Glenn Beck - Emanuel: 'You never want a serious crisis to go to waste'




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GLENN: I want to frame I think everything that we do for the next few weeks and the next few months under the Rahm Emanuel comment that happened on Wednesday. He was speaking to the Wall Street Journal and he made this comment about the economy. He said quote: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste, and what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you didn't think you could do before.

This should be burned into everybody's head. This should be the one thing that everybody remembers because this is not just the Obama administration. This is the banking community, this is giant global corporations, this is the United Nations, this is anyone who has a different point of view on the world. This is anyone, any of our enemies, from Al-Qaeda to Russia to China. You never want a serious crisis to go to waste and what I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you didn't think you could do before.

People said for the last five years that the Perfect Storm was crazy, I was just a pessimist, I just wanted to see the world that way, I always saw the worst in everything. No, I've never been that way, but after 9/11 I changed. After 9/11 I said I would actually look at the truth, I would look at the things, I would, as I did in 1999, stand up for the things that I thought were a danger. In 1999 I was on the air in New York and I said -- and I didn't even know his name. I mispronounced his name. I said Osama Bin Laden would come after us and if we didn't take it seriously, there would be blood and bodies and buildings in the streets of Manhattan. That was on WABC 1999. Did people listen? No. In fact, the audience called and said that I was a hate monger, fearmonger, I was just trying to stick up for the Clinton administration, yada, yada, yada. The Perfect Storm is coming onshore.

There's a new update now. This is a U.S. economic and political update. It was put together by the CIA and the National Intelligence Council. It's global trends 2025. They say the world is going to be much more dangerous, food and water is going to be scarce, advance weapons plentiful. They said the financial crisis -- listen to this. The financial crisis on Wall Street is just the first phase of a global economic reordering. The U.S. dollar's role as the major currency would weaken to become "A first among equals." Let this please fully sink in. The outlook is intended to inform U.S. President-elect Barack Obama of the factors that will include global events. The next 20 years is a transition to a new system and it is fraught with risks. The report is more pessimistic about U.S. influence and potential for conflict. It is not beyond the minds of human beings or political systems or in some cases the working market of mechanisms to address and alleviate or solve these problems. We could have a better world in 2025.

I love that. I mean, it's not beyond the minds of human beings. "China and India following state capitalism economic model were likely to join the United States atop a multipolar world. Russia was less certain depending on its energy wealth and internal investment. Iran, Turkey and Indonesia are also going to gain power. A world with multiple power centers -- quoting from the study -- has been less stable than one with a single or two rival superpowers. Remember all the people that just wanted to make sure the evil United States was done, there should be more, uh-huh. Strategic rivalries are the most likely to resolve around trade, investments and technological innovation and acquisition. We cannot rule out a 19th century-like scenario of arms races, territorial expansion and military rivals. The types of conflicts we have not seen for a while such as over resources could emerge. Global wealth was seen to be shifting from the West to the energy states in the gulf, Russia, and Asia. A reordering of the world's financial system is now happening faster than the authors of the report have envisioned. A shift away from oil-based energy will be underway or complete by 2025. There is a greater risk of nuclear attack. Iran, if it were to acquire nuclear weapons, it could set off an arms race in the Middle East which is the beginning of the Arc of instability. The risk that militant groups would use biological weapons was greater than the risk of nuclear terrorism. The appeal of terrorism could decline over the next two decades, particularly if Middle Eastern countries provide -- you ready? -- productive education and opportunities for their young people. Yeah, that's going to happen. But with a growing population, the policy of potential terrorism recruits is likely to be larger and access to dangerous weapons will arise.



You never want a serious crisis to go to waste and what I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you didn't think you could do before.

CitiBank is now down $5 a share. Yesterday the stock market fell 444 points. We're down to 7500, which is where I said that we would be when everybody was saying we were at 14000. I said you'll be at 7500 and everyone said I was crazy. We're at 7552. By the way, I don't think this is the bottom. I have changed that and God help us all. I believe 5000 is more likely and it may be below that. We are headed for dangerous times and this is the Perfect Storm that I have been warning about. Now you've got the real -- you have everything coming ashore that I've warned you about and now the real game begins and that is everything is unstable. So now who makes a move? Who is out there saying, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. We can do things we couldn't do before." Who's out there saying it? Is it Russia, is it Venezuela, is it the Middle East, is it extremists, is it anarchists here in America, is it the United Nations, is it our own Progressives here in America that would like to overturn much of the Constitution, that would like to change America into a socialistic state? Who is it? What is it?

I will tell you that my gut tells me that what's happening in the market right now is people know what I've known for a long time. There ain't any turning this back, man. There's no turning back. We have hit the debt limit. This whole thing, with the bailouts and everything else, was designed to slow it down, I believe, to slow everything down so you could get a handle on what's coming our way, so you could be prepared. Well, are you preparing? Because what I believe is happening in the market is others are preparing. Those who have gigantic power and gigantic access to gigantic sums of money, they are preparing. I don't think people are doing the best for the country anymore, I don't think they're doing the best for their own businesses anymore. I wonder if they're not doing the best for some other goal of just survival: Let us be one of the ones that actually survive; we're going to be able to have whatever power, whatever money we need to be able to survive. The whole world could change. The whole world could change, but there are answers. There are plenty of answers. In fact, there are 300 million answers right here in America. You just have to find your voice. What's coming with the Fairness Doctrine? The Fairness Doctrine most likely, unless it's an event, will happen slowly. It's called localism. Localism. They are going to have little boards set up everywhere in every local market that says you've got this license because you're supposed to help the local market. What is it you are supposed to do? You are supposed to help us locally. How does that Rush Limbaugh help this city? How does that Glenn Beck help this town? How does Sean Hannity help you in any way? Believe me it's coming and you'll be left with your local radio station, you'll be left with your, God bless them, get on your knees and pray for those local hosts every day. They don't have the access to the people or the information necessarily that I have or anybody else has. They are going to be your voice. I know a lot of these guys locally. They are up to it. They can do it. And they are going to be standing alone and the radio station's not going to be able to handle it. The radio station's not going to be able to afford to do it. It is intent -- we are entering a brown shirt time. But again, there are answers.

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.