Mitt Romney Interview

GLENN: How are you doing, Governor?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I'm terrific, thanks, Glenn.


 


 GLENN: Well, let's start with the news of the day. What do you think we're headed for today on the markets?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, I can't begin to predict the stock market. It will probably head down. The question is whether people will see it as a buying opportunity and turn it the other direction but I think there's a growing concern about the credit crisis and even solvency of our major institutions. So this could be going on for a while, but I'm no predictor of what markets are going to do.


 


 GLENN: Tell me about the stimulus package. I think this $800 tax rebate -- I'm all for giving people money back but now they are talking about giving people money back that didn't pay taxes in the first place. Second place, $800, that seems like a short-term idea that doesn't even address the real fundamentals of what's going on.


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, there's no question but that the real fundamentals are long term in nature and include the fact that our employment sector, our businesses are facing the highest taxes in the world right here in this country and we compound that by making it difficult for businesses to invest in new capital equipment and that's why the program I've put together calls for very substantial changes in the way businesses are taxed and creates incentives that we go to work and beginning to buy capital equipment and thereby helping boost our economy. But we've got a number of folks that have invested in some very bad instruments and some mortgages, sub prime mortgages that are going to see some losses and, of course, our desire is to make sure that the homeowners don't lose their homes.


 


 GLENN: Bank of America came out. Earnings have fallen 98%. I mean, you just said it. People have made bad investments, they've made mistakes. What do you think of the concept of, let the market correct itself, let these people who have done bad business, let them -- let it purge itself and that way it can heal. You never heal a wound if you don't let all of the rocks and pick all of the rocks out of there.


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, I think you're right and I think you're going to find that the big investment banks and the banks and so forth that have made these huge investments in this sub prime mortgage market are going to find some very difficult days ahead and there's going to be no interest in bailing those guys out and I think it's a very different matter to say, well, let's make sure that what's happening to them does not affect other enterprises from, you know, making pancakes to making cars and making computers and that's why there's an effort to put more capital into the marketplace to make sure that the credit crisis that's being seen by these investment banks and by the banks themselves is not something which brings down the entire economy.


 


 GLENN: Are you concerned about the sovereign wealth funds? Are you concerned about Saudi Arabia owning part of Citibank?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, they have been investing in this country for a long, long time. We've been sending them money for oil and they turn around and send money back here for various investments and at some point this is going to equilibrate. They are not going to keep on sending us oil for dollars that are declining in value. I think the same issue relates to what's happening in China. They continue to see declining dollars. Fundamentally this is going to correct itself. That's the nature of how markets work. But what we want to do is make sure that we don't have in the midst of this a downturn that causes people to lose jobs and then, if you will, it becomes a downward spiral. People lose jobs, they are not buying things, therefore companies aren't selling as much, so they have to let more people go. And that's why government steps into states like this at this tipping point to prime the market, to push it a little further -- when I say the market, I mean the economy -- to encourage the purchase of new equipment and the hiring of individuals. And that's what my plan calls for and I believe the President does as well.


 


 GLENN: You know, I get a lot of phone calls on two subjects. One is everybody wants to give the tax cuts, everybody's coming out on this but nobody is talking about fundamental restraint in Washington, nobody's really saying, okay, we're going to do this but we also have to signal to the world that we're not going to spend more money than we have.


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Wouldn't that be nice? And the big -- you know, the 800-pound gorilla in the room is the entitlement program shortfall that exists in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and these are not impossible to solve. The President came out with a proposal a year or two ago. There have been other proposals over the years, but it's time for Washington, which is fundamentally broken, it's time for Washington to say, look, we're not only going to be dealing with these short-term stimulus issues but we're going to deal with the long-term concern that the world has and one of the reasons the dollar is weak is because the world looks at our economy and says, America cannot rein in its excessive spending and it's only going to get worse, not better. And so that's one of the reasons, Glenn, I'm in this race is I want to get Washington back to work solving the problems that exist. These are not insurmountable problems. It's the will on the part of somebody who doesn't care whether it's the Republican or the Democrat who gets the credit.


 


 GLENN: Yeah, but how are you going to do that? Here's what happens. We send somebody to Washington, they say that and then they either sell their soul to the devil or they can't get congress to move because congress -- and it's happened with the Republicans and it's happened with the Democrats, they always seem to switch sides depending on who has the power. They don't move because they don't -- they don't want anybody else to have the credit. So how do you -- how do you as President fix that, get around it?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: One is a couple of things. One the president can say if you keep sending me bills, I'm going to veto them. Number two, there's a phenomena that exists when a crisis occurs and sometimes that's what it takes to get America to move but right now we're seeing a crisis as the world looks at us and says, you know what, America is not on stable footing economically and a crisis like that often causes people to take action. My wife says it's like watching two guys in a canoe moving down a river toward a waterfall. They are not paddling. That's Washington. And as they get closer to the waterfall, I'm convinced they will start to paddle as long as they have leadership that will show which way the shore is and that's what I'm trying to do.


 


 GLENN: The other question that people ask me all the time, and you are a guy who can actually answer this question is, most people don't -- you know, they have their 401k, they are fighting to keep their head above water. You know, they don't have a lot of money. What can they do in this economy? What is it that the average individual can do to shore themselves up or to help?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, the best thing we can do in an economy is for kids to work hard in school, for our parents to do a good job at work, for entrepreneurs to take the risk to build new enterprises and to pursue all sorts of innovation and technological insights. This is what propels a nation like ours ahead of those of other nations is just the content of our work, the quality of our productivity improvements, the level of our technological advances. These are the things long term we have to do for America to lead. And it begins, of course, with great homes, with great parents, with terrific schools and, you know, our schools are falling behind international standards. We're well behind other nations that we compete with in terms of the success of our kids coming out of school and if that's the case, we'll have a hard time keeping up long term. Short-term, you know, you put your head down, you weather this, you realize that the markets are going to go up and down. Throughout my life I've seen markets collapse, I've seen great fear and panic enter people's hearts as they see what's happening in markets. But somehow what comes down has always come back.


 


 GLENN: I found something confusing in the paper today and I don't know if you watched the Democratic debate last night. Did you watch it?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I did not see it. We were doing our own events.


 


 GLENN: They were talking about who's best, the Democrats are debating, who is best to beat John McCain. Now, I see on the front page of the New York Sun today where the race stands depends on who you ask. Let me just ask CNN. It says Romney has 72 delegates, McCain has 38 delegates. Have I missed something here or is this media bias?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, there's no question but that the media has always had great affection for Senator McCain and for good reason. They see eye to eye on a lot of things. And yet this is very much a race. Here in Florida the polls in the last couple of days have Senator McCain and myself tied here with a more engine of error. There have been three polls out. We're all going to be battling down here. Mayor Giuliani can't be written off, either, and nor can Governor Huckabee. We've got a real race going on and so far there have been six contests and I won three of them and I've come in second in two. So if you will, my medal count is the strongest but, you know, we're going to keep battling along here. I'm not the household name that John McCain is but I expect to beat him.


 


 GLENN: Do you want to make a plea to Thompson's people? I mean, there's rumor that he may drop out this week. If he does, where do his people go?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: You know, I think either the Thompson folks come to me and to Governor Huckabee, I think it's less likely they'll go to McCain although both Senator Thompson and Senator McCain served together and were friends and I presume if Senator Thompson gets out, he will endorse Senator McCain because of their long friendship but I would never presume to suggest to another candidate get out. They are entitled to stay in as long as they would like to stay in. I think Fred Thompson has made our debates more interesting and he's been fun on the trail and I like him a lot. You know, I would miss him if he got out.


 


 GLENN: You know, I was watching -- well, that's bullcrap and you know that. You would like to have -- you would like to have fewer people in the race, wouldn't you?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Oh, you know, I'd love to have fewer people in the race but I'm certainly not going to suggest to some other candidate that they get out.


 


 GLENN: I get it, I get it. I mean --


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: It's a huge sacrifice to get in. So --


 


 GLENN: I mean, I don't know about you but if I were in your position, I would want everybody else to drop out. "Well, we'll miss you, guys, it's been fun. Oh, well."


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Hey, Glenn, I'll sign up for that one, everybody else leave but me.


 


 GLENN: All right, that's just me.


 


 In the debate, and I've been watching over the last few days. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama going at it. They are hitting each other pretty hard. I mean, I find it amazing that Barack Obama now understands how a conservative feels about Bill Clinton where he's not really, he is kind of fudging the truth a little bit. If what happened over the last few days with Bill Clinton would have happened to you or any other conservative; for instance, if you were sitting behind Martin Luther King, III as he was giving a speech on Martin Luther King day and you fell asleep at the same time that you were beating up on the black candidate, you would be called a racist. I'm convinced of it. If you were the candidate that has to run against the first female or the first African-American, how do you navigate the waters? Because you know you're going to either be called a sexist or a racist by the media and by the operatives of those candidates. How do you elevate the level of dialogue so it doesn't just degenerate into that?


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Well, that's a great question, Glenn, that I don't have a great answer to other than to say that the kinds of challenges we face today are so daunting as a country that I think people are going to say, you know, normally kind of a, if you will, a People magazine analysis of the campaign is all I'm going to do. I think they are going to instead do more of a U.S. News and World Report analysis. They are going to say, you know, I want to know who's going to make sure that America is stronger and who can defeat this threat of global jihad, I want to know who can make our economy stronger because I'm concerned about the value of my savings but even more concerned about the ongoing job I have and my ability to get good healthcare. These kinds of issues I think are going to swamp a lot of the, if you will, the personality and FaceBook kind of issues. And even those will be titillating to the media and to observers. When it comes to going into the voting booth and pulling the lever, people are going to say, what is in my personal best interests here and they are not going to care whether someone is male or female or of one ethnicity or another. They are going to want the person who can do the job for them.


 


 GLENN: Governor Mitt Romney, it is always a pleasure, sir, and I'm thrilled with your progress and at least -- just know that at least somebody in the media is noticing the poll numbers that seem to be surging, that you are ahead of the delegate count and that John McCain is not a foregone conclusion and I appreciate your time, sir.


 


 GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Thanks, Glenn. Good to be with you.


 


 GLENN: Bye-bye.

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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