Glenn Beck: March to Socialism - mileage tax

VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's march to socialism.

GLENN: Yes, it's time for our march to socialism. Imagine being taxed for every mile that you drive. Sucks, doesn't it? That's not stopping several states from considering it now. Dateline Oregon, a task force is looking at having GPS devices installed in every new vehicle across the state to do just that, tax the miles that you drive. The rationale is that, well, people are driving less now and the traditional way to pay for transportation projects is drying up around the nation. So in other words, when the government implements these taxes, they never, ever factor in downticks for the income. The only solution, of course, is to create more taxes to make up for the shortfall. Isn't that fantastic? They could just make up for the shortfall by, you know, coming up with a new tax, kind of like you know the SCHIPS thing? Yeah, remember that's being paid for by 23 million new additional smokers. I thought we were trying to get people to stop smoking. And when they do, what are you going to do about it? "Don't worry, we'll just come up with a new tax." Here's a crazy idea. How about we just cut back on some of the things we're buying and can't afford? What do you say? Even a crazier idea when it comes to transportation projects, why don't we just, why don't we just all agree that it shouldn't take 80 million years to add a lane on a bridge? I'm just -- I know, that's crazy that I could suggest government would be able to finish a project under budget and maybe under time. I know that will never happen.

The other rationale is that even when people are driving more, they need this new mile tax because -- you ready for this? This is going to make blood shoot out of your eyes -- the wonderful new high-mileage vehicles are not producing enough tax revenue. So in other words, the thing that was going to pay for your vehicle -- you know you buy one of these hybrids, "At least it's a good idea because I buy less gas," no, no. Pete Rahn, the head of the Department of Transportation had an idea of pay for every mile you drive idea. He said we'll end up paying for what we drive, where we drive and when we drive. Wow, thanks, Pete, for not even attempting to think of another alternative. Rahn envisions a tax where, quote, if you drive a Hummer or whatever, a vehicle that might be from 30 years from today at 7:30 in the morning on I-70, you are going to pay a higher rate. If you are going to drive a Civic on the side streets at 10:30 in the morning, you'll pay a lower rate or vice versa. The vehicle doesn't matter. Wow. Sounds like the mileage tax is a dream come true. Only one obstacle now stands in the way of his dream. Quote: The hugest impediments to implementing this type of system are the privacy issues. Americans don't like the idea that someone or in the reality there would be some machine would know when you drove or where you drove. "Yeah, yeah, that's one of the problems that I have with it. You are not making me feel any better with the some machine qualifier." But the other thing we don't like is another government solution being more taxes! The good news is the concept now is gaining federal support.

Last year -- and I didn't even know this organization existed. You want to know how to cut taxes? Get rid of the National Surface Transportation Police. What is the National Surface Transportation Police? Or, the Revenue Study Commission. It was established by congress and it reported that a mileage tax should be strongly considered. There's already a study underway looking at implementing the mileage tax. The original reason for doing this was the loss of revenue due to less driving, or those pesky high mileage vehicles that the government is trying to make us drive and make GM build. So after one of the most severe gas price spikes in decades, a shock to the people's system, the state net loss on tax revenues had to be huge, right? Had to be enormous. The states are just panicking, yeah. In Missouri the revenue from the 17 cent gasoline tax and diesel tax is expected to be $498 million, down from $520 million. That's a 4% drop in revenue, and they want some machine now due to a 4% drop in revenue. They are going to do it no matter what we say. We're on a march to socialism, ask the loss of tax revenue is just their way to implement and change us into more taxes, a way for us to stop driving those SUVs all over the place. But since they're so desperate for cash, they've got to do something because that's what the American people -- you've got to do something. You've got to do it right now, and the government will say, "You're right. It's an emergency. We've got to act now." So while they are waiting for that government study to finish up on the mileage tax, some of the states are just going to jack up the gasoline tax another 2 cents per gallon.

VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon on the Glenn Beck program.

Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.