I will never stop standing for freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to assemble, freedom to keep and bear arms, and all of the rest of the Bill of Rights. That is the American thing to do."

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Glenn Beck: This is the REAL Raphael Warnock and our new 'national religion'

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Multiple news outlets have called one of Georgia's Senate runoff elections for the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat who defeated Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

So, on the radio show Wednesday, Glenn Beck looked into what this "radical preacher" has been saying in the past — and what he'll likely bring to the U.S. Senate in the future.

"Warnock is in one of the most influential and powerful stages of the country. And I use the word 'stage' intentionally," Glenn said. "It's the pulpit. He's the guy who says, if you voted for Donald Trump, well, you're a sinner."

Glenn introduced a video clip in which Warnock asserts:

If it is true that a man who has dominated the news and poisoned the discussion for months needs to repent, then it is doubly true that a nation that can produce such a man and make his vitriol go viral, needs to repent. I know, no matter what happens next month, more than a third of the nation that would go along with this, has reason to be afraid. America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness!

"So, (according to Warnock) you should be afraid," Glenn said. "Oh, and whiteness is evil. And, somehow or another, America has been worshiping whiteness ... see, critical race theory is now our new national religion."

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