This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," April 22, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GLENN BECK, HOST: Last night, somebody bought a ticket in Missouri and won Power Ball, taking home $258 million — minus the half that the government will immediately take back from them in taxes. But hey — that is not the only lucrative contest from the government that you can be involved in.
I just want you to know the Environmental Protection Agency has now developed a contest in which you can win a small chunk of their $10 billion budget — $2,500 to be exact. Oh, yes, yours for the taking for the best YouTube video explaining how much you love government regulations.
I'm not kidding. Sounds delightful.
The description of the contest reads more like an argument of why you should correctly despise government regulation. Here it is: "Federal agencies develop and issue hundreds of rules and regulation every year to implement statutes written by Congress. Almost every aspect of an individual's life is touched by federal regulations. But many don't understand how rules are made or how they can be involved in the process."
They go on to explain how even the price of a cup of coffee you drink in the morning is affected by their fabulous government regulations.
Now, if you're not fully motivated yet to get involved and, quote, "help change the common perception of the federal rule-making," as they describe it, let me make his one final pitch for them — quote:
"Regulations have the power of law. Breaking them can result in fines and even jail time. Regulations outnumber Congressional statutes. For every statute passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, federal agencies create about 10 regulations. Each of them will have the force of law."
Wow. We should do a contest to change the perception of a cavity search, too, because that's almost as delightful as all the government regulations. And yet, it carries such a negative connotation.
It is really wonderful how much the EPA is doing for us. Listen to the head of the EPA, Lisa Jackson, explain to an interviewer how they're educating children for you.
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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Can you talk a little bit about why you chose this bottom-up approach, educating the kids to educate their parents?
LISA JACKSON, ADMINISTRATOR, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Well, because it's worked before. I mean, we'll take any approach when it comes to environmental education that works. But we know one thing about the environmental movement — young people understand it. Young people get it.
One of the things that we know is that young people can go home and their parents will listen to them. I have yet to meet a parent whether it's in the corporate boardroom or an environmental advocate who you can't reach by talking to them about their children.
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BECK: Yes, she's right about a couple of things there. Indoctrinating your children in school has worked before. I'll let you figure out when and where that was successful. Let's not send our kids home to educate their parents, though. What do you say?
Her argument is that kids just know. No, no, kids don't know. No. Instead, they're vulnerable, innocent vessels to fill up with the governmental climate change messages that is being force-fed to them. How is this not government propaganda? How is this not outrageous to every American — Republican, Democrat and Independent?
Included in their wonderful message is the hardcore, factual, no-spin link between the environment and racism. Yes, environmental justice:
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JACKSON: When we think about environmental protection, there was a time my father, living in the south, would have been forced to drink unsafe water out of different pipes and different fountains because of his race.
And we also need to make clear that environmentalism goes hand in hand with traditional civil rights and social justice issues. Now is the time for us to broaden the conversation about the environment, to expand the tent of our coalition.
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BECK: That is so fantastic.
Every parent and everyone who ever had to fight for real civil rights should band together peacefully to resist this insidious new direction our government is taking.
To use the plight of the poor, to use minorities to sell discredited global warming hoaxes is despicable. To add racism to it, defies any kind of logic or decency.
America, this is a full frontal assault on your sensibilities, an insult to our intelligence. It's time to stand up and say enough is enough. Enough is enough. Leave our children alone.
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