Glenn Beck: About those death panels…

Video: Bill Gates Wants Death Panels?

GLENN: Bill Gates I think is an amazing human being. Really, really smart. Very, very charitable. I have a feeling he’s slightly liberal, maybe. Slightly. I grew up in Seattle, too. I can spot them a million miles away. He was giving a talk and he was talking about our economic problems, and the choices that we’re going to have to face. And he talks about, the end of life expenses are far too much. We’re spending way too much for the last three months of life. And because of that, we’re going to have to choose: Do we have grandma or do we have teachers? Now, he believes teachers. I don’t want the government to make the choice to off grandma. As uncomfortable as it may sound, I would rather have nature off grandma, you know? I’d rather, I’d rather have the free market off grandma because then nobody is controlling it. Nobody’s making the decision. The decision is made through economics. That’s horrible. But it’s

STU: Glenn Beck advocates free market killing grandmas, mmm hmmm, mmm hmmm.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: We see it.

GLENN: It’s much worse to have somebody, you know, on some, dare I say it, death panel making the decision: Who’s going to live and who’s going to die. That’s not good. Neither of them are good.

PAT: What’s amazing is these leftists coming out now and talking about death panels. Where was Bill Gates when Sarah Palin and you were being discredited every day for even bringing it up?

GLENN: It’s okay. Because what they did, what the left did is they made such a big deal out of everything that we’ve said that now that these things are coming to happen, it doesn’t hurt us. It doesn’t hurt me. I’ve survived this long. I may not survive another day. I don’t know. But the truth is out. I don’t have to be standing anymore. I don’t have to be here anymore. I don’t have to be on TV, I don’t have to be alive, I don’t have to be anymore. You can discredit me all you want. The truth is out. The turning point was 8/28 and here’s the truth. Let’s just talk about death panels. Here’s the truth. I just said what I’ve said, that grandma or teachers, it’s going to be a decision. I would rather have the free market decide that.

Now, that’s just the baseline. We can come up with something else. We can look into it. We can here’s an idea. We can use the free market and reduce the cost of teacher pensions I know, that’s crazy. We could use the free market and reduce the cost of schooling and we could use the free market and encourage medicine and medicine breakthroughs to reduce the cost… of grandma living a little longer. We could also do tort reform, which would reduce the cost to the insurance companies! It’s crazy! Those are debates that we should have. What are you going to do? What do you want to do? But instead what they do is say anyone who says a death panel is coming is a fear monger. Okay. Whatever. Is that what I am today? Give me ten minutes; you’ll make me into something else. That’s okay. Because that’s what you do. We’re going to be over here talking about the facts.

Here is audio of Bill Gates, and he’s talking about the facts. Now, Bill and I, I’m sure, disagree on the death panel thing, on, oh, teachers over grandma. However, he sees the world the same way, and that is as a realist. It’s unsustainable. He wants the debate. So do I. Listen to him.

GATES: That’s a tradeoff society is making because of very, very high medical costs and a lack of willingness to say, you know, is spending a million dollars on that last three months of life for that patient, would it be better not to lay off those ten teachers and to make that tradeoff in medical costs. But that’s called a death panel and you’re not supposed to have that discussion. So you

GLENN: Did you hear what he just said? That, of course, is called a death panel and we’re not supposed to have that discussion. No. As thinking human beings, as responsible citizens, as responsible adults, that is exactly the conversation we should be having. That’s why I said at the beginning, I didn’t want Van Jones to be fired. I want to have a debate! A conversation! And not me. Us as a people. What are we doing? Do we believe in the free market or do we believe in communism or socialism? Which is it? Have the debate, America. Do you want teachers or do you want grandma? Now, I personally would say to Bill Gates: You know what, if I said to you, well, we’ve got to have these big computers and do you know how much? I mean, these computers are the size of a house. You know how much these computers cost? I would say we should encourage people to play in their underpants in their dad’s garage to come up with a better system, and let the free market take it and take computers that is right size of a room. Do you know how many teachers we would have to execute and stop feeding to be able to have one of these gigantic computers? No, because I believe in the free market system, there’s going to be some 14 year old pimple face kid that comes up with a better idea that makes computers so affordable that everyone could have them and combine them with their phone. You would think Bill Gates would get that. But that’s what the free market does. Instead a death panel said, "These are the costs and we’ve got to stop all the costs. And we’ve got to control everything. You, you die. You, you teach." That’s not the free market. That’s fascism. That never ends well. But maybe it will this time. Here’s Bill Gates who disagrees with me, I’m sure, but two adults that could actually are actually saying the same thing: Hey, America, it’s important you have this debate. What he doesn’t say is what I will. Because if you don’t have the debate, somebody else will. In fact, if I may go way out on a limb, others already are. Take control of your own life. You’re an adult. You’re a citizen. You’re endowed by your creator with certain inalienable rights. Forget about your rights! Start concentrating on your responsibilities! And your rights will automatically restore themselves.

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