Glenn Beck with Jim Cramer - Getting Back to Even



Getting Back to Even


by Jim Cramer


GLENN: A guy who has been saying that the stock market is going to rally if Brown wins is Jim Cramer. Is Jim on the phone?

CRAMER: You bet.

GLENN: Hey, Jim, how are you?

CRAMER: Oh, thanks for having me, Glenn. Just delighted to be here.

GLENN: Not a problem. You've got a book out Getting Back to Even when I have to talk to you about because it's a way to protect your money and I say food and gold and bullets.

CRAMER: Well, I'm very much pro gold. So I'm with you on that one.

GLENN: All right. So Jim, before we get to any of this, let me talk a little bit about what you think is first of all, do you think Brown's going to win today?

CRAMER: Yes, I do. I think that in the last 72 hours it's come to fruition the notion that we can move to the center if this election goes the Republican way. And I think there's a lot of center Republicans in Massachusetts who are often viewed as being leftwing Democrats. So it's very positive.

GLENN: Do you really think this administration now, you are a guy who voted for Barack Obama.

CRAMER: True.

GLENN: And you know how I feel about Barack Obama. I think he's a wee bit of a radical.

CRAMER: (Laughing).

GLENN: Do you really think he is going to move to the center?

CRAMER: No, not at all.

GLENN: Not at all?

CRAMER: Because he's not a that's not what it's about to me. I think it's the country saying that we are tired of the left but that the people who are running the country, the Pelosi proletariat as I joke on my show but we know how realistic that is.

GLENN: Yeah, that's not a joke.

CRAMER: They are not interested in what the Massachusetts voters think. They have an agenda. And I don't think the agenda gets changed by anything. I just think the agenda has less of a chance of passing. That's what I care about.

GLENN: You don't think that they will pass it anyway? I mean, you know, they are already talk Pelosi said we're going to pass it anyway.

CRAMER: Well, good. I mean, she talks a very big game. And by the way, I expect that healthcare bill to be on the president's desk by Labor Day. Remember that one? I mean, look. This is one of those things. I'm a stock guy and I come at it from the stock point of view and I'm seeing a lot of companies rally today that would normally you think be penalized by the government. It's not just healthcare. There's a notion

GLENN: It's everything.

CRAMER: that the stock market is related only somehow to fat cats on Wall Street, and there are a lot of fat cats. That's in the administration. I wonder if it's because no one's had a job in the private sector.

GLENN: I would agree with you on that.

CRAMER: Yeah.

GLENN: You know, here's the thing. I run a small business here in New York which is becoming more and more impossible to do. The problem with this economy is that people who actually create jobs I probably would have created another, at least another ten, maybe twenty jobs in this last year than I have already. Had I known that the government was stable, they weren't going to change the rules on me, they are not going to continue to penalize me, they are not going to make doing business harder and harder every step of the way. Until you stop this progressive slide into, I don't even know what the heck you would call this now where they are coming after businesses that they choose to come after and build up the businesses that they choose to build up, you are never going to be able to have the free market recover.

CRAMER: Well, I agree. A bunch of us who are members of the police athletic league and the elks bought an in recently in New Jersey and everyone tells me what an idiot I am to be involved in it. And it's not because of the business. It's how do you know what the costs are going to be a year from now, whether it be taxes, whether it be healthcare. I mean, how could you ever be so imprudent? How could you ever be such a, if you call yourself a businessman, how can you possibly buy a business in this environment given the fact that the government could intervene heavily? I don't think this would have been said a decade ago, but it is front and center with why people think I'm such a joker to be involved in a new business.

GLENN: You know, during the depression they said that the uncertainty of the government was worse than the high taxes. We're back here again.

CRAMER: I think that's right. I mean, are we paying $6,000 a month for healthcare for people? Is it $3,000? Is it $9,000? Are we in the business of providing healthcare for people who, you know, were unfortunate enough and unfortunate to get, not to have a job? Is that what my in is going to be taxed at? I don't know. I think what it comes down to is it's just a lot better to be able to hunker down and not create a business. That's not what we want in the country because the people who hire people are the people who are thinking like you and me, that maybe it's worth it to create or hire.

GLENN: I have David Walker on. You know who David Walker is?

CRAMER: Oh, yeah, he is very like you, a very common sensical guy. He says a lot of smart things.

GLENN: I have him on television tonight to talk a little bit about the unsustainability of our debt and everything else. How concerned are you about that?

CRAMER: I think it would have to be from the point of view that I get to keep 45% of what I make and I think that it is perfectly reasonable to think with the people who don't believe that growth is going to lower the deficit that I IT's going to go down to 35 and when it gets to that 35 level, I start to think, well, what's the point. I believe that there's two ways to solve this problem. One is to get this economy really growing and that will cut the deficit. And the other thing is to try to tax it. And that won't cut the deficit but it will look good for people who are so called prudent.

GLENN: Right. But that's the way, that's the way they are going to go in Washington because again they don't know how to create jobs. They never have.

CRAMER: That's right. They never have. When you work for the government all your life and by the way, remember government workers now make more than people in the private sector.

GLENN: I know that.

CRAMER: They have a better pension plan. You start thinking, well, what am I doing in this private sector? Why don't I try to get a job with the government?

GLENN: So Jim, tell me what you what we could create in this country that would pay off this deficit. I mean, I think we are we have to have the equivalent of the Industrial Revolution or the early 20th century, you know, the 1940s kind of production. There's got to be something that completely changes the paradigm to be able to pay off this debt.

CRAMER: I think it's very important that everyone who is, and I'll regard myself as a carper, right now a carp to come up with a plan so that you are not just being destructive. And I have two elements of my plan. One is that there is $2.2 trillion in infrastructure that would bring our country current with other countries. That is a classic old Democratic view. So that's not something that's radical. The other is that we have we passed Russia as the largest producer of natural gas this year. We were probably not even in the top ten a few years ago. We've had tremendous discoveries of natural gas. It costs very little. We would be able to lower the deficit, become independent of people who I just regard as our enemies cite frankly, I'm not going to mince words. And the number of people who are employed at high paying jobs to be able to get natural gas out of the ground and ship it by pipeline would be remarkable and this is something that a classic I think mid, midrange Democrat like Windell has really endorsed. This is a game changer. We would be able to become energy independent from the bad guys, our costs for energy would go down, our balance for payments would go up, we would create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and this is being fought hard by this administration, hard.

GLENN: I'm called crazy when I talk about gold, or I'm told that I'm just doing it for profit which apparently is evil now in this country.

CRAMER: Yeah, I know. It's because profit it makes it so your kids can go to school. I don't know what you are all about. You probably don't people just want to get the free ride?

GLENN: Yeah. I mean, you know, why would I do that? You say you're pro gold.

CRAMER: Every portfolio I believe has 10% gold as a hedge against craziness and I think as a guy who runs Mad Money, I obviously have some insight into craziness.

GLENN: I've watched you.

CRAMER: It's important for everyone to recognize that the world has changed. 20% should be in foreign because there's a lot of stable governments like Brazil that are more stable than I think what we're offering right now for business. It's interesting. I had the

GLENN: Hold on. Hold on just a second.

CRAMER: Sure.

GLENN: Stu, do you remember when I said that prediction? Two years ago.

STU: Yes, yes.

GLENN: I said Brazil will be more stable than the United States. Remember?

STU: Amazing.

GLENN: And here it is.

CRAMER: Better currency, yeah, stronger policy on the budget deficit, a belief in capitalism will create jobs and grow the pie. You know, but I have to tell you just so we know how far gone we are. One of the five largest oil companies in America, Anadarko, Jim Hackett, really a no nonsense CEO said, look, I've got to tell you, right now it's so much easier to do business in, are you ready, Ghana than the United States, Ghana.

GLENN: How do you sleep at night? You voted for the man.

CRAMER: Well, you know, I still have high hopes that at a certain point the country recognizes that he can swing left. Look, I have to tell you

GLENN: So in other words, what you are saying is that ant can move that banana tree plant?

CRAMER: Pelosi, as I say often on my show, you know, we are in a moment where there's a congress person who is very, very powerful, obviously maybe the most powerful person in the country, and she is if he were to break from her, I think we might see a different president. But as I say on my show

GLENN: Oh, come on.

CRAMER: the dictatorship of the Pelosi proletariat.

GLENN: You are saying, you are blaming Nancy Pelosi, one of the most inept, just screwed up individuals you can find over Barack Obama and the team at the White House, you think David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama are being led by the nose?

CRAMER: No, no.

GLENN: By Nancy Pelosi?

CRAMER: Always hopeful. Always hopeful.

GLENN: I wish you were, I wish that were true.

CRAMER: I'm a hopeful thinker.

GLENN: Holy cow.

CRAMER: I'm an optimist and maybe that's because I'm from Philadelphia and I'm always hopeful that things will go my way.

GLENN: Okay, so Jim, your book, Getting Back to Even, you say that if Brown wins today, the stock market's going to go through the roof. How long does that last before you realize, oh, these Marxists are just going to keep going anyway?

CRAMER: Your term. But the essence of what I've been saying fortunately is happening right now as people are beginning to anticipate that the woman who believes that Curt Schilling is a Yankee fan is probably going to fall. And I think that we're stealing from tomorrow's rally. What I like, though, is it's not just concentrated in the drug companies even though they are going nuts and the healthcare maintenance companies but in basic American industries where it appears the people think that maybe if Washington were to play a smaller role that profits would come back. And one of the things that's kind of a longstanding thing that maybe the government isn't aware, when profits come back people hire and profits are good. Now, I know the president was on record last year as saying now is not the time for profits. I'm hoping that there's a transition period where profits are recognized as not being the enemy.

GLENN: I've got to, I've got to unfortunately I have to go. I'd love to have you back on because I want to talk to you more about the different things that people can do and I also want to talk to you a little bit about the unions and good heavens, the

CRAMER: You mean look for the union label and sell has been my philosophy for at least

GLENN: All right. Jim Cramer, it is a real pleasure. Name of the book is Getting Back to Even.

CRAMER: Thanks, Glenn.

From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

'Good Morning Texas' gives exclusive preview of Mercury One museum

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Mercury One is holding a special exhibition over the 4th of July weekend, using hundreds of artifacts, documents and augmented reality experiences to showcase the history of slavery — including slavery today — and a path forward. Good Morning Texas reporter Paige McCoy Smith went through the exhibit for an exclusive preview with Mercury One's chief operating officer Michael Little on Tuesday.

Watch the video below to see the full preview.

Click here to purchase tickets to the museum (running from July 4 - 7).

Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.