Obamanomics: back AT the brink

GLENN: Now the Fed has they're expected today to down grade the outlook of the United States.  I'm sorry.  Wasn't everything fixed?

PAT:  Yeah.  I thought we went    I thought we came back from the brink.  Isn't that the  

GLENN:  I thought that was all over. 

STU:  Yeah.  There was some   

OBAMA:  We have pulled the economy back from the brink.  We got good news last week showing that for the first time in over a year, the economy was actually growing.

PAT:  Uh huh.

GLENN:  So, I'm sorry.  So, what's    so, what happened?  What happened?  Because I thought we pulled it back.  I thought for sure we pulled it back from the brink.  I thought that was over.

PAT:  Yeah.  Sure seemed like it.

OBAMA:  We brought the global economy back from the brink. 

OBAMA:  We have pulled the economy back from the brink. 

OBAMA:  I can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink. 

PAT:  Wait.  What?

GLENN:  It doesn't sound like    it sounds like we're back at the brink.  What happened?  Is there something    did I miss something that brought us back to the brink?

PAT:  Well, yeah, George W. Bush.

GLENN:  Well, I know George W. Bush.  I know that

STU:  He pulled it right back.

GLENN:  Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute.

PAT:  Sitting there in Dallas writing a book, he pulled it right back to the brink. 

GLENN:  We would never recover    we would never recover if we didn't have the $787 billion stimulus package, right?

PAT:  Right, yes.

GLENN:  All right.  Well, first we have to go back to George W. Bush.  We'll never survive if we don't have the Tarp package.

PAT:  Yes.  That was true.  It was the    it was the plane headed into the side of the mountain.  Okay.  So  

GLENN:  We're in the going to survive.  So, we did that.  Well, we survived.  Then, unless we do the $787 billion stimulus package, we may never recover.

PAT:  Uh huh.  Okay.  That's right.

GLENN:  And if we do the $787 billion stimulus package   

STU:  Unemployment will never go above 8%.

GLENN:  Never go above 8%.  Okay.  But it did.

PAT:  Just 2 points, though.

GLENN:  Then we have to be able to give confidence to Americans and American companies that we're going to be able to pay for health care and that's the only other part.  When we have that, then we'll be okay.

PAT:  Health care was instrumental in fixing the economy.  Remember that?  It was  

GLENN:  No.  I mean  

PAT:     crucial.

GLENN:  That's what they said

STU:  Yeah, it was crucial.

GLENN:  But it hasn't fixed   

STU:  Well, it did for awhile.

GLENN:  It did because we brought it    between those two things, we brought it back from the brink.

OBAMA:  We brought the global economy back from the brink. 

OBAMA:  We have pulled the economy back from the brink.

OBAMA:  I can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink.

PAT:  So, all that happened.  Pulled it right on back.

GLENN:  Okay.  Yeah.  But now we have Freddie and Fannie and Freddie and Fannie need    what is it?    an additional how much?  $1.8 billion but we're looking at maybe just giving them, oh, I don't know, the candy store, as well?  Just opening up and going ahead and  

PAT:  Was it only a billion or was it a trillion?  The a billion just doesn't sound like  

GLENN:  No.  I think they need another    what is it?    $1.8 billion just, like, right now, but they're looking at  

PAT:  That's not bad.

GLENN:  No, no.

PAT:  That's not bad.

GLENN:  They need it today.

PAT:  That's not bad.  At least it's in the a trillion.  It's not 100 trillion.

GLENN:  It's not a trillion because last year it was estimate that they would need $1 trillion, but this year, since we've been brought back from the brink

PAT:  Yeah.

GLENN:  As estimated they need $3.1 trillion, but the good news is they'll have that .1 right away.

PAT:  Oh.

GLENN:  Uh huh.

PAT:  Okay.  Good.

GLENN:  Stu, what part of the brink did we miss?

STU:  Well what, you missed was that he aid he was going to pull    he had pulled us back from the brink but he never said that he wouldn't push us over past the brink later.  He just said he pulled us back from the brink for a minute.  We could easily be back at the brink or over the brink at any time.

PAT:  But it wouldn't be his fault, would it.

PAT:  No.  Obviously you covered that the Bush    the book is coming out, right.

PAT:  It's Bush, uh huh.

GLENN:  Here's the good news.  According to "USA Today"    I hate that conservative rag.  According to "USA Today," Federal civil servants earned an average pay in benefits of    an average of $123,049.

PAT:  Uh huh.

GLENN:  You, in the private sector, made $61,051.  So, it is official now.  Obama is asking for a 1.4% across the board pay hike for 2011 for these people who now officially make double, on average than the private sector, double.

STU:  I thought the rich needed to pay their fair share.  Why are they getting all these evil raises?

GLENN:  Well, they're not rich.  They're only    they're only making double the private sector.  So   

STU:  That seems like a lot.

PAT:  Yeah.  You're not evil until you're making triple.

GLENN:  Now.  When you're making $250,000, then you're rich. 

STU:  But that's making more than the person who has a doctorate degree.  I mean, $150,000 is  

GLENN:  I understand that, but this is just the average salary for the government worker and they're not even on the top of the food chain.  You know, you have to remember that Congress makes 173,000.  You, you paying their salary, you only make 61,000.

Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

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Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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