Glenn Beck: Fuzzy Math

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

GLENN: Opponents of the cap and trade plan ran into a little speed bump recently when their claim that cap and trade would cost the consumer about $3100 a year in increased energy prices was disputed by one of the math geniuses at MIT. This is one of the things remember, they will say, "This cap and trade, it's not going to make that big of a deal." And you're going to save all of this money. Really? The GOP used numbers from the study that said cap and trade would raise $366 billion in revenue annually. In other words, $366 billion in new taxes. You divide that figure by 117 million households in America and you get the $3100 figure. "Well, you've got a guy..." MIT is involved. You just don't $3100, what are you talking about? John Reilly, the MIT professor who was part of the study said the claim was "Just wrong. It's wrong in so many ways it's hard to begin." Reilly said it would only cost households $215 annually. Okay, that's not so bad. $215 for the whole household for a whole year? People won't even notice that. The bloggers and the reporters couldn't wait to hammer the GOP on this one and the one, the only Keith Olbermann, in Shakespearian tones, said this.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermannn

OLBERMANN: House minority leader John Boehner of Ohio. We assume when it comes to politicians and math, there's going to be some lying. But lying to the tune of 140 times the truth? Boehner's criticism of the Obama proposals on cap and trade, making energy in this country as green as possible includes this statement: Anyone who has the audacity to flip on a light switch will be forced to pay higher energy bills thanks to this new tax increase which will cost every American family up to $3100 per year in higher energy prices. Well, that's true if your family is a large one, say 101 people. Boehner has taken a research study two years at MIT on the effective cap and trade on energy prices and he's lied about it. The number in the study was not up to $3100 per family. It was up to $31 per person. And even that would not kick in until 2015. So the average additional cost per family six years from now would be 79 bucks, minus however much foreign gas prices would drop based on decreased demand and minus the lowered healthcare because of the cleaner atmosphere. 31 bucks, 3100 bucks, it's all the same to congressman John the math leads Boehner, today's worst person in the world.

GLENN: That is such a clever bit. I wish I would have thought of that person. So here's Keith Olbermann saying worst person in the world, John Boehner. The media had their field day. Then after several e mail exchanges with the Weekly Standard, this comes out: MIT professor John Reilly wait a minute. He's the guy who said it's wrong in so many different ways, it's hard to begin. John Reilly admitted that his original estimate of cap and trades cost was inaccurate. The annual cost would be $800 per household. Quote: I made a boneheaded mistake in an Excel spreadsheet. I have sent a new letter to the Republicans correcting my error and others. "Okay, but still, $800 is way higher than $250 but it's still way less than $3100 that the GOP came up with." Yes, but the figure that Reilly came up with, according to him, is the cost of greening your lifestyle. So in other words, if you buy green insulation or a couch made of hemp, invest in a solar roller or whatever, the number of just the cost to the economy, that money just disappears. The problem is that Reilly is still lowballing the cost because he assumes that the $3100 of extra taxes on energy producers per household, which obviously they will pass on the cost to the consumer and he's admitted that, will be returned to each household. Without that assumption, Reilly writes, "The cost then would be the Republican estimate $3,128 plus the cost I estimate of $800." So in other words, if these companies don't pass their costs on to you, then it's only going to be $800. But if these companies raise their prices because they're now having to pay for higher energy costs, it will be you ready? $4,000. Keith Olbermann was right! The Republicans were wrong again! Because they said $3100. Now according to the MIT scholar that Keith Olbermann was just quoting and basing it on, it is now $4,000. "But they'll just send the money back." Mmm hmmm, right. His theory is, well, they will just use that money for programs that people will use. Obama's own Office of Management and Budget is predicting trillion dollar deficits for the next decade. Democrats are already openly salivating on how they can spend the cap and trade money. Democrats think they are saving the world by jacking up energy prices. This is a $300 billion annual cash cow for Washington. That's it. If you think they're going to turn around and give that money back to you, you are sadly mistaken. Remember, the politicians in Washington promised that the income tax would never go over 1%, never go over 1%. Look up the congressional records. They swore these progressives it would be insane and the people would rise up if we ever broke the insane percentage of 5% income tax. And by the way, they were only talking about the wealthiest of the wealthy. Congratulations. You've just witnessed the fusion of socialism and Microsoft Excel. And congratulations to the progressives and Keith Olbermann on becoming the worst person in the world!

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.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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