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.

Roger Stone is kind of a scumbag but the outrage over his commutation by President Trump has gone off the rails. Thus far in his presidency, Trump has commuted the sentence for 11 individuals while in comparison, Bill Clinton had 61. Even worse, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of 1,715 criminals! Just by the numbers, the outrage is insane. But then add in that both Obama and Clinton commuted or pardoned the sentence of terrorists and/or "friends" of the the president and the double standard is outrageous.

Here is a list of just a few of the worst offenders:

Bill Clinton Pardons/Commuted sentences


  • Commuted the sentences of 16 members of the FALN, a Puerto Rican paramilitary organization that set off 120 bombs in the United States, mostly in New York City and Chicago. There were convictions for conspiracy to commit robbery, bomb-making, and sedition, as well as firearms and explosives violations.
  • Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg were both commuted and both were members of Weather Underground and the May 19 Communist Movement, and were convicted on weapons and explosives charges.

Case similar to Trump/Roger Stone

  • Susan McDougal was sentenced to 18 months in prison on contempt charges for refusing to testify about Clinton in the Whitewater scandal only to have Clinton pardoned her.

Pardons/commutations that look like a response to bribes

  • Carlos Vignali was convicted for cocaine trafficking. Almon Glenn Braswell was convicted for mail fraud and perjury, and was under investigation for money laundering and tax evasion. Vignali was commuted while Braswell was pardoned, but they were also both caught paying approximately $200,000 to Hillary Clinton's brother, Hugh Rodham, to represent their respective cases for clemency.
  • Marc Rich fled the U.S. after he was caught owing $48 million in taxes and was charged with 51 counts for tax fraud. Everyone was surprised when Clinton pardoned him. It was later revealed that Rich's wife made substantial donations to both the Clinton library and to Hillary Clinton's senate campaign.

Pardon for a member of Clinton's family

  • Clinton pardoned his brother, Roger Clinton, who had been convicted on drug charges. A year after the pardon he would be charged for Drunk driving and disorderly conduct.

Drug Cartel lawyer

  • Clinton commuted the sentence for Harvey Weinig, a former NY lawyer who was sentenced in 1996 to 11 years in prison for facilitating an extortion-kidnapping scheme and helping launder at least $19 million for the Cali cocaine cartel.

Obama Pardons/Commuted sentences - the most since Truman: Obama granted clemency to nearly 2,000 individuals, including 212 pardons and 1,715 commutations.


  • Obama commuted the sentence of another FALN terrorist, Oscar Lopez Rivera.


  • Chelsea Manning: the former Army Intelligence analyst was convicted of leaking documents that revealed classified information on military and diplomatic activities all around the world only to have her sentence commuted.

Case similar to Micheal Flynn or Roger Stone

  • Obama pardoned General James Cartwright, who had been convicted for lying to the FBI (sound familiar?!). Cartwright was considered "Obama's favorite general".

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck goes where the Left and the media don't want us to go. The protests, riots, pandemic — it's all one big distraction being weaponized to shield the Deep State from the big reveal.

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The Washington Post wants Native Americans to hate the name "Washington Redskins" so badly that that it is willing to mock its own study that proved otherwise.

On the radio program Tuesday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn Beck) discussed the "woke insanity" of the WaPo's most recent poll, which, like its 2016 counterpart, found that the vast majority of Native Americans are not offended by the NFL team's name.

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As the left tries to erase America's history and disparage nearly everything about our nation's founding, Glenn Beck set the record straight about the Declaration of Independence, what it really says, and why he believes it is the "greatest mission statement of all time."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn read something you've probably never heard before: a section of the earliest known draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson in July 1776 and lost for more than a century and a half.

"This wasn't found until 1947; the original draft of the Declaration was found in a bunch of Thomas Jefferson's writings, in a box in the Library of Congress," Glenn said. "This takes everything that you have learned about Thomas Jefferson and turns it upside down. It also explains why we didn't eliminate slavery. It also explains that our Founders felt passionately about slavery, that they tried to end slavery. I want to read just this paragraph to you. This changes absolutely everything."

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