Glenn Beck: New blood in DC


Congressman Jason Chaffetz

GLENN: Last week somebody called up and said that they had seen a new congressman that had gone and bought a cot and he was going to sleep in his office on his cot because he, you know, felt that maybe he should be a little fiscally responsible. His name is Jason Chaffetz. He's from the great state of Utah. I just found out, Stu said we might be surprised to find out that he's Mormon. From Utah, really, Jason?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah, it's a shocker, isn't it?

GLENN: It is a shocker. Congressman -- well, first of all, congratulations on -- or my condolences on winning and going to Washington.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, thanks. No, I'm fired up. I'm ready to get after it.

GLENN: Really? So I understand that you went and you bought a cot and you bought it at a store and I actually opened it up and tried it out in the store and your daughter was a little upset.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah, I didn't go into the store thinking I was going to buy that cot but it was only 44 bucks and the good folks at Coleman make a pretty good cot and I laid it out and said, yeah, you are going to love this one.

GLENN: This is like a grocery store?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah.

GLENN: And so what did your daughter say?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: She was a little bit mortified. She was trying to pretend that she really wasn't with that guy that was laying that cot out there.

GLENN: Listen. Congressman, if you are smart, what you are going to do is you are going to remind her of that all the time. So whenever she misbehaves, you say, you know what? You and I should go cot shopping.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: That's right.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah. I do that all the time. I do this really uncomfortable white man dance with my kids and I'm like, hey, guess who's going to go to the mall with me and guess what I'm going to do right when we go to the really cool stores? Yeah.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: I hope I never see it.

GLENN: That's what they say. It's amazing how well they behave after that. So congressman, you bought the cot because why?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, hey, look. I've got a young family, three kids. My son is 15, soon to be 16. I'd love to buy him a car and I just have this aversion to debt. I ran my campaign debt-free, I don't have any personal consumer debt in my life and you get paid a lot of money to be a congressman but, you know, why would I spend $1500, $2,000 a month on something that I -- a place I don't plan to be. So 44 bucks and using the shower downstairs sounds good enough to me.

GLENN: Are you a clean person?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: My wife is concerned about the odor in that place but, yes, I'm a very clean person.

GLENN: Okay.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: I'll be showering regularly.

GLENN: Okay, good. Hey, to each his own, you don't have to. I prefer it myself, it's a little tradition I do usually once a day. Now, you're going into just a nest of vipers. You know that, right?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Oh, I know. It's a place where a billion dollars is a rounding error and out-of-control interests and, yes, I understand it. I'm going in eyes wide open but I'm there to help make some changes.

GLENN: Why do you think -- what did you do before this?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: I've been in the local business community for 16 years. I was the chief of staff to Governor Jon Huntsman and that's kind of where I got to see up close and personal who was doing what and how and why I decided to run because I just was so fed up with what was happening and not happening in Washington, D.C.

GLENN: You know, I don't know the governor but I know his father quite well. Is the governor as amazing as his dad is?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah, they are amazing family. My mother had passed away from cancer in 1995. That's the same year the Huntsmans started the Huntsman Cancer Institute and that's really why I said, hey, I want to get in and help. I can knock some yard signs for the family who will pour hundreds of millions of dollars in to fight cancer and that started off a relationship where I ended up being with him for two years. A great family.

GLENN: All right. So what is it that you think? Because a lot of people say now nobody can make a difference. What is it you think you can do to affect change there?

CALLER: Well, I think the Republicans blew it. They had the House, the Senate and the presidency and I argued that, hey, if we want different results, we're going to have to elect different people. And until the Republican party returns to those core conservative principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense, we will continue to suffer as a party and as a country.

GLENN: But they are not even going that way. Even -- you know, the party elites now are saying that it is the problem with the party is -- and I don't know how this is even possibly said with a straight face -- is that there are too many extremists, there's too many people that are too far on the right in the party.

CALLER: No, the party became the party of appeasement and as they got closer to the center, they suffered more and more losses. It wasn't a rejection of conservative principles that lost us, his many deeds in congress and the presidency and what not. It's because we abandoned those core principles and until we get back to those core conservative principles, we will continue to suffer. And, you know, big spending and all of those things are killing our party. And we're tens of trillions of dollars in debt.

 

GLENN: Tell me -- we're more than that. Now we're -- we've just signed on for another $7. -- what is it? $7.5 trillion on the hook. They just appointed king with the treasury secretary. He no longer has to go ask anybody for permission. What are your thoughts on the bailouts? Today another $800 billion pledged this morning, this time part of that is going to go for credit card debt.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: I just absolutely and totally reject it. We cannot be running this government on a credit card. I do not believe that more government spending, more socialism are the answers to the challenges that face this country. If big government spending was the answer, as Senator DeMint said the other day, if government spending was the way to past prosperity, then our economy should be thriving because government is growing by leaps and bounds, spending literally trillions and trillions of dollars. I just absolutely reject that. We have a $3.1 trillion budget and why we can't live within that is just beyond me. We spent last year $429 billion just in interest on our debt. It could have been used a lot better in other places.

GLENN: Could you give me an idea of where you think the country is as far as disenfranchisement? How destabilized is this country or what are we headed for if things don't -- if people don't start pulling together?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Well, I think looking at our microcosm in Utah, people are absolutely fed up across both sides of the aisle. They clearly wanted change but, look, they want somebody who's going to stand up and tell it to them like it is, and I think that's the success of our story. Look, Chaffetz is a name you can barely pronounce, let alone spell. I was outspent by a 12-year incumbent Republican. I beat a Republican, beat one of our own. I was outspent by $600,000, but I had no paid staff, I did no polling, I gave out -- I said no free meals. You come to a Jason Chaffetz meeting, I'm not going to buy you a free meal. We had no campaign office and we said I'm going to be debt-free, there's no -- if I don't raise the money, I'm not going to spend it. And I won by huge numbers. I won by 20 points and I was outspent by $600,000. And I think that's going to happen more and more across the country as people just get absolutely fed up and disturbed by what their government is doing and not doing.

GLENN: So congressman, what can people do? Probably the most asked question is, okay, I get the problem. I mean, we are in deep, deep trouble. Do you believe this, these are the days when the Constitution will hang by a thread?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah, I do. You know, when I read a quote from Barack Obama who just said, quote, we've got to focus on making sure that we're creating those 2.5 million jobs. It's not the proper role of government to create the jobs. It's the business community. It's the local business community that creates the jobs. It's the proper role of government to get out of the way. And somehow we think that government's going to come in and solve everything and be this nanny state, and I absolutely reject that. Absolutely reject it. They have promised to put root beer in every drinking fountain and it ain't gonna happen.

GLENN: What is it that the average person can do?

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: They have got to look at who is representing them in Washington D.C. and come to the realization that it's not everybody else's congressman but theirs, and they've got to dive deep into these issues and stand up. Remember the immigration debate when everybody got up in arms a year or so ago and said, no, absolutely not, we're going to reject that. We need that kind of activism throughout the American public on this issue.

GLENN: That's exactly what the American people did. The American people rejected the $700 billion bailout. They were pissed about it. They are still pissed about it. And it wasn't even about that $700 billion. We found out that they didn't use that money the way they told us they were. They used the loophole in the law that they passed to be able to now bypass congress and spend us into oblivion anyway.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Yeah, the numbers are so absolutely scary. I will be loud and I hope he's on that lectern and I get the same vote as any other congressman there and I am going to do absolutely everything we can to remind people that we have to cut the size and scope of government. I haven't heard throughout the presidential campaign where anybody thinks they are going to cut anything.

GLENN: No.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: We cannot be all things to all people.

GLENN: They are saying now again that they don't have to worry about spending, a deficit doesn't matter and that's insanity. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, we'll be watching you, sir. Thank you very much.

CONGRESSMAN CHAFFETZ: Thanks, Glenn.

The FEC is bad. The House of Representatives isn't doing anything to make it better.

When it passed H.R. 1 by a vote of 234-193 on Monday, Congress attempted to address a laundry list of nationwide problems: rampant gerrymandering, voting rights, and the vulnerability of elections to foreign interference, among other concerns. But H.R. 1, billed as the "For the People Act," also takes a shot at reforming the Federal Election Commission (FEC). It fails.

The FEC isn't good at enforcing the nation's campaign finance laws, and, when it is does, it's often an entire election cycle after the given offense. As it is, candidates don't have much difficulty circumventing campaign finance laws, undermining the fairness of elections and opening the door to further corruption.

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The FEC was created by the Federal Election Campaign Act following the Watergate scandal, as Congress sought a better way to police federal campaign laws and prevent future presidents from interfering with investigations as Nixon had. The FEC has six commissioners, and no more than three can be of the same party. Four votes are required for most actions taken by the agency, and that hasn't been an issue for most of its history. But since 2008, the frequency of 3-3 tie votes has increased dramatically. It's why the FEC is slow to investigate cases and even slower to prosecute offenses. Supporters of H.R. 1 complain, with good reason, that the FEC has become toothless. But H.R. 1's reforms introduce new and potentially volatile problems.

FEC's rampant dysfunction won't be fixed by H.R. 1— the bill doesn't get at what actually went wrong. Since its inception, the FEC has been able to operate without excessive gridlock, and, for the most part, it still does. At the height of FEC turmoil in 2014, the FEC only had a tied vote 14 percent of the time (historically, it has been closer to one to four percent of the time) on substantive matters, although many of these tie votes occur on matters that are particularly contentious. The greater problem afflicting the FEC is touched upon by NBC Washington's findings that the Republican and Democratic commissioners of the FEC almost always vote as blocs. At various times, both Republican and Democratic commissioners have put party interests ahead of their agency's responsibilities.

At various times, both Republican and Democratic commissioners have put party interests ahead of their agency's responsibilities.

H.R. 1's Democratic supporters instead believe the FEC's six-commissioner structure makes it dysfunctional. H.R. 1 introduces a new system of five commissioners —two from each party and one independent, eliminating tie votes. But that independent commissioner's de facto role as a tiebreaker would grant them far too much power. Save for Senate approval, there's nothing preventing a president from appointing an "independent" like Bernie Sanders or Angus King.

The bill's proponents are aware of this problem, creating a Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel that will help inform the president's decisions. But this panel has problems of its own. The Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel's decisions are non-binding and not public, a result of its exemption from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which ensures the transparency of advisory committees. There are arguments against FACA's necessity, the panel's deliberate exemption from the law undermines the idea that its goal is to ensure non-partisanship. Instead, H.R. 1 will allow future presidents to tilt the scales of the FEC in their favor, a fate the post-Watergate creators of the FEC were so desperate to avoid they originally had members of Congress picking commissioners before the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. Apparently, the solution to excessive gridlock is one-party control.

H.R. 1 also seeks to grant unilateral powers to the Chair of the commission in the name of expediency, again giving leverage to the Chair's party, and allows the General Counsel to take actions independent of commission votes. While some of the FEC's problems, such as its notoriously slow pace and the delayed appointment of commissioners under Presidents Obama and Trump, might be solved with legislation, the consolidation of power in the hands of a few at the expense of the FEC's integrity is not a winning strategy.

The FEC is afflicted by the same problem that has afflicted governments for as long as they have existed – governments are made up of people, and people can be bad. The Founders, in their wisdom, sought to limit the harm bad actors could do once in power, and the FEC's current structure adheres to this principle. Currently, the consequences of bad actors in the FEC is dysfunction and frustration. But under H.R. 1's reforms, those consequences could be blatant corruption.

Michael Rieger is a contributor for Young Voices. Follow him on Twitter at @EagerRieger.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed former Starbucks CEO and progressive Howard Schultz, a lifelong Democrat who has not only been disowned by the Democrat Party but he can no longer set foot inside of a Starbucks store because of his success in business.

In this clip, Stu explained how at one time Starbucks only sold coffee in bags until Schultz, an employee at the time, convinced the company to open a Starbucks cafe.

Click here to watch the full episode.

At one point, the owners came close to closing down the cafe, but Schultz eventually managed to purchase the company and transform it into the empire that it is today.

Stu continued, describing how Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, went on to implement liberal corporate policies that earned the company a reputation for being a "beacon" of liberalism across the country.

"And now he (Schultz) can't even get into the Democrat Party," Stu said."That is craziness," Glenn replied.

Citing a "60 Minutes" interview, Glenn highlighted the journey that Schultz traveled, which started in the New York City projects and evolved, later becoming the CEO of a coffee empire.

"This guy is so American, so everything in business that we want to be, he has taken his beliefs and made it into who he is which is very liberal," Glenn explained.

Catch more of the conversation in the video below.


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This weekend, March 17, Rep. Rashida Tlaib will be speaking at (Council on American Islamic Relations) CAIR-Michigan's 19th annual "Faith-Led, Justice Driven" banquet.

Who knows what to expect. But here are some excerpts from a speech she gave last month, at CAIR-Chicago's 15th annual banquet.

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You know the speech is going to be good when it begins like this:


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It's important to remember CAIR's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Think of CAIR as a spinoff of HAMAS, who its two founders originally worked for via a Hamas offshoot organization (the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)).

A 2009 article in Politico says feds "designated CAIR a co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation, a group that was eventually convicted for financing terrorism."

The United Arab Emirates has designated CAIR a terrorist organization.

In 1993, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.

In 1998, CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad said:

Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.

Notice the slight underhanded jab at Israel. It's just one of many in her speech, and is indicative of the growing anti-Semitism among Democrats, especially Tlaib and Omar.

Most of the speech, as you might expect, is a long rant about the evil Donald Trump.

I wonder if she realizes that the Birth of Jesus pre-dates her religion, and her "country." The earliest founding of Palestine is 1988, so maybe she's a little confused.

Then there's this heartwarming story about advice she received from Congressman John Dingell:

When I was a state legislator, I came in to serve on a panel with him on immigration rights, and Congressman Dingell was sitting there and he had his cane, if you knew him, he always had this cane and he held it in front of him. And I was so tired, I had driven an hour and a half to the panel discussion at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. And I sit down, my hair is all messed up, and I said, 'Oh, my God, I'm so tired of this. I don't know how you've been doing it so long Congressman. They all lie.' And he looks at me and he goes. (She nods yes.) I said, 'You know who I'm talking about, these lobbyists, these special interest [groups], they're all lying to me.' … And he looks at me, and he goes, 'Young lady, there's a saying in India that if you stand still enough on a riverbank, you will watch your enemies float by dead.'

What the hell does that mean? That she wants to see her enemies dead? Who are her enemies? And how does that relate to her opening statement? How does it relate to the "oppression" her family faced at the hand of Israel?

Glenn Beck on Wednesday called out Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for their blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric, which has largely been excused by Democratic leadership. He noted the sharp contrast between the progressive principles the freshmen congresswomen claim to uphold and the anti-LGBTQ, anti-feminist, anti-Israel groups they align themselves with.

Later this month, both congresswomen are scheduled to speak at fundraisers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a pro-Palestinian organization with ties to Islamic terror groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State.

Rep. Tlaib will be speaking at CAIR-Michigan's 19th Annual Banquet on March 17 in Livonia, Michigan, alongside keynote speaker Omar Suleiman, a self-described student of Malcolm X with links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Suleiman has regularly espoused notably "un-progressive" ideas, such as "honor killings" for allegedly promiscuous women, mandatory Hijabs for women, death as a punishment for homosexuality, and men having the right to "sex slaves," Glenn explained.

Rep. Omar is the keynote speaker at a CAIR event on March 23 in Los Angeles and will be joined by Hassan Shibly, who claims Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations, and Hussam Ayloush, who is known for referring to U.S. armed forces as radical terrorists.

Watch the clip below for more:


This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.