Glenn Beck: Tiger Woods' Message for CPAC and America





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On Saturday, I've been honored to give the keynote at CPAC. It's this big yearly event for conservatives. Previous speakers include Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney — Ronald Reagan spoke at it like a billion times.

And now me.

Wow, things are really going downhill aren't they? I guess a lot of people "weren't available" and they're like, all right, fine. Ask the marshmallow man.

I figured they'd have found a Plan B by now and cancelled me, but they haven't. So I've got a dilemma: I don't really know what I'm going to say yet. Seriously, I'm just not sure on what the exact message should be.

A comment from Dick Cheney Thursday at CPAC caught my attention. And I love Dick Cheney — he's an incredibly smart and honorable man. But he said something that jumped out at me:

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FORMER VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: I think 2010 is going to be a phenomenal year for the conservative cause and I think Barack Obama is a one-term president.

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In a way, that bothered me. Yes, it's going to be a good year for conservative politicians, but it's not going to be a good year for the country. And not solely because of President Obama and the Democrats. It's been everyone.

Has electing so-called conservatives in the past really helped us?

After seven years, George W. Bush was in line to be the first president since World War II to increase federal government employment faster than private sector employment. I read a Reason magazine article that gave some of the following stats:

In 2005, the average federal worker earned $59,864 a year; the average private sector worker earned $40,505

Today, the average private sector salary is $40,331; but government salaries are up to $71,206 and they are set to increase again this year to $75,419

So pardon me if I don't get a thrill up my leg just because Scott Brown won in Massachusetts. I don't know Scott Brown, maybe he will be the next James Madison. But why should I give him the benefit of the doubt? What past evidence suggests that the "R" next to a politician's name means things will get better?

The progressive idea of a big, bloated government has infected both parties. In a survey, 80 percent said "the main thing that influences what members of Congress do in office" is either "personal self-interest" or "special interests."

But it's not just Congress; state governments are doing it too. There are 21 states who currently have under-funded pensions and entitlements. And, even if you're in a "safe zone," it doesn't mean you're safe.

In 10 years, California's annual pension contributions have gone from $320 million to $7.3 billion. Meanwhile the state is crumbling around it.

Let's say you went spending crazy and went completely bankrupt. You lose the house, the car, the family, but you say, "Hey, I'm still paying for the boat. That thing is rock solid." Well, I got news for you: You're going to lose the boat eventually.

But it's not just the states. It's you and me. There's no such thing as a free lunch, but somewhere along the line in the last 70-80 years we've been convinced there is one. And we've also been convinced we are entitled to that free lunch.

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Take Tiger Woods' apology. He came out and gave what I thought was a heartfelt apology. But he said something I think is what the president should be telling every American:

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TIGER WOODS, PROFESSIONAL GOLFER: I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have far — I didn't have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame on myself.

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Isn't this exactly what our politicians have done? And exactly how entitled we have become? Politicians don't think the rules apply to them. They only think about getting themselves re-elected. They've run through the boundaries of the Constitution.

And what about us? We think we are entitled: This is America! We deserve it! But, just like Tiger said, we were wrong. It's got to stop. And it starts with us. And that's what the president needs to tell the American people.

Washington needs to stop the spending, yes, but you have to make sacrifices too. I just mentioned the pensions. In what world does it make sense to continue to promise funding a system where this routinely happens.

Also in that Reason article — this will make your eyes bleed — in California, state workers often play the "3 for 50" game. When you turn 50, you are eligible for 3 percent of your final year salary, multiplied by the number of years you've worked. Pretty sweet. So if you work 30 years and retire at 50, that's 90 percent of your final salary. And, as if that's not enough, many times the unions work it so huge raises come in your last year and you can find extra work and apply that total to your pension.

It's madness.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is trying to battle bloated pensions right now. Listen to this example from his out-of-control state:

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GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-N.J.: One state retiree, 49 years old, paid over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 toward his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life and nearly half a million dollars for health care benefits: A total of $3.8m on a $124,000 investment. Is that fair?

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You pay $124,000 into the system and get $3.8 million out of the system? Forget about "fair," how is that sustainable? It can't last.

But it starts at home. Are you willing to have your own sweet pension deal go away? Because if you are not, guess what? Someone else isn't either. And the problem will persist. Sure, the politicians allowed this system to get set up, but we keep playing their game and voting the same guys in on both sides. We haven't been able to reconnect with common sense.

You must be willing to stand up and say it's been a great ride, but the ride is over. So far we haven't been able to do that — just like Tiger, we feel entitled. So and so got his, why shouldn't I get mine?

Why do you think Oprah Winfrey built that big school for kids in Africa and not here? She was asked that very question and said that in South Africa, "there is this — sort of desperate yearning to know better and do better that you just don't have in the United States. You don't have it because the opportunity's always been there."

We expect it. We assume big government will be there for us every step of the way.

Well, I hate to be the Friday buzz-kill, but it's not always going to be there. America has been recklessly spending in the last few decades and it's catching up to us rapidly.

Now, we've got a choice to make: Do we choose the fundamentally transform America to a Marxist, spread the wealth, cradle to grave nanny state? Where no one gets a boo-boo? And, as we have seen in country after country, is only sustainable through the barrel of a gun? Or do we come to our senses and realize that spending and taxing kills business? And stop with the pensions that literally pay out 30 times what we put into them!

Look, the Founders designed a country that has created more prosperity, peace and overall goodwill than any other nation in the history of the world. But we became complacent. Progressives have steered us off course and those progressive mistakes are about to catch up with us. The party is over. It's time to do the right thing so our children may not be able to have a party, but at least they can still have some cake.

You have to be willing to make sacrifices of your own.

No more palaces for schools. Haven't you ever seen "Little House on the Prairie"? Or Spanky and "Our Gang"? We didn't always have everything handed to us on a silver platter. Remember how they lived? You can do it without big government.

Yes, you might have to take your parents in. But since when has that become a burden? Think about your mom and dad. They cared for you. They changed your diapers. They fed you. They raised you. But, you won't take them in now that they are frail and old? I know they may smell weird and suck on Werther's Originals all day, but they are your parents.

I visited a friend recently. He was taking care of his mom. I saw the pain in his eyes, as he watches his mom getting older. But I also saw the gratitude in his mom's eyes. No government program can ever replace that. Sure, they can prop you up and pay for some things and make life just a little bit easier. But easier isn't always better.

The greatest American generation isn't called great because it was easy. Our grandparents didn't eat lard sandwiches, ration food or win World War II because it was easy, fun, free or even fair. They did it because it had to be done.

America as we know it is either going to be restored or fundamentally transformed. One of those two options ends in real freedom. But only the one that takes hard work and sacrifice is worth doing.

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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:

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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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