Glenn Beck: Obama's Idea of Leveling the Playing Field

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Well, the G20 had another meeting and it was great. Yes, it only cost Canadian taxpayers about $1 billion for security for world leaders to talk about fiscal responsibility.

Anyway, President Obama was there and he said something that tripped my "Marxism" alarm:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: A strong and durable recovery also requires countries not having an undue advantage.... I think we all have the same interest, and that is the United States can compete with anybody as long we've got an even playing field.


An even playing field with no undue advantages — sure, that sounds so cute and fair and everything, but before we break out in chants for equality, let's talk about the logistics of that. Whether you disagree or not, how would you even go about doing that? And what would happen to the average American?

Remember, the president thinks it's better when you spread the wealth around. He doesn't believe that's only true for America, he also believes it's true globally.

Let's take a look at average salaries from around the world:

Switzerland: $55,510

United States: $47,930

Germany: $42,710

Greece: $28,400

Russia: $9,660

Mexico: $9,990

Venezuela: $9,230

Brazil: $7,300

China: $2,940

Bolivia: $1,460

India: $1,040

Haiti: $975

Kenya: $730

Cambodia: $640

Bangladesh: $520

Look at all the income inequality around the planet. It's horrible, isn't it? So how can you even this out? Well, you can't take anything from the bottom — that would wipe them out. You have to start at the high spots — like the wealth in the United States. And not just Bill Gates' wealth — your wealth. After all, the average salary in the United States is $47,930. And the average salary in Kenya is $730.

Whoa! That's an "undue advantage" and not very equal or fair. We're going to have to even things out a little bit. Get the bulldozer out and start plowing ahead. As your wealth tumbles down, it will fill in the gaps in places like Brazil, India, Venezuela, Cambodia.

And here's the inconvenient truth about leveling the playing field that the left hopes you don't realize: Your standard of living must come down in order in order to level the playing field. And not just the rich: Everyone's standard must come down.

Remember when Obama's science "czar," John Holdren, advocated the "de-development" of the United States?


JOHN HOLDEN, WHITE HOUSE DIRECTOR OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY: I think ultimately, the rate of growth of material consumption is going to have to come down and there's going to have to be a degree of redistribution of how much we consume in terms of energy and material resources in order to leave room for people who are poor to become more prosperous.


So, when all is said and done and this president and the radicals around him have successfully "de-developed" America to make the world equal, the rest of the world will not have been lifted up, we will have been dragged down.

Imagine America, what your life will be like when everyone in the world makes $14,602.

And that's what the M.O. of this administration has been from the get go: Spreading things out, making everyone equal. It's what Obama told Joe the Plumber. He said the Constitution isn't "redistributive" enough. The New York Times even described how health care reform attacked "wealth inequality" — wait, wasn't it about health? It's the same with cap-and-trade. What was the only thing that came out of Copenhagen? Rich countries giving poor countries money. Problem solved! I can feel the Earth healing even as we speak.

This is Marxism, pure and simple.

You remember Al Gore's hockey stick chart, right? It's the chart that help move national consensus to actually believe the global warming hoax. Seriously, America, if you are that stupid to think because a guy gets in a scissor lift that means his chart is the real deal, then I have another hockey stick chart to show you.

My chart goes all the way back to 5000 B.C. It's world per capita GDP. Notice that it stays relatively flat until about the 1800s and then — whoa! It takes off like a hockey stick. I wonder what was going on around 1800 that would cause this sudden jump in wealth? Hmm, I can't think of anything. Was that when was invented or the Segway? It was either that or, I don't know, America and the free market arrived.

And the track record of the free market is clear: It works. And we have this hockey stick chart to prove it. Although we haven't fully implemented the free market since progressives started growing government about 100 years ago, we are still more free than most other nations. Between 1974 and 2004 households earning less than $75,000 a year decreased by 10.1 percent, while those earning more than $75,000 increased by about the same amount.

Translation: More people are earning more money.

But what do Barack Obama and the progressives want to do? Punish that success. America, you've gone and got a little greedy there. Look the globe: This guy here in Cambodia is making a dollar. Time to be a good global citizen and fork it over.

They want to drag you back.

Understand one thing: Historically, the norm is poverty. The exception is prosperity. Now why would you want to hold that back? But this happens every time there is a financial crisis: Progressives call for more government taxes and more government spending.

Barack Obama is out there yelling at Germany and others in the EU, telling them they need to spend more. But political support for big government spending is dead. Socialist parties in almost every election have lost to conservatives and even liberals. In Europe they are actually cutting entitlements, raising retirement ages — and Obama is asking them to spend more?

Tim Geithner told the G20 to boost spending for as long as necessary to counter a severe financial crisis. George Soros told Germany to spend more or else it risked triggering a deflationary spiral and may ultimately endanger the European Union as a whole. The Europeans declared the welfare state dead. The Royal Bank of Scotland is now advising its clients to prepare for monster money printing by the Federal Reserve.

But it's the same story over and over throughout history. The socialist advisers of FDR said the same thing. Henry Morgenthau, Jr. — FDR's secretary of the treasury, good friend and key figure in designing the New Deal — appeared before the House Ways and Means committee in 1939 and said:

"We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong... somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat.... I say after eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started... and an enormous debt to boot."

The key sentence here is: "I want to see this country prosperous." That's the difference between then and now: These days the global elites and this administration want to see the wealth spread and they also want to devolve the country. They want to see the globe equal.

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For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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