Glenn Beck: What if 'progressive tax' became 'progressive pricing'?



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GLENN: I did a lot of thinking on this and I have a new proposal because once we take care of healthcare, we can get right to progressive pricing on everything. And here's my simple proposal. When you get to the movies, you just hand the movie theater guy your new Real ID Social Security number electronic medical records, work history, DNA record card. It's another great policy that I'm pushing for but we'll talk about that later. It just also happens to have not only your medical records ‑‑ I mean, in case something happens, it will be right there on your movie ticket, what drugs you are allergic to and stuff, it's great. But we'll get into that later. Anyway, it also has your income attached right to your Real ID. And if you don't want the card, you know, maybe we just put a bar code on your forehead or a chip planted underneath your skin or something like that. Again we'll talk later. But once you've been scanned, the cash register will tell you what you have to pay. So the guy behind me who makes 45 grand, he pays the average of $10.50. If you make between ‑‑ and I just took the tax code to do this. If you make between $67,900 and $137,000, you would pay $17.50. You see what I mean? You are paying $7.50 more because you make more. If you made between $137,050 and $208,050, you just simply pay $19.60 per movie. If you made between 208,050 and 372,950, the movie's going to cost you $20.10. What difference does it make to you? What are you going to do with all of that money? Okay, so your movie ticket cost $23.10. What? And, of course, all those who, you know, would be able to pay, you know, that we could pay for the ones that are making less than $16,700 because if you are making about $16,700, you should go to the movie for $7. And if you didn't make $16,700, I mean, you wouldn't pay anything. Wait a minute, that doesn't include deductions. It would have to work out on your Real ID card some deductions.

All right. Since between 40 and 50% don't actually qualify to pay income taxes, if you make less than the average, you just get in for free. So in other words, if you are making less than $45,000 ‑‑ this is sweet, man. We could pass this. If you make less than $45,000 a year, movies are free for you.

Now, if you happen to be one of those evil people that just are constantly thinking about themselves, you know, the rich, you know, the wealthiest tax bracket, you get ready to pony up $24.50. Now, actually with the changes in the federal code that he's made already, your ticket price for the movie theater is now $27.72, but that doesn't factor in the state and local taxes. And since I'm in New York, that would actually bring the price of a ticket up to $36.54 per movie. And then, of course, there's the new healthcare surtax. So it would really be ‑‑ okay, all right. So as we stand today, your ticket price if you are one of the wealthy people, your ticket price would cost you $40.32. But you can afford it, and you get to see the same movie that other people get to see for 7 bucks. But you can afford it. I forgot, I forgot, I forgot. It's actually not $40.32. Because I forgot about Social Security and FICA. So the next time you want to go see a Sandra Bullock or a Ryan Reynolds movie which was fantastic, tell me that wasn't worth $44.52. Seriously, seriously. Of course, that doesn't count in adjusted income, either, and since the wealthiest 1% pays about 40% taxes ‑‑ all right. If this were just a rational ticket price, if we were just trying to do the rational thing and we look at everything, half of everybody in the movie would get in for free and the wealthy would pay only $423 per ticket. That's all ‑‑ but that's it! But come on, you are not going to miss that $423 for a movie ticket. Come on. Half of the movie theater? They should be in for free, you know. And we could do it with everything. We could do it with concession stands, at least I know, and this is just me, I know if I went to the counter and I realized that the cookie dough bites that the guy just got in front of me for free and the guy in front of him, the movie theater paid $7 to eat the cookie dough bites, at least I could probably, I'd have a little more self‑control when I realized that they were costing me $191. I'm just ‑‑ damn, this evil country and their nonprogressive pricing.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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