Glenn Beck: Obama tax flip flop

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GLENN: We have, we have some problems, I guess, with the unions. They are very, very upset that this Cadillac tax is going to go through. First of all, you know, don't count, don't count anything out before it actually happens. In this, in this world that we're living in now you know they started again that healthcare's hanging by a thread, it's probably not going to pass. Oh, please. What makes you believe this isn't going to pass? I mean, besides the fact that 35% of America like this plan and want this plan. Democrats don't want it, Republicans don't want it. It's at an all time low now. It's going to continue to go through. And Barack Obama is going to give a Cadillac tax now on your health benefits. What is a Cadillac tax? You have too good of health insurance.

Now me, if I'm the president of the United States, I'm going to encourage people to give their employees the best health care possible. Preventative care, you name it, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to incentivize these companies. I'm going to give them tax cuts if they increase the healthcare, if they do a great job on healthcare, I'll give them tax breaks. What does this president do? You can have too good of healthcare. So he's going to fine those companies. If you have too good of healthcare, you get a tax. Well, what happens, do you suppose, to your healthcare? For instance, I have the best healthcare for my company, best healthcare I can possibly buy for my employees. We cover them 100%. Nothing. Nothing is off the table. We give them everything we possibly can. By law I'm covering everything I can and the only thing I could do that would be better is to buy a plan across state lines, which the government won't let me do. So if this Cadillac tax passes, what happens to the insurance? I can't afford to pay the tax and give them the best kind of benefits. So what happens to you as that's the employer's point of view. What happens to you as the employee? Well, you've worked hard for that. That was a great benefit. Now you lose it? Yeah. Now you lose it. If you're a union worker, that was part of your negotiation. You didn't take a certain amount because you got better benefits, et cetera, et cetera, and you were promised those benefits. Well, now the unions are saying you can't tax us. Well, don't worry about it. They are not taxing all of the unions. Most of the unions are getting an exemption from this. But if you're a regular business? See, we're no longer about equal justice. We're all about who do you know? Who has power? Equal justice, no, no, no. Social justice. And the ones who deserve more justice than you are the unions. Don't you wish you had a union job now?

The problem with this tax plan is this is the exact opposite of what Barack Obama campaigned on. He made a very big deal about John McCain and his Cadillac tax. If I'm not mistaken, though, John McCain, he had a rebate. So you paid in for this Cadillac tax but then there was a rebate and he claimed that that way there's no tax and that doesn't make sense to me, why would you get a rebate, why collect the tax at all then.

PAT: Yeah, but his pledge was, you know, that was ridiculous. The first time in American history and, you know, he certainly changed his tune since

GLENN: Yeah. So let's listen to what Barack Obama has said today and has said in the past about the Cadillac health tax.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: For example, I'm on record as saying that taxing Cadillac plans that don't make people healthier but just take more money out of their pockets because they're paying more for insurance than they need to, that's actually a good idea.

John McCain calls these plans Cadillac plans and in some cases it may be that a CEO's getting too good a deal. But what if you're a line worker making a good American car like the Cadillac? What if you're one of the steel workers who are working right here at Newport News and you've given up wage increases in exchange for better healthcare? Well, Senator McCain believes you should pay higher taxes, too. The bottom line: The better your healthcare plan, the harder you fought for your good benefits, the higher the taxes you'll pay under John McCain's plan.

And I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.

GLENN: But wait. He goes further.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And my opponent can't make that pledge and here's why. For the first time in American history John McCain wants to tax your healthcare benefits. Apparently Senator McCain doesn't think it's enough that healthcare premiums have doubled. He thinks you should have to pay taxes on them, too. That's a $3.6 trillion tax increase potentially on middle class families.

GLENN: Okay. So that's what he said in the past. I mean, if you just want to know what he said in the past, what he has said in the past is all of that stuff. Now what is he saying?

PAT: Going to tax your Cadillac healthcare plan.

Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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WATCH: Dem goes to Trump rally and realizes Dems are screwed in 2020

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.


After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.


Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."


There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.


Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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