Glenn Beck: Does Congress Matter?




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The paradigm is changing.

Just a few short months ago you felt alone. You felt your voice didn't matter. The frustration led you to act, to demand (many for the first time) that your voice be heard.

Look how far you've come. Politicians were ignoring you, now they fear you. And that's a healthy "we will vote you out" fear, because we are awake and watching and will call those out who are not "protecting and defending" the Constitution of the United States.

Because, the purpose of a just government is to prevent plunder, not facilitate it. Anyone who stands in against corruption in the Beltway, we will stand with you — even if you've been part of the problem in the past. If you help clean it up, America loves repentance.

This amazing country had 56 founders — 56 brave, good, decent human beings. That's all it took, why should it be any different today to take the country back? That's all I'm looking for: 56 brave men and women out of the 535 in Congress today. Fifty-six "re-founders" to stand up to the corruption and the special interests in your own party. Stand up to what Washington, D.C. has become.

You aren't going to get any publicity from this. This isn't something where you can just latch on to the tea party movement or the 9/12 Project movement. You need to demonstrate it. We'll keep you anonymous so we can help weed out the weasels, like those who don't pay their taxes like Charlie Rangel or those who support corrupt organizations like ACORN and John Murtha's airport.

You don't know about John Murtha's airport? It's beautiful — according to published reports it's got a $7 million air traffic control tower, a $14 million hangar and an $18 million state-of-the-art runway.

It's got everything a modern airport should be equipped with — now, if they only had planes flying there. It has three flights a day and one guess where all three of the flights go to: Washington, D.C.

Thanks to Murtha, the airport has received over $150 million in taxpayer funding and then another $800,000 in stimulus money to repave an "alternate runway."

Now, for comparison: The airport in Barrow, Alaska (320 miles north of the Arctic Circle) handled 37,000 passengers last year; Murtha's airport handled 6,700.

There was a vote today to cut off all federal funding to this waste of taxpayer money. I'm tired of hearing we are the richest country in the world; how can we not afford to help? If down your street, the person with the biggest house and the Cadillac, that goes on vacations and has the best clothing, etc., if they suddenly have their house repossessed and their cars taken away — are they the richest people in the neighborhood or just the people who spent the most money?

We aren't the richest nation in the world. We just spent the most money.

But there is no more money. If you understand that, wouldn't it be a no-brainer to not spend $20 million a year on an airport only one dirt-bag uses to go to Washington, D.C., for his dirt-bag deals?

Apparently not to these people.

All I am asking for is 56 people to help us weed them out — fifty-six.

And it's not like the corruption is that hard to find:

— Maxine Waters' husband was on the board of a bank that received $12 million in bailout funding, just three months after Waters helped arrange a meeting between officials at the bank and Treasury Department representatives

— Charlie Rangel has "forgotten" to pay taxes on more money ($2.4 million) than most Americans earn in a lifetime

— John Conyers had personal aides working on his wife's election campaign — you remember Monica Conyers? She was convicted back in June on federal bribery charges in a sludge-hauling scandal. Are we that low on citizens, we can't find people who haven't been to jail?

— You know about his airport, but did you know that John Murtha is also linked to a lobbying firm that's been raided twice by the FBI?

— Tim Geithner couldn't figure out TurboTax and failed to pay taxes — now he's our treasury secretary!

And then you have the outright lies coming from the White House with the cap-and-trade energy bill. We want to thank our friend Chris Horner at CEI — let me show you a document from the U.S. Treasury Department and I want you to take a look at the date.

March 9, 2009

OK? Remember that date — got it?

Look at the document — right there it says "a cap and trade program could generate federal receipts on the order of $100 to $200 billion annually." That is the equivalent of hiking personal income taxes by about 15 percent or $1,761 a year, per household.

OK, that was in March. Now, fast forward to April 24, 2009 when Henry Waxman (who you may remember from the Waxman-Markley energy bill) said this:

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REP. HENRY WAXMAN, D-CALIF.: The cost of the bill that Mr. Markey and I proposed, this analysis says, will cost the average American family less than 40 cents per day

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Forty cents a day? If you look at the Treasury's estimates — Waxman is only underestimating the cost by 1,200 percent.

Now, let's fast forward a little and listen to President Obama's estimate on June 25, 2009:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: In a decade the price to the average American will be about the same as a postage stamp per day.

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He too underestimated the cost by about 1,200 percent — but he was a little more careful, because he said "in a decade from now" and, he said "about the cost of a stamp." That's one expensive stamp.

I have a question: What did the president of the United States tell the people in Congress? Did he tell them about the higher estimates (that we now know he knew about?) Or did they just keep it secret and hide it from them and the American people?

I want to show you something I said a few weeks ago — I was talking directly to Democrats and telling them to wake up because you are being bypassed. Look at all the "czars" — they don't answer to anyone. If the president has a bunch of drinking buddies he wants to put in as special advisers and they don't have muscle — fine, whatever.

But if they have power, then it's a real problem.

Woodrow Wilson, a progressive just like this president, talked about ways to get things done without going around Congress. Guess what, guys? That's what this progressive president is doing — he's going right on around you.

When are you going to wake up?

Here's what I said on June 30, 2009:

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GLENN BECK: Senator, I have to tell you, I think — I think Congress is overplaying their hand. And more importantly, I think they are being outplayed and outmaneuvered. I think they are making themselves irrelevant to a massive new federal framework that Obama seems to be erecting in all kinds of — with all kinds of "czars" and everything else.

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I've been asking questions and I have another one for you, Congress: Are you becoming irrelevant? I mean, you aren't even writing or reading the major bills being pushed, are you are being told by the powers that be how to vote — as John Conyers said about ACORN.

What are you doing, exactly?

I'm not sitting on the sidelines while America is "transformed" like the rest of the fringe media.

I kind of like what our original Founders set up, unlike others who we will get to in the next few minutes.

And if you are in Congress and watching, I encourage you to join the fifty-six. You know what's happening better than any of us — wake up! Help us take clean up the country in our country — the special favors, the special interest. It belongs to we the people (Republican, Democrat and independent).

We can solve any crisis, any problem — health care, energy, anything — once we have honest brokers at the table who aren't beholden to any special interest.

By thw way, we've already have our first of the 56 — they are now working on your behalf to root out the corruption in their own party.

I'm waiting for that next call. Will it be you? I hope so.

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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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The violent crime rate in the United States has continued to decline every year since 1991 and last year the violent crime rate nationwide was down another 3% from the previous year.

Unfortunately for the people living in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, represented by Ilhan Omar (D), this trend toward a safer and more secure America does not apply in Minneapolis. In fact, Minneapolis police report a 53% increase in robberies since the controversial congresswoman took office in January 2019.

Minneapolis has also become the terrorist recruitment capital of the U.S. More people in Rep. Omar's district have either joined or attempted to join terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, al-Shabab, and ISIS, than any other place in the nation.

So, how is Rep. Omar addressing these issues? Is it just a coincidence that Minneapolis' representative in Congress is known for sowing division and hatred?

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