Glenn Beck: Profiles in arrogance - Chris Dodd



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GLENN: 888‑727‑BECK. Do we have enough time to play this Chris Dodd clip? This is from yesterday about healthcare. Listen to this. The CBO is the Congressional Budget Office. This is their organization that gives them an estimate of what their idea is going to cost. It's controlled by congress! Listen to this.

DODD: This is not Mount Olympus, the CBO. Their numbers are helpful, but I'm not going to write a bill only because it has to pass some unnamed people down at CBO. Others may decide that's the end‑all. I don't. But the idea that we're going to ‑‑ everything gets deferred to CBO or giving them the power to cancel ideas in our bill, I never heard that idea before being raised on a legitimate and important piece of legislation.

GLENN: He's never heard of the Congressional Budget Office saying it's going to cost this amount of money; you shouldn't do it. He's never heard of that. And he finds it offensive that some unnamed bureaucrats could tell them what is a good idea and what isn't. Isn't that what they're doing to the banks, to the insurance companies, to the car dealerships, to the car companies and to you! They tell us what we can do, and he's outraged by it. "This is crazy!"

STU: And the thing is they are not telling him what to do at all. They are just saying if you want to do it, this is what it's going to cost.

GLENN: Right.

STU: Maybe you should consider the cost.

GLENN: Right. They can't tell ‑‑ the Congressional Budget Office can't tell them.

STU: They're a calculator.

GLENN: Right.

GLENN: Right. That's all they are. That's all they are. And listen to the outrage. He is offended that some unknown bureaucrat would come in and give him a price tag! Let alone some unknown bureaucrat coming in and telling me how to run my company or what healthcare to give my people! It is a case of an out‑of‑control government.

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GLENN: I would just, I would like to ask one thing. You know, I think what these guys ‑‑ and I was very uncomfortable saying this six months ago, eight months ago. I have to tell you, I think there are criminals in Washington. I think there are out and out criminals that are holding office. Let me just ask you this: If somebody was perpetrating a scam in the private sector, congress would be going after them like crazy, right? Don't we all know it? If some company came and said to us that we could fix the economy, we could fix it but you have to act by Friday, you've got to sign this right away, you've got to give us $750 billion and if you give this to us ‑‑ and it was a private company ‑‑ if you give this to us, unemployment will never go above 8%; but if you don't give it to us by Friday, oh, it could be 8.5, 8.7.

What that company said, and congress signed that contract with them and cut them a check for $750 billion, do you think that congress would be calling those CEOs to have hearings and have them brought in front of the television cameras and saying, "Did you not say that unemployment would..." and they wouldn't accept anything from those people. They wouldn't accept any answer, none whatsoever, and no one is even asking the questions. When Chris Dodd ‑‑ play the Chris Dodd clip again. This is on healthcare. The CBO, the Congressional Budget Office, which it works for congress. It's nonpartisan. It always underestimates, but they are probably the only people with a spine or any kind of character on Capitol Hill. Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, they say this healthcare is going to cost a trillion dollars. Another budget office says it's going to cost $1.6 trillion. Well, now people are getting spooked and they are like, no, we're not going to do this, Republicans and Democrats: We can't do this. So Chris Dodd is going to go to the White House budget director and get a number from him because that number will probably be more favorable. Oh, the people who told you that we wouldn't go over 8%? We're going to go to those people. Oh, okay. Listen to what he just said.

DODD: This is not Mount Olympus, the CBO. Their numbers are helpful, but I'm not going to write a bill only because it has to pass some unnamed people down at CBO. Others may decide that's the end‑all. I don't. But the idea that we're going to ‑‑ everything gets deferred to CBO or giving them the power to cancel ideas in our bill, I never heard that idea before being raised on a legitimate and important piece of legislation.

GLENN: Never heard of it. The CEO, if this guy was a private company, he would never ‑‑ he wouldn't have a job today. The president would have fired him! He's the same guy that told us there wasn't a problem with Fannie and Freddie. Fannie and Freddie, government institutions that they screwed up. If it wasn't for Fannie and Freddie, we wouldn't be in the problem that we're in today. And he was part of the oversight! And now we're taking it from him again. And he acts all outraged: I've never heard of it. Dodd is upset that a government agency has too much power! When are we going to wake up and say, this is an upside down world! This is Alice in wonderland! He's upset that the government agency, a government agency, has too much power. You've got to be kidding me! Let's apply common sense. Let's apply anything that would work in the real world outside of Alice in Wonderland.&n bsp; A guy has said to us, "I'm not going to look at that price tag." Now, let's just say you are building a house or you are remodeling your house and the contractor walks in and there's two estimates, one for $1 trillion and that estimate comes from this contractor's own company and he says, "That's ridiculous. We got another ‑‑ we're getting another estimate, got another estimate." That one said $1.6 trillion to build your house. And he says, you know, those are ridiculous, I'm not going to take that, that's not what this house is going to cost you. This house isn't going to cost you that; this house is almost free; it's going to be great. This is like a $150,000 house. You have two estimates, $1 trillion and $1.6 trillion. One of those estimates comes from this guy's own company, and he says we're going to go to another one, we're going to get another estimate. And he's going to the company that just gave you a wrong estimate on $750 billion. They just gave you the wrong estimate there. Would you hire that contractor? No one would. No one would. And if you did hire that contractor and it happened to be a trillion dollars or $1.6 or $1.9 or $2 1/2 trillion, would he be in jail for fraud? Would someone at least ask the question, should this guy be in jail? Would he still have hi s job? Would the company still be in business? No. Why doesn't government work, why don't government agencies work? Because of this! There is no failure, ever. These people ‑‑ you want to talk about too big to fail? It's these people! They are too big to fail. They never fail. It's never their fault. They never had anything to do with it. It's always someone else. We would never put up with this in our own personal lives. We would never put up with this in our business. Why do we put our children's future into the hands of, at best, charlatans; at worst, criminals? Why would we do that. It defies logic.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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