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:

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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 Pets.com 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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As the Senate prepares for former President Trump's second impeachment trial, many are asking whether it's constitutional to try a president after leaving office. Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of the of "The Dershow," joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to talk about the legal battles Trump still faces.

Dershowitz said he believes the Senate doesn't have the authority to convict Trump, now that he's a private citizen again, and thus can't use impeachment to bar him from running for office again.

"The Constitution says the purpose of impeachment is to remove somebody. He [Trump] is out of office. There's nothing left to do.
It doesn't say you can impeach him to disqualify him for the future. It says, if you remove him you can then add disqualification, but you can't just impeach somebody to disqualify them," Dershowitz said.

"The Senate can't try ordinary citizens. So once you're an ordinary citizen, you get tried only in the courts, not in the Senate. So it's clearly unconstitutional," he added.

Dershowitz, who served on Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, also discussed whether he thinks Trump is legally (or even just ethically) responsible for the Capitol riot earlier this month, and whether those engaging in violence could be considered "domestic terrorists."

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A new, shocking CBS News poll shows that the majority of Americans believe they're facing a new enemy: other Americans.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents said they believe democracy in the U.S. is "threatened," and 54% said "other people in America" are the "biggest threat to the American way of life," rather than economic factors, viruses, natural disasters, or foreign actors.

Will it be possible to unite our nation with statistics like that? On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and Stu discussed the poll numbers and what they mean for our future.

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Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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