Glenn Beck: Bailout filled with Pork

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GLENN: There is huge, huge trouble, and we are told by the people in Washington that the whole thing’s going to collapse if we don’t do something. If we don’t do anything, the whole thing’s going to collapse. I happen to agree with that, but I don’t agree with the "Just do something." But let me ask you this: If you were asked to save your country and you were asked for $700 billion, the largest program of its type ever, $700 billion and they said we have to have it right now, where the whole thing’s going to collapse, if you believed it, would you do it. No matter what your constituents said, if you believed it, would you do it. I would because you can go ahead and tear me apart. You can throw me to the dogs. It will be the last time I serve. I get it. This is a republic, and I will vote against if I think the public is wrong because it’s a republic. You have hired me to look into this. I will do my best to explain it, but if my back is against the wall, the clock is ticking, somebody has to make a decision, I don’t think you understand it because you may not have access to information that I have. As a senator I’m going to make that and I will be held responsible. You can pillar me, you can tear me apart, you can throw me out of office, you can impeach me. That’s okay. I’ve got to do what I think is right for the country because that’s what you hired me to do.

If I don’t think that our country is falling apart or if I don’t think that a bailout is right, I’m going to do the same thing. I don’t care what your opinion is. I don’t care what happens. If I don’t think it’s right, if I think this is a lie, if I don’t think this will work, if I think this is the wrong course of action because I love my country, I will not do it, and I won’t do it in your name. Even though you said something else, you put me in that place to make a decision. However, the one thing I will not do is I will not go to Washington and vote for something that I don’t believe in, because it has a wool subsidy in it, because in my state I have a toy manufacturer that makes wooden arrows for children and I can get a subsidy for the company that makes wooden arrows for children. It’s not enough to vote for the bill to save your country? You need an incentive? You need something to convince you besides your sacred duty, besides our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor? This bill last night that was passed is the size of a novel. I’m a pretty fast reader. I couldn’t read 435 pages in one night, let alone 435 pages written by attorneys! Section 325 provides essential tax breaks for the wool research fund. What else do we need to know! Could we make sandwiches out of wool? No! Sweaters! What else do you need to know about wool! Section 503 gives tax breaks for the manufacturer of wooden arrows used in toys for children. Price tag, $6 million. Wooden arrows? Aren’t you the same people that are telling me that it’s politically incorrect to play cowboys and Indians!

Try this one. Try this one, and this one I’m going to need. This one I swear to God I’m going to need soon. Puerto Rican and Virgin Island rum producers get $192 so they can make more booze! I need some booze right now! Sorry, not $192. $192 million. Section 309, tax credit for economic development in America. Yeah, yeah, yeah. You hear that? That’s good. I thought the whole thing was freaking. No, no, no, listen carefully. Section 309, tax credit for economic development in America, defined as American Samoa. Section 316, a tax break for railroad track maintenance. Well, good thing we got Joe’s Amtrak in there! Section 317, a tax break for racetracks. I am tracking down the senators that these — that their states profit from. I want to know the names of somebody who said, gee, I can’t go for the bailout bill unless you help with the racetracks! Our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. Section 502, qualified television and film productions given an extension of favorable expensing rules, $10 million. We’re helping out the TV and film people now. Section 111 provides for the expansion and modification of advanced coal project investment credits. Section 112, expansion and modification of the coal gasification project. Section 113, increased funding for black lung disability fund. "Look, man, I’ll give you what you’re never going to get through if you’ll just give this to me." It’s insulting. It’s insulting. If I were a senator — did anyone, did anyone, or am I just too frank, did anyone say get the hell out of my office; you want to talk to me about why this is the right thing to do, you want to talk to me about why I should be on board because the economy will collapse if we don’t have it, if you want to talk to me about those things, come in, friend, sit down, let’s talk. But if you want to talk to me about getting money in my state for wooden arrows, get the hell out of my state. Get the hell out of my office, get the hell out of my sight. Who have we sent?

Tonight Sarah Palin is a lamb being led to slaughter. Part of me says, Sarah, just go home, just go home. This whole place needs to be fumigated. I’m so disgusted. I mean, I thought I was — I really thought we had hit the bottom of the barrel when we saw that they were giving money to ACORN, an organization that is stealing elections, that is engaged in voter fraud. When they are trying to give 20% of the beloved profits that they keep touting to America that we’re going to get which you know and I know we’re never going to get. 20% of the profits that belong to you and me! We’re the ones taking the risk here! We’re the ones playing by the rules! We’re the ones doing our job every day! We’re the ones being pissed on every day by the people in Washington. And you’re going to take my money, my risk, the money that I could use to send my children to college and you’re going to give it to ACORN! I thought we had hit the wall, but no, no, no, they had so much more. To stab us repeatedly in the chest and think that we won’t do anything. Get on the phone. You tell those — you know what? They say there is no honor among thieves. Well, now I finally know what that phrase means. Our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. You call those senators from both parties: How dare you insult me. How dare you take this and turn it into wooden arrow bailouts.

Sarah, don’t you dare quit. Don’t you dare not walk onto that stage with confidence tonight. I don’t care what John McCain — the man who’s all against earmarks and votes for this bill, I don’t care what he or his people have said to you. I don’t care what these people have done to you. I don’t care — you know what, when they ask you, what papers do you read, what papers do you read? "I read the Dummy Times." What are you implying? "Well, what media sources do you look at? Well, how do you get your news?" I get it like everybody else gets the news. In fact, Katie, if you want to push me on that, I’ll tell ya the one source I don’t get any news from is CBS. Yes, see, I’m just like every other American! Don’t you dare give up, Sarah. But Sarah, don’t change. Don’t listen to them. Don’t get off your game. You know what? We’re going to hell in a hand basket and one’s carrying us, you know, on a bike and the other one’s using a jet plane but we’re going to hell in a hand basket. We’re going to need you for the next election. So don’t give up, Sarah.