Glenn Beck: Does Congress Matter?




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The paradigm is changing.

Just a few short months ago you felt alone. You felt your voice didn't matter. The frustration led you to act, to demand (many for the first time) that your voice be heard.

Look how far you've come. Politicians were ignoring you, now they fear you. And that's a healthy "we will vote you out" fear, because we are awake and watching and will call those out who are not "protecting and defending" the Constitution of the United States.

Because, the purpose of a just government is to prevent plunder, not facilitate it. Anyone who stands in against corruption in the Beltway, we will stand with you — even if you've been part of the problem in the past. If you help clean it up, America loves repentance.

This amazing country had 56 founders — 56 brave, good, decent human beings. That's all it took, why should it be any different today to take the country back? That's all I'm looking for: 56 brave men and women out of the 535 in Congress today. Fifty-six "re-founders" to stand up to the corruption and the special interests in your own party. Stand up to what Washington, D.C. has become.

You aren't going to get any publicity from this. This isn't something where you can just latch on to the tea party movement or the 9/12 Project movement. You need to demonstrate it. We'll keep you anonymous so we can help weed out the weasels, like those who don't pay their taxes like Charlie Rangel or those who support corrupt organizations like ACORN and John Murtha's airport.

You don't know about John Murtha's airport? It's beautiful — according to published reports it's got a $7 million air traffic control tower, a $14 million hangar and an $18 million state-of-the-art runway.

It's got everything a modern airport should be equipped with — now, if they only had planes flying there. It has three flights a day and one guess where all three of the flights go to: Washington, D.C.

Thanks to Murtha, the airport has received over $150 million in taxpayer funding and then another $800,000 in stimulus money to repave an "alternate runway."

Now, for comparison: The airport in Barrow, Alaska (320 miles north of the Arctic Circle) handled 37,000 passengers last year; Murtha's airport handled 6,700.

There was a vote today to cut off all federal funding to this waste of taxpayer money. I'm tired of hearing we are the richest country in the world; how can we not afford to help? If down your street, the person with the biggest house and the Cadillac, that goes on vacations and has the best clothing, etc., if they suddenly have their house repossessed and their cars taken away — are they the richest people in the neighborhood or just the people who spent the most money?

We aren't the richest nation in the world. We just spent the most money.

But there is no more money. If you understand that, wouldn't it be a no-brainer to not spend $20 million a year on an airport only one dirt-bag uses to go to Washington, D.C., for his dirt-bag deals?

Apparently not to these people.

All I am asking for is 56 people to help us weed them out — fifty-six.

And it's not like the corruption is that hard to find:

— Maxine Waters' husband was on the board of a bank that received $12 million in bailout funding, just three months after Waters helped arrange a meeting between officials at the bank and Treasury Department representatives

— Charlie Rangel has "forgotten" to pay taxes on more money ($2.4 million) than most Americans earn in a lifetime

— John Conyers had personal aides working on his wife's election campaign — you remember Monica Conyers? She was convicted back in June on federal bribery charges in a sludge-hauling scandal. Are we that low on citizens, we can't find people who haven't been to jail?

— You know about his airport, but did you know that John Murtha is also linked to a lobbying firm that's been raided twice by the FBI?

— Tim Geithner couldn't figure out TurboTax and failed to pay taxes — now he's our treasury secretary!

And then you have the outright lies coming from the White House with the cap-and-trade energy bill. We want to thank our friend Chris Horner at CEI — let me show you a document from the U.S. Treasury Department and I want you to take a look at the date.

March 9, 2009

OK? Remember that date — got it?

Look at the document — right there it says "a cap and trade program could generate federal receipts on the order of $100 to $200 billion annually." That is the equivalent of hiking personal income taxes by about 15 percent or $1,761 a year, per household.

OK, that was in March. Now, fast forward to April 24, 2009 when Henry Waxman (who you may remember from the Waxman-Markley energy bill) said this:

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REP. HENRY WAXMAN, D-CALIF.: The cost of the bill that Mr. Markey and I proposed, this analysis says, will cost the average American family less than 40 cents per day

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Forty cents a day? If you look at the Treasury's estimates — Waxman is only underestimating the cost by 1,200 percent.

Now, let's fast forward a little and listen to President Obama's estimate on June 25, 2009:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: In a decade the price to the average American will be about the same as a postage stamp per day.

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He too underestimated the cost by about 1,200 percent — but he was a little more careful, because he said "in a decade from now" and, he said "about the cost of a stamp." That's one expensive stamp.

I have a question: What did the president of the United States tell the people in Congress? Did he tell them about the higher estimates (that we now know he knew about?) Or did they just keep it secret and hide it from them and the American people?

I want to show you something I said a few weeks ago — I was talking directly to Democrats and telling them to wake up because you are being bypassed. Look at all the "czars" — they don't answer to anyone. If the president has a bunch of drinking buddies he wants to put in as special advisers and they don't have muscle — fine, whatever.

But if they have power, then it's a real problem.

Woodrow Wilson, a progressive just like this president, talked about ways to get things done without going around Congress. Guess what, guys? That's what this progressive president is doing — he's going right on around you.

When are you going to wake up?

Here's what I said on June 30, 2009:

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GLENN BECK: Senator, I have to tell you, I think — I think Congress is overplaying their hand. And more importantly, I think they are being outplayed and outmaneuvered. I think they are making themselves irrelevant to a massive new federal framework that Obama seems to be erecting in all kinds of — with all kinds of "czars" and everything else.

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I've been asking questions and I have another one for you, Congress: Are you becoming irrelevant? I mean, you aren't even writing or reading the major bills being pushed, are you are being told by the powers that be how to vote — as John Conyers said about ACORN.

What are you doing, exactly?

I'm not sitting on the sidelines while America is "transformed" like the rest of the fringe media.

I kind of like what our original Founders set up, unlike others who we will get to in the next few minutes.

And if you are in Congress and watching, I encourage you to join the fifty-six. You know what's happening better than any of us — wake up! Help us take clean up the country in our country — the special favors, the special interest. It belongs to we the people (Republican, Democrat and independent).

We can solve any crisis, any problem — health care, energy, anything — once we have honest brokers at the table who aren't beholden to any special interest.

By thw way, we've already have our first of the 56 — they are now working on your behalf to root out the corruption in their own party.

I'm waiting for that next call. Will it be you? I hope so.

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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.