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GLENN: There's a lot to talk about, one of which I'd like to hear your voice on the stimulus package going down in the House with the Republicans at least. It did pass but not a single Republican voted for it and six Democrats voted against it. And it's amazing to me. Let me ask you this: The news media had this last night. The news media had this right away. Have you seen the newspaper coverage on this today? For instance, here's the front page of the Wall Street Journal: House passes stimulus package, $819 billion jolt to the economy aims to reshape education, healthcare, deficits to store. The Houses pass an -- blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada. I'm looking into the second House bill is one of the largest single stimulus packages in history, almost equal to the entire cost of the annual federal spending under congress' discretion.
You hear that? The House bill is one of the largest single stimulus packages in history, almost equal to the entire cost of annual federal spending under congress' direction. A parallel Senate measure is expected now to top nearly $900 billion if the bill was enacted, yada, yada, yada. I am looking now on the whole front page of this story in The Wall Street Journal, not one place does it say this was not bipartisan.
Now imagine if we would have went to war. Think of something that is as controversial as this is. This is the largest spending bill ever. Here we come into this thing almost as much as they spend an entire year in discretionary spending. A lot of people dead set against it. Highly controversial. Full of pork and packages and campaign promises. Can you imagine if George Bush would have done this and every single Democrat would have voted against it? Do you think the newspapers would have reported that this was a nonpart -- this was a unipartisan bill, this was just the Republicans that passed it, that no Democrats. The story would have been today that the Republicans would have bulldozed their heads like a bull in a China shop, pig headed. They didn't even consult with the other side. It all would have been that. But the media needs you to believe that everybody's on this, everybody's okay with this.
I saw a poll that 51% of the American people are for it, 37% of the American people are against it and the rest don't know. Don't you think that maybe you should figure that out? Are you that clueless that you're not even paying attention to -- don't you think you should figure this one out? Our very republic is at stake. Our Constitution hangs by a thread. If this bet works, great. Great. Amen. If it doesn't, then what? Most people, I'll bet you most people think that the banking problem is going to be solved with this stimulus package. They think that, "Oh, the banks are going to be solved, too." We're talking now about $4 trillion. If Bank of America or CitiBank start to go under -- well, start to go under -- actually go under, if we have to take this bad debt, we're talking trillions of dollars more. What happens to this country when they figure out, you know, the dummies are like, "Yeah, I just watched American Idol. Simon will tell me if something important's going on." What happens when the average Joe sees that we just passed this huge stimulus bill and nothing happened because only $20 billion of it is actually going into the bloodstream here in the next 12 months, when we've spent all of this money and nothing really is going on, plus we're going to have to bail out these banks even more. When they come back, when Obama comes back to the trough and says, I've got to feed some more pigs," and the pigs are being fed again. And then when things get bad even some more and he needs another stimulus bill, how many times are these people going to go to this well? And I want to make it very, very clear, it was George Bush and the Republicans who started it. It was George Bush who said, "We've got to do what we've got to do, panic, panic, panic!" So he started this march to socialism.
Now on top of this here's the thing I -- while Al Gore is, you know, testifying in front of the Senate yesterday and he just, "I've got to tell you the truth, Earth is doomed." I'm going to show you tonight, way before the icecaps, way before the ice will melt in your freezer, something that is much more perilous to our way of life. Something that, you know, he's worried about poverty and global strife and, "Oh, there's going to be wars for energy and food and everything else," long before climate change does any of that, not in 100 years, not in 1,000 years but possibly in 12 months to two years something really endangers you and it's printing of money, and we're going to put it in an Al Gore fashion tonight so you can package it up and viral video, put that -- send it to all your dope friends that you're like, "Jeez, if there's some way they would see the reality."
We have been talking about something, Stu said to me this morning, "Glenn, you've been talking about this for two years." But when I actually see it, and it's the same response from every single person I've shown this to, they've all gone, (gasping). Am I wrong, Stu? It takes your breath away.
STU: That is the exact term I would use. It is absolutely breathtaking.
GLENN: I'm not kidding you. I've had people, other things, "Well, I don't know," or, "Wow, that's bad," or, "Ooh, that doesn't look good." Every single person I've ever shown this to, their response is... it's breathtaking, absolutely breathtaking. And it's just part of the perfect storm and we're going to illustrate it and then we'll have it up on the website tomorrow so you'll be able to share it with all of your friends. But see, this perfect storm -- do you know that Putin yesterday talked about the perfect storm? That's what he called it? By the way, if you are a new listener of this program, I apologize. Bringing you up to speed here. The perfect storm is something that I laid out about four years ago, and it dawned on me that Osama Bin Laden was telling the truth again, you know. I took him seriously in the Nineties and nobody would listen. Now everybody wanted to put their head back in the sand. And I remember saying in 1999, "Take this guy at his word. This guy's not bluffing. He's going to do it." There are going to be buildings and bodies in the streets of New York. It's going to happen. We've got to stop this guy. And nobody wants to take anybody at their word. These guys don't bluff.
And so I started, after 9/11 I heard Osama Bin Laden and he said, "You know what I did to Russia, or what I did to the former Soviet Union I'm going to do to America." And I thought, you arrogant, you are never going to do that. And by the way, you didn't do it. We did. It was Ronald Reagan. No, no, it was a perfect storm that did it. Ronald Reagan played a huge role, but the Pope was the one who sowed the seeds of discontent with Ronald Reagan in the former Soviet bloc. It was Margaret Thatcher who really held their feet to the fire. It was Osama Bin Laden with funding from us that got them mired into a big war that they couldn't afford to fight. At the same time Ronald Reagan stood tall and said, "This is an evil empire and it should be destroyed. This is an evil empire and you've got to wake up, world. Get yourself out of this evil empire or they're going to destroy you." And then he made them spend themselves into oblivion, and they did it. And all of a sudden overnight the Soviet empire was gone. What everyone said couldn't happen was gone.
It was a perfect storm. Well, do any of these things sound familiar? We're mired in a war, not one that we can win but one that we're running out of money to fight. We are mired in this gigantic financial crisis. Mark my words, they are going to tell us we have to bail out Mexico because it's too big to fail. Mark my words.