Glenn's State of the Union Preview




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GLENN: I'm glad you're here. Boy, the state of the union is happening tonight and I'm all a tingle. No, seriously I am.

PAT: This is like a Super Bowl for me.

GLENN: Is it?

PAT: It's yes, yes. I look forward to this, you know, mainly for the ads that play during it because they're always so creative.

GLENN: Yeah?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah. I really, I don't think there are any ads. I really like the... (applause)... from half of the crowd and then the other half stands up

PAT: Or stands? Great. With their hands firmly clasped? It's good.

GLENN: It's about three minutes of information jam packed into an hour and a half and there's nothing better than a waste of your night like that. So what we're going to do is we're going to watch it for you and then we're going to give it to you tomorrow in small little doses but on tomorrow's program more importantly I'm going to give you the state of the union address that he should have given which includes all of the corrections that he has. First

PAT: How do you know there are going to be?

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: How do you know?

STU: He might be accurate.

PAT: He might be dead on. This might be the speech

GLENN: So when he says I'm going to freeze spending because it will save $250 billion over the next ten years... (applause). Yes. Yes, my progressive friends, I'm going to save $250 billion a year, I'm sure he's not going to go into the rundown that I, of course, will go into that that's $25 billion a year and that's like somebody making $50,000 a year, what, having somebody else buy them four Big Macs in a ten year period? (Applause)

STU: Yeah, I love Big Macs. Throw in a snack wrap.

PAT: Big Macs we didn't have before, you know, appeared I didn't have to buy them.

STU: Does anyone believe he is actually going to freeze the spending, though? This is another example of what you always talk about.

GLENN: I do.

STU: Really? Because to me it's one of those things whether he says it, we argue whether it's a big deal or a small deal and ignore the fact he's not going to do it. By the time he leaves office, all of that will be spent either in other places or in the exact places he said he froze. (Applause). Thank you! Thank you! Good night, everybody!

GLENN: No, I think that he will actually freeze it because what he did is he rose everything up by double digits last year. If I were him, I would have done exactly what he did which is, let's while nobody's watching, let's just run the cost of this government through the absolute roof. Then when the pressure is on, I'm going to look like a big, I'm going to look like, you know, a big fiscal conservative. I say, I'm freezing spending where it's at today (applause) and then I don't have to point out that I ran it up in double digits last year, even the places where it didn't need to be run up. I mean, all of the places, I can find money everywhere.

STU: Don't, don't clap.

PAT: Oh, I'm sorry.

STU: That's not an appropriate time to clap.

GLENN: No, I think it is, I think it is for a lot of people in congress. (Applause)

STU: Yes, yes.

GLENN: My progressive friends, are you right?

STU: You are, woo!

GLENN: So Ingle freeze it. Ingle freeze it. You know, but everything is, again, freezing it will save $250 billion over ten years. Over ten years. He's only freezing it for three. Why are we counting it for ten?

STU: Wait, why did he say he was freezing it for three? Wow, yeah! Three years (applause).

GLENN: I mean

STU: Seven years of nonfrozenness.

GLENN: Why is he saying that? Why doesn't he say it will save $75 billion?

STU: You know why it's not going to remain frozen? Global warming. Thank you, thank you! (Applause)

GLENN: No, stop, stop. No, we've taken over GM. We've nationalized GM. So we're going to have cars that run, you know, on, I don't know, stamps.

PAT: Beets.

STU: Yeah! Beets and stamps, beets and... (applause)

GLENN: Stop, stop, no. Beets require watering. Watering requires pumping it out of the ground or taking it out of the rivers or the streams. No. Beets are bad; stamps are good. (Applause)

STU: Stamps are good!

PAT: Stamps! Stamp energy! Stamp fuel!

GLENN: Oh, man. So that's going to be good stuff. That's going to be good stuff tonight.

PAT: And we have to, we have to it's, really our job depends on it, it requires it. I hate this night.

GLENN: I do, too.

PAT: Because it's so hard to get through.

STU: I'm really considering watching it.

PAT: I'd love to not watch it but I have to. I have to. And it's so painful.

GLENN: America, here's the thing. We'll watch it so you don't have to.

PAT: That's an amazing sacrifice.

GLENN: It is.

PAT: Amazing.

GLENN: Go have a life!

STU: Well, couldn't I also get into that deal?

PAT: No.

STU: I mean, if you guys are going to watch it, I don't have to watch it. You are going to tell me all about it.

PAT: There must be shared sacrifice among the three of us (applause), shared sacrifice for all on the Glenn Beck program.

STU: The greater good!

GLENN: Wait a minute, wait a minute. We're in the Obama administration now. Pat, you are married. How many kids do you have? 1400?

PAT: And 55. 1455.

GLENN: I've got like 700 kids myself.

PAT: Right.

GLENN: I'm tired all the time.

PAT: Good point.

GLENN: I'm working all the time.

PAT: Good point.

GLENN: Stu doesn't have any points.

STU: Thank you, thank you. I know what causes it, make sure it doesn't occur. Sorry.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. That's your wife that's making sure that's not occurring with you.

STU: Good point.

GLENN: He's young, he's got a hot wife.

PAT: All the time in the world, nothing to do.

GLENN: He's got all the time in the world. I believe we redistribute the fun.

PAT: Yes!

GLENN: He's got more fun than he needs!

PAT: Redistribute the fun, redistribute the fun, redistribute the fun...

GLENN: We take some of the fun that he has in his life and give it to us! (Applause)

GLENN: We deserve more fun.

PAT: Yes, yes!

STU: This is not what our founders intended.

GLENN: To hell with the Constitution!

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: I say you have to watch this damn thing tonight so Pat and I can go have some fun!

PAT: Yeah!

GLENN: We take some of your fun away.

PAT: Yeah!

GLENN: Make your life a living hell.

PAT: Yeah!

GLENN: And then it really doesn't work for us because we're still with the wife and family with the kids going, "I didn't do my homework, I need help with my homework, I got a problem, she's touching me! "

PAT: I'm watching the state of the union address today! Yeah! (Applause) I'm sharing the burden with Stu!

GLENN: I'm taking the burden on myself. Honey, I shhh, shhh, I gotta go in here and... (snoring). I mean, watch the state of the union.

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."

Watch the videos below to hear Glenn's top takeaways from the president's defense team:

Part 1: Why the president's defense is 'very compelling'

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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