Glenn Beck: Manufacturing Czar says 'the free market is nonsense'




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GLENN: Okay, so what if I told you that Pat, you remember the day that Van Jones left the White House, okay? It was early Sunday morning we found out.

PAT: Yes, it was.

GLENN: And the same about an hour later we found out that the president was appointing somebody to be a new czar.

PAT: Yes, Ron Bloom.

GLENN: Ron Bloom, our manufacturing czar.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: He is the guy who's going to turn around our manufacturing.

PAT: He was a big union guy.

GLENN: He's a big union guy.

PAT: We were very excited about that.

GLENN: Do you remember when I first heard about that and I started to Google Ron Bloom.

PAT: I do.

GLENN: And I said something's wrong here. Do you remember that?

PAT: I do.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: I thought surely not.

GLENN: Surely not.

PAT: Surely, not another one.

GLENN: And after about another hour I figured he had some nefarious ties to some socialist and redistributive wealth kind of organizations.

STU: But that's all theory and

GLENN: Can I tell you something? Yes, and that's why we never went on the air with it because we couldn't nail it down specifically. It was in his youth. And I said at the time, I'm telling you something's wrong. Well, may I?

PAT: Yes, you may.

GLENN: May I now play the audio of our manufacturing czar giving a speech. This is when he was the head of the unions, giving a speech on how the manufacturing sector is just falling apart.

PAT: But this is way I mean, this is such ancient, old history.

STU: 1847?

GLENN: Politics of the past really.

PAT: I mean, a little closer to, like

STU: 1880, 1888?

PAT: 2008. Way back.

GLENN: So way back in ought 8.

PAT: Ought 8.

GLENN: If we can get the media to say it's from ought 8.

PAT: It sounds really old.

GLENN: It does. So here is Ron Bloom's, the administration's manufacturing czar, the latest in a long, long line of those who don't understand America.



Obama's Manufacturing Czar Ron Bloom

BLOOM: Generally speaking we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense, we know that the whole point is

GLENN: Oh, stop. Stop, stop.

STU: What a way to open a speech, everybody.

PAT: I get that joke. (Laughing).

GLENN: We get the joke.

PAT: What America doesn't get, that the free market.

GLENN: That the free market

PAT: Is nonsense.

GLENN: Is nonsense.

STU: Oh, that's hilarious.

GLENN: Play it again. He'll be at yuck yuck's all week.

BLOOM: Generally speaking we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense.

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait. There's more.

PAT: Oh.

BLOOM: Generally speaking we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system, to beat the market, or at least find someone who will pay you a lot of money because they're convinced that there is a free lunch. We know this is largely about power, that it's an adults only, no limit game. We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun. And we get it that if you want a friend, you should get a dog.

GLENN: Hmmm. I don't have a problem with that. That's just the guy who's restructuring manufacturing in America.

PAT: Can you imagine the jobs he will be creating?

GLENN: Oh, my gosh, of course.

PAT: All Maoists know how to create jobs.

GLENN: Sure. And they don't I mean, anybody who knows that the free market is nonsense, they're going to be able to, they are going to be able to build a great car, I'll tell you that right now. Sure. Especially the kind of car that you buy after somebody puts a barrel of a gun to your head. Those are the kinds of cars that sell, usually. Don't you think?

PAT: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Uh huh.

STU: What is his I'm just, I'm sorry. And I know I shouldn't be shaken by this at this point, but this is the

GLENN: Yes, you should. Yes, you should. You should be you know what you should be shaken by? Not only that yet there's another one, but you should be shaken by the fact that no one in the media is are you telling me that Glenn Beck, a guy who's been a deejay his whole life, a guy who doesn't have a degree from any university, doesn't have one, is a normal guy, just a dad, I can be standing some place and hear that Van Jones is out and at the same time Van Jones goes out, Barack Obama gives a speech and appoints Ron Bloom, and Glenn Beck can then look at that and go, wait a minute, I something's not right with that? Really? What is it? My education? Is it my vision? Is that what it is?

PAT: No, it's that you're in bed with the Republican Party. You're just a wing of the

GLENN: Oh, a research arm.

PAT: A rightwing research arm.

GLENN: That's what it is. So I can do that, but there's no one else in journalism that can do that? There's no one else? Nobody even finds that interesting, that we have a guy who has now been appointed as the manufacturing czar and he doesn't believe in the free market system? Oh, and he pretty much agrees with Mao that power comes from the end in the barrel of a gun. Do you? Do you believe that, that power comes from the barrel of a gun? Do you believe that? I mean, sure, I guess. I guess. Yes, you would claim that, well, I guess so. If you are going to point a gun to my head, you do have a lot of power. But beyond in the, okay, totally evil sort of way, no, I don't agree with that. Do you agree with that, Pat?

PAT: No. In America we've proven over and over and over again that's not the case. Every election we've had that has been so contentious, you know, look at 2000, for instance. There weren't tanks in the street. 2004, 2008, they were all contentious. And there was no there were no barrels of guns.

STU: Because specifically, too, I'm no Maoist, but I am a thinker.

GLENN: Sure.

STU: And isn't the quote political power comes at the barrel of a gun? I don't know that for a fact, but isn't it he's talking specifically about all political power, isn't he?

GLENN: I think that's what Mao said.

PAT: Yeah, I think it might be.

STU: That's what I'm saying.

PAT: I'll have to bone up on my Mao quotes because I'm not up on them.

GLENN: Oh, I have Mao's little red book in my office. Would you like me to get it? Sure.

STU: Because you can certainly make the arguments that global powers are the ones with the biggest weapons. They are certainly for the most part true. I'm proud of it. Thankfully we have them. But you're right. It's

GLENN: You are talking about the free market system here. He's talking about the role that unions play in fixing the system. That's what the speech was about.

STU: What is I mean

PAT: It's bizarre.

STU: I'm really trying to come up with a separate because there's always, they are always going to come back with something, right? Maybe he's going to say he heard that line from Lee Atwater. Something is coming back here. What is it? Because like he

GLENN: They don't care anymore. Look, let me tell you

PAT: Well, they care enough to make the excuses for Anita Dunn.

GLENN: But it was a lame excuse.

Stop trying to be right and think of the children

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All the outrage this week has mainly focused on one thing: the evil Trump administration and its minions who delight in taking children from their illegal immigrant parents and throwing them all in dungeons. Separate dungeons, mind you.

That makes for a nice, easy storyline, but the reality is less convenient. Most Americans seem to agree that separating children from their parents — even if their parents entered the US illegally — is a bad thing. But what if that mom and dad you're trying to keep the kids with aren't really the kids' parents? Believe it or not, fraud happens.

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While there are plenty of heartbreaking stories of parents simply seeking a chance for a better life for their children in the US, there are also corrupt, abusive human traffickers who profit from the illegal immigration trade. And sorting all of this out is no easy task.

This week, the Department of Homeland Security said that since October 2017, more than 300 children have arrived at the border with adults claiming to be their parents who turned out not to be relatives. 90 of these fraud cases came from the Rio Grande Valley sector alone.

In 2017, DHS reported 46 causes of fraudulent family claims. But there have already been 191 fraud cases in 2018.

Shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

When Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pointed out this 315 percent increase, the New York Times was quick to give these family fraud cases "context" by noting they make up less than one percent of the total number of illegal immigrant families apprehended at the southern border. Their implication was that Nielsen was exaggerating the numbers. Even if the number of fraud cases at the border was only 0.001 percent, shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

This is the most infuriating part of this whole conversation this week (if you can call it a "conversation") — that both sides have an angle to defend. And while everyone's busy yelling and making their case, children are being abused.

What if we just tried, for two seconds, to love having mercy more than we love having to be right all the time?

Remember when cartoons were happy things? Each panel took you on a tiny journey, carrying you to an unexplored place. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes:

The comics creator asks us to join in a silent dance of the seen and the unseen. The visible and the invisible. This dance is unique to comics. No other artform gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well. This is why I think it's a mistake to see comics as a mere hybrid of the graphic arts and prose fiction. What happens between . . . panels is a kind of magic only comics can create.

When that magic is manipulated or politicized, it often devolves the artform into a baseless thing. Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published the perfect example of low-brow deviation of the artform: A six-panel approach at satire, which imitates the instructions-panel found in the netted cubbyhole behind seats on airplanes. The cartoon is a critique of the recent news about immigrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border. It is a step-by-step guide to murdering US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

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The first panel shows a man shoving an infant into a cage meant for Pomeranians. The following five panels feature instructions, and include pictures of a cartoonish murder.

The panels read as follows:

  1. If an ICE agent tries to take your child at the border, don't panic.
  2. Pull your child away as quickly as possibly by force.
  3. Gently tell your child to close his/her eyes and ears so they won't witness what you are about to do.
  4. Grab the ICE agent from behind and push your knife into his chest with an upward thrust, causing the agent's sternum to break.
  5. Reach into his chest and pull out his still beating heart.
  6. Hold his bloody heart out for all other agents to see, and tell them that the same fate awaits them if they f--- with your child again.

Violent comics are nothing new. But most of the time, they remain in the realms of invented worlds — in other words, not in our own, with reference to actual people, let alone federal agents.

The mainstream media made a game of crying racism with every cartoon depiction of Obama during his presidency, as well as during his tenure as Senator, when the New Yorker, of all things, faced scrutiny for depicting him in "Muslim clothing." Life was a minefield for political cartoonists during the Obama era.

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This year, we saw the leftist outrage regarding The Simpsons character Apu — a cartoon representation of a highly-respected, though cartoonishly-depicted, character on a cartoon show composed of cartoonishly-depicted characters.

We all remember Charlie Hebdo, which, like many outlets that have used cartoon satire to criticize Islam, faced the wrath and ire of people unable to see even the tamest representation of the prophet, Muhammad.

Interesting, isn't it? Occupy Wall Street publishes a cartoon that advocates murdering federal agents, and critics are told to lighten up. Meanwhile, the merest depiction of Muhammad has resulted in riots throughout the world, murder and terror on an unprecedented scale.

The intersection of Islam and comics is complex enough to have its own three-hour show, so we'll leave it at that, for now. Although, it is worth mentioning the commentary by satirical website The Onion, which featured a highly offensive cartoon of all the major religious figures except Muhammad. It noted:

Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened.

Of course, Occupy Wall Street is free to publish any cartoon they like. Freedom of speech, and so on—although there have been several instances in which violent cartoons were ruled to have violated the "yelling fire in a crowded theater" limitation of the First Amendment.

Posting it to Twitter is another issue — this is surely in violation of Twitter's violent content policy, but something tells me nothing will come of it. It's a funny world, isn't it? A screenshot of a receipt from Chick-fil-A causes outrage but a cartoon advocating murder gets crickets.

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In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud concludes that, "Today the possibilities for comics are — as they've always been — endless. Comics offers . . . range and versatility, with all the potential imagery of film and painting plus the intimacy of the written word. And all that's needed is the desire to be heard, the will to learn, and the ability to see."

Smile, and keep moving forward.

Crude and awful as the Occupy Wall Street comic is, the best thing we can do is nod and look elsewhere for the art that will open our eyes. Let the lunatics draw what they want, let them stew in their own flawed double standards. Otherwise, we're as shallow and empty as they are, and nothing good comes of that. Smile, and keep moving forward.

Things are getting better. Show the world how to hear, how to learn, how to see.

People should start listening to Nikki Haley

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Okay. Let's take a vote. You know, an objective, quantifiable count. How many resolutions has the UN Human Rights Council adopted condemning dictatorships? Easy. Well. How do you define "dictatorship"?

Well, one metric is the UN Human Rights Council Condemnation. How many have the United Nations issued to China, with a body count higher than a professional Call of Duty player?

Zero.

How about Venezuela, where socialism is devouring its own in the cruelest, most unsettling ways imaginable?

Zero.

And Russia, home of unsettling cruelty and rampant censorship, murder and (actual) homophobia?

Zero.

Iraq? Zero. Turkey? Iraq? Zero. Cuba? Zero. Pakistan? Zero.

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According to UN Human Rights Council Condemnations, 2006-2016, none of these nations is as dangerous as we'd imagined. Or, rather, none of them faced a single condemnation. Meanwhile, one country in particular has faced unbelievable scrutiny and fury — you'll never guess which country.

No, it's not Somalia. It's Israel. With 68 UN Human Rights Council Condemnations! In fact, the number of total United Nations condemnations against Israel outnumbers the total of condemnations against all other countries combined. The only country that comes close is Syria, with 15.

The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.

In an address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Nikki Haley said:

Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy. This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday... No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.

Maybe people should start listening to Haley. Hopefully, they will. Not likely, but there's no crime in remaining hopeful.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?