STU: Yes, comrade.
GLENN: Comrade, I have to speak in hushed tones today because I've been out partying all night.
STU: Vodka, comrade?
GLENN: Sure, okay. And my voice is a little sketchy. So I've got to keep my voice down, but good news from the Western front.
STU: More good news.
GLENN: Oh, good news just doesn't stop today. Today the good news from the Western front is, first of all, our British friends, the paper -- you see it on the front page of the Drudge Report, they have declared that America is in a Great Depression. Now, comrades, you might think that if you listen to that Glenn Beck program every day that Glenn Beck might get on the air and say, "See, I told you so" but you'd be sadly mistaken. They're wrong. We're not in a Great Depression. We may head for a Great Depression, we may end up in a Great Depression. I don't know. But we're certainly not in one. And their evidence is the good news from the Western front.
This article goes on to say that the reason why they believe we're in the Great Depression is because there are more people getting food stamps than ever before in our nation's history. So people must be starving. Well, unfortunately, or fortunately for those of us who look for good news from the Western front, the real story behind this is not a sign of Depression but a sign of something else that I have also said is coming, that in three to five years we'll be a full-fledged European socialist style country. What makes me say something that insane? Well, food stamps for one, Medicaid the other. Listen to the stats. More people are standing in line for food stamps than ever before in our nation's history. Not being reported is that during the last decade, eligibility requirements to obtain food stamps has been relaxed, and for the first time our Government is advertising food stamps. "Hello, friend. Do you need food stamps? I'm Uncle Sam and I'm here to provide that safety net for you." The cities where food stamps have been advertised, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Raleigh/Durham, Denver, Chicago, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and Philadelphia.
Stu, do me a favor. Run the list of the top 10 cities with illegal aliens in it, will you?
STU: Sure, I'll look it up.
GLENN: I'll bet you that New York City maybe, Los Angeles, San Diego, maybe Las Vegas, Albuquerque are in the top 10. Just check it out for me.
STU: Yes, comrade.
GLENN: And then do me another favor. Find out the format of these stations. Find out, run a list of what the format is on these stations that they're advertising. Find out if they're English-speaking stations. Find out what they are for me, will you? The idea here is that we're not only advertising, we are lowering the eligibility. In New York Mayor Bloomberg restored access to individuals by reversing the rules that Rudy Giuliani put in. So as soon as Rudy Giuliani left, Bloomberg, who is a frickin' socialist Progressive -- good news, comrades -- he's reversed a lot of the rules. So during the last seven years, more and more people keep joining.
I told you three weeks ago that now a full one third of everyone who lives here in New York City is on Medicaid. Good news from the Western front. The number of city residents receiving food stamps dropped down under Rudy Giuliani to 798,000. However, Mr. Bloomberg has changed the policies and the food stamp case load went up to 1.1 million by 2004. I don't have the latest numbers. City council also enacted legislation over the mayor. He vetoed it but the city council went ahead anyway and allowed New Yorkers to apply for food stamps online and by fax and made the applications available at soup kitchens.
California pushed for an effort to bring food stamp applications or applicants to apply over the Internet and making the restrictions, narrowing them down and making it easier to get food stamps. USA Today has done an analysis of 25 major government programs and found that the enrollment in these programs has grown 17% since 2000. The population of our country, by the way, grew 5%. Food stamp enrollment climbed from 17.2 million to 25.7 million in 2005. Congress has made it easier to get food stamps as well. And they've also changed Medicaid. Medicaid wants a program for people on welfare broadened dramatically since welfare reform happened in 1996. Remember when we thought we won? Just like the Soviet Union, they never went away. They found a different way to socialize us. Welfare reform in 1996, Medicaid has been expanded. It's now aimed at the families of the working poor, especially children. Medicaid overtook Social Security as the Government's largest social program, and it is now upside down.
So this is the stuff that will lead us to a Great Depression because we will go completely broke and not be able to afford anything, but it is not a sign of the Great Depression. It is a sign of another prediction coming through and that is we are going to be a full-fledged socialist country within three to five years if we don't wake up. We've got to wake up to these things.