Trickle Down Bankruptcy

Erick-Woods Erickson from examines the catch-22 that local governments find themselves trapped in as the public sector balloons and the small town governments are left footing the bill. And to see Glenn lay out what happened to our economy and the solutions to get it going again, be sure to check out Broke: Restarting the Engine of America this Thursday, December, 2nd at a theater near you.

In 2009, Democrats passed the Obama stimulus plan to heal the American economy. On February 9, 2009, Barack Obama said, “More than 90 percent of the jobs created by this plan will be in the private sector.” Unfortunately for him, the White House’s house organ, the New York Times, reported on November 4, 2009, “Although President Obama initially said that 90 percent of the jobs created by the stimulus program would be in the private sector, the data suggests that well over half of the jobs claimed so far have been in the public sector.”

Being a city councilman in Macon, Georgia, I know first hand how the stimulus plan amounts to nothing more than trickle down bankruptcy.

Last year, the City Council of Macon, Georgia, along with communities across the nation, was presented with money from the Obama stimulus plan to hire close to a dozen new police officers. There was a catch. The city had to continue paying these police officers for several years after the money ran out or pay all the money back.

It presented a classic no-win situation for the city. Voting against hiring the officers in the middle of a crime wave would be a tough vote for any councilman. Voting for the new officers, however, would be an equally tough vote. The city was in the midst of laying off existing employees and cutting benefits. To hire these officers, the city would have to come up with money it did not have to ensure the city could keep paying the police officers once the federal money ran out.

Only two of us voted against hiring the police officers — myself and the Chairman of the city’s Appropriations Committee. There’ll be an election next year and finding the money to keep paying the officers will be someone else’s problem. If the money can’t be found, taxes will have to be raised.

This is typical of how both parties have operated over the years and, in particular, how this administration has operated. Consider that the federal payroll has only increased by roughly 200,000 people since 1960. Taking inflation and population growth into account, that is actually a pretty insignificant increase in employees.

At the same time, state and local payrolls have had to balloon to hire bureaucrats whose jobs are focused solely on compliance with federal programs. It becomes a catch 22 — if the states and municipalities do not go along with federal demands, the federal money does not flow for crime prevention, education, health care, and roads. If states and municipalities do comply, their overhead costs go up.

The question no one wants to ask is “why?” Why should the federal government be funding education programs or local roads programs? Certainly the feds have done so for years, but why should they? Some would argue the states do not have the resources. But if the feds were not paying for these things, the costs of the federal government could go down, federal taxes could be cut, and states could either raise their own taxes or innovate their way out of the problem.

As the federal government trickles bankruptcy down to the states and local governments, the nation will keep doing as it has always done without a reassessment regarding whether it should continue the same old approach.

Eventually, another bailout of the states will have to occur as the feds continue offloading their overhead to states. And the cycle will continue.

Erick-Woods Erickson

Editor, RedState.Com

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.