Glenn Beck: Know! Your! Czars!




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VOICE: It's time for another episode of everyone's favorite show, Know! Your! Czars!

GLENN: Yes, that's right. As I told you yesterday, the White House is very upset with me and the information that I've been giving out all week on the czars. They are not denying things like, you know, Van Jones' history as an admitted radical communist and the fact that he's never disavowed that. They're upset that we're calling him a czar. That's their complaint. I've shown the history of a guy who is literally founding revolutionary communist organizations around America and they don't like what I have been putting on his virtual business card. He's not a czar. He's a special advisor.

Yesterday the liberal blogs became very upset with this little old radio segment on the radio. Why? Shocking surprise: They had the exact same complaint as the White House. Yesterday in this segment I called Peter Orszag the budget czar. The budget czar. Weird how the White House and liberal blogs are worried about the same thing at exactly the same time. But at least they're consistent because I'm sure you can remember the outrage on the left when the Christian Science Monitor was calling him the budget czar. Or when CNN was calling him the budget czar. Or all of that incredible outrage from the left when Rachel Maddow called him the budget czar during an interview with the budget czar. Oh, and do you remember the picket lines on the left when Business Week was using the term budget czar under the Bush administration, or the left just hated it when Bush was treated unfairly. I think I've hit a new high point here. I can get attacked from the left even when I'm quoting Rachel Maddow. That is impressive.

Anyway, let's get to today's czar. He's the sort of guy who understands a really good meal although, you know, he can be a bit of a downer at a dinner party. You know, when you grill up a nice steak on the grill, when it's seasoned and sizzling just in that perfect way. And when you slowly place those grilled onions right on top. Yes?

STU: I have a guess.

GLENN: Yes?

STU: Is it Bobby Flay?

GLENN: No, it's not. Sorry, I don't think you guys understand what a czar is. Is it ‑‑ no? Even Rachel Maddow understands that. Anyway, you have this pile of perfectly sizzling steak smothered with grilled onions. You walk over to the table and set them down right there on the...

STU: Right. Is it Emeril Legasse?

GLENN: It's not time to ‑‑

PAT: Bam!

GLENN: So you have this steak, you bring it to the table and this is where that czar is sitting during the dinner party. And he's likely to say something like this:

(Audio plays)

GLENN: Okay. In case you missed what he was saying there, and applauded for, was quoting our willingness to subject animals to unjustified suffering will be seen as a form of unconscionable barbarity, morally akin to slavery and the mass extermination of human beings. Can anybody pass the A‑1?

Okay. Do you know the name of the czar? Yes? Stu?

STU: Is it Paula Deen?

GLENN: Ooh, sorry, sorry. No, the name of the czar.

PAT: Chef Boyardee?

GLENN: Okay, no, it's not. Today's czar is Cass Sunstein, our fabulous regulatory czar. Will surely his comparison between your steak and the Holocaust couldn't possibly leak into his job writing just about every regulatory control we have on pretty much everything. But at least you'll know what's coming when you know your czars ‑‑ I'm sorry, sorry, when you ‑‑ when you know your special, special ‑‑ I got it, I got it. When you know your special advise‑czars.

VOICE: Ooh, sorry. Just like everyone who plays this game, you lose. But at least you'll die a little smarter just for listening to... Know! Your! Czars!

GLENN: By the way, do we have the Bill Maher audio from yesterday? You remember yesterday Bill Maher had just a burst of honesty from the left. He said that Obama should just force healthcare through, whether people wanted it or not because they were too stupid. Listen up.



Bill Maher calls Americans stupid on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

MAHER: But yeah, I mean, you know, they're talking about 60 votes. Forget this stuff, 60. They can't get Americans to agree on anything, 60%. 60% of people don't believe that evolution in this country. He just needs to drag them to it. Like I just said, they're stupid. Just drag them to this. Get healthcare done, you know, with or without them. Make the gang of six an offer they can't refuse. This Max Baucus guy, he needs to wake up tomorrow with an intern's head in his bed.

GLENN: Okay, stop. Whew. We're just too stupid to understand it. And then what we should do is we should make an offer the gang of six can't refuse. And if that's not mob enough for you, then we should just have somebody wake up with an intern's head in their bed.

Now, the clip from Rachel Maddow where she called the budget czar a budget czar, we were looking for this yesterday because the White House is upset with me, and the liberal media is upset with me for calling czars czars. The budget czar in particular has come up from the White House and now from the liberal press. Well, the budget czar, when she called him the budget czar, has another moment of honesty, although not quite as blunt. Listen up.

STU: Actually this is a transcript here, Glenn.

GLENN: We don't have the audio?

STU: There's no audio on this one.

GLENN: Okay, here it is. The brewing conservative attack on this new budget is that you're soaking the rich to pay for all of the spending, that sort of reverse class warfare, to pay for the spending and to pay for this sort of down payment on healthcare plans. What is your response to that both politically and as a budget czar? Orszag says, well, this is exactly what the president campaigned on: Soaking the rich to pay for all this. That's exactly what the president campaigned on. Again as we emerge from the recession, we are ‑‑ we need to get these deficits under control. That's going to require some shared sacrifice. Again this is fully consistent with what the president campaigned on. There's the budget czar, as Rachel Maddow called him, basically admitting that they ran their campaign on soaking the rich. Well, they ain't lying. They told all of us this was gonna happen before he was elected. They told us that they were going to fundamentally transform America, and they are. Now, we deserve the government that we get. Are we awake enough now to make new choices?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

Watch the videos below to hear Glenn's top takeaways from the president's defense team:

Part 1: Why the president's defense is 'very compelling'

Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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