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Senate Votes To Privatize Its Failing Restaurants

GLENN: Try this on, from the Washington Post. Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants wait a minute. The U.S. Senate's network of restaurants? They have a network of restaurants? Is this like a chain? Is this like the Senate's Chili's? The network of restaurants has lost a staggering amount of money. Since 1993 the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost more than $18 million, and an estimated $2 million this year alone. We're only six months into the year. They've lost $2 million, in their chain of restaurants. I didn't even know they had one. Why do they have a chain of restaurants? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

The financial condition of the world's most exclusive dining hall why do they have the world's most exclusive dining hall? The Senate won't make its payroll next month. Who do you have working at these coffee shops? Your payroll's $250,000 for the month? The embarrassment of the Senate food service. Last week in a late night voice vote, the Senate agreed to privatize the operation of its food service, a decision that would for the first time put it under control of a contractor and all but guarantee lower wages and benefits for the outfit's new hires. Oh, no! The House is expected to agree its food service operation has been in private since the 1980s and the President's signature on the bill would officially end four decades of taxpayer, for their lunch! You have got to be kidding me.

Dianne Feinstein, she says it's catering. Candidly I don't think the taxpayers should be subsidizing something that doesn't need to be. There are parts of government that can be run like a business, that should be run like a business. There are parts of government that can be run like a business? Excuse me? All government should be run like a business. What party tell me I'm saying this seriously. I want to hear right now what part should Stu, what part of government should not be run as a business? Help me out. Come on. Go. Go ahead. Just one. Just one. All I want is one part that shouldn't be run like a business.

STU: I don't know.

GLENN: Give me one. Give me one.

STU: Potentially the

GLENN: Yeah. Here's one, the treasury. You don't want to run that like a business. You want to pay 5 cents to make a penny. That's what it costs, 5 cents to make a penny. Why are we making pennies? Maybe we should go back to wooden, wooden pennies, wooden nickels, what do you say? Do you know how much money someone like you could do you know how much money you could save? You could go in, you, me, Stu, anybody, your grandmother could go into Washington and save so much money. That's all you'd hear. You need lights? All right, we'll leave the lights on. I don't know if we should. I don't know if we even should leave the lights on in Washington. Stu, I have never seen hello and welcome back to the program. I have never seen a story, I don't think. We have to send this out. Dan, in the newsletter today can we send out the Senate votes to privatize its failing restaurants?

DAN: Absolutely. I already have it sitting here. It's unbelievable.

GLENN: I've never seen a story like this, never. I didn't know that they had a network of restaurants. I didn't know that they had been losing $18 million since 1993. I didn't know that they were losing $2 million this year alone.

DAN: I love the fact that, like, when you look at this again, think of people. This is a chain of restaurants. Think of people running an entire country of healthcare. Think of how good of a job they would do at that. And then look at, like and you want to talk about because we always talk about how, you know, innovation and everything else comes from private companies. Look at my favorite line in there is that in 10 years they only came up with 20 new menu items. Can you imagine a normal restaurant only adding two new menu over an entire series of restaurants, from coffeehouses to upscale dining to normal lunch places, all of these places, they only came up with two new ones a year. A year! What would they do for medicine? We would have leeches all over us every time.

GLENN: Oh, we would have leeches and baby aspirin. You go in and your head's split open and they would be like, "We have some bayer baby aspirin. Do you want that?" I don't, thank that's going to work. Flintstone chewable? Well, not actually Flintstones. They are just really cheap aspirins that didn't come out right in the aspirin factory. So they are kind of shaped oddly. We just tell people that they're flint stone chewables. They are not actually even chewable but chew them because we can't afford the water.

STU: It's like a bucket of pills, you know?

GLENN: Just try this one. What's your favorite color? "I kind of like blue." "Good, try this one, it's a blue pill." I think I know what those blue pills do. "No, you don't. The rest of the world has those blue pills. We can't afford those blue pills. That doesn't work."

I love reading the rest of this story. Past 10 years only 20 new items have been to the Senate menus. Even revenue in the once profitable indicator for example division has been decimated. When Democrats took power last year, Feinstein ordered several studies. Why do you need several? How about one study? "Yeah, Senator, your cafeteria sucks, blows chunks." "Well, I think I need another study on that one." "Yeah, Senator just did another study. Whew, whew, whew, really still sucks, really very, very suck a licious is what one customer said. She ordered several studies including a hiring consultant to examine management practices before deciding that privatization was the only possibility. You know she wept. That's why there were several studies. "Oh, you need to privatize this whole thing." Next! "Yeah, you need to privatize this thing." Next!

In a closed door meeting with Democrats in November, she practically she was practically heckled by her peers for suggesting privatization. Listen to that. That's how much they hate the capitalist system. Heckled by her peers for saying we shouldn't be in the restaurant business. Our founding fathers would have taken out their flintlocks. What the heck do you mean you're in the restaurant business? Quoting: I know what happens with privatization. This is from Sherrod Brown, Democrat from Ohio. What happens with privatization, Sherrod? "I know what happens with privatization." It becomes profitable? It actually is better? It's a more enjoyable experience? I know what happens with privatization. Workers lose jobs. They lose jobs. The next generation of workers make less in wages. These are some of the lowest paid workers in our country, and I want to help them.

By the way, the wages of the approximately 100 Senate food service workers average $37,000 annually. They are working in a coffee shop making $37,000 annually. That's pretty sweet. Oh, and you have federal benefits, too. So that doesn't suck. In the final days of negotiations, Feinstein rolled her eyes and took a deep breath before explaining the ordeal that the Senate restaurant has become for her. "It's clearly not the sort of thing that I ran for the Senate to do, but someone has to do it. I know none of us want to privatize the restaurants," even though by one estimate Restaurants Associates, a private restaurateur would turn a large profit within three years and would begin paying the government not only in taxes but in commissions to the Senate, they would pay the Senate $800,000 a year, and Democrats scoff and heckle. That's fantastic. Oh, I can't wait until they have total control. Won't it be great? We can all eat like bums. We can all be really, really frustrated. Oh.

Oh, by the way, here's one other completely unrelated story. There's a new study out. 1/4 of New York City residents have herpes. According to the study, 26% of city residents have the virus that causes genital herpes, an incurable sexually transmitted infection that could cause painful genital sores and could double a person's risk for HIV. The study showed that the rate is higher among women than men, 36 compared to 19%. It was higher among blacks than whites, 49% versus 14%. What does the city say we should do? Give out more condoms. They have been giving out you go on the subways in New York, they will hand you condoms. You're like, no I mean, I'm just riding to work. I didn't have any romantic stuff planned here on this particular train, but thanks.

Imagine sometime next year, getting called before HUWAC – the House Un-Woke Activities Committee.

"Are you or have you ever been a member of the un-woke?"

Something like that is not as far-fetched as you might think.

Last week, Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, now a UC Berkeley professor, tweeted this:

Since the 1970s, there have been dozens of "Truth Commissions" around the world like the kind Robert Reich wants in America. Most of these have been set up in Africa and Latin America. Usually it happens in countries after a civil war, or where there's been a regime change – a dictator is finally overthrown, and a commission is set up to address atrocities that happened under the dictator. Or, as in the commissions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, atrocities under communism. Or, in the most famous example, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation commission addressed the decades of apartheid that ravaged that nation.

These commissions usually conclude with an official final report. These commissions and reports have served as a means of governments trying to close a dark chapter of their country's history, or provide emotional catharsis, as a way to generally move on. Sometimes it kind of works for people, most of the time it leaves people clamoring for more justice.

Here's how one professor described truth commissions in an article in The Conversation last year. He wrote:

The goal of a truth commission… is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of a past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part of the permanent, unassailable public record. Truth commissions also officially recognize victims and perpetrators in an effort to move beyond the painful past… Some have been used cynically as tools for governments to legitimize themselves by pretending they have dealt with painful history when they have only kicked the can down the road.

See, this is the problem with a lot of "Truth" commissions – they are inherently political. Even if you trust your government and give them all the benefit of the doubt in the world that their Truth commission is trying to do the right thing, it is ALWAYS going to be political. Because these truth commissions are never set up by those who have LOST power in government. They're always established by those who have WON power.

The Deputy Executive Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice says one of the main points in these Truth commissions is that "the victims become protagonists."

A Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility.

So, who are the victims in Robert Reich's America? People like him, members of the far-Left who had to endure the atrocities of four years of a president with different political ideas. What an injustice. I mean, the left's suffering during the Trump administration is almost on the level of apartheid or genocide – so we totally need a Truth commission.

There have been lots of calls for the U.S. to have its own Truth and Reconciliation commission, especially around racial injustice.

This past June, Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California introduced legislation to establish the " United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation."

Ibram X. Kendi – the high priest of anti-racism, and author of Target's current favorite book " Antiracist Baby" – proposes a Constitutional anti-racism amendment. This amendment would:

establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees. The DOA would be responsible for pre-clearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won't yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.

If you think that is far-fetched, you haven't been paying attention to the Left's growing radicalism. In a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, a Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility. And of course, such a DOA would never stop at policing government.

We're in a dangerous, precarious moment in our history. Given the events of 2020, should Democrats gain the White House, the Senate, and the House, how many commissions will be in our future? They will suddenly have plenty of political capital to drag the nation through years of commission hearings.

And the Left's form of justice is never satisfied. You think it will stop at a T&R commission on race? MSNBC's Chris Hayes tweeted this month about the need for a commission to deal with Americans who are skeptical about wearing masks:

Or what about a Truth commission on religion? I mean, look at those reckless churches spreading Covid this year. Or this would be a big one – a T&R commission on climate change deniers.

The Left is highly selective when it comes to truth. That's why they are the very last group you want in charge of anything with "Truth and Reconciliation" in the title.

This is one of the most incredibly frustrating things about the Left in America today. The Left insists there is no such thing as absolute truth, while simultaneously insisting there are certain approved truths that are undeniable.

So, you can't question "Science" – even though that's pretty much what every great scientist in history did.

You can't question racism as the explanation for all of existence – because, well, just because.

You can't question third-party "Fact-checkers" – because the powers that be, mainly Big Tech right now, have decided they are the Truth referees and you have to trust what they say because they're using certified external fact-checkers. They just forgot to tell you that they actually fund these third-party fact-checkers. It's like if McDonald's told you to trust third-party health inspectors that they were paying for.

The Left thinks it has a monopoly on Truth. They're the enlightened ones, because they've had the correct instruction, they're privy to the actual facts. It's psychotic arrogance. If you don't buy what they're selling, even if you're just skeptical of it, it's because you either don't have the facts, you willingly deny the facts, or you're simply incapable of grasping the truth because you're blinded by your raging racism problem. It's most likely the racism problem.

The Left never learns from its own preaching. For the past 60-plus years they've decried the House Un-American Activities Committee for trying to root out communists, getting people canceled, ruining Hollywood careers, etcetera. But a HUAC-type committee is precisely what Robert Reich is describing and many on the Left want. It's not enough for Trump to be voted out of office. Americans who helped put him there must be punished. They don't want reconciliation, they want retribution. Because the Left doesn't simply loathe Donald Trump, the Left loathes YOU.

President Donald Trump's performance at last night's final presidential debate was "brilliant" and "the best he's ever done," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Friday.

Glenn described the moments he thought President Trump came across as "sincere," "kind," and "well-informed," as well as Joe Biden's biggest downfalls for of the night — from his big statement on wanting to eliminate the oil industry to his unsurprising gaffes as the debate neared the end. But, the question remains: was Trump's "brilliant performance" enough to win the election?

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This is a moment "Cynical Theories" author James Lindsay probably hoped would never come. The liberal mathematician and host of the "New Discourses Podcast" recently came out as "unhappily" voting Republican, including for President Donald Trump, because the Democratic Party is now being controlled by a far-left movement that seeks to destroy our country and the U.S. Constitution.

He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain why this election isn't "Trump versus Biden." It's Trump versus a "movement that wants to tear apart American society at its very foundation." Lindsay warned that if it isn't stopped, the left can toss out our rights by rewriting the Constitution — or abolishing it altogether.

"A lot of people don't understand what's happening with the election we have right now," he said. "They think it's a choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And at the surface level, of course, it is. We're voting for each candidate to be duly put into the office of president. But that's not what we really have going on. We have, in Donald Trump, a man who's going to govern as we've all seen — the way he feels like he's going to govern. And we have in Joe Biden, a man captured by a movement that wants to tear apart the American society at its very foundation."

Lindsay noted the popular leftist narratives that call to "abolish anything they don't like," which now includes the U.S. Constitution. He added that "this is the movement that is controlling the Democratic Party."

"It is my belief, that there has been a largely effective kind of silent coup of the Democratic Party, that's turned it completely under the control of this movement. And that's what we're going to be electing with Joe Biden. So I can't do it," he said.

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Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, Glenn Beck goes straight to the source of the biggest story in the country with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who takes us directly into Hunter Biden's alleged laptop.

Despite Big Tech's attempts to squash this story, there should be a mad scramble in the media to get to the bottom of major corruption allegations, but they're willfully ignoring it. However, this is not just a story about Hunter Biden. This is all about Joe Biden. It's a story Glenn has been investigating for over a year that traces back to Ukraine and China. It goes directly to the root of corruption within our political system: How politicians use their family members to enrich the entire clan and sell out their country. While the media looks the other way, Glenn asks Mayor Giuliani to show us the evidence. Giuliani details the chain of possession of the laptop and reveals news that he only had possession of the laptop days before the New York Post story broke. He says, "I reported this the day after I saw it."

He also drops a major bombshell on the show and says Big Tech doesn't want you to see evidence that "establishes with texts, documents, contracts" that "Joe Biden was a 10% partner with a Chinese communist … and there are witnesses that will come forward and testify to it."

Big Tech censorship is out of control. So to watch tonight's explosive episode of Glenn TV, you must be a BlazeTV subscriber. Because Big Tech is doing whatever it can to limit free speech, we're offering our most important discount on BlazeTV ever. Use promo code GLENN to get $30 off a one-year subscription, so you'll have 24/7 access to news and entertainment completely free of biased "fact-checks" and censorship.

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