The Obama Agenda Part 2 - Newt Gingrich

“Yes We Can” – Have Bigger, Fatter, More Corrupt Government

By Newt Gingrich

After watching the cabinet selections, listening to the early speeches and listening to Congressional Democrats, one thing is very clear about the new administration:

The Obama Presidency will be centrist in style but leftwing in personnel and policies.

President Obama is a brilliant articulator of pleasant centrism.  But while his rhetoric may be designed to appeal to the broad sweep of the American people, his policies will serve a single master:  Bigger, fatter, and more corrupt government.

Ironically, in economic policy, the “change” the Obama Administration will bring to Washington could be called “Bush Plus” – that is, all President Bush’s spending combined with a tax increase. Amazingly, the last year of the Bush administration was the most liberal in economic policy since the New Deal, with over $1 trillion in “emergency “spending on top of a $3 trillion-plus federal budget. Far from being “change you can believe in” (to quote the Obama campaign) what we are going to get is more of the same, with tax increases.

What it will add up to is the worst of all economic policies. The Obama Administration is going to produce much bigger government with much more power in Washington, state capitols, city halls and county government buildings.

And they are going to raise taxes on productive, hard working Americans in order to do it.

As I have talked about before in my weekly newsletter, “Winning the Future”, the key to creating jobs is companies with under 50 employees. An estimated 85% of all new jobs are created by small businesses. This fact would suggest that a pro-economic growth, pro-jobs policy would focus on improving the tax, health insurance, litigation and other circumstances for small businesses, the self employed and entrepreneurial startups.

Unfortunately both the Bush and Obama administrations seem determined to focus on propping up decaying, inefficient, older companies that are likely to be job killers rather than job creators. Watch the big companies that get bailed out with your tax money. Virtually all of them will end up losing jobs.  The result is that we will have spent a lot of money on badly run companies propping them up as they shrink. That actually diverts resources away from economic growth and away from job creation.

Even worse than the economic effect is the level of corruption and rent-seeking special interests that will grow from the centralization of spending and its control by politicians and bureaucrats.

The Governor Blagojevich (D) scandal in Illinois is just the tip of the systemic corruption that comes from big government.  Senator Ted Stevens (R) conviction for corruption in Alaska is another case. The fact that in 2002 some 82% of retiring California highway patrolmen claimed disabilities is another example of the corruption beginning to pervade the system. The New York Times report that 10% of New York State Medicaid is pure fraud (about $5 billion a year or about what the state wants in the stimulus package for Medicaid spending) is another example of your hard earned tax money going straight to crooks and thieves.

On social policy the Obama Administration is clearly going to represent the secular left.  Its judges will represent profoundly radical views of America. Its appointees will have many people from radical groups. There is a real possibility that their pursuit of radical secularism will lead them to an overt attack on religious liberty.  For more information click here.

Under its pleasant façade there will be a continuing effort to raise your taxes, spend your money and turn power over your life to politicians and bureaucrats.

Don’t let the rhetoric fool you.  This is going to be an administration of the left, by the left and for the left.

Former senior COVID adviser for the Biden administration Andy Slavitt suggested Americans should have "sacrificed a little bit more" to get through the pandemic during an interview with CBS' "This Morning" earlier this week.

Asked by host Tony Dokoupil how much of the pandemic was preventable, Slavitt responded by first blaming the Trump administration, then all Americans in general for not sacrificing enough.

"We obviously had a set of technical mistakes with the testing and the PPE that we know about. But if we're honest, there were also two other mistakes, that caused a lot of loss of life. One was just plainly political leadership mistakes. We denied the virus for too long under the Trump White House. There was too much squashing under divisions," Slavitt said.

"But I also think we all need to look at one another and ask ourselves, 'What do we need to do better next time?' And in many respects, being able to sacrifice a little bit for one another to get through this and to save more lives is going to be essential. And it's something that I think we could all have done a little bit better on," he continued.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck had more than a few fiery words for Slavitt, who is apparently unaware of the terrible toll this pandemic has had on the mental, physical, and emotional health of millions of Americans.

"We could have sacrificed a little bit more?" he asked. "So, the sacrifice of [nearly] 40% of all businesses now being closed, I mean permanently out of business ... was that sacrifice good enough? Or the fact that teen suicide now is up by 31%? A few more of us should have sacrificed our children, you know, throw them up on the altar of Anthony Fauci? I think we could have done it, right?"

"Go to hell," Glenn added. "Who do you think you are, telling us that we should sacrifice more?"

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President Joe Biden and world leaders are spending the week discussing the biggest issues across the globe. But Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State during the Trump administration, believes more needs to be done.

Pompeo joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to talk about President Biden's upcoming meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and to explain why he believes it's not just "appropriate," but necessary to hold Putin accountable for the recent cyberattacks on the Colonial Pipeline and the JBS meat processing company.

Pompeo said it's likely that "at the very least" Putin turned a blind eye to the major attacks against U.S. infrastructure. He stressed that the Biden administration should not abandon private businesses in the face of these ransomware hacks, but rather do everything possible to make sure those businesses' assets are secure from future invasions.

"This is an attack on America," Pompeo said. "It came through an attack on a commercial enterprise, but the capacity for pipelines to move product around on our east coast is an American national security interest.... We have to help these businesses protect their systems, and then there has to be a national effort to impose costs on those who put American lives at risk by denying available product around our country.

"Putin, at the very least, is turning a blind eye to [the cyberattacks], probably more. So, it's appropriate to hold Vladimir Putin and the Russians accountable for the actions taking place inside of their country," he added. "We have to do it, and there are tools by which we can."

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On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn read from the Bible's II Timothy 3, in which Paul warns of "perilous times" to come and describes a generation that will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, and the list goes on. Sound familiar?

But Glenn said the times we're facing — which will likely become more and more difficult — are not any graver than what our Founders faced. We can overcome, and while it won't be easy, it will be worth it.

"Just like George Washington and the badge of merit, we will not be able to conquer this evil unless we are on God's side. If we don't have Divine Providence, we will not be able to survive. The things that are arrayed in front of us, are no greater no less than what our Founders had arrayed against them," Glenn stated.

"So, what will we do? You must make those decisions, as a family, right now. What is the line for you that you and your family will not cross? Because if you don't know it now, you will cross it," he warned. "You have to speak out, be that voice. You have to be strong enough to lead."

Glenn went on to thank and praise his audience, saying, "This is the kindest, most generous audience I have ever encountered."

"You will stand. This audience could be the extra 5% that is needed to change things, for the better," he added. "We have great and glorious times, when I believe we will see the hand of God. We will see miracles. Expect them. And live in such a way where you can call them down."

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How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

Watch the video clip below to hear eight of the most anti-Trump the narratives shamelessly pushed by the media — that were completely wrong.

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