Glenn Beck: Government accountability



Comeback America


by David Walker

GLENN: David Walker, he was the comptroller general of the United States. He was the CEO of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. I love that, accountability. He is a nonpartisan, he's worked under Republicans, Democrats. He is the guy who really understands how the books are kept in Washington. We had a conversation on TV last night and we've got about, we've got under five years to convince the world that we're not insane. We have about five years to reverse the spending and get ourselves under control, less than five years. It's up to the Chinese. Anytime they say, nah, we're done, we're done. Less than five years. That's what we're facing.

How bad is it? Really bad. Can it be solved? Yes. And as I'm talking to David Walker last night, he's got a book called Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility, he brought to my attention the same exact thing that I think most Americans understand and we talked about yesterday. One of the things that we must do. David walker is with me now. Hi, David.

WALKER: Glenn, great to be back with you.

GLENN: The thing that we were talking about last night was the gerrymandering.

WALKER: That's correct. I mean, basically in all but two states in the United States, the state legislatures basically draw districts to protect their party, to protect incumbents. That results in a polarized House of Representatives which

GLENN: Explain wait, wait. Explain, because I don't know if people you know, people hear gerrymandering and I wrote about it in the book Common Sense. And I showed the pictures.

WALKER: Right.

GLENN: I don't think people really understand the average person, what that means and how that affects things.

WALKER: Well, what it means is that now with sophisticated computer modeling and with all kinds of data, state legislatures can end up drawing really weird looking congressional districts that can span hundreds of miles which you've shown in your book Common Sense in order to make sure that their party will win the seat in order to protect incumbents. And of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, all but about 60, you know if a Democrat or Republican's going to win before the race is even won.

GLENN: Right.

WALKER: Absent some major national event. By the way, we may have seen one last night.

GLENN: Oh, I think we did.

WALKER: All right.

GLENN: This is what keeps people like Barney Frank in office.

WALKER: It's what keeps people that are far to the left of center.

GLENN: Yep.

WALKER: And far to the right of center in office, right?

GLENN: Exactly.

WALKER: And this country is in the sensible center. It's center right. That's where it is. That's where deals are done. The problem is that who represents us, that's not where they are. They are disproportionately on the polls and that's why we don't get anything done. By the way, last night, Glenn, was not about a Republican victory. It was a victory for independents and a victory for we the people.

GLENN: David, let me ask you this. I said last night on the show this is we the people, us against the machine. This is a machine that has been created under the guise of our Constitution. They have just created this machine that keeps incumbents in, keeps corruption going, keeps the spending going. It has nothing to do with Republicans and Democrats. It has everything to do with just power.

WALKER: It does. And it has to do with what do we need to do to save the republic and to try to make sure that our future will be better than our past. I mean, we need dramatic policy operational and political reforms, and all those are laid out in the back Come Back America.

GLENN: Just give me a couple of them. One of them is redistricting. Can that even be done?

WALKER: It can be done without a constitutional amendment. States can do it themselves. And some have already done it. California, by the way, has just decided to do redistricting. If you want to accelerate it, you could try to do it through a constitutional process. So it has been done, it can be done, but we need to accelerate it.

GLENN: Okay. What are some of the other things that you think, if you had three things Americans should demand right now.

WALKER: On the political side or overall?

GLENN: Overall.

WALKER: Oh, overall. First we have to reimpose tough statutory budget controls. We had them in place from 1990 to 2002. When they expired in 2002, things have been out of control. We've got to reimpose them. Once we turn the corner on the economy and start getting unemployment down. We've got to do that. By the way, last night, which hasn't been widely reported, the White House and the Democratic leadership agreed to form a fiscal future commission that will report back at the end of 2010 and will be guaranteed a vote in congress. That's in the book. It's something I've been arguing for for a while.

GLENN: I don't believe it.

WALKER: They did.

GLENN: No, I know. I know they did. I don't believe their intent is pure. David, you and I disagree on one thing.

WALKER: Yes, sir.

GLENN: You think that this is just incompetence and greed, et cetera, et cetera. I contend that no one can be this irresponsible, this greedy, this incompetent. This is gross negligence that is criminal. And if and I don't think that it's all just gross negligence. I think this is, part of it is intentional on those on the uber, uber left.

WALKER: Well, my view is it's not criminal, but it is gross negligence. And what we have are fiduciary breaches. You know, our elected representatives have a fiduciary responsibility to the people to do what's right for today and tomorrow. They are breaching their responsibility.

GLENN: If this exact stuff that you warned against when you were in the system and you're saying stop it, stop it, stop it from both the Republicans and the Democrats, if this stuff were happening in the private sector, would those people go to jail?

WALKER: They would be wiring wide stripe suits with numbers on them.

GLENN: Then why is it not criminal because the laws are

WALKER: Because there's not a law that says they can't do it. You know some of the other things that we need, you know, Glenn, is that we need some constitutional amendments. How about a limit as to how much debt as a percentage the economy we can take on? There's absolutely no limit to the nation's credit card that we have right now. We need that, too.

GLENN: This is the kind of thing, though, David, that was the '94 Republican revolution which is the laws that apply to the citizens need to apply to those in Washington. Why do we not have financial laws that apply? The same things that we have to abide by, they have to.

WALKER: Well, there's a lot of double standards and it's wrong and it needs to change. But again the key is what do we need to do to get back to the basic principles and values under which this country was founded? What do we need to do to be able to have a more representative democracy? How can we end up starting to make tough choices with regard to spending, with regard to our budget practices and tax policies so that our future will be better than our past? It's tough work but we need to get started now before the Chinese lose patience with us.

GLENN: All right. So David Walker was the chief bean counter, if you will, for the United States government. For how many years, David?

WALKER: About ten years I was the chief auditor.

GLENN: And so you know where all the bodies are buried, all the things that are there. How long before I mean, because the Chinese aren't stupid. They are our bank. Just like anybody else. You have a revolving loan. You go to your bank and you say, hey, I've got to refinance this. If you're a company that is out of control, eventually your bank says, I just can't keep doing this; you're out of control." How long do you think the bank, China, has left in them before they say, you know, guys, you can't do this.

WALKER: Less than five years. Less than five years. I think that we must demonstrate within the next couple of years that we are going to take steps to start putting our financial house in order. And we need to make progress towards doing that. Not just words. Actions. There's a chance that this fiscal future commission can get that done. I hope they put the right type of people on it. I hope they engage representative groups of the American people around the country with the facts, the truth, and the tough choices. People need to be held accountable for what not only they do but what they fail to do and hopefully this will help assure that that happens.

GLENN: If they asked you, would you go on it?

WALKER: If I was asked, I would serve because I think I've got a background that's well qualified for it, plus I've been in 46 states talking to the people in the last four years. I think I've got pretty good sense about where they are.

GLENN: The death, possible death of healthcare where they were saying, you know, we're going to save Medicare and Medicaid and by expanding it, et cetera, et cetera, this is a very hopeful sign, don't you think?

WALKER: Well, there's only several there's only a couple of ways that healthcare reform's going to happen. One, is the house was to pass the exact same that the Senate passed, it wouldn't then they could send it to the president. Or if they could end up getting, you know, a Republican to switch, then they could end up getting the 60 votes that they need. That's an if. My view is we need healthcare reform but we need to control costs first. You can't add on a wing to a house that's structurally unsound and headed for foreclosure. That's what people are talking about doing now.

GLENN: You just said you've been in 40 plus states in the last couple of years. If they just jam this healthcare bill through by either, you know, bribing another politician or by just jamming it through by voting for the, voting for the Senate bill, would do you think the response of the American people would be?

WALKER: Outrage. Look, I think if they tried to push this through on a straight party line vote, what you would see is that you would see outrage among the public and you would also see large portions of the bill repealed in the future. There are things in here that you could get bipartisan support for. Insurance reforms, modest expansions of Medicaid. Those kinds of things you could get bipartisan support. But building a wing onto a house that's structurally unsound and headed for foreclosure, making more promises when we have $38 trillion of unfunded promises is not something that will last.

GLENN: David Walker, the author of the book Come Back America, we'll talk to you again, David.

WALKER: Great to talk to you.

GLENN: You bet, bye bye.

William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author