Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government
by Glenn Beck
PAT: I woke up at 4:00 in the morning with this in my head.
GLENN: Did you?
PAT: How I loathe you for this.
GLENN: Well, that's just all we're trying to do is just get the facts into the hands of the American people. So when your idiot friend comes up to you and says...
PAT: Hey, it's about time that the rich start paying their fair share. Raise their taxes!
GLENN: Then take this one? I'm not sure what you mean by your fair share, but if you'd read Page 191 of Arguing With Idiots, you might find that the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers are carrying the load for 39% of the bill. The top 20 pay over 86% of the bill. The poorest 20 pay less than 0. The poorest 20%, their tax rate is actually negative 2.9%.
PAT: Oh, of course you say that because you're knowingly omitting payroll taxes. Those target the poor!
GLENN: Well, you'd have to flip to Page 192, which is the next page in Arguing With Idiots, to see that even when you include payroll taxes and corporate taxes, the top 20% of taxpayers still pay over 72% of the bill.
PAT: Well, whatever. Even if they're paying a higher percentage of the taxes, that's only because the rates of the United States are so incredibly low.
GLENN: Oh, sorry, sorry. Our tax rate is 35%. The world average in 2003 was 31.2%. 35 here, 31.2 elsewhere. I think our rich pay more here. But that only tells half the story. The world average has been falling ever since 2003. Now our rate is 35% currently. The world average is less than 29%. Where do you think people are going to create jobs? If Obama gets his tax hike through, the U.S. will have a rate that is 11 points higher than the world average.
PAT: Oh, really? You know what is 1100 points higher than the average?
GLENN: Gee, let me think. My cholesterol?
PAT: No oh, wait. Yes. Yeah, that's right. Yeah.
GLENN: You know what's amazing to me is how many times you can argue these things and you can win every time if you just have the facts. I mean, the fact about the average rate around the world and hour rate.
PAT: That's great.
GLENN: 11 points higher, what do you think's going to happen to the country. Do you know we're currently in the beginning of a trade war with China? That's real bright. What's it over? Tires. Do you know who makes the tires overseas in China? Many of them are American companies. So we're boycotting ourself really. I mean, it's crazy. Why is that happening? It's happening because it's too expensive here. We've got to make ourselves competitive. And the way to make ourselves competitive is not through unions read the chapter on unions. Not unions. It's not some governmental healthcare. It's by freeing people up. There's a story on what is this, the Washington Post today? Yeah, the Washington Post. You know what's offensive about Glenn Beck and Limbaugh and Palin is that they refuse to acknowledge their real intellectual forerunners, the anarchists of the late 19th century. The individual has greater worth than organized society. Yeah, the anarchist they are called our founders. They are called our founders. The individual is what matters. The individual has greater worth than organized society. While there is legitimate debate over the amount of control the government or states should have, it is necessary for people to be free. There needs to be organization. No kidding! It's called limited government. Look it up. The founders came up with it. Beck, Limbaugh and Palin brand of conservatism insists on no limit on the individual. That's not true. That's not true. There are limits. There were absolute limits. In case of reality and truth is what I deem it to be as in witnessed by Palin's Bridge to Nowhere, pseudorejection. Beck's attempt to show how current Democrats are the intellectual descendants of Naziism, socialism and communism as Limbaugh's Operation Chaos.
Well, they're not the descendants of Naziism, socialism and communism. They're a branch of that tree. That's what progressivism is.
PAT: Almost the antecedents.
GLENN: Yeah, they are.
PAT: Because Wilson, Wilson developed the propaganda that the Nazis used.
GLENN: Yeah. But the Nazis, they are the antecedents. But they are branches off of the Marxism tree and that's why progressivism came off, and they hated, they hated communists and Marxists.
PAT: And again that's not rank and file Democrats.
GLENN: No, no, no.
PAT: Their party has been co opted. We're talking about progress I was.
GLENN: Most people don't know. Most people, when you say "Are you a progressive?" They will say, yeah. What is a progressive? They don't know. "Well, I'm progressive. I'm progressive thinker. I'm..." what is it? What are the roots? When you look at the roots, when you read the founding documents, I encourage you to read the founding documents, the founding fathers, if you will, of the progressive movement in the early 20th century and then read the founding documents of our country. Read the words of our founders. If you read the founding words from, oh, what's his name, House? What was that no, Lippmann, Walter Lippmann. Oh, my gosh. And it's still being taught in schools. You read Walter Lippmann. I've read some pretty excruciating stuff. I have read some stuff. I've read about the twelfth Imam. This is the guy who I think could be construed as the Antichrist. The twelfth Imam, the one that today Ahmadinejad is going to say again you mark my words. He will say it again in front of the United Nations, "Oh, Allah, give me the strength to hasten the return of the promised one." The promised one is the twelfth Imam. I believe that is the Antichrist. It is it has all of the earmarks. I've read some pretty dark stuff. I have never closed a book, ever, and said I can't read this anymore; it's just wicked stuff. Walter Lippmann. Walter Lippmann, who was one of the guys who was instrumental at CBS. I think he was the head of CBS for a while, he's one of the guys who started the Council on Foreign Relations. He was one of the guys who did the Versailles treaty, he's one of the architects of Woodrow Wilson. He is just evil stuff. I couldn't read it anymore. It's so dark, it is such a depressing look at humanity where they are saying you'll never be able to get stupid people to vote; that's why we have to breed eugenics breed smarter people to weed out the riffraff. I couldn't read it anymore. And maybe it's because it was an American saying it. But I challenge you, you want to know before you call yourself a progressive, read the founding fathers of progressivism. Read them. If you agree with them, that's great.
You know, it's like Marxism. Remember that quote we got from Karl Marx we found, Pat, a couple of months ago where, what was the percentage? 20%?
PAT: I'm pretty sure it was 20.
GLENN: 20% where Karl Marx said you are going to have to with this you are going to have to kill about 20% of the population because you just have to do that. They are not going to go along with it.
PAT: I think he said eliminate.
GLENN: Eliminate, sorry, eliminate 20% of the population. I haven't seen that in the words of our founding fathers. I haven't seen that. I'm going to go with the guys who didn't say we had to eliminate 20%. I'm going to go with the guys who in the 20th century didn't say, yeah, we're going to have to breed our way to smarter people so they can get our progressive ideology. I'm just going to, I'm going to trust the American people to educate themselves and to do the right thing. I'm going to be more along the lines of Thomas Jefferson. The people are going to make a mistake. But that's why you can change the Constitution, just like the progressives. Remember it's the progressives that had a stop change in the Constitution. We were changing it all the time. We changed the Constitution for prohibition. Then we changed it back. The scars were left for us to see. We haven't changed it. Why are we changing the Constitution now? Because they know it's too difficult, you can't get people to do it. So what they did is they just changed the fundamental framework of this nation. That is the progressive idea. Started back in the early 20th century: Let's fundamentally transform America. And you are seeing the end game happening now.