Trickle Down Bankruptcy

Erick-Woods Erickson from RedState.com 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 Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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