Glenn Beck: Robert Creamer Strikes Back





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I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the left is lining up to support convicted felon Robert Creamer, the patron saint of progressivism, who was recently crowned a lifetime achievement award for his wonderful work pushing the progressive agenda.

The Huffington Post, where Creamer blogs, called me a loser while in the same breath saying that all Creamer did was "float checks to keep a great progressive public interest organization alive that he was running at the time."

Oh, that's it? He only stole $2.3 million from banks? Geez, why am I so upset that this guy attended the White House state dinner and wrote the book that David Axelrod says is the "blueprint" for progressives?

And yes, progressives, as much as you try to excuse it: Taking money from a bank that isn't yours — even if you intend to someday pay it back or achieve social justice with it — is stealing.

Amazingly, this thief, who used his own trial as some kind of twisted PR campaign to glorify himself, now says this about me: "This is a man who lies about everything. He frames things in a conspiratorial, surreal light."

Let's get this straight: The man who swindled banks out of $2.3 million and cheated on his taxes says that I lie about everything?

What have I lied, about, Robert? Please, show me.

I'd love hear another explanation on the things we talk about. That's why I have a phone line just for the White House — because I want them to call! Maybe I'll give you the number and you can specify these "lies" of mine.

One of my big "lies" — according to the convicted felon whom the state of Illinois has deemed an official liar — is that influential people are being influenced by his book. Creamer doesn't agree, calling the claim "laughable" and saying: "I wish I had that much influence over the White House, but I don't."

Laughable? Let's see:

Creamer is married to a congresswoman from Illinois; he's a powerful Democratic lobbyist and well-known Democratic consultant, including at one time for the George Soros' funded Open Society Institute. He is so non-influential, his book gets rave marks as a "blueprint" for progressives from people with zero influence on American policy — including but not limited to:

• Senator Dick Durbin

• Senator Sherrod Brown

• John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress

• Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder

• Reverend Jesse Jackson

• Congressman Lloyd Doggett

• Congressman Jim McGovern

• Congressman John Lewis

• SEIU President Andy Stern

• Top Obama adviser, David Axelrod, who calls the book a "blueprint" for progressive victories

I am pretty sure Axelrod has the ear of the president. And isn't Andy Stern leading the way in visits to the White House?

So clearly Creamer has no connections — none. He's not so politically connected that even the judge in his trial considered recusing himself because he was well-connected in the Democratic Party in Illinois and his son-in-law worked for him.

No, Creamer is a regular Joe. So of course no one was paying attention when he laid out plans to achieve health care reform back in 2008. Thanks to Kyle Olsen of ACORNcracked.com, who sent in this audio clip:

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP, APRIL 25, 2008)

ROBERT CREAMER: We have to create a sense that this is a historic battle. This is about you're being part of something that will make you meaningful.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

A "historic battle" — gee, that sounds a little familiar:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

SEN. JOHN KERRY, D-MASS.: This is going to be historical when we pass it.

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: This historic moment.

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID, D-NEV.: What we're doing is truly historic.

PELOSI: We had a historic victory in the Congress of the United States.

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER STENY HOYER, D-MD: The historic time.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Answer the call of history and vote yes for health insurance reform for America.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

Remember, I lie about everything. He wants to "create a sense" that this is historic. And of course, any good Alinsky radical knows that you also need to create an enemy:

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP, APRIL 25, 2008)

CREAMER: We need to reduce the credibility of the private insurance industry... This is a political campaign. We need to bring down the positives and bring up the negatives of our opponents. And the private insurance industry is our opponent in this battle.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

Bring down the credibility of their opponents? It's almost like that's exactly what he's trying to do to me when he says that I lie about everything.

But I digress.

Creamer was talking about those evil insurance companies — the ones who just reaped in those "windfall profit margins" of 2 percent. Has anybody the insurance companies look evil?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: One man from Illinois lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because his insurer found that he hadn't reported gallstones that he didn't even know about. They delayed his treatment and he died because of it.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Looks like the administration got that memo too. Oh, and by the way, I am the one who lies about everything. That sob story Obama was telling? It wasn't true — completely changed the facts around. The guy didn't die because of the insurance company. He died years later. But boy, those insurance companies look evil, don't they?

Creamer also wanted to create a crisis:

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP, APRIL 25, 2008)

CREAMER: We need to establish as the political dialogue: "Everyone agrees there's a health care crisis in America. Here's our plan, here's their plan. Now your only alternatives, public, are to choose one of the two, not the status quo."

(END AUDIO CLIP)

Maybe it's just me, but that also sounds a little familiar, doesn't it?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

OBAMA: The need for reform is urgent and it is indisputable.

KERRY: Everyone in America knows the status quo is unacceptable.

HOYER: This is an urgently needed bill.

OBAMA: The urgent need for us to get to the finish line.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

It sure looks like Axelrod and company are following the "blueprint," but — once again — this saintly convicted felon views himself as the victim: "It's important for the targets of the smear machine to push back and to use whatever kind of means we can to prevent him from continuing these kind of reckless charges."

"Targets of the smear machine"? What have I said that is a smear, Robert? Are you not a convicted felon? Spare me the sob story that you were just trying to help, it was all harmless. That rings about as hollow as when some creep tells Chris Hansen he "wasn't going to do anything" with the girl. Hey creep, you had condoms and a six-pack!

And, if you want to talk about a smear machines, let's look at what happens when people on the right speak up:

• Van Jones. I was called a liar because his official title was not "czar," yet he resigned in the middle of the night

• When a watchdog uncovered the government violating privacy through "cash for clunkers" (on July 31st) I reported it and then I was mocked. Two days later, the White House removed the warning to "rework the language"

• When I said (in November of 2008!) that TARP would not be used for what it was designed, I was ridiculed. First it was the giant slush fund for Timothy Geithner, then two days ago the president said he wanted to use TARP for small business loans

• When I said, in 2007, that the economy was in trouble and the stock market was headed for a crash. Economists and politicians laughed (it was at 14,093). When I advised people to prepare for tough times and the stock market was 8,451 and unemployment was at 6.1 percent, the "experts" continued to laugh. Now the stock market is up and so is unemployment

• When I warned, in 1998, to listen to and take seriously the threats of Usama bin Laden, that there would be bodies in the streets, they called me a fear monger

• When hundreds of thousands of people across America gathered in protest of an out-of-control government, all the left could talk about was how scared they were of violence. How those crazy right-wing militia members would act out; how those anti-government "tea bagging" Second Amendment freaks clinging to their Sky God and boom-sticks would let loose — Nancy Pelosi was even crying about it before anything happened:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PELOSI: I have concerns about some of the language that is being use, because, I saw, I saw this myself in the late seventies in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening and it gave — it created a climate in which violence took place.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

After all of that, nothing happened; not one incident of violence.

So please, Robert, spare me your sanctimonious B.S. about being attacked by the smear machine. If you really want to be smeared, join the tea party or the conservative movement. Or just read the Constitution and tell a friend to read it. Because while we are simply calling for an open and honest debate, you won't read the bills and you mock anyone who stands in your way:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

REID: All Republicans can come up with is this: Slow down, stop everything, let's start over.

PELOSI: I think they're Astroturf... you be the judge.

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: The ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona. And those who believe the Earth is flat.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

And, if that doesn't do the trick, it's time to silence the opponent:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: There is something that we need to really pay attention to with Glenn Beck. We cannot just dismiss him. Because the truth of the matter is that there is a good reason why we have an exemption to the free speech protection by the First Amendment when we say you cannot shout "fire" in a crowded theater. And he's doing that every night.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

I don't want people on the left to shut up. I don't want David Axelrod to shut up. I don't want Obama to talk less. I want him to tell me more. He clearly believes in Marxist principles. Great, let's have that debate. Let's see what is really happening. Let's read the bills instead of "act now — act now — hurry!"

Slow down. Make the case. Let's talk.

I'm the one saying shut up and sit down?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

That's not new; we are just used to it being phrased a little differently:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

OBAMA: We don't hang on to the past...

OBAMA: We don't cling to the past...

OBAMA: To rise above the failures of the past...

OBAMA: We are going to reach for the future and not look backwards...

OBAMA: It's a choice between the past and the future...

OBAMA: Trapped in the past...

OBAMA: We can't be prisoners of the past...

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

Progressives would rather just say the debate is settled and march forward; destroying anything that gets in the way using whatever kinds of "means we can to shut the opposition down." You don't need to go to extremes. I've got your "means" right here.

If I'm so full of lies, if I'm so wrong, please, call me. I'm pretty sure that call would make a lot of news and everyone would see it in bright lights: "White House puts Glenn Beck in his place!"

I want that call.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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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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