Glenn Beck: How to Close the Confidence Gap




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The government's bailout watchdog just issued a 247-page report concluding what those of us with a brain already know: The Treasury's plans are vulnerable to fraud and abuse.

But the one thing that wasn't in the report is that all of this abuse and corruption is fueling the one deficit that no spending cut or tax hike will be able to close: a deficit of trust. Or, as President Obama called it Monday, a "confidence gap."

What kind of confidence gap is there when you change your position on torture?

Before I get to the abuse, let me show you the abuse of being treated like a 3-year-old.

A great example is President Obama's mandate to slice a laughable $100 million out of the record $3.6 trillion budget and then send his spokesman out there Monday with a ridiculous defense of it:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS: I am being completely sincere here, that only in Washington, D.C. is $100 million not a lot of money. It is where I'm from. It is where I grew up. And I think it is for hundreds of millions of Americans.

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But the point is it's not a very big portion of the deficit...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You were talking about an appropriations bill a few weeks ago — that at $8 billion — being minuscule; a billion in earmarks. We were talking about that and you said that that —

GIBBS: Well, in terms of —

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A hundred million is a lot, but $8 billion is small?

GIBBS: What I'm saying is I think it all adds up...

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Let me get this straight: $100 million is a lot to cut, but $8 billion is a small amount to spend? Please. We're not 3-year-olds you can talk down to.

The trust deficit is widening because of two things: double-talk and corruption.

Even as they "slash" 1/35,000th from the budget, the double-talk is that they're only cutting it from one area to fund other areas. In other words, it's not a cut at all.

And then you have the corruption. We are finding out from the oversight panel's report that last fall's $700 billion TARP package has grown to a dozen programs that could reach a price tag of $3 trillion when you add up the Federal Reserve loans, FDIC guarantees and private money.

The report reads: "The sheer size of the program... is so large and the leverage being provided in the private equity participants so beneficial that the taxpayer risk is many times that of the private parties, thereby potentially skewing the economic incentives."

Who'd have seen that coming?

There have been 20 investigations into possible securities fraud, tax law violations, insider trading and mortgage fraud have already been opened and that's just the first wave. Why so many? Maybe because just 10 people have been overseeing 500 financial firms.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office now puts the taxpayer loss so far at $356 billion, which might be more palatable if the stupid program was actually working. From January to February, 12 of the 21 TARP recipients reported a *drop* in lending.

But corruption is confined to TARP. The Washington Times reports that Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that just gave her husband's real estate firm a big contract.

Meanwhile, Congressman John Murtha managed to get $31 million in pork for 10 different companies or individuals who gave to his campaign.

And don't forget about the Charlie Rangel investigation that is now three months past due or the Chris Dodd/Countrywide scandal.

Let me bring this close to home: Your wife doesn't trust you because you're a spendaholic, so you tell her you didn't have a latte today. She says that's a good start; so you'll be cutting out the latte every day? Oh no, just today; I'll be having a latte every day after that.

Do you think that will close the confidence gap?

What will close it is living up to the very promises President Obama made to us during his campaign: transparency, accountability and honesty.

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

Watch the video clip below from "The Glenn Beck Podcast" or find the full episode with Yeonmi Park here:

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

Watch the video clip below:


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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

Watch the video clip below:

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