Glenn Beck: Congresswoman needs bailout


Glenn Beck's first annual telethon for Congresswoman Laura Richardson fell just short of it's fundraising goals bringing in approximately $0.

GLENN: I want to share a story with you today that I think is tragic. I think it is the quintessential American story and what we're all facing and it comes out of California. Do we have some appropriate music here, Dan? I -- it's about a woman named Laura. She just lost her Sacramento home. Foreclosure. She's also defaulted on other properties in long beach, California and San Pedro. Laura was able to bring her payments up to date on the Long Beach home relatively quickly, but the San Pedro property lingered in the foreclosure process for almost eight months. She still has a pending auction date there. She was just a woman that was just trying to make her way in the world. She had everything going for her. She had a good job and she got a better job. But with that better job she was transferred. She had to move across the country and that's when it all started to fall apart. She said, "I should have moved forward with an earlier fashion. I acknowledge that. I intend to never conduct business in this way. I have financial obligations and I'm going to fulfill all of those obligations, and I want the people of America to know that, gosh darn it, they are not going to have to take this on their own back."

See, here's what happened. She bought a home, everybody's dream. Back in January 2007 she bought a home for $535,000 but then because of this darn new job, she got behind on the payments. It was sold on May 7th for $388,000. The bank, oh, those banking people, they lost $200,000 on the deal. County records indicate that the San Pedro home went in default in December 2007, at which point Laura, our heroine, was behind on her payments by $12,410. She hadn't made a single payment since June. A notice of a sale was issued on April 17th and an auction was scheduled for May 14th on the courthouse steps in Norwalk. The outstanding loan balance was $367,436. The original sale was $359,000. But that auction luckily was put on hold. Now Laura produced no documents to confirm that she took any action on that property before March. The Long Beach home, which is her primary address, went in default on March 28th. She hadn't made a payment on that house since November. She owed almost $20,000 on that property. Three days later the default was rescinded. She had finally made arrangements to make those payments.

Now, you might think that there's a happy ending here but not really because Laura says she's not financially wealthy. She said, "I'm not a millionaire. Based what I'm going through, changing four jobs in less than one year, I think America would understand what it does to a person in financial stability. It's hard to make. It's hard to live on $169,300 a year." See, Laura, Laura is a congresswoman from California. She was a member of the state assembly in California and made $116,000 a year, but then she changed jobs, got a pay raise. $169,300 which allowed her to buy three homes. When it was pointed out to Laura that the average American makes far less than $169,300 a year, she said, "Yes, but the average American isn't responsible for maintaining several households." How true it is, Laura, how true it is, true dat.

You know, Laura, I've heard the same kind of talk from people like Bill Gates who say, pffft, you know, sure I make $80 billion, but people don't have to run Microsoft, you know? They don't have to have a G-5. They don't have to have a huge home on several continents. I mean, oh, those little people don't understand. Well, Laura said she didn't make an effort to sell the Sacramento home even after she was elected to congress, that she hoped to get it out but she couldn't get a renter. She attempted to link her situation with the plight of others facing foreclosures and she said this experience is going to help her make a better advocate for the little people. She ultimately now hopes to testify about her situation in front of the Senate and she's going to write to the President to urge him to sign a package of foreclosure legislation. She said congress doesn't provide living expenses. I only make $169,000. So I had my three homes. But then I had to have some place to rest my weary head after a hard day in Washington. So, of course, I had to have four homes. This, gang, this is a story of a woman who's just like you, somebody who says we need to put a better process in place so a person home, or in her case a person's several homes aren't sold up and taken from them. We just have to improve the way we respond to this crisis.

Our person today that we really want to focus on just, is a story that rips my heart out. It's Representative Laura Richardson who now is, from what I understand, only has one home and I don't know how people live that way. I really don't. When you have close to a million dollars in loans and you're only making $163,000 a year. When you go out and you buy home after home after home and then you just can't count on not being transferred and, you know, having your salary move up from $116,000 to $163,000 where you know you are never going to be able to make it on $163,000 and -- oh, I'm sorry, it's $169,000? Stu, you know you're not going to make it on almost $170,000 a year. You've got four homes. Oh.

Well, we could sit here and we could weep. We could. We could just hold each other. We could just say (crying) Laura, she knows our pain. Or we can do something about it. Because Laura has said we need to find a better system. Now, I'm guessing Laura's system would be, hey, let's get the government to help out people like me -- well, not people like me because, well, there's nobody in that bad of a shape, but help people kind of like me. I say let's help ourselves. Let's help Laura. As individuals why go to the government when we can help her ourselves.

VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents... serving those who serve you. A special fundraiser for congressman Laura Richardson. She's losing nearly all of her three homes and she only makes $169,000 per year. And now as if you aren't already digging into your wallet to help poor Laura, here's Glenn Beck.

GLENN: And we go now to our telethon headquarters. Stu, are you there?

STU: I am here.

GLENN: Are you all right?

STU: I'm sorry. This is so unprofessional.

GLENN: No, you know what? Sometimes when you do these telethons and you'll see like a sick crippled kid with polio and cancer and you think to yourself, and why does it always have to happen to the one where God didn't give them hands or a face.

STU: Uh-huh, yep, that's what I'm feeling. Emotions are running high here, Glenn.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: I just, I know this isn't part of what we're doing here. I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the way you told that story. You moved me, man.

GLENN: Well --

STU: You moved me.

GLENN: It's hard not to be moved by somebody who's, you know, has got three houses and now only, now only one.

STU: I mean, how --

GLENN: Well, they had four houses but they didn't technically own the fourth one. They were just renting the fourth one.

STU: Just renting that one, yeah.

GLENN: But now all they have is the renting one and they've lost the others.

STU: I suppose this administration would just want people to only have one place to live. I suppose maybe that's the America we live in, but that's not the America I want.

GLENN: You know, may I just point this out? And you know me. I just, my heart bleeds for people like this and I hope I'm not going too far. But damn these banks for taking advantage of people like poor Laura here. She's just a working mom. She may have kids. I'm not sure.

STU: Right, right.

GLENN: She's just a working mom just struggling to make it, you know?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: She goes and she works in the state assembly where she's supposed to figure out things like laws, you know?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: And then she gets transferred. They say, hey, Laura, you're such a special girl, you should go to Washington. And then she goes to work in congress and nobody knows what congress and how hard that is. And yet, she's expected to go into a bank and listen to all this gobbledygook that they --

STU: Oh, all the words they put in there.

GLENN: They put in this gobbledygook that you don't know what you're doing. Here she is a woman. She's a lawmaker. What does she know about words and stuff.

STU: What does a lawmaker know about the letter of the law?

GLENN: You don't.

STU: They are not going to know that.

GLENN: You don't.

STU: I'm glad you brought this up, Glenn, because this is what we can appeal to the people. This poor woman was targeted by the system. This is a predatory system.

GLENN: Take a moment here. Take a moment.

STU: I'm sorry. It doesn't seem fair, doesn't seem fair.

GLENN: Damn them.

STU: They targeted her.

GLENN: You know what? I've got to tell you, you and these predatory businesses and your practices. You and these oil company -- Halliburton, Dick Cheney, you bastards.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: For doing -- you've hurt twice now. You've not only hurt Laura but you've hurt Stu, and nobody hurts Stu without hurting me. So you've hurt twice and then again. Me.

STU: Is this the Keith Olbermann program? Am I on the Keith Olbermann program?

GLENN: So anyway, these predatory -- she was taken advantage of, you were saying.

STU: She was taken advantage of. Think about a poor woman going into a loan officer and --

GLENN: How does she do it on $169,000?

STU: Oh, I don't know how she does it. I don't know how anyone does it on $169,000 a year. If you think about it, not only is she making $169,000 a year but she has to deal with the added pressure of a bank going out of their way to intentionally loan her more money. You know the saying, Glenn, Mo money, Mo problems. And they just keep throwing money at this poor woman. This is so unfair. I don't know why they do it (crying).

GLENN: We're going to try to pull ourselves together. You can call for your donations now. Our phone lines are wide open. If you'd like to make a donation, we're doing a fundraiser now to try to help --

STU: (Crying).

GLENN: It's all right. Congressman Richards to get her one, at least one of her three homes back in this damn Bush economy.

VOICE: It's Glenn Beck raising cash for congress, serving those who serve you. Please give what you can. In addition to the 50% you're forced to give.


 

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.