Glenn Beck: Simpler Is Better




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There's been a threefold increase in people who have had tax problems who never had trouble before. But don't worry: The IRS has vowed to treat struggling taxpayers fairly and compassionately (I know when I think of the IRS, I think "fair and compassionate," don't you?).

But here's the one thing that the mainstream media is missing: There is a simple solution.

Like I told you Monday, it's not about the taxes, but the out of control spending.

Look at all the waste when it comes to paying taxes; we printed out the 60,000-page tax code and all of its 3.7 million words. It would take the average person more than 300 hours to get through that many words written clearly, let alone the scary mix of legalese and nonsense in these piles.

But even if you were able to get through it, the code would have changed a dozen times by the time you're done. In fact, there have been 3,250 changes since the start of President Bush's term, an average of more than one a day.

All this is so overwhelming that four-out-of-five individual taxpayers pay for help. Just complying with the tax code costs taxpayers and businesses 7.6 billion hours, according to the National Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS.

If tax compliance alone were an industry it would require 3.8 million full-time workers. And it costs the equivalent of $193 billion in man hours — a staggering 14 percent of the total taxes collected.

Here's what I can't understand: How more people don't see that simple is always better.

You have the tax code that is so complicated that even Tim Geithner, who's in charge of the IRS, can't figure it out. It's nothing but a destroyer of wealth. And it's basically our country's very own prison sentence.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Constitution has created untold wealth, changed the world and given human beings unprecedented freedom.

Maybe our government could learn that yes, size does matter: with taxes, the smaller, the smarter; the simpler, the better.

If it seems impossible, remember back to 1986 when the Reagan administration and Congress set out to simplify the tax code. Not only were they able to stay "revenue neutral," but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the country actually made about $5 billion more between 1987 and 1991 with the simpler code.

But even Reagan didn't cut spending like he needed to. The truth is, if you don't have enough money, spend less. And if you want to make April 15 seem a lot less like Friday the 13th, make the process more simple and fair.

When your deficit is growing and your tax code is longer than your Constitution, you need to learn to cut both words and spending.

That won't happen until we learn to cut politicians.

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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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