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GLENN: That's right, it is Friday. So you can ask Glenn anything. Number is 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK. I just wanted to go over some of these polls. This is from the Fox News dynamic poll, and I'm going to show these and tie these all together tonight at 5:00, but let me just give you a thumbnail sketch of some of these. What kind of government, what kind of government are you for? What kind of government are you for? Lower taxes, smaller government, 55%. That's up from 52% in 2006. So now 55% of Americans. It's growing the other direction. They want smaller government, lower taxes. Growing number. Higher taxes, bigger government, 35%. So why are we getting a bigger government and higher taxes if 35% say they don't want it? Is raising taxes a good idea in a bad economy? 69% say this is a bad idea to raise taxes in a bad economy. 69%. If you look at across the board, you have Democrats saying 58% it's a bad idea, Republicans saying by 86% it's a bad idea, and independents saying 66%. Don't raise taxes in a bad economy. It's a bad idea. Should we raise taxes on the rich? Remember, 69% say it's a bad idea. Should we raise taxes on the rich, 66% say yes. How is that possible? Because it's not you. Because it's not you. You don't see yourself as wealthy. This is why I say if we would solve one issue, if we would marry ourselves to one principle: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, we would solve almost all of our problems. Is it a bad idea for the economy? Yep. Should we do it? Nope. What kind of government do you want? Lower taxes, smaller government. Should we raise taxes on the rich? Yes.
This one goes to this question, way down, Question 977: Rich people are most likely to be, A, generous; B, greedy; or C, depends. Generous is at 36%. Greedy is at 36%. Depends is at 25. It should be "Depends." It should be -- well, there's always 11% stupid people. It should be 89% depends. Being rich does not make you greedy or generous. It makes you rich. Your principles make you greedy or generous. This shows you how we can just hate the rich, just hate them. Do you agree with the old adage -- now listen to this: Should we raise the taxes on the rich? Again 66% say yes. Do you agree with the old adage, "You cannot make the poor rich by making the rich poor." Got it? Do you agree you can't make the poor rich by making the rich poor? In other words, redistribution of wealth. Can you take it from one group and give it to the other and make them rich? Do you agree or disagree? 72% of Americans agree. Now, you can look at that and say, wow, 72% of Americans agree with that. Or you can look at that and say, "Only 72% agree that you can't make the poor rich by making the rich poor?" And here's the kicker on this. You're rich if your annual income is $501,000 and over, 25%; $250,000 to 500,000, 20%; $151,000 to $250,000, 13%; $76,000 to $150,000, 18%. Almost 20% say you're rich if you make a dollar over $76,000. 18%. You're rich if your annual income is under $75,000, 9%. So it's a pretty even spread really. It's a pretty even spread almost all the way across. Really, we're all rich except those under $75,000. Only 9% say that. But almost 20% say at everything else. So why are we going for the $250,000? Why wouldn't we just go to $76,000? Again this shows it's just not me. Anybody but me, and here's the -- here's the last one I wanted to give. Are the government actions working? Actually there's two other. Are the government actions working? Yes, they would have been a lot worse. 38%. No. Without the action from the government the economy would be the same or even better: 44%. 44% to 38%. The rest don't have any idea, but a majority of us say we would have been better off had they not done anything. That's staggering to me because that's not what you see reflected on the news. That's not what you see anywhere. And the last one: Do you want bigger government, smaller government? Maybe this has something to do with that number where we say we want a smaller government and lower taxes. Is it possible that the United States of America could go bankrupt? Is it possible that the United States of America could go bankrupt? 61% say yes.
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STU: Okay, I have a couple of questions. Because I'm going through, as you're doing this, I'm trying to figure out, I don't understand the people of America. First of all, the 64%, is that because you say "Possible" and not "Likely"?
GLENN: For bankruptcy?
STU: Yes. Is it possible in theory? Long term --
GLENN: The real answer is no.
STU: Probably not. I mean, that's --
GLENN: No, no, not probably. The real answer is --
STU: You could always print.
GLENN: Yes, you can print. That stops you from going bankrupt.
STU: But let me ask you this question: 72% say that they agree with the adage you cannot make the poor rich by making the rich poor. 72%.
STU: Agree with that.
STU: If you are going to convert that into a policy, you would say that would be taxing the rich to give to the poor.
GLENN: Yes, redistribution of wealth.
STU: Right. So but then you ask the same group of people, do you support raising taxes on those earning over $250,000 and lowering taxes on everyone else, 66% support that.
STU: Make sense of that for me.
GLENN: Okay. Here it is. People know that redistribution of wealth does not work. They get it. You cannot make a poor man wealthy by making a wealthy man poor. 70 something percent understand that that just can't be done. But can I put my hands into the pockets of a wealthy man? Does he have too much cash? Absolutely. So they believe that, yes, I could put my hands into the pocket and give that money to -- I'll take that money from anybody but me. You notice the questions are worded, "Do you believe we should tax the wealthy." Yes, we should tax the wealthy. Then a few questions later, who are the wealthy? Anybody but me.
GLENN: Anybody but me. It's almost evenly distributed. And if you see, there's nobody that should say $75,000 is wealthy. That's not wealthy in America today. $75,000, a household making $75,000, that's a wealthy household? I mean --
STU: I mean, it's not bad but it's not wealthy.
GLENN: No, but that just shows that the people at the bottom of the ladder look at anybody who is making more than they are as wealthy. The people in the middle of the ladder look at people and say you are the middle of the ladder, you are $50,000, you look at the people making $100,000 as wealthy. If you are making $100,000, you look at the people making $250,000. If you are making $250,000, you are looking at the people saying a millionaire. If you are making a million, you say $5 million. If you make $5 million, you are looking at Warren Buffett. I mean, it's never you that's wealthy.
GLENN: And again if we would just adopt the adage of do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But see, the deal is that nobody anymore actually believes -- I shouldn't say this. A growing number of Americans no longer believe they can be wealthy. They have bought into the lies of politicians. They have bought into the lies of the media. They have bought into the lies of people with an agenda, that you're going to be kept down, you'll never make it, things will never change, you can't do it.