New taxes for the new year in 'fiscal cliff' deal

If New Years day is any prediction of how 2013 will go, things aren't looking good for the wallets of American citizens…or the economy.

After months of scaring the public of the infamous "fiscal cliff", Congress, at the very last second possible, came to a "deal". And despite what the mainstream media and Congress seem to be leading most of the country to believe, your taxes are probably going up.

Most Americans will face higher federal taxes in 2013 — about 77% according to the Tax Policy Center. While the tax package Congress passed on New Years Day will protect 99% of Americans from an income tax increase, this legislation did nothing to prevent the Social Security payroll tax reduction from expiring. This 2% cut was worth about $1,000 to someone making $50,000 a year.

Along with an increased payroll tax, individuals making over $400,000 ($450,000 for married couples) will now being paying a federal income tax rate of 40% — up 5% from the rate under the Bush tax cuts. Many of the individuals now facing these higher tax rates are innovators and business owners who create jobs. But now, instead of putting 5% of their income into innovation, new jobs, and economic growth, it will go directly to the federal government.

And if you're thinking, 'well, if they gave in on tax increases for the wealthy, the GOP must have gotten some decent spending cuts in the deal,' think again. For every $41 dollars of tax increases in the bill, there is a measly $1 in spending cuts.

But with Obama's recent re-election and all of his rhetoric about everyone paying "their fair share", you'd be lead to believe that there is an overwhelming amount of support for the policies in this so-called 'fiscal cliff deal' supported by the president and Democrats in Congress. This morning on radio, Glenn put the president's fiscal plan and the definition of "fair share" into perspective.

"40% of their [the wealthy's] income now goes directly to the federal government and the waste in Washington. Now how much does the average person say is fair?" Glenn asked. "'Pay your fair share', that's what the president always says, and this is why he always says it this way:  'It's time that people pay their fair share'.  What is their fair share?"

That's the question the Democrats never answer.

"The average American says, 'I think the top tax rate should be under 20%'," Glenn told listeners.

So 1/5th of Americans believe the highest tax rate should be under 20%, but what about the other 80%. They're obviously in full support of increasing taxes the rich, right?

Not exactly.

21% of Americans believe the top tax rate should be no higher than 20%; that's makes 38% of Americans with the opinion that the highest rate should be 20% or less.

23% of Americans believe that 25% should be the highest rate.

Only 14% of the American public think a top rate of 30% is fair.

That's now 75% of Americans that believe the top rate should be 30% or lower. But remember, at a top rate of 35% — the top tax rate under the Bush tax cuts before the deal that was passed yesterday — the president said the rich were not paying their fair share.

"Only 13% of Americans think that is reasonable," Glenn pointed out.

That puts President Obama out-of-step with 88% of Americans, yet he and the press are declaring a deal that put the top tax rate at 40% a victory.

"And he's saying that's what Americans wanted him to do," Pat commented.

But how many Americans actually believe a 40% top tax rate is reasonable? 4%. And over 45% is only 2% of Americans.

"So at 40% and above you've got 6% of America who thinks that's fair; 6%.  And that's where we are now," Pat recapped. "That's crazy."

"But if this is true, and I believe it's true, how is this guy still the president of the United States?"

Glenn, Pat and Stu all had answers: the media, ignorance, ignorance because of the media, and of course, the current state of our culture.

"Nobody cares anymore.  I'll tell you this society is sicker than I thought it was.  And it has nothing to do with the fiscal cliff or anything else," Glenn said.

That's the battle facing conservatives, and winning it is the only way to put a stop the massive growth of government, wasteful spending and tax increases.

"It is amazing to me, truly amazing to me, how far gone we are without even knowing it. Because the press does not do their work. The press just doesn't do their job. The school system has indoctrinated our kids so far. It is ‑‑ it is beyond saying where we were in November, "Wow, we've lost the public in Washington.  We can't ‑‑ we lost Washington. We thought we had maybe some hold on Washington, you know, five years ago. No. That was a total lie. Then we thought, okay, we could just make a case and we could get people to understand but, no, that's not it. Because of the media, that's not even true. But it's not even the media — it is the educational system. But it's not even the educational system. That's where we left you. It's not just the educational system. It's the entire culture. The evil that we seek to avoid is in our own home now, and it is about to turbo."

So where do we go from here? Glenn is focusing on solutions this year, and it all starts tonight on his first show of 2013. Make sure to tune in at 5pm ET on TheBlaze TV.

Glenn Beck: One TERRIFYING thing is clear no matter who caused the Nord Stream pipeline leaks

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Evidence strongly suggests that the Nord Stream pipeline leaks were the result of sabotage, and U.S. and European officials have been working to discover who could be behind the explosions that damaged the natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Was it Russia? Ukraine? Germany? But no matter who carried this out, it has put the entire world in grave danger, because if this is indeed an attack, it means that non-military key infrastructure outside Ukraine is now on the "target menu," warned Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It is so important for you to understand, this is now a non-military key infrastructure that has been destroyed," Glenn explained. "If Russia thinks we did it, they've already said, 'Nukes are now on the table.' That gives us a green light to use nukes," he added.

"This is non-military key infrastructure outside of the borders of Ukraine. To date, as far as we know, combat targets were either in Ukraine, or were military targets hit inside of Russia by Ukrainian Air Force or special forces. But the target menu now includes key civilian infrastructure: electricity, water utilities, energy production. That makes Russia more dangerous than ever. And that would be true no matter who carried out the attack," Glenn stated.

Now, the Russians are saying the Unted States did it, and the U.S. is saying it was Russia. But no matter who carried out the attack, "We are facing a Cuban Missile Crisis," said Glenn.

"This could end up being the biggest story of our lifetime and ... if it isn't played calmly by every side, this could be World War III," he continued. "Russia has already said that this gives them the right to use nuclear weapons as soon as they find out for sure who did it. That would be catastrophic, absolutely catastrophic."

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The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

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The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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