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Elton John On His Charity Work: Government Should Be Doing Our Job For
Us But They’re Not
GLENN: All righty. Could we play, could we play Elton John and his latest
comment? I want you to understand that this is where the progressive left is,
and this explains everything. This is why we don't understand each other
PAT: He's at his AIDS charity.
ELTON JOHN: I'm set up as charity so I can help people. I know a lot of
charities are set up by, you know, the Gates Foundation, the World Health
Organization, the Clinton Foundation because they want to help people. And it
seems that individuals are trying to help people, whereas government should be
doing this adjunct for us but unfortunately they are not. And so we have to step
up to the plate and try and do as much as we can.
PAT: Is that amazing?
GLENN: That -- that's the progressive understanding.
PAT: It is.
GLENN: The government --
PAT: It is.
GLENN: -- should be doing this, but we are going to have to help people now.
PAT: It is exactly upside down.
GLENN: Yes. Remember the inverted pyramid that I showed you before?
PAT: Yeah. Yes.
GLENN: I showed you -- I mean, that was part of the American Revival was the
inverted pyramid that they have inverted. They have made God almost nonexistent,
where that was the base of the pyramid before. Now government is the base.
Government used to be the point of the pyramid. Now it's the base and God used
to be the base and now it's the point. It's the smallest part.
PAT: It's incredible that this is everything, society's been completely turned
on its head.
GLENN: Upside down. Of course it has. Did you guys -- go ahead.
PAT: If you look at private donations, at individual donors, it is like ten
times what governments get.
GLENN: Of course it is.
PAT: Americans at least. I can't speak for the other countries because they are
not nearly as generous as Americans are. But Americans give about ten times the
GLENN: Look, this is not about charity. Understand that. The government, we all
think that it is really, really incompetent. No, it's not. It's not incompetent.
It is good at what it is actually trying to do and that is take the wealth from
the wealthy and give it to the poor. And give it to their own special interests
and their cronies. That's what this system is.
GLENN: It is all on the -- the charitable thing is a front.
STU: I would not say they are good at redistributing the wealth from the rich to
the poor even. I mean, they just give it, you're right, to the special interests
and things like that.
STU: And you look at Elton here, here's a guy who's -- this is coming from I
think a good place. The sentiment here is good. Did he say, "I don't believe
that the government is working and I'm going to step in on my own."
STU: But he has the idea, as you said, Glenn, the pyramid is completely upside
STU: And he doesn't even realize it.