First demand of Occupy Wall Street costs more than the entire income tax currently brings in

In the least surprising development in modern political history, Occupy Wall Street seems to be better at spending your money than they are maintaining hygiene.  As evidence, I present their first demand:

Jobs for ALL - A Massive Public Works and Public Service Program

We demand a massive public works and public service program with direct government employment at prevailing (union) wages paid for by taxing the rich and corporations, by immediately ending all of America's wars, and by ending all aid to authoritarian regimes to create 25 million new jobs to:

  • Expand education: cut class sizes and provide free university for all;
  • Expand healthcare and provide free healthcare for all (single payer system);
  • Build housing, guarantee decent housing for all;
  • Expand mass transit, provided for free;
  • Rebuild the infrastructure—bridges, flood control, roads;
  • Research and implement clean energy alternatives; and
  • Clean up the environment.
  • These jobs are to be open to all, regardless of documentation/immigration status or criminal record.

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After sifting through the standard ultra-progressive nonsense, one can pull out some interesting numbers.  To pay for 25 million jobs at the median union salary, you’re going to have to come up with about $1.194 trillion.  That is about 25% more than the entire income tax currently brings in.   It also would add more than 1/3rd to our already completely bloated budget.

To put it another way, the very first proposal from Occupy Wall Street would cost around 50% more than Medicare and Medicaid combined, which is currently our largest expense.

But they say it’s paid for…right?  How? It’s simple!

The cost of the plan is $1.192 trillion.

First, get rid of those evil wars: savings $171 billion.

Then, end all “aid to authoritarian regimes.”  I’m not exactly sure what Occupy Wall Street considers an “authoritarian regime” (with the exception of Israel…I’m pretty sure they don’t like Jews that much).  But let’s be generous and say they think EVERY country we give aid to is authoritarian.  Safe bet, right?  That saves us a hefty $49 billion.

What’s left?  Only $972.1 billion!  That’s it!  That’s still more than the entire income tax brings in every year...but don’t think about that too hard.  How do we close that gap?  With an unspecific plan of “taxing the rich and corporations.”

At this point, the idea becomes so ridiculously stupid, it’s impossible to seriously model.  You would have to jack up the tax rates so high to bring in that kind of cash, the entire economy would shut down.  (See Curve, Laffer.)   But, let’s assume that a doubling of the tax rates would bring in twice as much money.  It wouldn't, but let's do it anyway to humiliate them.

You have a choice—you can either:

a)      Raise income tax rates from 35% to 114%.

b)      Raise corporate income tax rates from 35% to 148%.

c)       Raise both income tax AND corporate tax rates from 35% to 82%.

Of course, both A and B are literally impossible—but C is something that this crowd would seriously consider.  They pine for the days when evil rich people dumped 90%+ of their cash to the federal government.  It’s happened before—in the 1940’s and 1950’s--reaching a peak of 94% in 1944-45.  For every year from 1936 to 1981 the top income tax rate was over 70%.  Fabulous!

There’s just one problem—this only covers the salaries for these new jobs. It doesn’t cover the free college education for all.  It doesn’t cover the free “single payer” health care for all.  It doesn’t cover any of the raw materials for the “guaranteed decent housing for all” or “bridges, flood control, roads” etc.  The point is, even if you assume that no additional people would go to college when it started being free, and no one would stop paying for their health care when it was available for free---you’d still have to raise both tax rates to about 114%.  That means for every $1 you earned, you’d have to pay $1.14 in taxes.

It might just be time to occupy the calculator aisle at Staples.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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