Glenn interviews Arthur Laffer


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GLENN: All right. From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. And it is Earth Day. I'm celebrating here. Man, can I tell you something? I would hate to have conditions that make Pol Pot look like Gandhi and that's exactly if you let me tell you something, if the you are in an SUV right now, that's exactly what you're doing. Do we have Art Laffer on the phone? Now let's to bring somebody credible on the program right after that, I mean

LAFFER: That was the most entertaining piece. You know, Al Gore lives right down the street from me in Nashville.

GLENN: Really?

LAFFER: Yeah, he's a very nice man, by the way. It was the funnest parody I've ever heard. That was just a riot.

GLENN: So now Art, does he have solar panels?

LAFFER: I don't really know. You'd have to fly a helicopter over his house and I think you'd get shot down.

GLENN: I have a feeling you would. Well, just not even to count all the carbon credits that you would need to fly a helicopter. But anyway, so Art, you were with the Reagan administration?

LAFFER: Yes, sir.

GLENN: What did you do?

LAFFER: I was on the President's Economic Policy Advisory Board which it's called PEPAB. I was on the executive advisory committee on the election of the president. There were a small group of maybe 11 of us formed and then I was on the executive committee of the Reagan/Bush finance committee in 1984. Those were my official positions.

GLENN: Okay. So you knew I mean, you worked side by side? Were you with him very much?

LAFFER: I saw him a great deal, yes, especially before he went into office and after he was out. But I saw him a good deal while he was president as well, maybe once a month for a couple of hours.

GLENN: You know, I have to tell you what an honor that must have been. I have read portions of his diary, I have read his letters, you know.

LAFFER: Aren't they amazing?

GLENN: They are amazing. I have read his speeches. You know, they say he was a dummy. I've read his speeches that were written in his own hand. I mean, I've seen, you know, his handwriting, writing the speeches. This guy was just an amazing man.

LAFFER: He was very intellectual as well. I mean, when you read the book Reagan In His Own Hand, all his letters, it's a huge amount of very deep thinking issues that he put down on paper in longhand.

GLENN: Okay. So we have been so honored that you are releasing this e book with us this week on the Insider at GlennBeck.com. Explain what this is, Art.

LAFFER: This is Reagan's initial action plan of coming into office and how he prepares for it. It's amazing the similarities between 1980, '81, '82 and the current state of the U.S. economy. When we came in back then, the world was in turmoil. The prime interest rate was 21 1/2%. You are probably too young to remember that, Glenn.

GLENN: No, I remember.

LAFFER: The markets were way down, the unemployment rate was way up. It was a disaster. And what it was was how do we get control of this situation and truly correct it. And every single recommendation that was put in there, every single strategy, policy, all of that was exactly the opposite of what Obama's doing. You know, if you let congress take control, you will lose the battle. You will react to things, not proact. And Reagan had it all laid out as literally how we would take control and bring this economy back to prosperity which is exactly what happened.

GLENN: So Art, why hasn't this been released before?

LAFFER: I don't know. I mean, I don't I'm not sure I even read it back then but, you know, it's an amazing document. It does his schedule, all the meetings he does, the press, his speeches, all of that. It's phenomenal.

GLENN: So when you are reading this, I just got my copy late last night, I haven't had a chance to read it yet. But when you read it, are there things there that we can take from it and apply today? Like give us some of the things that in there.

LAFFER: Oh, everything is applicable today. Everything is applicable today. You've got a congress that's out of control, you've got a budget that's out of control, you've got inflation, you've got congress, you have wage and price controls, you had excess profits tax, you had the strike of the controllers, you had all of these problems in there and Reagan coming into office and what our solutions would be would be to cut the tax rate, all economic, Glenn. Everything was focused on how we get a sound dollar, how you get fiscal restraint, low rate, flat taxes, how you get the unions back under control, how you get freer trade. It's just a spectacular document on how you take control of the situation and do it right. And it's exactly the antithesis of what Obama's doing. I mean, both of them have the very great ability for public speaking but the ones using it I think productively in Reagan's case and the other ones, you know, going the wrong way. It's just

GLENN: Yeah, the other one's using it for progressive goals.

LAFFER: Yeah, it is. It's so sad because Obama could be a great, great president if he had the right model, if he had right focus but he doesn't unfortunately.

GLENN: The name of the book is president Ronald Reagan's Initial Actions Project. This is the first time these documents have been unearthed and released and Art Laffer has written a special introduction for it. It is an e book available now only if you subscribe to the e mail or I'm sorry, not the e mail newsletter but the Insider. If you are an Insider, Stu, if you are already an Insider, you get it for free, right? Yeah, I think if you are already an Insider, you get it for free, at least you should be. But if you subscribe to the Insider now, you can get it for free and download it and read it. I'm going to read it myself tonight.

LAFFER: You will love it. You will just love it. It will give you such insight into how Reagan operated because even though these were drafted by other people, it was all Reagan and it was Reagan's plan. You just mentioned, I mean, this man thought everything through. He was really an intellectual.

GLENN: So Art, when you see the situation that we're in right now, you say that it's very similar to what we were in in 1980.

LAFFER: Yes.

GLENN: And I would agree with you there are I mean, all the way down to Iran being held hostage basically. We've got now a hostage in Iran. We have somebody being held by Iran, a journalist. I mean, it's truly amazing the parallels.

LAFFER: Yes.

GLENN: However, when I asked you on the TV show the other night, I would like you to expand on this. You know, the one thing that you could say about Ronald Reagan is that he believed in the free market system but he also ran up a very large debt. I mean, we were outspent. We crushed the Soviet Union because we spent them out of business. I think this is the same strategy that is being used against us. We're spending ourself out of business. And maybe the perpetrator is the one is us. I'm not sure who's trying to do this to us except us. But he ran up a big debt. But what I want to know from you, Art, is the situation is different now because Ronald Reagan's understanding, and I agree with this, debt isn't bad because we all have debt like we have our house or our car. But once you get to a certain point, debt is bad because you can't pay it off.

LAFFER: Well, that's for sure. But, you know, with Ronald Reagan and let me use Milton Friedman's quote here: No one minds debt because when you reduce tax debts and create economic growth, everyone minds debt when you increase spending and reduce the incentives to work. And we were cutting tax rates, creating an economic system of growth that's a very different one. You know, if you can borrow at 3% and lend at 10% risk free, you should borrow all you want. If you can borrow at 10% and lend at 3% and stop borrowing tomorrow and pay it all off. And, you know, with us we had this huge potential for growth. You know, that was not the case when Obama came in. We had had four years of Jimmy Carter running the economy right into the ground, having the hostages held there. But what Reagan did was he cut the highest tax rates way down and got the system growing. Yes, we had deficits, but there were tax rate reduction deficits, not spending on welfare deficits. And it's a huge difference on what they were doing.

GLENN: Well, we spent a lot on defense. Look, I'm not

LAFFER: Yes, we did.

GLENN: I'm not denigrating what Ronald Reagan did. I want to make sure we're accurate on things. There was a huge debt and it wasn't just reduction of tax debt. It was also we spent an awful lot of money. But that was part of the strategy of beating the Soviet Union. What we're doing

LAFFER: We used Jack Kennedy's old phrase on that, putting locks on your doors is not wasted money. And we had fallen way behind the Soviet Union, as you know. The number of allies the U.S. had had been declining throughout the entire post war period. We were on very shaky ground frankly, and Reagan rebuilt the defenses of the U.S. to where frankly we're in great shape today.

GLENN: So Art, do you know of because I've been studying the progressive movement from 1900 to about 1930, 1940, and it's frightening. I don't know if you've ever gone back and read the speeches of Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt. Have you ever done that by any chance?

LAFFER: I have, yes. Both of them are quite shocking, aren't they?

GLENN: Shocking, shocking.

LAFFER: Everybody thinks of Teddy Roosevelt as some hero. Yikes, when you read his speeches, he's Obama back then.

GLENN: I think he's worse.

LAFFER: I think so, too.

GLENN: I think he's worse. But it's the same philosophy that is now running our country.

LAFFER: Yes. But it loses every time, Glenn. Just let me put it this way. I used to tease the real president that I personally thought he was a super genius but my colleagues didn't. But the one thing my colleagues and I agreed on was that anyone following on the heels of Jimmy Carter has to look good and, you know, it is an Obama that will bring us back into strength and refocus us correctly just as you are doing on your TV show and radio show all the time is you are refocusing people on the basic principles.

GLENN: But there is a battle for the soul of the Republican Party right now, and I think the Republican Party, I think honestly both of these parties are about to be destroyed by themselves because there's so much corruption, there's so much lie. They are both, they have both positioned themselves as big government, big spending, big corruption parties, which is totally out of step with the American people. And, you know, there's this debate inside. I'm not really a popular guy. I don't know what the circles are that you run around in but I don't seem to be a real popular guy in the circles of Republicans.

LAFFER: No, you are not but you are in our circles, by the way. And if you look at the Republicans preceding Ronald Reagan, they were awful, too.

GLENN: Okay. So they were doing the same thing? They were doing the same thing?

LAFFER: Wage Nixon is exactly the same as Obama. I mean, I knew Nixon personally. He was a wonderful man but the wage and price controls was very intrusive taking over private business. It's not a partisan issue. It's what you believe in economics.

GLENN: Yeah. And it's whether you bought into the progressive ideas of big bloated government. Pardon me?

LAFFER: The results are awful.

GLENN: Can you tell me, I mean, you have your Ph.D. in what? In economics?

LAFFER: Economics from Stanford University, my undergraduate is Yale, Yale undergraduate, Ph.D. in economics. I taught at the University of Chicago. I went through all the right

GLENN: You don't need to name drop. I get it. (Laughing) okay, here's what I want to ask you. Has there ever been, is there an example where big bloated government, where the government controls everything and tells businesses and controls the banks or at least has this public/private partnership in so many businesses where it has ever worked?

LAFFER: I don't think so. I don't see it working anywhere. It didn't work in the Soviet Union, it hasn't worked in Western Europe. The problem is, Glenn, the only way you can get them out is through a Democratic process and Europe as you know is a lot less Democratic than we are. But when we have both parties going the wrong direction, you know, the people who get it are the continues because they have no choice. We really need a choice in America to overturn this type of fuzzy thinking. The results are always bad.

GLENN: How do we do that? Do you see another Ronald Reagan out there?

LAFFER: Oh, yeah, there are. Never guess Ronald Reagan before. If you'd known him as governor of California, he is the last person on Earth you'd think to be the great president he became.

GLENN: Why would you say that?

LAFFER: Well, Ronald Reagan raised the highest tax rate in California from 9.3 to 11.2, he raised the capital gains tax rate, he raised the corporate tax rate. He led the equal rights amendment, he chaired it. He put in the first antiabortion stats in the State of California. His legislation

GLENN: What happened? Wait, wait, wait, I didn't know that. What happened?

LAFFER: Well, that was when he was there. He put in the first criminal furlough program in U.S. history. I mean, he was not one of us then but you know what he always told me, Glenn, was this. He said, you know, I may not have been a good governor but at least I'm better than those other governors because I learned, and I knew that stuff didn't work. And now I can do the right stuff as president. You never can tell what a great president will be until they really get put into office and sometimes you get surprised both ways. I mean, George Herbert Walker Bush, I was very disappointed in him. Do you mean when he said they will ask me for revenue enhancers and I will tell them read my lips, no new taxes?

GLENN: I mean, the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

LAFFER: Unfortunately.


 

It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

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19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

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18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

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17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

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14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

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13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

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12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

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11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

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10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

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8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

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7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

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Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.