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So I finally figured out why the Democrats don't mind raising taxes. They don't seem to be paying them. You know what I mean? It's like why are the politicians always saying that we need to be more charitable? Do they not understand who Americans are? We're the most charitable on the entire planet. Well, have you seen their charity outgivings? I mean, what is it? Biden has .8% of his salary? I think that's a high. .8% of his salary has gone to charity. That's fine, you don't want to give a dime to charity, I don't care, but don't lecture me about giving to charity for the love of Pete. The same thing with taxes. "Well, I think it is your patriotic duty to pay taxes." Well, then let's talk to Senator Daschle, shall we? Let's talk to Timothy Geithner, can we? If President Obama really wanted to set a new tone in Washington which by the way, I think we all know now he doesn't, he has no intention of doing that. Remember, no lobbyists, then he appoints lobbyists. We're going to have transparency and we're going to play by the rule. There's going to be a new era of responsibility. That was in his speech. A new era of responsibility. Tim Geithner didn't -- well, no, I take it back. That is kind of -- he's right. Oh, my gosh, I just realized Obama's been telling the truth. It is the new era of responsibility. There is none! You don't have to be responsible for jack! Hey, I can give a loan to a guy for $3 million for a house that he clearly can't afford. Well, I don't know he clearly couldn't afford it because I'm not demanding any pay stubs and I don't even know if he's a citizen and I don't have a Social Security number, but I can give him that loan. And if you screw it up, if it turns out that that wasn't a good bet, whoa. You know, you don't have to worry about it. The government will swoop in and take care of it for you. If you've just screwed up on your income tax over and over and over and over again, don't worry about it. You can still get the job as long as you are really smart, or in with the right people. Tom Daschle? Tom Daschle has just today updated his income tax another $6,000 because he wasn't sure if that car and driver that had been given to him by a friend was taxable income. I've got a couple of questions on this one. How did you not know a car and driver would be taxable income? And if you really thought it was a gift from a friend, what kind of friends do you have? Who -- is there anybody within the sound of my voice, anybody that a friend has said, "I'm going to provide you with a car and driver." We've got eight million listeners. Is there a soul that had a friend say, "You know what? You need a car and driver." And you were, "Really? You've got to be kidding. That is so kind of you. Thank you so much."
By the way, I want to know if you have a friend that did that, was there ever any time that you said, "What's the catch," or are you guys just such good friends, he gives cars and drivers to a lot of people. I got two questions on Tom Daschle. One, how did you not know that?
Now, let's give him the benefit of the doubt. The taxpayer, you, have provided him with a car and driver for years. So maybe he's just so out of touch. Everybody doesn't have a car and driver. I've had one for years. What's wrong with you? You know, everybody talks about how stressed out they are in traffic. "Everybody's got a driver. Even though I didn't take it from the federal government, I had a friend give me one." How did you not know that that was supposed to go on your income tax? And separate question, your Honor: Hey, Tom, who's that buddy giving you a car and driver? But that's not the only income tax that he owed. He owed other income tax. Can I ask another question? We got eight million minds working right now, just hold them for a second, everybody check the files. Unless you're driving, close your eyes. Of course you are not driving. You got a car and driver. So just check the files for me real quick. Just process, process. When I say to you, name the Republican, the Democrat, the independent, the socialist, anybody that's ever gone to Washington that was ever caught and gave this press conference: "Ladies and gentlemen of the press, as you know, I have just been audited by the IRS" -- okay, just stop there. Anybody heard that press conference ever? Anybody ever seen any of these clowns audited by the IRS? I couldn't find that file, either. So he goes on, I've just been audited by the IRS and found out I made mistakes in my tax return and as it turns out, I overpaid by $10,000. Name the time that one of these people have overpaid their taxes. Name it. Name it. One, just one. Why is it that all of these people, every single one of them that seems to get caught up into some sort of a scandal is like, "Oh, my gosh. Wait a minute, wait a minute. That piece of paper that I bring to the bank twice a month, that's taxable?" I didn't know that. I -- really? So wait a minute. The W-2, I just threw that thing away. I just thought that was about -- I just thought t hat was about Bush's second term that said W-2. I threw it out. How do I know? We've got to make these things a little simpler, you know. "Senator, you are the one writing the tax code." "I've got to go. I've got my car waiting for me outside."
I had a friend over the weekend come over to my house, and he's losing his house and is just an honorable man, just an honorable man. He said, "Glenn, I, you know, I didn't get it until it was too late." He said, "You know, about a year ago I started seeing trouble on the horizon; I'm like, uh-oh." He said, "I made mistakes, it's my fault, my fault," and so he's losing everything. And he looked at me. He's an honorable guy. And he looked at me and he said, "I'm just trying to figure out why I should pay my income tax." He said, "I owe all this income tax." He said, "I'm trying to figure out why I should pay it." And I said, "Well, let me tell you. Because you're not too big to fail. You're not the most qualified person for this job. You're just a schlub." I mean, how many times can you play this out? If Obama really wanted to make a difference, if he really wanted to say, "I'm going to make a difference here, I'm going to show you there's a new era of responsibility," you know what he would say today? "America, it obviously has come to your attention because even I'm seeing it. There seems to be a paying your income tax problem with our leaders here in Washington, and how are we ever expected to ask you to pay your income tax if your leaders in Washington aren't paying theirs. They seem to be wanting to raise your income tax all the time, yet they can't figure out the tax code. Now, I'm going to take them to the benefit of the doubt that they couldn't fix the tax code, they don't understand the tax code that they themselves have written, but you need to have confidence in them. So here's what's going to happen. I'm issuing an order now, executive order 673,112. The others have all been about socialized, you know, labor and everything else, but don't worry about it. This one I'm issuing and it is a call to the IRS and they're not going to be answering to Geithner on this one -- I'm just saying -- a call to the IRS to audit every single person in government. And if they owe taxes, we're going to start -- we're going to clean up our own house first. If they owe taxes, we're going to treat them exactly the way we treat you and that is we're going to fine them or jail them or, you know, go after their wife or whoever else was signing that, we're going to treat them exactly like you. Now, those on Capitol Hill may say that, whoa, wait a minute, you can't do that. And that's good, just change the law. If they say you get unlimited breaks, that's fine, then everybody needs to get unlimited breaks."
I mean, when did we become this country where -- you know what, people will call and write. You should see the mail I'm getting now. And the mail I'm getting, a lot of it is saying, "Glenn, I am afraid for our country. I am afraid for our republic. I am really fearful that, you know, there's going to be another American Revolution. Gang, there's not going to be another American Revolution. This is why I've said be very, very careful who you listen to, who you follow, what you -- you know, people will say all the time, "Well, I think we should let these banks fail." I say that. But I have war gamed that scenario out. I know what that means. And that means depression like I don't even think our grandparents have seen. I'm willing to eat cabbage for 10 years. I'm willing to lose everything. I'm willing to lose my job, I am willing to lose my house, and it's not flippantly. I say that because I would rather have my children be free at the end of that walk than cower and do things in fear that will take that freedom away from them. But when people say revolution, or, this isn't going to last or whatever, I've been warning for two years, "Please turn this around," because we're not headed for an American Revolution. We're headed for a French Revolution.
The difference between -- one of the differences between the French and the American Revolution was the people. The people, the people in the American Revolution were God-fearing people that were -- it wasn't out of anger and spite and all of that. It was, "We want to be free," and they were striving for something better. We're not striving for something better currently. We've got venom in us. We're angry. And so far I haven't seen any God-fearing leaders come to the forefront. Our leaders of the American Revolution, they were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams. Where are those people? If you don't have those people, you have the French Revolution which ends at the guillotine.
These people in Washington, and not all of them, are setting up French society. You know, I've said on this program we're becoming France. Well, we're becoming not only France today, we're already France today. It just hasn't really registered yet, but we're already France today, but we are quickly becoming the France that was for the French Revolution, where there are two sets of people. There are the uber rich industrialists that don't care about their country, they don't care about anything but their own wealth that are now merging with the -- it's becoming -- CitiBank and Bank of America and all of these companies, if they're not careful, they are going to be the king's court. They are the ones standing around in the giant circles and saying, "Yes, that's right. Congratulations, Mr. President," no matter which side it is. "We are in your court. We're here for ya." And the government is becoming the king and they're all in bed together. Meanwhile, there are those of all different economic classes that are not allowed into the king's court, that are standing outside the gate, that have to live by different rules. When did America become this country where you're just too smart, it doesn't matter what you do.
You know what this is? "Well, he's the guy to save us." "Wait, we have to have Daschle. He's the best guy in healthcare." He's the -- Tom Daschle is the best guy on healthcare, Tom Daschle? Nobody else can do it except Tom Daschle? That's it? How sad is it for America that we only have one man in America that can run the treasury department? Only one can run it! How -- when did we become that country? We're not that country. That's not true we need to reconnect quickly to "Everybody is the same, everybody plays by the same rules," but I don't see that coming out of Washington, and somebody better step to the plate soon and demand it. We're going to talk to some of those people over the next couple of days that are in Washington that are demanding action.
Friday on our TV show we started "Where in the world are Chris Dodd's mortgage papers?" He promised these months ago. If I said to you right now, "Hey, go get your mortgage papers," could you do it? If you were at home with your mortgage papers, could you put your hands on your mortgage papers within 10 minutes? I'm just saying that, you know, somebody else is watching the kids or somebody else is doing whatever, could you put your hands on your mortgage papers within 10 minutes? Chris Dodd has had over six months. He can't do it. Would you be given that break? If Chris Dodd thought you were dirty, would Chris Dodd and Barney Frank allow you over six months to say, "I'll get to it in a little while"? Would they? Don't answer. It's rhetorical.