Feeling Blue

GLENN BECK PROGRAM


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GLENN: Also, is Stephen Moore on the phone with us from the Wall Street Journal? Stephen? Stephen?

MOORE: Glenn.

GLENN: Hey, how are you, man?

MOORE: Good. Hey, I've been reading your book. I'm having so much fun with it. I just read the global warming section last night. Hello?

GLENN: It's crazy, isn't it?

MOORE: Yeah, you know, and the funny thing is, you know, I just wanted to say that you keep talking about climate change but, you know, I'm from Chicago. We think it's climate improvement.



Stephen Moore

GLENN: You ain't kidding. I've got to tell you, I'm here in Pittsburgh today and I can guarantee you that people would say this is really good. And by the way, don't talk --

MOORE: You don't hear people from Minnesota complaining about global warming. Al Franken, you know, is running for the Senate in Minnesota is talking all about global warming and the people are scratching their heads saying, well, maybe if it went from, you know, negative 30 to negative 20, it wouldn't be such a terrible thing.

GLENN: Not a bad thing actually. Won't go from negative 30 to negative 20. It will go from negative 30 to negative 29.7. So freak out, everybody.

By the way, let me just start here on the global warming thing before we get into something that I think is fascinating and just why the mainstream media isn't on that. We'll get to that here in just a second.

First let me just ask you. Did you see the baby tax that they have been proposing?

MOORE: I heard you talk about. What is this? I've got to get on my radar screen.

GLENN: A new tax for babies if you have babies because babies are bad for the environment. I'm not kidding you.

MOORE: What is it, a diaper tax or something?

GLENN: No, no, it is babies. If you have a baby, instead of getting a tax break, you're going to be charged more just for having a baby. Because they want to -- pardon me?

MOORE: Tax you in the delivery room?

GLENN: They want to tax you in the delivery room. It's like a delivery charge. You know what I mean? Sorry we're going to tack on a little extra tax. It's absolutely unbelievable.

MOORE: Makes a lot of sense because if there's no people left, then there would be no more global warming.

GLENN: Wouldn't it be great? Wouldn't it be great? If we could only get to the place --

MOORE: Imagine what a place it would be if there were no people.

GLENN: Oh, imagine if there were people, they would enjoy the planet without having any people on it.

All right. So you have a piece coming out in The Wall Street Journal that talks about the red states and the blue states.

MOORE: Yeah.

GLENN: And how people are moving away from blue states.

MOORE: Yeah, by what's going on, I mean, it's an amazing migration that's happening in America where the liberal states, the states of the Northeast, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, the places you normally hang out in, Glenn and, you know, also California for the first time in 100 years is actually losing people. And where are all these Americans going? They are going to the southern states like Alabama and Tennessee and Virginia and they are going to the Western states like, you know, Arizona, Idaho, Utah and so the states that are losing population are the high tax and spend states like New York and California and the states that are gaining people are the states that keep their spending and taxes and regulations under control. I know it's a shocking finding.

GLENN: Yeah. Well, you know what? But here's something that I found in Philadelphia. People are actually moving and they are taking their voting practices with them, though.

MOORE: Well, that's --

GLENN: They are going out and they are voting for the same kind of stuff.

MOORE: Well, we found that to be true, for example, in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is the one little foothold of freedom in the Northeast. They call it the "Live free or die" state. What happens is because they have no income and sales tax in New Hampshire, it's a very attractive place to live. So all these liberals from Massachusetts are leaving you know "High Tax Chusetts" but then they are voting for high taxes in New Hampshire.

GLENN: It's crazy. You know what, I've got to tell you, Stephen, I think, I really truly, truly believe that people who are those uber liberals are just not the brightest group of people. I mean, I really don't understand their thinking, that they move away because the policies of their state have destroyed their state and yet they will go and they will rebuild it somewhere else.

MOORE: You know, that is actually what's happening and you see that now in some states like Colorado and Arizona which have been solid red states but because so many liberals are moving in to get away from the high taxes in California, they want to create the high taxes there. And that is a problem actually for Republicans in this presidential election because states like Virginia, Colorado, Arizona that have traditionally been very red Republican states, because of all the liberal migrants that are moving in, those are now competitive states and if Republicans lose those states, they can't win the White House.

GLENN: I have to tell you I have been hammered recently for being on the air -- I don't remember when it was. It was about a month or so ago and I said the tax cuts actually raise more federal income.

MOORE: Oh, that must have caused quite a firestorm.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. And I read all of these articles and everything else about me saying this like I'm an idiot. "Oh, that's the most untrue thing I've ever heard" and I'm like, it's proof. I mean, there is proof of it.

MOORE: Well, let me give you the statistic. You know, since we cut, since George W. Bush did the 2003 tax cut -- remember, we cut the capital gains and the dividend and the income tax rate -- the federal government in the subsequent three years has raised $740 billion -- that's billion with a B -- dollars, the biggest increase in tax revenues in American history. So we've gotten more tax revenues, Glenn, since George Bush cut tax rates than we did when Bill Clinton raised tax rates.

GLENN: How is it that this -- I mean, make the argument. How do we make the -- I know that, Stephen, but how do we possibly make the argument any clearer than that? The statistics are there. The proof is there. As an economist how does blood not just shoot out of your eyes with all of these pinheads that just don't get it over and over and over again?

MOORE: Well, and the thing that's so frustrating is we've had four or five, what I call supply side tax cutting policies over the last 50 years. I mean, you know how you really annoy a liberal on this, Glenn? Remind them that the first President after World War II to cut tax rates and get more tax revenues was John F. Kennedy. Kennedy did this in the early 1960s. He cut the top tax rate from 90 to 70% and we got more revenues. And John F. Kennedy said it is a paradoxical truth that when you cut tax rates, you get more work, more savings, more entrepreneurship and more tax revenues. So I have to dig that quote up from Kennedy for you, Glenn, because it's a great -- it drives liberals crazy.

GLENN: We're talking to Stephen Moore. He was the head of Club for Growth for a while and now he's the lead economic editorial page writer or -- I don't know, but a good friend of the program and very, very smart man and also the guy who has been called the head of the Club for Greed, not the Club for Growth.

MOORE: That's right.

GLENN: How dangerous do you think Huckabee is to that?

MOORE: Well, you know, first of all, I think that was a very stupid thing that Huckabee said when he called the Club For Growth the Club for Greed. You know, Huckabee did not have a good record as governor. When I was at the Cato Institute, we used to grade the governors and we gave Huckabee a D for his fiscal stewardship. He raised taxes across the board. So his record as governor was not very good. The one thing I do like about Mike Huckabee, and if you have him on your show, which I hope you get him, I hope you'll ask him about the fair tax idea because I think that's pretty wonderful idea of ripping the income tax system and the IRS out by its roots, sticking a stake through the heart of it and going with a national sales tax. I think there's a lot to say for that for America's growth and prosperity.

GLENN: Do you really think, though, that we could actually get a sales tax that wouldn't have any special interests? Because what will happen is they will --

MOORE: You know, you're even more cynical than I am, I guess, Glenn.

GLENN: Oh, I am. I don't believe a thing these clowns say in Washington because what will happen is they will get a sales tax and say, yeah, but for special interest reasons, this isn't going to be taxed and this is going to have more of a action that. I mean, you'll create the same thing.

MOORE: Well, here's my point, though. All over the world every country is cutting tax rates. I mean, you've got Poland that's now talking about a 15% flat tax, Romania just said they are going to do a 10% flat tax. There are now 26 countries in the world, Glenn, 26 countries that have flat taxes. It's happening everywhere. These countries are cutting taxes to become more competitive and there's only one place on this planet where tax rates are rising and that's here in Washington, D.C. The politicians here just don't get it. We do need a radical reform of our tax system if we want to retain our competitiveness and I think the idea of a national sales tax, if we could get it put in place, with the abolition of the income tax, I think it would be a very good policy.

GLENN: Are you concerned at all about Iran coming out this weekend and saying we're no longer going to deal oil in dollars? They're getting off the dollar standard and they're encouraging everybody else to? Do you see this as a problem for anybody?

MOORE: It is a big concern. You know, the dollar has fallen by about 40 to 50% relative to other currencies over the last couple of years and my theory for why this is happening, Glenn, because I live -- you know, I'm ashamed to say I live in Washington, D.C. All of the policies that are coming out of this congress, if you listen to them day after day, it's raise capital gains tax, raise payroll tax, raise this tax, raise that tax. Investors all over the world hear that message and they say you don't want to invest in America now; they are going to be raising all their taxes and so that means that investors are getting out of dollars and they are getting into Euros or getting into, you know, yen and other currencies and it's a bad sign that America's moving in the wrong direction when people want to sell our currency.

GLENN: All right. Stephen, so great to talk to you and we'll talk to you again soon. When does the article come out in The Wall Street Journal?

MOORE: It's in today's paper.

GLENN: Oh, I'm sorry. I haven't picked it up yet. Thanks a lot, man.

Let's see. Let me stop for a second. Then I want to take your phone calls and I want to talk about a couple of other things that are on the plate. What was that, Stu? Oh, you know what? Just in case you're confused on, you know, who to vote for and you haven't made up your mind yet, we thought we would help you out with, you know, taxes and monetary stuff. Let's take a quick break. Here it is.

VOICE: Today's world is full of surprises. People are losing their homes left and right to natural disasters like global warming and wildfires. Families are being devastated because they didn't properly calculate how much of a mortgage payment they could afford. Some people don't even have enough money left over at the end of the month to afford digital cable television or high-speed Internet. Thankfully Democrats are the party in power and only they have the ideas to help Americans in need, ideas like $5,000 for every baby born, increasing taxes by $4 trillion, universal healthcare, college for everyone, subsidizing anyone who has had anything sad happen to them, and pretty much anything else that involves making the rich poor and keeping the poor poor. Those are the principles and values that the Democratic party in the United States government believes in, and we support them 100% which, by the way, is also your brand-new tax rate. Enjoy. Paid for by the people for a socialistandorcommunistAmerica.net.

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IN PLAIN SIGHT: COVID and mental health

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A lot of times, people drown in plain sight. Largely because most of us haven't been taught what to look for. We're accustomed to the movie version of a person struggling in the water — flailing their arms and shrieking and gymnastic — but in real life drowning is quieter, something you could see and not realize. It's never been harder than it is now, in 2020, as we're all locked indoors, alone, out of sight.

Every year, an estimated one million people worldwide kill themselves. A death every 40 seconds.

America is in the throes of a suicide epidemic, with the highest suicide rate since World War II. Suicide rates have risen 30 percent since 1999, and the number keeps climbing. There were 45,000 suicide deaths in 2016 alone. In 2017, there were 47,000. Roughly 129 people a day.

In 2018, 10.7 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.3 million made a plan, and 1.4 million attempted suicide. There were 48,344 recorded suicides. That's roughly one person every 11 minutes. And that's 1,171 more people than the year before. The average American knows 600 people. Meaning, the increase of suicide deaths in one year was more than double the number of people you know. And that's just the difference.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in this country. It is the second leading cause of death among children, and since 2000, there has been a worrying jump in the suicide rate of 15-to-24-year-olds.

In January, USA Today ran an article about the rising suicide rates, "More and more Americans are dying by suicide. What are we missing?

That was January. Three months before the pandemic sent all of us indoors.

An article in The BMJ, a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, points that "Widely reported studies modeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide rates predicted increases ranging from 1% to 145%." In other words, "We really don't know."

So we can't prove exactly how much damage the pandemic and the lockdowns have caused, or how many suicides there have been this year compared to last year because those numbers will take a while to assemble. But we can get an idea by measuring the scope and prevalence of the conditions that lead to suicide, and they are significantly higher in 2020. Because what's not in doubt is that the pandemic has gravely affected people's mental health.

Affect on Adults

For starters, while suicides tend to drop at the start of pandemics, they quickly increase in response to the conditions of quarantine. It's also true that suicide rates increase during recessions.

A study in Science Advances journal noted that "as the rates of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths increased substantially across the United States, COVID-19–related acute stress and depressive symptoms increased over time in the United States." A CDC report from August found that in 2020 compared to 2019, adults' symptoms of anxiety have tripled and symptoms of depression have quadrupled (24.3% versus 6.5%). Compared to 2018, two different studies concluded that symptoms of depression and "serious psychological distress" are triple the level they were. In fact, the rates of anxiety and depression have been higher throughout the pandemic than "after other large-scale traumas like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Hong Kong unrest." Ten percent of Americans surveyed in June said they had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days.

French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote that "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Well, we find ourselves — literally and figuratively — in the depths of winter.

Lockdowns

A number of studies warn about the danger posed by lockdowns. One in particular, published in Lancet, summarizes it well: "Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects."

The report is very clear about how to minimize the harm of quarantine: Give people as much information as possible, reduce boredom, improve communication, emphasize altruism, and keep lockdowns as short as possible.

Affect on Children

The pandemic and the lockdowns have been especially difficult, and even fatal, for one group in particular, but you might not have heard about it because the media is too obsessed with identity politics to stop for a moment and look at the bigger picture. I'm talking about the most important population: Children.

But they aren't dying of Covid. In fact, children are more likely to die of homicides, drowning, or even fires and burns, than they are to die of Covid. The Academy of Pediatrics reported that, as of December 3rd, children accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID-19 cases, and even fewer deaths, about 0.11%, about 160 in total. There are still 15 states with zero reported child deaths. They don't even catch it as often: They account for less than 2% of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. Even here in America, the nation with the highest infection rates, that number is the same: 2%. And, when they do catch it, the overwhelming majority of them experience either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Another recent study found that, compared to the flu, children play a minimal role in spreading Covid-19, and most children who contract it actually get it from their parents.

So they rarely catch it, they almost never die because of it, and they don't spread it. Yet, according to data from the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has skyrocketed. Compared with 2019, the number of 5-11-year-olds is 24% higher, while the rate for 12-17-year-olds is 31% higher. This surge is due to mental health reasons.

According to a ton of studies (Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here), during the pandemic, children of all ages have "had high rates of depression, anxiety, and pos-traumatic symptoms as expected in the aftermath of any disaster."

The reality is unequivocal: The lockdowns and quarantines are bad for children. Certainly much, much worse than the disease itself, a point Donald Trump was heckled by the media for making. We waded through a sea of studies, reports, and articles, and the consensus was so consistent that we shifted our focus to looking for studies that said otherwise.

The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction released a study this month that found that three in four children have reported having depression, and that "the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's mental well-being is worrying 60% of parents, according to a survey by parents with primary-aged children and 87% reported that their children were missing school and less than half stated that their children were feeling lonely, which altogether affects their children's mental health and wellbeing."

One study found that children of all age groups "showed more clinging, inattention, and irritability. However, 3-6 year-olds were more likely to manifest clinginess and fear that family members might contract the infection, while 6-18 year-olds were more likely to show inattention and persistent inquiry." Another study found that "In many households, children who end up staying indoors become restless and, in some cases, violent."

Children need predictability... and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things.

Uncertainty, social isolation, and parental angst. Children need predictability, they need activities, and they need to believe that their parents are in control of things. But, as a result of draconian lockdowns, they have spent much more time in front of screens. They are also more susceptible to sleep disruptions, or "somatic symptoms." And they are at a much higher risk for sexual abuse and domestic abuse, and, without school, unable to escape it.

Like us, they'll be dealing with the long term effects of the pandemic and lockdown for the rest of their lives. The difference is, we're more equipped to handle it.

One report refers to the undue harm lockdowns cause children as "collateral damage," adding that "we all have a responsibility to promote the health and well-being of children at home, and to ask questions and fight for service provision in areas where clinicians are not needed to fight COVID-19 but are needed to protect children."

As a society, it is our duty to protect the defenseless, and there is no group of people more defenseless, yet more important, than children.

German philosopher Kant wrote a lot about suicide. His argument can basically be boiled down to two parts:

1) I ought to do my duty as long as I am alive; and

2) It is my duty to go on living as long as possible.

He used the anecdote of civilization as a human body. We must only harm our body if it's necessary for self-preservation. If a toe is necrotic for whatever reason, we amputate it, so that we can preserve our body, our person, as a whole. Suicide, on the other hand, is an act of destruction. It is harmful, not just to the person it removes from humanity, but to humanity as a whole. Each of us plays a role in making sure that body remains in motion. So, when a person resorts to suicide, they are harming the body, the whole, they are depriving society and humanity. They are severing limbs or slicing our arms. They are robbing us of every good that they would bring.

School

Most European countries have closed their schools. According to UNESCO, 91% of children worldwide have been affected by school closures. A study from Bangladesh found that Bangladeshi children were suffering from higher rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorder. In Italy and Spain, one study determined that 85% of parents have noticed negative changes in their children's emotions and behaviors since the pandemic. In England, deaths by suicide among children increased shortly after the country's first lockdown. In Holland, a study "found that young people reported a significant increase in severe anxiety and sleeping problems during the country's lockdown period." Numerous studies from China found that roughly a quarter of children were suffering from the same symptoms. In India, like many other countries, children are spending so much time in front of screens that experts fear it will lead to "psycho-social problems, like lower self-esteem."

Meanwhile, in Sweden, where schools and childcare centers have remained open, the spread of Covid as a result of children attending school is practically nonexistent. Over the next few years, research will show us exactly how Sweden's no-lockdown approach affected their youth.

The research concludes that children should remain in school.

Overwhelmingly — and I mean overwhelmingly — the research concludes that children should remain in school. Academic articles are known for their boring, long-winded, incomprehensible titles, but not these. Like this one: "Mitigate the effects of home confinement on children during the COVID-19 outbreak."

Children need physical activity, which is crucial to minimizing depression and anxiety. Schools provide structure. Schools are a consistent source for children's nutrition, and a lapse in nutrition can have psychological effects. Schools also provide healthcare.

School closures have also put children at a higher risk of domestic violence or sexual abuse, because "school is a safe space where children can report problems and where signs of abuse can be detected."

Children need community. They need friends. While many adults are at home with their kids, most of us are working, and children left alone on workdays are more likely to have anxiety or depression.

Teenagers

According to the CDC, of every demographic, 18-24-year-olds have been most affected, with 75% of respondents in that age range reporting at least one negative mental health symptom. One-quarter said they were using more drugs and alcohol to cope with pandemic-related stress, and another one-quarter said they had "seriously considered suicide" in the previous 30 days.

No prom. No graduation. No church. No dates. No birthday parties — birthdays spent alone. No games. No homecoming. No extracurricular clubs. No sports. No Spring Break — no vacations at all. No funerals, although there are plenty of people being buried.

Teenagers in lockdown are more concerned about their more basic needs. They feel less connected to other people. They are learning less and spending less time on school work. In other words, they are hurting, and bad.

The number of studies that back this up is daunting.

Three papers (Here, Here, and Here) determined that older adolescents suffer more symptoms of depression than younger ones and children. Another study describes the "collective trauma" that the lockdowns have had on teenagers.

The National 4-H Council found that:

●81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S., and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health.

●7 in 10 teens have experienced struggles with mental health.

●55% of teens say they've experienced anxiety, 45% excessive stress, and 43% depression.

●61% of teens said that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased their feeling of loneliness.

●82% of teens calling on America to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in this country.

Life has always been hard for teenagers, but even before the pandemic, it has been especially rough on American teenagers, who are twice as likely "today to have more anxiety symptoms and twice as likely to see a mental health professional as teens in the 1980s.

Here's how the conversation went on radio:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: The politics of COVID-19 is DESTROYING our children youtu.be


On "Glenn TV" this week, Megyn Kelly, host of the "Megyn Kelly Show," told Glenn Beck she believes the Democrats' talk of unity is "all nonsense" and forecasted the "death of journalism" under a Biden administration.

Megyn cited President Joe Biden's unwillingness to make concessions that would help unify Democrats and Republicans as an example of how much he actually cares about unity, and added that, while she's all for lowering the political temperature in America, she also believes there are some personal freedoms that are worth fighting for.

"What's happening substantively is worth fighting for and it's not going to go away just because [Biden] gave a nice speech," Megyn said.

"I will object. I will protect my family and what I think is right over Joe Biden's need for unity, which is false anyway. 'Unify behind my agenda' is not a real call for unity," she added.

Megyn said she believes the Left has reached too far and "awakened a sleeping giant" in reference to the silent majority who should speak up, speak out, and refuse to be silenced any longer.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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