Glenn Beck: Healthcare bill taxes




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GLENN: Can we stop the theme for a second before we get into the show I want to go over just a couple of, just a couple of the taxes that we found in the health bill. Now, we haven't found all of them and I’m sure there are more but there are a couple here I want to go over. The new Senate health bill is out and there is just a list here of a couple of the tax hikes, just a few that we have found and so let me just go and then we can start the show, okay? Let me go over the few we found. The individual mandate tax starting in 2014 anyone not buying qualifying health insurance, so the government approved health insurance, must pay an income surtax according to the following schedule. If you are single in 2014 you pay an extra $95, in 2015 you will pay an extra $350 and in 2015 an extra $750.

STU: That doesn't sound too bad.

GLENN: If you are single plus one, 2015 you pay $700, and 2016 you will pay $1500. In an additional health care surtax.

STU: That's significant but it is not as high.

GLENN: In 2014 you are going to pay $285, 2015 you will pay $1,050 and 2016 --.

STU: This is just the surcharge?

GLENN: If you decide not to buy qualifying in quotation marks in the bill, qualifying health insurance you will pay an extra $2,250. If you are a single person with two kids by 2016 you will only have to pay and here's the good news.

STU: But this is only the super, super rich?

GLENN: No, everybody but it is capped at 8 percent of your income. So it will only be an extra 8 percent income tax.

PAT: In addition to the other taxes?

GLENN: There are some exemptions if you have religious objections, if you are an undocumented immigrant, if you are a prison or if you earn less than the poverty line, if you are a member of the Indian tribes or if you have a hardship case as determined by HHS.

STU: Back up for a second. Religious objections?

GLENN: I have one.

STU: I have like 50 of them.

GLENN: Let's come back to your religious objection here. Let me just get through a couple of these.

STU: There is more than that?

GLENN: Yes, not very many. The employer mandate tax, this one is on page 348 and this is also like the other one awaiting the CPO score on this. If an employer does not offer health care coverage and at least one employee, at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit the employer must pay an additional nondeductible tax of $750 for all full-time employees.

STU: So this is only for big businesses? With more than 50 employee?

GLENN: One has to qualify. If the employee requires a waiting period to enroll there is a $400 tax per employee, $600 if the period is 60 days.

PAT: But again this is for the Microsofts or Googles?

GLENN: No, this is for anybody.

STU: They have to have a qualifying area, too.

GLENN: No, everybody.

STU: There are going to be a couple of taxes that everybody is expected to have.

GLENN: The excise tax on comprehensive health insurance plans starting in 2013, a new 40 percent excise tax on Cadillac health insurance plans which if your health insurance plan is worth $8,500 a year as a single, or $2,3,000 as a family, -- $23,000 as a family, okay, then your company will get a 40 percent excise tax on that.

PAT: The good thing is that would never be passed on to the employee. Seriously, though.

GLENN: Retirees in high risk professions.

STU: Again yes you've got --.

PAT: Who has a $23,000 health care plan?

GLENN: You do. From 2013 to 2015, the 17 highest cost states are going to be at 120 percent of this level.

STU: 17 states over the level of the maximum?

GLENN: Yes.

STU: So the average person in 17 of our 50 states is going to be paying a penalty for our health insurance?

GLENN: No, just the employers. Then the employer reporting of insurance on W-2 tax in the preamble to taxing health benefits on individual tax returns there is more W-2 work that the employer has to do.

STU: Look. The bottom line is there's got to be a few things in there but you outlined them.

GLENN: On page 12,997, section 9003 there is the medicine cabinet tax. You are no longer allowed to use health savings accounts, you are no longer allowed to use flexible spending accounts or health reimbursement on pretax dollars to purchase nonprescription over-the-counter medicines except for insulin. So your savings account you don't -- it is not --

STU: So airline passengers may run afoul of airport regulations.

GLENN: Hold on. What is that?

STU: The next story.

GLENN: I've got a couple more taxes. Also in the Senate health care bill the HSA withdraw tax hike it increases additional taxes on nonmedical early withdrawals from a HSA from 10 to 20 percent. Disadvantaging them relative to the IRA's and other tax advantage accounts which will remain at 10 percent. Then the FSA cap imposes a cap on FSA's of $2,500. Now it is unlimited. Corporate 1099 miscellaneous information reporting this is going to require businesses to send a 1099 MISC information tax forms to corporations currently limited to individuals, a huge compliance burden for small employers. There is the excise tax on charitable hospitals.

PAT: Okay. Now that we got those out of the way.

GLENN: Excise tax on charitable hospitals, $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet the new community health assessment needs, financial assistance and bill and collection rules then they are going to have to pay $50,000 so the children's hospitals, the charitable hospitals then there is the tax on innovator drug companies $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to the share of sales made that year then there is a tax on medical device manufacturing $2 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to shares of sales made that year. Exempts items retailing for less than $100. Then there is on the third page of just the quick summary there is the tax on health insurance, $6.7 billion annual tax on industry imposed relative to health insurance premiums collected that year and then they are going to eliminate the tax deduction for employer provided retirement prescription drug coverage in coordination with Medicare part D so the government will do that. Don't worry about that deduction for your employer if he wants to pay for it well then whatever. It is going to raise the haircut for medical itemized deductions from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of AGI. That's waived now for taxpayers who are 65 plus but that is only between the years of 2013 and 2016. And then $500,000 annual executive compensation limit for health insurance executives. There is the hike in Medicare payroll tax, current law changes are first current and new rate of the first 200,000 you currently on your wages your employee, your employer pays 1.45, the employee pays 1.5. The self-employment net income is 2.9 percent tax. Now, wait, wait, wait. Hold on just a second. The new rate is 1.45 percent for you. 1.95 for the employer and self employed. Don't worry about it. It is 3.4 percent. The .5 percent new rate addition is not deductible by the way for the self-employment so if you are self-employed you can't. Then there is the blue cross blue shield tax hike. Special tax deduction in current law for blue cross blue shield companies would only be allowed if 85 percent or more of premium revenues are sent on clinical services then there is the tax on cosmetic medical procedures, a new 5 percent excise tax on elective cosmetic surgery to be paid by the surgery payment. Now, those are just the ones that we found sense this bill was released in all of its 2000 pages last night but that's all we could find at this point. There is probably more to come. But that's it.

PAT: Are you done?

GLENN: I'm sorry to take the first 16 minutes of the show.

STU: These people you've got thousands of pages of bills and they are supposed to read all of them. You just read just the taxes we found in one night.

GLENN: No, no, I just read the bullet points.

STU: The bullet points of the taxes we found in one night and we've already blown an entire Monday a log.

PAT: There were words going through my head that there wasn't going to be any taxes on the middle class, that unless you are super rich.

GLENN: I've got news for you, I've got news for you, you are not -- you are not going to -- this is the end of our economy as we know it. Do you have the Andy stern stuff yet?

PAT: The new?

GLENN: Andy Stern, remember he is the chief. I want to talk to President Obama when want to talk about health care I talk to Andy stern. This is going to be the end of the economy as we know it. That is my statement. The end of the economy as we know it. Everything changes if this passes. In any form everything changes if this passes. You are on the road to Venezuela. You are on the road to Mexico if this passes. You think that's a little too tough? This on today's broadcast we will play audio. We're getting it from bright bar TV they just found this from Andy stern who says we are going to fundamentally change, never has this been done before in history where we will fundamentally transform and change the entire economy. Well, that's what they are doing. That's what they are doing. In his audio clip he talks about, you know, it has taken a thousand years to change this. It takes 300 years to change this. We are going to fundamentally transform everything. He also talks about the redistribution of wealth. Remember. He is a globalist. He is an internationalist. He doesn't -- he is not talking about taking it from the rich and giving it to the poor just in America. The poor in America are rich to the rest of the world. He is an internationalist. He is going to have to represent, we are just one little client for SCIU. They have countries and clients all over the world. The workers of the world unite. Well, you have a higher stand and of -- standard of living than Mexico and India. You have a higher standard of living than almost everybody on planet earth. You are about to give it all away to them. Once he convinces you to take from the rich here, you think he is over in India telling them that we are only going to take it from their rich? Workers of the world, they will equalize the entire planet. Now, let me ask you this. Do you think it is workers, do you think it is more likely that your wages will continue to go up and as they -- as they unite the entire world that they are going to bring people that are making 70 cents in Bangladesh up to your standard of living? Do you think people that are making cars, making -- doing your phone service in India, do you really think that it is more likely that we are going to bring the rest of the world to our union standards? Or are they going to tube this.com economy to where there is nothing left and that way the entire world will be equal and we will all struggle together. That's what they are doing. If you look at what the health care does. It is not bringing health care up for everybody. It is not taking the good health care that people have and trying to bring everybody up to that. It is destroying the good health care and having us all wall owe in misery. That is what they are going to do on the economy? That's what they are going to do on your jobs? That's what they are doing in every sector in every corner of this country. Your freedom is at steak. This is the moment. This is the bill. You must not allow this to pass. Now, what they are going to do and because even people like Joe Lieberman who I like Joe but these people in Washington don't understand who they are dealing with. I don't sit at the table with Amadenijad and make a treaty with him. Do you know why? The last time we tried that with a nut job it was Kim Jong Ill and what happened? They built it anyway. They don't care. There is not a bit of honor. They will do it as SAUL ALINSKI talked about' the means don't mean anything. It is only the ends that matter. So Joe Lieberman has said I'm not going to vote against this because I think we need to have a debate. I think it is wrong as well to stop debate. You've got to be able to debate things but not when you are sitting at a table with people that you cannot trust. You don't even talk to those people. Because what they will do is they are going to get past that 60 vote barrier and they will get there by people like Joe Lieberman. Who is a reasonable guy and has good intent. You will get past it by people like that who say, you know what, look, we've got to be reasonable. We have to have a debate and then Harry Reid will pass this thing and it will be a nail in the coffin of America and it could happen by Saturday. You must, must get on the phone in your districts. You must wake everybody up you know. This is the end of prosperity in America forever if this bill passes. This is the end of America as you know it if it passes. You must not allow this to pass. You must get on the phone with your Senator and your Congressman and tell them in no uncertain terms if you pass this, if you don't stop this dead in your tracks, dead in their tracks I have to tell you I will dedicate my life to making sure that you do not ever serve in office ever again. I don't care if you are up for it. I don't care if you are not up for reelection for 1400 years I will be standing at the Booth to vote against you and I will dedicate all of my resources, all of my time to defeat you. You stand with unions or you stand with the freedom of America, one of the two. There is no choice here. You stand with our Constitution or you stand dammed by your own actions with the unions and special interests and those who are intentionally tubing America. This is for all of the marbles. Anybody who knows, anyone who knows including the CVO, your chief accountant knows this is unsustainable and it will change us forever.

Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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Far away fields are always greener.

It is easy to look at someone else's life or another country and wish you were more like them.

Americans can be guilty of this. It could be Bernie Sanders wishing America was politically more like Sweden or other European socialist countries. It could be an American who finds out I'm Irish, been trying to move to America for over 17 years, and thinks, "Oh Jonathon, Ireland is a lovely free country - stay there. America has problems right now. You would not like it here."

Today, I want to take you on a journey and compare our nations' attitudes toward Coronavirus and the policies currently in place for "our protection."

I would also ask you to imagine you were in my shoes. Ask yourself which country you would want to live in.

Role of Government

Before discussing restrictions, it is critical to understand the very different governmental systems within our two countries. America is blessed to have a federalist system where states have considerable control over what happens in their states. DC, in theory, holds very little power.

Ireland is the exact opposite. We are a democracy with a big centralized government. The vast majority of power lies with our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and his cabinet. Local states have no control, as our restrictions are countrywide.

America
  • America's restrictions vary from state to state. You will find the majority of businesses are open but operating with some restrictions.
  • Churches, malls, retail, gyms, cinemas are mostly all open.
  • Bars and restaurants are open but usually at a reduced capacity.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No travel limits.
  • Travel between states is allowed, but some states like Alaska require a negative Covid test.
  • Guests are allowed in homes, but some states have a limit (but not enforced).
  • Masks are either advised or mandatory in different states.
  • Social distancing is required.

When researching this article, the most prominent complaints were restrictions on visiting loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes. These restrictions have upset many people because you have a proud history of believing in individual freedoms. The government is not your parent and does not have a right to tell you how to live.

Now let me introduce you to Ireland.

Ireland

Ireland is currently on the highest level of lockdown possible and has been since Christmas Eve. We are officially on lockdown until March 5th, and our lockdown is getting more severe. Our government has already confirmed lockdown will be extended until After Easter.

Ireland has a stay-at-home order in place, and you are to work from home where possible.

  • "Essential" retail is open but with stupid rules. Some of our shops are half-open and half-closed. Imagine a Walmart that is allowed to sell food, but large parts of the clothing section are closed because they are not deemed essential.
  • Non-essential retail is now fully closed. At the start of lockdown, outlets were allowed to offer a click-and-collect service – but that has now been banned.
  • Gyms and cinemas are all closed. Ø Bars and restaurants are closed and unlikely to re-open until mid-summer.
  • Schools have moved to online learning.
  • No guests are allowed in homes or gardens.
  • Masks are mandatory and with fines.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Churches are allowed to open for private prayer, but the mass is strictly online. This has caused a lot of distress for families. Ireland is a Catholic country. I know many older people who have not received communion since last March. My mother is a funeral director and has witnessed the pain caused to families, as only ten people are allowed to attend a funeral, regardless of the Church's size. Imagine a large family deciding what ten people can attend? How do you choose that? Sadly, the Irish Church is spineless and accepts every rule the government passes.
Additional Tyranny

Very few businesses are open right now, but that is not the end of the restrictions. There are limits on how far you can travel. I am currently off my work because of Coronavirus restrictions. There are two legal reasons I can leave my house: personal exercise/walk the dog and to purchase food/essential items from the store. These activities must be completed within three miles of my house.

My human right to privacy has also been crushed. If I decided to get in my car tomorrow and just drive, I would encounter several police checkpoints where I would have to disclose where I live, where I am going, and the purpose of my trip. If the trip is not essential, I will be told to return home and likely given a fine.

Tyranny North Korea Style!

Most countries have border controls, all with similar intent: control who enters the nation, set how long they can stay, and mandate what they can do.

The one exception to this rule is North Korea. Their intent is not to control who enters. Instead, they seek to ensure no one leaves and defects to the South.

As you can imagine, life in Ireland is not exactly pleasurable with the above restrictions. This is especially the case for people like me who suffer from severe depression and are desperate to escape.

If tomorrow I woke up and decided I want out (which I very much do) and found a country I could enter legally, I AM NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE.

The Irish government has deemed all international travel is not essential and has placed police at all our ports and our airports. If I attempt to go to the airport, I would be greeted at a police checkpoint outside the airport, told my journey is not essential, and sent home with a fine. Currently, the fine is €500 ($600). New legislation is being discussed in parliament to increase the penalty to €2,000.

The police have new powers for people who get past the checkpoints and continue to travel overseas. When they return to Ireland, they can be sent to jail for a month. They will also have a criminal record – that record would likely disqualify the person traveling to countries like America and Australia.

Irish People

I could talk to you all day long about why America is unique and exceptional. There are so many different reasons. One of the reasons is your people, and I highlight Alexis de Tocqueville's sentiments, who said, "America is great because Americans are good." Americans have this rebellious streak in their soul, and it can be traced all the way back to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. This great spirit is based on being an independent sovereign individual and wanting to live life to the fullest and not be stopped or controlled by ANY government.

Irish people are good and decent. However, they do not share the same characteristics. They believe and support government control because it is all they have ever known.

If you ask the average Irish person about the current government, he will likely tell you he dislikes one of the parties involved or an individual leader. Yet, ask that same person what he thinks about the restrictions, and he will defend them. I hear some say they believe the government has not done enough.

On the rare occasions that people break restrictions, the most significant backlash will likely come from the community, as they brand those people selfish and irresponsible.

Going Forward

The damage from Covid is going to be around forever. Our actions have caused damage to our mental health and the economy (with businesses closing and jobs lost). This will cause poverty. This is made worse by governments' reckless spending and borrowing of money we simply do not have.

However, I would argue we have a much bigger problem stemming from Covid: social acceptance of governmental control in a "crisis."

When a government is powerful enough to compel someone not to leave their house, define their job as non-essential, or tell someone they can't hug their grandparent, what exactly is off-limits? What control or power is a line government won't cross for the "common good"?

Most importantly, do you think governments worldwide will fix this issue and give back the powers they have taken? Or is it more likely we will just move onto a new crisis – maybe climate change or the Great Reset?

This is why the world needs America. We don't need the American military to intervene and save us.

We NEED America to rediscover why you are an exceptional nation. We NEED you to be the statue of liberty shining out the beacon of light, hope, and freedom for the world where your actions remind all of us what is possible when we unleash the energy and individual genius of mankind. If we work hard to reapply these principles, we can take another 5,000-year leap forward together.

Writers note: The policies listed here are based solely on Ireland. However, you see very similar restrictions in England and throughout Europe.

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

You can find him on social media – Facebook, Twitter, MeWe

Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation with Rep. Dan Crenshaw:

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