Glenn Beck: The Problem With Social Security




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Welcome to day two of the beginning of The Plan (see day one). What is The Plan? It's all the changes that need to happen to keep America from going broke. These are tough changes. But they must be made. 'Oh, but Glenn, didn't you see the Dow hit 11,000 this week? And the president said we are turning the corner. Didn't you see the cover of Newsweek! America is back! I don't think we need a plan.

Uh huh.

The storm has not passed. We are in the eye of the hurricane. There's another wave about to come ashore and it's going to even hit harder than the first wave. It's going to hurt more because we are being told that everything is OK, when it clearly isn't. Listen carefully: Short term everything will feel like it's OK, because with stimulus and everything else they are pumping adrenaline into the system. About two thirds of the stimulus is still left. It's a trick used by Roosevelt. Things are going to look OK for a while barring an emergency. But believe me long term it is not.

You know why I was for TARP for about three days? I thought government would use that time to tell you the truth so you could prepare. Took me three days to see the lie from the last administration. The lie is 'We're fine, relax.' Believe me, uber-wealthy, the elite, and the politicians are battening down the hatches and preparing for transformation. If we are OK, why transform into something else?

Look at the numbers: Government has posted budget deficits for 18 straight months. Last month, government spent $218 billion, but took in $153 billion. That's only like $65 billion dollars short. But America is good for it, right? Well, not exactly. We have to take loans out to cover those ongoing massive budget deficits. We're good to pay back the loans, right? Well, not exactly. We already owe $108 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities.

So when someone holds up the cover of Newsweek for you or says everything is OK, remember, before the housing crisis these were the guys saying the same thing:

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BEN BERNANKE: We expect moderate growth going forward. We believe that if the housing sector begins to stabilize, and if some of the inventory corrections still going on in manufacturing begin to be completed, that there's a reasonable possibility that we'll see some strengthening in the economy sometime during the middle of the new year.

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If you want to continue to live in that world, in what I believe is denial, fine. You can change the channel. Anybody left: What do we do about it?

Starting with Medicare and Social Security.

Government said Social Security would be OK until 2037. For Medicare it was 2017 until the real trouble started. We've known about it for a long time. Listen to the politicians:

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PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: Social Security, as some of us had warned for so long, faced disaster. I, myself, have been talking about this problem for almost 30 years. As 1983 began, the system stood on the brink of bankruptcy, a double victim of our economic ills.

PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH: To every American out there on Social Security, to every American supporting that system today and to everyone counting on it when they retire, we made a promise to you, and we are going to keep it.

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Today, Social Security is strong. But by 2013, payroll taxes will no longer be sufficient to cover monthly payments. And by 2032, the trust fund will be exhausted, and Social Security will be unable to pay out the full benefits older Americans have been promised.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Retirement security also depends upon keeping the commitments of Social Security, and we will. We must make Social Security financially stable and allow personal retirement accounts for younger workers who choose them.

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Unfortunately the 2037 and 2017? Not working out well. Check your calendar, I don't think its 2037 yet — this year Social Security is in the red. We've known for years. And done nothing.

John Winthrop, the puritan settlers' first governor, wrote "the city upon a hill" aboard the Arbella in 1630 to help prepare his people for starting new: "To doe justly, to love mercy, to walke humbly with our god, for this end, wee must be knitt together in this worke as one man, wee must entertaine each other in brotherly affeccion... Wee must delight in eache other, make others condicions our owne rejoyce together, mourne together, labour, and suffer together...but if our heartes shall turne away soe that wee will not obey, but shall be seduced and worshipp other gods our pleasures, and proffitts, and serve them, it is propounded unto us this day, wee shall surely perishe out of the good land whether wee passe over this vast sea to possesse it; therefore lett us choose life... And cleaveing to him, for hee is our life, and our prosperity."

We've faced bigger problems, we just have to do it!

Have you ever wondered why we even have Social Security? It's not an American idea. It's first from Germany in the late 1800's. Hmmm, lets see, who else was prominent in Germany at that time... Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche. This is where the first progressive ideas came from, and when those ideas floated across the Atlantic, they took America off course.

Did you know that for the first century and a half of American existence there were no entitlements? Zero. How did Americans survive all those years without government assistance! What did those people do? They didn't have to (gasp) work did they? Yes, they did! But they also took care of themselves and their families.

It wasn't until 1929 and Herbert Hoover did we finally get an entitlement program. It was the creation of the Federal Farm Board, which subsidized agricultural cooperatives. But Hoover was just an amateur when it came to socialization. In 1935, after FDR had already launched his New Deal assault on the Constitution, he signed into law the Social Security Act of 1935. Here's video from the actual signing of this bill:

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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: This Social Security measure gives at least some protection to thirty millions of our citizens who will reap direct benefits through unemployment compensation, through old-age pensions and through increased services for the protection of children and the prevention of ill health.

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The progressive wave of European social insurance infected America and this is the result of it. This is European thinking, not American.

When FDR signed that Social Security bill, it wasn't designed to subsidize a cushy retirement, so seniors could jet set all across the globe on vacations. Social Security was meant as insurance. What is the whole idea behind insurance? It covers you in the event of a surprise or unexpected event. Fall off a ladder and break your arm? Insurance covers it. Get in a fender bender? Car insurance covers it. House burns down? Insurance covers it. Live too long? Social Security covered you. In1930 life expectancy was only 58 for men and 62 for women, and the retirement age was 65! You weren't even expected to ever get the benefits. Today life expectancy is 75 years for men, 80 years for women, and too many people rely and count on Social Security funding their weekly shuffleboard tournaments. You should have saved! But it's also not surprising because that's what politicians have promised us. This is the change in America that we are getting. And the only way to fix it is to root ourselves in personal responsibility. Be self reliant. And use common sense. We're going to have to be self reliant, caring, thinking out of the box!

Ben Franklin was a great inventor. But why did he invent things? Was it to get rich? Famous? No. He simply wanted to invent things that would make life easier and safer for people. In the 1800's the main source of heat came from wood stoves, but they were incredibly inefficient and dangerous.

So he created the Franklin stove. When approached about a patent for the fireplace's design, Franklin turned it down. He was satisfied that people would benefit from his invention. He saw a problem and he took care of it himself. He didn't plead for the government to do it. And other inventors followed his lead - and some probably got very rich while helping improve Americans lives. It was a win-win system! Little government intervention. maximum freedom.

Franklin was also the guy who started the first public hospital. It was an individual that helped! All kinds of stories will come out - they already are!

Glenn Beck...scares old people... wants to take Social Security away. That's the kind of thinking that got us into this problem. Let me say, to all of the Americans who have more maturity than those running campaigns in this country...it's wrong to take away Social Security or any benefits you are having at this point. We all made this mess! And we'll honor it because it's too late for some. But, if you are 45, 50, even 60 years old, illusion is over! You may have to work a little longer, a little harder. But by doing the responsible thing — honoring our parents and taking care of those in the system — and then taking ourselves out of the system, so we can leave our children a country. It puts us into the category that most Americans never thought they could be put in; it puts you in the category of Americans that most only read about George Washington, Ben Franklin; people of honor, integrity. Who do the hard thing because it's right.

Faith, hope and charity. America has always been the country that's tried to make life better, helped people in times of need, and countries who are struggling. That's American individuals, not government. We've lost touch with that. We need to refocus. Charity begins at home. Take care of our own families. Be responsible. Take care of loved ones. Help neighbors in need. Get involved with your church and in the community.

Tax day is in two days. Progressives are always pushing for higher taxes because government is the best way to be charitable. Ask yourself as you sign that return: Does it give you the same feeling as helping a friend in need? Or giving a loved one a room until they can get a job? Which touches you more? Would the movie 'Blind Side' have been better if Sandra Bullock pulled alongside the homeless kid and said 'tell you what — I'm going to write a bigger check to the IRS.'

It starts with each of us. It's time to refocus.

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'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long': BlazeTV hosts react to historic Roe v. Wade decision

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The Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe V. Wade, and the debate over abortion rights has been given back to the states. On this historic day, BlazeTV hosts celebrate the Supreme Court's incredible decision and take a look at some of the insane reactions as the left comes completely undone.

Glenn Beck reacts LIVE to Roe v. Wade ruling: 'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long'

I never thought that in my lifetime, I would see Roe v. Wade be overturned. But today, that day has come. The Supreme Court has voted 6 to 3 to return decisions about abortion to the states. But this fight isn't over. We are about to see good versus evil side by side. Many states will stand with the unborn. But others will become abortion mills. It's your turn to choose now, America!

Allie Beth Stuckey: 'Praise God, Roe v. Wade is overturned!'

I don't know about you, but I just had the most euphoric feelings. It almost seems too good to be true. I didn't think there was any way that this would actually happen, especially with all the backlash, intimidation, and violence toward the Supreme Court justices. And yet, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This is an amazing day!

Dave Rubin: Big disagreement on what happens next now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

Dave Rubin, Libby Emmons, Jeffrey A. Tucker, and David Reaboi debate what will happen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s breaking decision on Roe v. Wade. Now that abortion rights have been pushed back to the states, will there be a summer of massive riots or not? Will the Roe v. Wade ruling make America’s political polarization significantly worse?

Jason Whitlock: Today will forever stand as a pivotal moment in our nation’s history

The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision and the reaction to it have already revealed a lot about our people and politics. Pro-life groups celebrate, pro-choice groups call for “a night of rage,” and Nancy Pelosi just seems completely confused by the United States Constitution.

Stu Burguiere: Here are the reasons SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

I never thought this would happen. I never thought I would see this day. I just never ever ever ever never ever believed that Roe v. Wade would actually be overturned. I really didn't. But let's take a look at the reasons this day has finally come ...

The Rick & Bubba Show: 'This is history! Unfortunately we're 60 million lives too late'

We were live on the air when news broke of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned its controversial 1973 Roe v. Wadeopinion, concluding that there is no constitutional right to an abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the syllabus of the decision reads.

As expected, the leftist outrage erupted instantaneously, fueled largely by the misinformed idea that overturning Roe v. Wade means abortion will be banned nationwide. But, as stated in the above-mentioned Supreme Court syllabus, the authority has actually been returned to individual states and their duly elected lawmakers.

One such misinformed leftist, Parkland shooting survivor Cameron Kasky, was infuriated that those awful Supreme Court justices "just voted to kill women." So he took to Twitter to urge people to go to the homes of said Supreme Court justices to "let them know how you feel."

"Go to the home of every Supreme Court justice who just voted to kill women. Let them know how you feel," Kasky tweeted.

The backlash was immediate:

Kasky decided to delete his original tweet because he is apparently "sick of republicans talking to [him]." But, unfortunately for Kasky, the internet is indeed forever:

Speaking from the White House, President Joe Biden dutifully helped spread the misinformation about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and took the opportunity to prompt voters to elect more Democrats in November so that Congress can write abortion protections into law. Did the president just let slip the real reason Congress hasn't made any effort to start writing such laws in the nearly two months since Justice Samuel Alito's draft opinion was "leaked" in early May?

Watch Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguere discuss how Biden's speech reveals that Democrats are absolutely terrified of the upcoming midterm elections. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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CNN reporter tries to 'ambush' GOP candidate Kari Lake, IMMEDIATELY regrets it

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CNN senior national reporter Kyung Lah thought she'd caught Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake off guard when she asked for an impromptu interview outside an event, but ended up sorely regretting her decision.

Lake, a former Fox news anchor, shook hands with Lah as she approached and immediately pointed out that the CNN reporter wasn't wearing a mask any more, a barbed reference to a contentious interview in October 2021, in which Lah smeared the GOP candidate as a “rising star of the right-wing and proud spreader of lies." Lah asked if Lake had “a minute to chat.”

“I’ll do an interview," Lake answered, "as long as it airs on CNN+. Does that still exist? I didn’t think so, because the people don’t like what you guys are peddling, which is propaganda. Thank you.”

Lake then walked into the event, leaving Lah utterly speechless.

It looks like Lake gained quite a few fans on Twitter:

Kari Lake has been a longtime friend to "The Glenn Beck Program." She joined Glenn last August to tell Glenn why she left the corrupt world of media, what prompted her to enter "the even more corrupt world of politics," and how she plans to make a big difference in her battleground state of Arizona.

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Hunter's Biden's latest BIZARRE scandal reveals how red-flag laws REALLY work

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Even if red-flag laws weren't unconstitutional (which they are), they've never been about your safety. They're about your submission, argued Glenn Beck on the radio program. Think of it this way: If red flag laws became the law of the land, do you think President Joe Biden’s son Hunter would lose his guns or face charges for violating the gun laws we already have?

You may have heard that he once "lost" a gun in a dumpster by a school. But there's a whole lot more to the bizarre tale. Newly revealed texts from Hunter's abandoned laptop detail the strange drama that unfolded when Hallie Biden, Hunter's sister-in-law-turned-lover, threw his handgun into a dumpster near a Delaware school in October 2018. The gun was found and turned in to police, but like so many of the Biden family scandals, the chaos created a sandstorm that conveniently helped cover Hunter's tracks. Only tidbits of information have emerged, the most significant of which is that the gun in question was purchased by Hunter illegally and, of course, no charges were filed as a result.

Glenn broke down the details of the most recently revealed Hunter Biden scandal, noting in particular that no charges or arrests were ever made as a result.

"If you voted for Joe Biden and you believe in all of these red-flag laws, then why isn't Hunter Biden in jail today?" Glenn asked.

"You and I both know that the ramifications of Hunter Biden's activities and his tragic saga go well beyond Hunter Biden, because they are teaching people a lesson. We are moving towards a society that has a ruling class that lives above their own edicts. They tell us they know better. They tell us that our neighbors and even some of us are dangerous, while ignoring the dangers in their own lives or in their own families ... We saw it during COVID-19 and we will see it again with gun regulations, 'The rules are for thee and not for me.' This is why Americans cannot give an inch, not one inch of our liberty away on the grounds of the government's good faith. They have no good faith left. They have violated every single principle of liberty and they've done it in a name of they know better," he said.

"Don't be fooled," Glenn added. "Just as we saw during COVID-19, just as we saw with the Patriot Act that is now being horribly abused by the people in power that swore they'd never abuse it, red-flags are not about your safety. Period. They are about your submission."

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