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Glenn:  Here's the people who keep saying this.  Here are the people who keep saying this, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louie Farrakhan, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.  What do they all have in common?  I mean, they all have the same approach.  It's that angry, you know ‑‑ Al Sharpton said over the weekend, "I'm going to shut this city down."  Over what?  I read ‑‑ I read the article.  I was for you until I started reading the facts of the case here in New York where, you know, the 50 bullets, the cops, they used 50 bullets and shot ‑‑ what's his name, Bell? .

Stu:  Shawn Bell.

Glenn:  I mean, horrible, horrible situation.  Horrible tragedy, but I can see how the case worked out that way.  It's all these people who are just ‑‑ they are ‑‑ they're using ‑‑ why do you think Jeremiah right is up there right now?  This isn't helpful to get the first black man elected President of the United States and you know what?  America is perfectly fine, perfectly fine having the first black American serve in office.  We're totally cool with that.  We are not cool with the first angry black man.


Do you know what my problem is with John McCain?  John McCain, I don't know if ‑‑ well, just one of the problems, but I don't know if this guy has the temperament to be the President of the United States.  He's got a temper to him and he's arrogant.  I don't want a guy who is arrogant with a quick temper in the White House.  I don't want ‑‑ I don't care what color they are.  I don't want an angry white man and I don't want an angry black man.  That's why people like Colin Powell, he seems reasonable.  I disagree with Colin Powell.  I don't think I would vote for Colin Powell because of his politics, but, you know, before I knew his politics, I was perfectly willing to vote for Colin Powell, because he seems reasonable.


Jeremiah Wright does not seem like a reasonable guy and anybody who cannot judge that this man wasn't reasonable when you're that close to him for 20 years does not have the judgment to be the President of the United States.

Glenn:  1‑888‑727‑BECK.

(Out at 9:43 a.m.)

Glenn:  Here's one thing about Reverend Wright that I don't really understand.  I don't understand how he feels honestly about God, because I want you to listen to this last part of this answer about Lewis Farrakhan.

(Audio played.)

Glenn:  Is he your friend?

(Audio played.)

Glenn:  That's the question I want to know.  Here's the question:  He didn't put me in slaves.  He didn't put new chains.  Who did?  Who did you, sir.  You.  Who put you in chains?  It's my contention that you put you in chains because there are no literal chains that are hanging around you now.  The chains are created by you and that's a mighty nice multimillion dollar chain that you have there that you call a house.  So, you are putting you in chains and then he says, He didn't create me this color.  Who created you this color?  Is this a problem with God?  Do you have a problem with God creating you that color, quote, unquote?

Here's another quote.  He said, God set me free to forgive stupidity.  He set me free to praise God in spite of an oppressive government.  Your government has been oppressing folks since we stole this country from the Comanche, but I'm going to praise him in spite of the government.  Our government has been oppressing folks since it defined the African‑American man as three fifths a person, but I'm going to praise him in spite of our government.

Okay.  You're going to praise him in spite of.  So, I don't understand that relationship, but here's something else.  And I wanted to make sure I was absolutely right and I called professor after professor after professor yesterday to make sure that I was right on this.  The three fifths of a person drives me crazy because it shows people's ignorance of history.  It's related to Article 1 of the Constitution.  Representatives and direct portions shall be apportioned among several states which may be included in this unit according to their respective numbers which shall be determined by adding the whole number of free persons, including those bound as service for a number of years and excluding Indians not taxed three fifths of all other persons.

Now, he says, Reverend Wright keeps saying that you have to consider the context of everything.  They're taking me out of context.  They're only using a sound bite, kind of like you quoting the founding fathers by same I'm only three fifths a person.  Well, let's just look at this in context.  This was pro ‑‑ this was pro abolition.  It was the proslavery faction that wanted to give the slaves the full human status.  Why?  Why?  Because they wanted more representation in Congress.  It would have maximized the congressional representation of the southern states.  It was the abolitionists who wanted to completely do away with slavery, that didn't want black individuals to count at all.  They said, Let's not let them count at all because then their population in the south will be very small and we'll have a chance to overturn it in Congress.  It had nothing to do with rejecting someone's humanity, but to preserve and strengthen the anti‑slavery majority in Congress.  It was not a ‑‑ proslavery southerner but an anti‑slavery northerner.  His name was James Wilson of Pennsylvania.  Why does Pennsylvania play such an important role?  Oh, I remember, because Ben Franklin was one of the first big abolitionists.  It was James Wilson that proposed the three fifths compromise.

Now, why, why would you do this, Jeremiah Wright?  Why would somebody who is anti‑slavery propose this?  It kept the southern slavery views in check.  It reduced their political power by limiting their representation in the House of Representatives.  That's why it happened.  Frederick Douglas, quote, it gives representatives to the south for three fifths of its slaves but what does that amount to?  It's a down right disability laid upon the slave holding states, one which deprives those states of two fifths of their natural bias of representation.  Instead of encouraging slavery, the Constitution encourages freedom by giving an increase of two fifths of political power to free over slave states, end quote.  Frederick Douglas.

I am so sick and tired of people distorting our history for their own political gain.  I am so sick and tired of people teaching my daughters, your family lies about our founding fathers and lies about our country.  We are a good country.  We are a decent people.  Our founding fathers were God inspired and they did not hate others, period.

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."

What happened?

MSNBC's Katy Tur didn't bother to hide her pro-gun control bias in an interview with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in the wake of the Santa Fe High School killings.

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What did she ask?

As Pat pointed out while sitting in for Glenn on today's show, Tur tried to “badger" Paxton into vowing that he would push for a magical fix that will make schools “100 percent safe." She found it “just wild" that the Texas attorney general couldn't promise that schools will ever be completely, totally safe.

“Can you promise kids in Texas today that they're safe to go to school?" Tur pressured Paxton.

“I don't think there's any way to say that we're ever 100 percent safe," the attorney general responded.

What solutions did the AG offer?

“We've got a long way to go," Paxton said. He listed potential solutions to improve school safety, including installing security officers and training administrators and teachers to carry a gun.

Pat's take:

“Unbelievable," Pat said on today's show. “Nobody can promise [100 percent safety]."

Every president from George Washington to Donald Trump has issued at least one executive order (with the exception of William Harrison who died just 31 days into his presidency) and yet the U.S. Constitution doesn't even mention executive orders. So how did the use of this legislative loophole become such an accepted part of the job? Well, we can thank Franklin Roosevelt for that.

Back at the chalkboard, Glenn Beck broke down the progression of the executive order over the years and discussed which US Presidents have been the “worst offenders."

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“It's hard to judge our worst presidential overreachers on sheer numbers alone," said Glenn. “However, it's not a shock that FDR issued by far the most of any president."

Our first 15 presidents issued a combined total of 143. By comparison, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued 3721, more than twice the next runner up, Woodrow Wilson, at 1803.

“Next to FDR, no other president in our history attempted to reshape so much of American life by decree, until we get to this guy: President Obama," Glenn explained. “He didn't issue 3000, or even 1800; he did 276 executive orders, but it was the power of those orders. He instituted 560 major regulations classified by the Congressional Budget Office as having 'significant economic or social impacts.' That's 50 percent more regulations than George W. Bush's presidency — and remember, everybody thought he was a fascist."

President Obama blamed an obstructionist Congress for forcing him to bypass the legislative process. By executive order, President Obama decreed the U.S. join the Paris Climate Accord, DACA, the Clean Power Plan and transgender restrooms. He also authorized spying in US citizens through section 702 of FISA, used the IRS to target political opponents and ordered military action in Libya without Congressional permission.

All of these changes were accepted by the very people who now condemn President Trump for his use of executive orders — many of which were issued to annul President Obama's executive orders, just as President Obama annulled President Bush's executive orders when he took office … and therein lies the rub with executive orders.

“That's not the way it's supposed to work, nor would we ever want it to be," said Glenn. “We have to have the Constitution and laws need to originate in Congress."

Watch the video above to find out more.

Six months ago, I alerted readers to the very attractive benefits that the TreasuryDirect program offers to investors who are defensively sitting on cash right now.

Since then, those benefits have continued to improve. Substantially.

Back in November, by holding extremely conservative short-term (i.e., 6-months or less) Treasury bills, TreasuryDirect participants were receiving over 16x more in interest payments vs keeping their cash in a standard bank savings account.

Today, they're now receiving over 30 times more. Without having to worry about the risk of a bank "bail-in" or failure.

So if you're holding cash right now and NOT participating in the TreasuryDirect program, do yourself a favor and read on. If you're going to pass on this opportunity, at least make it an 'eyes-wide-open' decision.

Holding Cash (In Treasurys) Now Beats The Market

There are many prudent reasons to hold cash in today's dangerously overvalued financial markets, as we've frequently touted here at PeakProsperity.com.

Well, there's now one more good reason to add to the list: holding cash in short-term Treasurys is now meeting/beating the dividend returns offered by the stock market:

"Cash Is King" Again - 3-Month Bills Yield More Than Stocks (Zero Hedge)
'Reaching for yield' just got a lot easier...
For the first time since February 2008, three-month Treasury bills now have a yield advantage over the S&P; 500 dividend yield (and dramatically lower risk).
Investors can earn a guaranteed 1.90% by holding the 3-month bills or a risky 1.89% holding the S&P; 500...

The longest period of financial repression in history is coming to an end...

And it would appear TINA is dead as there is now an alternative.

And when you look at the total return (dividends + appreciation) of the market since the start of 2018, stocks have returned only marginally better than 3-month Treasurys. Plus, those scant few extra S&P; points have come with a LOT more risk.

Why take it under such dangerously overvalued conditions?

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

In my June report Less Than Zero: How The Fed Killed Saving, I explained how the Federal Reserve's policy of holding interest rates at record lows has decimated savers. Those who simply want to park money somewhere "safe" can't do so without losing money in real terms.

To drive this point home: back in November, the average interest rate being offered in a US bank savings account was an insutling 0.06%. Six months later, nothing has changed:

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That's virtually the same as getting paid 0%. But it's actually worse than that, because once you take inflation into account, the real return on your savings is markedly negative.

And to really get your blood boiling, note that the Federal Reserve has rasied the federal funds rate it pays banks from 1.16% in November to 1.69% in April. Banks are now making nearly 50% more money on the excess reserves they park at the Fed -- but are they passing any of that free profit along to their depositors? No....

This is why knowing about the TreasuryDirect program is so important. It's a way for individual investors savvy enough to understand the game being played to bend some of its rules to their favor and limit the damage they suffer.

Below is an updated version (using today's rates) of my recap of TreasuryDirect, which enables you to get over 30x more interest on your cash savings than your bank will pay you, with lower risk.

TreasuryDirect

For those not already familiar with it, TreasuryDirect is a service offered by the United States Department of the Treasury that allows individual investors to purchase Treasury securities such as T-Bills, notes and bonds directly from the U.S. government.

You purchase these Treasury securities by linking a TreasuryDirect account to your personal bank account. Once linked, you use your cash savings to purchase T-bills, etc from the US Treasury. When the Treasury securities you've purchased mature or are sold, the proceeds are deposited back into your bank account.

So why buy Treasuries rather than keep your cash savings in a bank? Two main reasons:

  • Much higher return: T-Bills are currently offering an annualized return rate between 1.66-2.04%. Notes and bonds, depending on their duration, are currently offering between 2.6% - 3.1%
  • Extremely low risk: Your bank can change the interest rate on your savings account at any time -- with Treasury bills, your rate of return is locked in at purchase. Funds in a bank are subject to risks such as a bank bail-in or the insolvency of the FDIC depositor protection program -- while at TreasuryDirect, your funds are being held with the US Treasury, the institution with the lowest default risk in the country for reasons I'll explain more in a moment.

Let's look at a quick example. If you parked $100,000 in the average bank savings account for a full year, you would earn $60 in interest. Let's compare this to the current lowest-yielding TreasuryDirect option: continuously rolling that same $100,000 into 4-week T-Bills for a year:

  1. Day 1: Funds are transferred from your bank account to TreasuryDirect to purchase $100,000 face value of 4-week T-Bills at auction yielding 1.68%
  2. Day 28: the T-Bills mature and the Treasury holds the full $100,000 proceeds in your TreasuryDirect account. Since you've set up the auto-reinvestment option, TreasuryDirect then purchases another $100,000 face value of 4-week T-Bills at the next auction.
  3. Days 29-364: the process repeats every 4 weeks
  4. Day 365: assuming the average yield for T-Bills remained at 1.68%, you will have received $1,680 in interest in total throughout the year from the US Treasury.

$1,680 vs $60. That's a 27x difference in return.

And the comparison only improves if you decide to purchase longer duration (13-week or 26-week) bills instead of the 4-week ones:

Repeating the above example for a year using 13-week bills would yield $1,925. Using 26-week bills would yield $2,085. A lot better (34x better!) than $60.

Opportunity Cost & Default Risk

So what are the downsides to using TreasuryDirect? There aren't many.

The biggest one is opportunity cost. While your money is being held in a T-Bill, it's tied up at the US Treasury. If you suddenly need access to those funds, you have to wait until the bill matures.

But T-Bill durations are short. 4 weeks is not a lot of time to have to wait. (If you think the probability is high you may to need to pull money out of savings sooner than that, you shouldn't be considering the TreasuryDirect program.)

Other than that, TreasuryDirect offers an appealing reduction in risk.

If your bank suddenly closes due to a failure, any funds invested in TreasuryDirect are not in your bank account, so are not subject to being confiscated in a bail-in.

Instead, your money is held as a T-Bill, note or bond, which is essentially an obligation of the US Treasury to pay you in full for the face amount. The US Treasury is the single last entity in the country (and quite possibly, the world) that will ever default on its obligations. Why? Because Treasurys are the mechanism by which money is created in the US. Chapter 8 from The Crash Course explains:

As a result, to preserve its ability to print the money it needs to function, the US government will bring its full force and backing to bear in order to ensure confidence in the market for Treasurys.

Meaning: the US government won't squelch on paying you back the money you lent it. If required, it will just print the money it needs to repay you.

So, How To Get Started?

Usage of TreasuryDirect is quite low among investors today. Many are unaware of the program. Others simply haven't tried it out.

And let's be real: it's crazy that we live in a world where a 1.68-2.09% return now qualifies as an exceptionally high yield on savings. A lot of folks just can't get motivated to take action by rates that low. But that doesn't mean that they shouldn't -- money left on the table is money forfeited.

So, if you're interested in learning more about the TreasuryDirect program, start by visiting their website. Like everything operated by the government, it's pretty 'no frills'; but their FAQ page addresses investors' most common questions.

Before you decide whether or not to fund an account there, be sure to discuss the decision with your professional financial advisor to make sure it fits well with your personal financial situation and goals. (If you're having difficulty finding a good one, consider scheduling a free discussion with PeakProsperity.com's endorsed financial advisor -- who has considerable experience managing TreasuryDirect purchases for many of its clients).

In Part 2: A Primer On How To Use TreasuryDirect, we lay out the step-by-step process for opening, funding and transacting within a TreasuryDirect account. We've created it to be a helpful resource for those self-directed individuals potentially interested in increasing their return on their cash savings in this manner.

Yes, we savers are getting completely abused by our government's policies. So there's some poetic justice in using the government's own financing instruments to slightly lessen the sting of the whip.

Click here to read Part 2 of this report (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access)

NOTE: PeakProsperity.com does not have any business relationship with the TreasuryDirect program. Nor is anything in the article above to be taken as an offer of personal financial advice. As mentioned, discuss any decision to participate in TreasuryDirect with your professional financial advisor before taking action.