Common Sense Moment Of The Day

GLENN:  Let me show you two things on this mosque.  First of all, I'm going to show you one person you need to find out about.  This lady was on O'Reilly last night.  She's a Muslim.  Listen carefully to what she's saying.

VOICE:  I oppose the idea, along with other members of the Muslim Canadian Congress because it's confrontational, it is in bad faith, and it doesn't really set up any kind of dialog or discussion on tolerance. 

O'REILLY:  Well, the pro mosque forces, including the mayor of New York City say, No. 1, to deny the mosque would be a, you know, slap in the face to freedom of religion and, No. 2, the reason that the community center mosque is wanted there by the Muslims involved is to show respect, respect for the victims of 9 11.  You're not buying that? 

VOICE:  Well, no.  As a Muslim, I'm not buying that at all.  How does building a mosque in the very place where Muslims murdered so many other Americans would create any kind of respect?  What I'm hearing from people, especially those who are victims    who are family of the victims, is that this is very hurtful and it's very painful and as a Muslim, I read in my holy book, the Karan, that we should not    we should be very sensitive toward people of other faiths, especially when we are living in lands that are not Muslim lands and these are our neighbors and our colleagues and the people we care about.

GLENN:  Hum.  Who was it that had the idea of building a Christian church    where was that?

PAT:  In Srebrenica, a Serbian orthodox church on the ground where 8,000 Muslims were slaughtered in Srebrenica and

GLENN:  How tolerant would they be?

PAT:  And defending their property rights and freedom of religious expression.

GLENN:  First of all, you know, I understand, as a member of a faith who I, you know, had something    I guess I could look at it really hurtful, but I don't because I'm seeing miracles everywhere, everywhere, I had to have a big religious figure the other day stand up for me and had to write something that was remarkable because of my faith and there are Christians who are, like, he's the devil.  No, no, I'm not, really.  Shhh.  Quiet.  And I  

PAT:  That helped.

GLENN:  What helped?

PAT:  Yeah. 

GLENN:  Nobody can hear me, just you.  Nobody can hear me.

PAT:  Never mind.

GLENN:  What are you talking about?  So, anyway, I'm a member of a faith that, you know, tried to build a temple and it's almost impossible.  Connecticut has rejected a temple that we tried to build.  Wouldn't do it.  So, don't talk to me about religious freedom.  It happens all the time.  Shouldn't, but it does.

This is an actual danger.  This is a danger because we now have evidence that there's something else going on here and we cannot reject our gut.  Look.  I want to be the nation that    look.  If this lady wanted to build a mosque on    next to Ground Zero, I would be all for it.

PAT:  It would be totally different.

GLENN:  Totally different, totally different, because it would be standing for something.  So, now, you can    you can band with people like that, but there's also great gut felt and I would like to share this.  So, Muslim investors are championing the construction of a new mosque near Ground Zero.  They claim it's all about strengthening the relationship between the Muslim and non Muslum world.  As an American, I believe they have a right to build a mosque, after all, if they buy the land and follow the law, who is going to stop them, which is why in the spirit of outreach, I have decided to do the same thing.  He says he's dead serious.  I am announcing tonight that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only in the west but also to Islamic gay men.  To best express my sincere desire for dialog, the bar will be situated next to the mosque, Park 51 in the available commercial space.  This is not a joke.  I've already spoken to a number of investors who have pledged their support in this by part San bid for understanding and tolerance.  As you know, the Muslim faith does not look kindly upon homosexuality which is why I'm building this bar.  It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.  The goal, however, is not simply to open any typical gay bar but one friendly to men of Islamic faith.  An entire floor with nonalcoholic drinks since booze is forbidden.  Bottom line, I hope the mosque owners will be as open to the bar as I am to their new mosque. 

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.

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.

Get tickets and more information here.

Watch as Glenn gives a sneak peek at some of the unique artifacts on display below.

History at the Mercury Museum

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