GLENN: I want to tell you a little bit about I was telling you about the minimum wage and how minimum wage, we said, would be a problem. Bernays came out don't even start. Bernays came out and he said, basically, you create the problem and then you have the solution all ready to go. So, when people say, Oh, my gosh, fix this, you push them Cass Sunstein would say nudge them into where you want them to go.
Now, I told you a couple of years ago that the jobs for youth going to be in trouble. Well, now we are. We have the highest youth unemployment rate, I think, on record. Well, what do we do about it? What's happening? Who's got a solution? Does anybody have a solution for what we're going to do for jobs for the youth of our nation? Oh, yes. Oh, yes, yes, they do. And here is the wonderful, wonderful solution and it's not just from one source. It's from several, several sources. The first one is Andy Stern's solution from SEIU, which is really weird because it's exactly the same solution from the Center For American Progress, which is exactly the same solution that came out of the White House in a trial balloon. Well? You don't understand that?
STU: It's so weird because it's all the same one and they're all these different groups. What are the odds that they come up with the same idea? It's got to be, like, 50,000 to 1?
GLENN: I know. It's really, really strange, but Center For American Progress same out with a report in November. Andy Stern comes out with it 10 months later. They the Center For American Progress said national service is about unlocking potential as it is about meeting needs, it's not a strategy to create short term jobs but, rather, a proven pathway to create long term unemployment opportunities for youth who might remain jobless or unemployed in dead end low skilled jobs if they are employed. They said for less than 1.5 billion Congress could engage 150,000 individuals in national service for one year term of service, cost $14,000 per individual. Now, here's what Andy Stern has said. That was from the Center For American Progress. Assuming that the average annual cost of $15,000 per person, for just 46,000 for $46.5 billion, we could offer every 16 to 24 year old a job in national service. He's got a new idea to create now 12 million new jobs. Make good environmental citizens out of them. Today I promise you under my leadership the Department of Education will be committed partner to the national effort to build a more environmentally literate and responsible society. This according to Arnie Duncan. So, we have Arnie Duncan saying let's come up with ways to make environmental citizens out of the youth. We have Center For American Progress saying let's give jobs to youth and Andy Stern saying, yeah, let's create $12 million. For the youth. This is as coincidental as when Cass Sunstein wrote about, you know, maybe restaurants should just replace french fries with carrots in his book Nudge and then, coincidentally, the President's wife says she's advised for her children by a doctor that she should replace french fries with carrots and maybe that would be a good idea for restaurant owners to do. What are the odds? What are the odds? You'll hear this idea from several different sources and then all of a sudden someone will really step up to the plate at the right tame and say, Hey, I have this idea.
STU: It almost sounds like a consensus, the way you're describing it. All these people are saying the same thing?
GLENN: Exactly right.
STU: Exactly the way we should go, then.
GLENN: Some might say it's C O N. Some might even say that it's another word that just is spelled C O N, but that's just not for me to say. That would be for the American Center For American Progress to issue a report on and then maybe Andy Stern could come out with another idea that seems suspiciously similar to that and then maybe Van Jones can come out with an idea and finally, the first lady can come out with her idea, all of them exactly the same, some of them word for word. Wouldn't that be wild? Seems to be happening a lot lately. You know what they say, though, great minds think alike. CO N. What? I'm letting you finish the word or just leave it at that, whichever you prefer. Consensus, conspiracy, con job. Hey, whatever. I'm easy.