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GLENN: Today I'm going to outline for you the idea that I outlined on
television last night. Somebody has to pick this up. It's not going to be me.
But somebody has to pick this up. Somebody needs to go because I'm telling you,
the government will have no place to go. They will have to do these things.
There is no reason why our congressmen and all these people in Washington make
$175,000 a year as their starting wage. There's no reason for it. "Oh, but they
have to have two homes." Really? Well, have them go live in the barracks. We'll
put them up at Andrews. Why not? "Oh, well, they have all these pensions." Why
do they have the pensions? They can get all their healthcare at the V.A. medical
centers from hereon out. Congratulations from that. You get exactly what our
soldiers do. Our armies, our soldiers in the Army, they make about $22,000 a
year. And if any of these clowns in Washington want a free education, I'll
consider it. They need one. But they shouldn't get any better benefits than our
military does. And why are they making $175,000 a year? Are they taking a bullet
to the face? Are they risking having their limbs blown off? I don't think so.
Are they in worse combat than our soldiers? Nope. Congress should never make
more than $22,000 a year. That's what our soldiers make; that's what they make.
Wherever our soldiers go get their medical care, that's exactly where they get
medical care. As far as federal employees go, that's exactly what go to the V.A.
hospital. Congratulations on that. Oh, you love the V.A. hospital so much? Do
you? Really? Yeah, it's the best, isn't it? Yeah. You go ahead. Federal
employees? You now get all of your treatment at the V.A. Medical Center.
Anything the soldiers get you can get. Congratulations on that.
How come the average worker in America makes $50,000 a year and the average
federal worker makes $75,000 a year? The average federal worker makes, I think
it's $110,000 with all of the benefits. No. No. The average federal employee
should never make more than the average American, ever. Period. All your
benefits, you get them from the V.A., period. Congratulations on that. Oh, you
don't like that? Washington, you don't like that? Here, I'm going to fix
security for ya. I'm going to fix security. This is in Broke. Read about this
one. Push it. Push it because they'll have no place to go. Who in Washington, if
this was a movement, who in Washington could say "No, I'm not cutting my
$175,000 salary down to what our military makes." They couldn't. They couldn't
say no. Ya got em. Get em! Who could say no to the federal employees making the
same as the average worker?
Look, the average worker, their salary starts to go up? Congratulations.
Everybody's salary can go up. Until that time, no. Who can say no to that? Do
you know that jobs over $150,000 have doubled, have doubled since Obama became
president? Why? Has the private sector? Has that happened with the private
sector? Somebody needs to pick that up.
Now, I'm going to help you with security because they'll say, well, that's too
expensive; we can't keep two homes, we can't fly back and forth, we can't no,
we'll fly you on a military transport plane. That's not a problem. You can fly
exactly like our military does. When our military family has to go back and
forth, don't worry about it. You can just catch the next military transport
plane. Now, you may have to make four connections but you'll get home. Don't
worry about it. Congratulations on that. Oh, you don't like it? Well, then maybe
you shouldn't be in session so much. Maybe you should be like our founders had
you. You're only in session for a few days every year. Maybe you do it like
Texas does. You're only in session every other year. Congratulations. You like
You know what I'm really concerned about. I'm concerned about security in
Washington. I mean, look. Think about this. We have a plane, God forbid we have
some nut job from the Middle East take a plane and run it into the capitol while
everybody is in session. What happens? We wipe out everybody in congress? That's
a nightmare. For security reasons they should all stay in their districts. For
security reasons they should all remain at local offices, close to the people.
That way continuity of government. You can't wipe everybody else out. What? They
can't get on the Internet and talk to each other? They can't pick up the phone
and do all that business? Oh, you know what would be really tough is you'd break
up J Street. No. You'd break up K street. No. Would that be bad? Oh, gee, all
those big huge lobbying firms. What they would have to do is they would have to
spend all of their money going from city to city, state to state trying to lobby
people and those people would still be at home with their families. They would
still be in their communities. Wouldn't that suck? But I'm just doing it for
security reasons. I'm just worried about their security. I just think for
continuity of government they should stay home. And it would also save us an
awful lot of money. And it would be a lot easier for them to do their job at
$22,000 a year instead of $175,000 a year, and they'll know where their local
V.A. center is.
America, pick it up! Do it. Demand it. They have no place to go. They have no
place to go. Pick up their salaries and make the argument. Pick it up. Who could
possibly argue that and win?