Stress Tests Just Part of the Game




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The much anticipated results from the bank stress tests have just been released, but the one thing they're not telling you is that this whole thing is a big game and the stress tests were the government's latest move.

Think about this logically: Banks already follow strict reporting standards to the government, so what were we trying to learn that we didn't already know?

It's all a game.

I predict that the result of the pointless stress tests will be a massive shift of power to the FDIC. I think they'll become the clearing house for anything to do with your money. Why? Because they're familiar to you already; they're the good guys with the patriotic stickers on bank doors. You know them.

FDIC chief Sheila Bair recently said the agency should have more power to take over and close insurers, bank holding companies and other financial institutions, instead of just commercial banks. I think they'll get that power and a whole lot more.

They're also playing a game with the budget. President Obama has offered budget cuts totaling about one half of one percent of the $3.4 trillion proposed budget.

There's also a game being played in the media. Wednesday, I unknowingly became a part of it.

I was speaking with Scott Levenson, the national spokesman for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or ACORN. I was trying to get his take on the voter registration fraud that their group has been accused of. But he played me. He brought me down to his level and the result was something I'm not proud of because I was acting like him; I was playing his game.

I am all for intelligent debate. I have said for years you can disagree with me, but you better be able to back up your argument with facts. This guy, the national representative for ACORN, had no real argument. As he left the set, his only defense was to call me a racist, trying to intimidate me.

Then he went into the green room and called one of my producers "doll" and asked her out on a date. What is this, the '50s? Is this guy part of the Rat Pack?

Then he left her this message:

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SCOTT LEVENSON, ACORN SPOKESMAN: Tell Glenn, he's a wimp and he fights like a girl. Gimme a call.

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Fights like a girl? Where is the outrage? Where is the National Organization for Women?

I tried to use an analogy Wednesday about the Burger King employee on YouTube who took a bath in the sink. I don't think it was that clear to the ACORN guy (Wednesday wasn't exactly a banner day for my TV career), so let me try again.

In real life the Burger King bather was fired and Burger King made a public apology and said he was a rogue employee. But imagine if instead of one employee, we found out the same thing was happening in Burger Kings across the country. Would you see a pattern? Maybe there was something with management and the culture of the company?

Now what if their spokesman came out and defended that behavior?

In a smart, responsible company, he would be fired as well. No CEO would tolerate their national representative to "misrepresent" them in that way.

Apparently the ACORN guy is not a rogue employee. He is at the top of the food chain, so you have to believe management is the problem.

Their fraud charges aren't isolated incidents, they've been charged in fourteen states. So why is this group so protected by the game players? Why are they eligible for billions of taxpayer dollars in the stimulus bill? Why have they now they've made a national partner of the U.S. Census Bureau to help recruit workers to count every person in the United States?

Why? Because it's a game. And considering that the team we're playing against can change the rules whenever they'd like, there's no way to win.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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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.

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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?

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