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

by Glenn Beck

GLENN: Yes, when your idiot friend comes to you and says...

PAT: I am so sick of you conservatives just wanting the rich to get richer, the healthy to get healthier, the fat to get fatter. The system is set up against the poor.

GLENN: Yeah. By now even you, the king of the idiot people this side of the White House communications department must know that the bottom 50% of earners only pay 3% in income tax.

PAT: Oh, well, I guess you must surely know that Warren Buffett even thinks the rich should pay higher taxes. He's pretty rich. And then he says the secretary who makes about 60 grand per year pays a higher rate than he does.

GLENN: Wow.

PAT: Yeah, I know.

GLENN: That's impressive, huh?

PAT: It's ridiculous.

GLENN: First of all, if Warren Buffett wants his secretary to take home more money, I'm mildly sure he can make that happen. He is the third richest man on Earth. He probably can pay his assistant more than $62,000 a year and make that problem go away.

PAT: Oh, you know what he meant. It's not just about her. Everyone who makes around 60 grand is paying a lower rate than the ultra rich. How about Mr. Failed   how about that, Mr. Failed gym membership?

GLENN: It's almost like you misread the script.

PAT: But not quite because I'm not reading any script. It's just right off the   I'm just responding to your stupidity.

GLENN: That's not even close to being true. If you read on Page 191   

PAT: If I did that to you every time you misread a script, we would never get through one of these.

GLENN: The number one New York Times best seller, Arguing With Idiots. The effective rate for somebody in the middle class like Mr. Buffett's secretary.

PAT: Come right out of, right out of character there, just wreck this thing.

GLENN: 14.2%. Got it? Effective rate.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Middle class, 14.2%. For the super duper rich, the top .01% of all earners, the federal income tax burden is...

PAT: Yeah?

GLENN: 31.5%.

PAT: So?

GLENN: I mean, well, 31.5% is more than 13.2%. I don't know if you   did you catch that? You have a calculator?

PAT: Since Buffett is so close to buffet, I think you could understand this.

GLENN: Of course the fat jokes.

PAT: But Warren Buffett pays a lower rate on a lot of his income because of the capital gains tax rate.

GLENN: I'm sorry. Why?

PAT: Why what?

GLENN: Why is the rate lower?

PAT: Because capitalism is unfair, and you're overweight!

GLENN: Again with the fat jokes. The capital gains tax rate. See, it's not the answer you just gave. It's because the government knows that capital investments create jobs. So they would like to incentivize more of those, you know, crazy job things. You know what I mean? You see, the ugly truth is Warren Buffett can pay as high of a tax rate as he wishes. In case Warren is listening   and I'm sure he is   let me help him out. If he believes that giving his money to the government can do a better job helping people or creating more jobs than the private sector, first of all, cancel all of your charitable giving. Then combine that money with the extra amount you want to pay in taxes and send your checks directly to... gifts to the United States, U.S. Treasury department, credit accounting branch, 3700 East West Highway. Isn't it amazing that the government would be on East West Highway, Room 622 D, Hyattsville, Maryland, 2782.

PAT: 2782.

GLENN: 20782.

PAT: 20782, hmmm, is that your total weight in tons or the combination to your home fruit pie locker? Which is it?

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Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

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America has always been the land of the free. But as the line fades between the socialist, woke Left, and the Democratic Party that controls our government, are we diving headfirst into Marxism?

On his BlazeTV exclusive show, Glenn Beck spoke with Li Schoolland, who grew up under Mao's cultural revolution in China, and never did she think she would see the same warning signs in America. But now, she has a horrifying warning for us all.

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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