Marco Rubio answers rapid-fire economic questions

Joining Glenn's radio program Friday, presidential hopeful Marco Rubio answered a series of rapid-fire questions about the economy.

Disappointed with the past debate - which he said he wished focused more on the economy - Rubio expressed his support for Glenn's proposed #BlazeDebate, saying, "I'm ready. Let me know where it is and I'll be there."

In the rapid-fire Q & A, Glenn asked Rubio where he stood on issues such as income tax cuts, a flat tax and abolishing the IRS.

Watch or read below for his responses.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: Marco Rubio is joining us now. 2016 presidential hopeful and US senator from the great state of Florida.

Hello, Marco, how are you, sir?

MARCO: I'm well. Thanks for having me back on.

GLENN: You bet. How'd you feel about the debate?

MARCO: Well, I wish there would have been more questions about the economy since it was on CNBC. I think I would rather have a debate that you moderate, but are we working on that? Or?

GLENN: Yes, we are working on that. Do we have your support on that, sir?

MARCO: I do. I'm ready. Let me know where it is and I'll be there.

GLENN: Okay. Good.

All right. Let me go through some economic rapid fire with you. Okay?

MARCO: Yeah.

GLENN: Should income tax rates be cut across-the-board for every taxpayer?

MARCO: Absolutely, especially for those that are paying — a lot of people, their small business pay on the personal rate. They're getting creamed by the tax rate.

GLENN: Would you support a flat income tax?

MARCO: I think that's ideal. Obviously the plan I propose is even flatter. It goes from seven rates to three, and I do have a flat tax for business.

GLENN: You have a flat tax for business —

MARCO: Yeah, 25 percent — no higher than 25 percent for all business income. That includes, you know, passthrough companies. Like, somebody owns a business, you're an S corporation, so you're paying on your personal rate, which could be as high as 39.5 percent. Meanwhile, some big company, that's subchapter C, you're paying sometimes zero because of tax exemptions and all kind of cronyism.

GLENN: This is actually a Mike Lee package, is it not?

MARCO: It is. And it's also pro-family. We increase the pro-child tax credit for working families. We allow immediate and full expensing of any investment you make in your business. We eliminate double taxation on investment. I've worked on it with Mike, and we introduced it about six months ago.

GLENN: Now, I've talked to Mike about abolishing the IRS. What do I need to do — let me go back and talk to my manager, what do I need to do to talk you into abolishing the IRS?

MARCO: The problem with it — I mean, that's always in conjunction with the fair tax, which would be a national sales tax. Which I've always said, if you were to start country from scratch, that's what you want to do, is a consumption tax. I actually tried to do that in Florida with the property tax.

The problem is, you have to abolish the income tax in the Constitution. You cannot leave an income tax open because what will happen is, they'll get the sales tax, and then some future Congress will come in and say, hey, why don't we add a small income tax on top of it. And they'll keep growing it from there.

GLENN: That's my problem with the VAT tax.

Dr. Anthony Fauci's arrogance is out of control and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is one of the only members of Congress calling him out to his face. Last week, Glenn Beck exposed the truth about what happened leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, who the top players in government and science were, and what their real response was in the first days of the pandemic during a live special, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie." Sen. Paul joined Glenn on the radio program to review some of the facts uncovered during the special and to explain his next steps moving forward in Congress.

Paul said it's "amazing" that so few on the opposite side of the political aisle seem to care about the dangers gain-of-function research poses to the world. COVID-19 has a 1% mortality rate yet it still managed to cause massive destruction around the world, he said. So, what if the next mistake results in a leaked virus with a 50% mortality rate? Because scientists are researching viruses as dangerous as that, Sen. Paul explained, and some — including Fauci — believe the risks are worth it.

"It is kind of amazing, particularly that no one from the opposite side of the aisle seems to care at all about the dangerousness of this virus and that it might have come from a lab, and in all likelihood did come from a lab," Paul said. "Not one Democrat is curious at all. You know, you would think that Democrats have at least some sensibilities about the danger of things. They tend to be the ones who want to regulate away the things that could be dangerous in the workplace. Yet they don't seem to care about something that could kill millions and likely did kill millions of people. This virus has a 1% mortality and killed 5 million people so far, around the world. Can you imagine if the next one that comes out of the lab has 15% or 50% mortality? And they are doing experiments, as we speak, with viruses that have 50% mortality, and Fauci seems to have no problem with this. He says we weigh the risks verses the benefits of the research, and he comes down on the side that the risks are worth it."

"All of humanity could be wiped out if they make [another] tragic error," Glenn responded. "This is not something that the elites should be the ones making the decision. We should all be involved in these decisions. There's no bigger decision to make than, 'should we be playing around with things that don't exist necessarily in nature that have jumped to humans?' Should we be playing around with these things, making [dangerous viruses], so in case it jumps to humans, we can kill it with a vaccine? This is insanity. Insanity. Especially with arrogance coupled to it."

Sen. Paul went on to point out the additional dangers of allowing any one person to have too much authority, particularly, as in the case of Dr. Fauci, a person with casual disregard for both science and individual liberty.

"Fauci not only has a casual disregard for science, but also for individual liberty. You combine the two — ignoring the science, and then having no regard at all for individual liberty — and you have a really dangerous situation. But it's also dangerous because we've centralized the authority," Paul explained.

"Look, I have opinions on where the virus came from. I have opinions on how to treat it. But they're my opinions, you don't have to take them. If you agree with me, you can listen to my opinions. With Dr. Fauci, it's not the same. He has opinions, but he wants you to be forced to do as he says. So it is the difference between coercion and freedom. And in freedom, there are many choices. But the real danger is, as we centralize authority, ultimately you get authoritarianism. And I think that he could easily be a medical dictator, if he were allowed to be."

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COVID-19 changed everything. The way we live our lives, how we operate our businesses, how we see each other. And now, the federal government is sinking its tendrils even deeper, threatening the fabric not only of our bodily autonomy, but of the republic.

Our American way of life may never be the same. To save it, we must understand the key fundamentals of the pandemic that transfigured our society into the nightmare it is today. What is the COVID-19 origin story? Who are its top players in government and science, pulling the strings? What was their REAL response in the first days of the pandemic? The answers to these questions are frightening.

Emails, documents, and federal contracts tell a dark story that is still dominating our lives. It's time to cast a light on the shocking truth. Because only with the truth can we emerge from the darkness of this "pandemic" and take back the liberty stolen from us.

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On "The Glenn Beck Program," Bill O'Reilly told Glenn that it's now a proven fact that the Hillary Clinton campaign "concocted and financed the bogus Russian collusion story."

Glenn said this particular Clinton scandal is the "big one." So then, why is this getting so little coverage?

"We're living in a corrupt country," O'Reilly said. For the first time in American history, the corporate media has worked directly with a political party to win elections, he suggested. So, with that kind of power, what comes next?

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