Glenn Beck: Are You Part of the Right-Wing Extremist Mob?




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Are you one of the tens of thousands of people who don't want government-run health care and showed up at a town hall or a rally to let it be known?

Here's The One Thing: If that's you then you are part of the right-wing, extremist, angry mob and your anger is fake. It's not organic. It's not grassroots. There's not a chance in hell you've experienced waiting in line at a post office or the DMV and don't want that same wait when you need a liver.

Nope.

You are just a GOP robot who's been activated — at least, that's what the holy trinity of the media, the White House and the DNC are saying.

(BEGIN DNC VIDEO CLIP)

NARRATOR: The right-wing extremist Republican base is back.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: He's not an American citizen.

NARRATOR: They lost the election. They lost on the recovery act, the budget and children's health care.

They've lost the confidence of the American people after eight years of failed policies that ruined our economy and cost millions of jobs.

Now, desperate Republicans and their well funded allies are organizing angry mobs -- just like they did during the election.

Their goal? Destroy President Obama and stop the change Americans voted for overwhelmingly in November.

SEN. JIM DEMINT, R-S.C.: It will break him.

RUSH LIMBAUGH: I hope he fails.

NARRATOR: This mob activity is straight from the playbook of high-level Republican political operatives. They have no plan for moving our country forward, so they've called out the mob.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I want to know, why are you people ignoring his birth certificate?

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Out of the thousands of protestors, the "birther" idiot is the only one the media continues to show — over and over again. She is the only individual highlighted in this ad from the DNC and then the ad dives into some sort of third grade "you lost the election, boo hoo" argument, while claiming the GOP has just released their fake angry mobsters to go protest.

I don't know about you, but I don't have much time in my day to answer a call from the GOP, get up off my couch, leave my family for a day, to stand outside in the summer heat and rain pretending to be angry.

I really am angry!

Conservatives aren't natural-born protesters like granola-eating hippies. But when their country is being transformed into some wannabe European socialist craphole, we're forced to get up off the couch.

But that's not how Democrats see it:

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SEN. DICK DURBIN, D-ILL.: I hope my colleagues won’t fall for a sucker-punch like this. These health insurance companies and people like them are trying to load these town halls for visual impact on television. They want to show thousands of people screaming "socialism" and try to overcome the public sentiment which now favors health care reform.

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The forget the facts, Sen. Durbin, you know, like:

• Gallop poll: 63 percent say Obama's plan will worsen or "not change" medical care for them personally

• NPR poll: 47 percent oppose Obama's plan vs. 42 percent supporting it

• Pew Research: 44 percent oppose vs. 38 percent supporting it

• The New York Times: "77 percent say costs will increase" under government plan

Where are you getting your numbers from, Sen. Durbin?

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs still doesn't understand the protests. He referred to them as another "Brooks Brothers brigade" and "Astroturf grassroots" with "manufactured anger." That's rich coming from the same people who stick up for the "spontaneous protests" of ACORN.

I thought Obama would heal divisions and unite us? I swear I've heard that before somewhere:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH: I get protested all the time. The great thing about the country is it's a free -- it's a place that's so free that people can protest. They can protest the president and did.

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How is ridiculing those who disagree with you in any way, shape or form uniting? Perhaps the only outlet more shameful than the White House is the media.

First, the run-up to the Tax Day tea parties was all but ignored. Then, on Tax Day the media — who couldn't resist a good Cindy Sheehan anti-war gathering of six people — weren't impressed by the outpouring. No, they mocked it:

(BEGIN MSNBC VIDEO CLIP)

JANEANE GAROFALO, ACTRESS: Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats, it's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks.

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(BEGIN CNN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Lincoln's primary thing was, he believed people had the right to liberty and had the right...

CNN CORRESPONDENT SUSAN ROESGEN: Sir, what does this have to do with taxes? What does this have to do with your taxes?

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Let me finish my point.

ROESGEN: Do you realize that you're eligible for a $400 credit?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Lincoln believed that people had the right to share in the fruits of their own labor and that government should not take it. And we've clearly gotten to that point.

ROESGEN: But did you know that the state of Lincoln gets $50 billion out of the stimulus -- that's $50 billion for this state, sir.

I think you get the general tenor of this. It's anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing, conservative network FOX.

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(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: When you see, you know, those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I am not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Now, without the low-hanging fruit of a really crappy sex joke, the media just completely ignores the health care opponents, like a gathering in Columbus over the weekend -- 8,000 to 10,000 people completely ignored by the media.

Paula Abdul leaving "American Idol" is more interesting, I guess? And Michael Jackson is still dead.

Oh, I almost forgot, they'd cover this if it were real anger — but it's fake. They just "want a discussion," not pretend angry right-wing mobs.

You mean a discussion like the one you want on global warming, the stimulus or health care?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: If you look at the peer-reviewed scientific literature, the debate is over.

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(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF RAHM EMANUEL: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.

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(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: Unless we act and act now, none of this will change.

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(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. JOHN CONYERS, JR., D-MICH.: I love these members, they get up and say, "read the bill." What good is reading the bill if it's 1,000 pages and you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you've read the bill?

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Discussions, like the ones community organizers such as ACORN and unions like the SEIU have?

They don't want a discussion. They are using a Saul Alinsky tactic: Isolate a target and ridicule them. But these protesters aren't nut jobs. They are reasoned, regular people who know government health is a bad idea and the more people who know this fact, the less chance it has of passing.

Which is exactly why you'll see less of the regular, reasoned people like this:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, Senator. Medicaid is broke. Medicare is broke. Social Security is broke. And you want us to believe that a government that can't even run a "cash for clunkers" program is gonna run 1/7th of our U.S. economy. No, sir.

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And you'll keep seeing more people like this:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I want to know, why are you people ignoring his birth certificate?

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.