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Biden: "Gird Your Loins", For the Next President "It's Like Cleaning Augean Stables"


GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Joe Biden should be forced by the media -- and he won't be -- should be forced by the media to explain this statement. This is from ABC News. Yesterday Joe Biden guaranteed that if elected Senator Barack Obama will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power and he will need supporters to stand by with him as he makes tough and possibly unpopular decisions. Mark my words, quoting, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John F. Kennedy. Well, we know what that test was. That test was Russia and the Cuban missile crisis. That's not a small test. Anybody who was alive -- I was not. If anyone who was alive back then, they will tell you it was a frightening, frightening time, where we thought the entire world was going to be vaporized and everyone would be dead. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking -- exactly what we have told you on this program. We're about to -- by the way, boy, this is just -- I mean, there is just food in this one for two weeks. "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John F. Kennedy." Think back to what I have told you about the perfect storm. Think back to what I have told you about the weight on this table. I have told you that if any -- if there's additional pressure or sudden pressure on this table, if there is a crisis like the Cuban missile crisis, it could cause this table to fall. It could -- there's just no more pressure that this table can take. And that's why the world is looking right now. That's why the world wants to test this guy. That's why our enemies want to push us up against the wall, because we are so vulnerable right now. We're about to elect a 47-year-old brilliant senator President of the United States of America. Remember, I said it here with you. If you don't remember anything else I said, quoting Joe Biden: Watch, we're going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis to test the mettle of this guy. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate, and he's going to need help, and the kind of help he's going to need, he's going to need you, not financially to help him, we're going to need you to use your influence, your influence within the community to stand with him. Because it's not going to be apparent initially, it's not going to be apparent that we're right. Gird your loins. We're going to win with your weapon. God willing, we're going to win but this is not going to be an easy ride. This President, the next President is going to be left with the most significant task. It's like cleaning stables but it's more than that. This is just more than that, literally. Think about it. This is more than just a capital crisis. This is more than just markets. This is a systematic problem that we have with this economy.

He said, I forgot more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues now and I'm not being falsely humble with you. I think I can be value added, but this guy has it. This guy has it. He is going to need your help because I promise you, we're all going to be sitting here a year from now saying, oh, my God, why, why are they there in the polls, why is the polling so down, why is this thing so tough.



Do you hear this? This is not change and hope. Do you hear this? He is promising us, he has said "I promise you" a couple of times. He has said "I guarantee you" a couple of times. This is Joe Biden. "I promise you we're going to be sitting here a year from now going oh, my God," quoting, "Why are they there in the polls, why is the polling so down, why is this thing so tough. We're going to have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years. So I'm asking you now, I'm asking you, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point because you're going to have to reinforce us. There are going to be a lot of you who want to go, whoa, wait a minute, whoa, whoa, whoa; I don't know about that decision because if you think the decision is sound when they're made, which I believe you they will be when they're made, they're not likely going to be as popular as they are sound because if they're popular, they're probably not sound." Whew.

He then went on to foreign policy again and said, "We don't have the military capacity, nor have we ever quite frankly in the last 20 years to dictate outcomes." In other words, we haven't had, according to Joe Biden, the military capacity in 20 years to win a war. I then said, "I probably shouldn't have said all of this because it's dawned on me that the press is here. But these guys have left us in a God-awful place. We have the ability to straighten out. It's going to take some time. I ask you to stay with us. Just stay with us." What the hell does that even mean?

Well, let's go a couple of places. Let's go on. Let's just -- since he mentioned the Middle East and Russia as possibilities, let's go a couple of ways. Let's go the Middle East. Let's say Russia and Iran block the Strait of Hormuz. Let's say Russia and Iran. Let's say Iran decides to announce that they are going to load pay loads of nuclear missiles. Do we strike? Do we not strike? Conventional wisdom would tell you that Barack Obama would not strike, but he's preparing for something unpopular, and he's talking directly to liberals. So that would lead you, if it would be that scenario, that would lead you to believe that we would strike.

I will tell you this. When it comes to foreign policy, I will just tell you what the President told me as I sat in the Oval Office. It was a year and a half ago. It was the day that Barack Obama said that he was going to fly planes over into Pakistan and that will cause World War III. Striking Iran is World War III. We are on the precipice. It's got to be right the first time. There's no more room to say, oh, well, it's not really working. There's no more room left. What the President said to me when I heard that statement from Barack Obama, he said, "Listen. No matter who wins, we are so boxed in, when they see the reports and the briefings that I see every day and they understand what's truly happening in the world, believe me, they will realize they have very few options. There's not going to be a lot done differently.

Now, is it a possibility that that's what he's talking about, that he's talking to his liberal friends? Maybe he's talking about an Iranian strike. Maybe he's talking about not doing anything on an Iranian strike. Maybe he's talking about going into Pakistan because this is the same speech where he talked about Osama Bin Laden is in Pakistan, and Pakistan is bristling with nuclear weapons. Is he talking about the possibility of going in there? Because that sure wouldn't look right. But it would to the dummies.

Is it a possibility, because he was talking about the economy, is it a possibility that he's talking about an international crisis, not military but an international crisis that is brewing all around the world? The rest of the world is blaming us for what has gone on. And you know what? The rest of the world had the same kind of policies that we do. The rest of the world had the same kind of spending. The rest of the -- England spent. They were deep into the 125% loans long before we were. These, the rest of the world had debt long before we did. But here's where they have a point. Here's where the rest of the world is starting to line up and blame us and that is what we've done to our dollar. And right now people on television will tell you, "Oh, don't worry about the dollar; look, it's gaining value because theirs is losing value. We're the safest." That's like, you know, that's -- honestly that's the end of Titanic. Okay, so the headboard was floating out there. That doesn't make the headboard a lifeboat. It makes it a headboard. It just happens to be better than some of the other things like people that they are grabbing onto and forcing down. It's still a headboard. It's not a lifeboat. And what we're doing to the headboard, the American dollar, is trashing it day after day after day after day.



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There's another story. I just looked up at the television and they are talking about yet another stimulus package. I don't know if you saw this, but Fannie and Freddie are bailing out the bad mortgages. Well, what the heck was the $700 billion for? Why is Freddie and Fannie taking on additional mortgages? This money is not coming from China. This money is not coming from anywhere except the printing presses. And the rest of the world is saying, "What are you doing? You promised us in 1946 that you would have gold. Then in 1972 you promised you wouldn't trash your dollar but you were going to get off the gold standard. And now? Now what? Now you've trashed it. Now you've reached the top of the debt limit."

See, there was the gold standard, and when we got off the gold standard, we went to the debt standard. The debt standard is now too much. We got off the gold standard because of Johnson. We had the war in Vietnam and then we decided we're going to do the Great Society. So we needed to have more money to pay for the Great Society. Well, when we didn't have enough money because bed to stay on the gold standard, we were like, "Okay, you know what? Let's just get off the gold standard. Let's print some more money but not so much, just enough to make this Great Society work. Because remember debt, in your house debt's bad. But debt for the United States government? That's not bad. Well, now as we approach our first $1 trillion deficit in one year, we've hit the top of our debt standard. Nobody's going to want to loan to us. And so what happens? When we can't fund it through loans or we can't afford the interest, we'll just start printing more money. And we're printing it like there's no tomorrow. The line on the chart of printing money, you hit October and it goes straight up. Well, this is what leads to things like bread in a wheelbarrow.

So what happens if maybe he's talking about there's going to be an international crisis and that international crisis revolves around the Great Depression 2? What about that? And it might look very unpopular, but I'm going to need your help. And maybe that's one global financial system. Maybe it's one global currency because that's what China and France and everybody else is asking for now, one global currency. Gird your loins. "Gird your loins" are his words. This is not the campaign of hope and change. This is not the "We just need to get in there." This is not the message that you're getting from Wall Street. This is not the message that you're getting from any of the business leaders. This is not the message that you're getting from the Fed or the Treasury. You are not getting this. You are not getting that a guy could go -- Barack Obama could be Jesus to a year from now. Quote: I guarantee you you are going to be saying, oh, my God, why are they there in the polls," where he a year in advance is begging for you to stick with him. And if things are that bad in the polls and he knows public opinion, he knows, quote, what is right, but the American people will not know what is right -- do you hear this? He knows, Barack Obama knows what's right but you will not know what is right and so he's saying, "We're going to need your influence because the little people will disagree with it," how do you stop, how do you stop disenfranchisement from being a movement? How do you stop people when the government says "We know, little person, what is right and you're wrong and in time we'll prove you wrong and you'll know. So sit there and shut up." What does that mean about the Fairness Doctrine? How are they going to let voices like mine or Rush or Sean, how are they going to let voices like this say they're wrong! They won't. And it will be an international crisis that Joe Biden has just guaranteed us, if it takes six months. This is why I've been saying you've got to prepare because those who are prepared will not fear. Those who will prepare can lead the way. Those who are prepared, who understand what's coming, what they're talking about. I told you before none of these people are telling you the truth. This is the closest to the truth I've heard any of these people say. Those who are prepared will be able to lead and calm those around them that are panicking.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

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Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

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Alanna Sarabia interviews Glenn Beck for "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios.