Glenn Beck: Fix? No. Change? Yes!

GLENN: Here is George Soros, a visitor of the White House, and we're talking now about, you know, who's really in charge? What is happening to our country? Are they trying to fix it or are they trying to fundamentally transform it into something that Americans don't recognize? Here's George Soros.

VOICE: What sort of a financial deal should Obama be seeking to strike when he travels to China next month?

SOROS: No, I think this would be the time because you really need to bring China into the creation of a new world order, financial world order.

PAT: How many times have we heard that term lately?

GLENN: New world order.

PAT: Used to be secret, used to be conspiracy, talk about it openly. All the time.

GLENN: Now is the time to bring in a new world order. Is there more from him?

PAT: Yeah, then he explains why.

SOROS: The system we have now has actually broken down. Only we haven't quite recognized it. And so you need to create a new one.

PAT: Did you catch that? The system we have now.

GLENN: Capitalism, free market.

PAT: Capitalism, free market system broken down.

STU: Hasn't broken down for him.

PAT: Hasn't broken down for him. He just made $9 billion in hedge funds. We just don't know it yet. So we have to create a new one.

GLENN: A new one.

SOROS: And this is the time to do it.

VOICE: In the United States how worried are you about the budget deficit and maybe about the possibility of inflation?

SOROS: Well, certainly a decline in the value of the dollar is necessary in order to compensate for the fact that U.S. economy will remain rather weak, will be a drag on the global economy.

GLENN: You hear this?

PAT: It's necessary.

SOROS: China

WILSON: Emerge as the mortar, replacing the U.S. consumer.

PAT: There you go.

GLENN: Do you have that, America?

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: You are no longer in the driver seat. I will tell you, and I told you this I think six, eight months ago, that I read an awful lot about the early 20th century, and I read a great book called Lords of Finance. You should read it. But specifically look at what we did to the world around World War I. America became the world leader during World War I, but the world didn't catch up to it until World War II. But we were the world leader. China is now the world leader, period. And America, they are driving nails into our coffin every single day. There are people like Soros that want this to happen. Now listen to Andy Stern. This is the most frequent visitor to the White House, the most frequent, the guy who helped design cap and trade, the guy who's helping design immigration policy, the guy who is helping design the stimulus package, and the guy who most importantly is designing the mother of all beasts, the healthcare. Listen to what he is saying in this interview.

STERN: And we are beginning, we have offices now in Australia and in Switzerland, in London, in South America, in Africa. We've been working with unions around the world. And what we're working towards is building a global organization because workers of the world unite. It's not just a slogan anymore. It's a way we're going to have to do our work.

GLENN: Do you understand this? Workers of the world unite.

PAT: Wow.

GLENN: That is communist Marxist propaganda. Communists, they for years, workers of the world unite. This is SEIU, the service employees union international. Got it? Or whatever it is, international union, Service Employees International Union.

PAT: International union.

GLENN: Okay? They are going international, workers of the world unite. But there's more. The most frequent visitor to the White House and the guy that Barack Obama says he turns to not Mao. That's another one of his advisors most often. If he needs to know what to do, he turns to SEIU. Here it is.

STERN: We're trying to use the power of persuasion. And if that doesn't work, we'll use the persuasion of power because there are governments and there are opportunities to change laws that effect these companies. I'm not naive. We're ready to strike.

GLENN: He's not naive. He's ready to strike.

REPORTER: It started last summer with the so called big box. Labor wanted it; business didn't.

STERN: We took names. We watched how they voted. We know where they live.

REPORTER: In October Andy Stern, the president of the Service Employees International Union

GLENN: We took names.

STERN: There are opportunities in America to share better in the wealth, to rebalance the power, and unions and government are part of the solution.

GLENN: To rebalance the power and to share the wealth, workers of the world unite; we can help you share the wealth. If you combine government and unions. Well, what the hell are we doing?

STU: Can I have one request real quick for you to say again that he's the most, the person who's visited the White House the most?

PAT: 22 times.

GLENN: 22 times.

PAT: Except we'll probably hear, it's not that Andy Stern, it's a different Andy Stern.

GLENN: We've checked.

STU: Is it possible he's going on tours? He just really likes the history?

GLENN: He has

PAT: This is wow.

GLENN: weekly meetings with the president.

STU: That's amazing.

GLENN: Weekly meetings.

PAT: He almost lives there. It was described that way, he practically lives at the White House.

GLENN: Yeah. He has unfettered access to the Oval Office. Now, you tell me, America. What is it going to take? What is it going to take? You know, yesterday I drew, if you saw on the TV show, I drew a picture of a building and all of us just jumping off of this building because the building is so tall, you don't feel the consequences. Well, we're facing the pavement here, gang. Prepare for impact. And we have people now. And where are your damn representatives in Washington standing up and saying, hold it, we don't want to become a socialist nation?

The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

Get tickets and more information here.

Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

History at the Mercury Museum

Alanna Sarabia interviews Glenn Beck for "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios.

Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?