Glenn Beck: Big Auto bailout?

GLENN: Now, on the Big Three auto manufacturers, here's one thing you have to keep in mind. The automakers need the money because congress has imposed environmental regulations and forced them to retool to meet the obligations. So they are like, "Okay, we don't have the money to do that." But here's the other thing, and this bothers me so much. Somebody called me just last hour and said, "Oh, Glenn, my grandma wants to know what's the problem with socialism." Well, here's the problem with socialism. It again takes away your choice. Unions are part of socialism. Unions are going to get stronger and stronger and stronger in this country and then what happens to business? Well, what happens to business is the Big Three automakers.

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Try this one on. Right now the hourly compensation for the Big Three is $73.20 an hour. You work for GM, you work for Ford, you work for Chrysler, $73.20 an hour. Toyota is $48 an hour. Compared to the average compensation for management and professional workers, it is $47 an hour. If you manufacture goods, $13 an hour. And all workers nationwide, it's $28 an hour. Now, should you be providing billions of dollars to bail out the companies like GM, Ford and Chrysler that compensate their workers 52.5% more than the market, assuming Toyota wages and benefits are market? 54% than management and professional workers? 132% more than the average manufacturing wage? 157% more than the average compensation of all American workers? I don't think so. It's the unions. It's the unions. You can bail them out all you want, guys, and I -- you know that GM is near and dear to my heart. I am a believer in GM. I am a believer in the future of GM. I am a guy who's driven GM products forever. I had GMs in my garage long before I ever started doing work for GM. So you know where I come from on GM. But you know what? My values are my values and even though General Motors is one of my biggest sponsors, I'm not going to tell you that I'm for this bailout if I'm not, and I'm also not going to avoid it. GM has to make their own decisions; I have to make my own decisions. I will tell you that GM makes an unbelievable vehicle. I will tell you that I have met with the people at GM and I really, truly believe these guys get it. I also believe that GM and all of the automakers have a gun pointed to their heads. They have a gun pointed to their heads by congress and the unions. They are up against a wall and they are looking at it going, guys, help us, please help us. And I understand it, and part of me, because it's congress' fault, part of me says we've got to go in there and save them, because it is the people's representative that has done it to them. Congress has created this mess, but I am not going to create a bigger mess by getting them involved. Somebody, somebody, somebody knows the value of GM and once they can get out of these ridiculous union contracts, if they have to fold, then they fold. And you know what, unions? You did it. Somebody will come in and buy those assets. Somebody will -- I mean, the brains that are behind the cars that are coming, I mean, the Volt is unbelievable. I've driven the hydrogen car. That ain't gonna sit on a shelf. Now I hope to God that it's an American company because we've all been duped when we said, "Oh, well, they are all made in America." But the money goes overseas. Even if they're providing the jobs at Toyota here in America to build those cars, we have become a slave nation. We have become a working nation. We don't own the car. We don't own the company. We're just making it. We're Mexico. Well, I don't want to be Mexico. It does matter if you buy American. But because of these damn unions, why would we write a check as the American people, why would we do it, when 157%, 157% pay increase as opposed to the average American worker, 157%. And by the way, it ain't that expensive to live in Detroit. You can buy houses now for 10 bucks a pop. Of course, you do need to have an armored car to get your kids to school. It's an absolute national tragedy, but this is where the government is going and they are going to do it as a payoff to the unions, they are going to do it as a payoff to healthcare. You watch. It's going to be tied into healthcare. You may not see it right away but you will see it. It will happen. And meanwhile the rest of the world just wants to build a global society.

You know, I just -- did anybody else just want to take a break from the news? Is there anybody else that is feeling like me, that you just, you're seeing this stuff coming, you've seen this stuff coming for two years. You know, we've been talking about what was coming and what was coming and now, you know -- I mean, is it new to you that now the prime minister of Great Britain says it's time for a new global society, that he wants a global society that will have a consensus on tax? We're going to listen to Europe about taxes? And with Obama you know he'll do it. It's this collectivist society. It's, "We're better than that, we all can work together." Well, workers of the world unite.

I was just in Texas last week and I was giving a speech on Friday to a bunch of entrepreneurs. They have been brought in from all over the country by Shell. And so I'm talking to them and afterwards they had some groups that were -- that had broken off and I went to speak to them individually and just take questions and answers. The same question was asked in each room, two, the two questions. First two in each room. First one was what do you really think about Obama. And I'm like, like I've been holding back? I said, you know what I really think about Obama, but here's new information. He's our President. If he fails, we fail. We cannot afford to have him fail. This isn't the 1970s. No matter what everybody wants to say, "Oh, well, we've had Jimmy Carter," this is not 1977. This is a different time. This is entirely different. We cannot afford this man to fail. We must support him. We cannot sell out our values. We must know the Constitution. We must know that a global consensus on tax is nothing like our founding fathers had envisioned, nothing. And that will lead to our demise. But we have to have him succeed.

The other, the next question was what's coming our way, and let me tell you something. In 32, 33 years of my doing broadcast, never, never have I felt a time where Americans were more frightened than they are right now. Americans know something wicked this way comes. They know, and they're frightened. I've never sensed it. It was palpable in the rooms. Let me tell ya quickly, what comes our way is bad. It is -- I really, truly believe. I don't know if it's going to be an event or just an unspiraling, but it's bad. But with that being said, so was September 11th. But September 11th led to September 12th, and Americans are fighters. We're winners. We never give up. It's always when we're down on the mat, where everybody is counting us out that we rise up. And then we start swinging. That's when we're at our best is when we're down. So have a healthy fear of what is coming. Prepare yourself for what is coming and do that by preparing yourself temporally in the things you need, of the food, saving your money. Look for ways to cut back. Prepare yourself there but also prepare yourself spiritually and prepare yourself intellectually, on knowing the Constitution, know what you really, truly believe in and we're going to be fine. In the long run it's going to be a time where we are around our families, our families are around us. It will be a good time in America, just like you could concentrate on how bad it was on September 12th because we were all freaking out and we were all bad, we didn't know if it was the end of our country, we could go back and look at September 12th as that but nobody does. Because the bright, it was so light in comparison to the darkness and that is what's going to happen again. The dark is going to grow very, very vivid. But as anybody who's ever lived in Seattle and then moved to some place like Phoenix or Tampa, anybody who knows, shadows can only be very, very dark and vivid and bold if the light is not covered by clouds, if the light is just so vivid itself. So good things are coming in disguise as hard things.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

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Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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