Glenn Beck: March to socialism


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

GLENN: There's little doubt that we're on the road to a socialist progressive nation. The road is downhill and steep from here. By the way, we didn't get on this road starting January 20th, 2009, in case anybody, you know, wants to make this into an Obama thing. Today's evidence comes in the form of what we used to call SSI. Remember when we were growing up, SSI, Social Security insurance, that's what everybody called it, SSI? Whatever happened to the insurance part of SSI? Insurance, at least in my world, implies something very specific. I mean, think about your car insurance. You have your car insured. You know, in the case which your car gets hit by somebody else or you hit somebody or global warming attacks your car for all of its evil emissions and burns you to death, somebody pays for it, right? Insurance companies make money. This way they make it is they know most people don't get into accidents every two weeks. It's not a guaranteed payout. The hope is that they never actually have to pay for anything. The insurance never has to be used and that's how they stay in business. See, that 's what Social Security insurance used to be. You know, it would be up to you to plan for your life expectancy and then if you were lucky enough to live much longer, the state would step in and help out. If a woman was a stay at home mom and her husband died, how would the mother support herself if she lived for another 10 years? Well, in 1950 the average male retired at 67 years old. The average male life expectancy was 65. That's possible because life expectancy takes into account people who die young, et cetera, et cetera, while retirement doesn't. But the point is people typically worked until they absolutely could no longer work. There was no extended retirement. The average guy statistically would spend zero years in retirement and this is 1950. By 1970 people retired three years earlier and their life expectancy was two years longer. By 1990 the average man was retiring at 63 and living to 72. That's nine years of retirement. Today the trend is accelerated even further. The average male now lives 10 years longer than they did in 1950 and they retire five years earlier, spending about 14 years in retirement. Social Security was designed as a system that most people would never get the benefit after they paid into it. Now we're asking the system to support an entire decade or more of retirement. T hen you add on Medicare, oh, and who can forget the Bush prescription drugs, and you have a classic example of what happens with a government program. It started out as something good. It was going to help mom be able to live and not have everything burn down around her. Now it's a vacation program, a program that can't pay for itself, and it doesn't make the people who use it happy. Welcome to the march to socialism, gang.

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.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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