Glenn Beck: The President Thinks You Are Stupid




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All week we've been wondering which president would show up at the State of the Union Address. Would it be the, "Hey, people aren't digging my agenda; triangulate and move to the center" Obama? Or would it be the arrogant, "Do it my way" progressive Obama?

I don't think we saw either.

Arrogant progressive doesn't even begin to describe what I saw Wednesday night. It was more like watching Fabio stare at himself or Randy "The Macho Man" Savage educate America on his greatness.

One conclusion I draw from last night: The president thinks you are stupid. America sent a clear message to Washington in recent months, and his response wasn't a message of slowing down, cutting back or listening to the people. What we got last night was, "Keep your mouth shut and fall in line!" or, "I'll give another speech because you just don't understand how great my plans really are!"

One of the themes he had last night was partisan politics:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: They're tired of the partisanship and the shouting and the pettiness. They know we can't afford it, not now.

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Partisan bickering? Really?

Let me bring something into the conversation here: logic and math.

We have the House with 178 Republicans and 257 Democrats. I don't know if you took this at Harvard so try and stay with me. We have the Senate with 60 Democrats and 40 Republicans — a supermajority. It means you can ignore Republicans. Republicans could all be in the bathroom and it would make no difference at all. You can pass anything you want so long as Democrats agree.

The Scott Brown win was a change from blue to red. But this is still merely a speed bump. Remember, to get a bill passed in the Senate you only need 51 votes, but if you want to tell everyone "sit down and shut up" you need a supermajority. The "sit down and shut up" thing is called a filibuster. This one Republican can stand up and say, "Wait! This doesn't make sense!" This is what happened at the end of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." He's going to talk until you pass out, or he's got to get other people on board to say, "Yea, this doesn't make sense."

Until that blue seat turned red you couldn't even do that! Which begs the question: How have the Republicans held this president's agenda up? Remember, they could have all been in the bathroom and it wouldn't have mattered, so they didn't stop it. The tea parties didn't stop it. Filibuster didn't stop it. They couldn't get it done because they couldn't get 51 Democrats on board. Now they need 60. They couldn't get 51? Why?

Here is the real fight: Democrats vs. progressives .

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is calling out the Blue Dog Democrats who "betrayed" them. Progressives attacked Harry Reid in an ad they titled "Is Harry Reid Strong Enough?"

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Here in Nevada, the majority wants it. Senator Reid, these insurance companies cannot be trusted with our lives. Nevadans want the choice of a public option.

ANNOUNCER: The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.

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Let me show you another one. This one is on Rahm Emanuel:

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here in Chicago for 30 years, Rahm Emanuel was our congressman. When I had spinal surgery, the medical bills were enormous. Our insurance company tried to get out of paying bills they were clearly responsible for.

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Progressives declared war on members of the Democratic Party. Progressives currently have 82 declared members in the progressive caucus. It's the largest Democrat caucus.

People like to say the tea parties stopped health care from passing. They are right, but not the way the media and Barack Obama spins it. They will tell you that the tea parties got the right all stirred up, causing the Republicans to stop it. They could all be in the bathroom!

The truth is, the tea parties scared the regular Democrats. They said ,"Whoa, a lot of those tea party people are independents who voted for me — I'll be thrown out!" Progressives said, "And?" If it's the evil Republicans who are stopping it, why was it all Democrats have to be bribed? Is Mary Landrieu a Democrat or a Republican? If they just needed that evil Republican from Nebraska Ben Nelson, as the last vote to get health care I would understand, but Nelson is a Democrat!

Logic and math are this government's undoing. They don't seem to engage or believe in either of those principles. Let me take the statement that we are going to double our exports:

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OBAMA: So, tonight we set a new goal. We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support 2 million jobs in America.

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OK, let's use logic and math. Logic would say we want to double our exports. Great! Two questions. What is it the world wants twice as many of that we are currently making, and why isn't the world already buying it? The logic side of me says, "I have no idea what we are making that we can sell twice as fast." Do we even make things in America anymore?

Which brings me to the math side. Why don't we make things in American anymore? Because of the labor unions. The president keeps on pushing green stuff like solar panels. Does anyone truly believe that we can continue to make solar panels here with all of our labor unions, green restrictions, EPA standards, laws etc.? And make them cheaper than China?

So how do we double the exports? I haven't seen anyone in the media ask that today. So maybe we double all the exports by all becoming inventors and invent something brand new. We just need education. Here's what he said on education last night:

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OBAMA: And let's tell another 1 million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans. And all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years, and forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service. Because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college.

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Remember, we are in, according to the president, the wreckage of the worst time in American history since the Civil War, Great Depression, World War II and the civil rights movement! But the federal government is going to pay for universal college?

Let's go back and use logic and math. A few logical questions: How do we pay for that? The average cost is $26,741. Where will the government get the magical money? They say they'll pay for it if you get a government job for 10 years. Logic would force me to point out, that's not going to turn out a lot of inventors or entrepreneurs because now they are working for the government! Government has that effect on people. They get lazy. And who's going to leave that when they are facing a giant pay cut?

Now comes the math part. Average salary in private sector is $40,331. Average public sector is $71,206 plus great benefits; and they'll pay all of your college after 10 years!

And one more thing on education: they already indoctrinate your kids; now they'll have the whole system. I'm sure they'll never do anything like profile or "level the playing field"; it will be all merit based and there will be no indoctrination!

Listen, the long-term game is to fundamentally transform us. Indoctrinate. Control the press. Control the education, the banks and industry. Complete control. And when logic and math fail, what do they do? Stories of Johnny who doesn't understand Wall Street or, "I didn't give enough speeches to make the dummies in America understand." They win you through your pocketbook. They bribe you. They did it in their own party with Nelson and Landrieu and free college for everyone!

Is your freedom and the financial future of your children that cheap?

Remember, Barack Obama says it's the worst time period in history. Again, how is he going to solve it?

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OBAMA: Tomorrow, I'll visit Tampa, Florida, where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroad funded by the Recovery Act.

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It's yours for just $1.3 billion!

Using logic and math, think of all the families who are now heading out to Disney World for the day. Instead of driving the hour to hour and a half from Tampa to Orlando, they're now going to load the family into the car, battle for parking in Ebor City — which is just outside of Tampa — pay for parking, pay for an expensive train ticket, pile the family on to the train all to save 20 minutes travel time. Or how about the people who saved and entire year to go to Disney World and convince their kids to leave Disney to visit an old cigar factory in Tampa.

My gosh, the country is saved already! That's part of the new stimulus mentioned last night. Only it wasn't called that, he called it a jobs bill:

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OBAMA: That is why jobs must be our number one focus in 2010. And that's why I'm calling for a new jobs bill tonight.

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Jobs sounds great! Although, it had a different name at first:

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REP. BRAD SHERMAN, D-CALIF.: The other thing I'll point out is we now have — are working on — we're told not to call it another stimulus. We're calling it a jobs bill.

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Saul Alinsky said if you are in trouble, that's when you step on the accelerator. When Scott Brown won, I told you if we are dealing with a politician, he'll triangulate. We are not dealing with a politician. He was so mesmerizing to the people on the left Chris Matthews even said this:

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CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: I was trying to think about who he was tonight. And it's interesting. He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he's going a long way to become a leader of this country and pass so much history in just a year or two. I mean, it's something we're going to be.

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I don't know why you would need to make it about that when it's about logic and math. And the people get that. They are awake. They are informed. They are angry. But more important, they are determined.

If I may compare our economic troubles to the War on Terror. Our government thinks what we just went through was 9/11. I think we are at the USS Cole. But 9/11 is still coming, and just like government acted then, the warning signs were all there. But they played politics; they are doing that now with our looming financial 9/11.

The good news is the people are as wide awake on their corruption and their reckless habits as we were on 9/12.

Just remember this: 9/11 may be why we fight, but 9/12 is why we will win. The paradigm has changed.

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Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?

These days, when Americans decide to be outraged about something, we really go all out.

This week's outrage is, of course, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration along the southern border. Specifically, people are upset over the part of the policy that separates children from their parents when the parents get arrested.

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Lost in all the outrage is that the President is being proactive about border security and is simply enforcing the law. Yes, we need to figure out a less clumsy, more compassionate way of enforcing the law, but children are not being flung into dungeons and fed maggots as the media would have you believe.

But having calm, reasonable debates about these things isn't the way it's done anymore. You have to make strong, sweeping announcements so the world knows how righteous your indignation is.

That's why yesterday, the governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut declared they are withholding or recalling their National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border until this policy of separating children from their parents is rescinded.

Adding to the media stunt nature of this entire "crisis," it turns out this defiant announcement from these five governors is mostly symbolic. Because two months ago, when President Trump called for 4,000 additional National Guard troops to help patrol the border, large numbers of troops were not requested from those five states. In fact, no troops were requested at all from Rhode Island. But that didn't stop Rhode Island's Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, from announcing she would refuse to send troops if she were asked. She called the family separation policy, "immoral, unjust and un-American."

There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York all used the word "inhumane" in their statements condemning the Trump administration policy. There's so much outrage, we're running short on adjectives.

In a totally unrelated coincidence, four of these five governors are running for re-election this year.

I've made my position clear — separating these children from their parents is a bad policy and we need to stop. We need to treat these immigrants with the kind of compassion we'd want for our own children. And I said the same thing in 2014 when no one cared about the border crisis.

If consistency could replace even just a sliver of the outrage in America, we would all be a lot better off.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.