Glenn Beck: How big is Obama's 'stimulus'?


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GLENN: So we're talking about a trillion dollars of printing it up. And his idea is the government will spend it. Instead of giving it to the people who can't stop with their credit cards. For some reason we just can't stop with our credit cards. Give it to the American people.

How about this idea with the taxpayer? How about just giving the money to the tax -- blow a trillion dollars, let's spend it on the people who are likely to spend it rather than the failing companies, which this stimulus package doesn't do. Whether them saying, "You know what, we're going to fund contraceptives," I don't know how that stimulates the economy. "We're going to buy a bunch of contraceptives." Really? $825 billion, this is the federal government saying they're going to stick to their word. There won't be another dime after $800 -- don't -- we're not this stupid, are we? "Oh, no, this will be it."

If they just took that money, there are 140 million people who filed tax returns in 2007. Of those about 100 million actually ended up paying the taxes. Understand that. 100 million out of 300 million actually paid taxes in 2007, which brings me back to the, "Wait a minute, 95% of people are going to get a tax credit?" How is 95% of the -- 95% of the people didn't pay taxes. That's only leaving out the people who paid the most amount of taxes.

So 100 million people actually ended up paying taxes. The overall median income for individual workers in America is $28,000. On that salary you'll pay 15% in federal taxes, $4200. The stimulus package would translate to $8,250 per taxpayer. So the average person in America would not only pay zero in taxes for the year but you'd get a 14% pay increase. You'd go from $28,000 a year to $32,000 a year. You want a stimulus package? Suspend the income tax. You want a stimulus package? Just cut everybody a check for $8,250. I'm not printing money to solve problems.

You want to print money so people can spend it? Good. Print money and give it to people to spend it. You'll solve an awful lot of problems. Not for very long but you'll solve an awful lot of problems. Me personally, I'd rather go through a tough period and cleanse ourselves from these bad companies and all the mistakes. I'd rather learn the lesson and still have a little bit of capitalism left. But if you insist on printing the money, why not give it to, you know, Sally Muckenfutch and her brood. Or are you done using the example of hardship person now that you're off the campaign trail. Are you now stopped talking about, "Poor Sally Muckenfutch who only has one leg, one eye and only half a child because evil oil, Exxon, came and took half of her child. So now Sally Muckenfutch has had to take all of her salary and knit half a sweater child and staple it to the other side of her child. But poor Sally Muckenfutch has dyslexia. So now her child has two left hands, one made entirely out of used yarn. $8,250. You want to spend it? Good, give it to the people. Stop with the lies.

GLENN: I'm just looking at the highlights of this stimulus package. $825 billion total, that's today. And by the way, Republicans, I swear to you, for those of you who think that you're just going to, "Well, okay, I'm going to take some of the bad stuff" but we're going to put some tax cuts in there. And if you think that's going to be swallowed by the American people, or at least a good number of Americans. Maybe the majority wants to, but it seems to me the majority wants to go socialist and I'll be damned if I'm going socialist. $550 billion in new spending described as "Thoughtful" and carefully targeted priority investments with unprecedented accountability measures built in. That's the language of this thing. Thoughtful and carefully targeted priority investments with unprecedented accountability measures built in. There's $275 billion in tax relief. That's $1,000 tax cut for families, $500 tax cut for individuals through Social Security payroll deductions. This is the way they get people who are not paying income tax a tax cut. They take it through the payroll deductions. $90 billion for infrastructure. $87 billion to Medicaid aid to states.

Stu, do you remember the story we talked about in one of our story board meetings about the $87 billion Medicaid aid to states? Do you remember this?

STU: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: Can you give me the details on this?

STU: Not off the top of my head. It was a back door to essentially force their hand.

GLENN: Kevin or Joe.

STU: Kevin will remember.

GLENN: Whoever was the one who brought that story to us, could you get on the phone or come into the studio, please? $79 billion school districts, public colleges to prevent cutbacks. $54 billion to encourage energy production from renewable resources. By the way, Stu, give me the list, if you have it, of all the top priorities, of Americans' top priorities. $41 billion for additional school funding, $14 billion for school modernizations. You know what? I don't care if my kid learns in a shack, I really don't. I mean, we build these temples to education and they fail. $24 billion for health information technology to prevent medical mistakes. Hmmm. $24 billion, this is stimulus. Health information technology. You know what this is? Quote: To prepare for universal healthcare. That's what part of this money is. To prepare -- quoting from the document -- prepare for universal healthcare. This is so the government can have access to all of your medical records easily. You tell me the government having a system run by the government with your healthcare. Let's say, oh, gee, it looks like you have leprosy. "I don't have leprosy." It's in the system you have leprosy. Well, I can't take it out of the system. It's in the system. How do I get it out of the system? Oh, it's easy. You just have to file this paperwork.

Can you imagine? What happens if something goes in your medical file that shouldn't be in your medical file? How do you get it out of there? You want the government having all of your medical records on one central database that they control? I don't. $16 billion for science and technology. $10 billion for science facilities, research, instrumentation. $6 billion to expand broadband to rural areas.

You know what? If you want Internet access, pay for it yourself. I'm sorry to be such a hate monger, but buy it yourself. Why is every -- why is it now a universal right to have broadband access in your house? Why is it -- you know what really drives me crazy? You know why television stations -- here, here, television stations have lost about 60, 70% of their revenue. These are your local stations. Your television stations have lost their revenue. Why? Because they are mainly car companies. They are mainly financial ads and Viagra ads. Well, only Viagra's left, gang. So how are your local television stations making money? Oh, on top of that, the date to be fully converted over to high definition is rolling up on top of them. Now, I don't know about you, but I was perfectly fine without high definition television. Were you okay, Stu? Did you live an okay life without high-def?

STU: It was tough, but I did it.

GLENN: It was very tough. I don't know how we did it without being able to see all the pores in people's skin but I made it through without high-definition television. Yet the government said they mandated that everybody be high-definition by this year. Well, where did that money come from? Who had that money? They mandated it. It had to be done; so we did it. By the way, you know what was part of the last bailout project? Millions and millions and millions of dollars of bailout funds to the television stations that couldn't afford the high definition. And so we bailed them out. You are now paying -- your tax dollars are now paying for that high definition that you most likely can't really get at your house anyway. So your tax dollars went to bail out the high-definition move and then the government said, "Well, nobody's ever going to be able to meet this anyway because of the economy now." So they suspended it. And now we're getting into broadband. Yeah, now let's do the broadband thing. You've got to be kidding me. $15 billion to increase Pell grants by $500. $6 billion for the ambiguous higher education modernization. What the hell is that? They are going to be changing light bulbs, I'm not kidding you, changing light bulbs in government businesses. This is your -- government businesses, I apologize. They haven't made all business government yet. In government buildings, like which will soon be the Bank of America building and the CitiBank building. This does not include any of the bank bailouts.

The bill provides enough spending to give every man, woman and child in America $2700. $2700 to every man, woman and child in this bill. The total cost is almost as much as the annual discretionary budget for the entire federal government. Let me say that again. The total cost of this one bailout which only $20 billion go to the economy this year, the total cost of this legislation is almost as much as the annual discretionary budget for the entire federal government. This legislation nears a trillion dollars. Best way to understand that, best way to understand a trillion dollars is imagine a crisp new stack of $1,000 bills. If you have a stack of $1,000 bills four inches high, you're a millionaire. A trillion dollar stack of $1,000 bills would measure just over 63 miles high. 63 miles of $1,000 bills stacked on top of each other.

Give you a little more perspective. In $20 bills a trillion dollar stack would be 3,150 miles high. That's the distance between D.C. and Peru. To give you a little perspective, $1 trillion, if you have a stack four inches high, $1,000 bills, you're a millionaire, the whole stack is 63 miles high. How many people say to themselves, "Well, nobody's going to miss this four inches." How many people say, "Well, that's only eight inches. I can just move these eight inches. That's 63 miles. Who's going to notice the eight inches." How many things, how much of your stack of $1,000 bills is being moved to things that most people don't even know and all in the name of, "Hurry, we've got to get this done." No, we don't. The bill is going to cost you $6700 in additional debt. Actually it's not going to cost you that. It's going to cost our children or our grandchildren $6700.

The media went nuts after President Donald Trump said "Two Corinthians". But apparently, nobody cares when Joe Biden called the authors of Biblical Psalms "palmists" — twice.

During a Thanksgiving speech on Wednesday, Biden said, "I'm sure we can, we can pros-claim [sic] a palmist, with a palmist who wrote these following words, 'The lord is my strength and my shield and with my song, I give thanks to him.'"

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere pondered whether Biden actually meant to quote a fortune teller instead of a psalmist, but ultimately decided the former vice president likely had no idea what he was reading.

They also discussed the hairline fractures Biden suffered in his right foot on Saturday while playing his dog, and Glenn tossed out a few headlines he thought might work just a little too well.

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The Supreme Court slapped down New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings Wednesday, arguing that strict limitations on the number of people in churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship — while liquor stores, bike shops, and many other non-religious places face few or no restrictions at all — are in violation of the First Amendment.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere applauded Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reportedly cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch who took specific aim at Gov. Cuomo for limiting religious gatherings to as few as 10 people in some areas, while imposing "no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers 'essential'."

"It turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores," Gorsuch said. "Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too."

"Government is not free to disregard the 1st Amendment in times of crisis," Gorsuch wrote in a separate opinion.

Gov. Cuomo has since called the Supreme Court ruling "moot" and "irrelevant" because he had recently lifted restrictions in most of the affected areas.

"This is a trick they play all the time. They've done this with Second Amendment cases as well," Stu noted. "They'll put a ridiculous restriction in that's obviously not constitutional, keep it in place for a year while it goes through the courts, and right before it gets to the Supreme Court they withdraw the rule. So then the case gets thrown out because it's moot."

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Hey Joe, THIS is how you handle terrorists

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If you haven't seen the new Apple TV+ drama Tehran, it's definitely worth your time. It tells the story of an Israeli spy who sneaks into Iran to set up an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Now that the new Bond movie is delayed, this show has a little bit of everything to hold you over: international spies, hackers, double agents.

But I digress...

No matter how Hollywood tries to invent these stories — and this one is definitely good — they always fall short of what happens in real life. What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

What happened in Iran this past Friday is a movie waiting to happen.

Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated as he was traveling to his private villa just a few miles east of Tehran. The operation involved a team of over 60 people. Around 50 logistical support agents backed up a dozen gunmen. They knew everything. His schedule, his private address, his classified movements, the route...

Fakhrizadeh was traveling in the middle of three armored vehicles. When they approached the ambush site, the hit team cut off all the electricity in the surrounding area. A car bomb was then remotely detonated, taking out the rear vehicle in the convoy. 12 gunmen proceeded to open fire on the other two cars. Iran's top nuclear scientist was dead, and NONE of the hit squad were wounded or arrested.

Now you can already guess where the blame is being directed this morning. Almost immediately, the fingers began to point at both Israel and the United States. The mainstream media is trying to paint this as an effort by Trump to sabotage a Biden effort to restart the Iran Nuclear Deal. Remember that "masterful" stroke of Middle East foreign policy? You know, the deal that included $150 BILLION — in cash — that Obama and Biden knew would be used to kill Americans and destabilize the entire region. Remember that?

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it.

They claimed their way was the only path to peace. What did they get from it? Iran spread out all the way to the literal doorstep of Israel. The elite Iraqi troops of the Republican Guard were staging in Syria, plotting that ultimate attack to take back Jerusalem. The entire region was set to explode... but then Trump scuttled the deal. What did it lead to? Historic peace agreements between the Arab world and Israel.

They said it was impossible... but Trump did it. He reimposed sanctions and launched a campaign to kill terrorists rather than give them money.

John Brennan took to Twitter this weekend to call the assassination a criminal act.

It echoes what they said when the top terrorist in the world — Qassem Soleimani — was assassinated in Iraq. Coincidentally, the Iranian government published artwork over the weekend depicting Soleimani and the, now dead, nuclear scientist standing side by side.

You see, now matter how people like Brennan and Biden might try and say otherwise, this is exactly the type of person Iran's "Robert Openheimer" was: a terrorist in the same category as Soleimani (but obviously with a lot more dangerous capability).

Iran has been protecting this man for two decades. They called him merely "an academic," but denied the UN IAEA inspectors to ever question him.

The rhetoric Iran fed the global community was that their nuclear program didn't have anything to do with weapons, and that this nuclear scientist was involved in research to improve their energy programs. But in 2007, the CIA said this was a cover story. In 2008, the United States froze his assets, and the IAEA made it public that this scientist was leading Iran's nuclear weapons project.

Iran called it "Projects 110 and 111." Fakhrizadeh was tasked with finding out how to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and make it durable enough so that it could survive re-entry into the atmosphere on top of an ICBM.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists.

Obama and Biden's nuclear deal didn't stop ANY of this. Israel revealed in 2018 that Projects 110 and 111 continued. Fakhrizadeh was specifically called out as still being the main man in charge.

Biden thinks his policy of accommodation will somehow bring us the peace that Neville Chamberlain once thought was possible with Hitler. When has this borne fruit with any maniacal tyrant or terrorist... ever?!

And that's exactly what Iran and their thugs are. They're terrorists! They're not a legitimate regime. Long before ISIS, the terrorists in Iran stole a country, planning to spread their caliphate all over the world. Members of Al Qaeda, despite being Sunni, enjoy free sanctuary under their protection. They want to burn Israel to the ground. They chant "death to America"... It's actually a holiday there.

There can be no accommodation with terrorists. Biden wants peace with Iran, and he'll probably roll out a red carpet and offer them a few hundred billion more dollars. We know this doesn't work. To quote Reagan, "there's one way to have peace and you can have it in this second... surrender."

That's how you deal with terrorists, and — whether we were involved or not — another one was just taken out.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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