Glenn Beck: Big Stamp

America's March to Socialism: Why we're one step closer to giant missile parades

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

GLENN: Well, when a business is in decline, any decent CEO knows there's only one thing you can do to turn things around and that's say it with me raise prices. Right? I mean, if people weren't buying, you know, at the low, low price, maybe they will take the bait on the newly jacked up price. An even better strategy is to make your product nosebleed expensive, then consumers will think the product is just so good, it has to be that good because it's so expensive.

All right, if this business logic sounds a tad flawed, guess what? You'd be correct. If you said this was the logic of the government run programs, specifically the United States Postal Service, you are super smart and you'd also be correct. Facing a $1.5 billion deficit again and mail volume falling by 7.5 billion pieces of mail, or 14%, the U.S. postal service has no other choice but to announce it's jacking up the price of stamps. Boy, doesn't it seem just like yesterday the post office said they lost a billion dollars and had to jack up the price of stamps? Actually, well, it wasn't yesterday. It was just in the third quarter of last year. And then the year before they did the same thing and the year before that as well. Big stamp has raised prices four straight years now and they still haven't figured out how to balance the budget sheets. One possible thing that they are that would explain this is maybe they are focusing on the wrong things. I mean, what actual real life company would solve the long lines checkout problem by, I'm not kidding you removing the clocks on the walls in hopes that people don't realize they've been there for a long time? That's what the postal service did in 2007. They took 33,000 clocks down off the walls. Quote: We want people to focus on the postal service and not the clock, said a postal spokesperson.

Okay. I don't think that's going to work. There is this thing in some areas of the country called a watch. Yeah. Or a clock on your cellphone. Or just a general jeez, I've been standing here for an awful long time, feeling that happens, not in all parts of the country. Only a government and a government run company with mandated by law monopolies would think like this. They are no bad that not only do the customers hate stopping by the post office, postal workers themselves have gone berserk enough times to actually have a term named after them called "Going postal." And they're worried about the clocks on the wall? How about the sniper on the roof? Does anybody doubt that FedEx would be able to turn a profit running our mail system? Not only is big stamp running a horrible company and costing taxpayers billions, big stamp is managing to tank the business and price gouge. Compare its rate increases to that of big oil over the last 90 years. The average retail price of gasoline has increased 8 1/2 times, 25.5 cents per gallon to what it is now today, $2.16 per gallon. While stamps have gone up 21 times. They were 2 cents in 1919, 44 cents as of today. If stamps increased at the rate of big oil prices, a first class stamp today would be 17 cents. If stamps increase at the rate of consumer prices, first class stamps would be 25 cents. It's so weird that big oil companies still manage to make record profits each year despite not price gouging. It's weird, isn't it? If big oil wants to improve its image in the world, perhaps it should start actually... maybe they should just start losing money. That's what the post office does. Nobody seems to have a problem with that. On the bright side, the least the federal government the least thing the federal government will do is actually run it like a business. I have a feeling, you know, they will never run it as a good business, but they will never socialize it, either. They will never completely just take, you know, take over everything like they've done the post office, then healthcare. They never do that with big oil. They would never do that, right?

VOICE: And guess what this liberal will be all about? This liberal will be all about socializing

GLENN: Wait a minute.

VOICE: Will be about... basically


VOICE: Taking over and the government running all of your companies.

GLENN: Oh. Okay, yeah, I take that back. It probably will do that real soon.

VOICE: Just in case you are not getting enough socialism from Washington, try Glenn's new audio book, the March to Socialism, available in bookstores everywhere tomorrow. Free copies not available as part of the stimulus package.

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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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.