March to Socialism - socialist bikes

VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's march to socialism.

GLENN: Oh, socialism -- I learned this from kids -- socialism is great. What's wrong with socialism? It's fantastic. It will work. You're right. I mean, France is socialist. Well, today's march to socialism is a preview of the things to come. About a year and a half ago when Paris embarked on a mission to make the city more green. Wow, just like Obama's doing today. Well, they deployed a massive fleet of bikes for everybody to ride. Remember they got bikes, put them all over the city. It was going to be the same thing that most green initiatives claim, they would save the taxpayers millions of dollars and everything is going to be sugar fairies and lollipops and there will be big butterflies in the sky. Well, you're going to find this hard to believe, but that green program is now actually costing the taxpayers more money and the company that Paris is using, you know, to provide the bikes, they need a bailout now because they can't afford the expenses associated with the program. What expenses? They bought the bikes. They put them there for free. People just used them and they just returned them and it's great. Nobody has to use a car. There's no expenses there. Well, the popular bicycle rental scheme in Paris that has transformed travel in the city has run into problems -- this according to the newspaper -- run into problems just 18 months after its successful launch. Successful launch, they might want to look that up. I don't know exactly how you would call a year and a half before a collapse as successful, but let's go with it.

Remi Pheulpin, the bike's company's director general, says that the current contract is just unsustainable. It's simple: All the receipts go to the city and all of the expenses are ours. What are the expenses, you might ask? Well, the quote more than anticipated vandalism and theft. What do you think "More than anticipated" would be? I mean, 10% as opposed to 5%? 20% of the bikes instead of 10%? No, uh-uh, no. Actually they've had to replace nearly all of the original fleet. There were 20,000 bicycles at the beginning that cost 400 Euros to replace. That's $515. 7800 of the bikes have been stolen. They just vanished. 11,600 of the bikes have been vandalized. They have been hung from lamp posts, dumped in the river, torched, broken into pieces. Some have turned up in Eastern Europe and Africa. The new phrase in renting and using the Velib program -- I guess that translates to bicycle freedom, or free bicycle -- apparently most users use the latter of the two translations, they are using them now to make YouTube videos. They popped up all over showing people riding them in the subway system, on BMX courses, down large flights of steps in the city. Since the scheme's launch, nearly all of the bicycles have been replaced at the cost of 400 Euros. That's 19,400 bikes needed to be replaced out of the original 20,000 bikes. It's weird, and this is what I don't understand because this is so not socialist. It's weird to think that people treat property they own differently than socialist bikes left on the street for everyone just to share. It's almost like a capitalist principle there.

Well, the capitalists are taking charge there in Paris. They have agreed to pay towards the cost of replacing the stolen or trashed bikes, but it's refusing to bail out the company. I'm trying, I'm trying to -- oh, no, no. No, no, this makes sense. I was trying to figure it out. I had to go to a capitalist example, you know. I was looking at congress. That's exactly the way capitalists now do it. They change the original agreement to give them more money, which is totally different than a bailout.

VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon, on the Glenn Beck program.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

Watch the video below to hear the conversation:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

Watch the video below to hear the conversation:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

Watch a clip from the full interview with Matthew Yglesias below:


Find the full podcast on Glenn's YouTube channel or on Blaze Media's podcast network.

Want to listen to more Glenn Beck podcasts?

Subscribe to Glenn Beck's channel on YouTube for FREE access to more of his masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, or subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

Image source: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

Watch the video clip below for details:


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.