Skip to main content

He Got Me Again: Beck Out of Bounds with Comments on 99ers

Glenn Beck is at it again. And well, he got me again.

It’s amazing how Beck manages to rile up the masses and conjure up notoriety and press coverage about himself through his wacky statements and outlandish beliefs. And while I often keep an ear open to hear the latest out of his mouth, I very rarely comment, discuss, or even post about it here on the DP. The reason? It justifies the very core of what he is attempting to do – seek attention.

However, as he did before on a topic that I felt strongly about (Say What? Beck’s Comments on Race, Correct), Beck has once again baited me to give in to not only acknowledge his statement and views, but respond as well.

Recently, Beck commented on the “99ers” rally on Wall Street, who if you aren’t aware, are unemployed Americans who have exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits due to the poor economy. The 99ers have been picketing in New York City blaming the current state of the economy on Wall St.

The following link is a video of Beck’s rant which included him stating that, “99ers should be ashamed to call themselves Americans”.

Glenn Beck Rants on 99ers and Unemployed

Once again, (and I cannot believe this is twice in one year) Beck is right – somewhat. He is correct in stating that “a job is not a right”. He is also undoubtedly correct that there are quite a few people who are relying heavily on the system’s benefits by not searching for work or sacrificing to make ends meet. Some people just don’t value the American dream. It happens. I’m sure you and I could name 1 or 2 persons that fit that bill. However, the overall nature of the situation is that the current times aren’t normal. And that is where Mr. Beck goes awry.

There is nothing normal about an unemployment rate that is well over 10% and growing with no end or recovery in sight. There is nothing normal about endless searches, rising costs of living, and decreasing salaries from coast-to-coast. And there is absolutely nothing normal about unemployment statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau that expresses that over 1.4 million have been out of work for over 99 weeks.

I have never been shy about sharing my time of unemployment with DP readers. For the mere 51 weeks or so that I was laid off and unemployed was one of the most eye opening, deflating, and crushing times in my life. However, it also served as the most inspiring, motivating, and meaningful experiences as well. During that time I managed to understand the adversities in life, and the real understanding of hard work, sacrifice, and well…life. I understand what Beck is stating by accepting jobs that you don’t necessarily like. I’ve been there. However, I also understand the feeling of sending out upwards of 40-50 resumes per week to no avail. Not to mention the crushing tease of accepting a job to have the position eliminated due to budget cuts – three times. Yes, three.

Once again, these times are not normal. It’s not an excuse, it’s fact.

And while, luckily, I have been blessed by the good Lord with a job that I absolutely love, I still feel for my close friends who have yet to have their own share of employment happiness.

So unlike Beck, I understand the 99ers frustration. I understand their issues with Wall Street. It is a feeling that you have to go through, to thoroughly understand.

So when Beck, a man who probably is completely out of bounds on giving advice on financial hardships, declares statements on an experience that he really is looking into from the outside, one becomes riled up with thoughts of defense and immediate rebuttal.

And while he got me again, this is another topic that I needed to take notice of. Most importantly, one important and personal enough to take a stand on.

Recently Read Posts

A Product of Us: Thoughts on Durant Trade

I said back in July when Kevin Durant rocked the NBA world with his trade request, that he "showed us who he was".  It wasn't a negative comment, but one that encompasses his entire career being a product of our current sport climate - success and focus on legacy. We emphasize the value of a career on rings, and thus, Durant has too. Why wouldn't he?!  Upon waking up and realizing that Durant will don the purple and orange for the Phoenix Suns in what is clearly now a team to watch come the NBA Playoffs, I find myself further pondering if Kevin Durant is the prime result of what we - yes, us! - have done to the modern athlete.  Today, Durant is one of the greatest basketball players I've ever seen. EVER. The dude is rare. He's a seven-foot magician which makes defending him even more difficult based on how damn efficient he is on the basketball court. It's downright poetic and beautiful to watch Durant play. And yes, I'm romanticizing his game. I belie

CM Punk's Return - Perfect Timing for the Symbol of Anti-WWE

Looooooooook in my eyes, what do you see?! The lyrics to Cult of Personality, especially that first bar,  never felt so fitting for CM Punk as it did last night.  For the most part, everything that is CM Punk's return to wrestling last night at AEW Rampage ties directly into my latest thoughts on pro wrestling - the company is making it must-see destination television, an element desperately needed from pro wrestling.  Last night was incredible as again, it was another moment that made wrestling feel alive - with a wild and energetic pulse. It was one of the coolest moments in pro wrestling that you knew was coming, expected, anticipated, and it was everything and more. Again, MUST-SEE television. That's hard to do.  For me, it wasn't just Punk's return to pro wrestling, but the mere presence and voice of his inclusion in today's space. We know that Punk can deliver on the microphone - probably his best and most signature attribute. We also know that yes, he can

Impact No Surrender 2023 Review: "Interested in where the Product is Going"

I've fallen behind on my Impact Wrestling viewing, but honestly, that's okay. For viewership and enjoyment, yes. Not so well for posting a review for readership long after it's noteworthy or relevant. But whatevs, that's just where I am in life. Wrestling is much more fun removed from the restraints and influence of the criticism and impact (no pun intended) of the current time. That's just me. You can probably thank social media. Moving on, No Surrender 2023 continues Impact's progress into the new year. The product is still solid and consistent with a nice blend of characters and wrestlers moving in and out of the main event scene, along with a fresh batch of a resurgence of characters and occurrences. Nothing says that more than Rich Swann vs. Josh Alexander.  No Surrender was a solid event, but it does leave me extremely interested in where the product is going, or should I say planning, for 2023. I don't want to say that Alexander's title reign has

WWE Elimination Chamber 2023 Review: "Pumped for Wrestlemania"

The WWE continued the massive machine moving towards Wrestlemania with this Elimination Chamber event. It was likely the most anticipated Elimination Chamber for this fan in recent memory, and it didn't disappoint in any way. This has been the trend for the company since Triple H has taken over creative (just my opinion, though, not a massive hot take).  Of course, like many others, I was hooked because of the payoff (or first of many to come?) of the highly acclaimed Sami Zayn/Bloodline story with the eventual clashing of Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn. Also, it should probably be said, that Roman Reigns is just money (sorry, Carmella). The dude just is. He's at a level where he is a must-watch and feels enough like a rare, yet, big deal, whenever he is stepping into the ring.  I've often said the oversaturation of the wrestlers is currently a plague in pro wrestling. Roman is the perfect example of that holding some water.  Nonetheless, here are some of my quick thoughts on t