Did President Obama Save the Economy?




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I want to be wrong. And I'm going to take the president at his word; that his plans have stopped the decline.

I personally think he is mistaken and that sometime starting after the New Year you'll start seeing how bogus this is, but here are the headlines:

• "Positive U.S. Economic Data"

• "U.S. Recovery Buoys the Bulls"

• "U.S. Stocks Rise"

• "The GDP Is Up"

Fantastic!

Obama had this to say: "We can see clearly now that the steps my administration is taking are making a difference... blunting the worst of this recession and helping to bring about its conclusion."

Now, here are some pesky "oh gee, there goes Glenn again" facts:

Yes, the GDP was up, but unemployment continues to heads towards double digits and currently stands at 9.8 percent.

And while they — rightly so — pat themselves on the back and celebrate the GDP increase of 3.5 percent, I would just like to point out that number was inflated by stimulus money.

They patted themselves on the back again on "cash for clunkers" — again, let me point out, stimulus money.

They are also touting the fact they have "created or saved" 650,000-some jobs with stimulus funding. I would love to give you credit for that, but I don't know how to measure a "saved" job? Even David Gregory, is skeptical on that one:

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DAVID GREGORY, NBC NEWS HOST: OK. What is a saved job? How do you measure that?

TREASURY SECRETARY TIM GEITHNER: A saved... well...

GREGORY: It's not something an economist recognizes as an actual fact.

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So, while it's fantastic you "saved" 650,000 jobs, how do you explain the 2.7 million jobs lost since the stimulus?

How about this: Do you know anyone — anyone — who's out there saying: "Times are great. My small business is expanding"? Do you know anyone saying: "I just can't keep up with all the job offers"?

I don't either.

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For all the "fixing" government does, there's not much to show for it. And they seem to be doing more "buying" than fixing. Federal government owns or controls 30 percent of private wealth in America.

Government has a 60 percent stake in GM. The Obama administration pumped $58 billion into saving the struggling company. Great for Detroit, right? Well, Joe Biden did re-open a GM plant... in Wilmington, Delaware, to make green cars that no one wants. Politicians have stepped in to give "reprieves" to failing dealerships around the country.

But meanwhile Ford has a different strategy. They decided to focus on something crazy called "cutting costs" and posted $1 billion in profit.

Government wants to "fix" or "heal" the planet. But the Earth god himself, Al Gore, whose net worth (including two houses) in 2000 was under $2 million, now he's worth hundreds of millions and stands to make even more as energy prices "necessarily skyrocket" (to quote President Obama) and government forces us to go green. And if he loves the Earth so much, why does he eat meat? Finally, someone asked him that question:

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DIANE SAWYER, ABC NEWS HOST: Here's Glenn Beck giving a challenge to you about cows and methane:

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GLENN BECK: I'm siding with PETA on this one. Once again asking Al Gore if you really want to save the planet, Al, why don't you put down the cheeseburger and pick up the veggie burger? Time for, maybe, soy milk and tofurkey.

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And if they really care about the planet so much, why are they pushing a cap-and-trade system that won't curb emissions and will just make Americans pay for them? This is the system that Enron lobbied for — that should raise a flag or two... or 50. Is it really about the planet or a special interest: MSNBC's parent company, GE and Jeffrey Immelt, who stand to make a fortune on the smart grid and other green initiatives.

GE also stands to make a ton of profit on health care with their "health imagination" program. So is it really about "fixing" health care? We can find that answer by looking into the people Obama turns to most on health care:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: Before debating health care, I talked to Andy Stern and SEIU members.

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He consults Andy Stern and SEIU. That wasn't just campaign lip service either. Andy is the leading visitor to the White House — more than Oprah Winfrey; 22 visits in all. Andy Stern, a guy who's helping redesign our system. He must be a free-market capitalist, huh? A straight-talking straight-shooter. All around good guy, the kind you'd want designing the free market system, right?

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ANDY STERN, PRESIDENT OF SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION: What we're working towards is building a global organization, because — workers of the world unite, it's not just a slogan anymore, it's a way we're going to have to do our work.

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Workers of the world unite. Where have I heard that before? Oh, that's right: The Soviet revolution.

I'm sure it was just a slip of the tongue. Even though he tweeted that Van Jones "deserved a more spirited defense," he couldn't be another one of those big government, re-distribution of wealth guys, right?

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STERN: There are opportunities in America to share better in the wealth to rebalance the power and unions and government are part of the solution.

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Oh boy, another big government Marxist around the White House from the unions. But they aren't thugs. No mobster knee breaking tactics going on there, right?

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STERN: We're trying to use the power of persuasion and if that doesn't work, we're gonna use the persuasion of power because there are governments and there are opportunities to change laws that affect these companies.

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STERN: We took names. We watched how they voted. We know where they live.

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Wait, these videos must have been from a sketch comedy show. There's got to be some explanation. Surely, the man whom Obama said this about:

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OBAMA: Before debating health care, I talked to Andy Stern and SEIU members.

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Couldn't have just said... what was it again?

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STERN: We're trying to use the power of persuasion.

Share better the wealth. Rebalance the power.

Workers of the world unite, it's not just a slogan anymore it's a way we're going to have to do our work.

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Well, the phone is here, Anita. We still haven't given up hope that you'll call. The president can't agree with any of this. He loves America. He loves capitalism. He would never want to spread the wealth around:

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OBAMA: Everybody is so pinched that business is bad for everybody and I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.

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Oh boy, maybe the tapes were doctored? I'm just trying to help.

This administration's agenda has nothing to do with "fixing" anything. The results indicate that and everything the president says — and those around him, like George Soros, the radical left guru, say — seem to back that up:

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GEORGE SOROS, BILLIONAIRE: The system we now have has actually broken down only we haven't quite recognized it. And so you need to create a new one and this is the time to do it.

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America, can I ask you a question? How do your friends explain this? They just call me fat or bigoted or ugly or whatever. But no one can explain and the White House doesn't call.

We should have a contest to see how long it takes the White House to actually speak my name; they'll say "5 p.m." or "Fox" or "some right-wing commentators." But if I were that wrong, wouldn't you want to say my name? Like I do: Barack Obama, Andy Stern, Anita Dunn, Ron Bloom, John Holdren, Van Jones, Mark Lloyd, Cass Sunstein.... Are they playing a really unique game of Taboo where they can't say my name?

If I'm wrong, why wouldn't they call me?

Here's two other names they won't say: Cloward and Piven. Go look them up right now. This is what they are doing: It's a collapse the system and replace it with a system of guaranteed annual income for all the workers.

Workers of the world unite!

They need to do it this way, because they know you'll never willingly give up their freedoms. You are going to be "nudged" into it. If they can't nudge you, they'll push you into it. What was it Andy Stern said?

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STERN: We're trying to use the power of persuasion and if that doesn't work, we're gonna use the persuasion of power because there are governments and there are opportunities to change laws that affect these companies.

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STERN: We took names. We watched how they voted. We know where they live.

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They just need a final emergency.

But don't mark my words; mark the words of George Soros:

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SOROS: The system we now have has actually broken down only we haven't quite recognized it. And so you need to create a new one and this is the time to do it.

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It's about the things you and I believe in. Progressives think they know better than you and they want to control every aspect of your life. The "smart grid" isn't about saving energy or helping the planet. It's a way to make one person (the rich guy) pay more and another (the poor guy) pay less. They like to call it "social justice" or fairness; I like to call it Marxism: Spreading the wealth, equaling things out, keeping our most vulnerable on the dole.

But whatever you call it, there is one thing it's definitely not: America. I told you Monday, buckle your seatbelt, find the exit closet closest to you and prepare for a crash landing. Be prepared, it's coming. Most likely after Christmas, you'll start seeing the effects of what they are doing to the economy.

We will survive and we will thrive, because Americans are not the people that do this:

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WJR RADIO DETROIT HOST: Why are you here?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: To get some money.

HOST: What kind of money?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Obama money.

HOST: Where's it coming from?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Obama.

HOST: And where did Obama get it?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I don't know, his stash? I don't know. I don't know where he got it from but he's giving it to us to help us. We love him. That's why we voted for him. Obama! Obama!

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Those are people who have been abused by the system. They've been taught they need government. They've been taught to be slaves and their master is Washington. Well, the truth shall set you free. It's coming. I saw a little bit of it on my way into New York.

I could see the USS New York. It's an amazing ship, but even more amazing when you know the story behind it. It wasn't forged with just any old steel. In the bow of this mighty ship lies 7.5 tons of steel that came from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

I talked with some of the people who actually worked on that ship; it was a big deal to them. They were weeping as they built it. They took great pride in building that ship. That's what we need. We need to take our tragedies and turn them into triumphs. Instead, we wallow in it. But that's where America needs to go.

Of course, everyone will say "Oh, Glenn Beck is saying build a giant war machine!" You're damn right! You can keep your reflection ponds and flower vases. The terrorists kicked our ass that day. What do you say we take that steel, build a giant ship and finish the job?

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In just the past few days, the Senate passed an unprecedented $740 billion spending bill amid an inflation crisis, we found out that the IRS purchased nearly $700,000 worth of guns and ammo ahead of plans to hire 87,000 new "enforcement" agents, and on Monday the FBI raided the home of a former U.S. president. It's pretty safe to say that there's a whole lot going on in this country that we've never seen before, and conservatives had "better wake up," said Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Program."

"This is the beginning of an entirely new kind of America. And when it is all implemented, look out! The only other thing that I think [Democrats] could do to really polish us off is [use] emergency orders. If [President Joe Biden] goes for emergency orders and declares a national emergency over the weather, we're going to be cooked," Glenn said.

Glenn went on to explain why he believes a new "season" is on the horizon for our nation, but it’s not all bad news. He said he's hopeful for a new class of politicians to enter Washington, D.C., and, while no politician is perfect, a few such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis can still surprise us.

DeSantis always seems to be ahead of the curve on hot-button issues, and he tackles them the legal way without abusing his power. Just look at how much the media is trying to paint him as evil. That’s a telltale sign that "he’s on the right track, at the right speed. And he's taking all of it on," Glenn said.

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Here are 3 ways the 'Inflation Reduction Act' WILL impact you (Hint: NOT by reducing inflation)

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The Senate has passed President Joe Biden's $740 billion "Inflation Reduction Act" over the weekend, but the only way this deceptively-named bill will reduce inflation is by crushing your buying power. The massive spending bill includes the largest climate spending package ever passed and will allocate a whopping $80 billion to make the IRS bigger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, and Border Patrol combined. And just wait until you see how the bill will affect our farmers.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck broke down three rather "terrifying" components of the 755-page bill and how they will impact you.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter had a shocking moment of clarity Sunday when he acknowledged what everyone but the liberal media has known since before the 2020 presidential election: President Joe Biden's son Hunter has been up to some seriously dubious dealings overseas, and his father was almost certainly involved despite his repeated claims to the contrary.

On "Reliable Sources" Sunday, Stelter spoke with first lady Jill Biden's former press secretary, Michael LaRosa, about whether Biden is likely to seek a second term in 2024.

“I hope he runs, and I know he’s going to run. I think he's planning to run ... I don't see why he wouldn't run,” LaRosa stammered.

"What about his son? What about Hunter?" Stelter cut in. “Hunter [is] under federal investigation, charges could be coming at any time. This is not just a right-wing media story. This is a real problem for the Bidens."

Unluckily for Stelter, "The Hill's" Joe Concha can remember all the way back to the fall of 2020:


On a recent episode of Glenn TV, Glenn Beck discussed the most recent findings in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Don't get distracted by the seemingly endless stream of scandalous photos and videos, Glenn warns, it's what's coming out about Hunter's overseas business dealings that should be all over the media, because Joe Biden is involved too.

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VOTE: You decide who gets a Badge of Merit (Round 3)

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The Purple Heart in George Washington's time was not given for being wounded. This award went to ordinary soldiers for doing something of merit—something that would find favor in the eyes of God. Washington knew they couldn't win if they weren't on God's side. And if they were on God's side, God would bless them.

I've been looking for people who deserve a George Washington badge of merit. Many of you have submitted nominations. Thank you for the love, respect, and consideration you have shown in doing so.

From your hundreds of nominations, we have narrowed it down to three finalists. Now, it's up to you to decide who gets this honor.

Here are this week's candidates:

1. Dana, the Mom to Many

Dana and her husband Brian run a nonprofit called Dogwood Ranch in southwest Missouri. According to their website:

Dogwood Ranch was created by family, for family. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to live the life for which they were created. Our mission is simple: to provide support for survivors of trauma as they journey towards wholeness. This includes creating a new heritage for foster children and youth who have been abused and neglected, by providing them with safe and healthy forever families. We are also committed to offering a place of belonging for foster teens through individualized transitional living services. Additionally, we offer specialized support through our equine assisted counseling program, which focuses on bringing restoration to foster youth and other at-risk populations, including our honored military veterans and their families. Through the operation of Dogwood Ranch, our desire is to allow those we serve a new way to experience life, family and true redemption. Everyone deserves a chance to find their way home.

According to her nominator, on top of their work at the ranch, they personally foster young girls and have had "over twenty foster girls they now call family."

Her nominator wrote:

They take the toughest cases that come up. On several occasions, I would reach out to see if she could go out, and she would say she couldn’t because they were on suicide watch that night. Young girls have tried to stab her, have stolen her car, and have come to call her Mom…She is an incredibly hard worker, no-nonsense, and full of life and joy. She is constantly making our community and our world a better place.

2. Francine, the Joyful Servant

Francine, who also goes by “Frannie,” and “Fran,” not only has multiple names, but wears multiple hats. At home, she is the mother of two boys with serious disabilities. At work, she is a caretaker for the elderly, and everywhere she goes, she is a ray of sunshine.

Her nominator entrusted her mother, who has since passed, to Francine's care at a nursing home. She said, whenever Francine was working, she would breathe a sigh of relief. She wrote:

While most of the aides looked at the work as just a paycheck, and some of them were actually cruel to the most needy patients, Fran treated each and every one of them like royalty. She saw each individual as unique and worthy of love and understanding. Every patient adored her, because they knew they were in good hands.

Her nominator wrote that she saw treatment of elderly patients that “made her skin crawl.” There was a woman at the nursing home with severe dementia who had become so antagonistic that other aides, to avoid feeding her by hand, would simply not feed her. When Fran was working, she made sure to sit with her while she ate. She even hosted “dinner parties” with multiple residents to ensure they were fed, and happy.

Her nominator wrote:

When Fran was on shift, people who needed help going to bed never had to wait long. Besides, they didn't mind waiting for FRANNIE. She always did everything with such love and care and class! Then, after a long eight hours (or sometimes a double shift!) she would go home to more of the same routine. And in spite of it all, she did it all with a smile on her face. I've never known anyone like her. She was a godsend to my mother. If it hadn't been for her, and a handful of others, Mom's time at the home would have been unbearable. This woman really does deserve an award.

3. Michael, the Godly Father

Michael was nominated by his three children for modeling how a true man of God lives, loves, and serves his community. After serving as a corpsman in the Vietnam War and then working as an elementary school teacher, his children say he was the “solid, and consistently Godly male role model” in his grandchildren’s life. His children wrote:

My father helped raise his grandkids when my sister was a single mom, even though he had already raised his own kids.

Michael shares the gospel in one-on-one Bible studies with young people who have just gotten out of jail. He raises donations for clothing, food, and blankets for the homeless. He meets weekly with young men for Bible studies, to mentor them, and help them mature into men of God.

Michael has taught true love to his children by the way he treats their mother–his wife of 42 years. They wrote:

He is a solid rock of unwavering love for her, which has had a huge impact on how my brother and I treat our own wives. Mike's steadfast love for our mother has taught us the meaning of loyalty, love, commitment, sacred covenant, compassion, honor, and what a true husband looks like.

Most importantly, they say their father "instilled in us an absolute love for our Creator and compassion for our fellow man. He is our number one role model showing us what a godly man is.”

Who do you think deserves a badge of merit? Cast your vote below.