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Ben Bernanke is Time Magazine's Person of the Year

GLENN: Do we have a Cindy Sheehan update on Time Magazine? Time Magazine has made Ben Bernanke the Man of the Year. We actually should have gone back. When did Ben Bernanke become the Fed chair? 2005, 6?

STU: 6 or 7.

GLENN: Has it been that long already? . So wait a minute, Ben Bernanke was there at the beginning before --

PAT: At the very beginning of the melt-down.

GLENN: Where did he come from.

STU: February 1st, 2006.

GLENN: 2006. So he was there way before the meltdown.

STU: And Time's reasoning is specific. I can give you a quote here. The story of the year was a weak economy that could have been much, much weaker. Thank the man who runs the Federal Reserve, our mild mannered economic overlord.

GLENN: Wait. He was there in 2006.

STU: Right.

GLENN: That's before anybody was saying there was a problem. The problem that the banks and Wall Street caused because they're all fat cats, according to Barack Obama, why didn't our banking and Wall Street overlord recognize that?

STU: Yeah, I mean, because this is essentially Obama's argument that he inherited the problem. You can make -- there's some validation with -- some people will argue the Greenspan thing and everything else. But he was there in the middle of it handling it. Where was he before?

PAT: Before taking the job? I think he came from JC Penney, didn't he?

GLENN: Find out where he was before that, Ben Bernanke, was he a professor?

STU: Merrill Lynch -- hold on. He's an academic, history, Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sorting through a little thing here.

GLENN: He didn't send us his resume?

PAT: Immediately before the Chair, JC Penney, I think he was. Men's suits department at JC Penney. Yeah. I could be wrong. But it happened once before.

GLENN: How long does it take?

STU: I'm trying to look through the bio.

GLENN: I don't need the bio I need the resume. Get Ben Bernanke's, go to askjeeves.com.

PAT: That's where you get the real scoop.

GLENN: What was Ben Bernanke's last job?

STU: Before his appointment to chairman, Dr. Bernanke was chairman of the president's council of economic advisors from June 2005 to --

GLENN: So he was part of the -- what was he before he went into Washington?

PAT: He got a Ph.D. at MIT. That's pretty good.

STU: Dr. Bernanke already served the Federal Reserve system in several roles. Member of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve from 2002 to 2005.

GLENN: In 2002 when they jacked down the interest rates, he was part of that. Just as Timothy Geithner was part, he was a Federal Reserve chair of New York. So he oversaw all of the banks here. He's the guy who missed it all.

PAT: I don't know if I would blame him completely he certainly was there.

GLENN: Excuse me? Excuse me?



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STU: Ben Bernanke?

GLENN: Timothy Geithner.

STU: Geithner, I'm sorry.

GLENN: That was his job to oversee the banks here.

STU: That's a completely different story. He was a member of The Academic Advisory Panel at the Fed in New York from 1990 to 2002.

GLENN: He's been at the Fed the whole time. The Fed is the problem here. The Fed -- Alan Greenspan said he didn't even understand these CDOs. He didn't even understand them. What? That's a problem Al. So I'm trying to figure out how Time Magazine is splitting he was part of the system but he's fixed it. He was part of the system that created it. It's like, hey, hey, Bernie Madoff, he made like $4 million for people.

STU: Let's say Bernie Madoff went and did all this fraud and made billions of dollars somehow turned it around you could make the argument that you ignore the first half of his year turn it around say that's great. But Ben Bernanke's turning it around was losing four million jobs.

GLENN: Instead of what, five? Four million jobs. Seven. Four in the last nine months or 12 months.

STU: I was thinking of it in terms of this last year.

GLENN: Yeah. No, no. Seven million jobs. That's his big deal. And even if it was $50 billion that Bernie Madoff, would you herald him as a hero? Would he be on Time Magazine the cover saying my gosh look at Bernie Madoff, he made $10 billion. He's the Man of the Year. You'd be like, yeah, he lost the first 50 billion.

STU: You know what this logic is. It's Robert Kramer. His argument was, look, I stole a couple million dollars but eventually they got it back and I was doing it because I meant well.

PAT: Or it's like a physician who beats a man almost to death and then treats him. He doesn't get back to normal he's still damaged severely. Not normal still alive not in critical condition anymore. He's in serious condition now. Hey, look what I did. I fixed this guy.

STU: Great point.

GLENN: This is fantastic.

STU: So apparently Ben Bernanke for that gets Person of the Year. The way Time breaks it up they have Person of the Year. A list, and runners up.

GLENN: Which, wait, which the A list includes what's his name? Usain Bolt.

PAT: He's in the second tier.

STU: A list is just Person of the Year. Ben Bernanke. B list is the runners up which is McKristol, the Chinese worker, Nancy Pelosi.

GLENN: Let's go through this. McKristol. How is McKristol, the guy that the president doesn't listen to.

STU: He asked for a raise.

GLENN: And didn't get it.

STU: He got some.

GLENN: His advice is so convoluted it's taken the president six months to sort through it and then come up with a different answer. All right. So he was considered. You know what that is, that is the Time Magazine going let's not alienate everybody who loves the troops.

STU: It's possible. Although he did make that story I mean big you could argue. Because if it wasn't for that, Obama could have said well we only added 100 troops.

GLENN: If that's the way that the Time Magazine spun it they didn't mean it.

STU: I'm sure they didn't either. The Chinese worker.

GLENN: Which is ridiculous. They could spin that as the slave that now owns you.

STU: Nancy Pelosi, which I think you can argue certainly should be on the Person of the Year list. She did get a lot done.

GLENN: I do think she belongs on the Person of the Year list.

STU: Usain Bolt is the other one on the B list, the sprinter, who is very fast. You've got A lister, Ben Bernanke. Those are the B listers. They have a C lister category.

GLENN: Down to the C list.

STU: Now, in 2005 that's where they stuck Cindy Sheehan. She did make the list but made it into the C lister list.

GLENN: What exactly did Cindy Sheehan accomplish?

STU: They have a write up right here. Who would have thought this mother of a soldier killed in Iraq could spoil the president's vacation and become a spiritual leader of the antiwar camp.

PAT: Who said she spoiled his vacation. Did he come out and say Cindy Sheehan spoiled my vacation? I was chopping some wood in the back then I heard this noise a big ruckus over here. She wrecked it for me. I don't remember that.

STU: Keeping a vigil outside of Bush's Crawford ranch for nearly a month Sheehan become a folksy celebrity, a hero to some and villain to others. That was the write-up. The interesting thing the C list in which she appeared also has someone who appeared, Glenn Beck, also mattered apparently in some weird way. Today. He didn't matter then at all. Today you apparently mattered. Would you like to hear some of the people?

GLENN: Yes. Are these the people that will soon prison number 1179.

STU: The prison matters C listers of time. Shocking Glenn Beck in the same category as Adam Lambert.

GLENN: Stop with the Adam Lambert thing.

STU: Constantly.

PAT: There's a certain [indiscernible] between the two of you.

GLENN: There is we ought to meet this Adam Lambert guy.

STU: John and Kate Gosselin. Hamid Karzai. Rahm Emanuel.

GLENN: Bigger list than mine.

STU: Paired Jay Leno and David Letterman together. Which I don't understand. Bernie Madoff.

GLENN: I got it.

STU: One got screwed.

STU: Come on, do it --

GLENN: Let's leave it at that.

STU: That's the end.

GLENN: By the way, I'm going to be on Leno Friday night flying out to do Leno on Friday night. You don't want to miss it.

STU: Barack Obama on this list. Manny Pacquiao. Sarah Palin. The Twilight stars.

GLENN: Hang a second. Sarah Palin does not belong on the same list with me and the Twilight stars.

STU: I don't know. The way this looks appears they're doing it in order. Number one is more important than number two on this list.

GLENN: Who is number one?

STU: I could be wrong. Number one is -- number one is, of course, obviously, just say it along with me, Neda Agha-Soltan. Which --

PAT: You don't have to explain that.

STU: Neda Agha-Soltan. Are you hearing me? Is the microphone not working? I'm saying Neda.

GLENN: I'm pretending I don't know for the listeners who don't know.

PAT: For the ill-informed talk to us about Neda.

STU: If you don't know Neda Agha-Soltan. I'm not going to lower myself to answer that.

GLENN: Pat, lower yourself and Google search just to figure out how to spell the name. She's number one.

STU: Or he, yes. One of the two is number one. Then you're number two. And then I don't know if this is actually in order.

GLENN: It can't be, Adam Lambert, it can't be.

STU: Adam Lambert number eight.

GLENN: Hang on. We'll be back in just a second.

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.

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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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