Glenn talks with Congresswoman Bachmann


Congressman Michele Bachmann

GLENN: 888 727 BECK. Congressman Michele Bachmann is with us now. Congressman, how are you?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Good morning, Glenn, good afternoon, good evening, good to see you.

GLENN: How are things?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, things are hot on the front lines in Washington, D.C. There's a lot happening, a lot of pots are boiling over and we're very concerned about what we're seeing.

GLENN: I want to talk to you a little bit about Timothy Geithner. Explain to America what is happening with how close are we to having Timothy Geithner be able to shut down private businesses if they feel it's a threat to the economy?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, it's very close. That's exactly what was before our committee yesterday. As if there wasn't enough on the treasury secretary's plate, he wants to broaden his power to a level never seen before and it's President Obama that's giving this directive. So this is at his directive that now the treasury secretary would have the authority to come in and essentially nationalize the private business before it's at the point of failure. He would be able to go and nationalize it and then also reset all of the employee wage contracts.

GLENN: Your question was so fantastic. Where in the Constitution do you have the right? How did he answer that?

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: He did not give me an answer regarding where in the Constitution it is. So I repeatedly went back to the same question, "Not there. Where." He was saying congress passed a law that said and I said, no, not that; where in the Constitution. Because he raises his right hand and takes an oath to the Constitution as treasury secretary, as I do as a member of congress. Everything that we need to everything we do needs to be in accordance with the Constitution. Congress can pass an unconstitutional law. If we pass an unconstitutional law, then he should not be working to uphold that law.

GLENN: Michele, I am concerned that we are on the verge of transformation that we may never get back.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Yes, I am, too. I share that concern. Glenn, it's that serious. It's almost like radio shows like yours are the committees of correspondence that the Revolutionary War had where we're trying to get the word out to people who still love the fundamental freedoms that our country was founded upon.

GLENN: Hang on just a second.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: It is that serious that we're about to lose it.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Congressman, here's the problem. The Democrats and the Republicans have done so much damage and played so many games with the American people saying they are for term limits and then never doing them, saying that they are for smaller spending and then not doing it, saying that they are for protecting us in every way possible but then not doing it, saying that they are for border security but then not doing it, saying they are going to enforce our laws but they are not doing it. I mean, the list goes on and on and on and on. We are playing now with nitroglycerin and it is about to explode and there are people like me that believe we are truly in this area, it is we are truly ready to lose our country if we don't do anything and it's not a partisan issue. It is, there are a lot of Republicans that are lining up and doing the give act and everything else. They are right along with them on many cases. So

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CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: It's terrible and I'm glad you brought it up. It's going to come to the house next week. I urge your listeners, make calls today to tell your member of congress, do not vote for that thing. But let me tell you, there's something that's happening this week in congress that could be the eventual unraveling for our freedom and it was this. I have also asked the treasury secretary and Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chair, if they would categorically denounce taking the United States off of the dollar and putting us on an international global currency because as you know, Russia, China, Brazil, India, South Africa, many nations have wind up now and have called for an international global currency, a one world currency and they want to get off of the dollar as the reserve currency.

GLENN: Most people don't understand, Michele, what that means.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: What that means is all of the countries in the world would have a single currency. We would give up the dollar as our currency and we would just go with a one world currency and now for the first time we're seeing major countries like China, India, Russia, countries like that calling for a one world currency and they want this discussion to occur at the G20. So I asked both the treasury secretary and the Federal Reserve chair if they would categorically denounce this. The reason why is because if we give up the dollar as our standard and commingle the value of a dollar with the value of coinage in Zimbabwe, that dilutes our money supply. We lose control over our economy and economic liberty is inextricably entwined with political liberty. Once you lose your economic freedom, you've lost your political freedom and then we are no more as an exceptional nation as we always have been. So this is imperative. Well, what happened, the day after I asked that question for the treasury secretary, secretary Geithner went before the council on foreign relations and the same subject came up. After that meeting after he categorically denounced it to me, he said to the council on foreign relations he would be open to this proposal of a single currency, of expanding the international monetary funds' special drawing down rates. That's what they're called. And this created a huge firestorm which the value of the dollar literally tumbled upon his words when he said that.

GLENN: Right. And then somebody said, "I think you want to revisit that again." And he did and he said, "Well, no, I don't mean..." look, Congressman Bachmann, you know and I know with the amount of money that we're printing, the amount of spending that we're doing, there is no way now to pay back what we are now on the hook for. There's no way to do it. So they

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: No, that's why we have to reel back in every commitment that we've made. It hasn't all been spent yet, Glenn.

GLENN: How will you do that? How are you going to Congressman, you are not going to do that unless the people I mean, two million, five million people go to Washington and I don't know I mean, look. You know, I just said

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: I agree, but they need to. The people at this point, they need to be armed with knowledge. People need to be armed with knowledge, which you are giving them and then what they have to do is use that knowledge. They need to use it, band together just like these tea parties people are doing. This is very effective. And come to Washington and let the establishment know, "Look, we love this country. We love it based on freedom. We don't want to go with an international currency and we don't want to yield our freedom and be bankrupt." And unfortunately the current administration really does believe in a social welfare state and they really do believe in economic equivalency which is not America.

GLENN: May I just say the frustration that most Americans have or the same frustration that I have, I don't want to believe that there are people in our country that are intentionally doing these things. I don't want to believe that there are people in our country that would trash our dollar like this. And what's going to happen is if you start to talk about a global currency which I'm telling you there's no way out of what we're doing now besides devaluing the dollar to pay off our debt and then have a new currency. There's just no other way.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: But we can stop that.

GLENN: Wait a minute. Congresswoman, what happens is when you stand up and when you say those things, then you're deemed a kook. Then you're deemed a militia member. And there are too many people in America that will still listen to the mainstream media. They will still listen to, you know, to those in Washington on both sides of the aisle that say, "Oh, no, well, that's never going to happen." And so they sit there and do nothing. And those who do want to do something are afraid because they don't want to be deemed a kook. And they also are tired of being played by politicians in Washington.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, Glenn, I have experienced that throughout my political career being labeled a kook. It just happened again in a big story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But all we have to do is point to the treasury secretary on tape, on camera. This is not Michele Bachmann being a kook. This is our treasury secretary on tape and on camera. And also we now have countries across the world asking for this. That's why I went to my fellow colleagues and I dropped a bill day before yesterday that would bind the president's hands, that wouldn't allow him to enter into a treaty or an international agreement to take us off the dollar and put us on an international currency because once that you've exactly stated it right. The president is committing us so much now and congress is committing us to so much spending that the only way out will be for him to continue to print money and have wild inflation. And once that collapses, then it's a global currency. Well, then we are no more as a nation. We cease at that point. So we still are at a point of pulling back but I mean, right now the secondhand is right up to midnight on our freedom and so people have to act. This is not just a radio show call or this is not a gimmick. This is reality now. This is our call to arms. So that's why I dropped this bill so that which means I filed this bill on the floor so that we can get this passed so we can bind the president or his designee so they cannot put us into a global currency.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.