Glenn Beck: Time to jack up taxes

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GLENN: I want to talk a little bit about Bloomberg and what's coming just for New York City, New York and then the rest of the country and I want to explain how trickle-down economics actually works and then I would like somebody to explain trickle-up economics. Remember, the rich aren't paying their fair share. The rich aren't -- you can tax them more, they've got lots of money laying around, they will never notice it gone and those small businesses that make over $250,000 a year, don't worry about them. They've already gotten theirs. We've got to now take it and make sure everybody has that opportunity. Got it? Same time, Barack Obama says this is good to do. However, now in this economic situation we're not sure if we can do it. He might wait. I don't understand that one. You might wait to rescind the Bush tax cuts because of the economic situation, but rescinding the Bush tax cuts is the right thing to do, but we have to wait until we get out of the -- trying to make this work in my head here. Let me see if I can -- I think what he's saying is we have to let capitalism heal the economy before we implement socialism.

So explain to me how trickle-down economics works. Then I'm going to give you the scenario. I was thinking about this this morning when I read that Bloomberg is going to raise taxes in New York City by 15%, okay? I just want to look at -- let's just look at, you know, let's say my tax situation. Pay 30, what is it, 36%? I'm going to be raised to 39%. That's at a bare minimum. So let's just round the numbers off, 40% for income tax. 40%. Great. Now Bloomberg, I'm already playing I think 5% in city tax. So 5% city tax. He wants to raise that. I believe that's -- we're talking about a cap of, what, 9% or 10% of tax? Let's just say it's 10%. So we now have 40% for the federal, we have 10% for the city. That is now 50% of the income gone. Then you have 5% for the state. Now we're at 55%. Then we look at my local, my real estate taxes, your real estate taxes, all the other taxes. For a small business -- remember those evil businesses that are making over $250,000 a year -- you can now find yourself paying about 60% of your income to taxes. That's not including everything that you buy, that you pay an additional 6% on. So you're paying a minimum of about 60% to a government, probably closer to 65% when all is said and done.

So I happen to pay tithing. Now we'd be at minimum 70% of my income, closer to 80% of my income which now leaves me the whopping 10% -- 20% of my income. 20% of my work, of my time. 20% is what I'm left to now run my business. Huh. Oh, and my house and my life. Got it. 20%. Let me make you a promise. This kind of stuff happens, businesses all around the country will not be able to do business.

Let me give you the example. This Christmas show has cost me a fortune to do and I'm thinking about this this morning. I'm thinking, all right, the Christmas show, the Christmas Sweater. Could I even afford to do it next year? The answer is no. This will most likely be the last time this Christmas show is ever seen because I couldn't afford to put it on because of the taxes and the tax burden that would be coming my way. If these things come to pass, then there's no way I could afford to do business.

Now, here's where trickle-down economics works. People will say, oh, well, that's no big deal, he's got enough money, he's got this, he's got that, blah, blah, blah, blah. I just want to think of the people that we employ. First of all, I have the entire radio staff. Then I have a stage staff. This is all they do. They just work to produce these shows. We have a Broadway director, we have three composers, we have a conductor, we have eleven people in the orchestra, we have a singer, we employ all of the people at the stages, at the union houses that are going to turn on the lights. They are going to open up and sell the tickets and clean the theater and run the stage show. All of these people all across the country will not be employed next year. Now, these how trickle-down economics works. The unions will scream because they've got to have more money but they price themselves out of business because people can't afford to go and put the show on and if they can't afford it, they will just say, well, we'll pass it on to the consumer, but the consumer then can't afford to buy the ticket. It's already happening.

I mean, in this stage show, because it's being produced in New York, all the unions have to be involved. I've got -- currently I've got a situation where I can't have -- we've hired the stage manager from Cirque du Soleil to do this show. I can't get the stage manager involved because her union contract says she can't work certain times. We all say, "Okay, well, we really need her to do this now." We can't have her do this now. We can only have her do certain things at certain times and when those certain times come -- this show is unique -- we don't need her to do those things. But she's got to do them. It's insanity. I have to hire certain people to do certain things that I don't need which increase the cost of the tickets which increase the cost of the production which, after taxes and everything else that are coming our way, which increase the odds that I can't hire any of these people. Okay, that's how trickle-down economics works. You hurt the guy at the top and then nobody has a job.

Explain how trickle-up economics works. We're talking now about getting rebate checks. We're talking now about getting people to get a rebate, which is the most insane thing I've ever heard, a rebate check. Think about this. Would it be easier just to lower taxes? Would it be easier just to say, hey, don't pay taxes, "Hey, you don't have to send this money in," or is it better to have all that money sent in, then have this giant machinery and this apparatus go through all the paperwork, figure out who it belongs to, who it should go back to, find out their address, have them fill out applications so they can get the money, print those checks, send those checks. How much money is being wasted on rebate checks? It's not about doing the right thing. It's about buying constituents. That's what that's about. Because the logical thing to do would be to reduce taxes on those people who pay taxes, but this is again about the redistribution of wealth. Because you can't reduce the taxes on the people who have already paid taxes. You need to give money to people who don't pay taxes. Well, again, I ask, is the number of people who don't pay taxes going to get larger or smaller? Once you've hurt the people at the top. It only makes sense that it's going to get larger. How many people will we not employ next Christmas? A ton. What do those people do? They get their money from the government. They become slaves. They get free money for not working and they get it from Uncle Sam or Uncle Obama. It doesn't make any sense. It's never going to work and that's why Obama needs capitalism to heal, before he implements socialism. You immediately go and redistribute the wealth. You immediately take the wealth -- the first thing you would do in office is raise those income taxes, make sure you get money from those people. Quick, it's the thing we've got to do. They wouldn't be having a stimulus package. They wouldn't be talking about bailouts. The first thing we would do is talk about talk about taxes, if higher taxes helped. That's the first thing they would have on their agenda. But it's the last thing on their agenda because they know it hurts.

Now, at the same time Bloomberg and cities all over the country -- did you know that California, California, a state that actually asks the United States government for a bailout, do you know what the people of California just voted for? New York City, New York City, a city that just said that they are going to have to raise all of those taxes, they are going to have to bring everything up by 15%. Is this the same city that just spent $249 million, a quarter of a billion dollars on hybrid buses? And it wasn't just to help congestion. It was for global warming. So the same guy who says we're out of control, we've got -- they don't cut the spending. Oh, sure, they are talking about cutting a little spending. You know what they're talking about cutting? They are talking about cutting police officers. Oh, in New York City, cutting police officers. That's brilliant.

Elon Musk calls Biden a 'damp sock puppet,' says the president treats Americans 'like fools'

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Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, took to Twitter on Thursday to remind President Joe Biden that he left a certain key player out of a discussion about the future of building electric vehicles in the United States.

After meeting with General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra and Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley, among others — but not including Musk — at the White House, Biden tweeted, "I meant it when I said the future was going to be made right here in America. Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before."

Musk first responded by tweeting, "Starts with a T, Ends with an A, ESL in the middle."

Later in the thread, Musk seemed to agree with Twitter user Kim Paquette by tweeting: "Biden is treating the American public like fools."

Finally, Musk tweeted his pièce de résistance (at least for the day): "Biden is a damp [sock] puppet in human form."

This isn't the first time Musk has taken issue with the current administration. In December, he railed against Biden's "Build Back Better Act", saying he's deeply concerned about how the multitrillion-dollar bill would increase the national debt. In October, Musk slammed the administration's proposed tax on unrealized capital gains, warning Americans that "eventually, they run out of other people's money and then they come for you."

And who could forget Musk's spectacular Twitter spat with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)? In case you missed it, Warren called Musk a freeloader after Time magazine named him "Person of the Year." Musk shot back with, "If you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year. Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already."

On his radio program Thursday, BlazeTV's Glenn Beck spoke out in Musk's defense. He praised Musk's "American spirit," noting the South African-born American entrepreneur's humble beginnings.

"Do you know that when Elon Musk and his brother launched their first company, Zip2, Elon was living in his office and he was showering at the YMCA? Did you know that? But he was in America. He's got more American spirit in him than most people I see every day. He's gone from showering at the YMCA to now mapping out a trip to Mars and he'll do it. Why? Because he has that American spirit in him."

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When Biden was given the keys to the Oval Office in January 2021, gas was $2.50 a gallon and the inflation rate was 1.4%. Today gas is at $3.32 a gallon and the inflation rate is at 7% ... and STILL RISING. These are just 12 months of numbers, but we’re clearly in a worrying decline. While the economy has opened up more post-COVID, it’s not just getting worse — we’re going IN REVERSE.

On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard (and the very top of his studio ceiling) to explain what’s happening to inflation and why it’s so hard for your family to afford basic goods and groceries. It’s not “corporate greed,” as Democrats have been telling you. The Biden administration wants to continue to spend trillions of dollars to “reinvent capitalism,” but that’s in addition to the trillions that are being pumped out IN THE SHADOWS.

Glenn exposes what the Fed has been doing behind closed doors and shows us the tidal wave that’s about to hit. He’s looked at the numbers, and they're frightening. Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” gives advice to Americans who want to protect their checking and savings accounts before it’s too late.

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The stock markets have taken a nosedive in the biggest downtrend since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. But that's nothing compared to what's coming thanks to our government's embrace of modern monetary theory, warned BlazeTV's Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It really is important that you understand what's happening to us," Glenn stated. "Modern monetary theory is truly the [fuel] ... for the great reset. It is the idea that we can print as much money and spend as much money as we want," he explained.

"Then the next step is to release the Federal Reserve digital currency and make payments by other currencies [including cryptocurrencies] illegal," he continued. "And you're seeing it happen now in real time. Why would they do this? Because you cannot print this kind of money without having absolute control over how it is spent."

Glenn broke down the steps powerful political organizations — like the Federal Reserve — will take to end currency competition and enact a Federal digital dollar, which will allow for the government to have complete control over how we spend our money.

"This is what's coming. This is coming quickly, and events will make it move faster. For instance, why is Joe Biden basically giving Ukraine to Russia? He's giving it to them. He he knows Russia's not afraid of him. Putin knows that [Biden] is not going to do anything ... neither is NATO. They're not going to do anything," Glenn said.

"It's because war resets everything. War is the best great resetter. Changes boundaries. It changes borders. It changes laws. It changes societies. It changes currencies. It changes everything. And in the end you just want the war to stop. And so you you accept whatever it is the terms are that you're going to have to live under now. We're in very, very dangerous times. The only way to survive this is to know why they are dangerous times."

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Chances are, you've noticed that many large companies have decided to become woke activists, despite the fact that alienating half your customer base is a terrible business strategy.

This woke shift isn't being driven by the usual market forces. It's the Great Reset's ESG score system at work, Glenn Beck said on "GlennTV." Under the “environmental, social, and governance” score system, companies will no longer make decisions based on what you, the consumer, want. Now, it's all about what those in power deem society should want. And it's not just businesses that are affected, he explained.

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