Glenn Beck: Dear IRS...

GLENN: If you listen to this program, you've been a pariah because you've been told, "Oh, please, you're just crazy talk. That's not going to happen." You've got Warren Buffett now saying this is Pearl Harbor, this is an economic Pearl Harbor. Hmmm. And you've been warning people and they haven't done anything. And it's going to take every ounce, every ounce of grace that God can give you. I just know that my faith, and I know my faith has done it before and they will probably do it again. It's called the law of consecration. It's a Moses thing. When Moses said, you know what, just take what you need. Just take what you need, which requires people to give everything and then just take for t heir family what they need. I know that the law of consecration, if things would get bad enough, will come back again. Which means if you've stocked up on your food, you're going to be asked to take what you need and give the rest to others. That's going to take grace from God. It's going to be a miracle to feel good about it. But the good news is I know miracles will happen. But the law of consecration is not taking it. I don't have to give it if I don't want to. It's my decision. But the government is taking it from people, the people who played by the rules.

That's why Ed Barnett, he writes, "Dear IRS, I'm sorry to inform you that I'm not going to be able to pay the taxes owed on April 15th, but all is not lost. I paid these taxes, accounts receivable tax, building permit tax, CDL tax, corporate income tax, dog license tax, federal income tax, unemployment tax, gas tax, hunting license tax, fishing license tax, waterfowl stamp tax, inheritance tax, inventory tax, liquor tax, luxury tax, Medicare tax, city tax, school and county property tax up to 33% the last four years. Real estate tax, Social Security tax, road use tax, toll road tax, state and city sales tax, recreational vehicle tax, sales franchise tax, state unemployment tax, federal excise tax, telephone tax, telephone federal state and local surcharge tax, telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, telephone state and local tax, utility tax, vehicle tax, registration tax, capital gains tax, lease severance tax, oil and gas assessment tax, Colorado property tax, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Mexico sales tax and many more I can't recall and I've run out of space and money. When you do not receive my check April 15th, just know that it was an honest mistake. Please treat me the same as the way you've treated Congressman Charlie Rangel, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, ex-congressman Tom Daschle and, of course, your boss, Timothy Geithner. No penalties, no interest. PS, I'll make at least a partial payment as soon as I get my stimulus check. Ed Barnett, Wichita Falls. God bless you, Ed. I mean, you're going to jail, but God bless you. The only reason why you're going to jail is because you don't control anything anymore. They control you. They don't answer to anybody. You answer to them. Why? Why and how has this happened? Because we have unpegged from the principles that started this country. We have unpegged from the principles that we used to manage in our own life. We never -- I don't know where you grow up -- grew up, but where I grew up and the family I was raised in, I swear to you my grandfather would have backhanded me six times every week. Just sitting next to him, if he was watching news, he would have looked at me and went, what the hell is wrong with your generation?

Where I grew up, we didn't take money from other people. Where I grew up, when I grew up, we worked hard for what we got. We didn't expect a dime from anybody. I was told when I grew up, we don't take the money from the government because it's hard earned money. Somebody worked hard for that money. Now nobody cares. I deserve it. It's mine. I want more. You have that; I want that. We have pegged our -- we've hitched our wagon to the star of greed and envy and dishonesty. There is no honor. Where is the honor? Where is the person that wants to do the right thing because it's the right thing even if it will destroy their own career? Where is that honor? I'll tell you, you won't find it in the public sector, but you will find it in the private sector. You will find it with the people of this country. You will find it. You will find people left and right on every street, in every neighborhood in America that will give until it hurts, that will put food on their children's plate before their own plate. Who will not share with their wife or their husband one of the struggles of the day because they're struggling with something of their own. You will find people who will self-sacrifice all across America. Why? Because we're not Europeans. Because we're Americans. This is who we are and yet our schools and our president and our congress and quite honestly both sides of the aisle are teaching and preaching to us every day, "That's not who we are." Oh, they say it, that we're that in speeches, but they don't mean it. Oh, they'll have somebody craft something that they have extracted from your brain in some focus group and they'll say, "Oh, yeah, that will make the meter rise. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, say that. But I don't believe that. Don't worry about it. Just say that. Oh, they'll eat this up."

I want my country back. And it's been handed, we've handed it to them. We've handed it to them in our own arrogance and our own stupidity. They've convinced us that we're not alike. They've convinced us that somehow or another we hate each other. Our neighbor, just because they have a D or an R at the end of their name? I don't have a D or an R at the end of my name. That is such a small part of who I am. And right now I ain't either. Somehow or another they've convinced us that we can't lean on each other; we can only lean on them. We can only lean on the government. Well, we've got a choice. We either lean on the government and they will gladly be our crutch or we start depending on ourselves again. We don't have a problem saying, "Get the hell off my land." We don't have a problem saying to somebody, "Who do you think you are. Get off of my land and I don't want a dime from you." But at the same time, that same person that says that sees the need in their neighbor's eyes, and whether they go over themselves and say, "Can I help you with that? Do you need something?" Or praise the Lord if they were so proud that they wouldn't want you to help, they wouldn't want you to know, that you were observant enough to see their need and you would just leave it on their porch. A friend of mine grew up very poor. He remembers walking out of the front porch one day. They didn't have any dinner the night before. He walks out on the front porch. He's getting ready for school and there are groceries all stacked up right there by the doorbell -- the door after the doorbell had rang. He walks out and the neighbor lady who he's sure was the one who left those groceries, she was out by her car and he came out and he looked at all the groceries and he said, "Where did these come from?" She said, "I don't know what you're talking about." He said, "All these groceries." She said, "I don't know what you're talking about. Lord just must know that you guys have been hungry. I'd take them in, put those blessing s in your counter." That's who we are. That's the way we're supposed to be, not somebody threatening to put us into jail. If we who have been responsible don't feed those who were not responsible, I'll do it because I want to, not at the threat of jail or the end of a gun. We're not a communist, socialist or dictatorship kind of country yet.

By the way, I'm going to talk to the guy who wrote that letter. He'll be on tonight, 5:00. Fox News Channel, 5:00 p.m., don't miss it.

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

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Dates:
June 15-17

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We don't stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government

Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.