Glenn Beck: Is Obama Taking Pointers From Hugo Chavez?


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Is it me or has anyone else noticed that Marxism has suddenly become "cool" in America? Che is just a T-shirt; Mao is a favorite philosopher or a hip purse; Stalin is someone with whom Oliver Stone can "empathize."

These people were all ruthless, cold-blooded killers.

Mark this down on your calendar: Friday, January 22 — you and your family are going to learn the true history of Che, Mao, Stalin, the killers of socialism and communism — part of our new year, new show.

We're going to set the record straight. And once you see it, more people will wonder what I'm wondering tonight: Why is it that nobody seems to be paying any attention to the similarities we're seeing between what Hugo Chavez has been doing in Venezuela and what's happening here?

When have Marxism and/or socialism ever led to prosperity? Have the moves we've made toward socialism helped? The jobless numbers came out on Friday: We're at 10 percent still. With the expected rush of December hiring for Christmas, we still lost jobs.

Ten percent 10 percent unemployment; 85,000 jobs lost in December; White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called it "disappointing" and added, "We are in a very tough economic environment."

That's weird, I thought the worst was behind us — to quote his boss. And it's actually much tougher than he knows or admits because his boss is wrong. The thing about job numbers, they come out the first Friday of every month but they don't really show the whole picture.

Eight-five thousand jobs lost for the month of December, but what they don't take into account is the group "not in the labor force." Who are these people? They are the ones who have given up or, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts it "Persons outside the labor force who want a job, including those who have stopped looking because they believe no jobs are available (discouraged workers)."

How many of those "discouraged workers" could be out there?

Well, the change from October to November was 326,000 people — 326,000 have given up. But the change from November to December: 843,000 people. But they don't count in the government's statistics as unemployed. They are just "discouraged workers" who don't have jobs.

But I want to show you what our old friend Hugo Chavez has been up to.

President Chavez, harried by recession and declining popularity, announced a major currency devaluation late Friday to shore-up government finances and stimulate economic growth before key elections this year. Let's take a look at some of the things Hugo Chavez has done up to this point:

May, 2007: Chavez takes control of oil projects part-owned by foreign private companies

May 28, 2007: Radio Caracas Television, the country's oldest private network and its most watched, goes off the air after Chavez refuses to renew its broadcasting license. He accuses the channel of causing "moral damage" and backing the coup against him in 2002

2009: Chavez begins a campaign of threats, fines and intimidation against the country's only remaining opposition TV station, Globovisión

July 31, 2008: Chavez announces nationalization of Banco Santander the local subsidiary of Banco de Venezuela. Then on November 20, the government took over four private banks

And Hugo Chavez moves to silence and discredit his critics:

June 2009: Police raid the home of Globovisión's president and ordered the station to pay $2.3 million for giving free airtime to anti-government groups during a 2002 oil strike

August 1, 2009: Chavez begins the shutdown of 34 radio stations

Now let me show you what has happened in the past year in the United States of America, under Barack Obama.

Remember: Chavez nationalized big oil; shut down the country's most-watched television network; threatened, fined and intimidated the only other opposition station; shutdown 34 radio stations; took over banks and tried to silence his critics. OK? Here's the past year in America — again, Chavez grabbed control of big oil, let me show you what Maxine Waters said:


REP. MAXINE WATERS, D-CALIF.: And guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal will be about socializing ... uh, um ... would be about, basically, taking over and the government running all of your companies.


Chavez intimidated, shut down or fined any media critical of his policies. Meanwhile, Obama's FCC diversity "czar," Mark Lloyd said this:


MARK LLOYD, FCC DIVERSITY 'CZAR': In Venezuela, with Chavez, really an incredible revolution — a democratic revolution. To begin to put in place things that are going to have an impact on the people of Venezuela.


Lloyd also said this on the Fairness Doctrine:


LLOYD: What we are really saying is that the Fairness Doctrine is not enough.



And, according to Lloyd, commercial broadcast owners who do not comply with these regulations would be forced to pay a fine, the proceeds of which would "directly support local, regional, and national public broadcasting." PBS, funded by your tax dollars and soon fines on private broadcast companies? Lloyd estimates that the fines "would net between $100 million and $250 million" for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which in turn would, according to Lloyd and his colleagues, "cover controversial and political issues in a fair and balanced manner."

Chavez took over Venezuelan banks. In America, Barack Obama and the U.S. government executed a bailout of some of America's largest banks and the federal government now owns 35 percent of Bank of America's pro forma tangible equity. On December 14, Obama said this about our banking situation:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: With the help of the American government and the American taxpayer, our banks now have a greater obligation to the goal of a wider recovery, a more stable system and more broadly shared prosperity.


Chavez has worked overtime to silence his critics. On June 16 of last year, Obama mentioned his alleged "opposition":


OBAMA: I've got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration ...


That's a pretty big megaphone.


And when the White House said Fox News isn't a news organization, Obama had this to say:


OBAMA: And if media is operating basically as a talk radio format then that's one thing, and if it's operating as a news outlet that's another. But it's not something I'm losing sleep over.


And now, Chavez is devaluing the Venezuelan currency ... again. It is what we've been telling you since George W. Bush was in office: This president and the last president devalued our dollar and what happened in Venezuela is going to happen here if we don't stop spending money.

But more importantly, if you're going to control a people you must have them dependent on you. So what's the best way to do that? You can change the radio stations, you can control their energy supply, you can even make it so that they have to come to the government to do business. But the most effective way is to become the slave master and make them come to you for employment. How could you lose your job as president if the voter understands that by voting for your competitor — who wants to reduce the size of government — that would mean losing your job? The real power grab is getting them into your employ.

What happens when you compare America's "goods producing" category of jobs vs. government payrolls? From 1939, the public sector — the government — has been steadily growing and the private sector has been growing as well in fits and starts. But it keeps going up — up to about 1999/2000 when "goods producing" bounced around its peak.

Then what happened?

"Goods producing" fell off a cliff and toward the end of 2007, there were more government jobs than producing jobs in this country. And yes, it is not lost on me that most of this happened under Bush.

Now imagine what will happen under Obama. We used to make goods; now we make consumers. We buy "stuff" from other countries and, at this rate, we will all be doing it on government salaries. Which is interesting because if the government is creating government jobs and taxes are paying those jobs and those workers are paying taxes, that makes as much sense as feeding a hungry man his own feet — eventually you are going to run out.

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There is an economic collapse of third-world proportions on America's horizon. Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden hinted at it in statements last week: "Capitalism … has not been serving our economy as well as it should" and "We're about to … literally change the trajectory of our nation for years and possibly decades to come."

The changes the Democratic Party already has in the works are clearly destructive. You have felt it over the last year and a half, in a small supply chain inconvenience here, an incremental price rise there. You've sensed that something is very wrong. It's rumblings of the Great Reset.

Tonight on "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to break down how America's traditional economic strengths are being severely undermined and, in many ways, systematically torn down by the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress.

This is not "building back better"; this is a managed decline to bring America down to the rest of the world's standard of living. Glenn challenges: Don't let them convince you these are just first world problems. That's the point. America IS a wealthy nation, but we are heading quickly into a second- and third-world collapse. Glenn provides solutions for the managed decline and how you can prepare for the reset that is already in motion.

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On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck broke down today's inflation, explaining what it is and giving proof that those at the top — politicians and world elite — continue to take advantage of our declining economy to advance their own agenda. He also revealed how a recent decision by Citibank and powerful investment management company, BlackRock, not only puts the U.S. further behind but also allows for China to gain worldwide control.

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For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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