Arguing with Idiots - Government Spending

Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

by Glenn Beck

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GLENN: Hello, capitalists. Arguing With Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government. It is the best book we have ever done and, you know, I told you a few months ago and I just haven't had a chance to talk to you about it that we had to get the youth, we must and Stu, are you still working on the documentary hour, the special that we're doing?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: We're doing a special here sometime. I mean, we just have so many, we have so many irons in the fire now. But we're doing something where I want to do a TV special where you can get your kids to sit down and watch it, and it's the truth on communism and Che. They've got to stop wearing the Che stuff. He was a killer. He was a bad guy, and nobody knows that. Nobody is teaching that. You're being spoon fed this nonsense.

So I told you that we needed to get the youth. Well, that's why Arguing With Idiots is written the way it is. Some of the chapters, every single chapter has some of the biggest minds out there and experts on each particular chapter. For instance, Gura helped us with the Second Amendment. He's the guy who argued the Heller case in Washington, D.C. So it is just buttoned up, really good facts. Shows you how to argue, but it is also five color. I mean, it's really, it was a very expensive book to make. It is riddled with ADD and pictures and comedy and everything else because I want you not only to be able to read it and know the arguments so you can argue with the pinheads around you but also so you can give it to your college age kid or even your high school age kid and say, take this. I swear to you this is a textbook. This is something that you can use, and all of the sources are in the back. 25 pages of fine print sources so if you're doing, you know, a paper on something, don't quote me. Don't quote me. Quote the original source, and they're all in the back of Arguing With Idiots. I mean, it is the book, because your friend is going to come up to you and say...

PAT: Yeah. Hey, Mr. "I want the poor to die of heartbreak psoriasis," you are always complaining about debt, but the president promised, he promised that he wouldn't sign a healthcare bill that added a single dime to our deficit.

GLENN: And that is true, and I agree with him. It's going to add tens of trillions of dimes to our deficit.

PAT: Oh, please, please.

GLENN: What?

PAT: You are just saying that because you hate Democrats. What evidence do you have to support that?

GLENN: Well, how about this: When Medicare was being created, they said by 1990 it would cost us $12 billion a year. When 1990 came, it cost us $107 billion. So only about nine times the cost.

PAT: Oh, wow. You can use your calculator. Whew, good. Which by the way is probably powered by clean and efficient solar power. But you're just trying to cover up for the fact that we're cutting programs like crazy for decades because of people like Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush and Joe Wilson, all those

GLENN: Did you even know who Joe Wilson was two weeks ago? Did you have any idea?

PAT: Not specifically but I know many people named Joe and others by the last name of Wilson. Wilson was the name of that volleyball, that Tom Hanks movie on the island. So don't even start challenging my political knowledge.

GLENN: But let me challenge your math skills. The idea that our government is being cut is about as credible as our healthcare estimates. In 1900 the federal government consumed less than 5% of the total economic output. Gee, 1900, what oh, that's when the progressives started to get into charge with the Republicans and the Democrats. We're up over 28% now, close to six times as much.

PAT: 1900? Oh, I notice you go back to that, that far because you don't want to look at the deep cuts in spending by George W. Bush.

GLENN: Oh, yeah. Deep spending.

PAT: His cronies, his ilk.

GLENN: Actually since 1999 the amount government has consumed has risen from 19 to 28%. So that's that doesn't look like a Democratic problem. That looks like a power problem.

PAT: Well, the federal government had to spend more because of the deep cuts at the state and local level.

GLENN: Right, really?

PAT: Yeah, really.

GLENN: Perhaps you should read Page 208 and 209 of Arguing With Idiots because if you did, not only would you know everything else I just told you but you would also know that state and local spending is only up 495% since 1960 in inflation adjusted dollars. From $367 billion to $2.2 trillion.

PAT: A ha! Trillion is not even a real word. You are just making this up.

GLENN: What?

PAT: Well, I can do that, too. Your cholesterol level is up a zillion billion kazillion quintillion fatillion times.

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When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer.

"That's absolutely correct," Schweizer confirmed.

He briefly explained how Cooney, a former Los Angeles nightclub owner, is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. From prison, Cooney gave Schweizer written permission to access his Gmail account.

"This is really important," he noted. "We're not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We're actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails. And there's a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off."

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The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to talk about the latest developments in Joe Biden's Ukraine and China corruption scandal. Now that some of the details are finally coming out in the open, does the average Democrat care? Maybe, but the Left doesn't seem to.

O'Reilly argued there's more hatred for President Donald Trump now than in 2016, and that some people hate President Trump so much that they'd rather vote for the "senile, corrupt" Joe Biden.

"Hunter got tens of millions of dollars from Ukraine, from Russia, from China because his father was vice president. I have no doubt in my mind," O'Reilly said. "But the hatred for Donald Trump overrides that in the minds of millions of viewers. They're saying, 'You know, we'd rather have the senile corrupt guy than Trump.'"

Asked by Glenn if any other Republican running for president would be met with the same level of vitriol, O'Reilly answered, "The Left is the Left. They don't like America. The want to redo the Constitution. They want to take some of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment and the First Amendment, and change them. And they want to destroy capitalism and replace it with a big centralized government in Washington that controls the economy … but I'm talking about the folks. I have liberal friends and I say to them, 'Do you not understand that when you vote for Biden, you're voting against your own self interest?'"

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In a phone call with his constituents, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) unleashed a torrent of criticisms about President Donald Trump, saying he "flirted with white supremacists," "kisses dictators' butts," and "spends like a drunken sailor."

On the radio program Friday, Glenn said he was disappointed in Sen. Sasse for apparently forgetting all of President Trump's accomplishments. Because, in reality, Trump has accomplished a lot more than many presidents before him.

Then, for anyone who may have forgotten President Trump's achievements — or who simply hate the man so much they've ignored them — Glenn listed just some of the many things this president has achieved during his three and a half years in the White House.

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President Trump has given us great judges on the lower court, 3 judges far superior than Roberts and other bogus constitutionalists as SCOTUS and one just may turn out to be another Clarence Thomas. He kicked the ass of ISIS and came home.

He got us out of the disastrous Iran deal, killed their head of terror, boxed them in and is currently collapsing their economy while also brokering a Mid East peace deal that everyone said could never happen. He moved our embassy to Jerusalem despite the state department, something no president has done even though they all promised.

Yes, he met with the North Korean Dictator. I hated that, but I also hated the fact that no other president did anything and North Korea kept gaining power. He has gotten Europe to pay their share of NATO, brought the Arabs and the Jews together, while smashing the choke hold of the PLO, and stood up to the Chinese instead of selling them supercomputers (Clinton), accepting lead poison in dog food (Bush), or loving the CCP and taking millions in dirty money (Obama/Biden).

He also has defended religious liberty unlike any other president at least in the last 100 years, and is a true pro-life advocate that unlike most republicans backs it up with action instead of just talk.

President Trump has also opened doors that the GOP was too wussy to even try to open with Hispanics and Blacks. He again didn't pander. He instead cleared the dead wood and opened pathways up so they could get higher education, create jobs, and not get lost in the prison system.

He also has defended religious liberty... and is a true pro-life advocate.

President Trump also took on an economy that had been beaten down, a people who had been told "you didn't build that" and, in fact, Obama and Biden claimed that the economy was "as good as it would ever get," that we would never create jobs in sectors ever again.

President Trump gave us the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 (the year I celebrated my 5th birthday,) the lowest unemployment for Hispanics & Blacks ever, and the first real growth in pay that I can remember.

President Trump then responded to the largest pandemic in 100 years by doing a couple of things I have never seen a president do:

  1. America's biggest capitalist shuts down the entire economy and knowingly puts his re-election at risk in order to save people.
  2. Closes travel with China and Europe, only to be called “racist," "xenophobic" and accused of stirring hatred. Now everyone says they were for it, but he stood alone and took the heat.

When everyone bashed him because they thought he would seize control and become an authoritarian by telling states what to do, or taking control of companies and telling them what to produce, he simply asked the free market to step to the plate, because he trusts the people of this country to do the right thing. By not taking control, he was called a dictator and a Nazi. Meanwhile he has been blamed for the blood bath created by Gov. Cuomo's nursing home policies. They said 2 million would die, best case scenario 200,000 — if we did everything right. Gee, seems that we are now in the time period they told us would be phase two, it seems as though we seem to have hit that "best case scenario" at this point.

While all of this has gone on, President Trump has fought the lies that were started by Hillary Clinton's team to smear him as a Russian operative. It was enabled by the Obama White House and included the DOJ, CIA, Dept of State, FBI, and DNI. Did I leave anyone out? Oh, yeah we are now getting evidence that members of the Pentagon may have been involved as well. Not to mention the so-called "press" and Congress who did things that would embarrass not only "Frank Underwood" but also Kevin Spacey. He has single handedly exposed the press for who they are and have always been. Because of his tweets, personal style and frankly balls of steel, he has exposed those who truly are: "Enemies of the people." I hated that when he first said it, but it is true. Any person or group that knowingly lies to destroy our president, our Constitution and the free market, are not just enemies of the people, they are enemies of the freedom of all mankind.

As someone who didn't support President Trump at first (and that is putting it mildly) I remain honest enough to judge him on his entire record. He is perhaps the only man in America that can and has stood entirely alone, surrounded by enemies, surrounded by those who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, who are now actively engaged in destroying it and any elected president who stands in their way.

Personally, I have grown sick and tired of spineless, do nothing, old, corrupt GOP politicians who are either part of the problem or too frightened to stand alone and speak up. The vast majority are all "Sunshine Patriots." History will condemn those who did nothing but complain and whine, while others not only rang the bell, but stood and took the hits, who risked it all and lost money, reputation and perhaps, God forbid, some who gave the ultimate sacrifice to fight the evil that rages so clearly against the light.

100 years from now history will judge all of us. So will our children's children. Most will be forgotten. Those who failed to show up on the battlefield or cower in the trees, will be remembered with shame and disdain. Others like President Trump, I believe will be seen as indispensable.