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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'The Fedcoin is HERE': Glenn Beck reveals what the Fed was up to while YOU weren’t watching

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While Americans were preparing for Thanksgiving last Wednesday afternoon, the Federal Reserve moved forward with its "Central Bank Digital Currency" program, and that wasn't the only controversial policy that was rolled out while you weren’t watching.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck reviewed the latest financial stories you may have missed over the holiday weekend, including how Biden's pause on student loan payments may be extended again and yet another sketchy Hunter Biden investment.

"You might have missed what happened Wednesday afternoon at the Fed," Glenn began. "They started their CBDC, Central Bank Digital Currency. Yes, the Fedcoin is here. Now they rolled it out on Wednesday — I mean, that was the only day they could do it, you know, because they've been denying that any of this stuff was happening. But they could only get it [launched] when no one was paying attention. So they rolled it out, and it's in its beta test now."

"By the way, India just rolled out its retail pilot program for digital rupees as well. But don't worry," he continued. "Maybe we should start having the conversation of, 'Gosh, this looks like the mark of the beast.' I mean, doesn't it? But surely it's not. Of course not. Not from the U.S. government. They never do anything underhanded or evil. Never."

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BIGGER than Tiananmen Square? Here's what the China protests are REALLY about

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China has been locking its citizens down for over two years under its zero-COVID policy, and it's becoming more and more clear that this isn’t just about COVID but something much more serious: slavery and control. Now it looks like many citizens have had enough. Protests are currently spreading throughout China and, unlike during the Tiananmen Square protests, the word is getting out.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck looked into the protests' "real motivations," explained how they’re different from the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square, and predicted how these events are a "game-changer for the entire world."

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, the fear of politics being brought up at the dinner table is shared by millions around the country. But comedian Jamie Kilstein has a guide for what you should do to avoid the awkward political turmoil so you can enjoy stuffing your face full of turkey.

Kilstein joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to dissect exactly how you can handle those awkward, news-related discussions around the table on Thanksgiving and provided his 3-step guide to help you survive the holidays with your favorite, liberal relatives: Find common ground, don’t take obvious bait, and remember that winning an argument at the cost of a family member won’t fix the issue you’re arguing about.

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