Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government
by Glenn Beck
GLENN: That's right, comes out tomorrow, Arguing With Idiots. It may be have all of our books, well, our recent books, debuted at number one?
GLENN: This time it has stiff competition. Remember last year our first nonfiction book, Christmas Sweater, came out and we were concerned because Stephen King had put a book out and that was number one no, I'm sorry.
GLENN: We thought it was going to be number one. We beat Stephen King.
PAT: Excuse me? Hmmm.
GLENN: But the Ted Kennedy book, the Ted Kennedy book is out now and it's a juggernaut.
STU: Stephen King, that guy from the Eighties.
PAT: Oh, okay. Wrote that thing about a spider or whatever?
GLENN: No, no, the guy who just hates the soldiers, that guy. Remember him?
PAT: I got you.
GLENN: Yeah, all right. So Ted Kennedy's book is a juggernaut. And that's who we're up in competition with.
PAT: Is it really?
GLENN: It is, it is.
PAT: I mean, where? Where is it? Like
GLENN: It's currently beating us on Amazon.com. Now, we're not ought until tomorrow.
PAT: Is he out?
GLENN: Yeah, he's out.
GLENN: And I saw an hour long interview with the Kennedys last night on Larry King.
PAT: Oh, that was good.
GLENN: You saw it?
PAT: I saw some of it.
GLENN: It was really good.
PAT: It was really, really, really good.
GLENN: And they are saying there's stuff in the book that even the kids didn't know about.
PAT: You just don't know about Ted Kennedy.
GLENN: No, you don't.
PAT: There's some stuff.
GLENN: No, you don't. Comes out tomorrow, available in bookstores everywhere.
PAT: What? The Kennedy book? What are we talking about now?
GLENN: Arguing With Idiots. So when your idiot friend says something like...
PAT: You know what would be nice?
PAT: If you could possibly find a way for one second to not hate the poor.
GLENN: So what?
PAT: That would be wonderful.
GLENN: To not
PAT: To not hate the poor. Why can't we just spend more money to win the war on poverty? Why?
PAT: Because it doesn't work.
PAT: What do you mean it doesn't work? You want to explain a little bit?
GLENN: Let's go into the book and let's just look it up here. Here it is: Just throwing money at the problem, not really a way to solve it. For example, in 1968, 13% of the population was poor, so we launched the war on poverty. We've increased spending on social programs now by 400%.
PAT: You see? That's what I'm talking about.
GLENN: Let me finish. It's on Page 7. Arguing With Idiots. After all the increased spending, by 1980, 400% increase on spending.
GLENN: Poverty rate, still 13%. It's the same number, 13 and 13. Same number.
PAT: Yeah, I
GLENN: Of course, all the money had to come from somewhere. So all those evil rich people in businesses paid extra taxes to a program that we now know doesn't work. Instead of hiring more people and actually bringing people out of poverty.
PAT: Oh, I forgot how much of a friend of the poor you are. Jeez, what was I thinking? You're a regular bloated Mother Teresa, aren't you? All this from a guy who won't even support a hike in the minimum wage.
GLENN: Yeah, that's right. That is me. I am against the minimum wage hike.
PAT: Yeah, I know.
GLENN: Yeah, you know why?
PAT: Why? Why don't you tell me, Mother... Teresa.
GLENN: I don't think you were going to follow that with Teresa.
PAT: In bacon fat.
GLENN: Mother Teresa in bacon fat?
PAT: Bacon fat, yeah.
GLENN: Let me tell you why. Because the minimum wage guarantees higher unemployment and it's a terrible law, especially for the poor. Creating a minimum wage simply means anyone whose services are worth less than the minimum never gets a job. The only way they can get hired is if an employer feels like, you know, he's going to hire people and then also give charity.
PAT: Oh. Well, so minimum wage creates unemployment for the poor?
PAT: I laugh at your ridiculous logic. (Laughing).
GLENN: That's the most ridiculous
GLENN: That's the most ridiculous
PAT: Prove it.
GLENN: Okay. The minimum has gone up twice thanks to Nancy Pelosi in the last two years. Young people are the ones most affected by the minimum wage because they're just putting their experience and skill sets together. But how can they get experience when their skills aren't worth the minimum wage? The unemployment rate for those 16 to 24 is now higher, the unemployment rate for those age 16 to 24 now higher than any point since at least 1948. You are not even listening. I mean, how can you argue when you're you don't even have the facts. You won't even listen to the facts.
The teenaged unemployment rate mysteriously skyrocketed since the hikes were put into place, by around 8 points. Are you
PAT: I hear you.
GLENN: It's now around 24%, and 38% for African American teens.
PAT: Oh, that's right. I forgot you're all for full employment for African Americans. It's called indentured servitude, isn't it, Mr. Beck? You're an atrocity of a human being that also happens to be fat! A fat, fat, fatrocity. That's what you are. Fatrocity.
VOICE: Arguing With Idiots, available at bookstores tomorrow or order now at GlennBeck.com/bookczar.