Glenn Beck: Obama's Campaign Comedy

GLENN: This is just a theory of mine. I believe Barack Obama is actually Jerry Seinfeld. Have you seen Jerry Seinfeld together with Barack Obama? I haven't seen him. And here's my may I approach the bench, your Honor? I would like to introduce Barack Obama audio as Exhibit A. Here it is, my case, Barack Obama is actually Jerry Seinfeld and this whole campaign thing has been to launch some comedy movie or I don't know what it is, but I think he's Jerry Seinfeld. Here it is.

OBAMA: The other day I was in a town hall meeting and I laid out my plans for investing $15 billion a year, energy efficient cars and a new electricity grid and all this. Somebody said, well, what can I do? What can individuals do? So I told them something simple. I said, you know what, you can inflate your tires to the proper levels.

GLENN: No, hang on. I'm just kidding. I didn't mean that, inflate your actually I just said to him, "Hey, you got $15 billion? (Laughing)." No, no, no, no, don't worry about that because I don't need the money, no, no, I was serious about the inflating the tires thing to the proper levels.

OBAMA: And that if everybody in America inflated their tires to the proper level, we would actually probably save more oil

GLENN: Stop, stop, stop. Hang on. We would probably actually save more. We would probably I mean, are you beginning to hear the Seinfeld here just a little bit? We would probably actually begin to save more. Maybe it's just me.

OBAMA: And all the oil that we get from John McCain drilling right below his feet there, wherever it is that he was going to wherever he was going to drill.

GLENN: (Laughing). That's great. Wherever he's going to drill. I mean, what's the deal with John McCain? What's with all this drilling thing John McCain is talking about? I mean, does he think there's oil just beneath the surface of the Earth or something? That's crazy. Just hanging around down at the bottom of the Earth, does he think there's some sort of a substance under the ground that can be refined into fuel and power our cars and trucks? This guy's crazy. I mean, what's next? The same substance can be made into tires or plastic? I mean, where is this guy getting this stuff?

OBAMA: So now the Republicans are going around.

GLENN: Here it is.

OBAMA: This is the kind of thing they do. I don't understand it.

GLENN: Stop. You've got to play that again! This is a comedy routine.

OBAMA: So now the Republicans are going around.

GLENN: Yeah.

OBAMA: This is the kind of thing they do. I don't understand it. They're going around. They are sending, like, little tire gauges.

GLENN: I just don't get this whole game of politics. They're taking something I said and trying to make a point with it? They're taking my positions and telling people about my positions? What's up with that?

OBAMA: Making fun of this idea as if this is Barack Obama's energy plan.

GLENN: They're acting like this whole tire gauge is my energy plan. Where do these guys get this stuff? What are you drinking tonight? Do we have any Republicans here tonight? You, sir, you in the front row there, you're a little overweight. Not like me with my basketball skills and my nice tight abs. No wonder you vote for the party with the elephant on front. Am I right? Guys, back me up. No, I'm just kidding, I'm just funning you, sir. No, seriously, forget the tax cuts. We need calorie cuts for the wealthiest 1%. Isn't that right, fatty fat fatso? Guys, back me up on this.

OBAMA: Now, two points. One, they know they're lying about what my energy plan is. But the other thing is they're making fun

GLENN: Stop. They're making fun. All you need is a good laugh track behind this thing. First of all, wouldn't they either be lying or making fun, or do we just get to choose like multiple choice, we can just choose the one that works for us? Do you remember those books where you used to read and it would say, like, if you want this to happen, you know, those adventure books where you would read and you would say, hmmm, I'm going to choose this adventure and you go to Page 56? I think that's what this is. It's like choose your own adventure. They're either lying or they're making fun, and the one that's making fun is much more fun.

Now listen to what he says they're making fun of.

OBAMA: About what my energy plan is. But the other thing is they're making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4%.

GLENN: It's like these guys are being ignorant. Listen to this. I mean, every expert says it would absolutely reduce their oil consumption by 3 to 4%. By the way, don't do the math on that one because it's not even close if you actually look into it. But I figure if I say things like "Every expert" and "Absolutely" and these guys are crazy, I don't know what you're talking about, you are probably going to buy it. Speaking of buying, what's the deal on the grocery store these days? I mean, you got all these choices, paper or plastic, plastic or paper. I mean, it's crazy! What's the deal with choices? You know, it's just too much. Oh. I guess I'm not pro choice anymore (laughing). I know, I'm only joshing you, huh?

Is there any more of this thing?

OBAMA: It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant, you know?

GLENN: You know?

OBAMA: They think it's funny that they're making fun of something that's actually true.

GLENN: That's actually true.

OBAMA: They need to do their homework because this is serious business.

GLENN: Sure is.

OBAMA: Instead of running ads about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, they should go talk to some energy experts and actually make a difference.

GLENN: Can you believe these Republicans? They're running ads with Paris Hilton in them. Of course, I compared myself to Paris Hilton months before and that was okay, but hey, what's the deal with these Republicans? I mean, what's going on? Why are all these choices?

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."

Watch the videos below to hear Glenn's top takeaways from the president's defense team:

Part 1: Why the president's defense is 'very compelling'

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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