'Now is the time to lead the conservative resurgence': Glenn talks to Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel

While some very strong candidates have emerged from the various primary races around the country, a Republican incumbent has yet to be unseated by a primary challenger. It appears as though that might change, however, in Mississippi where incumbent Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) is polling behind Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel (R). Cochran has been in office for a whopping four decades, and McDaniel is looking to breath fresh life into the seat. On radio this morning, McDaniel joined the program to discuss what his campaign is doing ahead of the June 3 primary.

The Mississippi Senate fight is being described as the “nastiest” race in the country. McDaniel’s campaign came under fire for the actions of a local blogger, Clayton Thomas Kelly, who was arrested after police said he entered a Madison, Mississippi nursing home to take a picture of Cochran's ailing wife without her consent. While the liberal media has accused Kelly of working with McDaniel’s camp, there is no affiliation between the two.

“Can you ask you about this video of Thad Cochran's wife in a nursing home that they're blaming on the Tea Party,” Glenn asked.

“I can give it a shot. There was a blogger down here that was acting pretty much by himself, and he apparently somehow how took a picture of Senator Cochran's wife,” McDaniel said. “That picture was then later it seems used as part of some video that he created, and they're of course trying to pin that on the Tea Party and others… We have absolutely no contact or knowledge of this guy whatsoever. We've condemned it completely and wholly. It's absolutely ridiculous that he was taking that type of action.”

Cochran was first elected to Congress when McDaniel was just a toddler, and he has proven to be a tried and true establishment Republican time and time again.

“He has a terrible record. Even the American Conservative Union gave him a D-minus during the Obama presidency and basically ranked him dead last among Republican senators – the most liberal Republican senator during the Obama presidency,” McDaniel explained. “I'll tell you, Glenn, if you can't take a stand against Barack Obama, that is truly unfortunate. No one in this state can name a single fight that Thad Cochran has led against Barack Obama. So his record is filled with liberal votes.”

McDaniel enjoys a slight lead in most polls, and Glenn asked him to describe the energy on the ground.

“We love it. The energy is incredible. We have literally thousands of volunteers. They're going door-to-door, making phone calls,” McDaniel said. “What's happening is the people of this state are waking up, and that's the key. Mississippi is one of the most conservative states in the entire republic. We need a senator that's going to fight as a conservative for Mississippi values.”

As Pat pointed out however, of the 139 incumbents of both parties who have faced primary challengers so far this year, all 139 have won. Pat asked McDaniel how he plans to overcome those odds in the waning days of the campaign.

“Mississippians are people of character, and we understand that it's time to fight. It's time to take this country back, and we can't do that by reaching across the aisle. We can't do that by compromising. We can't do that by back room deals. Right now is the time to lead the conservative resurgence,” McDaniel explained. “Mississippi is that fertile ground. Our people are strong. They're self-reliant. They believe in the things our Founders believed in, and they know how serious this election is. That's why we're going to win. This is one of those elections that sets a tone for the rest of the country.”

“If we can unseat a 42-year incumbent, then every one of those men and women will be sending a message. It's time to listen to the people for a change,” he continued. “And they haven't been looking to the people for a long, long time. We're going to change that on June 3rd.”

Glenn encouraged his listeners to consider donating or volunteering for McDaniel’s campaign regardless of what state they live in.

“I wish you all the luck in the world,” Glenn concluded. “This guy, he is winning in the polls, so this is just a show up thing. If you show up, you win.”

Learn more about McDaniel’s campaign HERE.

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9.

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

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Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

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Alanna Sarabia interviews Glenn Beck for "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios.

Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?