Glenn Beck: Fuzzy Math

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

GLENN: Opponents of the cap and trade plan ran into a little speed bump recently when their claim that cap and trade would cost the consumer about $3100 a year in increased energy prices was disputed by one of the math geniuses at MIT. This is one of the things remember, they will say, "This cap and trade, it's not going to make that big of a deal." And you're going to save all of this money. Really? The GOP used numbers from the study that said cap and trade would raise $366 billion in revenue annually. In other words, $366 billion in new taxes. You divide that figure by 117 million households in America and you get the $3100 figure. "Well, you've got a guy..." MIT is involved. You just don't $3100, what are you talking about? John Reilly, the MIT professor who was part of the study said the claim was "Just wrong. It's wrong in so many ways it's hard to begin." Reilly said it would only cost households $215 annually. Okay, that's not so bad. $215 for the whole household for a whole year? People won't even notice that. The bloggers and the reporters couldn't wait to hammer the GOP on this one and the one, the only Keith Olbermann, in Shakespearian tones, said this.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermannn

OLBERMANN: House minority leader John Boehner of Ohio. We assume when it comes to politicians and math, there's going to be some lying. But lying to the tune of 140 times the truth? Boehner's criticism of the Obama proposals on cap and trade, making energy in this country as green as possible includes this statement: Anyone who has the audacity to flip on a light switch will be forced to pay higher energy bills thanks to this new tax increase which will cost every American family up to $3100 per year in higher energy prices. Well, that's true if your family is a large one, say 101 people. Boehner has taken a research study two years at MIT on the effective cap and trade on energy prices and he's lied about it. The number in the study was not up to $3100 per family. It was up to $31 per person. And even that would not kick in until 2015. So the average additional cost per family six years from now would be 79 bucks, minus however much foreign gas prices would drop based on decreased demand and minus the lowered healthcare because of the cleaner atmosphere. 31 bucks, 3100 bucks, it's all the same to congressman John the math leads Boehner, today's worst person in the world.

GLENN: That is such a clever bit. I wish I would have thought of that person. So here's Keith Olbermann saying worst person in the world, John Boehner. The media had their field day. Then after several e mail exchanges with the Weekly Standard, this comes out: MIT professor John Reilly wait a minute. He's the guy who said it's wrong in so many different ways, it's hard to begin. John Reilly admitted that his original estimate of cap and trades cost was inaccurate. The annual cost would be $800 per household. Quote: I made a boneheaded mistake in an Excel spreadsheet. I have sent a new letter to the Republicans correcting my error and others. "Okay, but still, $800 is way higher than $250 but it's still way less than $3100 that the GOP came up with." Yes, but the figure that Reilly came up with, according to him, is the cost of greening your lifestyle. So in other words, if you buy green insulation or a couch made of hemp, invest in a solar roller or whatever, the number of just the cost to the economy, that money just disappears. The problem is that Reilly is still lowballing the cost because he assumes that the $3100 of extra taxes on energy producers per household, which obviously they will pass on the cost to the consumer and he's admitted that, will be returned to each household. Without that assumption, Reilly writes, "The cost then would be the Republican estimate $3,128 plus the cost I estimate of $800." So in other words, if these companies don't pass their costs on to you, then it's only going to be $800. But if these companies raise their prices because they're now having to pay for higher energy costs, it will be you ready? $4,000. Keith Olbermann was right! The Republicans were wrong again! Because they said $3100. Now according to the MIT scholar that Keith Olbermann was just quoting and basing it on, it is now $4,000. "But they'll just send the money back." Mmm hmmm, right. His theory is, well, they will just use that money for programs that people will use. Obama's own Office of Management and Budget is predicting trillion dollar deficits for the next decade. Democrats are already openly salivating on how they can spend the cap and trade money. Democrats think they are saving the world by jacking up energy prices. This is a $300 billion annual cash cow for Washington. That's it. If you think they're going to turn around and give that money back to you, you are sadly mistaken. Remember, the politicians in Washington promised that the income tax would never go over 1%, never go over 1%. Look up the congressional records. They swore these progressives it would be insane and the people would rise up if we ever broke the insane percentage of 5% income tax. And by the way, they were only talking about the wealthiest of the wealthy. Congratulations. You've just witnessed the fusion of socialism and Microsoft Excel. And congratulations to the progressives and Keith Olbermann on becoming the worst person in the world!

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?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


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"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


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…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-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?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


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…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


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...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


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…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


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…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


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…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-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…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


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…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


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"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-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…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


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…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


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.