Glenn Beck: The Problem With America's Debt





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I want to talk to you about a couple things.

First, we need to stop living in a fantasy. America has fundamentally changed: We're not going back to where it was unless we admit we have a problem. And it's all based on one word: debt.

As Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison in 1789:

"Then I say, the Earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence."

Remember the debt clock? When I looked at it the other day, I was really encouraged. Take a look: Does anything jump out at you?

One line is actually going down: personal debt. Across the whole line, our personal debt is shrinking.

Now, my first hope was that hey, maybe that's the common sense effect. People have actually listened and gotten out of debt; they've stopped spending money they don't have on credit!

Uh, no. Unfortunately, that's not it.

People aren't paying off their debts; they're defaulting on them. When you default on a credit card loan, the money goes back up on the "national debt" line. It's the same thing with mortgages.

Now let's compare a couple of charts.

If this were a normal time, we'd assume that drop in residential mortgage loans outstanding meant that people are paying off their mortgages. But we know it's not normal times because it's coupled with a spike in the number of distressed mortgages. The banks are foreclosing on so many mortgages and so many people are delinquent, they aren't paying.

You may as well make me the Grim Reaper today, but the bad news is banks are not foreclosing on as many mortgages as they should.

The banks don't want to foreclose on the mortgages or the credit cards because they'd have to write it off. Which means more money from the Fed in their reserve and they'd be telling clients "uh-huh, we are in trouble." So they are just leaving them alone. And beyond that, they are motivated because Big Brother is standing over their shoulder saying "don't foreclose on these people! If you do we are coming after you." It's that attitude that caused the problem in the first place. The same thing is happening with credit card debt.

So now what? We keep hearing from progressives that the federal debt is not like personal debt; we just can't comprehend it. With the federal debt, we have to spend our way out of this recession — as Congressman Clyburn just said:

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REP. JAMES CLYBURN, D-S.C.: We are not going to save our way out of this recession. We've got to spend our way out of this recession.

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That doesn't make any sense, but that is what TARP is all about. Remember that $700 billion that took our breath away? That's just a down payment; it's actually a slush fund they can draw from as long as they want.

Our problem is, we haven't learned from history. Most Americans are completely unaware of the huge bailout of 1895. Back then there was a massive financial problem and, like this time, a bailout. Only this wasn't the government bailing out big, evil corporations. In 1895, it was a big, evil corporation bailing out the U.S. government.

Mainly because of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, U.S. Treasury reserves had shrunk to under $100 million. The federal government was just about broke. So, J.P. Morgan and his group stepped in to replenish the United States government with $62 million in gold reserves to shore it up.

Morgan had already bailed out the U.S. Army payroll in 1877. By 1907, after Morgan also bailed out Wall Street, there was sentiment that we should get away from J.P. Morgan and not be beholden to him. The progressives at that time made the case that we should never owe anyone like that; that owing them that much would give them too much control.

Now, fast-forward 100 years and J.P. Morgan's bank — JP Morgan Chase — is bailed out by the U.S. government and is now being vilified for it. The progressives learned the lesson; JP Morgan Chase forgot it. And the rest of us all stood by and should have seen all of this coming.

Just like it was bad that the government was owned by J.P. Morgan, it's equally as bad to have the government own JP Morgan Chase; the bank owning the government would tell government what to do, just like the government is now telling banks what to do.

With J.P. Morgan at the turn of the century it was his gold. But this isn't the government's gold. Where is the government borrowing the money to control the banks? China.

So? Why is that bad? Why shouldn't we borrow all this money from China?

Well, when I first became a small businessman, I vowed not to borrow any money. I remember telling my dad, who owned a bakery, "You don't have a boss." He replied, "Everyone has a boss. My boss is the bank."

Mr. President, everyone has a boss. Our president's boss is now the bank of China.

When we found out that China was selling our children lead painted toys and poisoned dog food, did anyone wonder why George Bush didn't say anything? Imagine if an American or British company were selling our kids chewable, lead-based toys? We would have hammered them. Why didn't we say anything to China? For the same reason you usually don't stick your finger in your boss's chest: You don't bite the hand that feeds you!

China now rules the world. Worse, the White House has gone even further for China. The White House has directed U.S. spy agencies to lower the priority placed on intelligence collection on China, resulting in opposition from top agents who fear the move will badly hit efforts to obtain secrets about Beijing's military program and its cyber attacks on U.S. targets.

But don't worry. I'm told by contacts with the CIA, that we only experience cyber attacks from China daily.

When we can't say "stay away from our secrets" because we can't lose their money, we've become slaves to them. But beyond just being afraid to stand up to them; maybe this is some sort of payment to the Chinese.

By not tracking their spy activities we're actually just paying a higher interest rate on our loans or when we allow them to steal our "stealth technology," maybe that's a payment on the principle. I've said before, as soon as China demands a higher interest rate, it's over. And everyone said, no, no, that'll never happen. That's not in their best interest.

Really? What is this move by Obama? But don't worry about it, Obama told us during the State of the Union that we'll double our exports — so, even if they steal all our stuff, we'll still make it anyway and we'll just make it cheaper than they do, right?

We're already hearing, as we did during the State of the Union address, that the worst of this is over. They'll start pointing to the GDP growth in the 4th quarter of around 5.7 percent as proof that they have fixed the problem. But they haven't. They haven't spent two-thirds of the stimulus money yet because they're saving it for election season this fall. The Democrats need it to look like our economic problems have been solved.

But here's our problem: Our debt is unsustainable. There is no J.P. Morgan who can loan us $107 trillion. We long ago dropped the gold standard. We don't manufacture anything to sell for profit anymore.

Even during the Great Depression, we had three things missing from the terrible situation we faced then, that are not missing now:

One: massive debt was missing. Our debt to GDP ration in 1929 was about 16.3 percent. In 2009 it was 83 percent. This year it's estimated that it will be 94 percent and in 2011 it will be 99 percent. Unsustainable.

Two: unfunded liabilities. There was no Social Security or Medicare program to fund. This is our most crushing debt — $107 trillion and counting. There is no way to ever pay that off.

Three: We didn't have the total personal debt. People were not living lifestyles on credit.

So what can we do with a debt that is unsustainable? We can get out of debt ourselves. We can take control of our personal financial situation.

In 1907, Americans thought it was a terrible thing to be beholden to JP Morgan. We believed that it gave him too much clout and influence over the government. But today, we are infinitely more beholden to communist China.

The $65 million J.P. Morgan loaned the government in 1895 is equivalent to more than $1.6 billion today. Well, our current debt is $12 trillion and, as I mentioned, we've promised $107 trillion.

Who owns us? I'd rather be owned by J.P. Morgan — an American. We owe this money to communists — even the Soviet Union wouldn't borrow money from their enemies.

You might say, "Oh Glenn, that's ridiculous. China's a great trading partner. There's no problem there!" Really? Remember the poisoned toys; the poisoned dog food; the Clinton influence-buying scandal? Remember that we sold seaports in California to China? And now, we're taking them off the spy list. Do we really think they're not going to steal anything? Come on!

Illegal copies of "Harry Potter" popped up in China before the ink was even dry on the originals — unauthorized, incredibly bizarre stories stealing J.K. Rowling's beloved characters and work, including a version of the boy wizard as a fat, hairy dwarf. China's response? So sue us. No one did.

Our national debt has become a freakish, fat, hairy giant that's stealing from our children's future and dishonoring our Founders in the past.

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

Don't miss next Wednesday's TV special on the coronavirus in its new time slot at 9PM ET.

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Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged in the polls in the past month.

With former Vice President Joe Biden dropping below far-left presidential candidates such as the unapologetically socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and the almost equally extremist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass), Democratic voters seeking a more moderate alternative are setting their sights on Mayor Pete.

But are Buttigieg's policies actually moderate? Not even close, Glenn Beck said Thursday on the radio program.

"[Pete Buttigieg] wants people to see him as a moderate. The mayor of a Midwest city in a red state ... and he's going for the middle, even though he is not a moderate candidate in any way," said Glenn.

Here are just a few example of where Buttigieg stands on the issues:

  • Supports late-term, partial-birth abortion
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Buyback program for assault weapons
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Expand Medicare
  • Decriminalize illegal immigration
  • Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy
  • Study reparations
  • Legalize marijuana
  • Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans
  • Cancel some student debt
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries
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An official at the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' health agency, has issued a warning, calling the coronavirus "the worst enemy you can imagine" and more of a threat than "any terrorist attack," during a media briefing on Tuesday.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, said that a vaccine for the coronavirus will likely take 18 months to develop. The virus has reportedly killed hundreds and infected tens of thousands of people, primarily in China.

"To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack. It's the worst enemy you can imagine," added Ghebreyesus.

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck noted that the same agency in charge of developing this life-saving vaccine, has taken the time to officially change the disease's name to COVID-19, citing the concern of "stigmatizing" any specific geographical location, individual, or group of people.

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