Three Things You Need to Know - December 12, 2017

What's Going on With Our Justice System?

He was kidnapped, bound with duct tape, gagged with an old sock, beaten, stabbed, and forced to drink toilet water. Death threats and racist remarks bombarded his ears.

And it was all caught on camera; intentionally, of course.

The malicious attack by four black teens on a white mentally disabled young man was streamed live on Facebook for the whole world to see.

Brittany Herring Covington, 19, was the person who recorded the torture on her phone. A Chicago judge recently let her walk away with just 200 hours of community service for her role after she pleaded guilty to a hate crime, aggravated battery and intimidation charges.

Why the leniency? The judge said that she declined to give Covington jail time because, "I'm not sure if I did that you'd be coming out any better.”

Why is this judge thinking about the attacker’s best interest, instead of the victim? It just doesn’t seem right to me. The three other kidnappers are still awaiting trial and they all deserve far more than community service in my opinion.

I don’t understand the outcome of another court case that happened last week.

On Thursday, former police Officer Philip Brailsford was acquitted of murder or manslaughter for an on-duty shooting. It’s hard to watch the body cam footage of this incident because it shows an intoxicated, unarmed man, Daniel Shaver, crawling toward police crying “Please don’t shoot me.”

Officer Brailsford fired at him five times, killing Shaver. Maybe it is right that Brailsford was being consistent with police training like his attorney successfully argued, but watching the footage you can’t help but think Shaver posed no threat to the police; that this was an unnecessary death.

Have we all forgotten common sense? Between these two stories, I don’t know what is happening with our juries, our judges, and our grasp on reality anymore.

Today Is the Day in Alabama

Roy Moore or Doug Jones? Alabama will finally decide today.

This morning, most polls have Roy Moore slightly ahead, but Fox News has Jones leading by 10 points. It’s very close.

Democrats have driven themselves insane for a year trying to figure out What Happened? How could a guy like Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton? Now the Left can’t understand why Doug Jones isn’t running away with this race after the creepy allegations against Roy Moore.

Why would conservatives vote for a creep? Are all conservatives creeps? Why would Christians support someone like Roy Moore? Does Christianity now condone Roy Moore-like behavior?

For many conservatives in Alabama, this is the same struggle they had in the presidential election last year when many held their nose and voted for Trump. Why would they do that?

Democrats, listen carefully, I’m going to save you a lot of time and effort because the answer is very simple – it boils down to abortion.

Being a single-issue voter isn’t sophisticated enough to many on the Left and Right. But defending life is such a fundamental principle for most conservatives that it will override most other factors, yes, even Roy Moore-type allegations. That is the political reality in America.

The deciding factor in this race wasn’t the revelation about Roy Moore’s dating habits 40 years ago – it was in September when MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked Doug Jones his thoughts on an abortion ban 20 weeks into a pregnancy. Jones replied, “I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose. Once that baby is born, I’m going to be there for that child. That’s where I become a right-to-lifer.”

For most conservatives in Alabama, and throughout the country, that’s way too late to be concerned about life. One Republican pollster in Alabama put it this way: “If Jones were pro-life, he’d be up 10 points.”

If Roy Moore wins today, it won’t be because Alabama voters like him – in fact, many are disgusted by him – but they hate abortion more.

The DOJ and FBI Need to Get Their House in Order

It’s time the Russia investigation was put on hold. At this point, the DoJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves rather than a case as critical as Russia.

It came out yesterday on Meet the Press that the special counsel was busy trying to piece together what happened inside the White House after senior officials were told Mike Flynn was susceptible to blackmail. Ok sounds good, but why is Muller still bogged down over that? Hand that off and get busy investigating - oh I don’t know - the largest hostile intelligence operation conducted against the United States IN OUR HISTORY. You know… that little thing when Russia attempted to interfere with the election. The crime you’re supposed to be concentrating on. Because last time I checked, the election happened months BEFORE the Trump transition period. If you see obstruction of justice there, GREAT - well not really great - but get someone else to take that on.

So back to the campaign and Russia. We STILL don’t know how a company like Fusion GPS became so influential in this investigation. Fusion GPS, a company that was employed by the Russians, The Clinton Campaign, and the DNC. Does it sound like the information you’d get from them might be JUST a little bit biased? Apparently, that knowledge was either lost on the FBI and DoJ or they just didn’t care because we now know that the FBI was trying to pay to have a Fusion GPS operative continue his work.

When the House Intelligence Committee began pushing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to answer to some of these things, they started to get a little pushback. Now, what possible motive would Rosenstein have for stonewalling Congress? It came out last week that senior DoJ Official Bruce Ohr, was demoted after it was found out that he had secret meetings with the head of Fusion GPS. That alone sounds bad, but that was sooo last week. Yesterday, Fox News reported that not only was Ohr holding secret meetings with Fusion GPS, but his wife was also working for them as well. She was employed by Fusion GPS while the Trump Dossier was being compiled. Before working at Fusion GPS she worked at a Washington think tank where her specialty was described as… a Russia expert.

Wanna take any guesses on where Ohr’s office was at the DoJ? Well low and behold… a few doors down from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whether something nefarious happened here or not, you could very easily make the case that this was the reason the outlandish Trump Dossier was used to possibly get FISA warrants to spy on a presidential candidate. You could also make the case that the bias is so thick that it’s also the reason why the Special Counsel seems so hell-bent on proving obstruction of justice rather than finding out who was involved in possibly the worst foreign intelligence attack in our history.

So to the DoJ and FBI, can you get your houses in order? This is getting embarrassing. Someone needs to step up and figure out how we were so easily hacked and infiltrated by the Russians. I don’t care if it’s Joe Friday, Perry Mason or Jim Rockford… we need outside investigators. Time is running out.

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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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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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