Glenn Beck: Is Capitalism causing collapse?


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GLENN: Capitalism is what's failing. The government just isn't big enough. That's why America is struggling. There just hasn't been enough oversight from the people we can trust in Washington. There just isn't enough governmental oversight on the world stage. If they could just get an economic security council, well, then we could do to the economy what the United Nations has done to war. Wouldn't that be fantastic? That would be great.

If capitalism is failing, which it isn't, capitalism is not the problem. Capitalism is just the vehicle. Somebody has to get in and give the GPS coordinates and tell the vehicle exactly where to go. Capitalism is dispassionate. Capitalism just is. It's what people do with it.

For instance, fascism, is fascism bad? My Uncle Leo, sitting at a restaurant with me and the family just a few months ago, he's about 90 something years old now, right off the boat from Italy. "And let me tell you something else. Mussolini was a good man!" "Shhh." And he started talking to me about how Mussolini -- and that's how Mussolini was viewed until the end until people hung him with a wire, about you that was a different story. In the beginning Mussolini was a good man, Mussolini was a benevolent dictator. Fascism was loved here in America. It is the way to rule in the future. That's what all the liberal elite thought at the time. Of course, they were also studying eugenics at the time, which kind of went poorly, too. I'm glad we put science right back in her rightful place, hmmm? Fascism could be good if you have a dictator who is good. Fascism could be bad if you have a dictator who is bad. It just is.

But let's look at capitalism itself. Is capitalism failing? Is freedom a bad thing? Should there be more government? Is the problem really only with those countries that have just all this economic freedom, that they just -- you know what the problem is. There's just not enough regulation. Well, the good people at the Heritage Foundation, they put out this survey every year. It's an index really more than a survey. It's an index of economic freedom. It is the most complete and objective measure that you're going to find on how economically free any country is on planet Earth. For example, Hong Kong is the most free with very little restriction. Very little restriction, very little taxation, very little government control. Hong Kong, isn't that the one that's really, really successful? Isn't it Hong Kong? Isn't that weird. In last place is North Korea, where all the earnings pretty much go to cover up the strokes of Kim Jung Il. I'm just saying. That's speculation. I don't know. Got it? Smallest government, Hong Kong. Most controlling, Kim Jung Il. And everything else is in between. So we're not just talking about what kind of system of government. We're talking really about how big the government is, how oppressive the government is. You know our problems here in the U.S. We're six. We're the sixth most free, economically speaking, nation on Earth. I can't believe we're not number one. But we're number six. Out of 179 countries, we're number 6 on the economic freedom index. You know our problems so we don't have to worry about the United States. At number six we're screwed up. But remember it's capitalism. It's that we have too much freedom. The British government, less free economically than we are. They have less government involved. They are number 10. Their debt has equaled to 44% of GDP before the crisis, before the crisis. There was a news report out yesterday or day before yesterday out of England where they took over the bank of Scotland. The United Kingdom may be bankrupt. It may go bankrupt. It is so bad, it may go bankrupt. They are number 10 on the economic -- see, too much freedom, not enough government.

Well, let's look at the other scale. How about Nigeria, number 117 on economic freedom. The president disclosed to ministers while addressing them at this year's first executive council meeting, the first one that declining national revenue, sharp fall in the value of shares and crashing of their currency are some of the major indicators that the global crisis is already affecting their country. Wait a minute, what happened to Nigeria? They've got lots of government control. The Japanese, number 19, double almost of Great Britain. They have even more, double the amount of Great Britain. We're number 6; they're number 19. The prime minister came out swinging at his party's annual convention on Sunday, vowing to overcome political opposition and pass economic measures despite plummeting popularity. He also said that he remained confident that Japan could climb out of this financial downturn. So Japan, how about Italy? Number 76 on the economic freedom list, a lot of control. Have you ever tried to do business over in -- have you tried to mail a letter in Italy? 76 on the economic freedom index. Their debt is now about 120% of GDP. They've just been downgraded. Italy is in a tailspin. The Germans, number 25, they are in a tailspin. Merkel just said that the government's planned $65 billion economic stimulus package, they doubt that it will work. How about Indian, number 123 out of 176 countries, 123rd least free -- or most free, their stock market is down 37%. Their debt is 58% of GDP before the crisis. Singapore, number 2 on the list, more free than we are. Debt, 96% of GDP before the crisis. They lowered their growth forecast twice in the last couple of weeks. China, how about China? China's communist. China's not free. 132 on the economic freedom index. Their debt is 18% of GDP, yet their factories are closing. Australia, number 3, more free than we are. Their debt is 16% of GDP. The wealth, however, of average Australians has plummeted by a record 9%, or $19,000 for every man, woman and child. Venezuelan, what is that, totalitarian, communist? Sean Penn's haven? Out of 176, economically free countries, they rank 174. They're on the verge of economic collapse. They couldn't get a lot of the things passed before the collapse because they were running out of money. They couldn't do it. Iceland, number 64 -- I'm sorry, number 14. Half as free as we are on this list. Iceland collapsed. South Korea, number 40. Economy shrunk in the fourth quarter last year for the first time in a decade according to the Central Bank. I should mention that North Korea claims they are insulated from the crisis because they are completely self-sufficient. But the average South Korean lives on about 50 times what the average North Korean does. So I don't know how significant that is. And also Kim Jung Il shot an 18 the first time he played golf, the first time he played golf.

So what's the pattern here? Can we think like doctors for a second? Think like doctors for just a second and think of countries as patients. You're in the emergency room. All these patients come in. One doctor looks at you and says, "They're all capitalists. They're all failing and that's patient zero over there" and points to you. You're brought over. "Okay, quarantine this guy." Quarantine this guy. All right, all right. You're all capitalist here? Well, now all of a sudden people start raising their hands and saying, no, no, no, I'm totalitarian, no, I'm communist, no, I'm socialist. Well, I'm kind of a hybrid. No, I'm full-fledged capitalist. I'm more capitalist than those guys, I'm more free than those guys are.

Well, now the doctor says he can either treat -- oh, yeah, they are all capitalists and that is patient zero, or they can all look at all of them and say, "Well, wait a minute, they don't all have that in common. TNT they don't all have that in common. What do they have in common? Eventually the doctor would say, where did you guys all eat? If they all ate at the same restaurant, then the doctor would say, "Call the Department of Health; shut the restaurant down. Find out what's in that restaurant. Find out what they're serving people because something's poison in that restaurant." Tonight on television at 5:00 I think I know what that restaurant is. They only have one thing in common. We'll begin our conversation tonight at 5:00 on TV and continue our conversation over the days here on this program. That's on the Fox News Channel at 5:00.

You think about it today. I've been thinking about it. Try to make a list in your own mind. What do they have in common? I have to stop here for a commercial break.

There’s an economic axis of evil taking shape right now, and the people in charge of our government are too stupid to acknowledge and deal with what’s happening. The U.S. dollar and the entire financial system are at stake, and, as Glenn Beck reveals on "Glenn TV" Wednesday, our enemies’ PUBLISHED plans to take the entire thing down.

While all of this is happening, our own leaders are making everything worse. We’ve got Nancy Pelosi risking an international incident, accelerating China’s plans to collapse us. And when Biden SHOULD be focusing on the security of our country, he’s instead preoccupied with controlling the weather with his Inflation "Reduction" Act.

Glenn exposes the TRUE numbers on what that bill will do to your family’s budget. Add to that, they’re more than doubling the IRS to make sure you feel the pain. And if you think they won’t come for you, look at what they just did to the former president of the United States. The DOJ and FBI just went after the political opponent of their boss, Joe Biden.

This is what they are focused on, and the threat to the dollar — and the entire financial system — isn’t even on their radar. Pain is coming for us, and they don’t care one bit.

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Speaking before signing the “PACT Act of 2022” on Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden claimed that his wonderful economic plan "is working" and that somehow July’s annual inflation rate of 8.5% was actually “zero.”

“I just want to say a number: zero. Today we received news that our economy had 0% inflation in the month of July,” Biden said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dutifully echoed the president's not-at-all misleading claim:

The truth of the matter is that last month's inflation rate of 8.5% was a (small) step in the right direction, but only because it was lower than June's 41-year high of 9.1% — and the thing is, anyone who's graduated kindergarten knows it.

So, who do White House personnel think they're fooling? On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere broke down how the Biden administration came to this latest disingenuous conclusion about the economy, what the latest consumer price index actually shows, and why the inevitable Biden brag-fest will be unbearable.

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Glenn Beck: This is the ONLY endgame that makes sense for the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

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If you're celebrating this FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, you have no idea how much this changes things. We don't do this in America. At least, we didn't. But the left cannot have Donald Trump be president again. His "America First" platform goes against everything they've been working for. So, what's their endgame here? On the radio program, Glenn Beck said there's really only one endgame that makes sense — and it should scare us all.

"If you are not for the destruction of America, you better pay attention quickly. This is a massive move," Glenn said of the Mar-a-Lago raid.

"Who has credibility on this? ... The right will believe Donald Trump, but nobody on the left, so you're not going to change any minds there. Do you think the right will believe the New York Times? MSNBC? NBC? CBS? Do you think we're going to believe the New York Times — the people who have been carrying water for the Biden crimes? The Clinton crimes? And ... I'm talking about her server and having her own State Department people go into a skiff, which is the top secret room, completely sealed off, going in and getting documents, cutting off 'top secret,' and then emailing them to her on her private server. And nothing? And now you're going to try to convince me [that] this has nothing to do with January 6?" he added.

"Remember the [allegations about] bank servers, [Trump] was pinging a bank? Untrue. Carter Page is a Russian spy? Untrue. Donald Trump is a Russian spy? ... Untrue. Collusion with Russia? Untrue. Ukraine, the perfect phone call? Not true. Not true. Wasn't a perfect phone call. Was not impeachable. The pee tape dossier? None of that was true. Here's why they can't have [Trump] as president of the United States. They can't have him as president of the United States because we are headed towards a completely new, all redesigned, non-capitalist, nonconstitutional Great Reset," Glenn argued. "They cannot have him be president because he is America first."

Glenn warned Americans that our federal government is accumulating massive power, case in point the 87,000 new IRS agents. "Coupled with the [IRS agents] they already have ... that's almost the size of our National Guard. Do you feel comfortable with that? Democrats? You don't think there's a possibility ... that someone ... might come in at some point and weaponize the IRS?"

He also warned that the FBI's raid on Donald Trump’s home has implications that stretch far beyond simple dislike for the former president. So what are they hoping to accomplish?

"What is the endgame? You make him into a martyr by throwing him into jail or killing him ... so you make him stronger. That doesn't make sense, why would they want that?" Glenn asked. "So, what is their endgame? The only one that makes sense to me, is to stop him at any cost, then lunatics will take to the streets, and then [the Democrats] will have evidence that the [right is] more dangerous than anyone could possibly imagine. Please, pray for your country."

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