Glenn Beck: You Can't Count on Washington to Wake Up


Glenn Beckweekdays at 5p & 2a ET on Fox News Channel

I've got to start with The New York Times. Maybe it's just me, but when The Times comes out and basically confirms everything I've been talking about over the past few years — the things that I have been made fun of in The New York Times — you'd think there would be a little bit more of a reaction in the news and on the Hill.

But then again, you'd also think, with all the Harvard degrees we have walking around Washington, we'd get a little more "out of the box" thinking. Something a little different than the usual solutions we are presented with: Big government and tax hikes.

Wow, thank goodness we made sure to elect deep intellectuals. What would we ever do without the fresh new thinking of entitlement programs and taking more money from the people?

The No. 1 thing I get asked is: What can we do about it?

We know calling our elected officials doesn't work, because they are more worried about what special interests like the SEIU and ACORN think about them. They are more concerned with securing votes than what is actually good for America. Take Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana.

She was "on the fence" about the Senate's health care bill. She ended up voting for it. What changed her mind? Was it some amazing cost-cutting maneuver? Was it a guarantee that no one would ever get a boo-boo again?


It was reported on Friday that her vote was sold in a $100 million bribe. Yes, in the health care bill — a bill about health and care and covering people on health-related issues — Senator Landrieu was assured that her state, Louisiana, would get at least $100 million in aid:


SEN. MARY LANDRIEU, D-LA.: I am not going to be defensive about asking for help in this situation. And it is not a $100 million fix, it's a $300 million fix.


Oh, wait, sorry — my bad there. It was $300 million. She went on to point out there is bipartisan support for this money in Louisiana — including the Republican governor. Wow, no way. The Republican in Louisiana was for it? The bipartisan cup spilleth over with support!

I guess shame is dead in Louisiana too.

We've known shame has been dead in Washington; they brush off blatant corruption without even blinking

So we shouldn't be the least bit surprised that these same shameless politicians don't care about reading the bills they try and jam down our throats:

The American people — even though the media ignores your voice — are fed up with this stuff. Read the damn bill. How hard is that, Mr. Conyers? Especially since you are a lawyer.

We need to try something different. Can't your Ivy League brain grasp the idea that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, General Motors, Chrysler, Citigroup, Bank of America are not too big to fail? Let the system — the free market system — work.

When will someone in Washington peek their greasy little heads out of the box you are trapping us in and say: "Hey, that $12 trillion debt — we can't pay that off even if we took the combined profits of all Fortune 500 companies for the next 145 years, not including the interest. This doesn't look sustainable. Maybe we should stop spending?"

Oh, stop scaring people, Glenn! America can't fail... because it's America!

Well, I can finally say to you: Don't take my word for it. Again, take it from The New York Times.

Here's Monday's headline: "Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government"

It begins on a pleasant note: "Treasury officials now face a trifecta of headaches: a mountain of new debt, a balloon of short-term borrowings that come due in the months ahead, and interest rates that are sure to climb back to normal as soon as the Federal Reserve decides that the emergency has passed."

So, how does even a slight raise in interest rates affect you? As the Times explains, even raising interest rates just 1 percentage point raise would cost taxpayers an extra $80 billion this year or: "Equal to the combined budgets of the Department of Energy and the Department of Education."

And what about that $12 trillion debt?

"The White House estimates that the government's tab for servicing the $12 trillion debt will top $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. Other forecasters say the figure could be much higher."

Two things on this: Maybe one of the other forecasters — who just happened to be me — wrote, in "Common Sense," a book that has been on The New York Times own best sellers list for 23 straight weeks — wrote: "By 2019, our annual interest payments on the national debt will balloon to a projected $806 billion!"

If you want the news, stop reading The Times, because they are a little behind the times.

That interest payment is the equivalent of one TARP bill per year just to service the debt. The Times also explains that an additional $500 billion a year in interest expense payments would total more than: "the combined federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

But here is another little tidbit The Times discovered only today: "The competing demands could deepen political battles over the size and role of government, the trade-offs between taxes and spending, the choices between helping older generations versus younger ones, and the bottom-line questions about who should ultimately shoulder the burden."

Let me translate that for you: Rationing and death panels.

The New York Times is just discovering all of this today. But for anyone who watches my program on a nightly basis, let me show you what I said on August 6:


GLENN BECK: I want to make it very, very clear: What these people are talking about is how to ration in the case of an emergency. They define that as a shortage — a shortage of kidneys, hospital beds or flu vaccines — a shortage.

But what we have to remember is universal health care creates another shortage: A shortage of money. And when we are out of money, these people will begin making the rules governing your health care.


The New York Times wonders why they are losing readers. It's because reading their paper is like entering a time machine or reading the news in your rearview mirror. They didn't even bother to jump on the ACORN story, which came complete with corruption, hookers and pimps.

So, while The New York Times has on page A1 that the deficit is crippling and the interest on the debt is insurmountable the minute the Fed starts raising the interest rates, we are still talking about health care. The latest Fox News poll (17-18 Nov. 2009) asks: "Based on what you know about the health care reform legislation being considered right now, do you favor or oppose the plan?" The results: In favor: 35 percent; opposed: 51 percent.

You have to ask why. The answers have already been given — I'm sure The Times will report the answer sometime in February. But here they are:

They need the framework to be able to control you and to ration everything; from electricity to health care to welfare to housing. They need that structure for when this starts to collapse.

The second thing is they need every dime they can squeeze, because they have lied to us and they are about to be trapped in those lies.

That's also the reason why Sarah Palin sold 300,000 books in a week. People are looking for anyone who is not like what we have come to know in Washington.

That's why, when I went on a book tour, over 25,000 people showed up. The New York Times (shockingly) did a story on this Sunday, but they and the rest of the media didn't quote how many people were there. You wouldn't want to tell the truth.

Because they are busy fundamentally transforming this country. It's the culmination of everything progressives have dreamed of for the last 100 years. That's why, despite the obvious unsustainable path and the hoards of people desperate for something else — something out of the box — the people are being ignored. Because they don't care about you.

We must not wait for a leader anymore. The people must lead and the leader will follow.

I announced this weekend that I'm going to have educational conventions around the country this coming year. We'll learn everything from community organizing, history, finance — because you have to know the truth and know what you are facing.

You can get all those details at

Then, on August 28, 2010, I want to meet you at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Surprise, surprise, the government wants to make it almost impossible to stage events or rallies at the site, which means this will probably be the last large gathering there.

But we are going to educate ourselves so we have teeth — so they fear us more than SEIU and their 2.2 million members. We are much bigger than that. We'll educate ourselves and show ourselves — as Republicans, Democrats and independents — in a united front. Standing before the man who taught us "united we; stand divided we fall." All Americans, just looking for someone with the honesty and integrity and the willingness to do the right thing, like Abraham Lincoln.

Because if we are going to save the country, we have to be ahead of the game — which counts all the writers of The New York Times out: They are probably busy contemplating if they should report on the Monica Lewinsky scandal or not.

But we have to be ahead of it and we have to be willing to think out of the box. Because there's a box they are creating for us: It suspiciously looks like a coffin.

Everyone stood around as the Republicans were driving nails into our coffin, saying "look how much money they are spending! Look at all the corruption!" So we kicked him out. And we turned to the Democrats, who coincidentally, had the same exact box. And he started doing the same thing, only faster. Both parties are both spending us into oblivion; one just gets us to the final destination more quickly.

I don't know if this means the end of the two-party system, but I do know it means the end of our country if we keep playing this game. When someone starts to wake up, grabs the crowbar and starts taking out the nails — I will follow them.

But we can no longer count on the people in Washington to wake up. It's really going to fall on your shoulders.

— WatchGlenn Beckweekdays at 5p & 2a ET on Fox News Channel

There’s an economic axis of evil taking shape right now, and the people in charge of our government are too stupid to acknowledge and deal with what’s happening. The U.S. dollar and the entire financial system are at stake, and, as Glenn Beck reveals on "Glenn TV" Wednesday, our enemies’ PUBLISHED plans to take the entire thing down.

While all of this is happening, our own leaders are making everything worse. We’ve got Nancy Pelosi risking an international incident, accelerating China’s plans to collapse us. And when Biden SHOULD be focusing on the security of our country, he’s instead preoccupied with controlling the weather with his Inflation "Reduction" Act.

Glenn exposes the TRUE numbers on what that bill will do to your family’s budget. Add to that, they’re more than doubling the IRS to make sure you feel the pain. And if you think they won’t come for you, look at what they just did to the former president of the United States. The DOJ and FBI just went after the political opponent of their boss, Joe Biden.

This is what they are focused on, and the threat to the dollar — and the entire financial system — isn’t even on their radar. Pain is coming for us, and they don’t care one bit.

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Speaking before signing the “PACT Act of 2022” on Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden claimed that his wonderful economic plan "is working" and that somehow July’s annual inflation rate of 8.5% was actually “zero.”

“I just want to say a number: zero. Today we received news that our economy had 0% inflation in the month of July,” Biden said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dutifully echoed the president's not-at-all misleading claim:

The truth of the matter is that last month's inflation rate of 8.5% was a (small) step in the right direction, but only because it was lower than June's 41-year high of 9.1% — and the thing is, anyone who's graduated kindergarten knows it.

So, who do White House personnel think they're fooling? On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere broke down how the Biden administration came to this latest disingenuous conclusion about the economy, what the latest consumer price index actually shows, and why the inevitable Biden brag-fest will be unbearable.

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Glenn Beck: This is the ONLY endgame that makes sense for the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home

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If you're celebrating this FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, you have no idea how much this changes things. We don't do this in America. At least, we didn't. But the left cannot have Donald Trump be president again. His "America First" platform goes against everything they've been working for. So, what's their endgame here? On the radio program, Glenn Beck said there's really only one endgame that makes sense — and it should scare us all.

"If you are not for the destruction of America, you better pay attention quickly. This is a massive move," Glenn said of the Mar-a-Lago raid.

"And who has credibility on this? ... The right will believe Donald Trump, but nobody on the left, so you're not going to change any minds there. Do you think the right will believe the New York Times? MSNBC? NBC? CBS? Do you think we're going to believe the New York Times — the people who have been carrying water for the Biden crimes? The Clinton crimes? And ... I'm talking about her server and having her own State Department people go into a skiff, which is the top secret room, completely sealed off, going in and getting documents, cutting off 'top secret,' and then emailing them to her on her private server. And nothing? And now you're going to try to convince me [that] this has nothing to do with January 6?" he added.

"Remember the [allegations about] bank servers, [Trump] was pinging a bank? Untrue. Carter Page is a Russian spy? Untrue. Donald Trump is a Russian spy? ... Untrue. Collusion with Russia? Untrue. Ukraine, the perfect phone call? Not true. Not true. Wasn't a perfect phone call. Was not impeachable. The pee tape dossier? None of that was true. Here's why they can't have [Trump] as president of the United States. They can't have him as president of the United States because we are headed towards a completely new, all redesigned, non-capitalist, nonconstitutional Great Reset," Glenn argued. "They cannot have him be president because he is America first."

Glenn warned Americans that our federal government is accumulating massive power, case in point the 87,000 new IRS agents. "Coupled with the [IRS agents] they already have ... that's almost the size of our National Guard. Do you feel comfortable with that? Democrats? You don't think there's a possibility ... that someone ... might come in at some point and weaponize the IRS?"

He also warned that the FBI's raid on Donald Trump’s home has implications that stretch far beyond simple dislike for the former president. So what are they hoping to accomplish?

"What is the endgame? You make him into a martyr by throwing him into jail or killing him ... so you make him stronger? That doesn't make sense. Why would they want that?" Glenn asked. "So, what is their endgame? The only one that makes sense to me, is to stop him at any cost, then lunatics will take to the streets, and then [they] will have [their] evidence that the [right is] more dangerous than anyone could possibly imagine. Please, pray for your country."

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