The Year of the Governors

By S.E. Cupp

Back in 2010, during the midterm elections, people in my field were of course panting in breathless anticipation as we watched important congressional races to see how many seats Republicans would pick up two years after Barack Obama came into office. Would it be a turnover of the Senate? How sweeping would the House pickups be? Who’d take Pelosi’s place? What would it mean for the tea party? We all know how it turned out. I’m fond of the way one notable described it…as a “shellacking.”

But overlooked were the equally important governors races. I had my eye on them here and there, just to keep up with redistricting possibilities. But no one could have predicted just how important the state houses would be so soon into 2011. In short, whether you’re Chris Christie or Scott Walker, governors are having the best month ever, and it’s clear the Republican gains in the state houses last year are having a huge impact on domestic policy. (And, let’s face it, they’re a major thorn in President Obama’s side.)

In 2010 Democrats took five governorships from the Republicans…California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota and Vermont. But Republicans took a whopping 11 governorships from the Democrats, including key states like Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Who knew how big THAT one would turn out. Republicans also won Florida, which had previously been held by an Independent. Before he was a Republican. So Republicans held a majority of governorships for the first time since 2006.

No one would have predicted just a few months ago that it would be these governors, and not celebrity senators like the thus far invisible Marco Rubio or the tea party favorite Rand Paul, who would be making the most noise.

First, of course, there’s Chris Christie, the biggest celebrity governor on the Republican roster right now, thanks to some memorable scuffles with New Jersey teachers unions, and near constant prodding to run for president in 2012 by, well, everyone. He was on Face the Nation this weekend with Bob Scheiffer, talking about another US governor’s battle with teachers’ unions. In typical Christie fashion, the governor pulled no punches and spoke of his support for rigorous debate over the future of public sector unions and the compensation they command.

Which brings us to Scott Walker, an unassuming former Eagle Scout and IBM salesman, who – inexplicably – decided to do the thing he campaigned to do: take on Wisconsin’s budget shortfall and address the overweening power of the public employee unions. His throw down with the teacher’s union and Democratic Senators in Wisconsin has been so important and stunning, that it prompted President Obama to wade into what should be a local issue when he announced that Governor Walker’s actions constituted an “assault on the unions.”

The problem, however, with Obama’s disdain for Walker’s proposal is that it’s the absolute height of hypocrisy and myopia.

Kimberley Strassel had an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal on Friday called “Union Power For Thee But Not For Me,” in which she points out that President Obama’s reckless criticism of weakening collective bargaining power for public employees ignores the glaring fact that he oversees 2 million federal workers who (drumroll please) have no collective bargaining rights for wages or benefits.

And thanks to who? The one and only Jimmy Carter, who passed the Civil Service Reform Act in 1978, with the help of a Democratic Congress. And in the two years since Obama took office, which were spent under a Democratic majority, how important was it for him to overturn this cruel and unjust piece of legislation that is tantamount to an “assault on unions”? Not important at all, because it’s still very much in place. In fact, Washington DC is effectively a ‘right to work’ town because of Jimmy Carter. Put that in your protest and smoke it.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Ohio Governor John Kasich are also fighting budget battles in their states, and while they may be wielding scalpels compared to Walker’s chain saw, they’re still managing to put the power of the state houses on full display.

The media seems to recognize this interesting shift, and is giving unprecedented face time to the govs. On This Week with Jake Tapper yesterday, he featured an interesting gubernatorial panel discussion between Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Jan Brewer of Arizona. The annual Governors meeting was in Washington DC this weekend, so it was probably pretty easy to corral these four into one studio. But it was interesting to watch these four executives – two Republican women and two Democratic men – discuss their role in various national debates. Of course no one knows how influential a governor can be more than Jan Brewer right now.

Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels all made the rounds on the Sunday shows…a quick cutaways to senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman in Cairo on the Sunday shows was no match for the star power of the big name governors who are quickly reminding us that all politics is local.

It seems that the impact of the GOP govs has at least one Democratic executive feeling a little left out. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is getting sick and tired of the pesky Tea Party, which he thinks is leading the country into a “civil war.” And why? Because they’d like to nullify certain federal laws that they say just don’t make sense anymore. GASP! Thomas Jefferson, by the way, was a big proponent of this. But for holding the federal government accountable, for daring to question the legitimacy, constitutionality, morality and wisdom of an ever-expanding Democratic agenda, and for attempting to spare their children and grandchildren from bankruptcy, the Tea Party is leading the march toward a civil war? Talk about old tone. Looks like somebody’s throwing a bit of a temper tantrum. Take a time out Governor Schweitzer. Mommy and Daddy are talking.

The next few weeks and months will reveal just how important those midterm state house elections were. For the short term at least, it looks like the governors are running the show, and no one’s going to tell them to sit down and shut up. So, better get used to it, Mr. President. The states are taking back some power.

From food and job shortages to the prices of building materials "skyrocketing," the world is currently moving into what could be the "perfect storm" for politicians to push for a universal basic income, explained Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"We really need to look at the economy and be prepared for what is coming," Glenn said. "I feel like my job is to warn you of the things that are coming and, when I can, give you ways to navigate around. But at least so you can hear the warning and decide yourself what you're going to do with that."

Glenn explained that now, for the first time, there is a shortage of starter homes and building supplies just as increasing numbers of millennials are in the market. Also, analysts are predicting that shortages of food items and products such as pork, polystyrene, and chlorine could send prices soaring. Then there's the matter of unemployment, kicked off by the COVID-19 pandemic and likely to worsen because of the technological revolution, there are going to be fewer and fewer jobs for people to do.

"We are creating this perfect storm, right now, where universal basic income is going to be embraced by people," Glenn warned. "It's just this nasty cycle that we're beginning, and we're watching it unfold right in front of us."

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More than 100 business leaders and CEOs from some of the world's largest corporations recently met during a Zoom meeting to discuss how they can band together to fight "election integrity laws," like the voting law recently passed in Georgia.

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck explained how this government-corporation partnership is not only proof of fascism, but it is also demonstrative of how our lives will be under The Great Reset: government and large corporations will work together to set the rules, and the freedoms of the individual American will be squashed.

"I want you to understand ... everything that they have ever said about, 'oh, it's a conspiracy theory' about The Great Reset, you can throw that in the garbage now," Glenn began. "Something happened this weekend that is absolutely unprecedented. I have done this job, for ... I don't even know how many years, almost 50 years, and I've never seen anything like this.

"People that were on the [Zoom] call, they talked about potential ways to show how they opposed the legislation, including ... delaying investments in states. That's blackmail," Glenn continued.

"So these corporations, they're going to act as a — what? A secondary government? ... I don't know. I didn't elect the CEO of Merck. Did you?" he said.

"Corporations [are] openly meeting and coordinating efforts to change laws," Glenn added. "This is fascism, guys! Fascism is when government and corporations work hand in hand. That is fascism."

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A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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