|America's March to Socialism: Why we're one step closer to giant missile parades|
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VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's March to Socialism.
GLENN: Well, yesterday we launched and today we continue our new series that keeps a close eye on your stimulus money.
VOICE: Microscope laser focused alert investigative watch, lots of googling, Glenn Beck's eye on the stimulus 2009.
GLENN: Yes, 2009 eye on the stimulus. Shovels are finally hitting the ground in the nation's newest and largest transportation project, the Trans-Hudson River tunnel project. $8.7 billion is all this is going to cost. Now, there are some cynics I'm sure there are saying, "What? Why do we... why do we need a tunnel?" Yes, we do have tunnels, sure, but some commuters will shave 15 minutes off their commute time. For a year $8.7 billion, 15 minutes, for some commuters. That sounds like a good deal, don't you think? So how did this massive project come about? How was it decided? I mean, Joe Biden couldn't have pushed this one through because is it a car tunnel or a train tunnel? Oh, it's a... train tunnel. Anyway, so it's stimulus money. We've got to spend it some place. Actually only $3 billion of the $8.7 billion needed for the project are coming from the federal government. The rest of the funds are coming from various state agencies in... wait for it, wait for it... New York and New Jersey. Now, last I checked, those states were broke. You know, aren't they the states that are also, like California, "We're going to have to fire all the teachers. If you don't raise this tax, all the kids are going to grow up to be soldiers, they are going to be that dumb. It's amazing how dumb they are going to be. You won't ever be able to read a Stephen King book. Yeah, that dumb if we got to raise the tax." Weren't those the states? We're looking everywhere we can to make up that $1.6 billion budget gap that we got. We're looking everywhere. We're going to have to start executing cops. I'd like to know, is there anyone in the government who said something in discussions like, "Hey, you know, I love the tunnel and everything, but the budget gap, do you think, maybe it's the time to build a tunnel?" Obviously not because that would make too much sense. Here's an idea. Don't build the tunnel. Sit on the train for an extra 15 minutes. I know it will be an inconvenience to Mr. Joe Biden, but what do you say you don't worry about that 15 minutes until we don't bankrupt the country. There you go. $5.7 billion saved. Thank you very much. Of course, that's not how the government looks at it. They see the wonderful new jobs that are going to be created, 6,000 new jobs to be exact. 6,000 new jobs, by the way, if you do the math, that's only $1.45 million per job. Wow. What a value. Government's driving a hard bargain, aren't they? Of course, the government project, as government projects never do, will go over budget. It doesn't okay, sometimes they go a little bit over budget, but it doesn't matter. The government is predicting that after the tunnel is completed, in 2017, after the tunnel is completed, it will create take a guess how many jobs. 6,000 to build it. How many new jobs will it create afterwards? Government estimate. Come on, they are creating new jobs. 4500 new jobs. Oh, no, sorry. 45,000 new jobs! In a tunnel! I'm sorry. 45,000 new jobs? I've been through tunnels before. I don't really see anybody in the tunnels. Are they going to intentionally build it with leaks so you have to have like a bucket by grade inside? What is the 45,000 new jobs going to be created with this tunnel. Wow, what a gig that is. Maybe a tad optimistic but maybe they are holding the tunnel up. I'm not sure. Wait, wait, what am I thinking? Of course, it's the federal government. They have a 400:1 hiring ratio compared to the private sector. So, of course, it's 45,000. Enjoy your extra 15 minutes, New Jersey commuters. Well, not all of you. Just some of you.
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