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GLENN: Do you have the Fred Upton thing?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Listen to this. This is a Republican. This is a Republican that is now looking for the chairmanship of the energy committee.

PAT: Wow, where do you even start with this guy? Like many Republicans who lost in a primary this year, Upton voted for the $700 billion TARP bailout. One of just 18 Republicans to vote a year later for Barney Frank's bill to give the Obama treasury department wide latitude in spending the remaining in $350 billion in TARP funds.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

PAT: In 2005 he was one of 11 Republicans to subject tax cuts to a 60-vote threshold in the Senate and he was one of only nine Republicans who voted against substituting tax cuts for the $787 billion stimulus plan. On spending, Upton was one of only 16 Republicans to vote for the Pelosi omnibus spending bill in 2009, voted against slashing, against slashing $355 billion in spending from the stimulus. He was a backer of the government SCHIP healthcare plan, National Endowment For the Arts and the wasteful public subsidies for Amtrak.

GLENN: I mean, this is a Republican.

PAT: He has occasionally thrown pro lifers from the train. He has a number of votes in favor of federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood, the country's largest abortion advocate. We all know about that. He voted to overturn the first President Bush's ban on federally funded abortion counseling. He is a proponent of taxpayer-supported embryo destructive research.

GLENN: Okay, this is Fred Upton. He is the guy who was the co-sponsor of the fluorescent light bulb.

PAT: Yeah, we didn't even mention that.

GLENN: The incandescent light bulb ban.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: And now he's -- wants to be the chairperson for the energy committee. No, I don't think so. I don't think so. And Freedom Works, the reason why I bring it up is because Freedom Works is leading the challenge on this one, and what is the web address again? DownwithUpton? I haven't even been there.

STU: DownwithUpton.com.

GLENN: DownwithUpton.com. Good. Good. This is exactly the kind of guy that the Republicans need to avoid or they'll destroy themselves. Look, the Democrats have already destroyed themselves. They have already destroyed themselves. They have destroyed themselves, you know, by getting into bed with these progressives. And the progressives have won. Have you read, who is it, Krugman this weekend? Did you read what they are saying now about Barack Obama, that he's actually a conservative?

PAT: Yeah.

STU: (Laughing).

PAT: You make that case.

GLENN: They are.

PAT: Come on.

GLENN: That he's a conservative and now he's showing his colors because he's come out for the Chamber now? After an election where he says they're in bed with foreign governments trying to destroy, now after the election he's come out and said, "You know the chamber may not be that bad" and that makes him a conservative. No, I think that makes him sane. That doesn't make him a conservative.

PAT: And a little late. Maybe he could have said that before the election.

GLENN: Oh, this is ridiculous.

PAT: Come on.

GLENN: -- to me. They are actually -- and you know what this is? This is the Overton Window. What the left is doing is they're radicalizing and they are now trying to make the commander-in-chief look like a conservative so he can be moderate. Without him moving. He doesn't move. They move. And it makes it appear as though he's moderate. It's the Overton Window. These guys are brilliant. They really are. The left, you must give them this. The left is brilliant. I was reading another article today, this morning on the drive in on, yeah, what's your problem? You don't read -- you don't read on your Blackberry when you're driving? It's traffic. What?

PAT: (Laughing). Oh, is that what you were doing? You were reading as you were driving?

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: Physically operating your vehicle?

GLENN: Here is the --

PAT: Huh, that's hard to do.

GLENN: Here is the article from The Spectator on Jim Wallis. This thing is amazing. You know, can we put the Jim -- the he had Upton story on the newsletter at GlennBeck.com and the honey, Jim Wallis shrunk the church story. It came from this summer but I just read it this morning and you have to read it. Jim Wallis was a member of SDS and then he finds Jesus. These guys are brilliant at what they're doing. We'll put these two stories in our free e-mail newsletter at GlennBeck.com. Don't miss it. More in a second.


 

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.

President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job of keeping his campaign promises so far. From pulling the US from the Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the president has followed through on his campaign trail vows.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

Watch the video above to hear Glenn Beck, Sara Gonzales, Doc Thompson, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray discuss the story.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar brings white fan onstage to sing with him, but here’s the catch

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a fan to come onstage and sing with him, only to condemn her when she failed to censor all of the song's frequent mentions of the “n-word" while singing along.

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“I am so sorry," she apologized when Lamar pointed out that she needed to “bleep" that word. “I'm used to singing it like you wrote it." She was booed at by the crowd of people, many screaming “f*** you" after her mistake.

On Tuesday's show, Pat and Jeffy watched the clip and talked about some of the Twitter reactions.

“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."