Glenn Beck: What's Complicated About Tea Party Movement?




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Why is it that no one in the fringe media can get the tea parties right?

Is it really that tough to figure out why so many people are willing to take precious time out of their busy lives to make their voices heard?

Is it really that complex?

Is it really so difficult to comprehend that people become concerned when their president sets out a mission to "fundamentally transform" the country?

And is it hard to believe so many citizens would recoil at the president's use of the high-pressure tactic of "Act Now!" and respond by saying: "Wait, wait, wait — can you slow down and explain that one a little bit more please?"

Do the people in the media not see their children's future and say, "I don't know how there is a country left for my children, because of all the spending?" Do they not look at the numbers in their own news reports and say, "Wait, that doesn't add up"?

Is it impossible for the media to believe that even those who voted for Obama and want some of the things he talked about, have realized maybe we can't afford all of this right now?

Is there no one that can understand that?

Is there no one in the media who reported on the cries of "Halliburton!" over and over again, that sees ACORN and SEIU and the Apollo Alliance and how president is using them?

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THEN-ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth… the tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to pull together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.

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Do they not see that:

— On the "czars:" It's not a political witch hunt. Americans are just not comfortable with radicals having unchecked authority.

— On health care: If Americans are promised an open and honest debate before overhauling the system — when that promise isn't kept, they ask questions.

— On bailouts and government spending: Americans want to see the government live and play by the same rules they do. Bad investment? Live with the consequences. If you don't have the money, don't spend it.

Can they not see that point of view?

I believe they can see it and they do get it, but they are part of the problem. I'm trying to bring you the truth and I'm trying to understand the world we live in.

And here is some of the reality we face:

— When a major health care company informs its customers of its concerns about health care legislation, they are investigated and threatened with legal action and told by the government to be quiet.

— When regular people oppose government run health care and let their voices be heard at town halls and tea parties, they are labeled "angry mobs" and "teabaggers" and domestic terrorists and gun-toting radicals. And as more people stand up, they will only continue to paint you into the bad guy.

Here's I think the most disturbing thing yet: While they are doing that, they've used the National Endowment for the Arts to make propaganda — we have the audio of the call coming from the White House.

And on top of that, they are now indoctrinating our children. We showed you a video this week — "The Story of Stuff":

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NARRATOR: Well, let's start with the government. Now my friends tell me I should use a tank to symbolize the government and that's true in many countries and increasingly in our own — after all more than 50 percent of our federal tax money is now going to the military. But I'm using a person to symbolize the government because I hold true to the vision and values that governments should be of the people, by the people, for the people.

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Telling our children that America is a bad place? That movie's paid for by the Tides Foundation and comes out of Berkeley, California, and it's all over our schools.

And then we also have school kids singing a song about Barack Hussein Obama:

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CHILDREN SINGING: Mm, mmm, mm!


Barack Hussein Obama

He said that all must lend a hand


To make this country strong again


Mmm, mmm, mm!


Barack Hussein Obama

He said we must be fair today


Equal work means equal pay


Mmm, mmm, mm!


Barack Hussein Obama

He said that we must take a stand


To make sure everyone gets a chance


Mmm, mmm, mm!


Barack Hussein Obama

He said red, yellow, black or white


All are equal in his sight


Mmm, mmm, mm!


Barack Hussein Obama

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We're all equal in his sight — as in Barack Obama's sight! And they wonder why people are in the streets?

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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.