Glenn Beck: Bankrupted By the Pension Pyramid





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Teachers of America, worry no more. Nancy Pelosi is galloping back into Washington on her white horse to save the day!

Pelosi announced via Twitter (because she's so hip — just like you!) that she is reconvening Congress to vote on a $26 billion "jobs" bill. I'm sure this time it will work. Just like when the stimulus bill saved all those jobs — wait, unemployment is still almost 10 percent.

But why do we need 26 billion extra dollars when there is still $421 billion still left in the stimulus bill? Money the president said we could use to save teachers:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It will help prevent our states and local communities, it will help Governor Ritter and Governor Strickland not have to lay off firefighters and teachers and police.

In this recovery and reinvestment package, we put billions of dollars not only to make sure that school districts that are getting hammered are able to keep their teachers, but also we have money in the package to make sure that we are retraining our teachers around math and science.

They'll be the jobs of firefighters, teachers and police officers that would otherwise be eliminated if we do not provide states with some relief.

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Now, I'm not a mathematician or anything, but I think we could take the $26 billion out of the stimulus money — let me break out a calculator to be sure: $421 billion minus $26 billion.... Yeah, there's still a few dollars left over: $395 billion-ish. That's enough to hire 10 million teachers, if we pay them the average salary in America. There are 6.2 million teachers in America now, so why is Nancy Pelosi trying to pass another jobs bill again?

Oh, that's right, because she loves teachers. Conservatives hate them, but progressives love them.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan loves teachers more than anything — well, almost anything. He's hardly spent any of the $4.3 billion in stimulus money he got. Shouldn't that go to teachers? Seems he'd rather lay them off before his funds are raided. Because the problem is a lot bigger than just teachers' salaries, it's pensions. They are wildly out of control. Those in charge know we are screwed on the pensions. Why? Well, look at what's promised and what it takes to pay for it:

Let's say that a California firefighter retires at age 50 making $125,000 a year. He'd retire with a pension of approximately $94,000 per year. It would take about 19 firefighters making $50,000 per year and putting 10 percent of their salaries (which is on the high end because many firefighters put in nothing) into the pension to pay for one year of that retired firefighter's pension.

Now, when those 19 firefighters retire, it will take approximately another 352 firefighters making $50,000 per year and putting 10 percent of their salaries into the pension to pay for just one year of each of the retired firefighters' pensions.

Clearly it's unsustainable. It only works for one generation and the generation that's about to get screwed is starting to realize that. No one thinks this math works, but here was our fearless leader doing a conference on Wednesday with the AFL-CIO:

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OBAMA: I want to thank the AFL-CIO for all you've done to fight for jobs, to fight for tax cuts for the middle class, to fight for reforms that will rein in the special interests, to fight policies that aren't just going to rebuild this economy but put us on a long-term path of sustainable growth that is good for all Americans.

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What planet have I landed on? On what planet does this look sustainable? Probably the same one where Andy Stern is on the financial oversight committee. Is this really who we want to cater to and take advice from? The unions? They are the ones who are bankrupting us.

It's like getting marital tips from Tiger Woods; or appointing the designer of the Edsel and Yugo to head up GM; or the inventor of Betamax to be our technology czar; or getting that guy who created smokeless cigarettes to be our EPA chief.

We're turning to the epic failures of our time and hoping they fix all of our problems. How?

You've probably seen the headlines lately, that cities are being forced to take drastic measures and make cuts. And guess who is first up on the chopping block? Teachers, cops and firefighters. Why? Well, progressives don't want to make any cuts. But remember Cloward and Piven; the best way to get their socialist utopia is by financially collapsing the current system and then starting over.

Oh Glenn, that's crazy talk!

OK, let's look at the cities who are either threatening to cut or have actually cut teachers, cops and firefighters:

Oakland


Philadelphia


Baltimore


Newark


Chicago


East St. Louis

What do they all have in common?

You've got sniper attacks and riots in Oakland, the third-worst rated crime city in the U.S.

East St. Louis has a crime index of 3: That means it's safer than only 3 percent of cities in the country, which means it is only slightly safer than Oakland. They just cut 19 officers and will have, at times, only one patrol cop on dangerous night shifts.

Thugs practically shoot at cops for sport in Philadelphia these days. It's so bad the mayor had to ask citizens to help police. Really?

Beautiful Newark (which recently celebrated going a whopping 43 days without a murder — congratulations!) is getting cocky; they are considering cutting 250 police officers.

The cops have to go, yet in Oakland they keep $7 million in costs for museums. You will lose the art in the riots anyway.

Newark has $39,608,662 set aside for "Neighborhood and Recreational Services." As much fun as Newark is, I think we can cut back on all the good times in Newark before slashing the cops.

Philadelphia can save a couple cops right off the bat by cutting the $1 million set aside for mural arts — they already do that for free: It's called graffiti — or the $32 million for "free libraries" — now, I love to read as much as the next guy, but you can't read when blood is pouring down your face.

In Baltimore, cops are on the chopping block, but that $750,000 for the opera house must stay!

This is like my wife saying we are broke, we have to cut down our expenses on food. I turn around and say, OK, when you grocery shop, no more meats, organics, milk — we're cutting that out. Just get Mountain Dew and Cheetos. You wouldn't believe me if I said that, wouldn't you? Cut the Cheetos first!

Would you cut the opera house budget before the cops? This is easy for you to figure out, because you have common sense.

Now, unless everyone involved in Baltimore's budget process is a moron or something else is going on. How do we make sense of their actions?

Look at the things that you know — that you are not supposed to know:

You know about Cloward and Piven, the Weather Underground and the revolutionaries that surround this administration. You know that progressivism is a cancer to the republic. And that civil unrest works in revolutionaries' favor.

Now, look at those cities. Do you see any patterns that fit?

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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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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

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