Glenn Beck: Time to Cut Up Congress' Credit Cards


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When there is a financial crisis in my family, we have a budget meeting, we look things over. Maybe this is the same with you — I bet it is.

You look at the numbers. And let's say that you find out that you've run up so much debt, that even if you devoted 100 percent of your salary to paying down that debt, it would take 145 years to pay it off. My advice would always be: Break out the credit cards! Yes, it's spending time! Bloomingdales anyone?

Of course you would never do that. You'd cut the credit cards. But our government does. Democrats are raising the debt ceiling by another $1.8 trillion. David Obey summed up the need for the action best: "We don't really have a choice. The bill's already been run up; the credit card has already been used. When you get the bill in the mail you need to pay it."

Oh, so that's how it works. Even if that were the total truth, would you then borrow money to pay that bill and then borrow more money to rack up new charges? No. Our hands are tied because you've been busy tying them.

At least we spent that $787 billion in stimulus money to create jobs, right? President Obama rushed us into it — as did everybody else in Congress. So what are we getting out of it?

$2.2 million went to a failing golf course in San Francisco

$54 million for a California "wine train"

$1.5 million went to fossil research in Argentina

$75,000 went to puppet shows and a clown theater

Almost $400,000 for people to keep journals of their malt liquor and marijuana use

$200,000 to study the "hookup" behavior of college students

$500,000 to study how people use Facebook

$220,000 on the study of birds, the sex drive of rats and the "caste system" and division of labor in ants

You couldn't make this stuff up. By the way, side note: Andy Stern is organizing those labor ants.

An Obama spokeswoman shrugged off the waste, saying: "Even if there are a few unwise projects, it's only a handful out of the over 50,000 projects ... approved to date."

"A few unwise projects"? I just listed eight that wasted over $50 million of taxpayer money. Projects like Hillary Clinton's pollster getting $6 million to save a whopping three jobs. Maybe that kind of thing doesn't bother Washington, but it sure bothers the rest of us.

And it's not just Democrats. There is a brand new Omnibus bill that is over 2,400-pages. They are voting on it. They've only had access to it for under 24 hours. No one has read it! And the Republicans have slipped in more than $1 billion of pork barrel spending.

Aren't they supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility? Aren't they supposed to be the other choice? And they wonder why polls show they are being beaten by the non-existent Tea Party Party?

How can you justify wasting more of our money on ridiculous grants like the "Juan de Fuca Festival"? And don't give me the "oh, it's only a billion — the whole bill is $447 billion." That's like me saying to my wife, hey, I only slept with 10 tramps... look at Tiger Woods!

Stop the spending! It's time to cut the credit cards of Congress.

While the rest of America has shed 7 million jobs since the recession began in 2007 — and 4 million jobs since Obama took office — there is one sector that the government has succeeded in creating jobs: In the federal government.

From Friday's USA Today, the federal government is adding 10,000 jobs a month while the rest of the country is hemorrhaging them.

The next part of this will make your head explode, so get out the duct tape for this one. How many times have you heard about the "evil CEOs" and the "wealthiest one percent," from our politicians? OK, who in the government is making out the best? From USA Today: "The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases."

The highest paid? Isn't that interesting? It turns out being rich is only bad if you are in the private sector!

Take the Transportation Department: When the recession began they had one — count 'em — one person making over $170,000. Today? There are 1,690!

The average salary in the private sector: $40,331; the average salary for federal employees: $71,206.

And — again, get out the duct tape — the government is now easing salary caps. Yes, the same people who are admonishing those greedy CEOs seem to keep giving themselves raises. So now, when the "boss" in a federal department gets a raise, everyone gets one. Like when the FAA chief got a raise, almost 1,700 employees' salaries rose above the $170,000 mark along with him.

And my favorite: Max Baucus — who you know from the Baucus Bill and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee — we've just learned gave a $14,000 pay raise to a female staffer at the time he was becoming romantically involved with her (2008) and "later that year took her on a taxpayer-funded trip to Southeast Asia and the Middle East... even though foreign policy was not her specialty."

All while there is a financial crisis?

Need. Duct. Tape.

No wonder Barack Obama is out there saying he saved the economy — things are looking pretty darn rosy from inside Washington, D.C.:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: 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.


Are we really out of the storm? How does any of this massive government expansion make sense, without Cloward and Piven?

You have to ask yourself: Do you believe the politicians? Well, they have to increase power if you believe them. Or you can listen to yourself, what you know in your gut. Why are they pushing health care bill through? Because they aren't afraid of you. Harry Reid is losing and will probably lose his election. So what's the strategy? He'll be either running some giant corporation or be some giant lobbyist. He may lose his position, but he won't lose his power.

How about people who are not connected to the government? What are they doing to make sure they don't lose their money? While Barack Obama says everything is fine, people who put their money where there mouth is don't agree. Let me show you:

Just like a traffic light, there's green, yellow and red.

The "green" would be stocks and corporate bonds. The "yellow" would be treasuries, T-bills. The "red" would be gold, land, food and God knows what else. We don't ever get to red. We've always been in the green.

When people who have billions of dollars to invest and they feel comfortable they invest in stocks and corporate bonds.

When they don't know what will happen and they think what is going to happen is bad, the safe bet is to put it in treasuries. And when things are really bad — and we've never gotten this far — they go into gold. We've been a country on the green level. Four times in this country's history, we've gone into the yellow level. When there is so much money being poured into the treasuries, the yield (the money you make on the investment) goes down. Four times in history it's gone down to zero. That means they are just holding it and you don't make a dime. And they don't care about making money. They just want to have it and not lose it.

When were the last three times this happened? All were in December '08.

Now, again, the president says this:


OBAMA: 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.


Then let me ask you, Mr. President: Why have the people with real money made a historic move? We are once again at a zero yield on interest. Anyone who has to put there money where their mouth is — they don't feel comfortable. They're going yellow.

And by the way, you're seeing little flashes of red: Gold is down in the last week. It may zoom up again, it may not. But it's a warning sign — a flashing red light, which we also rarely, if ever see.

What does this all mean? You have to believe one of two options: First, the hope for change, which is including all of this spending that doesn't make any common sense. Or, "the put your money where your mouth is" people — the big smart money.

You know the old complaint "the rich are getting richer"? It's because they knew. Well, now you know. The smart money is saying hunker down. Things could get much worse. I hope they don't.

You don't have to buy treasury bills or gold or anything. You just need the information and don't spend like Congress does.

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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