What made Glenn want to hang himself?



Operation Porchlight

GLENN: We're bailing out states. California is now today starting to issue IOUs. I don't know about you, but I think they're good for it. New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, Arizona. States on the edge. Arizona may fold tomorrow. Indiana's not far behind. New Jersey, well, New Jersey, they are turning things around because they have Operation Porchlight. Stu, I'm serious. I need somebody to teach me how to make a noose. I need rope and I need somebody to teach me how to make a noose. If I could learn how to make a noose, I may kill myself.

STU: The government won't need to ask for volunteers on this one.

GLENN: They won't.

STU: They will be flooding the ‑‑

GLENN: Send me a noose. Send me a noose so I can hang myself. What?

STU: I don't want that we want nooses sent.

GLENN: You don't want a noose sent?

STU: I don't know, I just don't know that we would want nooses sent. I don't ‑‑ it doesn't strike me ‑‑ I mean, I haven't thought it through because you just brought it up.

GLENN: Right.

STU: But it doesn't strike me as something we should do and it's one of those things that, like, with the cap and trade ‑‑

GLENN: What, you think a noose is going to go off?

STU: Think of cap and trade ‑‑

GLENN: If I had a whole bunch of nooses, for every color, every occasion, I could go, I don't know, I'm wearing a blue shirt today, give me the blue noose. And I could just hang myself with a blue noose.

STU: Like, for example ‑‑

GLENN: You want to go out fashionable.

STU: That's true. You've got to match your outfits. You've got to accessorize but you figure there's ‑‑ like yesterday we had people calling sand they called their representatives about the cap and trade bill. And they said, well, I haven't read the whole bill yet, so I'm not sure where I'm going to come down. This is the thing, I haven't thought this through fully yet ‑‑

GLENN: Send me a noose right now. Don't think it through. Send me a noose. We're going to get into all nice colors, I'd like it in different kinds of rope. Enough that I can just ‑‑ enough that I can get my feet up off the ground. That's all I need. That's all I need. Send a noose.

STU: Going to have to be ‑‑

GLENN: To the Glenn Beck program.



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STU: ‑‑ strong rope.

So Project Porchlight: Change within reach. This is what's hanging now on doorknobs all across the State of New Jersey. It's a little box. "Change a bulb and save. A CFL bulb uses up to 75 less energy than old‑fashioned bulbs. Save up to $30 in energy costs. Every light bulb change means less pollution, lower cost and reduced demand for electricity which means healthier, cleaner air, environmental and public health benefits. Be the light in your community. This lamp contains Mercury." Swear to you that's what it says. And "being a light in your community" is smaller than "This lamp contains Mercury." So what it is is it's a ‑‑ this is with tax dollars. By the way, this government money ‑‑

STU: Because this comes from, what, the New Jersey Board of ‑‑

GLENN: This comes from NJcleanenergy.com, the New Jersey board of public utilities.

STU: Government entity. Because that's what the ‑‑ the overall organization is like a charity it seems like and then the ‑‑

GLENN: Oh, no. Wait a minute. You are not saying that this is a public/private partnership, do you?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Is this like ‑‑ this isn't like ACORN, which is a public, you know ‑‑ I mean a private, you know, group, just a community organization that's getting federal dollars to be able to go door to door and do things? That's fantastic.

STU: No way.

GLENN: How much, how much money are we saving in New Jersey by spending money on these light bulbs? Think of the money we're saving. This ‑‑ you know what? You know what I did this weekend? This weekend ‑‑ no, it was two weekends ago, I changed all of the fluorescent light bulbs on my front porch.

STU: You actually changed to fluorescent light bulbs?

GLENN: No, I changed from fluorescent light bulbs. I bought a smart house and then it had dumb lights in it and so I took the dumb lights out and I put the incandescent lights in.

STU: You actually went out ‑‑ because I know how work‑averse you are.

GLENN: Oh, no.

STU: You went outside.

GLENN: I did.

STU: You are outside‑averse as well.

GLENN: And I dropped one of the Mercury‑filled light bulbs and I just swept it off the porch and buried it right there by the well water.

STU: You didn't use a vacuum cleaner, did you?

GLENN: No, uh‑uh.

STU: Okay, good. Because that would kill 25 people in Bangladesh.

GLENN: I know. So why I do that. But no, I took the light ‑‑ they were all working and I couldn't take them anymore. I was tired of coming home. I had to change a couple of incandescent light bulbs because they burn out faster, use more energy, not as efficient, don't last as long. And so I had to change them, and I actually did the right thing. You know every night, you know, when I tuck my kids in, I have them give me a seal hug which, they put their arms around me and then they kind of clap their arms, you know, on my back and they go arrr, arrr, arrr, arrr. That's a seal otter. And then every night I say to them, who eats baby seals? And then they say, polar bearies. And then I, you know, I am teaching them that polar bears are bears! And they eat baby seals! Every night I do that.

STU: Right. Because most children in America right now, if they saw a polar bear, would go to hug it, then they die.

GLENN: My kids, they know polar bears will eat you and they will eat baby seals. You can't save both. So now my son is a little older now. He's 5, or about to be. So I decided it was time for some man work and I decided to teach him about the porch lights and so I said, we're going to go change the porch lights. And he said, okay. I turn the porch lights on, middle of the day, and I opened up the porch lights which, by the way, were killing a lot of bugs because I opened up the little lantern thing. A lot of bugs had died from those lights.

STU: Where's PETA.

GLENN: Where's PETA on the light bulbs? I have no idea. So I took the dead insect, the animal graveyard, and I swept that into the bushes right where I later swept in the broken Mercury bulb and I gave my son the package of light bulbs and all the light bulbs were on, but you can take fluorescent light bulbs out because they don't get hot. And my son's ‑‑ I said, these are the bad light bulbs and he said, but Daddy, they work. And I said, yes, they do. But see the way they're shaped? That's the shape of a bad light bulb. See the new ones? And he said, yes. And I said, what do they look like? And he said round. And I said, yes; what do these look like? And he said, like squiggly lines. And I said yes, like rope, and bad things can happen with rope. And so I took the fluorescent light bulbs out and I said, now, give me the good light bulb. And I put the incandescent light bulb in there. And then I told him to be very, very careful with these bad light bulbs because if you drop one, everyone might die.&nbs p; He cried a little bit after I dropped one because I said, we're immune from that; only the Earth is going to get very sick. That was my Project Porchlight. That's what I did with my spare time and my son.

STU: And he didn't cry when you said the Earth was going to get sick?

GLENN: Nope.

STU: He is your son.

GLENN: Nope. I said, the Earth will heal itself because the Earth is big, bigger than us. It would swallow us up and eat us if we would really be bad to it, and we're not ‑‑ is it swallowing us up and eating us? "No, Daddy." That's right. But who can swallow us and eat us? "Polar bears?" Yes.

STU: That story actually has more science in it than the climate bill.

GLENN: Well, there you go. So Stu, can you give me the ‑‑ did you do a two‑minute investigation on the light bulb?

STU: Yes, two‑minute investigation, Glenn.

GLENN: This is when Stu just does two minutes, just, I only give him two minutes to do the work. He's got to do a quick two‑minute investigation, see if he can find out more than what anybody in the press has found out. Here's our two‑minute investigation, Project Porchlight.

STU: Right. On the box it explains to everyone that if everyone in America changed just one incandescent light bulb to an energy‑star qualified CFL like this one in this fancy box with the rubber band, the reduction in pollution would be like taking 800,000 cars off American roads. And you might ask yourself, why would they express it like it's 800,000 cars? Why not give us some actual representation instead of some crazy number, 800,000 cars? What does that even mean? Well, there's a reason for that. Now remember, we're talking about 100% of people, 100% going along with this program, 100%.

GLENN: So would that mean about 300 million light bulbs?

STU: Well, it would be I guess probably per household. So it's probably less than that. But it's 100% playing along with this. If you remember, about 94% of people believe we landed on the moon. So you realize how difficult that would be to do. But let's just say magically we're able to do it anyway. 800,000 cars. Well, there's over 205 million cars in America, which means that if everyone did this, you'd save 0.4%, 0.4% of the emissions that come from cars in America.

GLENN: Wow. 0.4.

STU: 0.4% of the emissions that come from cars in America. Now remember, though, that cars are only about 20% of America's emissions. So now we're down to 0.08% of America's emissions. But remember America is only about 20% of global emissions. Remember this is a global problem, Glenn.

GLENN: Right.

STU: Think locally but act locally or something like that. Something like that. So now we're down to, the reason they say 800,000 cars in case you are wondering is because the other way they could say it is 0.016% of global emissions. If every household in America did what they are asking you for. By the way, that would be ‑‑

GLENN: That would what?

STU: I just can't, I can't believe in America, just in America you are talking ‑‑

GLENN: Give me the light bulb.

STU: I can't.

GLENN: Give me the light bulb. I would like you to do another two minutes.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: I'd like you to find out how much money New Jersey or the federal government is giving to Project Porchlight.

STU: Usually they don't put those things in a two‑minute access. There's a reason why they don't advertise that part of it on the front page.

GLENN: I'd like to find out onechange.org. I'd like to find out, simple actions matter. How about some transparency? I would love to know exactly how much money the State of New Jersey is giving to some community group to hand out light bulbs for free. Remember, who eats baby seals.

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9.

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

Get tickets and more information here.

Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

History at the Mercury Museum

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Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?