Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government
by Glenn Beck
GLENN: Hello, capitalists. Arguing With Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government. It is the best book we have ever done and, you know, I told you a few months ago and I just haven't had a chance to talk to you about it that we had to get the youth, we must and Stu, are you still working on the documentary hour, the special that we're doing?
GLENN: We're doing a special here sometime. I mean, we just have so many, we have so many irons in the fire now. But we're doing something where I want to do a TV special where you can get your kids to sit down and watch it, and it's the truth on communism and Che. They've got to stop wearing the Che stuff. He was a killer. He was a bad guy, and nobody knows that. Nobody is teaching that. You're being spoon fed this nonsense.
So I told you that we needed to get the youth. Well, that's why Arguing With Idiots is written the way it is. Some of the chapters, every single chapter has some of the biggest minds out there and experts on each particular chapter. For instance, Gura helped us with the Second Amendment. He's the guy who argued the Heller case in Washington, D.C. So it is just buttoned up, really good facts. Shows you how to argue, but it is also five color. I mean, it's really, it was a very expensive book to make. It is riddled with ADD and pictures and comedy and everything else because I want you not only to be able to read it and know the arguments so you can argue with the pinheads around you but also so you can give it to your college age kid or even your high school age kid and say, take this. I swear to you this is a textbook. This is something that you can use, and all of the sources are in the back. 25 pages of fine print sources so if you're doing, you know, a paper on something, don't quote me. Don't quote me. Quote the original source, and they're all in the back of Arguing With Idiots. I mean, it is the book, because your friend is going to come up to you and say...
PAT: Yeah. Hey, Mr. "I want the poor to die of heartbreak psoriasis," you are always complaining about debt, but the president promised, he promised that he wouldn't sign a healthcare bill that added a single dime to our deficit.
GLENN: And that is true, and I agree with him. It's going to add tens of trillions of dimes to our deficit.
PAT: Oh, please, please.
PAT: You are just saying that because you hate Democrats. What evidence do you have to support that?
GLENN: Well, how about this: When Medicare was being created, they said by 1990 it would cost us $12 billion a year. When 1990 came, it cost us $107 billion. So only about nine times the cost.
PAT: Oh, wow. You can use your calculator. Whew, good. Which by the way is probably powered by clean and efficient solar power. But you're just trying to cover up for the fact that we're cutting programs like crazy for decades because of people like Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush and Joe Wilson, all those
GLENN: Did you even know who Joe Wilson was two weeks ago? Did you have any idea?
PAT: Not specifically but I know many people named Joe and others by the last name of Wilson. Wilson was the name of that volleyball, that Tom Hanks movie on the island. So don't even start challenging my political knowledge.
GLENN: But let me challenge your math skills. The idea that our government is being cut is about as credible as our healthcare estimates. In 1900 the federal government consumed less than 5% of the total economic output. Gee, 1900, what oh, that's when the progressives started to get into charge with the Republicans and the Democrats. We're up over 28% now, close to six times as much.
PAT: 1900? Oh, I notice you go back to that, that far because you don't want to look at the deep cuts in spending by George W. Bush.
GLENN: Oh, yeah. Deep spending.
PAT: His cronies, his ilk.
GLENN: Actually since 1999 the amount government has consumed has risen from 19 to 28%. So that's that doesn't look like a Democratic problem. That looks like a power problem.
PAT: Well, the federal government had to spend more because of the deep cuts at the state and local level.
GLENN: Right, really?
PAT: Yeah, really.
GLENN: Perhaps you should read Page 208 and 209 of Arguing With Idiots because if you did, not only would you know everything else I just told you but you would also know that state and local spending is only up 495% since 1960 in inflation adjusted dollars. From $367 billion to $2.2 trillion.
PAT: A ha! Trillion is not even a real word. You are just making this up.
PAT: Well, I can do that, too. Your cholesterol level is up a zillion billion kazillion quintillion fatillion times.
VOICE: Arguing With Idiots, available at bookstores everywhere Tuesday, or order now at GlennBeck.com/bookczar.