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Glenn Beck talks to the lady caller about 'the economy' and 'world currency'... if you know what we mean

GLENN: Let's go to Carmen listening to us on WIOD. Hello, Carmen.

CALLER: Hi, Glenn, I wanted to just apologize and thank you at the same time.

GLENN: Okay, what are you apologizing for?

CALLER: I'm apologizing for a couple of months ago when you were on the radio station here in WIOD and you were saying some things and I was laughing and saying what a kook and --

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait. You have to tell me what I was saying. What was I saying that you were laughing at?

CALLER: Well, you weren't actually, you were talking to this person that you've talked to that you were saying what's coming, what's coming. And I mean, I said, oh, God, this is another Y2K kook, whatever. I saw your show on CNN when you had Peter Schiff and I said it --

GLENN: Stephen Moore.

CALLER: Uh-huh. I started seeing what was going around and I started investigating -- I joined your newsletter and I've got to tell you thank you because I am going to be making decisions for my family for what is coming and you're not a kook anymore but, you know, when I --

GLENN: Let me ask you, what was the turning point, Carmen? What was it that you went, okay -- first of all, explain what you were thinking when you thought I was a kook, why was I a kook?

CALLER: Because I guess nobody wants to really look at things because the thought of something so bad seems kooky and unreal but when you actually start --

GLENN: Okay. So you just thought I was chicken little and we've been there before, we've had all these problems before; please don't hype it?

CALLER: Exactly.

GLENN: That's what you were thinking?

CALLER: And that's when I started seeing things change. And it's obvious. If people actually open their eyes and look at things.

GLENN: It's amazing, I know. It's amazing. I stand here every day and look at it and go, how is this not completely obvious to everyone. Okay, so what were the pieces that started to come into play with you where you said, "Okay, wait a minute, no, this isn't kooky, this is obvious?" What was it that was your first kind of eye-opening fact?

CALLER: The bailout. The bailout which I couldn't believe how many people didn't want it. I was one of them that didn't want it. Then I started researching how we got into this mess. Then I started saying to myself, wait a minute. About a year or two ago I told my husband, this is insane. These prices are so artificial with the housing, this is going to burst. I mean, I knew it two or three years ago but I didn't want to see it. I mean, I didn't invest in a mortgage that I couldn't afford. I've had my husband that I've had for years but I bought it the way that you're supposed to buy it. And I just saw people buying houses that couldn't afford it and I'm saying, there's something wrong here. And then when the bailout came in and I researched it, I thank you for the letter that you sent to your family and I started saying, oh, my God, if you tie in the bailout, if you start tying in where all this money's coming from, they are printing out money and all that, I'm thinking to myself, we're in for something really, really bad.

GLENN: Okay. Carmen, let me take you one more step here because you are right on the phone. You are there. Think of it this way. You said a keyword. You said two years ago you knew that this was a bubble and it was going to burst. Can you think of the bubble that we are now -- what is the bubble we're in right now? Everyone is focusing on the housing bubble but when everyone was focusing on the dot-com bubble, that's when we created the housing bubble, right?

CALLER: Yes.

GLENN: The housing bubble was created, we moved all of that, worry and debt and obligation, everything else to the housing market. So while everybody's looking at the housing and credit, what is the new bubble that is being created? And I believe quite possibly the last bubble. What is it? Do you know?

CALLER: I don't know.

GLENN: You've got all of the pieces. You've already said it. You've got all of the pieces there. You just have to tie it together now.

CALLER: Well, my biggest fear from looking at everything is government is going to be printing all this money and the rest of the world is waking up and I think the next bubble that's going to burst is actually going to be the U.S. dollar. I see it being a new world currency come April when they meet again.

GLENN: It is -- boy, Carmen, for eight weeks thinking I was a kook to where you are now, congratulations. You are exactly the kind of listener that I hope is listening to me, somebody who will not listen just to me, they will think I'm kooky, whatever, and then do your own homework and really research it. Congratulations. You have it all. What it is is the money bubble. Expand your vision, though, Carmen, because it is not just the U.S. dollar. It is the entire global economic system. They are printing too much money. They are spending too much money all around. No matter what the media tells you right now, "well, this is an American problem," no, it's not. Talk to somebody who was over in England. They were giving these kinds of loans long, long before the United States was doing it. Everyone is starting to collapse. The bubble that we are creating right now is the money bubble. It comes from being on the debt standard. And I want to explain that. Carmen, if you don't mind hanging on just a second, I want to explain the debt standard. We'll do it in just a second.

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GLENN: Carmen, I'm sure you her in the break the guys were making fun of our phone call here.

STU: Well, I mean, it was a little -- it was, I would say, the happiest moment of Glenn Beck's life. When he gets a call like this, I mean this is like --



DAN: It was touching. It was touching.

STU: Yeah, it is. It's like if you're -- it's like a first kiss. You know what I mean? It's like the birth of your child. It was such a life-changing moment. It was nice to witness that. It was like a Hallmark movie.

GLENN: As somebody who dismissed as a kook, then did their own homework, which I challenge the audience to do all the time and most people don't. Challenge them all the time: Don't take my word for it. You want to say I'm a kook, good. Come back and tell me I'm a kook for what reason. But follow the pattern. Look at all of the details. Don't look just at that one little dot. Look at the whole picture and follow it. Carmen has. And then Stu said during the break, "Glenn, this is a pattern with him, anybody who does this." Then he always asks, you know, what they should know. What did you say?

STU: You give them a pop quiz about what they're supposed to know now. Like what's coming next. You always pop quiz them.

GLENN: She passed it, though!

STU: That's what I mean.

GLENN: Because that is the key. That is the key of you're not being spoon-fed something by me. You now have -- you have now moved into your own space and you've gone and said, well, wait a minute, that leads to this and this and this. It shows that your brain is engaged. And Carmen, oh, your brain is engaged.

So now, tell me -- help people walk through the debt standard. Do you know what the debt standard is?

CALLER: Yes. Because we're on a fiat currency which is basically you are saying like the United States is saying to the world, we will pay you back eventually. But the dollar is only based on the government's promise, not based on what it used to be, on the gold standard. A dollar used to be worth a dollar of gold.

GLENN: Stu, I need porno music, I need Barry White.

STU: This is getting ridiculous.

GLENN: I can light a candle, turn down the lights and just listen to Carmen talk to me about the debt standard all day. I love you, Carmen.

STU: Glenn, this is a family show. You need to get Carmen to stop it.

GLENN: Just somebody who is engaged? Thank you, thank you, Carmen.

So now, explain if you will, have you thought this through on the debt standard that you are on as an individual. Most Americans are on a debt standard. What does that mean?

CALLER: They are -- you know, I may have to burst your porno bubble but I think what you're trying to say to me is how much do I owe, how much of debt do I owe.

GLENN: Yes, right. And what does that mean? There is a standard for you. You have money, you have credit cards out there, you have your house and your cars. You have money that you owe and you have made an arrangement with the banks, with your family and you've said, okay, we can have this much debt and we can still survive. And even if things get bad, if you haven't gone too far out on the limb, even if things get bad, we can afford this amount of debt; this amount of debt is reasonable. So you've been on a debt standard.

CALLER: Yes, we have.

GLENN: Right. Now, what's happened with the government and happened with a lot of Americans but more importantly what's happened with the government, the debt standard has a ceiling just like your family has a ceiling. You can't just keep racking up debt because at some point somebody in the family looks at the other one and says, "Guys, it doesn't matter if we all of a sudden become the President of the United States or the president of Exxon -- "maybe that's different because they're evil. They can't afford this, we could take every dollar from our budget and we could apply it just to paying off the credit cards, not buying food, gas or anything else, just apply just to pay for the debt that we now owe and we still can't make it, we can't pay it off. That is the point of collapse for the family. This is the point of where the government is now. We are at the place to where the rest of the world is going to look at us and say, "Guys, if you take everything that you owe and everything that you have outstanding balances on, you could take every dime from everybody in America and you're not going to be able to pay for that" and that's when the debt standard no longer works.

CALLER: Yeah.

GLENN: And that's the real, that's the reason why they're creating this money bubble now. They're just pumping out this money. They are printing this money because it doesn't matter. After a while it ain't gonna matter anymore because we can't pay it off anyway and these countries are going to stop financing our debt.

Carmen, I love you. You keep thinking and you keep spreading the word, will you? We'll talk to you again.

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.

Get tickets and more information here.

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

History at the Mercury Museum

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

Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?