Glenn Beck: Stimulus nepotism


John Stossel, tonight at 8:00p ET on the FOX Business Channel

GLENN: I want to go right to John Stossel who has crony capitalism that he is exposing on his program on FOX. What time does your show air on FOX, John?

Stossel: It airs at ‑‑ unfortunately, not on FOX but Fox Business.

Glenn: Fox Business, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Stossel: Which not everybody has, but it's 8:00 eastern time, 7:00 Central.

Glenn: Oh, good. So, they only put you up against O'Reilly.

Stossel: I'll crush O'Reilly.

Glenn: So, it's no big deal.

Stossel: And then I repeat against 20/20 on Friday and I'll crush 20/20.

Glenn: I'll tell you, this is ‑‑ I've been watching you develop this story here and you're going to break the news today and do the whole story. This is ‑‑ this is one of the more amazing stories and it's hard to amaze me now, but this is one of the more amazing stories about what our country and what our government has turned into and there is no fear of getting caught, it seems, because this one's easy to put together. Tell us what you found.

Stossel: We found that there are ‑‑ the window business is suffering, like many, in this recession and Anderson is suffering, Marvin, Elaine, but this one little company that's doing really well. Gee. Why? And suddenly we find the Vice‑President shows up at the company to plug it and the President mentions the company by name and last week they get a special tax credit that goes to no other window company.

Glenn: Okay. Hang on just a second. Wait, wait, wait. The Vice‑President was there? The President mentions them by name. Have they mentioned, like, pal low windows?

Stossel: Never. Never mentioned any other window company.

Glenn: Well, they must be making something special?

Stossel: No. They have good windows, apparently, but no evidence that they have anything superior.

Glenn: There's no special green anything in these windows?

Stossel: Oh, they all claim to be green and they're getting green money.

Glenn: Uh‑huh.

Stossel: Subsidies for weatherization.

Glenn: Subsidies for weatherization. Oh, because we're all keeping our homes warmer without using as much heat because we have these great windows

Stossel: Well, the Anderson windows would do that, too.

Glenn: There's not some sort of special weather stripping on these windows or anything?

Stossel: Not that I know of, not that we could find.

Glenn: Uh‑huh. So, what did you find?

Stossel: We found that the head of the weatherization department of the Department of Energy is sleeping with the vice‑president of policy for the company and that the company gives money to the Obama campaign.

Glenn: Yeah, but what did you find that would be incriminating? What did you find that might lead someone to believe there was something, you know, sleazy going on?

Stossel: Hello?

Glenn: (Laughter.) John, how can ‑‑ I mean, the arrogance of these people astounds me, that they just don't care. I mean, how hard is it to figure out, because they're not just sleeping together. They're married, right in

Stossel: Yes. They're married.

Glenn: Yeah.

Stossel: I misspoke. I don't know that they're sleeping together. Some married couples don't, but they are married.

Glenn: So, they have ‑‑ they're married and she is ‑‑ she oversees, like, the weather stripping stuff, right?

Stossel: Right.

Glenn: So, she would be the one that would ‑‑ what's her job exactly?

Stossel: Well, whoever knows what exactly these jobs are, but she's in charge.

Glenn: What's it supposed to be?

Stossel: Giving out all this money for weatherization, giving out tax credits, giving out stimulus funds. I have a list of her jobs somewhere and, you know, in fact, what she has disclosed, her marriage, she has said that she's going to recuse herself from anything having to do with this company, but basically she would have to recuse herself from her whole job, her whole job is weatherization.

Glenn: Weather stripping. Do you think, John, that maybe the government has gotten too big when we have somebody that we pay for in tax dollars in charge weather stripping?

Stossel: And for the thousand other reasons that you mention all the time.

Glenn: Yes.

Stossel: This one tiny example, because people say we need more safeguards to keep this kind of thing from happening or disclosure, but the truth is we just need limited government. That solves it.

Glenn: Let me ask you this, John: I saw Hillary Clinton talking about Haiti today and she said, I want you to know we're going to spend a lot of money in Haiti, but we're developing systems to make sure that none of it is wasted and we'll know where every dime goes.

Stossel: Right.

Glenn: Does that fill you with confidence?

Stossel: There will even be rip offs in the systems that they install to keep track of the money.

Glenn: Oh, of course there will be. Of course there will be. One last thing. The ‑‑ have you heard the President and his tax on banks?

Stossel: Let me see. The British are taxing. First they give them money and then they tax it. Well, yes, the President is talking about taxing the banks because their profits are almost as big as the Feds.

Glenn: No, no. This is something new. What they've done is he's decided that we have to get this TARP money back. So, let's just say that you're, you know, Bank of America and let's just claim that you paid it back. You're still going to get hit with a fine and a heavy tax because in that TARP money they also gave money to GMAC and GMAC, let's say, use them as an example, didn't pay it back. Well, somebody has to. So, the banks are going to pay for it.

Stossel: Which means they'll loan a little bit less and the banks will pass it on to the economy.

Glenn: How far are we from capitalism and how close are we to ‑‑ I don't even know ‑‑ some sort of an oligarch, oligarchy here in America?

Stossel: Well, close. I call it clone knee capitalism tonight. My wife tells me that's a bad title, nobody what it means, but we're certainly telluding the free market. It's not a free market. It's a bent market. It's a manipulated market.

Glenn: John Stossel, tonight at 8:00 on the FOX Business Channel. You don't want to miss it. And, John, I have to tell you, I'm glad you're on our side. I really am. I really am. Thanks.

Stossel: It's great to be here. I have to make one suggestion to you. When your voice is going and you're interviewing Sarah Palin, you really should tell people at the beginning that your voice is going because it ‑‑ otherwise, all your enemies and you have more than anybody are going to say, look. He's pretending to cry.

Glenn: Is that what you thought? Is that what you thought the whole time?

Stossel: Not the whole time, but at the beginning I thought, what, is he breaking up here? And then I realized it was your voice.

Glenn: Can I tell you something? You're so right. I was on with our affiliate in Chicago today, WIND, and he said, you know, And you started talking about, you know, your past and, you know, you needed redemption more than anybody else, he said, and you got very emotional. I said, No, I wasn't emotional. I was losing my voice and then I went (clearing throat.) Excuse me. So, you're right, John, and that's a good safety tip. You've been in television more than I have. A lot longer.

Stossel: At least they don't hate me as much.

Glenn: Oh, I don't know. We could take a survey at ABC. I think they probably hate you, maybe more than me. John Stossel. Thank you so much, John.

Stossel: Thank you, Glenn.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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