Glenn Beck: Pursuit, not guarantee




Helping Obama pays...

GLENN: How many times have I said it, too, that I don't say the things that I do because I want to. I don't want to believe these things but do you remember, America, when we were told we were crazy, when we -- could you please play the -- this is the Obama supporter during one of the campaign rallies, and we spent quite a few minutes on this and, boy, did I get the heat from saying, "Look what the man is creating." Listen to this.

VOICE: It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment. Because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he's going to help me.

GLENN: If I help him, he's going to help me. Now, I want you to look at this in two ways. Stu, write this down so I don't forget. One, what is he creating; and two, disenfranchisement. Come back to disenfranchisement of this individual, okay? "If I help him, he'll help me." "I never have to worry about paying my gas or my mortgage. If I help him, he'll help me." Do you remember how we talked about that and how many of your friends said to you, "Oh, please, stop calling him a Marxist, stop calling him a socialist. He's not going to turn us into that." Well, he may not -- if he's not a socialist, if he's not a Marxist, then he must be a heroin dealer. I believe our new president is pushing a much more powerful version of heroin, and he is getting people all strung out. Anybody see Taken? Did you see the movie Taken? Stu, you saw it, right?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Holy cow.

STU: It was good. You didn't like it?

GLENN: I've got daughters. I've got three daughters. I don't want to go see Taken. Oh, my gosh. I was sitting there like... I don't want to watch this.

STU: Yeah, it was intense.

GLENN: Yeah, really intense. So what happened in Taken real quick? You got, you know, a split family, blah, blah, blah. Two girls go over to Paris. What happens?

STU: Well, one of them gets -- or both of them get Taken, hence the title.

GLENN: Kidnapped.

STU: Yeah, kidnapped. And without spoiling too much, basically they are taken into custody where they are going to be going into this sex slavery ring, and the way that they do that to get them to acquiesce to this is essentially get them hooked on heroin, therefore they're so dependent on the heroin that they --

GLENN: They will do whatever.

STU: They are easy to manage.

GLENN: Yeah, they are easy to manage. Get them hooked on heroin and these girls will be prostitutes because they are going to need the heroin. You think it's outrageous to say the president of the United States is pushing heroin. The heroin that he is pushing is government. Get them so strung out on government aid that they just can't live without it. Let me show you three examples. This is from his town meeting. If anybody's not watching his town meetings, boy, you should be watching them because you're seeing the future of America. Here are three questions that came at the new president Barack Obama yesterday. Question number one.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Go ahead.

VOICE: Oh, this is such a blessing to see you, Mr. President. Thank you for taking time out of your day. Oh, gracious God, thank you so much.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right, what's --

GLENN: Stop.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: Oh, gracious God, thank you so much. Are you thinking, wonder if I can get that guy's resume. Anyway, here he goes.

VOICE: Mr. President, my name is Julio Osegueda. I'm currently a student at Edison State College at my second semester. Okay, I've been at the same job which is McDonald's for four-and-a-half years.

GLENN: Stop. Who's surprised by that? Is there anybody? I have to tell you I was because I know managers at McDonald's. I can't imagine them keeping this guy around for four-and-a-half years. But oh gracious god, Ron decided, "I'm a clown. I wear big red shoes. Why not have somebody else take the focus off me for a while."

VOICE: Because of the fact that I can't find another job. Now, with the fact that I've been there for as long as I've been there, do you have any plan or any idea of making one that has been there for a long time receive any better benefits than what they've already received?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I tell you what, first of all --

GLENN: Stop. Stop, stop. Listen to what he's asking. I've been there... for four years... and I can't, I can't find another job. There might be a reason for that. Some people, you know, they're going to be working at McDonald's, and that's okay. There's nothing wrong with -- I was going to tell you a personal story, but I can't. Let me just tell you this. When did we become a nation where we find shame in working at McDonald's? When did we become a nation where it's just not good enough to work at a car dealership or a grocery store or whatever, that everybody has to be rich? Where, when did we become a nation where we all deserve the same thing? Or, we're all capable of the same thing? All men are created equal and they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights: The pursuit of life, liberty, of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You've got a life, you have liberty, and you can pursue your happiness. It goes back to one of our principles. The principles that we've been asking you to sign up for, that goes back to the principles. You're not guaranteed an equal outcome. You are guaranteed the right to pursue your happiness. But what is he asking for? An equal outcome. I've worked there for four-and-a-half years. I want more benefits. Do you have a plan? And the answer is -- I don't know what his answer is, but the answer is yes, it's card check. But card check really isn't even their plan. Oh, it's much more insidious than just card check, believe it or not. That is -- card check is what they're throwing out there and hoping that everybody will pay attention to card check because they've got another plan, and I'll share that in the upcoming days. But it ain't card check, gang.

So do you have a plan? No. No, I don't. No, I don't. You're just going to have to keep working, brother. You keep studying, you keep going to school. You got a job, you're going to school, good for you. You keep working. I don't have a plan for you to get extra benefits; you're working at McDonald's. The benefits are the benefits. I don't have anything to say about McDonald's, period. That's what the president should say. But what does he say?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: A couple of things I'd like to say. Number one, the fact that you are working as hard as you're working at a job that I know doesn't always pay as well as some other jobs is a source of pride for you that shows that you're doing a right thing.

GLENN: Good for you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Now, the second thing is, is that you will actually benefit from the tax breaks that we're talking about. So you'll be able to keep a little bit of extra money because we're going to offset your payroll tax. That's going to --

GLENN: Stop, stop. I'm going to offset your payroll tax. So I am -- here I am, Uncle Obama. I'm here to give you something. So you're going to go ahead. You're going to benefit from voting for me.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: That's going to help. I don't -- I assume that you're not getting healthcare through your job and so one of the things that we want to do is reform the healthcare system so that you will have access to healthcare in your job. But the thing that I'm really --

GLENN: Okay, stop. Do you know how much a McDonald's hamburger is going to be if McDonald's has to pay for this guy, pay for his healthcare? I don't know what his -- I mean, I don't know what his deal is. He might be part time. I mean, now Obama is going to go ahead and either force McDonald's to pay for healthcare or -- no, no, no, he's going to make sure that all of us pay for this guy's healthcare. That's what Uncle Obama's going to do for you. He is Uncle Sam, and you should trust him as much as you trust Uncle Sam. And if you trust Uncle Sam, you're a dope.

Speaking of dope, how about our next heroin user? Can we go to the next? This is all from the press conference yesterday. There was this man that was, oh, praise Jesus that you're here. And then there's this individual.

VOICE: I respect you and I'm so grateful for you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.

VOICE: I've been praying for you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I believe in prayer. So I appreciate that.

VOICE: I have an urgent need.

GLENN: Good for you.

VOICE: Employment and homelessness, a very small vehicle for my family and I to live in. We need urgent, and housing authority have two years waiting list and we need something more than a vehicle and the parks to go to. We need our own kitchen and our own bathroom. Please help.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well --

GLENN: Stop, stop. Please help. Now, let's be cold in a minute. First here's a woman who's living in her car. To tell you the truth -- and I hope she doesn't mind me sharing this. I won't identify. I have a member of our staff that lived in her car. She lived in her car with her mother. It's a long story, but she went to school with people not knowing that she lived in her car. The reason why she wanted to get into radio is because she used to hear my voice and she said it gave her hope that she could accomplish anything. She got to a radio station, our paths crossed, I heard her story much later but she told me the first time, "I want to work for you." I said, "Well, work hard." Every time our paths crossed, I was impressed by what she did. She wasn't just saying, "What can you do for me." Every time our paths crossed, I couldn't believe the accomplishments that she had done. So the last time I saw her, this is I think last Christmas a year ago, I got -- we were on the plane and I said to my whole team, "I want each one of you guys -- don't say anything. I just want each one of you guys to spend a few minutes with her. We get back on the plane, I want a report from all of you guys." "Well, what are we looking for?" "I just want you to find out if she's solid." Got back on the plane. I said, "Would she be somebody that could work with us? Is she good enough to work with with all of you guys?" They all had rave reviews. I hired her. A girl who lived in her car through high school. Government wasn't involved. I never gave her a handout. She earned it. She deserves to have self-respect because nobody brought her on. In fact, when we hired her, I told her immediate supervisor, "You be very clear with her. She could come out and she could fail, and we don't play a game of if you fail, you're gone. So this could set her back. She's got to succeed, but it's going to be up to her." She has succeeded. So here is the thing. You could have sympathy and you could allow people to continue to live in that state or you could encourage them and say, "You know what, I know it's really hard for you, but I'm the president of the United States. I see everybody. I'm not hear to help and give anyone a kitchen. I can't imagine what your life is like living in your car and having a kitchen. But you hold on and you keep working hard and don't you give up."

Now, people will say that's cold. In the long run that's what keeps somebody off of the heroin of government aid and that is slavery. Instead what does Obama do? Listen up.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I -- listen. What's your name? What's your name?

VOICE: It's Henrietta Hughes.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Okay, Ms. Hughes, we're going to do everything we can to help you, but there are a lot of people like you and we're going to do everything we can. I'll have my staff talk to you after this, after the town hall, all right?

GLENN: Stop. For what? For what? I'm going to have her talk to you about what? What is the president of the United States going to do to get this woman a kitchen? And if he gets her a kitchen, how about me a kitchen? How about you a kitchen? Do you need a microwave oven? Have you had a flat tire? Could we call the president? And then can we just play the last one, Cut 4.

VOICE: Also, welcome, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.

VOICE: And my question to you today is as you stated earlier, there are many of us here in the area that are unemployed and have been unemployed for sometime and probably some of us have large families.

GLENN: Listen to this family.

VOICE: And we have had the opportunity to receive unemployment but yet we have not been able to get any other type of governmental assistance to help us during this crisis so that we can kind of be able to take, you know, funds that we do have in unemployment to pay our bills. Usually what happens is when you apply for governmental assistance, they say, well, you make too much money. If you go from making $3,000 a year, a month to $1100 a month, how are you able to take care of your families? Why can't we have that to be automatic that goes along with your unemployment tenure that you can get government assistance that's an automatic for you?

GLENN: It's an automatic. How can I survive if I only get $1100 a month? I need $3,000 a month. Can't we get that automatic?

Look, I am for doing good for the poor. We just happen to disagree. I have a difference of opinion. I think the best way of doing good for the poor is to not make it easy in poverty but to lead people out, drive them out of poverty, make them uncomfortable. By the way, those words were not from just a hate monger like me. Those words were actually, that's a quote from Benjamin Franklin. What an evil kite-flying white hate monger. Look where we've come and how far away we are from our principles.

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

Schedule a private tour or purchase general admission ticket below:

Dates:
June 15-17

Location:

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Learn more about the event here.

About Mercury One: Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2011 by Glenn Beck. Mercury One was built to inspire the world in the same way the United States space program shaped America's national destiny and the world. The organization seeks to restore the human spirit by helping individuals and communities help themselves through honor, faith, courage, hope and love. In the words of Glenn Beck:

We don't stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government

Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.