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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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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