Glenn Beck: The food stamp trap

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GLENN: You know, when I said about the soda and food stamps, not being able to buy soda in New York, the first thought that I had hear me out on this. I think this is Benjamin Franklin common sense. The first reaction I had to that was, good. Good. Let them feel what it's like to be a slave to the United States of America. Let them you know, let them feel that. But you know what that really is? I expressed it as anger because I was angry with the people that are just there are people that need it and there are people that don't. There are people that can work and can get a job; they choose not to. So they decide to live off of other people. The people that really need it? I have no problem with it. But those are the people that try to jump off as fast as they can and only go to it when there is no other option. This is what you're feeling if you're feeling good. What you're feeling is the common sense of Benjamin Franklin that said make people uncomfortable in their poverty. And I know that sounds horrible, or does it? Benjamin Franklin knew because he had watched England. He knew that England made slaves. The politicians made slaves out of the indigent and the poor just as they have made slaves of people here in America. And if you don't think that you're a slave, what is it that they say? You can't really have freedom unless you have prosperity. That is the left's argument. You're not really free unless you have money. That is another lie. But if you are relying on someone else to feed you, you do become a slave because you do whatever they say. And Benjamin Franklin said the best way to help people out of their poverty is to make them uncomfortable. That doesn't mean you go over and poke them with a stick. But who would, who would have a problem with a common sense idea of, okay, you can't buy cigarettes with food stamps. You can't buy chips and dip with food stamps.

PAT: Beer in most cases.

GLENN: Beer with food stamps. You can't buy soda with food make them uncomfortable in that. So you realize, look, I can't live like this, I want chips, I want this, I want that. Now, there's no problem, no problem with food stamps for those who need it, but you want to make it so nobody wants them if you need milk, you need cheese, you need meat, you know, you need the staples to be able to live, you need toothbrush, you need toothpaste, you know, you need, you know, deodorant, you need all of these things, I have no problem with that. But candy bars? No.

PAT: Ice cream?

GLENN: No. I mean, I'm torn on this because you need a treat, especially with your children, et cetera, et cetera.

STU: But the government, is it the government's job to treat?


STU: If you want to have a poverty program, it's sustenance.

GLENN: You're right.

STU: It's mechanical.

GLENN: You're right. And so that's where I would land on it but I would feel

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: But then you know what? Then you save your extra money. You save a few pennies here and there and you buy a treat for yourself. You save for that treat yourself. But, you know, for your kids, it's the only way you would treat is for your kids. But that's the common sense of Ben Franklin, you take care of people but you make it uncomfortable. I don't even know why you use food stamps in regular stores. Why not just set up government stores. Can you imagine how nice that would be? You go to a government store where everything is good quality food but it's all generic label. You're not buying any name brands anything. You're buying the cheapest we can that has the highest nutrition value. That's what food stamps should be. I know it sounds tough. Don't quote me. Quote Ben Franklin.

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It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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