Glenn Beck: March to Socialism - Chicago tax

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

GLENN: That's right. Let's say you rent a car in the suburbs of Chicago. Gee, isn't that the town where our president is from? I love that town. After you choose your car that you're going to rent, don't forget to fill out the legally binding affidavit stating whether or not you're going to be spending 50% of your time in Chicago because if you are, you have to pay the 8% tax Chicago has decided to require of other towns. Now, you might ask yourself, gee, how can Chicago levy a tax against people who are not even living or doing business in Chicago? Well, some people not very enlightened, probably not -- they are probably creationists -- they say you can't. For example, those Darwinian haters at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, they are legally challenging Chicago's right to collect this tax. Enterprise is refusing to give out the affidavits at their non-Chicago-based operations. Now, if that sort of protest sounds familiar, let's state what Chicago is doing in another way. It's called taxation without representation. I have no idea if Enterprise is, you know, clubbing baby seals the rest of the time. They may be. They may be like, "Hey, Bill, what do you say? Shall we kill a few seals? I don't know. We're almost, we're getting low on whale oil." But in this case they're doing their best founding fathers impression. They deserve a lot of credit and, by the way, this is not a paid commercial. However I'm open, Enterprise. Maybe I'm being a little hasty here. I mean, maybe Chicago is, maybe they're just thinking too small. Maybe that's my problem. They haven't gone far enough.

For instance, let's say there's a Dunkin' Donuts on my way to work. Sometimes I need -- and I mean, there's a difference between need and want -- I need the waffle, bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, or four, to fuel my commute. Just sayin'. I get hungry. I need it. Well, I pay for the sales tax in Connecticut where I bought the sandwich, but I wind up eating about half of the food within the borders of New York. Well, how could I possibly cheat New York like that? Actually come to think of it, since I really will be holding the sandwich through a bunch of different towns, shouldn't I be paying some sort of property tax in each town that I drive through? And then there might even be a usage tax. If they could just give me a GPS, then I could hold down a button and it will note the location of each bite. Of course, if I'm chewing across town lines, I should probably have an alternative minimum localized chew tax there.

Now, the one time that the paperwork could be a little daunting is on a flight. Just saying. I mean, since airspace extends upwards, we're going to have to pay taxes for every individual town you fly over, there's got to be something that we could pay for that. Don't worry. Don't worry, we're all going to work it out. Trust me, I know this. As a guy who has literally been trying to finish my fence for going on two years now because of paperwork in my town. Surprising, same town where not a single house has sold since December. It's crazy like that. I'm sure the government's going to make this incredibly easy to deal with.

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.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • " was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.