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GLENN: I swear to you it's unreal what these people think they can get away with and how long are we going to let them get away with it. We're just talking about the New York tax increase. Larger than announced for the wealthy. Larger than what they announced, and we've looked it up, Stu. You were pretty close. The higher New York income taxes are described in Pages 199 to 208 of a 907 page bill labeled education, labor and family assistance.

STU: You are saying I was giving too much credit in being concise?

GLENN: In a 907 page bill, education and family assistance. In New York the combination of new state taxes plus new city taxes result in a top tax rate of 12.62%. That is above California's brand new higher tax of 10.55%.

STU: Remember that's just state and local. So that doesn't count your federal which is going up to 40% under Obama at least. So that would bring us that's at least paying to

GLENN: You are paying between once you finish with all of your taxes, your real estate, your car, your drivers, you know, your license plate, your sales tax, consumption tax, gas tax, everything else, the rich are paying about 70% of their income. That's amazing. And by the way, yesterday at this time we told you about Michael Jackson and how he acquired the rights to the Beatles songs? You know the one thing we didn't really talk about that is he acquired the rights to the Beatles songs because the Beatles were being taxed 90% of their income over in England. Out of control. 90%. They could only keep 10% of their income. And so what happened? They decided that they were going to sell the library to a private institution so that they could make their money through capital gains in a different way and they could play the tax game. And I thought to myself, you know, we never even mentioned Yoko Ono and John Lennon, they wanted to get around the taxes? What? That's not even possible. Why would somebody like John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the socialists of socialists, ever want to do that?

STU: That's a great point. Jeez. These people never live to their own standards.

GLENN: Never. Never. Never. You know what? Here's another thing. I mean, we know this. Marxism, socialism, communism, they all have separate lanes on the highway for the elite. These people are always better than you.

The thing I want to know, I want to talk to a tax attorney. I want to know how is it legal to put a retroactive tax in? And I'd like to know before they figure it out, how far back can you go? Because if they can go back six months, can they go back a year? Can they go back a year and a half? How far can they go back?

STU: Because I worked at a Chili's in, like, 1990 let's see, that was about 1995.

GLENN: And if they can go back, why can't I get retroactive refunds? For instance, I spent a lot of the Nineties dirt poor. Stu, you knew me at the time.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: We were poor. We were poor. Can I get retroactive assistance now?

STU: I don't see why not.

GLENN: Why not. Why not.

STU: Other than the fact that they changed the rules to stop it.

GLENN: Do you know how difficult it's going to be to become rich in this country? Stu, could you do me a do a two minute investigation for me.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: I want to find the percentage of millionaires that were not, were not rich, that millionaire people who became millionaires. What are the percentage of people that are rich now that are not like Ted Kennedy or John Kerry?

STU: Right, that had yeah.

GLENN: That came from money.

STU: Or married into it.

GLENN: Yeah. What is the percentage of the people? Is that in our old book?

STU: I believe it's not the exact stat but I can give you something I think mildly close.

GLENN: That's right because there's a whole chapter on poverty, right?

STU: And income inequality which, part of that chapter had to do with the movement in between quintiles.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah.

STU: From, like, the lowest 20%, how many people move up to the fastest 20%, et cetera.

GLENN: It's in An Inconvenient Book.

STU: That's going to take me a few minutes.

GLENN: Yeah, I think it's toward the back of the book. Anyway, it's going to be impossible to become rich. How do I'm just looking. I'm just looking at the news and I'm I can't take it. The rich get richer. It's never been more true than it is right now. And it's not that the rich had, you know, the ability to just get richer and make more things. You know, sometimes money gives you access to things that other people can't do. That's what everybody used to complain with. Now it is that the rich, these giant global corporations are actually taking your hard earned money and taking it and it's being funneled through the United States government to companies like General Electric. It's absolutely incredible. How are you going to get rich? If you hit $200,000 a year and they start taking 50, 60% of your salary, you can never really get ahead. You can never have the money to invest. The more you make, the more they take. So you can never the only ones think of this. The only ones that can remain rich are those who are already rich. So they have built the class system that we tried to escape from. The class system, one of our problems with England was there was a class system. You could never if you were a lord or a lady, you had the money, you had the land. You were a baron. You could make it and your family would always make it. But you could never cross into that class. Well, isn't that what we're creating now? If you have money right now, well, then if you can keep it, you can be the ruler. But they are going to make sure that no one like you ever crosses that barrier because the closer you get to that barrier, the more they take.

So this isn't really about the rich. This is about keeping you in your class. Making sure that the stations remain the same and stable.

Do you have the numbers?

STU: Yeah, this is obviously not going to the millionaire level. I can look that up later. But the top quintile, so your top 20% of wage earners. If you're born into that family of the top 20%, there's only a 22% chance that you stay there. 78% of people come from out of that quintile to make up the richest 20% of wage earners. And if you are come from the bottom, there's a 60% chance you leave that bottom wage, group of wage earners and that of those people, another 60% get out, move up more than one quintile. So you go from lower class to middle class in one generation, and everyone, almost everyone moves up and not all you have to work hard to maintain a rich lifestyle.

GLENN: So it's a what it's saying here is you're going to be able to move from class to class. There's free movement of classes now. You can be rich. Look at Bernie Madoff's wife. You can be wild and rich and now you can't find an apartment. You can move from top to the bottom, but you can also move from the bottom to the top. You can move from class to class. What this system is that we're creating is a class system that does not allow commingling. If you're poor, you remain poor. If you're on your way to being rich, you're going to stay in the class that you were in. You can't ever get there. And if you're rich, you stay there. You stay there. It's an amazing thing. We have flipped we have become or we are becoming exactly what our founders fought against.

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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