Glenn Beck: Common Sense Congressman



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We have Congressman Jason Chaffetz on the phone who I have to tell you has come up with, you want to talk about common sense, here's common sense. The census is a nightmare and the census should not be   ACORN or its subsidiaries or anything like it, they should not be getting money to do the census. And he brought up an idea in congress, and are you introducing this bill today?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, I'll be introducing it later this week but we just unveiled it today. Yeah, I'm excited about it.

GLENN: Okay. Explain what it is.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, on the one hand you have the census who is going to go out and hire some 750,000 people to count all Americans, and they are engaging with partners like ACORN to go out and find all these people to go and count everybody in America. But I also sit on the subcommittee that deals with the post office which is suffering from a huge financial crisis itself. Well, they happen to have 760,000 postal employees who are already charged with going to every home in America. So why would we be going out and getting, engaging ourselves with the likes of ACORN when we already have federal workers who already go to all these homes?

GLENN: May I   total common sense. Now let me play Washington with you, okay?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Sure.

GLENN: The unions will stop the postal workers from doing that.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: You know what, I laid the groundwork with the unions. They love this. There's attrition happening at the post office right now. Mail volumes are way off. They are upside down by billions of dollars. So for them to go through the training and the payment. Remember, the census was given some $11 billion in order to execute the census. That's money that they could use. Otherwise their membership is going to be depleted. They are going to have to lay people off.

GLENN: So in other words, we would be fixing two problems.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah.

GLENN: That's why this will never pass, Jason. You're a freshman this year. That's why   you are making too much sense. That won't work. They will find some way.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: It's a little too simple. But I'm hoping that the freshman naivety will pay off. I can't imagine why we wouldn't do this.

GLENN: So this week you guys are going to vote in the house on cap and trade.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah.

GLENN: You sit there and you deal with all of the stuff going on with, you know, with the post office. Is it true that congress spends more time debating post office stuff than cap and trade?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Oh, no, absolutely. I mean, we have post offices which are rightly named and it's per the Constitution, but we get 20 minutes to debate a post office. Most of this will happen with less than 5 minutes debate. Amendments that are offered on all these appropriations for the trillions of dollars we're going to spend, we're going to have one of the largest single tax increases in the history of the United States in this cap and trade and yet we're not given 20 minutes to debate that. It's insane. It is absolutely insane.

GLENN: Is it going to pass?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: I'm afraid that they have cut too many deals on the side with Democrats who are weak kneed and that it probably will. And there will be some Republicans in there as well, but I tell you, this scares the living daylights out, between this and the move on healthcare, that   

GLENN: What is in this bill that scares you?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, we were looking, for instance, at schools in Utah. They are going to have, it looks like $10,000 per school as a new cost for their energy. Now, at a time when we're losing jobs and we've got to make America more competitive and we've got to remember that manufacturing is a good thing in this country. This tax, it fundamentally changes the equation and hurts and harms America and our competitiveness on a global scale. It's a new tax. I want everybody to understand that the president said 95% of Americans weren't going to get a tax increase. 100% of Americans are going to get a tax increase with this.

GLENN: What do you mean that they are charging a new   the schools have an energy   

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, if you look at what the utilities are expected to do in terms of jumping up in their costs, I mean, it takes electricity to run a school and so we've gone back and taken the numbers and tried to do an analysis and figure out, well, what's it going to cost each school in Utah in their bills for just electricity, and it looks like it's in the neighborhood of, like, $10,000.

GLENN: What is it going to be for the average? What about the average person?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, the average person is going to   at least the analysis we did in the State of Utah, we're looking at hundreds of dollars per month in new expenses. I offered a bill that said let's require the utility companies to actually have to articulate on their bill what the cost of this increase is going to be because I mean, that's the goal. The goal of this bill is to raise energy prices. If you've raised energy prices, you use less. And   but that is just the wrong formula for America.

GLENN: Jason, how do we survive, how do we   no, no, I'm not going to waste time on that question. Let me ask you this: There are eight million people within the sound of my voice right now and yours, and they are tired of calling and being ignored. They don't feel like anybody in Washington is listening to them. What gets the attention in Washington? What can they possibly do? What should they do?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Flush the toilet, you know? It's not everybody else's congressmen but yours. You've got to go look hard at your congressmen and your senators and figure out where they are on these issues and hold them accountable and work hard to make sure that you make a change within that district because   

GLENN: What do they do   for this Friday we're having the largest tax increase ever, according to your numbers, with the cap and trade. What do they do to stop it?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: They've got to bombard their members of congress with faxes and e mails and telephone calls that does get their attention. They have got to write letters to the editor and get it on the Internet and expose what this really is. They have got to wake up and actually take action. And it does have an effect. It really does.

GLENN: Okay. Jason, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Thanks, Glenn.

GLENN: Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Thank you so much, we'll talk again.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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