Glenn Beck: Saying One Thing, Doing Another




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I'm sick of the government saying one thing and doing the exact opposite. With that in mind, I'm going to starting naming names by pointing out specific lawmakers who don't say what they mean and mean what they say.

Take this $410 billion omnibus spending bill, which Taxpayers for Common Sense says includes about 9,000 earmarks that add up to $7.8 billion.

Call it earmarks, pork or, like Congress does "special projects," you and I know it when you see it — which makes what President Obama has been saying lately ring hollow:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA — SEPTEMBER 22, 2008: The truth is, our earmark system in Washington is fraught with abuse. It badly needs reform — which is why I didn't request a single earmark last year, why I've released all my previous requests for the public to see, and why I've pledged to slash earmarks by more than half when I am president of the United States of America.

THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA — SEPTEMBER 26, 2008: Absolutely, we need earmark reform. And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA — FEBRUARY 9, 2009: But when they start characterizing this as pork, without acknowledging that there are no earmarks in this package — something, again, that was pretty rare over the last eight years — then you get a feeling that maybe we're playing politics instead of actually trying to solve problems for the American people.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA — FEBRUARY 24, 2009: I'm proud that we passed the recovery plan free of earmarks.

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Does President Obama think America is too stupid to see what's really going on, or does he think like Chuck Schumer?

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SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER, D-N.Y.: And let me say this, to all of the chattering class that so much focuses on those little, tiny — yes, "porky" amendments — the American people really don't care."

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Either way, Obama's wrong.

Is the most powerful man in the world incapable of controlling his own party? He can't keep them from spending on worthy projects like: $1.2 million to fund mosquito trapping in Gainesville, Florida, (requested by Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro); $238,000 for Hawaiian canoe trips (sponsored by Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye) and $143,000 for the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid added in.

But this isn't just a problem with the left; it's left and right. Two weeks ago, Republican leader Michael Steele looked me in the eyes and said this:

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BECK: You don't need to tell the Democrats that they stink. You need the Republicans to actually apply the principles in their lives every single day.

MICHAEL STEELE, RNC CHAIRMAN: Absolutely. Absolutely, and the way I do that, Glenn, is by getting up in their face. I've got to go back to my base, and I've got to make sure that we're grooming the candidates who understand those principles and apply those principles in their leadership, whether legislative office or whatever they're doing that has that Republican brand attached to it.

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But where is Steele now? Why isn't he coming out against members of his own party, naming names and holding their feet to the fire?

Instead he released this statement, presumably to attack the donkeys that are responsible for $4.6 billion of pork, or 60 percent of the crap loaded into the latest budget: "Governor Jindal and I continued our party's fight for reform as the Democrats proposed more wasteful spending and bigger government."

Really?

I'm no mathematician, but I am a thinker. If Democrats are responsible for 60 percent of the pork, then isn't Steele's own party responsible for the other 40 percent?

Since Steele doesn't seem to have the guts to do it, allow me to point out some of the worst Republican hypocrites:

California Congressman Jerry Lewis, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, would spend $3.8 million on a highway in Needles, California; Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander and Senator Bob Corker, both of Tennessee, requested $1.1 million for water treatment plant improvements in their home state; and Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran, the top Republican on Senate appropriations, backs earmarks including a $950,000 nature education center in his state.

Say what you mean, and mean what you say. It doesn't seem like a lot to ask, but, apparently, it is. So now it's time to hold our leaders' feet to the fire.

That's why I'm kicking off a new segment on the program, called "Explain Your Special Projects." After all, if you want Americans to pay almost $4 million for a California highway, then you damn well better be willing to explain why.

And, if you won't or can't, then, well, you may have cost us some money, but we'll make it our mission to cost you your next election.

What do you think? Send your comments to: glennbeck@foxnews.com

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On his Friday Exclusive show, Glenn Beck took Monitor Racism's white privilege test, administered by psychologist Dr. Karlyn Borysenko. The test is comprised of 26 questions designed to assess how much white privilege plays a role in the test-taker's life.

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Dr. Scott Atlas, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and former chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to cut through the confusion and politics clouding our understanding of COVID-19 and to give the facts about the so-called second wave of this pandemic.

"I think everything should be done by looking at the data, instead of just models, or even just allowing fear to go into the exchange. So if we look at the data, we see there's no question that [COVID-19] cases are increasing in many states. And that's to be expected, for a few reasons," Atlas said.

"Of course, when we test more, we're going to detect more cases. And when they have thousands and thousands of people in the streets protesting, and screaming, and sharing megaphones, we're going to have more cases," he explained. "The question really is: What is the significance of these cases, and how we're going to handle these consequences?"

Atlas noted that the overwhelming majority of people getting COVID-19 in this "second wave" are younger, healthier people who are not at significant risk, according to "evidence from all over the world, including the United States."

"The overwhelming majority of people recover fully from the infection, so that's not really the issue. In fact, the issue is only two-fold," he said. "We need to protect the elderly high-risk people, particularly in nursing homes ... and prevent hospitals from being overcrowded. This is the point of the policy. The policy was never to stop all cases of COVID."

Dr. Atlas argued that political policies need to focus on protecting the most vulnerable without destroying the lives of those with extremely low risk.

"Frankly, one of the most egregious failures of the policy people is, not just allow[ing] fear to infiltrate their own thinking and do lockdowns, which are severely harmful," he emphasized. "But secondly, they have failed to reassure the public about the facts, and about the relative risk here. It's a very serious dangerous disease — for a group of people. And we know who those people are. They are high-risk, elderly people with comorbidities. Everyone else, it's not a high-risk disease."

Glenn asked Dr. Atlas to weigh in on whether or not schools should be opened in the fall.

"This is a slam-dunk issue," he answered. "There is zero science to back up claims that the schools should be closed or even opened with any constraints whatsoever."

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Roger Stone is kind of a scumbag but the outrage over his commutation by President Trump has gone off the rails. Thus far in his presidency, Trump has commuted the sentence for 11 individuals while in comparison, Bill Clinton had 61. Even worse, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of 1,715 criminals! Just by the numbers, the outrage is insane. But then add in that both Obama and Clinton commuted or pardoned the sentence of terrorists and/or "friends" of the the president and the double standard is outrageous.

Here is a list of just a few of the worst offenders:

Bill Clinton Pardons/Commuted sentences

Terrorists

  • Commuted the sentences of 16 members of the FALN, a Puerto Rican paramilitary organization that set off 120 bombs in the United States, mostly in New York City and Chicago. There were convictions for conspiracy to commit robbery, bomb-making, and sedition, as well as firearms and explosives violations.
  • Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg were both commuted and both were members of Weather Underground and the May 19 Communist Movement, and were convicted on weapons and explosives charges.

Case similar to Trump/Roger Stone

  • Susan McDougal was sentenced to 18 months in prison on contempt charges for refusing to testify about Clinton in the Whitewater scandal only to have Clinton pardoned her.

Pardons/commutations that look like a response to bribes

  • Carlos Vignali was convicted for cocaine trafficking. Almon Glenn Braswell was convicted for mail fraud and perjury, and was under investigation for money laundering and tax evasion. Vignali was commuted while Braswell was pardoned, but they were also both caught paying approximately $200,000 to Hillary Clinton's brother, Hugh Rodham, to represent their respective cases for clemency.
  • Marc Rich fled the U.S. after he was caught owing $48 million in taxes and was charged with 51 counts for tax fraud. Everyone was surprised when Clinton pardoned him. It was later revealed that Rich's wife made substantial donations to both the Clinton library and to Hillary Clinton's senate campaign.

Pardon for a member of Clinton's family

  • Clinton pardoned his brother, Roger Clinton, who had been convicted on drug charges. A year after the pardon he would be charged for Drunk driving and disorderly conduct.

Drug Cartel lawyer

  • Clinton commuted the sentence for Harvey Weinig, a former NY lawyer who was sentenced in 1996 to 11 years in prison for facilitating an extortion-kidnapping scheme and helping launder at least $19 million for the Cali cocaine cartel.

Obama Pardons/Commuted sentences - the most since Truman: Obama granted clemency to nearly 2,000 individuals, including 212 pardons and 1,715 commutations.

Terrorist

  • Obama commuted the sentence of another FALN terrorist, Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Traitors

  • Chelsea Manning: the former Army Intelligence analyst was convicted of leaking documents that revealed classified information on military and diplomatic activities all around the world only to have her sentence commuted.

Case similar to Micheal Flynn or Roger Stone

  • Obama pardoned General James Cartwright, who had been convicted for lying to the FBI (sound familiar?!). Cartwright was considered "Obama's favorite general".

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck goes where the Left and the media don't want us to go. The protests, riots, pandemic — it's all one big distraction being weaponized to shield the Deep State from the big reveal.

The case against General Michael Flynn is bigger than a phone call with the Russian ambassador; it exposes everything. Glenn reveals multiple cogs in the Deep State wheel that tried to destroy Donald Trump's presidency.

This story has everything: secret meetings, spies, glamorous European locations. Glenn puts all of the pieces together and interviews the man who was an eyewitness to all of it — former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Specifically targeted by this Deep State coup, his reputation and life may never be the same. He reveals the names of those he believes were behind his setup and the coup against the president.

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