Glenn Beck: Humiliating Hayworth infomercial uncovered

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GLENN: I believe we can announce on this program that JD Hayworth's campaign is over. JD Hayworth apparently made an infomercial and I don't know how it took this long to find the infomercial, but it did. Here is a piece of the JD Hayworth infomercial from 2007.

VOICE: $80,000 in grant money and I don't have to pay it back. I'm ecstatic about it.

VOICE: We award this grant for up to $1.3 million back.

VOICE: How much money? I mean, did I hear right, billions?

VOICE: Hundreds of billions.

VOICE: Hundreds of billions of dollars. Wow. Forgive me if I sound like a skeptic because that's a lot of money. Probably too good to be true. Congressman, is it for real?

HAYWORTH: It is for real.

PAT: JD Hayworth.

HAYWORTH: I understand the skepticism in part because President Reagan used to say the greatest contradiction ever uttered was I'm from the government and I'm here to help, but I'm telling you this is really true. About 25 years ago a decision made to get money in the hands of the American people. And though we talk about it as if it's free money, let me remind you. It's not free money. It's your money. It's money you've already surrendered to the government in terms —

GLENN: Stop just a second. That's great. So that company that got the $1.5 million loan —

PAT: That was all his.

GLENN: That was all their money.

PAT: Yeah. Isn't that great?

GLENN: Wow. I didn't know that.

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: I thought when I first heard this audio, and there's video that goes with it. I thought it was a parody. I thought it was a spoof.

PAT: No.

GLENN: I thought it was somebody saying, you know, making fun of the system that we have set up. No, no, no.

PAT: No.

GLENN: This is JD Hayworth waving the flag and saying, hey, get that money; it's not free; it's yours.

PAT: It's very Matthew Lesko esque?

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: This guy's done.

STU: It goes on, though. I think it actually gets worse from there.

GLENN: How could it possibly —

STU: Well, because at least at this point he's sort of making a justification of something.

GLENN: Oh, boy. Let it roll.

PAT: Okay. We're going to have to go back to the beginning.

GLENN: Well, that's okay.

JD Hayworth Infomercial: Free money! You never have to pay it back!

VOICE: $80,000 in grant money and I don't have to pay it back. So I'm ecstatic about it.

PAT: Who wouldn't be.

VOICE: This grant for up to $1.3 million, greatest news about that is we don't have to pay it back.

PAT: Great news. Great news.

VOICE: How much money? Did I hear right, billions?

VOICE: Hundreds of billions.

VOICE: Hundreds of billions of dollars? Wow. Forgive me if I sound like a skeptic, but that's a lot of money. Sounds too good to be true. Congressman, is it for real?

HAYWORTH: It is for real. Now, I understand the skepticism in part because President Reagan used to say the greatest contradiction ever uttered was I'm from the government and I'm here to help. But I'm telling you, this is really true. About 25 years ago a decision made to get money in the hands of the American people.

PAT: All right.

HAYWORTH: And though we talk about it as if it's free money, let me remind you.

GLENN: Yes, please.

HAYWORTH: It's not free money.


HAYWORTH: It's your money.

GLENN: It's your money.

HAYWORTH: It's money you've already surrendered to the government in terms of taxation.

PAT: It's mine.

HAYWORTH: But the government has a chance and you have a chance to make an investment in yourself and, in fact, improve not only your personal economic situation but put people to work and really help rebuild the economy on your block, in your neighborhood, happening on Main Street instead of Wall Street.

STU: That's Obama's argument for the stimulus package.

VOICE: Like you've always dreamed of. National grants conferences can help you to be your own boss.

PAT: I love these.

VOICE: Send your kids to the best schools. Buy your first home. Renovate your house.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

VOICE: Become an investor. Build wealth.

PAT: I mean, we might as well vote for Don Lapre.

VOICE: — that made $30 to $40 profit in a week and I placed those ads in around 1,000 other newspapers around the country.

GLENN: 1,000 other newspapers. That's how I did it.

VOICE: That's how I generated over $50,000 a week out of my one bedroom apartment. I'll show you some secrets that will make you wish I started doing it five —

GLENN: Buy a bigger apartment, wouldn't you?

PAT: Well, month after month after month, you still make $80,000! And you are still in a tiny one bedroom apartment.

GLENN: That's crazy!

PAT: Why?

GLENN: Because it's not my money. No, it's not. It's my money, not your money! Isn't that right, JD Hayworth?

PAT: Vote for me, Don Lapre. I'll get you hundreds of billions of dollars! But remember it's not the government's money; it's your money.

VOICE: Rebuild the economy day after day by just accepting your own money back from the government.

PAT: Up to $1 1/2 million is available for you to start a small business selling tiny classified ads out of your one bedroom apartment.

GLENN: Keep talking. It's making sense to me. Keep talking. Seriously, I — wait a minute. (Fly buzzing). Why is this guy — oh, yeah, it just landed on my face. Oh, yes. I like it when they wash their hands while landing on my face. Oh.

STU: If you listen to his argument there at the end, he is saying basically if you take money from the government to build your personal economy, it's helping the economy grow and everything.

GLENN: Stimulus, yeah.

STU: That's the stimulus program's argument.

GLENN: It is.

STU: That is Obama's argument for the stimulus package.

PAT: And he was making it back in 2007.

STU: He was! From his one bedroom apartment, he was making arguments about the stimulus.

PAT: I don't think you recover from that. As a conservative I don't think you do.

GLENN: We haven't said anything about the election in Arizona mainly because, I just don't want to get involved. If I have one on, I have to have both of them on, and we've done that in a few states and I just feel uncomfortable inserting myself in these because I don't know. You know. At the state level you know. You know, I can tell you that my gut was saying Mike Lee. I think it was my wife said to me last night. She said, are you for Mike Lee or are you for Bridgewater? And I said, you couldn't tell? And she said, no, I couldn't tell. And I'm like, that's good. I was kind of for Mike Lee but I don't even know on that.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: I don't even know on that. And it's really up to you on the local level. We haven't inserted ourself in Arizona, quite honestly one reason is, I mean, you know where I stand on John McCain. What a nightmare that guy is. But JD Hayworth, I mean, is that all you got?

PAT: Tiny classified ads month after month after month! Just place them in newspapers all over the country!

GLENN: Where is Arizona going to go from here? Do they have another option?

PAT: They are going to go with me, JD Hayworth, to a fabulous new swimming pool and a big fat home on the beach. I can show you how. For $29.95. But wait, there's more.

STU: Has anyone heard Hayworth's explanation for this yet? Has he come up with an answer?

PAT: I haven't.

GLENN: He's going to say — I don't know,

PAT: Can he say it in the Don Lapre voice?

GLENN: Yeah. He's going to say, listen, they have been taking your money for a long time! Are you just going to let that money sit in the federal government and go to somebody else?

PAT: No!

GLENN: It's your money! That's why I've been saying take your money back! Take your money back, take your power back! And you can do it by calling me, now!

STU: That's pretty good. I almost want to call, yeah.

PAT: Yeah. Is there a 1 900 line or something I could —

GLENN: I don't know.

PAT: Because I think you could make money from that, too.

GLENN: Yes. 1 866 666 6666.

STU: I would really like to know what his explanation is because that sounds like the direction he would go.

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The themes of healing and redemption appear throughout the Bible.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. — 1 Corinthians 15:43
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. — Mark 2:17.

So, for many Christians, it's no surprise to hear that people of faith live longer lives.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. — Jeremiah 17:14.

But it is certainly lovely to hear, and a recent study by a doctoral student at Ohio State University is just one more example of empirical evidence confirming the healing benefits of faith and religious belief.

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Moreover, the study finds that religious belief can lengthen a person's life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22
Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! — Isaiah 38:16

The study analyzed over 1,000 obituaries nationwide and found that people of faith lived longer than people who were not religious. Laura Wallace, lead author of the study, noted that "religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life."

The study notes that, "people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64 years longer than those whose obits did not, which shrunk to 3.82 years after gender and marital status were considered."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. — Matthew 10:1

"The researchers found that part of the reason for the boost in longevity came from the fact that many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer. The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives," said Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

In addition, the study showed how the effects of religion on longevity might depend in part on the personality and average religiosity of the cities where people live, Way said.

Prayer is good medicine, and faith is a good protector.

And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. — Luke 5:17
Heal the sick in it and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you. — Luke 10:9

In early June, the Social Security and Medicare trustees released their annual report on the fiscal health of these programs, and the situation looks dire. Medicare is scheduled to run out of money in 2026 (three years sooner than anticipated), while Social Security is expected to run out in 2034. The rising national debt is only one of the well-known financial struggles the millennial generation faces. The burdens of student loan debt, high housing prices (thanks to zoning restrictions), stagnant wage growth, the rising cost of healthcare and lingering aftershocks of the Great Recession are among the biggest sources of economic anxiety millennials feel.

Progressive politicians have been very successful at courting the youth vote, partly because they actually promote policy ideas that address many of these concerns. As unrealistic or counterproductive as Senator Bernie Sanders' proposals for single-payer health care or a $15 an hour minimum wage might be, they feel in theory like they would provide the economic stability and prosperity millennials want.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have struggled to craft a message to address these concerns. Fiscal conservatives recognize, correctly, that the burden of the $20 trillion national debt and over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities will fall on millennials. Some conservatives have even written books about that fact. But the need to reform entitlements hasn't exactly caught millennials' attention. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, in her book The Selfie Vote, notes that millennials generally view protecting the safety net as more important than reducing the deficit.

Clearly, Republicans have a problem. They need to craft solutions that address the millennial generation's struggles, but they can't seem to sell entitlement reform, their biggest policy preference that addresses those problems. The Republican approach to wooing millennials on policy is failing because talking about stopping the debt from reaching an unsustainable level is long-term and abstract, and offers few immediate tangible benefits. A new approach to both pave the way for entitlement reform and give millennials an immediate financial boost is to first reform not entitlement spending, but the payroll tax: specifically, by partially (or wholly) replacing it with a value-added tax.

Under the current Social Security model, workers pay for the benefits of current retirees through the payroll tax. This system creates the illusion of a pension program, in which what you put in is what you get out, but in reality Social Security is a universal safety net program for the elderly paid for by taxes. The payroll tax falls on workers and is a tax on labor, while the value-added tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption imposed at every part of the production process. Assuming that this policy change is revenue-neutral, switching to a VAT will shift the responsibility for funding Social Security and Medicare away from workers, disproportionately poorer and younger, and onto everyone participating in the economy as a whole. Furthermore, uncoupling Social Security funding from payroll taxes would pave the way for fiscal reforms to transform the program from a universal benefit program to one geared specifically to eliminating old-age poverty, such as means-testing benefits for high-income beneficiaries, indexing benefits to prices rather than wages or changing the retirement age.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences.

Switching from the payroll tax to the VAT would address both conservative and liberal tax policy preferences. As the Tax Policy Center notes, the change would actually make the tax system more progressive. The current payroll tax is regressive, meaning that people with lower incomes tend to pay a higher effective tax rate than people with higher incomes. On the other hand, the value-added tax is much closer to proportional than the payroll tax, meaning that each income group pays closer to the same effective tax rate.

For Republicans, such a change would fit conservative economic ideas about the long-run causes of economic growth. A value-added tax has a much broader base than the payroll tax, and therefore would allow for much lower marginal tax rates, and lower marginal tax rates mean smaller disincentives to economic activity. According to the Tax Foundation's analysis of a value-added tax, the VAT would be a more economically efficient revenue source than most other taxes currently in the tax code.

Not only would replacing part or all of the payroll tax provide an immediate benefit to millennial taxpayers, it would also open the door for the much-needed entitlement reforms that have been so politically elusive. Furthermore, it would make the tax code both more pro-growth and less regressive. In order to even begin to address the entitlement crisis, win millennial support and stimulate the economy in a fiscally responsible manner, Republicans must propose moving from the payroll tax to the VAT.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate. His writing has appeared in Townhall and The Federalist. He is a federal policy intern at the Tax Foundation. Opinions expressed here are his only and not the views of the Tax Foundation. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Glenn was joined by Alanna Sarabia from "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios on Thursday for an exclusive look at Mercury Museum's new "Rights & Responsibilities" exhibit. Open through Father's Day, the temporary museum features artifacts from pop culture, America's founding, World Ward II and more, focusing on the rights and responsibilities America's citizens.

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Alanna Sarabia interviews Glenn Beck for "Good Morning Texas" at Mercury Studios.

Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?