Glenn Beck: More Government Spending Is Not the Answer




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While most of us were arguing with relatives or loosening our belts this Thanksgiving weekend, there was a story that popped up that most of us didn't pay attention to.

It was a story about Dubai and a mini-panic happened while we were sitting at our Thanksgiving tables. They don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the rest of the world, so this became a big deal while we lapsed into our football comas. This is an important story and nobody is explaining why it matters to us.

Dubai is Vegas on steroids. There's a six-star hotel — I don't even know what that means, but it sounds awesome — where the cheapest room right now, costs almost $1,600 per night.

They built all those houses in the Gulf in the shape of the symbol of Dubai; they created man-made islands to do it. Imagine us making houses on islands we built, in the shape of the presidential seal out in the Gulf of Mexico!

The have indoor snow skiing in the sizzling heat of the Middle East.

These are the only people in the world who make us look Amish. When our banks were in trouble we went knocking on their door and now they are going belly up?

Uh-oh.

Aren't they from a well-off part of the world right now? And if they have run out of money on their lifestyle-modeled after us? How much more time do we have?

Let's look at Dubai and see what their problems are:

• They have massive debt

• They over-speculated, thinking the market would never turn sour

• They continued to spend after the world economy started changing

• They do nothing with their own domestic energy and now they want a bailout

By the way, everything I just listed is happening right now in California as well.

Here is where it affects you because, again, the world markets freaked out over Dubai World's problems and California is in the same situation.

Let's start here: Dubai World has a GDP of $75 billion a year; California's GDP is $1.8 trillion — the eighth largest in the world, ahead of major countries like Italy. What happens when the truth of what's going on in California becomes apparent to the rest of the country and the world?

When news of the credit risks in Dubai were announced the Dow Jones fell 154 points. Again, California is the eighth largest economy in the world with a GDP of $1.8 trillion.

California is now reportedly up to $130 billion in debt. They're handing out IOUs at tax time. They are proposing new 10 percent taxes, called "forced loans." The energy shuts off every other week. Fires rage because they refuse to clear the underbrush. And now they have just proposed another $11 trillion in debt through a bond issue even though California's state comptroller says they can't afford more debt.

Dubai should have put on brakes. California should put on brakes. All of America should put on brakes, but no one is.

Government spending, incredibly, is set to increase through 2011. Our deficit is $12.2 trillion today and by 2018 it's projected to be over $24 trillion — and that's if everything goes well.

Since I've brought this up and have dared talk about accountability, I'll of course be ridiculed by those in power and so will you, if you're concerned about these spending policies. But they have been saying that big government spending wasn't crazy for a long time.

Henry Morgenthau, who served as Roosevelt's treasury secretary during FDR's administration, said at the time: "We are spending more money than we have ever spent before and it does not work.... We have never made good on our promises.... I say after eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started... and an enormous debt to boot."

It took a World War to get us out of that mess; let's not go down that path again.

At the peak of government spending during the worst financial crisis in our history — the Great Depression — we only spent 4.3 percent of GDP. This year, President Obama will spend 26 percent of GDP. This year will be the largest government expansion since the height of the Korean War.

But this is not solely an Obama problem; federal spending is up 57 percent since 2001. Obama is just putting his foot on the accelerator. And you have to ask: why? It hasn't worked in Dubai. It's not working in America or California. And it hasn't worked in Greece. It hasn't worked in Ireland. It didn't work in Iceland. It won't work here.

What they are not reporting in Greece or Ireland is the unrest and the amount of violence because the people's money has been squandered by out-of-control politicians. The people's future has been destroyed by greedy governments, in bed with big business.

The New York Times just reported that one out of every 8 adults and one out of every four children get at least some of their food from food stamps. That's more than 36 million people. That sounds like we are headed down the same road as Ireland, Greece and Iceland. When you combine no jobs with hunger and an unresponsive government, you have a recipe for potential disaster.

So how do you fix it?

History has proven over and over again — and so has the Post Office, for that matter — that government is not the answer. You need to unleash the people. The entrepreneurs. And if you are wondering how it is that the government can't see that — how they can be pondering even bigger stimulus packages as they stare the failure of the first one right in the face — I'll show you.

Here are the past presidents and the number of appointees in their Cabinets with private sector experience -- folks that have done more than write on the chalkboard; they've been out there, in the real world.

Let's compare President Nixon -- he's over 50 percent -- with President Obama: Under 10 percent of his appointees have any experience in the private sector.

The solutions will never come from government; government is the problem. Universities are not there to teach you what to think, but how to think — so that you, as the entrepreneur, will go into the real world and think outside the box.

The entire idea of this country is to build a better mousetrap. Someone is at home screaming in their underwear, "I have the answer!" OK, first, put your pants on because that's always a good safety tip before changing the world. Then, get up and do it.

The individual with the crazy idea has brought the world the light bulb and the elevator; we have fundamentally changed the world through the power of the individual. Government will never do it better — they are incapable.

We have always been the country of the underdog. But we have become the country cheering for the guys who have the giant Death Star, instead of rooting for the cute little Ewoks. We are for the little guy! At least we used to be and I believe, still are.

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


Watch the full interview with Tulsi Gabbard here.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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