Glenn Beck: What Changed Dennis Kucinich's Mind?





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Wednesday, for the first time ever, people actually cared about something Dennis Kucinich said or did. Actually, I take that back: This is the second time. The first time was when he was mayor of Cleveland and the citizens there were like what are you doing? They cared then.

But earlier on Wednesday, Kucinich announced his decision on Obama's health care plan. He had been against it — a firm no — because the plan did not contain a single-payer system. Kucinich is a progressive and he's out in the open. Here's what he had been saying about the plan:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH, D-OHIO: Anytime I can support the president, I'd like to. I just — except on this bill, I signed a commitment with 77 other members of Congress, saying that if there was not robust public option in the health care bill, that was presented to the House, I wouldn't vote for it. I kept my word.

If you don't have a public option, the insurance companies have a license to just steal money from people.

I wish that they brought that public option back — I supported it in committee. And absent of a robust public option, I don't know what there is for my constituents.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

Got that? He believes there is absolutely no reason to vote for this bill without the public option. It would take an Earth-shattering, chill-you-to-the-bone moment to change his mind. Something like this experience:

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TIM RUSSERT, MODERATOR: Did you see a UFO?

KUCINICH: Uh, I did. And the rest of the account — it was an unidentified flying object, OK?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Maybe that's why President Obama decided to do more than call Dennis Kucinich to change his mind on health care. He invited him aboard Air Force One to chat about it. Maybe it was an abduction. Whatever it was Congressman Kucinich left Air Force One a different man than when he boarded.

Here's Dennis Kucinich on Wednesday:

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KUCINICH: I've decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation.

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Wait, I thought there was nothing in it for his constituents? So why would he change? There are three possible answers:

He was told if he votes for health care, they'll tell him what's in Area 51

They opened the cargo door of Air Force One mid-flight and "negotiated"

The president assured him this was just a starting point; that we'd get to universal health care eventually.

I know, right now some bloggers are saying, Oh, Glenn that's crazy. President Obama's plan doesn't have a public option, you right-wing religious zealot, Jesus-hating fear monger.

OK, then how do you explain this:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: It is my belief that not just politically but also economically, it's better for us to start getting a system in place — a universal health care system signed into law by the end of my first term as president and build off that system to further — to make it more rational — by the way, Canada did not start off immediately with a single-payer system. They had a similar transition step.

Transitioning a system is a very difficult and costly and lengthy enterprise. It's not like you could turn on a switch and you go from one system to another.

(END AUDIO CLIPS)

That sounds an awful lot like the end goal is government-run health care. As the president said, it's what they did in Canada. I'm not a betting man, but I would be willing to wager that the conversation aboard Air Force One sounded very similar to that last sound clip of Obama: Don't worry, Dennis. We will get there.

It's the only explanation that makes any sense and it's right in line with what many powerful progressives (including Obama) are preaching: Just get your foot in the door and we'll build from there. It's their own words.

Here's audio from the George Soros' Tides Foundation:

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JACOB HACKER: Someone once said to me this is a Trojan horse for single payer. And I said, well it's not a Trojan horse, right? It's just right there! I'm telling you: We're going to get there — over time, slowly.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

And from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky:

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REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY, D-ILL.: And next to me was a guy from the insurance company who then argued against the public health insurance option, saying it wouldn’t let private insurance compete. That a public option will put the private insurance industry out of business and lead to single-payer.

(APPLAUSE)

My single-payer friends, he was right. The man was right.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

And Tom Harkin:

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SEN. TOM HARKIN, D-IOWA: As I said before, this bill is not complete. I've used the analogy of a starter home in which we can add additions and enhancements as we go into the future. But like every right that we've ever passed the American people, we revisit it later on to enhance and build on those rights and we will do that here surely.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

I mean, how many examples, America, do you need to realize that it doesn't matter what passes, it's just a foot in the door. As if you needed more evidence, Nancy Pelosi was quoted saying: "We won that fight and once we kick through this door, there'll be more legislation to follow."

Dennis, how did you miss all of this? Did you want to pass the bill the right way out in the open or something? Are you the only ethical Marxist around? Did you not read Saul Alinsky: The ends justify the means?

Seventy-three percent of Americans want Congress to scrap the bill and start over. America, I want you to understand what this bill is in no uncertain terms:

This will be, in the end a Canadian-style single-payer health care system. If anyone thinks that's good, count the number of hospitals on this side of the border that cater to Canadians. Ask Canadian politician Danny Williams who came over here for surgery because they didn't have any specialists

Speaking of that:

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, if this bill is passed nearly one third of physicians would quit practicing medicine

This is about power and money. The unions along with government will control your health care along with government, enforced through the IRS

You are going to pay for this without any benefits until 2014

Do you think that the government is actually going to take your money and put in a safe for two to four years and not touch it? That's the only reason why the bill doesn't cost more, because you don't get any benefits for four years — you're paying in, with nothing in return.

Let me show you a picture: These are the actual lock boxes. They just opened them to start cashing in the IOUs. There is no money in them. But between now and 2014 this money will be spent on everything else but health care. By that time the government will control every aspect of it.

This is why America doesn't want this bill. But that doesn't mean we don't want reform. There are millions who want health care reform. And let me be clear: I am one of them. But a public option — especially when it's crammed down America's throat in the cover of darkness — a Trojan horse that's not really a Trojan horse — is not the right kind of reform.

There are easy ways to actually make the current system — which, let me remind everyone, is the best system in the world bar none — better. Did you know that the top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical tests than the entire country of Canada or Sweden or Great Britain for the entire year? There's a reason world leaders and millions of others come here for health care.

Our system is better. But there are easy ways to make it even more superior to the utopian Canada or U.K. system (where 22-year-old hospital patients are dying of thirst).

Start with tort reform. They say they have it in the bill, but that is a Trojan horse as well. It actually punishes states that have already implemented liability reform. So, if you already have caps on liabilities, you are not eligible for funding grants.

Allow insurance across state lines. Instead of doing that, this bill caps premiums and allows any pre-existing condition to be covered. The guy next to me said that'd put the private insurers out of business — well, to quote Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky: He was right!

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Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged in the polls in the past month.

With former Vice President Joe Biden dropping below far-left presidential candidates such as the unapologetically socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and the almost equally extremist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass), Democratic voters seeking a more moderate alternative are setting their sights on Mayor Pete.

But are Buttigieg's policies actually moderate? Not even close, Glenn Beck said Thursday on the radio program.

"[Pete Buttigieg] wants people to see him as a moderate. The mayor of a Midwest city in a red state ... and he's going for the middle, even though he is not a moderate candidate in any way," said Glenn.

Here are just a few example of where Buttigieg stands on the issues:

  • Supports late-term, partial-birth abortion
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Buyback program for assault weapons
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Expand Medicare
  • Decriminalize illegal immigration
  • Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy
  • Study reparations
  • Legalize marijuana
  • Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans
  • Cancel some student debt
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries
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An official at the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' health agency, has issued a warning, calling the coronavirus "the worst enemy you can imagine" and more of a threat than "any terrorist attack," during a media briefing on Tuesday.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, said that a vaccine for the coronavirus will likely take 18 months to develop. The virus has reportedly killed hundreds and infected tens of thousands of people, primarily in China.

"To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack. It's the worst enemy you can imagine," added Ghebreyesus.

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck noted that the same agency in charge of developing this life-saving vaccine, has taken the time to officially change the disease's name to COVID-19, citing the concern of "stigmatizing" any specific geographical location, individual, or group of people.

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