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Does anyone have a Zoloft?

President Obama's budget for Fiscal Year 2011 was unveiled on Monday. It's $3.8 trillion and the deficit is projected to shoot up to a record $1.6 trillion this year.

Now, if this were your budget — well, these are the kinds of numbers that have bankers looking for the nearest window. It's depressing! And the solutions are even more depressing, because they are proven failures.

The president said we'll double exports and pass a $100 billion second stimulus package (my bad: "jobs bill"). Brilliant. Why didn't I think to waive the magic export wand and summon the benevolent jobs fairy? We're all experiencing the results of the first stimulus and anyone with half a brain can see we don't have anything to export and even if we did unions and red tape would make it too costly.

And then I see the Obama Justice Department wants to investigate the college football playoff system. We're looking for a new place to try the hairy-back 9/11 terrorist guy and they are going after college football?

There's not enough Zoloft on Planet Earth to make me happy today because the real state of the union doesn't look that good:

UBS in Switzerland is on the verge of collapse after our government went on a fishing expedition (with, as I understand it, no evidence of wrongdoing) and demanded the bank hand over the account information on nearly 4,500 clients to U.S. tax authorities. The justice minister said if UBS loses its license in the U.S., the Swiss economy and the job market would suffer on a major scale. We are isolating ourselves and driving business away.

You have President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announcing that Iran will deliver a "harsh blow" to global arrogance on February 11. They are always threatening things, so who knows what he will actually do. But are we ready to handle it? What happens if he's not bluffing this time?

We were duped by a guy with a bomb in his underwear and we have a president who thinks his mere aura will overwhelm dictators like Ahmadinejad and cause them to see the light. Maybe it's just me, but I'm not brimming with confidence. I mean, Obama bowed to the mayor of Tampa, Florida. Does this guy have any clue what he is doing?

Everything is up in the air: our budget; our security.

You know the soundbite I've played for you over and over and over:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE BARACK OBAMA: We're just five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

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I'm not sure what that means exactly. There are a couple different ways you could take that. It could be wonderful transformation. Maybe Obama means he's giving America an "Extreme Makeover: Founders Edition" and he's going for maximum freedom. Could be that... or it could be that he thinks the old American system doesn't work and he wants to try something else? A government that will sneak in universal health care or, how did Nancy Pelosi put it?

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SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF: We'll go through the gate. If the gate's closed, we'll go over the fence. The fence is too high, we'll pole vault in. If that doesn't work, we'll parachute in, but we're going to get health care reform passed for the American people, for their own personal health and economic security.

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Oh right, they'll "pole vault" it in there using "sidecar" legislation. While I didn't call it sidecar legislation, I told you for month: Don't allow anything pass because there are pieces of something they are building. Once again we see it coming through. And here they go: Doesn't work in one bill, so they'll break this health care bill up and pass it in different bills.

But since I don't know which fundamental transformation we are shooting for; since the president has said in the past that the Constitution is fundamentally flawed; since he's surrounded himself with out-and-out radicals — many socialist, some communist — isn't it reasonable to ponder the question: What kind of transformation we are changing to?

I've pondered that and I don't have an answer, but I've also pondered this: If you wanted to take control of the country, in an emergency situation, what would you need control of? Energy; manufacturing and industry; financial; media; military. And long-term education. I know that sounds crazy — and I hope it is — but you need to think out of the box.

If I would have asked you how fragile our freedoms are on September 10, 2001 you would have laughed at me for even asking. It only took one day to change that response. What about today? Are we becoming more or less free? Better yet: How secure and strong is our republic and your freedom?

If you've listened to me on radio the last five years, you've heard me explain the perfect storm theory. All of these stories I just told you fit into it. I hope it's wrong, but it keeps becoming more and more accurate. The theory is this: We'll be overwhelmed with financial, security, energy and political problems. And then there would be one blow: One emergency or crisis that will change the world as we know it and put our most sacred freedoms to the test as some will use the crisis to take them away.

Let's go through them one by one:

Industry: If you control labor, you control industry. Guess who controls labor? Say it with me: unions! Unions are becoming more and more powerful. They increasingly have a say over the average American. The No. 1 visitor to the White House is Andy Stern, president of SEIU. So, whose concerns do you think government will address first? Yours or the unions? I'll let Barack Obama answer that one:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: You will know who's on your side because I've been at this a long time... I've spent my entire adult life working with SEIU. I'm not a newcomer to this.

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Energy: We're being forced down the "green" path even though global warming rates dead last in a poll on issues and their importance; they are marching on with cap-and-trade. In fact the president put phantom profits in the budget from an energy policy that hasn't even passed yet. What do they know that you don't? I don't know, but I do know they don't want you to hurt Mother Earth, so they'll force you to "go green." How?

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.

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Education: Obama is trying to nationalize the student loan industry, which would complete the cradle-to-grave grip on our education system that's already loaded with anti-capitalist propaganda, progressive revisionist history and Obama indoctrination. And if you don't like what your public school is teaching, don't you dare argue for school vouchers. Then teachers would have to compete.

Financial sector and the banks: With all the bailouts — auto industry, TARP, Wall Street, the stimulus — the government now holds that as a gun over the head of those respective industries to demand "reform." That's a nice way of saying "government control": Capping salaries, taking windfall profits and even deciding which investments are risky and which aren't. Obama may say he does so "reluctantly," but it doesn't matter. When hard times hit, he has and will use big government.

Media and free speech: Any network who doesn't get a thrill up their leg when listening to the president is harshly declared to be "not a news network"; the "diversity czar" at the FCC says he'll remove white people from their posts and replace them with minorities; President Obama tried to intimidate TV pundits as an enemy to reform in the State of the Union address.

In normal times, it would be outrageous to think anyone in our government would want to fundamentally transform us to anything but a free society as our Constitution dictates. But you and I know we aren't living in normal times — the world is changing beneath our feet.

These changes, this grab of power, has been happening not just in this presidency but the last one as well. Where are the people on the left who were screaming about the Patriot Act? You were worried about Bush — as was I in the last four years — grabbing and abusing power. You were right; stand by your principles.

The reason you were right was not because a Republican was in power. And the reason I'm concerned now is not because a Democrat is in power now. We're concerned about the word "power."

If you are one of those people who say "it can never happen in America," I want you to remember some of the radicals the president has placed around himself and some of the things they've said:

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ANDY STERN, PRESIDENT OF SEIU: We're trying to use the power of persuasion and if that doesn't work, we're going to use the persuasion of power.

VAN JONES, FORMER WHITE HOUSE GREEN JOBS "CZAR": No, we're going to change the whole system. We're going to change the whole thing. We're not going to put a new battery in a broken system. We want a new system.

RON BLOOM, WHITE HOUSE MANUFACTURING "CZAR": We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun.

RAHM EMANUEL, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.

STERN: We took names. We watched how they voted. We know where they live.

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These are the people advising the president. And you know about all his other influences: Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright. Is it that unthinkable in a time of crisis that someone might approach the president and say what the journalistic-revered progressive Walter Lippman said to FDR when things really went down: "The situation is critical, Franklin. You may have no alternative but to assume dictatorial powers."

FDR, thank goodness, made the right choice. He didn't turn into a dictator. But Americans knew how close we were to getting one. That's why less than two years after his death, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment to officially limit a president to two terms. Because whether or not Lippman said that, Americans could sense it.

I'm asking you: How secure do you think Americans freedoms are today?

The year before the Declaration of Independence was signed — July, 1775 — John Adams was away from his wife and wrote these words: "A constitution of government once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."

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'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long': BlazeTV hosts react to historic Roe v. Wade decision

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The Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe V. Wade, and the debate over abortion rights has been given back to the states. On this historic day, BlazeTV hosts celebrate the Supreme Court's incredible decision and take a look at some of the insane reactions as the left comes completely undone.

Jason Whitlock: Today will forever stand as a pivotal moment in our nation’s history

The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision and the reaction to it have already revealed a lot about our people and politics. Pro-life groups celebrate, pro-choice groups call for “a night of rage,” and Nancy Pelosi just seems completely confused by the United States Constitution.

Glenn Beck reacts LIVE to Roe v. Wade ruling: 'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long'

I never thought that in my lifetime, I would see Roe v. Wade be overturned. But today, that day has come. The Supreme Court has voted 6 to 3 to return decisions about abortion to the states. But this fight isn't over. We are about to see good versus evil side by side. Many states will stand with the unborn. But others will become abortion mills. It's your turn to choose now, America!

Allie Beth Stuckey: 'Praise God, Roe v. Wade is overturned!'

I don't know about you, but I just had the most euphoric feelings. It almost seems too good to be true. I didn't think there was any way that this would actually happen, especially with all the backlash, intimidation, and violence toward the Supreme Court justices. And yet, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This is an amazing day!

Dave Rubin: Big disagreement on what happens next now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

Dave Rubin, Libby Emmons, Jeffrey A. Tucker, and David Reaboi debate what will happen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s breaking decision on Roe v. Wade. Now that abortion rights have been pushed back to the states, will there be a summer of massive riots or not? Will the Roe v. Wade ruling make America’s political polarization significantly worse?

Stu Burguiere: Here are the reasons SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

I never thought this would happen. I never thought I would see this day. I just never ever ever ever never ever believed that Roe v. Wade would actually be overturned. I really didn't. But let's take a look at the reasons this day has finally come ...

The Rick & Bubba Show: 'This is history! Unfortunately we're 60 million lives too late'

We were live on the air when news broke of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned its controversial 1973 Roe v. Wadeopinion, concluding that there is no constitutional right to an abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the syllabus of the decision reads.

As expected, the leftist outrage erupted instantaneously, fueled largely by the misinformed idea that overturning Roe v. Wade means abortion will be banned nationwide. But, as stated in the above-mentioned Supreme Court syllabus, the authority has actually been returned to individual states and their duly elected lawmakers.

One such misinformed leftist, Parkland shooting survivor Cameron Kasky, was infuriated that those awful Supreme Court justices "just voted to kill women." So he took to Twitter to urge people to go to the homes of said Supreme Court justices to "let them know how you feel."

"Go to the home of every Supreme Court justice who just voted to kill women. Let them know how you feel," Kasky tweeted.

The backlash was immediate:

Kasky decided to delete his original tweet because he is apparently "sick of republicans talking to [him]." But, unfortunately for Kasky, the internet is indeed forever:

Speaking from the White House, President Joe Biden dutifully helped spread the misinformation about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and took the opportunity to prompt voters to elect more Democrats in November so that Congress can write abortion protections into law. Did the president just let slip the real reason Congress hasn't made any effort to start writing such laws in the nearly two months since Justice Samuel Alito's draft opinion was "leaked" in early May?

Watch Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguere discuss how Biden's speech reveals that Democrats are absolutely terrified of the upcoming midterm elections. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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CNN reporter tries to 'ambush' GOP candidate Kari Lake, IMMEDIATELY regrets it

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CNN senior national reporter Kyung Lah thought she'd caught Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake off guard when she asked for an impromptu interview outside an event, but ended up sorely regretting her decision.

Lake, a former Fox news anchor, shook hands with Lah as she approached and immediately pointed out that the CNN reporter wasn't wearing a mask any more, a barbed reference to a contentious interview in October 2021, in which Lah smeared the GOP candidate as a “rising star of the right-wing and proud spreader of lies." Lah asked if Lake had “a minute to chat.”

“I’ll do an interview," Lake answered, "as long as it airs on CNN+. Does that still exist? I didn’t think so, because the people don’t like what you guys are peddling, which is propaganda. Thank you.”

Lake then walked into the event, leaving Lah utterly speechless.

It looks like Lake gained quite a few fans on Twitter:

Kari Lake has been a longtime friend to "The Glenn Beck Program." She joined Glenn last August to tell Glenn why she left the corrupt world of media, what prompted her to enter "the even more corrupt world of politics," and how she plans to make a big difference in her battleground state of Arizona.

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Hunter's Biden's latest BIZARRE scandal reveals how red-flag laws REALLY work

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Even if red-flag laws weren't unconstitutional (which they are), they've never been about your safety. They're about your submission, argued Glenn Beck on the radio program. Think of it this way: If red flag laws became the law of the land, do you think President Joe Biden’s son Hunter would lose his guns or face charges for violating the gun laws we already have?

You may have heard that he once "lost" a gun in a dumpster by a school. But there's a whole lot more to the bizarre tale. Newly revealed texts from Hunter's abandoned laptop detail the strange drama that unfolded when Hallie Biden, Hunter's sister-in-law-turned-lover, threw his handgun into a dumpster near a Delaware school in October 2018. The gun was found and turned in to police, but like so many of the Biden family scandals, the chaos created a sandstorm that conveniently helped cover Hunter's tracks. Only tidbits of information have emerged, the most significant of which is that the gun in question was purchased by Hunter illegally and, of course, no charges were filed as a result.

Glenn broke down the details of the most recently revealed Hunter Biden scandal, noting in particular that no charges or arrests were ever made as a result.

"If you voted for Joe Biden and you believe in all of these red-flag laws, then why isn't Hunter Biden in jail today?" Glenn asked.

"You and I both know that the ramifications of Hunter Biden's activities and his tragic saga go well beyond Hunter Biden, because they are teaching people a lesson. We are moving towards a society that has a ruling class that lives above their own edicts. They tell us they know better. They tell us that our neighbors and even some of us are dangerous, while ignoring the dangers in their own lives or in their own families ... We saw it during COVID-19 and we will see it again with gun regulations, 'The rules are for thee and not for me.' This is why Americans cannot give an inch, not one inch of our liberty away on the grounds of the government's good faith. They have no good faith left. They have violated every single principle of liberty and they've done it in a name of they know better," he said.

"Don't be fooled," Glenn added. "Just as we saw during COVID-19, just as we saw with the Patriot Act that is now being horribly abused by the people in power that swore they'd never abuse it, red-flags are not about your safety. Period. They are about your submission."

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