Glenn Beck: Taking Action on ACORN




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President Obama was billed to America as "the uniter" and he would heal all partisan divisions.

Now, we know how that has worked out, but I'm not sure why America turned to him for unity, when really there are only a couple of things that Democrats and Republicans can agree on.

One of them — I think — is hookers. And right now the left and right seem to be uniting on ACORN, who was caught helping start brothels with illegals, etc., etc.

Here's the latest: The unlikely duo of Barney Frank and John Conyers are now calling for an investigation into the embattled group. They wrote a letter to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.

OK, it's not an "investigation" per se — that would be crazy; that would make too much sense.

Instead, they've asked for a "comprehensive report" on all activities and funding surrounding ACORN; whether or not Congress violated the Constitution in voting to de-fund ACORN, and if the two kids who went undercover violated any laws.

I know John Conyers' name is right there on the letter, but how can you trust this guy when he first votes to send the ACORN de-funding bill back to committee, then later, someone (the powers that be?) must have said "uh, really?" so he comes back out on the floor and says:

"Mr. Speaker, today I inadvertently cast a 'yea' vote for a motion to recommit on H.R. 3200 and did not vote for final passage…. I intended to vote 'no' on the motion to recommit and 'yea' on final passage of the bill."

Sure you did. You really have a handle on this bill — so much so, that when you crawled back up for a re-do, you called it H.R. 3200. The bill is actually hr 3221. Geez, John — what is it, would you say, that you actually do all day? We know you don't read the bills:

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REP. JOHN CONYERS, D-MICH.: I love these members, they get up and say, 'Read the bill!' What good is reading the bill if it's 1,000 pages and you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?

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There are about 15 million unemployed folks in America right now. I bet one of those people would be willing to take your job and actually read bill, then just say yes or no — how hard is that?

The IRS has nearly $2 million in liens against ACORN for failing to pay taxes…and nothing…

Bertha Lewis and the ACORN Advisory Council said they will "assist" in naming an independent auditor and investigator to conduct a thorough review. That's fantastic! I wonder if we could have got Ken Lay to do an internal investigation into Enron.

They have selected an investigator, but still, no audit. Why didn't this advisory board — tasked with helping ACORN get down to the bottom of things — select an auditor? Well, let's look at who's on that board:

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend — she's the eldest child of RFK and the former lieutenant governor of Maryland. She serves on the board of the radical Center for American Progress. Wait a minute — that's George Soros and John Podesta's group, but we'll get to Podesta in a minute. Townsend is also the founder of the Maryland Student Service Alliance. That was created to make Maryland the first — and still only — state that forces high school students to do community service as a condition to graduate.

Oh and one more thing: In 1996, Kennedy-Townsend gave an award to Baltimore's current top prosecutor. Her name is Patricia Coats Jessamy. You may recognize her name: She's the one who is going after the kids who shot the undercover ACORN video and not ACORN itself.

Gee, that makes perfect sense. Luckily, Maryland's attorney general wants an investigation.

Next is SEIU President Andy Stern — hmm, no red flags there. SEIU is essentially ACORN, just unionized. Two of SEIU's locals are ACORN affiliates. And then, there's the Obama connection: Stern told The Los Angeles Times he visits the White House about once a week. That doesn't sound surprising, does it?

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Before debating health care in the Senate, I talked to Andy Stern.

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Next up, former Housing and Urban Development chief Henry Cisneros. He served under President Clinton. He's great — he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during background checks before his confirmation. ACORN reports it met with Cisneros on a monthly basis while Cisneros led HUD.

Following him, there's good old John Podesta of the Center for American Progress who was allegedly hand-picked for the job by George Soros. Podesta co-chaired of Barack Obama's transition team. ACORN likes him so much that they gave him an award at their anniversary party this summer — during the time he was mounting a public defense of them.

John Banks, he's the vice-president of government relations at Con Edison. There's not much information on him, but Con Ed is a big funder of ACORN.

The next member is Harvey Hirschfeld. He's the president of a firm called LawCash that gives loans to people who are filing lawsuits. ACORN refers clients to him in Brooklyn.

Then you have Eric Eve, he's a senior VP at Citigroup. He helped New York ACORN plan its 25th anniversary party. How cute! He was a special assistant to President Clinton and also Al Gore's former New York campaign manager.

And last but not least, there's Dave Beckwith of the Needmor Fund. What's the fund's mission? "To work with others to bring about social justice." Shockingly, Needmor gives money to ACORN's affiliates. Beckwith is a community organizer and has been since the '70s. He's proud to announce that he learned community organizing from the guy who learned from the guy who learned from Saul Alinsky.

Well, I feel a whole lot better now. Forget what I said about shutting down ACORN. I think this organization will be all buttoned up by... Tuesday.

Now, you may be a new viewer to the program who's like "Apollo Alliance, what's that? ACORN, huh?" My own daughter said to me "Dad, I don't understand the whole Tides Foundation."

It is confusing — I know I probably look like Russell Crowe from "A Beautiful Mind" trying to lay it all out for you. But it's very difficult to demonstrate because it's so massive and there are so many groups.

Let me give you the easy way to remember the basics of all of these groups: All of their names mean something.

ACORN — it's a seed. Don't get discouraged, be patient, stay focused — because one day that seed will grow into a mighty oak.

The Apollo Alliance got its name after the Apollo moon-shot — it was big, bold, fast and once it was launched, no one would be able to stop it.

The SEIU — well, they are just a bunch of union thugs, so they don't need a fancy name. They just bust up your kneecaps.

The president sees these groups as the vehicle to achieve his goals, because the Founders didn't address redistribution of wealth in the Constitution:

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OBAMA: The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth.... The tragedies of the civil rights movement was — because the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.

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And then, behind it all, there is the Tides Foundation. Their founder describes it as this: "Tides was created to provide comprehensive flexible services and tools to those dedicated to lasting progressive social change."

And while they do legitimate things, they are also involved in the nasty of the nastiest. Take the Rathke brothers — both in ACORN, one embezzled, the other didn't. The founder of Tides gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to make it all go away.

That's what Tides does — just like when you leave footprints in the sand — they wash things away.

And you'd never know anyone was ever on the beach.

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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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