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.

Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.


America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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Far away fields are always greener.

It is easy to look at someone else's life or another country and wish you were more like them.

Americans can be guilty of this. It could be Bernie Sanders wishing America was politically more like Sweden or other European socialist countries. It could be an American who finds out I'm Irish, been trying to move to America for over 17 years, and thinks, "Oh Jonathon, Ireland is a lovely free country - stay there. America has problems right now. You would not like it here."

Today, I want to take you on a journey and compare our nations' attitudes toward Coronavirus and the policies currently in place for "our protection."

I would also ask you to imagine you were in my shoes. Ask yourself which country you would want to live in.

Role of Government

Before discussing restrictions, it is critical to understand the very different governmental systems within our two countries. America is blessed to have a federalist system where states have considerable control over what happens in their states. DC, in theory, holds very little power.

Ireland is the exact opposite. We are a democracy with a big centralized government. The vast majority of power lies with our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and his cabinet. Local states have no control, as our restrictions are countrywide.

  • America's restrictions vary from state to state. You will find the majority of businesses are open but operating with some restrictions.
  • Churches, malls, retail, gyms, cinemas are mostly all open.
  • Bars and restaurants are open but usually at a reduced capacity.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No travel limits.
  • Travel between states is allowed, but some states like Alaska require a negative Covid test.
  • Guests are allowed in homes, but some states have a limit (but not enforced).
  • Masks are either advised or mandatory in different states.
  • Social distancing is required.

When researching this article, the most prominent complaints were restrictions on visiting loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes. These restrictions have upset many people because you have a proud history of believing in individual freedoms. The government is not your parent and does not have a right to tell you how to live.

Now let me introduce you to Ireland.


Ireland is currently on the highest level of lockdown possible and has been since Christmas Eve. We are officially on lockdown until March 5th, and our lockdown is getting more severe. Our government has already confirmed lockdown will be extended until After Easter.

Ireland has a stay-at-home order in place, and you are to work from home where possible.

  • "Essential" retail is open but with stupid rules. Some of our shops are half-open and half-closed. Imagine a Walmart that is allowed to sell food, but large parts of the clothing section are closed because they are not deemed essential.
  • Non-essential retail is now fully closed. At the start of lockdown, outlets were allowed to offer a click-and-collect service – but that has now been banned.
  • Gyms and cinemas are all closed. Ø Bars and restaurants are closed and unlikely to re-open until mid-summer.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No guests are allowed in homes or gardens.
  • Masks are mandatory and with fines.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Churches are allowed to open for private prayer, but the mass is strictly online. This has caused a lot of distress for families. Ireland is a Catholic country. I know many older people who have not received communion since last March. My mother is a funeral director and has witnessed the pain caused to families, as only ten people are allowed to attend a funeral, regardless of the Church's size. Imagine a large family deciding what ten people can attend? How do you choose that? Sadly, the Irish Church is spineless and accepts every rule the government passes.
Additional Tyranny

Very few businesses are open right now, but that is not the end of the restrictions. There are limits on how far you can travel. I am currently off my work because of Coronavirus restrictions. There are two legal reasons I can leave my house: personal exercise/walk the dog and to purchase food/essential items from the store. These activities must be completed within three miles of my house.

My human right to privacy has also been crushed. If I decided to get in my car tomorrow and just drive, I would encounter several police checkpoints where I would have to disclose where I live, where I am going, and the purpose of my trip. If the trip is not essential, I will be told to return home and likely given a fine.

Tyranny North Korea Style!

Most countries have border controls, all with similar intent: control who enters the nation, set how long they can stay, and mandate what they can do.

The one exception to this rule is North Korea. Their intent is not to control who enters. Instead, they seek to ensure no one leaves and defects to the South.

As you can imagine, life in Ireland is not exactly pleasurable with the above restrictions. This is especially the case for people like me who suffer from severe depression and are desperate to escape.

If tomorrow I woke up and decided I want out (which I very much do) and found a country I could enter legally, I AM NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

The Irish government has deemed all international travel is not essential and has placed police at all our ports and our airports. If I attempt to go to the airport, I would be greeted at a police checkpoint outside the airport, told my journey is not essential, and sent home with a fine. Currently, the fine is €500 ($600). New legislation is being discussed in parliament to increase the penalty to €2,000.

The police have new powers for people who get past the checkpoints and continue to travel overseas. When they return to Ireland, they can be sent to jail for a month. They will also have a criminal record – that record would likely disqualify the person traveling to countries like America and Australia.

Irish People

I could talk to you all day long about why America is unique and exceptional. There are so many different reasons. One of the reasons is your people, and I highlight Alexis de Tocqueville's sentiments, who said, "America is great because Americans are good." Americans have this rebellious streak in their soul, and it can be traced all the way back to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. This great spirit is based on being an independent sovereign individual and wanting to live life to the fullest and not be stopped or controlled by ANY government.

Irish people are good and decent. However, they do not share the same characteristics. They believe and support government control because it is all they have ever known.

If you ask the average Irish person about the current government, he will likely tell you he dislikes one of the parties involved or an individual leader. Yet, ask that same person what he thinks about the restrictions, and he will defend them. I hear some say they believe the government has not done enough.

On the rare occasions that people break restrictions, the most significant backlash will likely come from the community, as they brand those people selfish and irresponsible.

Going Forward

The damage from Covid is going to be around forever. Our actions have caused damage to our mental health and the economy (with businesses closing and jobs lost). This will cause poverty. This is made worse by governments' reckless spending and borrowing of money we simply do not have.

However, I would argue we have a much bigger problem stemming from Covid: social acceptance of governmental control in a "crisis."

When a government is powerful enough to compel someone not to leave their house, define their job as non-essential, or tell someone they can't hug their grandparent, what exactly is off-limits? What control or power is a line government won't cross for the "common good"?

Most importantly, do you think governments worldwide will fix this issue and give back the powers they have taken? Or is it more likely we will just move onto a new crisis – maybe climate change or the Great Reset?

This is why the world needs America. We don't need the American military to intervene and save us.

We NEED America to rediscover why you are an exceptional nation. We NEED you to be the statue of liberty shining out the beacon of light, hope, and freedom for the world where your actions remind all of us what is possible when we unleash the energy and individual genius of mankind. If we work hard to reapply these principles, we can take another 5,000-year leap forward together.

Writers note: The policies listed here are based solely on Ireland. However, you see very similar restrictions in England and throughout Europe.

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

You can find him on social media – Facebook, Twitter, MeWe

Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

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