Glenn Beck - Obama flips: 'economy not as bad as we thought'

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GLENN: While everybody else is drinking Red Bull today, like there's nobody on the staff that has had more than -- I had, what, five hours sleep last night and I slept the most. Everybody, everybody else -- you haven't slept at all, have you?

STU: No, no, not, Glenn. But I'm getting that second wind in. You know it's that second wind where you realize after you sleep that you said several inappropriate things or you said sentences that did not string together in any reasonable fashion? I feel like I'm at that state.

GLENN: Oh, I know. Like kind of like the economy is not as bad as we thought it was.

STU: No, not that bad.

GLENN: It's not that bad? Oh, okay.

STU: It's like I haven't slept for months.

GLENN: Did you hear this? Barack Obama says the economy is not as bad as we thought it was. Didn't we just spend like a couple of trillion dollars? Isn't that kind of -- didn't you just tell us that if we don't do these things that the economy -- that we may not survive?

STU: Aren't you the guy who uses crisis as a pronoun? Isn't that you?

GLENN: What? We may not survive if we don't do these things; we do them -- and then it's like it isn't as bad as we thought it was. I have to tell you, congratulations because what I believe the president was saying was we've fixed this crisis. If we didn't do these things, we may not survive, but now we've done these things. It's not as bad as we thought it was.

STU: Might be time to get back into the market.

GLENN: Might be time to get back in the market. He now owns this economy and that's why I believe there's a correction coming from the White House today. This, by the way, and the, "Hey, you know, maybe you should do some stocks," both off TelePrompTer, both of them off TelePrompTer. I believe there's going to be a correction coming out today about -- because how did they do that? How does he possibly say that? By the way, I am -- you know what? Let me tell you something. My gut tells me, and I could be wrong. You know what? We may be over. This may be over. Maybe it is. I don't think so, but maybe it is. The stock market is up, oil prices are down. I mean, it's all looking good, right? We've gone up, what, 600 points? Isn't that the beginning of a rally? 600 points is the beginning of a rally. I just said earlier this week, expect a bull -- I mean, sorry, expect a bear rally, which means you haven't had the bottom but it's going to all of a sudden surge ahead. GM came out today and said that $2 billion we asked for, we may not need it, at least right now; I think we're going to be okay. CitiBank is saying, yeah, you know what, I think we're okay. I think it's Bank of America says keep your cash; we're going to be okay.

Now let me ask you this: Have we been lied to or are we being lied to now? Let me ask you, if you think this is a possibility, what I gave to you on Monday was expect a bear rally. Expect all of a sudden the stock market to go up for no reason. And I -- boy, I don't know if this is the bear rally, but the stock market going up for no reason, that would be today. They will point to, "Hey, well, CitiBank made some profit." Excuse me? We haven't even hit the real estate bubble yet. We haven't -- I mean, for the commercial properties. There are so many things yet to hit. So CitiBank, you know, "We're fine." Nobody all of a sudden, nobody needs the money. Everybody's going to be doing okay. You're going to start to see the suckers get back into this, into this stock market. And maybe I'm the sucker. I mean, you do your own homework. Maybe I'm the sucker because you can't ever call the bottom. And maybe that was the bottom and so everybody puts their money back in. But remember what Jim Rogers said to me last week when I said, "What should people do." He said wait for a rally. Let your money go up and then pull it out. When that happens -- because I don't believe that there are -- I believe there are people in there now that will take their money out when they say, "I just doubled my money since last week." And I mean big investors will take their money out because nothing makes sense.

Did you hear what the premier of China said? This is not some, you know, banking guy, you know, the Barney Frank of China. This is their president. This is the premier of China. I've got to quote this to you. He said, quote: We have made huge amounts of loans to the United States. Of course we're concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I'm a little worried. I'd like to call on the United States to honor its words and stay a credible nation and ensure the safety of the Chinese assets.

Let's take this apart here. We made huge amounts of loans. He's now saying that we're loaning the money, not buying treasuries. It's no longer that they are buying our treasuries as an asset. This is huge in diplomatic language. He has changed from "We're buying an asset" to calling a spade a spade: We're buying debt. We're helping them. So we're making huge loans to the United States and we're worried about our assets. To be honest, I'm a little bit worried. Then he says, I'd like to call on the United States.

Now put yourself in an Asian frame of mind. These are the people that are like, oh, my gosh, did I eat the last french fry? And they kill themselves. You know, they're like, I didn't mean to dishonor you, I didn't know you wanted that last french fry. I didn't even think. I'm sorry (making choking sounds). Honor is what this -- Stu, you think that's over the top? You think that's a bit extreme?

STU: I --

GLENN: You don't think they've done that?

STU: I think what you're saying is they take honor seriously.

GLENN: I'm just sayin'. Haven't you ever done that where your wife has gone, what, you just ate the last french fry? And you're like, honey, I'm sorry, I didn't even think; get over it. That ain't happening in China, Japan.

STU: No. You just fall immediately on your fork. (Laughing)

GLENN: (Laughing). What a snob, you're eating french fries with a fork. Okay, so anyway, honor is what this is all about. He says I'd like to call on the United States to honor its words, stay a credible nation. Now listen to this: And ensure the safety of Chinese assets. This is wildly important for three reasons: One, this puts our T-bills, our treasury bills at stake. What does this -- what is the rest of the world going to say when China says this? Two, he's setting us up in case we go down. We're going to be lucky to be quarantined. We are going to become the world's pariah. We are going to be the ones that tore everybody down because we weren't living an honorable life. We were responsible for it. Honor its words and stay a credible nation and ensure the safety of the Chinese assets. He's saying to the Chinese people, "If we lose these assets, it's because of these people over here. They have dishonored us and they have destroyed your assets." The third thing is this is a very powerful statement on the eve of the G20 summit. The guy who is the Nobel Laureate behind the Euro, the guy who said the Euro is a good idea, we can unite everybody together under the Euro, he's just now come out and said the time has come for a global currency. Countries are starting to come onto that bandwagon: Time for a global currency. China has already asked for a global currency. This means our dollar will be over because we're the global currency right now. This is moving us into a direction that, well, you know what? Nevermind. Things aren't as bad as we thought they were. We got that from the president last night. So -- and maybe he's right.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?

There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…

But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…

John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...

Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…

A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...

Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…

And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…

When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…

"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…

At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…

Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…

This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…

It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.