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Glenn Beck: Ready for a New Economic Plan, America?

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," March 3, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Isn't it amazing on how much we can change in just a year? It's been breathtaking.

Last March, I don't think I would have taken any communist seriously. I mean, I don't even think they were communists. Is that naive of me? Let alone crazy groups like the one I showed this week. Show the bald communist that we've been showing this week. I love this:

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JED BRANDT, BRECHT FORUM: We will take your insurance companies. We will take the farms in this country. We will shut down the military apparatus of this country.

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BECK: I mean — and, of course, we have — wait a minute, isn't Van Jones bald, too? Are all communists bald?

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VAN JONES, FORMER GREEN JOBS 'CZAR': How is that capitalism working for you?

How is that capitalism working for you?

How is that capitalism working for you this year?

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BECK: And no picture of him here, but I'm pretty sure, if I remember right, he's bald. I'm not sure if that's a trend we should look at. Bald people may all be communists. It's theory I'm working on.

How many failures in history does it take to finally put the communist idea to rest? It's like the creators of Pets.com coming to us and going, yes, we have an idea — Pets.com. No! There aren't.

You know, we see to toy with adoption of certain main parts of this failed system. OK, OK — Pets.org. No — no pets on the Internet.

It's like the redistribution of wealth or the all-powerful unions.

I played a little bit of this video for you yesterday. It came from Breitbart.com. It's really one of my favorite union thugs. I mean, the guy should have been in "The Untouchables."

He's brilliant, especially with that purple tie. Andy — sharp looking. He's the president of SEIU. Here he is laying out the real motives behind the union:

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ANDY STERN, PRESIDENT OF SEIU: We are at historic crossroads — we are at the historic crossroad, I think, economically in my lifetime in terms of what a new president is trying to do and the different way we're going to try to evaluate the economy.

So, all of a sudden we are witnessing the first new American economic plan — led by the government, not necessarily led by the private sector.

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BECK: Could you freeze this, please? Freeze this, please.

Look at this. "New American economic plan led by the government, not necessarily led by the private sector." It's new, all of a sudden. Wow!

Since capitalism and companies caused all of the world's ills, we need to implement now a new government, a new global government to fix it. Does that sound like anything new?

Andy Stern is already putting it in place all of that for you. Thanks, Andy!

But how — you know, how will they measure against all the fabulous successes? Oh, they have a — they have a new metric. It's the new economic — American economic system. Here it is:

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STERN: We now have a new metric. You know, the president says he wants to judge the new economy, whether it increases the number of people in the middle class. Whether we have shared prosperity, not just whether we have growth — which is a fundamental different philosophy than we've seen in our country up to date.

Clearly, the government has major opportunity to distribute wealth — through the EITC, through tax policies, through minimum wages, through living wages — the government has a role in distributing wealth or social benefit...

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BECK: You said too much. You said too much. Really, shhh! You're blowing the cover here.

Really? America, let me ask you this: Do you believe that capitalism is dead? Do you?

Do you believe the companies are evil? I think some of them are. Some of them aren't. Pets.com, that's...

Will bigger government or global government fix it?

Does government share prosperity? Do you notice what did he say there? He said, we're going to — we have a new metric here. We want to see if the numbers in the middle class are growing, OK?

All right. Now, hang on just a second. Well, you could do it without any growth whatsoever by taking money from the rich and giving it to people in the middle class.

Hey, there's more people in the middle class! Yes, people who used to be rich. Shouldn't we bring the people who are poor in the middle class? That's usually what happens, you know, in America.

Do you believe in this fundamental different philosophy our government is taking now? Because I've never — this is the first time I've ever heard this. This is the first time — I mean, I knew. You got to be an idiot to not see it.

I'm so sorry to inform you, Mr. and Mrs. American, it doesn't matter what you think, because you're not the president of a very powerful union. Watch:

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STERN: We are at historic crossroads — we are at the historic crossroad, I think, economically in my lifetime in terms of what a new president is trying to do and the different way we're going to try to evaluate the economy.

So, all of a sudden, we are witnessing the first new American economic plan led by the government, not necessarily led by the private sector.

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BECK: Does the government do a better job than the private sector? I mean, have you gotten your driver's license? Do you think the nation is going to be saved by people who run the post office? An organization — I'm not kidding you. You know how people complained about the long lines at the post office. This is a true story. Do you know how they solved it? Not kidding you: They removed the clocks, like that is going to make a difference.

You're standing there and you look at the clock and you're like, "I've been waiting here for 15 minutes." If they take the clock away, you have no idea. You could be standing there for three days and you'd have no idea, like, "No, this line is — it was a breeze."

Those are the people that are going to control our economy. It doesn't get more Marxist than what he's talking about: A new economic plan led by the government, not by the private sector.

Democrats, is this the change you voted for? Is this the change you wanted? Workers of the world unite. Remember, this is the guy who visits the White House more than any other — Andy Stern, Obama's newest appointee to the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Call me jingoistic if you want, but can somebody explain to me how inviting the head of the union that is designed to help with the global worker is going to help the American worker?

The president is wrong. He said that the worst is behind us. America, I beg you — I beg you — please, don't be frivolous with your money. Please. The worst is still in front of us. There is a lot — there is a huge mountain to climb and these people are making it even bigger.

It is easy to see as long as we look at the facts long-term. We're staring down the barrel of debt measured in 15 digits. And our answer is to spend our way out of a financial crisis?

What our government is doing doesn't make sense unless you look at the situation through eyes of a progressive or a Marxist or a union that just wants a return on their investment.

They are setting up for a time when they can say, See, the system is broken. Capitalism has run amuck. It was a fun ride, but this system hasn't worked. May I offer you some Marxism? Can I show you the robust Chinese model?

"Oh, Glenn, that would never happen."

Don't say that.

"Oh, it will never happen. We're in America. It will always be like this."

It's never been like this in America, in the world. In the history of the world, our freedom is a flash of brilliance: It's here and it's gone.

If we stand up, if we question with boldness, if we speak without fear, if we know our own history and why our Constitution was written the way it was, if we know who we are as individuals, we are going to be OK.

But let me ask you this, in any clips, any clips you ever hear from Washington — do you hear Washington or Jefferson? I hear Marx and Mao, but no Madison or Franklin. Leave the Mao out.

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