Glenn Beck: Obama hurting auto industry



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GLENN: So we have now a new CAFE standards coming for the auto industry. Sure, the auto industry is ailing, yes. The auto industry is really having a hard time selling cars, sure. But now what our federal government has decided to do is to add another $1300 of cost onto each vehicle that General Motors and Chrysler and Ford can sell. This is fantastic. New CAFE standards which, Stu, how does this work? You have to ‑‑ you have to have how many of the cars?

STU: It's the average of your fleet. So they ‑‑ you can have a car that gets 10 miles a gallon but you better have one that gets 80 miles a gallon to even it out essentially. It's the entire fleet.

GLENN: Is it what's sold or what you make?

STU: Yeah, see, I don't think ‑‑ I'm not 100% sure on it. I believe, because you could just go and make a car that gets 500 miles per gallon that no one would ever buy and sit one on each lot and get ‑‑

GLENN: That's a good idea.

STU: That's a great plan, but I believe they do it by sales. There's some formula with sales on it.

GLENN: But that doesn't ‑‑ people don't want to buy a ‑‑ I mean, you can have ‑‑

STU: We will make them buy them.

GLENN: Okay, wait, this hurt the car companies. They are saying that one of the reasons why they were having such problems, or they were saying before they were owned by the U.S. Government that one of the reasons why we're having problems is because of the CAFE standards. What was it, 32 miles to the gallon had to be the average miles per gallon?

STU: You are saying the one Bush did was 35.

GLENN: 35 miles a gallon. And they were saying, we can't hit that standard by 2020, that's ‑‑ they all said we can hit that standard by making a car that is less safe. We'll make it with thinner metal, it will be less safe, it will be a crap box. It will be a deathtrap. And it's costing us a lot of money to do it. So now this was one of the problems that they had and now the government comes in today at the height of the problems and says, "By the way, new higher CAFE standards. It's going to be 42 miles to the gallon." What does the Prius get right now?

STU: Let me check that real quick. It's between ‑‑

GLENN: It's like 43 miles to the gallon, I think.

STU: It might be more than that but I know they used to have over 50 and ‑‑

GLENN: But that's not real ‑‑ yeah, because it wasn't real. Let's just say they get 48. That's the Prius! Your average vehicle. How are you going to do that when you have an SUV? SUVs are a thing of the past. You won't be able to produce a car that makes 13 miles to the gallon. And those are the cars that people want. Let's just play this out in our heads, gang. So if American car companies have to produce crap boxes that nobody wants to drive ‑‑ remember, the Prius isn't selling because of fuel standards. The Prius is being sold because people who buy it say it says something about me. It's an ego car, not an eco car. An ego car. So now, what happens? They are not selling Priuses left and right. They were a good selling car but that wasn't the biggest selling car. That wasn't the car everybody was scrambling for. So now if half of your fleet has to be that, what happens when a car company comes in ‑‑ do all car companies have to ‑‑ does half the BMW have to have that, Stu, to sell here in the country?


The government approved SUV of the future?

STU: You are asking questions, I would think so. Any car manufacturer that ‑‑

GLENN: No, but they couldn't say half of the fleet has to have that.

STU: Well, the average.

GLENN: Well, the average.

STU: Because the BMW has hybrids, don't they?

GLENN: No.

STU: I think they do.

GLENN: I mean, I think they are brand‑new.

STU: Right, I think so.

GLENN: I think Mercedes is coming out with one.

STU: I know Lexus has a hybrid.

GLENN: Yeah, but half their fleet is ‑‑ I mean, the average of their fleet is not ‑‑

STU: There's no doubting that this is an incredible new hoop for car dealers to go through.

GLENN: So what happens? How do they possibly hit this? And if you are not doing this to the car companies overseas, then how is an American car company supposed to survive? Can you find out? Who would know? Who do we know that would know the ‑‑ see if Joe even knows. Joe might know.

STU: The CAFE standard calculation?

GLENN: Yeah. If it matters to what happens overseas.

STU: I don't think it matters ‑‑

GLENN: If you're a German car company ‑‑

STU: Yeah, I think if you want to sell them here, I think it applies. It doesn't matter what you're doing in Germany. But I mean, these cars are trying to come up with their own ‑‑ some of them are still following hydrogen, some of them are doing electric cars. Everyone's coming up with their new fancy car.

GLENN: We're giving everything away. We're stopping what we're trying to do now is just pursue electric cars. We've given up now on hydrogen. I've driven the hard general car. What a waste of money that was for GM, huh? And so now we're going for the electric car. GM is being told that the government thinks the electric car is too expensive, the new Chevy Volt. Well, who the hell are you to even say that? Oh, take that back, think major shareholder.

STU: Yeah. Exactly. GM, first of all, GM is going to go ahead with their hydrogen car.

GLENN: How are they going to do that? They are going to regulate hydrogen stations. They have a partnership with Shell. They are going to regulate the hydrogen stations.

STU: Yeah, that will make them a nightmare. Looking at the way they calculate CAFE was your last question. So they take the gross ‑‑ of course it gets complicated. It is the government. But basically they take the total production volume. So they have to produce these cars, okay? And so it's not just by model. Total production volume. Then they divide it by the weight over the fuel economy for each model. You got that? So if you make 350,000 cars, 130,000, gross ‑‑ it's just so governmenty, I can't even take it. Gross vehicle weight, okay, is divided by the miles per gallon. You add all the cars up. Then that number is at the bottom of the fraction ‑‑ I don't even know how to say that ‑‑ of the total production of cars. That didn't help at all, did it?

GLENN: No.

STU: After I said it, I realized ‑‑

GLENN: No. Do they do it now for the foreign cars?

STU: All right, hold on. I'm on the calculator.

GLENN: The only way they are going to do this is if they start forcing you to buy the cars that you don't want. Americans don't want ‑‑ how are you going to take your family around in a Prius? How are you going to be, you know, going to the soccer game in a ‑‑ I mean, look. Other countries do it, but we're not other countries! Other countries also live on top of each other like they do here in Manhattan, in buildings that are 500 years old. That's not America.

You don't have an answer, do you? You are looking at it. You are like trying to figure it out. You are like, I don't know.

STU: Well, there's another, yet another wrinkle to this which is ‑‑ I know this is confusing. But anyway, so let's say BMW comes in and they are over the CAFE standards. They can pay a fine to get out of them essentially, at least that's the way it currently is. So you've got ‑‑ it's 550 per tenth of a mile per gallon for each tenth under the target value times the total value of ‑‑

GLENN: What are you even talking about?

STU: Exactly.

GLENN: How do you run a business this way?

STU: Exactly.

GLENN: How do you run a business? Look, China is going into electric cars. What are we doing? We're going to go into electric cars. China is going to be able to build electric cars far cheaper than we're ever going to be able to do it. So happens? Do we say no to Chinese cars? Is that what we do? Do we start putting tariffs up? Do we start being protectionist? That is the end game. You can't survive. Business cannot compete in this atmosphere unless you become protectionist. The minute we become protectionist, everyone becomes protectionist.

Have you seen the latest news on China and Brazil? China and Brazil are going to start doing business with each other but they are going to use their own currencies instead of the United States dollar. They are not going to trade in dollars anymore. China is moving towards the front of the pack, and what are we doing? Look, why are we developing our country? And following the model of California! Can we not see that the California model doesn't work! I mean, it's not conjecture. It's not like, "Well, I don't know. Let's see." It doesn't work!

President Obama is meeting today with Arnold Schwarzenegger, that conservative of conservatives, where he's going to beg the president, please enslave my people. This is the opposite of the Moses story! Let my people go. No, Schwarzenegger comes and says, "Don't put the giant chains around the necks of my Californian people." We have a governor going to beg the president to enslave a state and he will be more than happy to do it. And we will then use California as the model for the United States government! Look at how they spent. Look how they drove business out. We should do that for the ‑‑ for all 50 states. What has happened to us? Where did we just unhinge from common sense entirely?

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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