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GLENN: I want to I want to go over the Republican plan. This is the what are

they calling this? The plan for America. No. The contract for America.

PAT: Pledge.

GLENN: Pledge to America. (Not the) these are the things that they are promising

to do if they're elected and here they are. Permanently stop all job killing tax

hikes. I don't know why we have to say all job killing because are we in are we

saying that there are some tax hikes that are not job killing?

STU: We're talking specifically about the Bush tax cuts, making them permanent.

GLENN: Permanently stopping all tax increases currently scheduled to take effect

January 1, 2011. If they did that one thing, you would see business relax. If

they did that one thing, you would see job creation. Give small businesses a tax

deduction. Small business owners to take a tax deduction equal to 20% of their

business income. If you did that, you would create jobs.

PAT: And Obama's saying that they're against that and they're stopping him from

cutting taxes for small businesses.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: So, that's a good one.

GLENN: We will require congressional approval of any new Federal regulation that

has an annual cost to our economy of $100 million or more. I think that's a

that's a pretty high number, but this is this is really critical. This is a

great one because this addresses Cass Sunstein. Let me say it again. We will

require congressional approval of any new Federal regulation Cass he is our

regulatory czar that has an annual cost of to our economy of $100 million or

more. That is significant. They say that the threshold is $100 million because

that's the threshold the government deems a regulation economically significant.

Repeal job killing small business mandates. The government takeover of health

care requires small businesses to report to the IRS any purchases that run more

than $600. We will repeal this small business job killing mandate. All right.

So, that's where they start. They are going to act immediately to reduce

spending. Congress should move to immediately cancel all unspent stimulus funds.

Amen. Block any attempt to extend the timeline for spending stimulus funds,

throwing more money at a stimulus plan that is not working, only waste tax pair

money and forces us further in debt. Cut government spending I don't like this

to pre stimulus, pre bailout levels, with common sense exceptions for seniors,

veterans, and our troops.

STU: It's a you know, there are a lot of disclaimers on this kind of thing.

GLENN: We will roll back government spending to pre stimulus, pre bailout

levels, saving at least $100 billion in the first year. $100 billion. Establish

a hard cap on new discretionary spending. A new hard cap on discretionary

spending? Zero discretionary spending. What do we need discretionary spending

for, Stu?

STU: Well, discretionary spending is especially everything outside of stuff

that's already

GLENN: Defense and stuff we've already done?

STU: Right. So, I think, you know, you would have to for example, for

nondiscretionary spending, you would have to repeal laws to cancel that

spending.

GLENN: Yeah, I know that but what I'm saying is what do we need discretionary

spending for? Don't you have you already have road maintenance. That's not in

PAT: That's for like when Congress goes to movies or they

GLENN: No, no. That's for that's where, you know, new post offices named after

So and So and a new library named after So and So and all of that stuff, right?

STU: Yeah. Well, there's more. It's not just that there are things in there and

they always talk about not growing that number. That's the number they always

focus on because

GLENN: But that number is, what, 8%, 10%?

STU: I'll look it up.

GLENN: It's ridiculous. Cut Congress' budget. This year Congress increased its

own budget by 5.8% at a time when families and small businesses in the country

are cutting back. We will make Congress do more with less by reducing its

budget. Oh, boy. I've got an idea for you. Do you know, Stu, did in Broke, did

my idea of tying congressional salaries to job creation outside of Federal job

creation, did that make that in there?

STU: I don't know.

GLENN: I had an idea and we passed it by all of these economic experts to see if

they could find a way to make this happen and what it was was if you first of

all, you don't make more than a military man. If you go to Congress, you don't

make any more than a military man. Whatever our military is making,

congratulations, that's what you make. They won't really want a slight on the

salaries of the military, will they? So, the first step was you make only as

much as the military does and then the second step is, if the American if the

American salary goes down, your your wage is slave to their wage. So, in other

words, if the salary goes down in the private sector, you know salary goes down.

So, you never make more than what people make in the private sector, the average

salary. That's a way to cut the budget of Congress. And you don't get any perks.

Forget your perks. You can go out and buy a health care plan and you get the

cheapest, crappiest one we can find.

Hold weekly votes on spending cuts. House Republicans launched a you cut

initiative to combat blah blah blah, over the course of nine weeks, you cut

produced proposes to save taxpayers more than 120 billion. Well, okay. Great for

the proposal. Now, how about doing it?

End TARP once and for all. We will cancel the troubled asset relief program, a

move that will save taxpayers roughly $16 billion. This one is significant. End

government control of Fannie and Freddie. If they do that, they say they will

save taxpayers as much as $30 billion. No way. It's much more than that. We're

talking in the trillions of dollars that you are on the hook for. If you end

control of Fannie and Freddie, if you punish them, the first thing that happens

when you end control, they have to open up their records for freedom of

information. That's what these House Republicans are after, because we have

filed Freedom of Information Act on Freddie and Fannie. There are a lot of

bodies buried there. And because they're in receivership now, they don't have to

respond. So, that's why they haven't fully embraced it and that's why they

haven't rejected. If they actually embrace, they're part of the government and

you have to respond to a Freedom of Information Act. If they go back to the

public sector, they have to respond, but since they're neither, they don't have

to respond. So, they can keep all the bodies buried there. Freddie and Fannie is

the source of a lot of this trouble.

Impose a net Federal hiring freeze of nonsecurity employees. Here's an idea:

Fire people. Where is the idea that says we're going to close the Department of

Education? Root out waste in government and duplication. Reform the budget

process to focus on long term challenges. We will make the decisions that are

necessary to protect our entitlement program for today's seniors and future

generations. There is no entitlement program for future generations. Let's take

care of our seniors. Let's take care of those who have worked their whole life

and now we're at the end of it. But future generations, I'm not planning on Pat,

are you retiring? Are you planning on retiring and getting Social Security?

PAT: No.

GLENN: Stu, are you planning on retiring and getting Social Security?

STU: No.

GLENN: Sarah, are you planning on retiring and getting Social Security?

SARAH: I'm hoping.

GLENN: (Laughter.) There always has to be an optimist in the crowd.

PAT: Uh huh.

GLENN: It ain't going to happen. We know it. Stop lying to us. Let's end it.

Let's see. Then there is this: They will enact common sense medical liability

reform to lower costs, reign in junk lawsuits and curb defensive medicine.

Purchase health insurance across state lines, this would change everything. We

will allow individuals to buy health care coverage outside the state in which

they live. That would change everything. They're going to repeal Obamacare.

Expand health savings accounts, that will be huge. Strengthen the doctor/patient

relationship, ensure access for patients with preexisting conditions. Look. I'm

torn on this because my daughter has cerebral palsy, but I don't know how you do

this. Now, this is a very long, complex paragraph. I don't know how you do this

in the private sector. I don't know how you do it.

Now, maybe there are those people and maybe this is all they're saying, but

there are those people that, you know, have epilepsy or cerebral palsy or, you

know, whatever it is and they've had it their whole life. They were born it and

they just can't get insurance and maybe those are also the people we take on

with Medicare or Medicaid, but that's a different thing from people who just

don't want to work or whoever. These are people that actually cannot get

insurance. Those people we should take care of.

Permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions. They say they're going to

stop but what are you just repeal Obamacare and that will stop. They are going

to have a Read the Bill Law enacted, that you'll have to publish the text online

for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of

Representatives.

PAT: I get a kick out of these people who say read the bill.

GLENN: You know, they're putting it online so we can read it? We don't need to

read it. We need our representatives to read it. I mean, we need to read it, as

well, but they're not even reading it. Adhere to the Constitution. We will

require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing specific

Constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified. (Applause.) That is

one of the best things I have heard. Make it easier to cut spending. We will let

any lawmaker, Democrat or Republican, offer amendments to reduce spending.

Advance legislative issues one at a time. We will end the practice of packaging

unpopular bills with must pass legislation. Amen.

STU: That's one we were pushing for the other day. That's great. I don't know

how you do that exactly. I don't know how you can technically do that.

GLENN: Pass clean troop funding bills. No more troop funding bills held up for

unrelated policy changes. Keep terrorists out of America. Prevent the government

from importing terrorists onto American soil. Demand overarching detention

policy. All foreign terrorists, 9/11 conspirators tried in military, not

civilian court. Fully fund missile defense. Critical funding to restore this

project, the U.S. homeland and our allies for missile threats from Iran and

North Korea. Require tough enforcement and sanctions against Iran. A government

aggressively and effectively implements the sanctions, tools Congress has

provided. Establish operational control over the border. We must take the action

to secure our borders. That action starts with enforcing our laws. We will

ensure the border patrol has the tools and authorities to establish operation

control of the border. Work with State and local officials to enforce our

immigration laws. We will reaffirm the authority of State and local law

enforcement to assist in the enforcement of all Federal immigration laws.

Strengthen visa security. Require the Department of Homeland Security to review

all visa applications and high risk counselor posts and prevent aliens from

attempting to avoid deportation after having their visas revoke

Okay. Now, let me just I mean, those are all great things but am I excited about

it? No

STU: Many of them are great. I don't know if all of them

PAT: Yeah. Some of them are really good but where is the pledge to repeal the

financial reform that was just passed?

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: How about removing the death tax?

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: How about cutting capital gains. Did I miss that or is that in there? I

didn't hear that. Cut capital gains.

GLENN: Look. Here's the thing. We need a group of people that have bigger ideas

and longer term ideas. This is a step in the right direction and that is from,

but let me just give this warning to the Republican party: If you say you're

going to do these things and then you play around and you do not do them, you

are in more trouble than the Democrats are in right now.

PAT: Chris Christie just said that.

GLENN: It will be over for the Republican party. This will to be last time

Republicans will win an election for all time. The Republicans will have to

change their name and they will go out of business. It is that serious with the

American people.

 

William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author