Glenn Beck: EU -- Fiscal union or bust?

GLENN: You know, it's it's amazing to me how this is all coming together and how beautifully crafted it is. It is truly elegant the way that this country and the globe is being conned into a collective government. I want to go back to Europe and show now the choice in Europe. You know that they first said that they had to give lots of bailout money and it had to be staggering amounts does this sound familiar to shock the system over in Europe. And it went to Greece and that was supposed to stop the dominoes from falling. And now the next domino is starting to fall and that is Ireland. And the Irish didn't want it. And they were forced by the EU to take it, otherwise all the other dominoes would fall. Well, there's more dominoes to come. It's going to be Portugal and then it will be Spain. It's over.

And so here's what's being reported in the financial sector today.

PAT: Business Insider has a story that's headlined: You've Got to Restructure the Eurozone Now Before the Radicals Take Over. If Europe is going to resolve the current crisis in an orderly way, it's going to have to move very quickly, not just for the obvious financial reasons.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. Could you read that sentence again?

PAT: If Europe is going to resolve the crisis in an orderly way.

GLENN: Stop. Who else is talking about an orderly restructuring, an orderly decline? George Soros.

PAT: George Soros.

GLENN: Do you know that George Soros was just voted by some, I don't know, world organizational thing as the 15th most important and most influential man in the world? Now, why wouldn't we listen to what he has to say? If the world is being restructured. Listen to that again. For an orderly restructuring, you've got to move rapidly. Quick, quick! Emergency! You've got to reorder this right now! Otherwise chaos! And don't dismiss the chaos. There is chaos on the other end.

PAT: And this particular author says that for ten years he's been using mainly an economic argument to explain why he believed the Euro would have great difficulty to survive for even a decade, let alone as long as it has. So he's he claims to have seen this coming and he quotes another article from another expert in the Financial Times that the Eurozone is maneuvering itself into a position where it confronts the choice between two alternatives considered unimaginable: Fiscal union or total breakup. So they either unite under one continental I suppose government and really unite more than they already are.

GLENN: Fiscal government.

PAT: One fiscal government. Or they break up and go back to the monetary units that they used to use, like the franc and all the

GLENN: And the answer is local.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: The answer is smaller, not bigger. And they are going to push them into the smaller.

Now, if you, if you unite all of Europe under one financial umbrella, who has the engine?

PAT: Oh, I know. I know. I know. Finland!

GLENN: No, not Finland, no.

PAT: Norway?

GLENN: Sorry, no.

STU: Denmark.


PAT: Luxembourg.


PAT: Luxembourgians.

STU: Monaco, Monaco.

GLENN: No, sorry.

STU: Ivory Coast! Ivory Coast!

VOICE: Oh, come on!

PAT: Bosnia?

GLENN: No, it's not. No. Germany.

PAT: Oh, crap. I didn't see that coming at all.

GLENN: Germany. So Germany now will be the financial center of this new European, this new European order.

PAT: That's always worked out so well when they've been the center of Europe.

GLENN: It has always worked out.

PAT: Very well. That's great.

GLENN: Now, let me ask you something. When you have Europe being shouldered by the workers of Germany, do you think the Germans take that on as a good thing? Do you think the Germans want the German identity erased?

STU: They usually don't.

GLENN: Good, good, usually have a major problem with that.

PAT: You are only saying that because you've got historical evidence to back it up.

GLENN: Every single time!

STU: Seems to be an issue for them.

GLENN: Yeah, it seems to be a problem. I don't know if you've ever been to Europe, but they don't want to melt into each other. We are a melting pot; they are not. They don't like the fact that everything is the same. They like the convenience of things being the same, but they are unique. They are stones. They are not bricks. But they are being held together now by materialism. Think of

PAT: Gosh.

GLENN: History repeats itself over and over and over again. It is the Tower of Babel. And is it, is it would you do a Google search of the EU parliament building and the Tower of Babel? Do it right now. Look at the two buildings side by side.

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PAT: You have to find an because there's no actual photos of the Tower of Babel.

GLENN: Thank you, thank you.

STU: Really?

GLENN: Thank you. There is a painting from, like, 1643 or something like that. But look at the have you done this, Pat?

PAT: Of what they would look like.

GLENN: Stu, have you seen them?

STU: Yeah, yeah.

PAT: It's pretty cool. You showed it on TV, didn't you, last week or the week before?

GLENN: Yeah, a couple of weeks ago. I mean, it's remarkable. It's remarkable.



Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?

There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…

But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…

John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...

Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…

A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...

Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…

And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…

When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…

"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…

At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…

Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…

This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…

It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.