Glenn Beck: California gives IOU's to taxpayers instead of refunds


Tad DeHaven

GLENN: So how do you solve this? What is it that we are supposed to be doing? Tad DeHaven, he is a state government fiscal expert. Until recently he was a right-hand budget man in Indiana. He's now with the Cato Institute and he's with us now. Tad, how are you, sir?

DeHAVEN: I'm doing good, Glenn, how about you?

GLENN: Can you answer that question for me? How am I supposed to feel about sending my money now to California because they can't do it? How is this right for the rest of the country to bail these states out?

DeHAVEN: It's not right. And to quote a California taxpayer, she said I feel like I've been robbed, I feel like I've been robbed, and that's exactly what's going on. When the economy is good and revenues are flush, state governments always spend out programs, add programs, add more state employees and then when inevitably the government hits a downturn, then they look to the congress to bail them out.

GLENN: So what should California -- well, first of all, Tad, can you give me any idea? I talked to Meg Whitman the other day and she said to me, as California goes, so goes the nation. And I think there's two sides to that, two stories on that. One, we're following now the California budget path. What we're doing now California has already done, and you see where that leads. Now we're doing it as a nation, except we're not going -- we don't have a budget stop. We just keep printing money. So we just devalue our money until we can't -- until it's worthless.

But the other side of that is if California, being the eighth largest economy in the country, fails, what does that mean to the rest of the country?

DeHAVEN: Well, I think what it means is that we have too much dependency at the state level upon Washington. I mean, the 50 states are separate for a reason, and our Constitution established the separation between the powers the federal government has and the state government has. And over the last, you know, 40, 50 years, it's become this tangled mess where the states don't have responsibility, they look to the federal politicians who are irresponsible with the money to begin with and so there's no accountability. And quite frankly, Glenn, there's a lack of incentive on the part of state taxpayers to actually pay attention to what's going on in their capitals.

GLENN: So should the average person be calling? Like I saw Bobby Jindal. I'm trying to get a hold of him. Dan, have you gotten ahold of Bobby Jindal yet? Can you see if you can get a hold of him? He's the governor of New Orleans -- I mean of Louisiana, which I'm sure you know, but he came out today and he said he's not sure Louisiana's going to take any of this state money. Now, he'll -- or this government money. He'll, of course, be called a horrible individual and he just hates black people, I guess, because of New Orleans and that was one of the things that Barack Obama said that, you know, they wanted to make sure that New Orleans was taken care of. But shouldn't states now, shouldn't we be calling our state governors and say, "Don't you dare take a time of this bailout money?"

DeHAVEN: Absolutely. And actually Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina's really been out in front of this issue and actually do you know that congress went in and put a provision into that so-called stimulus debt bond that said if the governor doesn't spend this money, basically the legislature can go in and spend it how they see fit instead. So not only do you have to call your governor but you'll have to call your state congress as well.

GLENN: Hold it just a second. The federal government wrote in that they can bypass the governor?

DeHAVEN: Yes.

GLENN: How the hell do they get away with that?

DeHAVEN: Well, they get away with everything else, Glenn.

GLENN: I mean, I can't believe it. Everything that we're doing, they are just peeing all over our Constitution. How is that even legal?

DeHAVEN: Well, Glenn, it gets worse. I've talked to some folks back in the state. I work in the budget office and they were looking for some, you know, taxpayer-friendly ideas that if we get this money and we have to spend it, let's do it in a taxpayer-friendly way. But congress wrote in so many restrictions on how the states get this money and use it that they are basically forced to spend it on -- they actually put a provision in that you can't cut back on Medicaid services because some states, including Minnesota, were looking to cut back on Medicaid. But they wrote it into the bill that you get this money, you can't do that.

GLENN: They also wrote in that you can reject anyone that's nonunion to be involved in any of these programs. So you have to have -- you know, the bids go out, but the state can say, "No, if you're not union, you can't bid."

DeHAVEN: Sure. And all that's going to do is make this more costly and a greater cost burden on our taxpayers. And let's get into the union thing. I got a good kick out of your joke, but they are talking in California about 20,000 workers about to be laid off. 20,000 workers; oh, this is horrible. California state government has 2.5 million employees. 20,000 isn't even a rounding error at that figure.

GLENN: Okay, listen. Tad, how can California and Kansas look their people in the eye and say, "Hey, I know you overpaid on your income tax and, you know, you trusted us to be able to give that back to you, and we will, but here's an IOU." Are they getting penalized for that, or can we go and put liens on the state capitol?

DeHAVEN: You actually raise a great question, and the situation is appalling. But I was wondering myself, what would happen if California businesses and taxpayers, they up their taxes for the year and they owe California. What would happen to all these folks if they sent in to Sacramento a little note saying, "You know what, I need money for other things right now, times are tough; so I'll get the money to you later." They would be fined, they would be put in jail and possibly even worse.

GLENN: You know what? I would like to see somebody start that experiment. I would really like to see somebody that says, "You know what? I and my neighbors are going to say, because we've lost our job, we can't afford the house we're living in, we can't afford this and that, we have overspent even." Yes, civil disobedience. Why not? If they can do it, what part of America am I missing now that they can live under different rules? What do you think, is the state, does the state have to pay interest or any kind of fine if they are sending you an IOU? Do you know that at all, tad?

DeHAVEN: No, I do not because this is kind of a rather unprecedented move, or it hasn't happened in many, many years. So I would like to think there's interest but who knows. I doubt it given they are willing to go this far.

GLENN: Okay. So the Republicans in California are getting the hammer laid down on them because they won't pass this budget even though there's another $11 billion in borrowing, et cetera, et cetera. I guess if I were a member of the assembly, I would say, "Okay, I'll only vote for this if you put in strict spending limits that we are reversing this." But then I find out that they've already had this. What was it, the Gann amendment or something? They've already had really Draconian rules in there that said there are strict limits, and they never paid attention to them. Is that right?

DeHAVEN: Well, the Gann limit was instituted in 1979 back at the time we had Prop 13 and the property tax revolt, and it did. It capped, it put a limit on Sacramento ability to spend money and actually as a result if you look from 1980 to 1991, California's rank in per capita state expenditures fell from 7 to 16, but the government education complex didn't appreciate that, the transportation folks didn't appreciate that and so eventually the Gann limit's been watered down to the point where it, obviously it's virtually meaningless.

GLENN: So what -- how are you going to solve this problem when one of your biggest problems is education and healthcare and unions? How can you possibly solve your problem here?

DeHAVEN: Well, it's going to be very difficult, but I agree with what you said. I think if you're a Republican holdout, there's got to be a tremendous amount of pressure, then I think you're in a position now to demand something. And Sacramento's proved itself incapable of managing its budget. It's a poster child for the rest of the states on how not to do things, whether it's debt or taxes or spending. And so there must be strict, strict, strict statutory input into the California constitution limiting their ability to either take in revenues or spend money or both.

GLENN: You know what, I think they would be able to sell their bonds if people did that. If people saw that they were getting serious about it, you'd probably be able to sell California bonds at that point. Tad, thank you very much. I appreciate it. We'll talk again.

DeHAVEN: Thank you.

GLENN: You bet.

The media went nuts after President Donald Trump said "Two Corinthians". But apparently, nobody cares when Joe Biden called the authors of Biblical Psalms "palmists" — twice.

During a Thanksgiving speech on Wednesday, Biden said, "I'm sure we can, we can pros-claim [sic] a palmist, with a palmist who wrote these following words, 'The lord is my strength and my shield and with my song, I give thanks to him.'"

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere pondered whether Biden actually meant to quote a fortune teller instead of a psalmist, but ultimately decided the former vice president likely had no idea what he was reading.

They also discussed the hairline fractures Biden suffered in his right foot on Saturday while playing his dog, and Glenn tossed out a few headlines he thought might work just a little too well.

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The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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