Glenn Beck: March to socialism - 'if this stimulus is passed'

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

GLENN: Oh, that's right. For all our problems right now, we're still the greatest country on Earth. We're always setting records that make other countries sit back and, oh, they are just like, wow, how's America do that? Well, we've done it again, gang. We're number one. We just set a new record for the largest debt. Congratulations, America. You now owe $11 trillion. The whopping number has a major ramification for President Barack Obama who is trying to push through a raft of big picture bills on healthcare, energy, education, climate change while also attempting to stabilize the swooning economy. Oh, top it. This is what the press is writing. Stop that. When is gigantic debt and a faltering economy slowed down the socialism train, you know, other than the Soviet Union? But forget about that one. There were other things going on. Like they had a war going on, too. You know, they were fighting Osama Bin Laden. I mean, Soviet Union never had a stimulus package like ours, and I'd like to point that out. I remember when we were first being told about the glorious stimulus package and Barack Obama went east to East Peoria, Illinois? Remember he was standing there at the Caterpillar plant? That was so great. Oh, it's just, I still, I can smell the patriots in the air. I can see the red, white and blue behind him. I just know that it was a patriotic thing to do because there were blue-collar workers, there were people wearing hard hats, there were tractors or a Caterpillar in this particular case and there were flags. And I thought, my gosh, this has got to be good. And I listened and it was. Remember he told us that the CEO of Caterpillar told him that he will be able to rehire some of the employees that have already been laid off. If he would just only pass the stimulus package. Oh, it was so great. But I don't do it justice. Listen carefully. This is what he said.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is time for congress to act.

GLENN: Yeah.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And I hope they act in a bipartisan fashion.


PRESIDENT OBAMA: But no matter how they act, when they do, when they finally pass our plan, I believe it will be a major step forward on our path to economic recovery.

GLENN: That's fantastic.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And I'm not the only one who thinks so.

GLENN: Really?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Yesterday Jim, the head of Caterpillar said if congress passes our plan.

GLENN: Yeah.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: This company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off.

GLENN: Oh, that is fantastic, America. That is --

PRESIDENT OBAMA: That's a story I'm confident will be repeated at companies across the country.

GLENN: Oh, it sure is going to be repeated and several -- took 11 minutes before the CEO of Caterpillar came out and said, "I didn't actually say that." You know. He said, "I mean, if it's possible, if the stimulus package passes and the economy recovers down the line, we may possibly be able to rehire a few of those people that were laid off, but maybe." But that was before he felt the true power of the stimulus package. Now that congress has acted in a bipartisan fashion, it's finally passed. And the true blessings of the stimulus package can rain down upon the tiny hard hatted heads there at Caterpillar and their employees. Hang on just -- this was just handed to me. Caterpillar notified an additional 2,454 workers in three states Tuesday that they were losing their jobs as the company continues to try to bring production in line with plummeting demand.

So anyway, so not only are they not rehiring laid-off employees like, you know, we were promised by the president. "Jim just told me that they were going to do that." So now they are announcing thousands of new layoffs. But wait. That's not the worst part. Where are the vast majority of the layoffs coming from? Would you believe the exact same factory in the exact same city of East Peoria, Illinois that Barack Obama made the promise at. Whether you believe it or not, it's true. But if we act now and we act in a bipartisan way, if we could just pass a second stimulus package, Caterpillar will be able to do more of these things, and I think it's a story that will be repeated many times in companies all across this great land.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: That's a story I'm confident will be repeated at companies across the country.

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.


Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

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.