Glenn Beck: Hilarious crowd reports



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GLENN: Two words: Thank you. What an amazing, amazing weekend. Thank you. Thank you for trusting me with your time. Thank you for trusting me with your hard earned money to be able to get across the country. Thank you for coming in, what is the media saying? Tens of thousands. We're still waiting for the real number. We have obviously you've seen them overhead shots. We have we'll show you tonight the comparisons of crowds in the past. The number is at least 500,000. The high estimate I have heard is a million. I don't personally believe that. I believe that it could be as high as 650, maybe 700, but I think the number is probably closer to 5 to 600,000.

PAT: You know it's big, though, when even MSNBC is citing the number 500,000. Scarborough said it, what, three times this morning?

GLENN: Yeah, this morning.

PAT: In the report they are spending all kinds of time on this item.

GLENN: So you know that and you know that it's big when no one will print the number. Only CBS News said it was 87,000, which is just I mean, look at the pictures.

PAT: Ridiculous.

GLENN: 87,000? Wait, how did you even come up with that? It's 23,471.

STU: It's insane. If you had 87,000 people there, then the capacity, the largest crowd you could possibly have is, what, 100,000? We've quoted how many different rallies there that have happened over the years that have been 200,000 and 300,000 and 400,000. It's insulting and whoever made that estimate literally should shutter the doors of their company, terrible.

GLENN: If you look at the photos, you go to the Restoring Honor page, the Glenn Beck Restoring Honor page and look for the photos and click on the, what is it, the five photos of just the crowd, what is incredible is when you see the aerial photo, understand that there is that the trees are blocking a lot of the crowd. So if you go one, two, three, four, five photos down, you see the beginning of what's under the trees. And what's under the trees is remarkable. Absolutely remarkable.





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PAT: I mean, there were 87,000 people at 6:00 in the morning, you know? They didn't start until 10:00.

GLENN: There were thousands the night before.

PAT: Yep.

GLENN: And we haven't even had a chance to talk about the revival that happened at the Kennedy Center. What happened at the Kennedy Center was possibly more remarkable than what happened at the mall on Saturday.

My fear is and I don't want to spend a lot of time talking about what the media has said because they have proven themselves to be, in my opinion they have proven themselves to be so untrustworthy and so out of touch that it's really not even worth reviewing. I mean, I know Pat is itching to review. How many times on this program did I say, media, be careful what you're saying and what you're printing because you don't know what's on the program. No one has asked me what was on the program.

PAT: Oh, no, they did. MSNBC reported right before the program what was on the program.

VOICE: You have plenty of people as you mentioned set to speak. You have Sarah Palin today about 10:40, Michele Bachmann, congressman from Minnesota also set to speak, a tea party favorite as well as Dick Armey also expected a little later today.

PAT: So how did you enjoy Michele Bachmann and Dick Armey's speech?

GLENN: I didn't know she was there. Oh, I saw her in the VIP section. I did see her down in the crowd during my speech.

STU: She was probably at some point, spoke to the person sitting next to her.

GLENN: She did speak at the rally.

PAT: She, nor Dick Armey spoke at this rally, nor were they on schedule, they were never scheduled to speak.

GLENN: It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.