QUIZ: Are You a Progressive?

Let's see if those chalkboard lessons paid off.

Class was in session Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program, and it was test day. Glenn gave a pop quiz straight from the pages of his new book, Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control, now the number one selling book in the country, according to Nielsen BookScan.

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"I've got a quiz that I want you to take," Glenn said.

"Oh, we have to take a test?" Jeffy lamented.

"Yeah, you have to take a test," Glenn affirmed. "The quiz is: Are You a Progressive? Now, this is from page 184 of Liars. Most people think they are not a progressive. I wonder."

Glenn challenged listeners and his co-hosts to take the 21-question quiz. He also gave test results for Pat, Stu and Jeffy. Is there a progressive at The Glenn Beck Program? Find out below after taking the quiz.

ANSWERS

A = Strongly Agree

B = Somewhat Agree

C = Neither Agree nor Disagree

D = Somewhat Disagree

E = Strongly Disagree

TAKE THE QUIZ

1. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "Economic inequality is a major problem in modern industrial societies"?

2. One proper role of government is to ensure that nobody gets left behind due to circumstances beyond their control.

3. Each of us bears responsibility for the safety, welfare, and happiness of our fellow man.

4. When choosing between two possible laws, we should always choose the law that provides the greatest benefit to the largest number of people.

5. Because individual people sometimes act selfishly, it is OK for government to pass laws that limit choices to ensure that people don't get taken advantage of.

6. It's acceptable for the government to provide public funding to private charitable organizations that provide useful services to the poor.

7. The wealthiest people in society have the greatest responsibility to provide for the services and basic needs of the poor.

8. Because some people make unhealthy choices about what they put into their bodies, it's acceptable to pass laws that makes certain things illegal or at least harder to acquire.

9. Big companies who gain a monopoly over a given market pose a major threat to society and should be broken up or regulated to protect consumers.

10. If we really want to, we could eliminate poverty through greater education, a safe environment, and fair workplaces.

11. It's an unfortunate reality that many people are inherently greedy, selfish, and violent, and they cause most of the problems in society.

12. In any question of individual rights versus group rights, the rights of the group are greater because the individual is just one person while the group is many people.

13. The idea of race is an old-fashioned social construct, and there really is no difference between the various racial and ethnic groups.

14. The world would be a much better place if we treated males and females as completely equal in every way.

15. Because all cultures have something to offer, we should give every culture and social group an equal voice in making laws, policies, and setting standards.

16. The closer we get to a world where everyone has equal wealth and status, the more perfect the world will be.

17. A true democracy where the majority vote rules is the only fair way for a government to operate.

18. Individuals should have the right of free speech, unless their speech can be shown to hurt or offend other people.

19. If people aren't willing to contribute to charity when they can afford to, it's acceptable to pass laws to force them to give money to certain charities.

20. Money (or the love of money) is the root of all evil in the world.

21. People are better off when progress is driven by science and social discourse, rather than by religion or faith.

ANSWER KEY

Scoring Per Question

A = 5 points

B = 4 points

C = 3 points

D = 2 points

E = 1 point

Using the scoring card above, how did Pat, Stu and Jeffy fare? Pat got 27 points, Stu got 25 points and Jeffy got . . . 46 points. What does that mean? It means an intervention may be required for Jeffy based on the answer key:

Results

0-20 = Ron Paul (Libertarian)

21-35 = Ted Cruz (Conservative)

36-60 = Jeb Bush (Moderate)

61-80 = Donald Trump (Moderate Progressive)

81-100 = Hillary/Obama (Liberal Progressive)

100+ = Bernie Sanders (Socialist Progressive)

"100 plus, you're Karl Marx himself," Glenn joked.

Glenn had a great suggestion for people who have the book.

"How can we get Democrats to take this? You know what, anybody who has the book, take these pages and Xerox them. Cut out the names, cut out my name obviously, and give it to your Democratic friends and have them take this," Glenn said.

"I think a lot of people would be like, 'Oh, of course we have responsibility for everyone's happiness.'" Stu said.

"A lot of people would do that," Pat agreed.

"You can find it starting on page 184 in the new book Liars, which is available everywhere. Just got the BookScan numbers . . . number one selling book in the country.

"Nice!" Stu said.

"We'll see what the New York Times says," Glenn replied.

"Number 65 book in the country," Stu joked.

Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control, now the number one selling book in the country, is available at bookstores everywhere.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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