Glenn Beck: Cash for Clunkers


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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.

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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