Happy Anniversary Stimulus!




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GLENN: Could we go to President Obama talking now about the stimulus package, how it's the one year anniversary of the stimulus package.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: My outstanding vice president and his extraordinary team that have done just a great job managing this program. Y'all, I want to begin by recalling where we were one year ago.

GLENN: One year ago.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Millions of jobs that have already been lost to the recession before I was sworn into office.

GLENN: 3 million in the year before.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Another 800,000 would be lost in the month of January.

GLENN: And then?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We later learned that our economy had shrunk by an astounding

GLENN: Stop for a second. Stop for a second. No, but there's he forgot that after the stimulus there was four million lost. In the time that he signed this in, in the last year four million have been lost.

STU: That's probably just coming.

GLENN: Is it coming?

STU: He hasn't got to that yet. It's on the way.

PAT: You know how good he is at accepting responsibility.

GLENN: I know.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: First quarter of 2009. And economists from across the political spectrum warn that if dramatic action was not taken to break the back of the recession, the United States could spiral into another depression.

GLENN: Stop. What a colossal misstatement. No, no. They were not saying that when you got into office. They were saying that with TARP, that if you didn't stop it, if you didn't stop the hemorrhaging, a depression was coming. That's what economists said all across the political spectrum. That was the solution for TARP, not for the stimulus package. That, by the way, was George W. Bush who I'm not giving credit. I blame. I was for the stimulus the TARP package. No, I wasn't even for TARP. I was for bailing these people out so you had time to warn people what was coming because a depression is coming. It would give time it would give people time to prepare themselves. As soon as I figured as soon as I figured out what they were doing, and it took me about two, three days, I said don't, don't, don't. Whatever they are talking about this Friday, don't do it! Don't do it.

All right. So that was TARP, not the stimulus package. But I digress. Go ahead.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Depression. That was the backdrop against which I signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in that

GLENN: No, that was TARP.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: In that group, with Blake alongside. It certainly wasn't a politically easy decision to make for me or for the members of congress who supported it.

GLENN: Yes, it was.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let's face it. No large expenditure is ever that popular, particularly at a time when we're also facing a massive deficit.

GLENN: Yeah, you know Democrats hate giveaways.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: But we acted because failure to do so would have led to catastrophe.

GLENN: No, that was TARP.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We acted because we had a larger responsibility than simply winning the election. We had a responsibility to do what was right for the U.S. economy and for the American people.

GLENN: Can we stop? Can we stop? His Stu

STU: Incomprehensible.

GLENN: We need this for television tonight.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: Whew, we need this for television. The backdrop that he's just talking about here was depression. No, that was TARP. Evidence that he's lying, knowingly lying to you, I don't have the audio but I'll have it by 5:00 tonight. When he said this, he was talking about worst case scenario, what was it, 9%?

STU: 9% unemployment.

GLENN: 9%. That does not make a depression.

STU: Right. That's not catastrophic. In fact, it's actually better than our current rate after your stupid program.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh! I mean, it's amazing how these people can, they just, they don't care.

STU: Right. You remember and he could say, look, it was worse than he realized after they made that projection.

GLENN: Sure.

STU: But this was the information he passed this program with.

GLENN: So you can't say, I was told that we were going to have a Great Depression. No, no, no. No, that's what we were told on TARP. For the stimulus package you told us that you were told we would have 9% unemployment and that we could not do. Okay. All right. Good. What else does this guy say?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: For the American people. One year later it is largely thanks to the Recovery Act that a second depression is no longer a possibility. It's one of the main reasons the economy has gone

STU: You have to stop on that.

GLENN: Stop.

STU: That is insanity. The man had his own projections he was acting on at the time that said 9% was the bad side of this quote/unquote depression. Now, we're well above that now after the program. I mean, the information he gave out himself, his own economic advisors said that the worst case scenario was 9%. It wasn't about a depression. You are 100% right. It's a great call, Glenn. That was TARP. He is using the TARP language to describe the stimulus. The stimulus was completely different. It was the difference between 9% unemployment and 8% unemployment. That was defined by his own terms.

GLENN: But didn't he say at the same time that we may never recover because I remember saying how can 9% be never recover?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: We may never recover.

PAT: I think they did say that.

GLENN: So we may never recover. So we had it

PAT: We may never recover.

GLENN: May never recover. So he's got it both ways here. But if we're at 10%, remember, emblazon this moment in your head. He's just said we will not have a depression. When he is wrong on that, just remember it because he's going to tell you, I have the answer to fix it. No one in Washington has the answer on how to fix it. They all know, they all know. And Washington, I'm putting you on notice. I'm cataloging everything that you're saying right now. Republicans and Democrats. Because you know what's coming. You know it. And let me tell you something. You are going to be held responsible and you will be exposed. Because you know it. Republicans and Democrats. You have to be a complete and total moron. Not to say that there aren't mostly morons apparently in Washington. Here's what Allen Simpson said in today's New York Times. Alan Simpson, former senator from Wyoming. There isn't a single sitting member of congress, not one, that doesn't know exactly where we're headed, said Mr. Simpson. And he used the politics of fear and division on hate on each other, we are at a point right now where it doesn't make a damn bit of difference whether you're a Democrat or a Republican. You've forgotten you were an American.

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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