Well, it looks like Republicans are going to pull a Nancy Pelosi with the Obamacare replacement bill. We’ll have to pass it to see exactly what’s in it. If only we’d elected someone who promised to drain the swamp, destroy the GOP, tear the system down and get the weasels out. Oh wait, we did.
Unfortunately, Trump has failed to deliver on many of his promises — and it won’t be Paul Ryan and the GOP holding his feet to the fire.
“I mean, at first, we liked Paul Ryan. Then we’re like, ‘Oh, he’s a dirtbag, but at least he’s not Lindsey Graham.’ Lindsey Graham looks like Ben Franklin compared to the GOP now . . . Lindsey Graham hasn’t gotten better. The GOP has gotten worse,” Glenn said Thursday on radio.
Listen to this segment beginning at mark 4:10 from The Glenn Beck Program:
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Hello, America. Glad you’re here. So the Republicans are looking to pass the new health care bill, and I like the fact that we all know all about it, we’ve had a chance to debate the bill and talk about it, and they’re not just jamming it down and jamming it through.
PAT: No and yes.
GLENN: Look at how twisted he is. No and yes. Which one is it?
STU: Make up your mind, moron.
GLENN: Right. Moron. Moron. Moron. Why do you hate people so much, moron?
Anyway, so we’re going to pass it, and we don’t really know what’s in it, except they’re going to cut back on some of it, which will make it even better.
PAT: Well, I think what the Republicans are kind of saying is they’re going to get this done, even if they have to pole vault over it, if they have to parachute into it, if they have to bulldoze through it, they’re gonna get it done. And then when they get it passed, then we’re going to find out what’s in it. I mean, shut up.
GLENN: Well, we do know this.
PAT: Right? I’m with you guys now.
GLENN: Make America great. So here’s the thing. We’re going to — apparently, this is — because I’ve heard this in the media. This is the biggest transfer of wealth in American history.
STU: Oh, my gosh.
PAT: Oh, wow. That’s great.
STU: That’s great.
GLENN: They didn’t say that when they were taking money from people who were working and then giving it directly to the poor for their health care. That was not — that was social justice. This now taking the money from the people who have jobs and not giving it to the poor but allowing those people who have jobs to maybe keep a couple of extra dollars that they already earned, that’s a transfer of wealth. You’re transferring the wealth not from the rich to the poor but you’re not transferring it —
PAT: No, you’re taking it from the poor, and you’re giving it to the wealthiest among us who don’t need it.
STU: A huge tax cut for the rich. This is illegitimate their argument. You’re not making this up. They’re saying as of a few years ago, money was earned by people, and then they passed a bill where the money they earned had to be given to someone else.
GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.
PAT: And, by the way. One of the architects of the program said it must be that way.
STU: It must be that way.
PAT: That a health care plan that was fair and just and right must, must redistribute wealth.
GLENN: By the way, it’s not just somebody who was part of it, it was the head guy.
PAT: Donald Berwick.
GLENN: Yeah. It was the head guy of ObamaCare. So it was about redistribution of wealth. But, no, everybody called us racists by pointing that out, using their own words. But now the press is saying this is the biggest transfer of wealth of all time. This is a horrible, horrible thing. They’re right. Not about the, you know, transfer of wealth. They’re right about this is a horrible, horrible thing because all this is going to do is weaken things. First of all, it started out as a 5 billion-dollar pool for those with existing conditions. Well, no. $5 billion? That’s going to cover everybody with existing conditions? Probably not. Okay. So we’re going to really bulk down, says the Republicans. What we’re going to do is we’re going to ask for $8 billion. Exactly like Dr. Evil would do. Okay, then it is $8 billion?
CBO estimates, and they don’t have anything out on this officially yet. But it will take five times that amount. Could be $50 billion to be able to cover preexisting conditions. Now, if that’s what the CBO says, you can guarantee it is at least five to ten times what the CBO says because they always have it wrong. So they’re going to take more money and put it into the existing conditions. And the Republicans will say, yes, but at least we’re not going to collapse the insurance companies. Yes, you will. You’ll be able to find a way to collapse. Believe me. We have no doubt that you can collapse the free-market system.
Make no mistake, the reason why the Heritage Foundation was targeted, remember, if it wasn’t for Jim DeMint, you wouldn’t have Neil Gorsuch as your Supreme Court justice. You would not have them. It was Jim DeMint that put that list together, that pushed that list, that made sure Donald Trump stayed on that list, and that’s why we have Neil Gorsuch. They took him out because the Heritage Foundation at the time was saying “No, this health care bill is just as bad. Maybe it’s a little bit better, but this isn’t what the American people wanted.
So just like Obama, we have to watch what this administration see what the other hand is doing. They told us we’re coming after the Freedom Caucus. But instead, what they did is we were rallying around the Freedom Caucus, they took out and took out the Heritage Foundation. Now the Heritage Foundation is in the clutches of the Steve Bannons of the world and the Lindsey Grahams who strangely makes more sense now than people like Paul Ryan. When — I mean, at first, we liked Paul Ryan. Then we’re, like, oh, he’s a dirtbag, but at least he’s not Lindsey Graham. Lindsey Graham looks like Ben Franklin compared to the GOP now. That’s how far out — Lindsey Graham hasn’t gotten better. The GOP has gotten worse.
So now what they’re going to do is they’re going to pass this thing and strong arm everybody to vote for it, as Pat said, Nancy Pelosi said during the ObamaCare debacle, we’re going to pole vault over the wall, we’re gonna drop in, parachute in, we’re going to do whatever we have to do, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do.
STU: Is there room for the argument? And some Republicans are making it, that we all know whatever the house passes. Let’s say they pass the perfect health care plan, it’s going to go to the senate, and the senate is going to do something completely different, and they’re going to have to come together at the end anyway. So is it worth getting something through? You’re going to have to go through this process later on anyway with the senate. Get it through, and figure out if you can come up with something good with the senate, and then you’ll be able to vote on that. Is it not worth advancing this so at least there’s —
GLENN: No, it’s not to at least do anything because it’s going to collapse, and anything you do … then the whole damn thing is blamed on you just in time for the Democrats to ride in on their Marxist horse and say “See? They screwed it up. Made it worse. We have to go single pair health care.”
STU: What do you do, though? Nothing?
GLENN: No, what you do is you fix the damn thing. You actually fix and allow it to be free market.
STU: But the reality is —
GLENN: That’s not going to happen.
STU: The reality is that it’s not going to —
GLENN: Yeah, I know that.
STU: So why not advance something? And you’re going to have to have this negotiation at the end anyway.
GLENN: You know what? There’s — because there’s nobody with a spine, I guess, you know, I could look at that and say, well, I’m paying taxes. I would rather have less taxes take from me for something that I know is a disaster and destroying health care. But at least I’m paying less for it.
STU: So what you’re advocating for, seemingly, is a massive transfer of wealth from your paycheck back to you.
GLENN: Yes. I am.
STU: Can you believe this guy? He’s saying it out loud. He wants his own money.
PAT: Selfishness. Selfish. Selfish.
STU: Selfish, what a jerk. In reality, I don’t know what you do here. I would not want to vote for this. It’s a disaster, and it’s getting worse by the day. However, with this process the way it is, with the people in office that are in office, I don’t know if you just take a 5 percent gain, and it’s — hey, it’s 5 percent better than ObamaCare, so take it and go. And maybe you’ll have a few years of 5 percent better until the whole thing blows up anyway because keeping ObamaCare, if it’s going to blow up with this plan, it’s going to blow up with ObamaCare too. It’s just a matter of who you’re blaming it on. So do you sit here and not do anything?
GLENN: No, because they’ll blame that on you. “You knew that ObamaCare wasn’t working, and you refused to do anything.”
STU: You’re going to get blamed either way. We all know this.
GLENN: You know what would have been nice? Man, we should have thought of this. If we would have had somebody that — what is it? Oh, had principles. If we just had somebody that had principles, you know, because don’t get me wrong. This guy, this president, he’s going to be able to go in there and is going to be able to destroy the GOP, tear the system down, he’s going to get the weasels out, he’s going to get those things done, and he can beat the media, and that’s why he’s going to be able to do it because he doesn’t care about the media, and he doesn’t care about losses.
So he’s going to be able to get that done.
STU: He can certainly have talked his way through the Civil War but not this. Not a GOP congress and repealing.
GLENN: Yes. Right. Right.
STU: That’s too high of a hill.
STU: But certainly would have solved the slavery thing by a little talking if he was around.
PAT: Just exactly like Andrew Jackson did.
GLENN: No, but he didn’t.
PAT: No, he did. He fixed all Civil War.
GLENN: And he had a gigantic plantation down in the south. I don’t know if anybody noises that. But he had a giant plantation. Of course, he didn’t have it when he got into office. He was poor when he got into office, and then he just started taking the land from the Indians, the Native Americans, and he would tell his friends. He set up a little kind of offshore real estate company, and he would look at the map after inviting his friends to the White House and say “And, by the way, I’m about to release all of this land. You might go have it appraised. And then when I release it, the first in the title office, and I had nothing to do with this.” That’s how he bought his mansion. He left — he came in poor, and he left one of the wealthiest presidents of all time.
PAT: You have to admire, though, how he broke every promise to the Indians. You have to admire that.
GLENN: You do. You really do.
PAT: You have to say —
GLENN: Well, he had a big heart.
PAT: Huge heart.
PAT: Huge heart.
GLENN: And he was so upset about slavery, he could have solved it. He was a soldier in the south. I mean, what soldiers in the south back then weren’t against slavery?
STU: Well, I didn’t say he was going to solve it that way. Maybe he was going to solve it by keeping it. We just said that he was going to solve the problem. We didn’t say slavery was going to go away.
GLENN: Yeah, solve the problems of the Civil War.
STU: Civil War.
GLENN: You’re right.
STU: Because people ask. Why does Civil War happen? We don’t know. Who knows. There hasn’t been any thought put into that. No historian has written a book about it. It’s just basically someone flipped a coin and said we’re going to war. Why do that?
GLENN: They didn’t be need to.
PAT: They need to.
STU: That was one of the big issues at the time.
GLENN: Abraham Lincoln, he was more of a war monger. It was Andrew Jackson who was such a decent human being and sometimes the slaves would come in and wipe the tears from his eyes. He was such a good guy. And the Native Americans —
PAT: They loved him.
GLENN: And he loved them. He loved the kerosene lamps that he, the lamp shades made out of Native American skin. It was beautiful. And he had such a heart. And those lamps lit the way for American divine destiny and manifest destiny.
STU: A lot of people blame the Trail of Tears on him and in reality, that was someone who littered and the Indian was looking over the hill and saw the litter and started crying. One tear.
GLENN: Yeah. And they were mixed with Andrew Jackson’s tears. He was, like, you’re bloodying up this property that I’m about to sell to my friends so that I can be the richest man in America by the end of my term. But who doesn’t admire him?