Glenn Beck: Can Our Leaders Make Tough Choices?

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I had dinner last night with one of the richest men in the world. Yeah, that's how I roll. Not really, but I just like to say that. It mortifies my children when I try to be cool.

If you think I'm a gloom and doom kind of guy, then the conversation we had last night made me look like the poster child for Pollyanna syndrome.

This guy is a very well-respected man in the business world. I think he could even be the Rockefeller of our day and he had practically thrown his hands up in the air in defeat, because he just doesn't see a leader out there willing to do the tough things.

And quite frankly, I don't know that he's wrong.

I mean, when have you ever seen a politician do the "tough" thing and do what's right in favor of what's politically expedient? Not often.

But not only are they not doing the tough thing, they aren't even asking what the "tough" thing is.

I have asked and here they are:

• Cut taxes: How many times do we need to see evidence that it works? We saw it in the Roaring '20s with Harding and Coolidge. We saw it with Reagan in the '80s. And we saw it in 2003 with the Bush tax cuts.

Did you know that after the Bush tax cuts, we had 46 straight months of growth? Of course you didn't. Progressives don't want you to know that and conservatives have failed miserably at explaining it to America.

• Share the burden: Not everyone wants to hear this, but low earners who don't pay anything now will have to pay. But forget trying to convince those people, how about those who are getting money from the government? They've been convinced by our politicians they have a right to someone else's money.

The world is a competitive place. It's why Texas is thriving and New Jersey has lost $70 billion in wealth: people move. If the government doesn't make us competitive for companies, they will do the same and go somewhere like Singapore or China. We're not competitive anymore.

• Cut spending: And I don't just mean the bridges to nowhere and the turtle tunnels. Yes, cut those too, but I am talking dramatic spending cuts. This is something even Reagan couldn't do. You have to go back to Coolidge and Harding to find the kind of reduction in government services I'm talking about.

We're not talking about "freezing" a tiny slice of the budget that President Obama did — that sounds good for politics, but it's not going to get us anywhere. Roughly 17 percent of the federal budget is included in that spending freeze; that leaves about 83 percent to balloon out of control. All of those "non-frozen" areas are going to increase.

And what about that $787 billion we borrowed for the stimulus? The interest in our debt alone will send us in a tailspin. According to government estimates, for 2011, the net interest on our federal debt is roughly $250 billion; by 2016 it's $627 billion — more than 13 percent of our total budget.

I wrote this in "Common Sense" last year: "By 2019, annual interest payments on the national debt will balloon to a projected $806 billion! Why? Because, as you might know from your own credit cards, interest compounds quickly. Making only the minimum payments will result in the unpaid interest being added to our outstanding debt. It's a cycle that's almost impossible to pull out of and the damage to our country will almost certainly be irreversible. That $806 billion is more than what it cost us last year to fund the entire Department of Defense ($583 billion), Veterans affairs ($86.6 billion), the Department of Transportation ($68.7 billion), and the State Department ($18.9 billion)... combined."

Someone has to tell you the truth.

Medicare is out of control. Social Security is out of money. There is no lockbox. When Social Security started, age expectancy for men was 58 and 62 for women. It was designed for the lucky few who actually lived beyond expectancy. If the system worked today — like FDR designed it — you wouldn't get your benefits until you were 75 for a man or 80 for a woman.

Now who in Washington has the stones to step forward and say no Social Security benefits until you are eighty? No one.

They want minimum wage to be slave to inflation. How about making Social Security slave to lifespan of Americans? Don't worry, if health care passes that life expectancy should start dropping very quickly.

Does anyone have the stones to convince the country that is addicted to government "free stuff" and we've got to break the habit? Of course, the first step to solving the problem is admitting that we have a problem. And we haven't really done that yet:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We can see clearly now that the steps my administration is taking are making a difference, blunting the worst of this recession and helping to bring about its conclusion.


No, it's not behind us. We're not past the worst.

What you need right now, is not someone to sugarcoat things. You need someone who's going to give you the truth, the hard truth. What's coming our way is not good. What's coming our way is currently unfolding in Greece and Spain. But you watch: We're on the list, America.

By the end of the term of this president, America will clearly understand our financial future. You'll feel it firsthand. And you don't want to wait for that moment.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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