Country musician Oliver Anthony went from unknown to the top of the iTunes charts after his song, "Rich Men North of Richmond," went viral overnight. But music press outlets like Rolling Stone immediately became hostile. They started churning out headlines trying to tie Anthony to right-wing politics and Q-Anon, and even suggested he was a plant for far-right culture warriors. But former Mumford & Sons banjoist Winston Marshall, who knows a thing or two about political attacks against musicians, joins Glenn to explain what's really going on: the former countercultural generation has "become the establishment." But is there still a chance that an authentic artist like Oliver Anthony can unite a divided country?
Multiple Democratic officials are speaking out after their policies have destroyed their cities. Is sanity finally coming back to America? On today’s Friday Exclusive, Glenn reacts to the sudden shift in Democrats' view on illegal immigration, even though some mainstream politicians are still holding firm. Also, Glenn responds to a Texas House member who claimed that Biden’s only crime is ‘loving his son.’ Next, Glenn explains how sinking the lifeboat will cause more tragedy than safety. Lastly, Glenn reacts to a shocking clip of a British official coming out against multiculturalism and a Polish official defending his anti-illegal immigration stance.
Were there ANY winners at the second GOP presidential debate hosted by Fox Business and Univision? Glenn calls it “the worst debate of my lifetime” and reveals who was the REAL loser. BlazeTV hosts Stu Burguiere, Steve Deace, and Pay Gray join with their raw reactions to candidates North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, and former Vice President Mike Pence. All hosts agree the candidates failed to provide the conservative base with a real conversation, especially since many of the questions could have been asked by MSNBC. They also address the bizarre appearance of Fox moderator Dana Perino introducing Hillary Clinton at a recent Clinton Global Initiative Event. And what about the elephant NOT in the room? Was Donald Trump, who chose striking UAW workers over debating candidates, the only winner? With the leading GOP candidate facing 91 felony indictments, Steve Deace says, “This is how we do assassination in America today" and that it’s vital we choose a strong second-place nominee … FAST.
The United States is once again on the verge of a government shutdown, but should Congress cave and pass a continuing resolution to spend a lot more money and save us all ... or do we not need saving? Glenn reviews what would actually happen under a government shutdown and which agencies we should probably shut down anyways. Maybe we need "15 Days to Slow the Spending."
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: All right. So here's what we have to do this weekend, beginning tonight at midnight, if we don't sign the CR, and continuing resolution, which will give just a buttload of money. Just keep spending, exactly like you were spending last year, and no real accountability for any of it.
And we have to add some more for a war.
If we don't sign that by tonight, we have to shut the government down. Pat Gray is joining us.
What will you do as of 12:01, tonight.
PAT: Well, Stu gave me a suggestion. Because I was confused what I would do when I came in. What am I going to do? What was your suggestion that I should do? Now, this is in the eventuality, of a government shutdown.
GLENN: Okay. Are you well read enough, to give a recommendation?
STU: I mean, I would be concerned if I was going to be held to some legal standard.
GLENN: Right. Because you're not not an expert.
STU: I'm not an expert. But I was thinking you could continue living your life exactly the same way.
PAT: Oh. Well, that's weird. What about the catastrophe that is -- what about that?
STU: Yeah. You would -- in this particular scenario. It's a fictional scenario, at some level.
GLENN: Okay. You're not a doctor. I think this is dangerous.
STU: What were the things you were going to do?
PAT: Do those things.
STU: The things you weren't going to do, don't do those.
PAT: It's crazy talk.
GLENN: All right. Hang on a second. Here's what's going to happen. Here's what's going to happen, okay? This is from the O and B. The Office of Management & Budget.
And they have now released the contingency plan.
So here's what's going to happen.
Now, please don't panic.
But economic indicators like the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobs report could -- could be delayed. This month.
PAT: Don't say that.
The federal mediation and conciliation service, which is charged with promoting labor management cooperation.
PAT: They'll still have that, right?
GLENN: Well, yes. Yes.
GLENN: However, they would have to cut back in its -- they won't close. But they'll have to cut back in some of the things they do.
And this all amid the strike with the auto workers.
PAT: Oh, my gosh.
GLENN: What are the unions and the -- and the -- you know, the plants going to do? Without federal officials. They'll never be able to do anything.
PAT: No, they won't.
STU: And the thing is, we're so a used to high efficiency from the government. That when you lose that -- society --
PAT: It all goes sideways.
GLENN: Time to throw everyone a bone here, so you don't panic. The Federal Reserve activity will be unaffected. So they can still raise the interest rates on November 1st, no matter what happens.
GLENN: The Federal Trade Commission, however, would stop the vast bulk of its competition and consumer protection investigation.
PAT: You can't be serious.
GLENN: I am serious.
They have -- the vast bulk of them, would just stop.
STU: So some of them would continue?
GLENN: Yes. Yes.
STU: But the vast bulk of them -- what percentage does that translate to?
GLENN: Don't know. Vast bulk.
This is from the O&B.
The Security and Exchange Commission, will not review or improve registrations from investment advisers, broker dealers, transfer agents, rating organizations. Investment companies. And municipal advisers.
They're not going to be able to -- if you try to register --
PAT: At the SECC.
GLENN: You won't -- you won't be able to do it.
STU: What is that? For a new fund? Or something? New rating. A two-week process probably?
PAT: What about the FDIC? Do you have information on the FDIC?
GLENN: No, they still do not have all of the -- they're scrambling for this information.
STU: They didn't see this coming.
GLENN: Now, again, to give you some good news.
The IRS has not released this plan for the potential shutdown. However, previous plans have said that the IRS would use funds from Joe Biden's Inflation Reduction Act.
STU: Oh, good.
GLENN: To keep employees paid and working.
PAT: Thank heaven.
GLENN: And the union representing the IRS workers are saying, new plans are being discussed, that would involve some furloughs. However, businesses and individuals, who requested that six-month extension for your tax return in April. You will still be required to file by April 16.
PAT: Well, of course, you would.
STU: Yeah. By what date? October 16th. I was going to say, I thought I had more time.
GLENN: Yeah. Emergency relief is going to be a problem. A shutdown would create increased risk, that FEMA, their relief funds, could be depleted.
So there's a risk, that their funds could be depleted. If large additional catastrophic disasters occur. During the shutdown.
STU: Now, of course, they would very easily pass funding for that almost immediately. But still, we should deny that that would happen.
We will deny that any of these people will get their money afterward.
We all know they will retroactively pay off all of this stuff anyway. It will be a vacation for many people.
PAT: They've already done that. For many people. So, yeah. Sure.
GLENN: For those of you concerned about, hey. What about my energy?
What about the environment?
This is what this Draconian shutdown is going to do.
PAT: Thank you, Republicans.
GLENN: The interior department, which does all of the designing for the Capitol building, and the interiors, and pick out the drapes.
Oh, no. Apparently, it doesn't do that. The department of interior, will retain limited discretion to use permits for energy projects on federal lands and waters, when user fees are attached.
So they'll -- they'll retain just limited discretion, to issue those permits. You know, for drilling, and things like that.
PAT: They don't have full discretion.
GLENN: No. Not during a shutdown.
PAT: During a shutdown. Oh, no.
GLENN: A funding lapse would paralyze -- to develop would require environmental analysis for all energy projects. Highways. And other infrastructure.
The EPA, may be able to continue some IRA-funded activities.
As well as other attempted works such as settlement-funded cleanup at some Superfund sites.
PAT: Let's hope that is the case.
GLENN: Now. The White House is warning, most EPA led inspections at hazardous waste sites, as well as drinking water at chemical facilities, it's got to stop.
PAT: Oh, wow.
GLENN: So your drinking water. Could go completely -- it will stop.
PAT: It will turn to mud this weekend.
GLENN: Well, by Sunday. Maybe Monday.
The Energy Information Administration, which publishes snapshots of the US oil inventory.
It will continue to collect and publish data on schedule. But they say, at least initially.
At least initially. Our nuke sites are going to be maintained. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, however, will stop all licensing of new nuclear facilities.
PAT: Oh, there's so many of those going up too.
Because, I mean, we did the last one in 1978. And bang.
GLENN: This is going to stop.
PAT: Well, there's no new ones.
GLENN: But it will stop.
STU: This was the week. This was the week it would happen.
PAT: And now, thanks to you, MAGA Republicans.
GLENN: Right. Now transportation and travel.
Travelers could face delays as air traffic controllers and transportation security administration officers.
PAT: That will continue.
GLENN: Will be working without pay.
PAT: But without pay.
GLENN: Yeah. So people will --
PAT: I mean, they really are not. They will be paid. Just maybe not time.
GLENN: Right. Which is a hassle.
PAT: It is a hassle. I won't deny that.
GLENN: It is a hassle. However, Amtrak, they will keep transporting those 12 passengers. They will just keep going.
PAT: Is Ange going to continue to tell stories, about how many miles Joe Biden has traveled on the train.
Will he be there? Even in death, as he was when he told the story to Joe Biden?
GLENN: I don't know.
Now, passport and Visas will still be issued.
PAT: I thought those would be delayed. But they're not going to?
GLENN: Efforts to defend the nation and conduct ongoing military operations, will continue.
STU: That's good.
GLENN: Burials and tours, at Arlington National Cemetery would continue.
STU: Did anybody doubt, they would stop burying the bodies.
They'll just pile up, until we open up the government.
GLENN: COVID-19, response research including vaccine and therapeutic development by the US government will continue.
PAT: Will continue.
GLENN: The National Institute of Health, might have to postpone clinical trials for diseases like cancer or Alzheimer's, according to the White House. So this may throw him from solving cancer.
We were so close to him coming through with his promise of curing cancer, but it's the damn Republicans.
STU: We can actually check that at any point. If you go to, HasJoeBidenCuredCancer.com.
GLENN: Can you check that real quick? We're really close.
STU: Has Joe Biden cured cancer?
No. Cancer still exists as of today.
GLENN: Food stamps for low income people. The disabled, and others could be delayed.
There's no excuse for that. There's no excuse for that.
That is just to trot out the downtrodden.
The people that just say, look at what's happening. If the IRS can stay open, food stamps can stay open. Social Security checks will be delivered. Applications for benefits processed. However, people will not be able to verify benefits or replace cards.
Most national parks will be closed. The Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art may close.
PAT: Don't say that.
GLENN: Cemeteries. Monuments. Visitor centers. Worldwide housed under the American Battle Monuments submission, will close.
STU: So are they -- and you said the national parks will close.
That means that many of these open field areas, will -- will not be opened?
GLENN: Yeah. They will -- they will build some fences around those things.
STU: Are they -- we don't seem capable of building fences.
GLENN: They're closed.
But I will tell you, you know they're big on the blue.
They will just be -- I make sure you're out there.
And you enforce that law.
You have somebody coming into the national park.
We don't have bathrooms that are open.
No. What are they going to do, poop in the woods, what kind of animals do you think we are?
PAT: Well, we're animals that poop.
STU: Sometimes -- sometimes that works. At least for many, many centuries.
The Capitol Police will not get paid under this.
STU: They will -- they will --
PAT: They're under assault again. Just as they were during the insurrection.
STU: By the same people. The extreme MAGA Republicans.
PAT: You're exactly right.
By the same people.
STU: Now they'll get their number later. But for now, they won't get paid.
Except, for them. Unlike thousands and thousands of other federal workers, they actually will still have to do a job.
Most of the federal workers that will get all their money and then not have to do their job for however long this takes.
Which is a terrible, terrible --
GLENN: Just -- I -- I am in. I am in.
I mean, I think we should take a vote, who wants to open it back up?
I think 15 days, to slow the curve of spending. Fifteen days. Let's just do that.
Let's meet again in 15 days. And see if we can open the government up.
STU: We probably --
GLENN: Well, we might. We might.
Fifteen days, to slow the curve of spending.
PAT: And then after that, 30 days are up. After 15, then the 30. We might need another 18 bucks after that.
GLENN: Well, I don't know -- I don't know if the government will survive that.
You know, it may not survive that. Of course, the American people did it for a year.
STU: Yeah, and they don't care about them surviving.
GLENN: No. Nobody really cared about them surviving.
STU: Can I also say too, we talk about these big government cuts that we should do. We think there are things to do, to make the government smaller, and more like it was supposed to be. You know, a limited government.
GLENN: Yeah. We're not talking about any of those, I want you to know.
STU: But maybe we are. You know, haven't they unintentionally identified all the cuts here. Haven't they just said, hey, whatever we're going to just stop doing, the unnecessary parts of the government that can just shut down.
GLENN: You mean those nonessential?
STU: Yeah. The nonessential stuff, we stop doing. And the essential stuff, we stop doing. And we'll go from there. We'll talk about, maybe we need to add this back in. Maybe we can get rid of this other thing.
But isn't that a good starting point? Whatever you say is nonessential, I promise you we should not be doing it.
GLENN: I'm not sure of that. I mean, you know, we're talking about --
We're talking about things like the interior department.
Just having limited discretion to issue permits.
STU: So there will be still issuing permits. But they will have limited vegetation.
Maybe we shouldn't be doing so much permitting. Maybe people should be able to do a lot of the things they want to do.
But if there are certain needs for certain permits. Then the limited permitting might just cover that.
GLENN: Well, you go ahead. While we're all drinking poison by next Wednesday.
Just from our tap, from our homes. While sludge, nuclear waste.
Syringes are pouring out from our kitchen sink.
PAT: So syringes might pour out of our taps?
GLENN: Yes. Yes.
STU: How do they get around the curves?
GLENN: Are you an expert?
GLENN: Are you a doctor?
STU: I'm not a doctor.
GLENN: I am. Let's move on. Very dangerous.
Keep going, Republicans. Keep going.
Do not buckle.
The presidential candidates at the 2nd GOP debate were asked to comment on the United Auto Workers strike. But Glenn believes no one got it right. "I have no sympathy for the auto makers," Glenn says, after they got in bed with the federal government in 2008. Ever since then, they've all been pushing for electric vehicles. He also has no sympathy for the UAW, who was all for President Biden. The auto workers themselves, however, are getting hammered. Glenn breaks down the real reason the auto workers strike is concerning: it's a perfect example of how the economy is "in a death cycle." So, why won't anyone say this in a debate?
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: So here's the thing. I want to talk about one other thing they talked about last night. It really pissed me off.
Because nobody got it right. About the striking workers in Detroit.
And I know we have a new station in Detroit. Just hang on for a second.
I don't know if I will make friends or enemies. But just hear me out.
I have no sympathy, for the auto makers. The manufacturers.
Why? Because they got into bed with the federal government, in '08 with the bailout.
And they knew that they were never going to be able to extract themselves from it.
And they had to dump things, like the hydrogen car, which was way down the road.
It was much well-defined. There were already service stations. Shell was about to transform all of their service stations, and carry hydrogen.
But because all the green lovers. And Barack Obama. And he wanted an electric. Why would you want an electric. When you can make the energy here in America, hydrogen, 100 percent clean. Why would you want to go to a battery, that has all kinds of problems, environmentally speaking?
And you don't have the stuff to make them here in America. Why would you do that?
Well, they got into bed.
Congratulations, Chevy. You can start more fires than all the Boy Scouts in America can ever start.
So I have no sympathy for them.
I have no sympathy for the united auto worker's union.
Those guys went in deep.
For Joe Biden.
Now, they held out for a while. Because they didn't like his policies on green. But they eventually gave all their money. And all their support to Joe Biden.
And what did they get? What did they get?
Well, they got a hammer to the head for all of the workers.
But believe I me, there is a reason why these auto worker unions are doing this.
Because we're going into a global economy. Where we will unionize all countries, all across the world.
And guess who will get that extra income? The United Auto Workers.
And all the other -- why do you think Randi Weingarten was over in -- in Ukraine?
Because they're going to have united teachers foundations over in Ukraine.
That's how these unions are going to win.
How could they possibly win, when they are screwing their endorsement is screwing the auto workers. The auto workers. You know why they want so much money?
And they want now a four-day workweek, and everything else?
Because they know their jobs are gone. They know, it doesn't take that many people, that can be done here in America, to make an automobile, if it's all electric.
It takes fewer workers to do it. And a lot of it, the batteries and everything else, not going to be made here.
They'll be made here, like, you know.
Like American giant makes clothes here.
Okay. Well, there's one company, that you can -- but that's not 98 percent of the product, coming from America.
That's 1 percent of the product coming from America.
And they know it. And they know it.
But what does Joe Biden do?
Now, remember, we bailed out the auto industry, in '08. That's what got them into bed.
Now to get them, ford has lost $2 billion, this year alone.
All because of the EV.
So what does Joe Biden say? Joe Biden goes and says, they need this pay raise.
Well, I'm all for pay raises.
I'm for pay raises. Because everybody is losing money. Because of inflation.
But what causes inflation?
Inflation is caused by the government just printing more money.
Is what are they doing? They are printing money, so they can give the money to the big, you know, Ford and Chrysler and everybody else.
They can give these big bailouts to them. And they're subsidizing every car, if it's the car they want.
They're subsidizing every car. So that's what's causing your inflation.
Just that alone, is enough damage. But they're doing that on everything. Everything.
So I'm for them getting raises.
I'm good for them having a good life. Just like I'm for everybody having good health care and everything else.
But Joe Biden comes and says, yeah. You deserve that particular raise you're asking for. Which has what? It works out to like $135 an hour.
Or something like that.
The most expensive auto build is 60 or $65 an hour.
China is practically slave labor. Now, I'm not suggesting that, you know, we do slave labor.
And I'm not suggesting that we don't do $70 an hour.
It's expensive to live here in America. I get it. But you want to put the big three auto workers out of business? You start paying your auto workers, $135 an hour.
Which Joe Biden is for. They'll have money. But the money that it will pass the average person to buy the car, how much more will that add to the price tag?
So you do buy American cars, because they will be too expensive in America! And so what the government do? The government will make new incentives. And print more money. And try to offset that cost, so you will buy American.
You're in the death cycle.
You're in the death cycle, right now.
Why will no one say this, in a debate?
Why will no one actually talk about inflation?
And what is causing inflation? The price of your food is not going up. Okay?
You have to understand this.
The price of your food is not going up.
The value of your dollar is going down.
That's what's happening. Well, these people are getting rich off the backs of the American people.
No! It takes more dollars to buy the same thing. It's inflation. Everything the government is doing right now, is destroying our economy. Destroying our dollar. Destroying your ability to keep your head above water. And that is all Biden and this worthless bunch of economic geniuses. Who are doing things under different names, that have always failed.
We don't like to hear that last night.
We don't like to hear that. Instead of the placating of the unions. And then just blaming.
I'm sick of it. I'm sick of it.