Glenn Beck: Obama slams Vegas...again



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GLENN: We have more audio, we have more audio for you. Pat, set this up.

PAT: Well, which audio am I setting up again?

GLENN: He had a stroke. He had a stroke.

PAT: I did not! Stu, you were in here. What did we just talk about?

STU: Well, we mentioned two stories, the Canadian prime minister.

PAT: Right.

STU: And then also the Vegas thing.

PAT: Right.

GLENN: Yeah. Do you have the

PAT: No. I have Vegas words. I don't have audio. Vegas words.

GLENN: Could have pointed that out in the little meeting. Give us the Vegas words. Here's what Barack Obama said again about Las Vegas.

PAT: He said you shouldn't go there and waste your money.

STU: (Laughing). Oh, did you want an exact quote?

STU: No, why would we want an exact quote? I just go

PAT: I just thought

GLENN: The mayor of Vegas is really smoked. We ought to get the mayor of Vegas on.

PAT: We ought to get Harry Reid on. Harry Reid was really smoked.

GLENN: No, I don't think I'm going to place on Harry Reid.

PAT: Here's what he said. When times are tough, you don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you are trying to save for college.

STU: I'd like to hear from a boat manufacturer or boat retailer as well.

GLENN: Okay. So when you are trying to pay for college which, now we are trying to do in his state of the union address he has said we're going to pay for everybody's college. You don't go buy a boat or go blow cash in Vegas.

PAT: So we're buying yachts as a country as we're trying to pay for college for all our citizens. It's unbelievable.

GLENN: We just showed with, what was it, just the jobs bill or no, just the raise in the debt ceiling was 455 aircraft carriers. So we didn't buy a boat. We bought 455 ships, biggest ships on planet Earth. That's all we did. And that was just to raise the debt ceiling to pay what we've already got on the books, not what's coming. I mean, this guy's really incredible. Now, the Vegas mayor, he's like, you know what? He apologized the last time this time an apology doesn't cut it. It just doesn't cut it.

I'd like to ask the president of the United States, I agree with you when you are in tough times, you can't meet the mortgage, you don't go to Vegas. You can't meet the mortgage, you but isn't that common sense? Do I need the president to tell me this? How about a president who just says this: If you don't have the money, just stop spending money. But see, that's not the policy, is it now? How could it possibly be the policy of the president, "When you don't have the money, don't spend the money." When they say to us, we're not going to save our way out of this recession. We have to spend our way out of this recession. Okay, let's think about this for a second. Why do they believe that? Because 70% of our economy is built on consumer spending, you going out and buying a boat, you going out and going to Vegas. This is why I've been saying we have to have I said this just last night. Until we admit a problem, until we admit we're addicted to debt, until we say we've got a spending problem, both at home and in Washington, until we admit that, we can't change anything. It's why I said last night, and I'm telling you I hear from people all the time in Washington. In fact, people in the Republican Party have said Glenn Beck just doesn't understand how debt works. Yes, I do. You spend more than you have and you don't have a chance of making that money back, you lose everything: Every time I say don't go out and spend, don't spend crazy amounts. Look, I've gone on vacation. I took my family on vacation. Look, I'm just not buying on credit cards. If you have money, pay down bills first. If you have to go buy a new car, if you can find a good car, you know it's good quality, it's going to last, go buy it. You are going to have to buy it. Just don't go buy too much of a car. Don't go buy the sports car. If you got a family, don't buy you know, in the old days I used to have an MG. Don't buy an MG because it's going to be in the shop all the time. Buy quality. Buy within reason. Don't buy on credit if you can avoid it. But life still goes on. I mean, you know, your business. If you are in business, you are expanding. If you are smart, you are expanding. But you are not expanding on credit. That's not smart. Now let me ask the president. That's why he can't say this. He can't I mean, it makes no sense for him to say what he just did. 70% of our economy is on spending. If he really believes don't go to Vegas, then he needs to have another conversation with the American people and it's this conversation. We built, in the 1970s we went off the gold standard because weaponed to have the Great Society and we wanted to have it all. So we had to have the Great Society. We couldn't do it on the gold standard. Not enough gold. We had to be able to print money. Well, when we did that, the rest of the world freaked out. And they said, wait a minute action wait a minute, we hold your dollar as gold in our banks. You told us you would never go off the gold standard. "I know, but..." here's the good news. We're no longer going to be a selling economy. We're going to be a buying economy. We sold you all the refrigerators and the cars and the TVs and everything else that we could sell you. Now you guys go make it and we'll buy it from you. That was the deal we made in the 1970s. To keep the rest of the world happy, they had to turn into debtors. They had to turn us into consumers and so and man, they did a good job. We consume like nobody else. Now the discussion needs to be had. They didn't have that discussion with you. They just went off the gold standard. Most people don't know why we went off the gold standard. That's it. We wanted the great society. Not enough gold to actually print the dollars that it would take for Lyndon Johnson's great society and the Vietnam War. Couldn't do both. We wanted it all. Is it a coincidence that at the same time this is happening, the slogan starts to percolate in America, "You can have it all." No, you can't. You can have it for a while, but it always ends up this way. The president should have this explanation and have this conversation with the American people and say, look, this is what happened. So now we have a decision to make. We are either going to be a debtor nation and we are going to be slaves to the Chinese and the rest of the world, or we're going to change everything and we're going to struggle and we are going to have to reset. But we're going to reset and become the America that we should have been for the last hundred years. We're going to have to help each other out in our own neighborhoods and without the government's help. But we can do that. But we're going to have to reset. Either that or we're just going to keep racking up debt and we're going to become a Banana Republic. It's going to be very, very bad. One of the two. You decide. We're not going to have that conversation with people.

So what do they, what do they do? They lie to you. They tell you it's all sustainable. Well, they tell you it's unsustainable, but we've got to spend our way out of this unsustainable debt. Excuse me? If you're going to make if you're a business and you're in debt and let's say you're competing against the New York Times I know, it's not hard. You are competing against the New York Times. Do you invest in putting new weatherstripping in your brand new building? You know, let me use the New York Times as an example because I look at the New York Times building. This big huge behemoth of a building. Wildly expensive. Brand new. They invested in a building. Would it have been wiser to invest in a new philosophy and new technology? Probably. But instead they invested in a big building. How about we weather strip it? Well, the New York Times can either look for handouts, dig themselves into deeper holes, which they already are by getting loans from, like, the richest guy in Mexico and just keep pouring money into a system that is broken and is not the future. Or the New York Times can reset and say, you know what, the Internet is the future, we've made some mistakes in the past, nobody, you know, nobody looks at us, or at least half of America looks at the New York Times as a joke. But we're a good paper. We've got some good things. But we've become an organ for the left. We need to reset. Would it be better for them to take the hit right now, lay those people off, retool, sell the big new building, sell the damn press if you have to but retool for the next generation. That's what we should be doing. Instead we're investing in weatherstripping of buildings. It makes no sense. Makes no sense.

Now, the president depose out and says we can't spend, don't go to Vegas. Let me ask the president this question. Why. Why not go to Vegas? Why not? You have just as much of a chance of Vegas working for you as an individual as this president has his policies working for the United States.

STU: I would say at least in Vegas you have a chance.

GLENN: Yeah, you do. You have a chance.

STU: It's unsustainable what he's trying to do.

GLENN: So you have a chance in Vegas. I'm not one for going I don't gamble. I don't gamble, I don't believe in gambling. But a lot of the guys I mean, Stu, you go to Vegas.

STU: Yeah, love it.

GLENN: You and a couple of other guys. Me personally, I like it when you go to Vegas because I want you guys I mean, you'll see my text messages from you guys: Hey, are you losing big? Please, please pull it all on black. Because I want you guys to come back because I become China. You have to do more of what I say because you're not independently wealthy.

STU: We need you.

GLENN: You need me.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: I like it when you go to Vegas. But what is the difference between going to Vegas and spending money elsewhere? I mean, aren't those jobs? I'm sorry, aren't those union jobs at those hotels?

STU: Yeah. Not only are they union jobs, they are the jobs that got him the presidency with SEIU.

GLENN: I believe so. So you're hurting the hotels, you're hurting the hotel unions, you are hurting the restaurants, you are hurting the restaurant unions, you are hurting the airlines.

STU: Theatres, everything out there, yeah.

GLENN: Theatres, you are hurting everything. I'm sorry, is that not oh, oh, I see. No, I'm sorry, I forgot. We were on centralized planning now. Only the government can tell you what you should put your dollars into and what you shouldn't put your dollars into. I get it. See the problem?

The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

Enjoy this clip from the full episode below:

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