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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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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