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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How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

Watch the full interview with Douglas Murray below:



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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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