Marxists advise Obama?


The Obama National Anthem...

GLENN: Am I the only guy left in America that doesn't idolize Che, that doesn't think Fidel Castro is a great guy?

PAT: No, there's at least two of us.

GLENN: There's two?

PAT: There's at least two.

GLENN: Stu, are you in on this? Are you ‑‑

STU: I'm kind of mixed on him. I think he is a decent guy.

GLENN: Jeez.

PAT: He's kind of okay.

STU: Has some good qualities but also some issues.

GLENN: Also some issues, like Che just shooting people in the head.

STU: That's the negative side.

GLENN: That's the negative side.

STU: But there's a positive side. He has great T‑shirts.

GLENN: You know what?

STU: See?

GLENN: He does. I don't know why it is so hard to believe that the president of the United States may be a Marxist, when we have so many Marxists now coming out of the closet. They are no longer afraid to say it. Here is congresswoman from California, Congresswoman Diane Watson.

WATSON: It was just mentioned to me by our esteemed speaker, did anyone say anything about the Cuban health system. And let me tell you, before you say, oh, it's communist, you need to go down there and see what Fidel Castro put in place. And I want you to know now you can think whatever you want to about Fidel Castro, but he was one of the brightest leaders I have ever met.

GLENN: That is great. That is great.

WATSON: And, you know, the Cuban revolution that kicked out the wealthy,

Che Guevera did that.

PAT: Thank goodness.

WATSON: And then after they took over they went out among the population to find someone who could lead this new nation, and they found ‑‑ well, just leave it there.

GLENN: Why?

WATSON: An attorney by the name of Fidel Castro.

GLENN: Oh, that is ‑‑

PAT: After they kicked out the wealthy, comrade.

(Obama National Anthem plays).

GLENN: I ask you, why is it so hard for people to believe that there is a revolution going on in this country, that there is a Marxist revolution. You have Van Jones ‑‑ and by the way, I don't know if you've seen all the hacks that have gone after the facts on Van Jones. This guy is being canonized.

PAT: He's like a Bill Gates now. He's a ‑‑

GLENN: He's such a capitalist.

PAT: Oh, he's Mr. Capitalist.

GLENN: He is Rockefeller before the Rockefellers went communist. I mean, he is, he is amazing. He has been scrubbed clean. What was it that Joe Biden said about Barack Obama? He's clean and articulate. Joe Biden can even like Van Jones at this point, he's been scrubbed so clean. He is now being called on the Internet a great capitalist. We're going to correct the record here coming up in just a little while.

But you don't have to go to Van Jones to find Marxists. You now have Diane Watson. This is what she just said. Let's play it again and listen to the words of what she just said again. Who was she speaking to, Pat? Do you know?

PAT: I don't.

GLENN: It was a ‑‑ I mean, the audience is like oh, it's Fidel...

GRAY: Great.

GLENN: I don't know if I should even clap at that one.

WATSON: It was just mentioned to me by our esteemed speaker, did anyone say anything about the Cuban health system. And let me tell you, before you say, oh, it's commune ‑‑ you need to go down there and see what Fidel Castro put in place.

GLENN: Amen, sister.

WATSON: And I want you to know now you can think whatever you want to about the bill ‑‑

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop. Okay, let's think whatever we want to about Fidel Castro. He has kept his people in poverty for almost as long as Robert Byrd has been in the capital of the U.S. He has starved many of his people. He has imprisoned many of his people. He has executed many of his people. His people love it there so much that they take automobiles and try to escape and come to the United States. I mean, what else do I have to say about ‑‑

PAT: Which, by the way, there's no road between us and Cuba.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: They kind of float.

GLENN: It's weird, isn't it?

PAT: Float here in old Buicks.

GLENN: It's amazing to me that we have somebody who is in congress, currently in congress ‑‑ Stu, could you look up where Diane Watson is from? Guarantee you she's from the Bay Area, coincidence of coincidence.

PAT: 33rd district, yeah.

GLENN: Is that where it is?

PAT: I think, I think it's the Bay Area.

GLENN: Guarantee it. It's where Van Jones is from. It's San Francisco, it's Oakland. It's where all of these radicals are coming from. UC‑Berkeley. And nobody is ‑‑ we have got to stop looking at these people as people with a difference of opinion. They are revolutionaries. That's what Che was! Culver City, California? I don't ‑‑ yeah, that's down Los Angeles area, I think. Our apologies to anybody who's listening to us in New York and like, these dummies. Where did I say? Oh, yeah. No, New York is like, these dummies. But California's ‑‑ now, she's not the only one. Van Jones isn't the only one. Mark Lloyd isn 't the only one. Mark Lloyd is the FCC ‑‑ we've got an expose tonight on the FCC and this Internet ban that just seemingly just went away. Apparently people don't have a problem with Marxism. I think it's because they don't know it yet. But they ‑‑ on Friday Drudge released a report that Rockefeller, Jay Rockefeller is now introducing a presidential ability to take control of the Internet and shut it down. Well, I don't know if I want that from ‑‑ especially when you've got the FCC diversity czar talking about how great Che ‑‑ I'm sorry, how great Chavez is. And that important revolution. And that Chavez wouldn't have been thwarted the first time on his revolution if he would have had control of the radio stations and the television stations. If he would have taken the media seriously.

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.

President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job of keeping his campaign promises so far. From pulling the US from the Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the president has followed through on his campaign trail vows.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

Watch the video above to hear Glenn Beck, Sara Gonzales, Doc Thompson, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray discuss the story.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar brings white fan onstage to sing with him, but here’s the catch

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a fan to come onstage and sing with him, only to condemn her when she failed to censor all of the song's frequent mentions of the “n-word" while singing along.

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“I am so sorry," she apologized when Lamar pointed out that she needed to “bleep" that word. “I'm used to singing it like you wrote it." She was booed at by the crowd of people, many screaming “f*** you" after her mistake.

On Tuesday's show, Pat and Jeffy watched the clip and talked about some of the Twitter reactions.

“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."