Glenn Beck: Cash for Clunkers


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VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's March to Socialism.

GLENN: You got a clunker of a car? The government wants to pay for it. Yes, get rid of that junkie car and get money for it. Sounds too good to be true? Nonsense. That's never a problem. When you think it over and realize the federal government is practically burning money, and who else would spend money on crappy cars but the federal government. So yes, it is true and it's all good. The cash for clunkers program is in effect at an estimated cost of 2 to 3 ‑‑ I'm sorry, $3 to $4 billion. All you have to do is bring your car to a dealership near you and collect $4500 in free money. It's just that easy. Well, sort of. There is a catch in the fine print: If the transaction qualifies, the dealership will receive the sum direct from the government. Hmmm. If it qualifies. How does one determine if the transaction qualifies? That's easy. Enter government efficiency. A government document entitled Requirements and Procedures for Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save program.

Yes, it's got and you would handy requirements the dealer needs to find out if the transaction qualifies. It's all right there, in a 136‑page book. It says ‑‑ well, 136 brief pages. I mean, for a $4500 credit that's $33 a page. It's really a flawless plan, it really is. And in no way does it make me nervous for the, you know, the existence of trees once the healthcare bill or energy bill is passed. The trees aren't shaking right now, uh‑uh. Now evil conservative critics, you know, those gas guzzling rapists ‑‑ don't worry, we'll put them out of their misery soon, they will point out that under the cash for clunkers plan people are being encouraged to take cars that run perfectly fine and to have their engines intentionally seized and then shredded and smashed into a cube. Some would say that sounds wasteful. Some would say there's plenty of people who desperately need transportation and could use those cars that are working perfectly fine. Some will say even if we didn't give those cars to people who needed them, we're causing an artificial shortage of affordable used cars which will drive their prices up and make them less affordable.

Some would also say that since the government requires that the cars get crushed and shredded, small auto recycling businesses whose main source of income comes from recycling used engines and drivetrains are being hurt by this government and its programs. Some would also say that incentivizing people to dump cars, they likely have a low payment on or no payment at all in favor of a newer car with a bigger payment is fiscally irresponsible. It's a smaller version of, "Hey, forget about that whole down payment thing. Buy the house." But obviously those critics are flat earthers and are paranoid kooks. Go back. Reread the 136‑page cash for clunkers qualification requirement document, and it's all laid out there in plain, perfectly ‑‑ I mean, it's so easy to understand. You know, it's just, you know, the mind‑melting, car‑crushing economy disintegrating legalese that it's printed that that you go, oh, I get it; it all made sense to me now.

VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon on the Glenn Beck program.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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