Glenn Beck: Arguing with Idiots - The Baucus Plan


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


by Glenn Beck

GLENN: Arguing With Idiots. I am so happy to see all of the people that are tweeting after reading, you know, Arguing With Idiots, people are tweeting to me after the first couple of chapters, some of them finished, yada, yada, yada and they are all saying wow, wow. It is a great book to be able to ‑‑ I think that was Barack Obama's comment when he won the Nobel Prize, too, wasn't it? Wow. The idea behind this book is, it is a way for you to be able to argue with your idiot friends so when they say...

PAT: Finally we've got real health reform, in the Baucus plan. Soon everyone will have health insurance.

GLENN: Actually, no. The Baucus plan will only insure about 1/3 of those without insurance now. But luckily, though, it makes pretty much everybody pay more.

PAT: Oh, please. The plan doesn't cost us anything. It's deficit‑neutral.

GLENN: Okay. Deficit‑neutral doesn't mean it doesn't cost anything. I ‑‑ I mean, it just means that they're projecting that the tax hikes and the new fees will cover the new costs. For example, if I make $50,000 a year and I spend every dime of it on a new car, I'm deficit‑neutral. I also don't have a house, clothes or food, but I'm deficit‑neutral.

PAT: Well, I know you won't go without food. But you're lying. The CBO said deficit‑neutral. Deficit neutral!

GLENN: Okay, that's great. And it comes from a bunch of accounting tricks. For example, the period covered in the analysis is 2010 to 2019, but the plan's not going to be fully implemented until 2015. That's ten years of taxes to pay for five years of healthcare.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: You see, that's a little accounting ‑‑

PAT: Yeah, taxes on the rich. That's why you really care. You're just worried that you might have to downgrade your private jet.

GLENN: Well, yes, that is a concern, but that's not because I'll be shouldering the load on these fees. No, no. This one is target directed at the people that President Obama said he would never, ever, ever go after. Wall Street Journal has done an analysis on this from the numbers on the joint commission on taxation of which Max Baucus is a member, by the way. They found that 87% of the burden would fall on Americans making less than $200,000 and more than half on those earning under $100,000. I ‑‑

PAT: Okay. So we all have to pay a little bit more.

GLENN: Wait.

PAT: You still can't deny it's deficit‑neutral! Deficit‑neutral!

GLENN: Now you just wait. Because the plan rises at the rate of 8% per year, more than double the growth rate of the 1990s. All of this assumes huge cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates. To avoid winning this argument by boring you to death, I'll summarize. Your doctor makes half as much as they did in 2025. So do you think they're sticking around? Do you really think that congress won't step in later to change this policy and rack up the bill even higher? Because if they don't, you won't have any doctors left by 2025.

PAT: You know how we can cut costs in healthcare?

GLENN: See, here they go.

PAT: We could just stop treating conservative hate mongers like you.

GLENN: See, then you have to go to the insults.

PAT: Once we wipe out that half of the country, we'll cut the cost in half.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: And then when I walk into a 7‑11, maybe, just maybe the entire Hostess rack won't be completely empty! Maybe.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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