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.

BlazeTV host Mark Levin said his new book, "American Marxism," provides proof that we're not just facing a coming Marxist revolution — it's already here.

Many Americans remain unconvinced, believing recent moves from the far left and the Democratic Party are just passing phases. But this is not a "fad," Levin told Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday.

"This isn't progressivism, or social activism, or democratic socialism. This is Marxism. Now, it may not be Marxism in every particular. But it's an Americanized form of Marxism," Levin explained.

"You need to pay attention to what's taking place ... You've seen it with your own two eyes. You saw the riots all summer long. You saw Black Lives Matter, which is headed by an openly proud Marxist. You see Antifa, which is a Marxist anarchist organization. You see the media, that you have been watching and reading, endorse every single one of these movements," he added.

"People have been brainwashed, or ... haven't been paying attention. They view this as a passing fad," Levin went on to say. "It's not. We all need to wake up to this. And if we have little differences, moderate Democrats, Libertarians and so forth, you better put them aside right now. Because we have a common enemy. I say enemy, not opponent. Not adversary. Enemy. And we need to be focused on defeating that enemy, rather than fighting among ourselves."

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Electric vehicles are the wave of the future. They are so much better for the environment. At least that's what we have been told, but is this correct?

On his TV special, Glenn Beck explained how electric vehicles (EVs) might not actually be the environmental solution we've been led to believe. In fact, they may not be a solution at all.

Glenn shared a recent article from LiveScience that reported:

A 2014 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the entire life cycle of an EV's emissions, from mining the metals required for the batteries to producing the electricity needed to power them, and then compared this with the average emissions of a gas-powered vehicle. The team found that when electric vehicles are charged with coal-powered electricity, they're actually worse for the environment than conventional gasoline cars.

He next shared an article from The Greenage, which stated:

The Union of Concerned Scientists has calculated that manufacturing a mid-sized EV with an 84-mile range results in about 15 percent more emissions than manufacturing an equivalent gasoline vehicle. For larger, longer-range EVs that travel more than 250 miles per charge, the manufacturing emissions can be as much as 68 percent higher.

Noting how electric vehicles and other fossil-fuel alternatives require the use of mined minerals like lithium, cobalt, zinc, copper, and nickel, among others, Glenn quoted an International Energy Agency report that warned reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement "would mean a quadrupling of mineral requirements for clean energy technologies by 2040. An even faster transition, to hit net-zero globally by 2050, would require six times more mineral inputs in 2040 than today."

"Can [you] predict which country is the world leader in processing the minerals needed for these batteries? Right, China," Glenn stated. "The average EV requires over 200 kilograms of minerals. The average gas vehicle requires 40 kilograms of minerals, mostly copper. A single EV has 22 pounds of lithium in it ... yet another way that the green reset of American energy is putting us all at the mercy of Communist China."

"Oh, and remember during the Obama administration when the world was gonna end' over fracking?" Glenn asked. "Well, the Institute for Energy Research now says, and I quote, 'Mining and processing of lithium, however, turns out to be far more environmentally harmful than what turned out to be the unfounded issues with fracking.'"

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We've heard a lot about the 1776 Commission over the past several months. From the mainstream media, you've heard lies and slander: It was a racist panel put together by President Trump to peddle a whitewashed version of American history.

In reality, the 1776 Commission was established by President Trump in the fall of 2020 with the purpose of promoting "patriotic education." Not to mandate it, not to propose legislation – simply to PROMOTE it. The media and academia lost their minds over this now controversial idea that we should teach young Americans to appreciate the nation they've inherited. And predictably, just hours after Biden took the oath of office, he signed an executive order to dissolve the 1776 Commission, calling the commission's report "offensive and counterfactual."

Glenn Beck presents the 1776 Commission's report in its entirety, because unlike the media and President Biden who want to hide it from you, Glenn wants you to seek the truth and celebrate Independence Day with pride.

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I am an Irishman and in 2006, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend Independence Day in America. It was a magical experience I will never forget and one I am desperate to repeat.

Everything about the day was magical. I can remember every little detail: seeing the pure joy on people's faces when they saw family members, not seen since Christmas; enjoying burgers and hot dogs being grilled to perfection in the mid-afternoon; jumping on a boat and witnessing an awe-inspiring fireworks display with the feel of a cold beverage in my hand; coming ashore and sitting around an open fire, toasting marshmallows.

As fun as these activities were, they are NOT what made the day magical.

The day was and is made magical remembering WHAT Americans are celebrating: being thankful for the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and the idea of America which improved EVERY aspect of our world.

I would be honored if you would allow me to share five pivotal points from the Declaration, explaining how they started America on the path to becoming an exceptional nation, and how you can learn from the founders' example today.

1 The Layout

Take a look around society today, and you will notice a prevalent theme. The majority of people are angry, upset, and frustrated. They love to highlight the parts of society they view as a problem and tear it down. This requires zero talent. Even newborn babies with no verbal skills and very little knowledge of the outside world will let you know when they are unhappy by crying for a clean diaper, food or attention.

History is filled with people complaining and starting wars because they feel they have been wronged and sought a future "free from their oppressor".

Thomas Jefferson and your founders were different. Before mentioning any issues with the King (they waited 1338 words), they first explained their vision and how America would be different from other nations. They boldly declared that all men were created equal and have a God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

This principle of explaining what you are for has a long track record in American society and has long lead to effective change.

This principle of explaining what you are for has a long track record in American society and has long lead to effective change. This includes famous speeches by John F. Kennedy declaring, "We will go to the moon by the end of this decade," or the great Martin Luther King Jr. telling everyone how he "had a dream."

LESSON: Tell the world what you stand for -- not what you stand against!

2 Role of Government

I have spent over seven years with The Blaze, promoting your founding principles and explaining how America is unique and different to every other nation in the world. Every principle, policy, plan and idea can be traced back to one core principle: How we view government and its role in society.

On the surface of history, it is very easy to believe that our world is very different and would provide many different answers to this simple question.

Just look at our world today and you see many different power structures. England retains a monarch. European countries, like mine, are democracies. Iran is a theocratic-controlled country. Russia is an oligarchy. Inside those countries, you will notice differences in ideologies between communism, socialism, fascism, liberalism and even conservatism.

YES, they all look very different. However, if you look deeper into those countries, you will notice they all view government the exact same.

Government is a central agency that possesses the power to be the moral arbiters of society, the ability to be the great equalizer and most importantly they are the provider of rights.

Does this mean every government uses this power every day?

NO.

Clearly, there are governments around the world who are more open to freedom and view government as the last resort. However, every country believes government always has that power and there are situations when government must take control for the "greater good".

If you doubt this, look at the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Even countries that love to talk about freedom and identify as freedom-loving, removed their citizens' rights in the name of public safety. You witnessed everything from governments shutting down businesses, banning you from traveling more than three miles from your home, limiting the number of people you could have to visit your own house and enforcing you to wear a mask.

How could they do this? Because government is the power structure of all these countries and providers of rights. Any government that has the power to confer can also rescind them under the right circumstances.

Your founders were very clear that they did not share the world vision of an all-powerful government.

The idea of America is different. Your founders were very clear that they did not share the world vision of an all-powerful government. You can see this by reviewing the structure of the Constitution, but that foundation was started in the Declaration of Independence when they spoke about the Law of Nature and Nature's God, which highlights ALL rights come from God. You are born with these rights and it is the government's sole responsibility to ensure these rights are never taken away.

3 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Take a step back and look at the public discourse today. You will notice the majority of people love to talk about their rights. My friends on the right love to talk about their right to free speech and guns. My friends on the left love to talk about their right to healthcare and abortions. When was the last time you saw anyone online talk about their duty and responsibilities? It's not a very popular topic.

Your founders were not dumb men.

Their genius was understanding the laws of nature and basic first principles. They researched world history -- from the great empires of the past to senates that were supposed to last forever, examining why they failed. While there are countless reasons for each, understanding one concept is critical. When freedom becomes all about rights and forgets about responsibilities, it creates a vacuum. Historically, the government always fills that vacuum. This creates a prime opportunity for a tyrant to come to power and solve a public need and always ends the same way - gaining more power and stripping you of your individual rights.

Your founders feared this vacuum and warned against it TWICE in the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. They spoke about your right to alter and abolish your government, instituting new safeguards. Then they spoke about your right, and duty, to throw off the government and provide new guards.

LESSON: Freedom without responsibility will always lead to tyranny.

4 RACIST FOUNDERS

As an outsider, nothing annoys me more than the constant attacks on your founders and their brilliance. Were they perfect? NOPE. Should they be worshipped like Idols? NOPE. Are there things we can improve upon? Yes. For example, it's 2021; why does the post office need to be included in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution?

Despite their flaws, they provided America with a great platform on which to build. If America is to survive and prosper, the IGNORANT attacks that America's founders were old racist white men with wooden teeth must stop. Why? Because it is a LIE!!!

I could write at length about this issue alone, but I will provide two simple facts.

Firstly, please close your eyes and imagine an actual racist (no, not your typical Donald Trump supporter). Imagine how they look, how they sound, what words they use and everything down to what aftershave they wear. Got that vision? Good. Now try imagining that vile, disgusting racist say the following:

ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL!

Did your vision say those words? Do you think people like David Duke would say them, let alone sign their name to a statement declaring this as a self-evident principle for the world to see?

Answer: NO!

The second fact requires you to have a reading of history before America. Thomas Jefferson could have very easily left these five powerful words out entirely or just use the accepted language of the day from the Magma Carta which stated:

"All FREE men are created equal."

If Jefferson and the founders were racist, why did they improve on the language of the day and declare this truth as self-evident?

If ...the founders were racist, why did they improve on the language of the day and declare this truth as self-evident?

5 FORGOTTEN FOUNDERS

If you look at culture and politics today, you will notice a common theme where everyone just wants to win, regardless of the cost. Society tells us winning is everything, and there is no room for failure. Is this true? Can society progress really progress without failure and sacrificing everything they have for the greater good?

American history is so vast and deep that it can be straightforward to focus on the great and famous leaders who survived like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison and Franklin.

This particular weekend, I would like to briefly highlight three patriots who took the ultimate risk by signing the Declaration of Independence. They lost everything, and are sadly forgotten by many who teach history.

JOHN HART: John was a widowed farmer in New Jersey with 12 kids. He was rich, well-known in society, and employed many. When he signed the Declaration, troops attacked his farm with orders to execute him in Hopewell. He fled and eventually died in hiding.

FRANCES LEWIS: Frank was involved in international business and made a fortune on the mercantile exchange. Like John, he was rich, powerful and employed many. When he signed, he returned to find armed troops at his home, taking possession of it. They arrested his wife, starved and mistreated her and although she was later released, she soon passed away due to the horrific treatment.

RICHARD STOCKTON: Richard was a wealthy lawyer who studied at Princeton. He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court and had the respect of his peers. After signing, he was locked up, starved, tortured, and robbed of his possessions. His treatment was so bad that his final days were spent living on the charity of friends.

These brave men could have chosen a much easier road in life. They could have ignored the calls for Independence, paid any additional taxes to the King and still lived a great life. They had everything you would deem desirable in society -- money, earthly possessions, name recognition, and respect.

...these men... risked everything they had so everyone could have a brighter and freer tomorrow.

When they signed the Declaration of Independence, the only thing they could gain was an opportunity for absolute freedom. This ideal was so powerful that these men, and countless others, risked everything they had so everyone could have a brighter and freer tomorrow.

LESSON: Pursuing a higher aspiration is more important than winning.

Personal Request:

It is popular for Americans to say "Happy 4th" or "Happy 4th of July."

PLEASE STOP SAYING IT!

After reading this, realize how important and significant your founders to America and the world. It is disrespectful to them, their memory, their sacrifice, and everything they fought for. After all, would you go up to a Christian and say "Happy 25th?"

NOPE.

May I wish you and your exceptional nation a very HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

If you enjoyed this column, I released a special on The Blaze this week where I did a deep dive into the Declaration of Independence with KrisAnne Hall. You can listen for free on Apple or Spotify or The Blaze.