Glenn Beck: Who doesn't love a surprise?

Watch Glenn Beck weekdays at 5p & 2a ET on Fox News Channel

I was sitting around over vacation, kind of moping; pondering the former greatness of America and wondering what the heck happened to our country. How did we allow it to get to this point? It's so far beyond left and right, Republican and Democrat.

Then I suddenly remembered something that Nancy Pelosi said and it totally cheered me up:


SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.



Now we get to find out what's in this health care bill! Who doesn't like a good surprise or two?

It doesn't take a genius to realize that the reason Nancy Pelosi wouldn't tell anyone what's in the bill, is because she knew if people understood it, they wouldn't want it. If it was so great, she would have gone over every single one of the 2,400 pages on C-SPAN. She wouldn't have rushed it through over the course a weekend. She wouldn't have had to bribe members of her own party. But the bill is not great. It's really, really far from great. So they had to be deceptive.

As Nancy Pelosi promised America with a straight (and kind of stretched face) that we'd love what's in this bill — while refusing to show details. Was I the only one in America who heard the voice of my grandfather from beyond the grave: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

There are news reports now of people actually calling insurance companies and saying, where do we get our free Obamacare? I hate to rain on the free "Obama cash" parade, but there are a couple of problems. As we constantly point out, you'll start paying for this program now, but not get the benefits till 2014.


Most importantly, free health care for all isn't actually free. Someone has to pay for it and I have news for you: It isn't just going to be "the rich."


And it's weird, now that the health care bill has already passed, Paul Volcker has suddenly decided to address the concerns the Tea Party-goers had all along: How do we pay for this? The solution? You guessed it: more taxes.

If you will recall, President Obama promised he wouldn't raise taxes by a single dime on anyone making less than $250,000. I have to remind you because no one else in the media will:


THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: 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.

If you make less than $250,000 — less than a quarter of a million dollars a year — then you will not see one dime's worth of tax increase.

Show of hands: How many people make less than a quarter million dollars a year? All right, well, I am talking to you then. You will not see your taxes increase one single dime.

If you have a job, pay taxes and make less than $200,000 a year, you'll get a tax cut.



One of the first moves President Obama made when he took office was his solution to fund SCHIP: Raise cigarette taxes. Which, by itself this is a ridiculous idea — you are banking the future of children's health care on the hopes that more people continue to buy and smoke cigarettes? Hey kids, when you grow up please, smoke cigarettes so that your children can have a healthy start to their lives.

That's besides the point. I think there are a lot of people who smoke that make less than $250,000 a year — that's called a tax hike.

He also sought to raise the capital gains tax, which affects every single American who invests — and that would be you if you have a 401(k).

Volcker has now come out and said that we're going to have to raise taxes in order to bring deficits under control. Did we try the not spending money thing and it didn't work out? He said we need to consider a European-style "value added tax" or VAT.

According to Reuters, Volcker said: "The value-added tax 'was not as toxic an idea' as it has been in the past and also said a carbon or other energy-related tax may become necessary... He said getting entitlement costs and the U.S. budget deficit under control may require such moves. 'If at the end of the day we need to raise taxes, we should raise taxes.'"


Oh, thanks Nancy. I needed that pick-me-up.

In a total shocker, the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress is a big fan of this idea. Remember: A carbon tax, but also that special VAT tax — would be added on top of the federal tax, raising the $1 trillion needed to cover the projected shortfall in 2020, which would require a 7 percent tax on everything we consume.

You can't just force 32 million people to get health insurance and then mandate that all preventative care is "free." That does cost something and you'll pay for it. Insurance companies will be forced to give you preventative care for "free," which means they'll have to pass the costs on to consumers anyway — almost like a tax.

Part of the bill that has already passed and supposedly will save us money and have absolutely no waste, is a federal trust fund that will pay for more bicycle paths, playgrounds, jungle gyms, sidewalks and hiking trails. There is also a new board set up that will decide what preventative tests you have and don't have to take. It's called the United States Preventative Services Task Force.

That's weird, I don't remember Nancy Pelosi talking about how the government would be dictating my health care and saddling America with extra taxes for hiking trails. In fact I kind of remember them saying no one would get between me and my doctors.


By the way, even though something is marked health care or peanut brittle, it can still be full of snakes.

People can't be dealing with even more crushing taxes during these economic times. That's probably why a woman named Doris confronted President Obama about the coming tax storm recently:


DORIS: Is it a wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care? Because we are over-taxed as it is.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, let's talk about that, you know, because this is an area where there's been just a whole lot of misinformation. And I'm going to have to work hard over the next several months to clean up a lot of the misapprehensions that people have...


I'd show you the whole answer, but it was 17 minutes long. I thought Obama was the smartest human ever created. Did he really need to filibuster poor old Doris?

The fact is they lied saying America could afford this bill... that's why

Most Americans were against this because they knew it was reckless. Oh, but Glenn! The CBO said it this bill was just wonderful and that we would actually save money!


And Alan Greenspan just came out and said that if the numbers are correct, then everything will be fantastic!

Yes, he did. But he also talked about if the numbers were wrong:


ALAN GREENSPAN, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE: What happens if we are wrong? In other words, in the case now, where our buffer between our capacity to borrow and our actual debt is narrowing, for the first time, I think, in the American history, there's a question, supposing we are wrong on the cost estimates and, indeed, they are actually much higher than the best estimates can generate. The consequences are very severe.


"Very severe"?

First of all, weren't you and I mocked and called crazy racists for expressing concern about jamming a massive, multi-trillion dollar entitlement through right now? Greenspan just said it.

Secondly, this is kind of a big "if," don't you think? Heads: America stays the same; tails we all die. I'm not a gambling man, but does anyone really believe the government has any idea what they are talking about with estimates?

Let me give you a couple examples of government estimates as we consider the estimated $1 trillion health care bill:

• Boston's "Big Dig" Highway Project

Estimated preliminary price tag (in 1985): $2.5 billion

Actual cost with interest: $22 billion

• Medicare Part A

Estimated price tag for 1990: $9 billion

Actual cost in 1990: $67 billion

• Medicaid's Special Hospital Subsidy

Estimated cost for 1992: less than $1 billion

Actual cost in 1992: $17 billion

This would be entertaining if it were "The Price Is Right" and the yodeler was going up the mountain. Unfortunately, this isn't "The Price Is Right," this is our country.

What was it Greenspan said?


GREENSPAN: Supposing we are wrong on the cost estimates and, indeed, they are actually much higher than the best estimates can generate. The consequences are very severe.


Is that like a "broken leg" severe or "we're all going to die" severe? Either way, thanks for the timely advice, Al.

Forget for a minute the mountain of past evidence that proves government can't accurately predict cost estimates, former CBO Director Doug Holtz-Eakin says in a frightening op-ed that this health care bill would certainly "increase the crushing debt," not save us money.

Great. Listen, I can settle this. It requires two things for this not to be really, really severe:

The government has to be right about the cost estimates

The necessary cuts Congress promised to make have to actually happen

Would you bet your life on either of these ever happening? If they don't make the cuts, their figures way wrong. And we've seen the government's track record on cost estimates.

I thought health care was essential to fixing the economy. Why are we now immediately rushing for new taxes? I know: It was that evil George W. Bush. Obama didn't know how bad it was. But didn't he say this?


OBAMA: One year later, the worst of the storm has passed.


Wait, if we can't fix our economy unless we fix health care and this will save us money and the worst is behind us, why do you still have to have crippling taxes? What about all those savings we will reap from health care? I thought we were actually decreasing the deficit?

America, it's time to draw a line in the sand. How many times will you allow them to lie to you? How many times will you watch them take your money and screw it up? How many times will you believe them that they can "fix" something like Medicare or Medicaid?

We have hard work to do and Republicans and Democrats and independents can do it. But the first thing we have to do is stop believing that there's an easy way out.

It's like we've fallen for the "Nigerian prince" e-mail scam. We sent them $10,000 because they promised we'd get to share a $20 million inheritance with them. And we got burned. But soon another e-mail from the prince came in. We sent another $10,000 and we got burned again and we swear we've learned our lesson. But then we get a third e-mail from another Nigerian prince. But this is a different Nigerian prince!

Stop believing the e-mails from Nigerian princes. They’re not telling the truth.

— Watch Glenn Beck weekdays at 5p & 2a ET on Fox News Channel

As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

Watch the video clip below:


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

Watch the video below:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

Watch the video below to hear more from Glenn:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.