Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government
by Glenn Beck
GLENN: Another way to sell our book, Arguing With Idiots. I was just showing it to the Insiders. I just got it. Comes out September 24th?
GLENN: 22nd? My favorite part of the book is Page 301 to 325. The footnotes that we were just trying to figure, maybe they are 5, 6 font, maybe? They are just footnotes. I don't ever want to put you in a position to where you say, I got my facts from Glenn Beck. Oh, really? So you'll be able to say, no, I got my information from the New York Times, August 12th, 2005, Page 7. That's what I want you to be able to do and so this is really what ‑‑ this has taken us over a year to write and it is full color and it's very much like the inconvenient book except this one's on the Constitution. This one's on the Second Amendment. This one's on healthcare. This one is on the deficit. This one is on, should you buy a home or not, do you have a right to a home. All of the things that would stop small minds and big government, Arguing With Idiots. Because you are going to run ‑‑ you know what, you are going to run into your idiot friends and you are going to have conversations like when a friend comes up to you sand says...
PAT: Yeah, Mr. Beck, I guess you don't like healthcare reform for some unknown ‑‑ apparently you want the monopoly to continue, right? That's fine with you. You just continue with the monopoly.
GLENN: You must be talking about what HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said last week:
SEBELIUS: Let people choose an option in the new marketplace, and it's good to have competition for the private insurers who will inherit a lot of new customers. And without competition costs could skyrocket. In a monopoly system it's not a great way to hold down costs.
GLENN: Right, right. So the government needs to get involved in order for true competition to happen. That's an interesting ‑‑ I've never heard that argument before.
PAT: Of course I'm not surprised. You are so ignorant and so ill informed, so stupid. How else can there be any cost‑cutting competition?
GLENN: Well, let's see. Right now Aetna competes with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, they both compete with Humana. Of course there's Cigna, United, Assurant. Since when does the government have to throw its hat in the ring in order to not be a monopoly? Is there a monopoly right now in the fast food industry?
PAT: Yes. Yes, there is, Mr. Beck. Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, Sonic and all the rest, they continue to overcharge because there's no single‑feeder option.
GLENN: Wait a minute.
PAT: There's no single‑feeder option in fast food right now.
GLENN: I did not know.
PAT: Plus, plus, not everyone, not everyone has access to fast food. Minority areas, for instance, are wildly underrepresented when it comes to fast food.
GLENN: Didn't know that.
PAT: Do you know ‑‑ and I know you don't care.
PAT: Do you know that some 93 million people had no fast food meals at all last year alone?
GLENN: And is that a bad thing?
PAT: Not for you, Mr. Quarter Pounder with bacon grease lard and doughnut icing. No, I'm sure there's so much special sauce coarsing through your veins if you took the breathalyzer test, you'd have had a .08% blood content in your Big Mac stream.
GLENN: Okay, here's the deal. It's not a monopoly. There are thousands of businesses that compete for your food dollars. Mano means one.
PAT: Yeah, as in the number of chins your chins have. Is that, Mr. Beck, not one of those companies delivers that food for free, do they, Mr. Cream Cheese Cheeks?
GLENN: Look, the government was in the food industry. They had something called the Senate cafeteria. It failed. One cafeteria for just 100 senators and they somehow or another couldn't make that work.
PAT: Well, you know what? If it weren't for the Bush tax cuts for the only the wealthiest 0000000000001% of Americans, there would be more senators who could afford lunch in their own cafeteria.
GLENN: I don't even know what that has to do with absolutely anything on healthcare.
PAT: And what about the weapons of mass destruction? Where are those? Why aren't you talking about that?