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GLENN: That's what this bailout is about. Try to land the plane in a place and try to land the plane in as intact condition as you possibly can because you want to be able to use some of the stuff on the plane, and this bailout is bullcrap when it comes to, "Oh, this is it." I told you that with AIG. Don't believe when they said, "Well, this is it." What they learned last week is it is much worse than they thought. The quote that caught my eye on Wall Street Journal on Saturday was from Hank Paulson, the secretary of the treasury. Wednesday night they realized this isn't going to work, the AIG thing is not going to work. They went to the President and met with the President for 45 minutes. It's my understanding that the President was not for additional bail he was like, okay, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. And they explained to the President what's called commercial paper. Commercial paper, without getting all bogged down in details, basically if you are a business, a big business, a small business, you need to take loans out. If you are a farmer, you know you have to take a loan out to be able to buy the seeds, buy the fertilizer, everything else so you can put the fertilizer and the seeds in the ground. Then you are going to need to take a loan out to get it, to harvest it, to get it to market and then you pay that loan back. It's the way that this runs. Small business, farms, General Motors, they run on commercial paper, which is just short term loans. It happens all the time. You go, you know your banker, "Okay, I need a short term loan, got it, got it," boom, boom, boom, and it's done. That's the way business is run. On Wednesday there was no commercial paper available, none. America had zero loans for business by Wednesday afternoon, none. When that happened they realized, the market started to realize that, wait a minute, if there's no commercial paper, if there's no loans going to business, businesses are going to start falling out of the sky by Friday, just gigantic companies will just close because they won't be able to afford the operations. There is no loan for any company of any size in America. This is Wednesday night.

So what happened was people started to go into their mutual funds and they started grabbing money out of their mutual funds. When they started grabbing money out of their mutual funds, mutual funds and banks, when you put your money in savings lucky we don't have a lot of savings when you put your money in savings, remember it is the scene from It's a Wonderful Life. "Bill, your money is in Mary's house and Mary, your money's in Pete's house." That's the way the system works on a very large scale. Just remember that scene. It's not sitting there. There's no money just sitting around. So when you buy into a mutual fund, those mutual funds then use that money to make loans for commercial paper. The same with the banks.

Well, when people started taking their money out of the system and they said, "I've got to buy something that's safe," the safest thing in America is a treasury bond. It means I'm going to give my money when we were born, when we were kids, you get a savings bond, United States Treasury savings bond. Well, it's a very low rate of interest. Usually, you know, 5, 6% interest maybe, and it goes up and down, et cetera, et cetera, but it's the safest thing in the world. You buy treasury bonds because the United States government's not going to collapse.

Well, there was such a rush into treasury bonds that the yield, the money that you would make off of it was at zero. So in other words people were locking up their money and just saying, I just want a treasury bond; give me a treasury bond. That the treasury was saying we have so much coming into treasury bonds that there's not going to be a return on your investment. And they're like, that's fine, that's fine, I don't need anything, I just, you'll give me all of my money back, right?

That was Wednesday night. When Hank Paulson was sitting in his office and he was looking at the commercial paper, he was looking at the bond not the bond market but the what do you call it, oh, shoot, the stocks. Not the you know what I'm saying. Stu, help me out.

STU: I have no idea what you're talking about.

GLENN: Mutual funds. He was looking at the mutual funds and he's seeing the mutual funds start to tank. He said, we've got to get to the President, we have to talk to the President, we have to have a massive bailout, with he have to get all of this debt off." This is again what Romney said. He had been talking about this for a couple of months. Remember he was on the show last week? And I said, what? He said, it's got to be done. And he's been pushing for this for a couple of months. That's what Paulson said on Wednesday night, Wednesday to the President. The President was against it. When somebody was initially. When somebody was sitting next to Paulson, he said, what if the congress doesn't do this, what if the President doesn't do this? He said, they have to do it; there's no other option. And I quote, "If they don't, God help us all." End quote. I'm sorry, heaven help us all? Heaven help us all.

STU: Apparently God wasn't enough. They needed all of heaven.

GLENN: Well, angels are bailing them out.

So that's where we were Wednesday night. They went to the President. The President after 45 minutes, he said, do whatever you have to do. Congress has met now over the weekend with Ben Bernanke. Now remember, when Ben Bernanke speaks, the ramifications of what he says are enormous. That's why they are always very guarded, they are always very careful. They are optimistic..." things are great!" He can't lie but he's got to be very, very guarded. Chris Dodd came out of a meeting and so did several of the senators and they have said that they met with Ben Bernanke on Saturday. The reporters are saying they were visibly shaken. Chris Dodd said it was the how did he describe it, Stu? The most intense or the worst meeting he has ever had in the history of his oh, it's not in that paper. It's another one. Hey, is Joe still here? Joe?

STU: Yes, he is.

GLENN: I'm going to take a break. Can you get that quote for me, please? It's quite an amazing statement coming from Chris Dodd about what Ben Bernanke said. I'm going to tie it all up here after the break and not only tell you what I believe is coming but what you need to do, and there are some things that you can do. The things that you the things that you know, time is running short. Time is running short, and they're raising the debt ceiling and everything else. So we'll give you all of that here coming up in just a second and we'll take your phone calls. The number is 888 727 BECK, 888 727 BECK.

Today I said to Stu right before we went on the air, I said this is kind of going to be like a homework day but this could be a very important day for you to actually listen to the show and I know we're going to try to, you know, make it light and I'm going to give you there is some really, really good news out of this that should make you feel good, and I can name names on some of this, of some players that are coming out of the woodwork. You know, it's basically the Sarah Palin news that I said. I don't know if Sarah Palin is the person, but she's given me hope that when in a time of crisis that person appears, there have been appearances during this that you probably don't know of, people that have come out of the woodwork that are now working for the treasury department for a dollar, quit their job. You know what? Because they understand that Wednesday night was 9/11. You don't understand that yet most likely because I didn't understand that and most people don't just we just, on several levels some of it is being kept from us because they don't you don't want anybody to panic. This audience has been prepared. I told you I've been telling you this stuff was coming for over a year and the reason why is so you don't panic when it comes. You've got to be a leader. You cannot be the person that was standing there on 9/11 and saying, "We're all going to die!" You must be the person that you have prepared yourself for and that you have been prepared for. You must be the leader. You must be the person that you were on 9/12 because people are going to freak out. People are going to be very afraid and people aren't going to know what's happening and there are people, the vast majority on television don't even know what's going on. These experts don't know what's going on. You will. You need to be the leader.

IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

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A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Lockdowns

A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.

School

Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.

Teenagers

According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be


On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

Watch the video clip below:

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