Three Things You Need to Know - November 15, 2017

Death of the individual mandate.

Susan had a decision to make.

She could buy healthcare for her and her husband or not.

It was a difficult decision because both options would hurt them financially.

She calculated that she would have to spend more than $12,000, including premiums of nearly $500 a month and a $6,850 deductible, to get anything beyond preventive benefits from the cheapest exchange plan available to her through the Affordable Care Act.

That was a great deal more than paying the $1500 penalty.

So, Susan decided to take a chance and not buy healthcare. Instead, she would pay for her family’s doctor’s visits out of pocket and if something catastrophic were to happen, she said: “I feel like it’s better just to die.”

It may be a little dramatic, but Susan’s situation is not unique. In 2016, 6.5 million Americans, in order to comply with the individual mandate in Obamacare, decided to just pay the penalty instead of buying healthcare.

The individual mandate has been an unconstitutional nightmare since it was signed into law.

But today there is hope that we can forget this whole mandate fever dream for good.

The Senate Republicans have added the repeal of the individual mandate to their tax reform plan.

It’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Stopping unconstitutional laws and not starting them is a good rule of thumb for this administration.

Roy Moore Update

How many more hits can Roy Moore absorb before he drops out of his Senate race?

Last night, the RNC withdrew its financial support of Moore’s campaign.

Also, yesterday Paul Ryan called for Moore to withdraw from the race and Mitch McConnell said if elected, Moore will face an immediate Ethics Committee investigation – yes, the Senate actually has one of those.

Moore tweeted that “the fight has just begun” and that McConnell’s days as Senate majority leader are numbered. He used the catchy hashtag “DitchMitch.”

Moore’s wife, Kayla, has been using Facebook to try to defend her man. She shared a story yesterday claiming the “Olde Hickory Restaurant,” where one of the alleged sexual assaults by Roy took place, did not exist. A few minutes of research in an old-fashioned establishment called the town library, however, confirmed that the restaurant did in fact exist.

Mrs. Moore also shared a letter signed by 53 pastors urging people to vote for Roy. The letter praises Moore for things like “his immovable convictions for Biblical principles.” That’s good, right? Yeah, except that letter was written in August. And Mrs. Moore’s re-post left out the date, implying that this endorsement is current. So far, three pastors have said they’d like their names removed from the letter.

Despite this circus, Moore still leads his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, by 6 points.

The fact that Moore is still ahead tells us exactly what’s wrong with our politics. And it’s not that Moore is guilty, yet still in the race because we don’t know that he’s guilty for a fact. I believe these women’s stories, but we don’t know for certain he actually did those things. Our problem is a total lack of consistency – on the Left and the Right. Listen to what Jake Tapper said about this on CNN…

Thank you! Finally. Was it that hard for someone on the Left to admit this? In the 1990s, Bill Clinton’s accusers described events that had happened within the previous 10-20 years. Roy Moore’s accusers are talking about things that happened 40 years ago. Why then, have the Moore allegations received nearly instant acceptance, even though the allegations are twice as old? Again, I find the Moore accusers believable. But we must be consistent on both sides of the aisle. If we don’t, we are lying, and we lose all credibility.

Is this the end of Robert Mugabe?

This is not a military takeover. I repeat, this is not a military takeover.

That was what Zimbabwe Defense Forces announced yesterday when their military vehicles and more than 100 troops crowded the capital and at least three explosions were set off.

Mugabe’ army explained that they were, “only targeting criminals around Mugabe who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.”

Sure…sounds a lot like a military takeover to me.

The turmoil within Mugabe’s army comes after the 93-year-old dictator fired his deputy and longtime ally last week, who had the military’s support.

That deputy was next in line to run the country in the event of Mugabe’s death when he was swiftly dismissed and the ancient dictator appointed his wife Grace to that role instead.

That move is usually a big no-no within unstable dictatorships. That’s like “Dictator 101.” You can’t willy-nilly appoint your wife to the next highest position at the last minute and screw over your friends and not expect repercussions.

For 37 years, Mugabe has ruled supreme without a whisper of a military coup. But it looks like that is about to change, finally.

Maybe this will be a good thing. I have to imagine anyone overthrowing Mugabe will do a better job for Zimbabwe. But I could be wrong.

A spokesman for the Zimbabwe Defense Forces announced that "As soon as we accomplish our mission we expect the situation to return to normalcy.”

The problem is, the people of Zimbabwe have never known normalcy. And whatever the Zimbabwe Defense Force’s idea of normal is—it’s nowhere close to the normal we know.

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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