Glenn Beck: Three Ingredients for Change




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Lately, things haven't made sense to me.

Now, I don't have all the answers, but millions of Americans come to my show each night because I'm asking different questions. Not only do Washington's answers not make sense, but the questions reporters are asking don't make sense. And we're running out of time.

I work with you each night to put the puzzle together. Tonight, I think I have a big piece for you.

Last week Scott Rasmussen conducted a new poll which showed that despite having the highest unemployment rate in the last 26 years and a teen unemployment rate of 25.9 percent — the highest in at least 60 years — corruption and ethics were more important to the American people than the economy.

That tells me that the puzzle we're piecing together each night is instinctively right. Our Republic is being stolen while our politicians are more concerned about enriching themselves and their buddies.

The unions are the reason for the bailouts of GM and Chrysler and AIG and the banks were bailed out because they are big donors to politicians. The power brokers of the unions need their health care and pensions covered. And big insurance companies and pharmaceuticals — who have cut a deal with President Obama while trying to shut their competitors out — that's the reason for these deals.

We know that.

I'm going to lay it out for you. This is the most important clip to help you understand all of the above:

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BARACK OBAMA: The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society.

One of the, I think, 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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Let me break this down to be even simpler: Remember that exchange between candidate Obama and Joe the Plumber?

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OBAMA: If the economy is good from the bottom up, it's going to be good for everyone.

I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.

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Spreading the wealth around — that sounds like the words of two people: One from the present and one from the past. The present is filmmaker Michael Moore who says capitalism is evil and the past is Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, who said: "In the past, the country was, in one way or another, governed by the rich or by the capitalists, but now the first time, the country is being governed by the classes and moreover, by the masses of those classes which capitalism formerly oppressed."

So now you know what we're dealing with: We're taking money from one individual and just giving it to another.

I know what I'm going to present makes people uncomfortable. No one wants to believe that the president or any elected official in Washington wants to transform the country:

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OBAMA: We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

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Unfortunately, you can't always believe what people say. They know that you, that all Americans — Republicans, Democrats and Independents — instinctively push away from this idea of redistribution. But there are some radicals that just won't let go.

Let me introduce you to Deepak Bhargava. He's the executive director of the Center for Community Change. He worked for ACORN for years, lobbying for them. He also had an interesting view on what's happening with the stimulus package back in April — here's what he said:

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DEEPAK BHARGAVA: Just to give you a sense of the dimensions of what has been accomplished in a very short period of time, there's been the largest public expenditure on anti-poverty programs hitting on the very poorest people in this country in 40 years.

All of this adding up to 3, 4, 5, $6,000 in literal income to someone making 4, 5, $6,000 a year or $10,000 a year. That's an extraordinary achievement.

It has certainly been a stealthy agenda — meaning: The administration has chosen not to lead with questions of poverty or racial justice.

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A stealthy agenda.

Do you know why the left hates this show? It's because they can't understand people who say what they mean and mean what they say. I don't have a stealthy agenda, but I'm still called "conspiracy theorist."

But the community organizers have a stealthy agenda. But when they have a Trojan Horse like the Tides Foundation did:

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JACOB HACKER: Someone once said to me, this is a Trojan horse for single-payer. I said, well, it's not a Trojan horse, right? It's just right there. I'm telling you, we're going to get there, over time, slowly, but we'll move away from reliance on employment-based health insurance, as we should.

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This is why there is a lack of trust.

Look, we all know capitalism has been perverted by the greedy and powerful. We want a free market, but one that's free of out-of-control greed and corruption and hidden relationships and agendas with special favors that include Trojan horses, behind closed door meetings and stealthy agendas.

Remember last week while the president was traveling with the first lady and Oprah? I do, because I've taken a lot of heat for celebrating America's loss of the Olympics. I wasn't celebrating that — I was celebrating the fact that until corruption in Chicago is cleaned up, they shouldn't get the Games. I also believe we have other priorities right now.

When can we expect the president to give a decision on Afghanistan? Just this weekend, we had eight U.S. soldiers and two Afghan police officers killed in a Taliban attack. A decision needs to be made or else, as the top U.S. commander warns, we could lose.

General Stanley McChrystal tells the president: "Resources will not win this war, but under-resourcing could lose it.... The overall effort is deteriorating. We run the risk of strategic defeat."

With all of these statements from President Obama's allies, from those who surround him, it raises the question: What is Obama's Afghanistan strategy?

Does this make more sense now? Here are some more words from Deepak:

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BHARGAVA: We know from history that there are at least three ingredients for that transformational change to happen: We do need visionary leadership that's capable of building durable coalitions; we need big crises — economic, foreign policy and otherwise — that force the breakdown of all paradigms and old ways of seeing the world. And most importantly we need independent social movements.

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Do we have a strong leader? Do we have a crisis? What are we doing to get out of the crisis? Bailouts of car companies and banks aren't helping — they are hurting the economy more; we've wondered how small businesses are making it — they are not getting this help.

The last thing he said was we need a foreign policy emergency. The crisis part isn't new; remember Rahm Emanuel?

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RAHM EMANUEL, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.

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But look at the foreign aspect that's been introduced.

Do we have firefighters working for us or arsonists? Are we solving crisis or creating them?

Remember Ronald Reagan's words:

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PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems; the government is the problem.

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Corruption tops our list of concerns because we believe that government is here and it's not helping, it's making things worse. And you have to ask yourself: Is it intentional?

I'm not a journalist. I've joked that I'm a rodeo clown, but you know what? I'm not. I am a dad and I'm frankly a little pissed off. You can call me names, you can make fun of me, but I'm doing what I'm doing as a private citizen.

I'd love to have The New York Times or The Washington Post or a duo like Woodward and Bernstein helping me look into all of this. But they're more concerned about looking into my past, than any these issues. So we'll continue to fight this fight alone.

It's you and me and the FOX News Channel — the Alamo for truth.

It's the future of our children and grandchildren, so it's a fight I'm not going to give up. So here's what I need you to do: If you want to expose corruption and you're just a citizen mom or dad or grandparent, become a Watchdog — tweet me, e-mail me. And if you are a member of Congress or the administration, become a Re-founder — you'll be anonymous.

But if you want to be a slug, turn the channel — this show's not for you.

I'm tired of people in the press railing about how bad I am for the Republicans or Democrats or — honest to goodness — even questioning whether or not my mother committed suicide. I'm not even running for office and they're wasting they're time on this kind of despicable yellow journalism.

Why not spend your time proving me wrong or spend your time telling the American people I wasn't wrong on ACORN, the NEA or Van Jones. If I'm only in the ballpark, it's because I'm not a journalist, I'm just a dad doing this for my kids.

Would you like to help?

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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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