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Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

by Glenn Beck

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PAT: I woke up at 4:00 in the morning with this in my head.

GLENN: Did you?

PAT: How I loathe you for this.

GLENN: Well, that's just all we're trying to do is just get the facts into the hands of the American people. So when your idiot friend comes up to you and says...

PAT: Hey, it's about time that the rich start paying their fair share. Raise their taxes!

GLENN: Then take this one? I'm not sure what you mean by your fair share, but if you'd read Page 191 of Arguing With Idiots, you might find that the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers are carrying the load for 39% of the bill. The top 20 pay over 86% of the bill. The poorest 20 pay less than 0. The poorest 20%, their tax rate is actually negative 2.9%.

PAT: Oh, of course you say that because you're knowingly omitting payroll taxes. Those target the poor!

GLENN: Well, you'd have to flip to Page 192, which is the next page in Arguing With Idiots, to see that even when you include payroll taxes and corporate taxes, the top 20% of taxpayers still pay over 72% of the bill.

PAT: Well, whatever. Even if they're paying a higher percentage of the taxes, that's only because the rates of the United States are so incredibly low.

GLENN: Oh, sorry, sorry. Our tax rate is 35%. The world average in 2003 was 31.2%. 35 here, 31.2 elsewhere. I think our rich pay more here. But that only tells half the story. The world average has been falling ever since 2003. Now our rate is 35% currently. The world average is less than 29%. Where do you think people are going to create jobs? If Obama gets his tax hike through, the U.S. will have a rate that is 11 points higher than the world average.

PAT: Oh, really? You know what is 1100 points higher than the average?

GLENN: Gee, let me think. My cholesterol?

PAT: No oh, wait. Yes. Yeah, that's right. Yeah.

GLENN: You know what's amazing to me is how many times you can argue these things and you can win every time if you just have the facts. I mean, the fact about the average rate around the world and hour rate.

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: 11 points higher, what do you think's going to happen to the country. Do you know we're currently in the beginning of a trade war with China? That's real bright. What's it over? Tires. Do you know who makes the tires overseas in China? Many of them are American companies. So we're boycotting ourself really. I mean, it's crazy. Why is that happening? It's happening because it's too expensive here. We've got to make ourselves competitive. And the way to make ourselves competitive is not through unions read the chapter on unions. Not unions. It's not some governmental healthcare. It's by freeing people up. There's a story on what is this, the Washington Post today? Yeah, the Washington Post. You know what's offensive about Glenn Beck and Limbaugh and Palin is that they refuse to acknowledge their real intellectual forerunners, the anarchists of the late 19th century. The individual has greater worth than organized society. Yeah, the anarchist they are called our founders. They are called our founders. The individual is what matters. The individual has greater worth than organized society. While there is legitimate debate over the amount of control the government or states should have, it is necessary for people to be free. There needs to be organization. No kidding! It's called limited government. Look it up. The founders came up with it. Beck, Limbaugh and Palin brand of conservatism insists on no limit on the individual. That's not true. That's not true. There are limits. There were absolute limits. In case of reality and truth is what I deem it to be as in witnessed by Palin's Bridge to Nowhere, pseudorejection. Beck's attempt to show how current Democrats are the intellectual descendants of Naziism, socialism and communism as Limbaugh's Operation Chaos.

Well, they're not the descendants of Naziism, socialism and communism. They're a branch of that tree. That's what progressivism is.

PAT: Almost the antecedents.

GLENN: Yeah, they are.

PAT: Because Wilson, Wilson developed the propaganda that the Nazis used.

GLENN: Yeah. But the Nazis, they are the antecedents. But they are branches off of the Marxism tree and that's why progressivism came off, and they hated, they hated communists and Marxists.

PAT: And again that's not rank and file Democrats.

GLENN: No, no, no.

PAT: Their party has been co opted. We're talking about progress I was.

GLENN: Most people don't know. Most people, when you say "Are you a progressive?" They will say, yeah. What is a progressive? They don't know. "Well, I'm progressive. I'm progressive thinker. I'm..." what is it? What are the roots? When you look at the roots, when you read the founding documents, I encourage you to read the founding documents, the founding fathers, if you will, of the progressive movement in the early 20th century and then read the founding documents of our country. Read the words of our founders. If you read the founding words from, oh, what's his name, House? What was that no, Lippmann, Walter Lippmann. Oh, my gosh. And it's still being taught in schools. You read Walter Lippmann. I've read some pretty excruciating stuff. I have read some stuff. I've read about the twelfth Imam. This is the guy who I think could be construed as the Antichrist. The twelfth Imam, the one that today Ahmadinejad is going to say again you mark my words. He will say it again in front of the United Nations, "Oh, Allah, give me the strength to hasten the return of the promised one." The promised one is the twelfth Imam. I believe that is the Antichrist. It is it has all of the earmarks. I've read some pretty dark stuff. I have never closed a book, ever, and said I can't read this anymore; it's just wicked stuff. Walter Lippmann. Walter Lippmann, who was one of the guys who was instrumental at CBS. I think he was the head of CBS for a while, he's one of the guys who started the Council on Foreign Relations. He was one of the guys who did the Versailles treaty, he's one of the architects of Woodrow Wilson. He is just evil stuff. I couldn't read it anymore. It's so dark, it is such a depressing look at humanity where they are saying you'll never be able to get stupid people to vote; that's why we have to breed eugenics breed smarter people to weed out the riffraff. I couldn't read it anymore. And maybe it's because it was an American saying it. But I challenge you, you want to know before you call yourself a progressive, read the founding fathers of progressivism. Read them. If you agree with them, that's great.

You know, it's like Marxism. Remember that quote we got from Karl Marx we found, Pat, a couple of months ago where, what was the percentage? 20%?

PAT: I'm pretty sure it was 20.

GLENN: 20% where Karl Marx said you are going to have to with this you are going to have to kill about 20% of the population because you just have to do that. They are not going to go along with it.

PAT: I think he said eliminate.

GLENN: Eliminate, sorry, eliminate 20% of the population. I haven't seen that in the words of our founding fathers. I haven't seen that. I'm going to go with the guys who didn't say we had to eliminate 20%. I'm going to go with the guys who in the 20th century didn't say, yeah, we're going to have to breed our way to smarter people so they can get our progressive ideology. I'm just going to, I'm going to trust the American people to educate themselves and to do the right thing. I'm going to be more along the lines of Thomas Jefferson. The people are going to make a mistake. But that's why you can change the Constitution, just like the progressives. Remember it's the progressives that had a stop change in the Constitution. We were changing it all the time. We changed the Constitution for prohibition. Then we changed it back. The scars were left for us to see. We haven't changed it. Why are we changing the Constitution now? Because they know it's too difficult, you can't get people to do it. So what they did is they just changed the fundamental framework of this nation. That is the progressive idea. Started back in the early 20th century: Let's fundamentally transform America. And you are seeing the end game happening now.

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."

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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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