Glenn Beck: Spotlight on science


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GLENN: That's right, today Barack Obama ready to put science back into her rightful place and how is he going to do that? Spending money, of course. I mean, that's the way you do it. You spend money. I think a lot of conservatives are okay with government spending some of the money on scientific research, but putting science back in her rightful place is apparently very, very expensive. Obama is proposing record outlays for scientific research. Makes you feel so warm and cuddly inside. We're setting a record. Some of the hate mongers say that it's not really worth it. Some of the flat earthers say that the cash we dump into research winds up sometimes being overkill. Some of those scientific deniers like Barack Obama's own economic advisor Austin Goolsbee. Wait a minute, what? Let's look at the summary of an economic paper he wrote. Quote: Conventional wisdom holds that the social rate of return to research and development significantly exceeds the private rate of return and therefore R&D should be subsidized. In the U.S. the government has directly funded a large fraction of the total R&D spending. This paper shows that there is a serious problem with such government efforts to increase inventive activity. Isn't that weird? Government cash isn't the only solution. But where, oh where does that extra cash go? Let's ask Barack Obama's own economic advisor. Quote: The majority of R&D spending is actually just salary payments for R&D workers. Their labor supply, however, is quite inelastic. So when the government funds R&D, a significant fraction of the increased spending goes directly into higher wages. Oh, let me see if I get this straight. Obama ups the spending which winds up going directly to the bottom line of the scientists who sit there and tell us about all the crises that we must spend more money on according to Barack Obama's own economic advisor. But those are just words. We need scientific numbers to show that this is truth. Let's put science in her rightful place. Let me quote Barack Obama's own economic advisor, Austin Goolsbee, one more time. Quote: Because of the higher wages, conventional estimates of the effectiveness of R&D policy may be 30 to 50% too high. Oh. 30 to 50% more, that's it? I mean, that's actually one of the most efficient government programs I think I've ever heard of.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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