IRS Scandal: Incompetence or politics? Axelrod claims stupidity

This Sunday on Meet the Press, David Axelrod made this statement regarding the IRS scandal:

"I've said this many times. If there was somebody political involved in this, it never would have happened because it was the stupidest thing you could imagine. I don't think that it was necessary and I don't think that it was smart."

"Really? It was so stupid that no one could have been involved?" Glenn responded after hearing the audio.

"Well, that shows you it was political.  The more stupid it is, the more you believe it was politically motivated," Pat added.

"It really, it really, truly you amazes me how they always are trying to go back in to say, "We are so incompetent.  We're so incompetent.  Everyone is so incompetent."  I've never heard any administration or any business or anybody ever claim incompetence more than this group of people," Glenn noted.

Given that this administration is also quick to tell the American people what's best for them, it's hard to believe they would want the public to find them incompetent…but that's the best line they've got right now. Keep in mind, while they're wanting Americans to believe that the IRS is incompetent and the President knew nothing, President Obama is helped push through Obamacare, which puts your health coverage in the hands of the incompetent IRS.

Kind of concerning, no?

Glenn wasn't buying it. Given the timing of the IRS targets, the healthcare debate, and the elections, there's no way politics weren't involved.

"So what is the IRS scandal honestly?" Glenn asked. "They didn't break any laws, right?  I mean, unless they're intentionally targeting.  "But you can't really prove that.  They're just asking questions."  They weren't ‑‑ they weren't doing anything... except nudging you.  Isn't that interesting?  Just nudging the entire time."

Glenn continued, "now, whose theory is that?  Well, that's Cass Sunstein.  What is Cass Sunstein's job?  Paperwork.  He's the regulations czar.  When you think of regulations, government regulations, you think of paperwork.  How was the IRS nudging people?  Through paperwork.  But, of course, Cass Sunstein, you know, would never have anything to do with something like that. Now, the IRS had 157 meetings at the White House, 157.  When they asked the IRS chief, "Why 157 meetings?  That's an awful lot."  I mean, Hillary Clinton went how many times?  20?  Eric Holder was there I think 40 or 50?  Why 157 meetings?  Now, these 157 meetings happened all during the time of this scandal and the healthcare debate."

Glenn quickly reminded listeners who is was leading the fight against Obamacare: the Tea Party, making it all the more unusual that no political discussion would occur involving the Tea Party during these meetings with the IRS regarding health care reform.

"I find that incredibly ridiculous you to think that humans didn't have that conversation," Glenn said.

"Tell me this conversation never happened at the White House," Glenn started:

"You know, Ralph, I mean, here we are working, last 100 days.  I mean, is there a chance that, like, none of this is going to happen?  I mean, maybe we don't get the opportunity to help America by creating 16,000 new jobs.  Maybe we don't grow our departments and gain just so many great things for the IRS and for America.  I mean, have you seen what the crazy TEA Partiers are sayin'?"

Ralph responds, "I know, Jim.  I mean, these 9/12 people and these TEA Partiers, I mean, they really think that there are death panels.  You hear that?  Sarah Palin was saying death panels."

"Yeah, well, actually they're... there are death panels."

"Really?"

"Yeah, yeah.  In fact, the IRS, your team, is going to be part of that."

"But I... I thought the president said there weren't going to be any death panels and those people like Sarah Palin who said there were death panels, those were just crazy conspiracy theories."

"Yeah, yeah.  Well, I think what happened was... you know, nobody ever talks to the president.  I'll just bet you that ‑‑ I mean, is just so incompetent, I'll bet you that he didn't know and nobody told him about the death panel thing when he was saying that it was a conspiracy theory because I mean, he wouldn't lie."

"I know.  He's the most honest guy ever, right?  He wouldn't lie.  I know that."

"Yeah, me, too.  I know it too.  Oh, but those TEA Party people, oh, they're such good‑hearted people.  I ‑‑ sure, I disagree with them but, man, they're good‑hearted people but they just don't know what's in their best interest."

"Yeah.  Kind of like what the president was sayin' about them Jews in Israel."

"Exactly.  They just don't know what's in their best interest.  Oh, man."

"I wish there was some way we could stop 'em, or at least slow 'em down so we could get this through."

"I know.  I know."

"You know, if Cass just — I mean, if he hadn't given that one idea for merely academic reasons, you know, we could just flood them with regulatory paperwork.  Stay within the law, of course, but then if they said anything to the press, we'll just say Cass' advice and just label them as conspiracy theorists and deny it."

"Yeah.  But what would happen if it turned out to be true, like a couple of years down the road?"

"Yeah, I know.  That's what Cass wrote about in his academic paper.  That's exactly what he said to do.  Even if it turned out to be true, later we would just say, oh, well, we didn't know."

"Yeah, I know.  Boy, that would be good, but that was an academic paper, right?"

"Yeah, no, Cass said it was just an academic paper."

"Crap.  So we can't even consider using that idea for some strange reason."

"No, uh‑uh, it was just academic.  We can ‑‑ even though he works right down the hall, we can't even talk to him about that because that was ‑‑ that was just academic."

"Right, okay, yeah.  Oh, well, let's just get back to work for the American people, help them and create a better, more streamlined healthcare system, you know, where there are no death panels and the IRS oversees all the paperwork in a friendly and efficient manner."

"Yeah, right.  But... Ralph, remember, only for those who choose universal healthcare."

"Oh, oh, I know, I know.  Because if you have a doctor you like... say it with me... you'll be able to keep him."

"That never happened?" Glenn asked sarcastically. "That conversation never happened?  Here's the guy who is in charge of all of the regulations.  What is the IRS if it isn't regulatory ‑‑ a regulatory process?  What is it?  And so nobody brought up the purely academic study that tells the IRS to do exactly what they did, tells the EPA to do exactly what the EPA was doing to conservative groups as well?"

This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.