Glenn Beck: Do You Believe the System Is Unsustainable?

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," September 21, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: Hello, America.

Last night, I got an e-mail from somebody who said, "I don't know what Obama is doing, none of it makes sense to me. But, Glenn, what you said on the program tonight is that the Department of Energy now wants to stop me from having a Cuisinart and for the life of me, that doesn't make any sense to me at all. I don't know, no big deal if I can't have a Cuisinart and how does that help the country? What would Barack Obama's motivation be?"

Well, I thought of that and I realized — I apologize to you. I have maybe gotten ahead of myself. I want to answer that question.

First of all, Obama is not coming after your Cuisinart, but the Department of Energy is coming up with new mandates now that will decide what appliances will be available to Americans in the future. So, in a way, it may be your Cuisinart.

Now, why would he do that? It doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

Well, to understand what's happening in our country, we must stop projecting our views on other people. It's like — why doesn't profiling work? Profiling doesn't work because you think you know what people look like or how they're going to behave or how they're going to speak, et cetera, et cetera.

And it doesn't take long before the good terrorists know that if they don't look or act that way, the way you expect them to, they could get right past you. Somebody could be wearing, you know, a bomb vest and look Swedish and speak with an American accent. And boom, before you know it, you're blown and you never saw it coming.

Well, that's because we project our views on other people. And it's wrong to do in all cases. It makes you vulnerable.

So, to understand this administration, we must not project on to this president or on to this administration or people in Congress, the views that we have, because it won't make sense. That's why so many people are frustrated. They're like — none of this makes sense.

You must not think and act the same way that traditional small government, free market Americans, who may be Republican or Democrat, have always thought. Let's start here. Let's start with — because there are two choices tonight.

So, let's start with, let's just call it the Tea Party. I — you know what? I think it's really the traditional Democrat like my grandfather and the traditional Republican. Not the progressives, but just a regular person that grew up in America loving the Constitution and everything else.

Do you not think that your neighbors, your Democratic and Republican neighbors, and your independent neighbors, can we all agree that the things, the way we're living our life right now is unsustainable?

We cannot continue to spend money, we can't continue to buy these gigantic homes and everything else. It's unsustainable. We have made mistakes. So, it's all going to fall apart.

Now, I think you agree with that, I agree with that. But does the president and people in Washington, do they agree with that? Let's find out.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The alternative is a status quo that's unsustainable.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Set to remain on unsustainable path.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: An utterly unsustainable course.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That current system is unsustainable.

OBAMA: This is the unsustainable path we're on.


BECK: OK. So, yes, the system is unsustainable. We agree with all the people in Washington. You agree. It's unsustainable.

Now, how to fix it? How to fix it? You see, the president says he's not an ideologue, but he is an ideologue. And he's a pragmatist, too.

The founders were pragmatic. They just believed in a small government. They believed in free market solutions.

So, I think the average Democrat and Republican — because, look, we're all the same. There's good Democrats. There's even progressives that happen to be small business owners.

And when you are a small business owner, you know it's the free market system. You cannot question that 70 percent to 80 percent of all jobs created in a recession or depression are created by the small businessman, the entrepreneur.

So, we believe in the free market solution. Not corruption, not these big banks that are out of control. Not people being dirtbags to each other. But decent, free market people, doing the right thing every day.
We believe in the small businessman.

The question is: Does the president believe in the free market system?



REP. JIM MORAN, D-VA.: We have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Must — must redistribute wealth.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you then calling for the redistribution of wealth in society?


RON BLOOM, MANUFACTURING "CZAR": We know that the free market is nonsense.

HOWARD DEAN, FORMER DNC CHAIRMAN: So, I think the debate for the new generation is instead of capitalism or socialism, is we're going to have both.

REV. AL SHARPTON, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST: The dream was to make everything equal at everybody's house.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And they're going to have to be a degree of redistribution.

JEREMY WRIGHT, PASTOR: Dispel the negative images we have been programmed to conjure up with just the mention of that word socialism or Marxism.

DEAN: You need to do some redistribution. This is a form of redistribution.

OBAMA: And I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.


BECK: OK. I believe he believes that. To believe in redistribution of wealth or Marxism does not make you evil. I think it makes you wrong.
I think it makes you naive.

Look, the president doesn't want to destroy people. Perhaps — perhaps the people who believe in it should read into history of how previous attempts at big government have ended in disaster, not once, not twice, but every time.

But this is what they believe, OK? They do not believe in the free market solution. They agree things are unsustainable. So, something has to be changed. But they do not believe in the free market solution.

Now, the third one is — this is you, I assume. You believe in small government of the people and by the people. You look to the founders and original intent. You look to the documents that have always guided us to get here.

OK. Are we looking for a small government of the people, an American original intent? Is that what they are looking for in Washington now?


RICHARD TRUMKA, AFL-CIO: So, how are we going to achieve a new global economic order?

HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: As students, as workers, or as global citizens.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A new set of rules for the whole world.

ANDY STERN, SEIU: We created global trade. We created global finance. We created global companies. But we forgot to create global government.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One of the ways that we'll drive the change is through global governance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Work on a better world order.

OBAMA: Global citizenship continue to bind us together.


BECK: OK. That's why he spoke in Germany, because he believes in global world order. Everybody in his administration does.

Now, what's frustrating here is whenever we play clips of them expressing this view — tonight, I'm going to be the one called crazy or conspiracy theorist or whatever for playing their words.

Well, it doesn't — stop playing that game, America. Stop caring what they say, because the republic is at stake.

And do I sound hateful? Because I sure don't want to be hateful. I'm just trying to point out the differences between us. I thought diversity was a good thing.

Here it is. Choice one: things are unsustainable. We both agree on that.

Two: free market solutions. They say, no, redistribution of wealth.
You don't have this crazy notion of keeping the wealth you make.

And a small government of the people, by the people — look to our founders' original intent. No, a global governance or global government run by elites.

That is fundamental transformation. This is restoration.

And I want to make it very clear if — if you are watching this program, and you disagree with me, because I'm a hatemonger, I'm not talking about restoring what we had under Bush. That was broken by Republican progressives. I agreed with you that we needed change.

But what are we transforming into? You have to look at their actions, because this is where — this is where you have `em. This is where your neighbors can come to this. If you understand, do not look at this administration with these eyes. Look at everything they do with these eyes. Does this make sense? Because when you read the news, nothing makes sense if you look at it with this. Use this framework.

Things that don't make sense. I'm just going to give you one quick one — the BP oil spill. Obama was quick to put moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf. At the time, we explain how — even if you temporarily banned, you know, oil in the Gulf, it would be devastating for jobs.

Judge ruled against the ban. Obama just went around it. Well, the ban resulted in at least 23,000 jobs being lost in the region as a result.
So, it was horrible for the economy.

If you look at it through this eye, that doesn't make any sense. But he took it a step further. The next thing he did was he said we have to cap and seal 3,500 U.S. wells in the Gulf. What this means is you permanently plug those wells. Anything unused in the last five years has to be shut down and permanently sealed. Well, anybody who knows anything about the oil companies at all, they know that oil companies routinely seal the well and then go back to the old wells to get more oil.

Experts estimate the Obama order will cost the oil companies $1.4 billion to $3.5 billion just to cap the wells. Some smaller producers will be giving up $6 billion to $18 billion in lost revenue for future production.

So, we've closed the doors on our own companies — which doesn't make sense. It's unsustainable. We need capital. We need money. We need cheap energy.

But here's where it really gets confusing. At the same time, I told you on this program, we opened the door somewhere else. We issued a preliminary commitment last year to loan $2 billion to Brazil for oil exploration that is deeper than what we were doing here, that was a danger to the planet.

Remember, that's why we're doing this. It's bad for the planet. Oil is bad and drilling is bad for the planet.

So, why would we loan $2 billion? We'll lose $18 billion here and loan $2 billion to Brazil to do a drilling that is twice as deep of what we were doing in the Gulf.

Then the Obama administration loaned $1 billion last year and just loaned another $1 billion to Mexico to drill. Where? In the Gulf of Mexico — right where we said it's a danger to the planet and we're closing 3,500 U.S. wells in the Gulf.

Look at it through these eyes. Does that make any sense? I mean, how does this help the American economy? We lose jobs. How does this help get us out of foreign oil dependency? It doesn't.

We lose our resources. Does it help the environment? No, because we're giving them money to drill right where we say we can't!

So, how does this policy help the United States? Poor countries around the globe, it helps the poor countries around the globe because it redistributes the wealth globally. Remember, remember, think of it this way — things are unsustainable. Redistribution of wealth is the key and we have to create a new global government. Got it?

I want to show you the world's wealth. Where is the world's wealth? I want to compare some countries, the national average income in Brazil is $8,135. Venezuela, it's $11,000. India, $1,000. China, $3,000.

You compare that with the United States, we are greedy gluttons. If you're trying to balance the globe, are you going to push these guys up or are you going to push this one down? You got to do a little of both.

Now, for all the people here in America that have lashed out at the wealthiest one percent and blame them for all of America's problems, guess what? The rest of the world — compared to the average citizen in Mexico or Mozambique, you are the wealthiest one percent.

You could be the lowest person on the ladder here and you are still wealthier than India. You have cars. You have cable. We have cell phones, designer clothes. Well, almost 1 billion people around the globe live on $1 per day.

My point is, get ready to practice what you preach — except you are the one who's going to pony up this time. It is your wealth that is going to be redistributed around the globe to lift up other countries.

It is a red herring to talk about the rich here in America because the money is not going to the poor here in America. Tons of money is going overseas. In fact, since we have the most to lose, our standard of living is going to go down. I played you a clip of John Holdren, the science
"czar", yesterday — how he wants to de-develop United States. Well, this is what he's talking about.

But I want to play that clip for you again. Watch it again.


REPORTER: Let me just ask you. You wrote, a massive campaign must be launched to restore high quality environment in North America and to de- develop the United States in your book "uman Ecology." ould you explain what you meant by "de-development"?

JOHN HOLDREN, SCIENCE "CZAR": You guys — what we meant by that was stopping the kind of activities that are destroying the environment and replacing them with activities that would produce both prosperity and environmental quality. Thanks a lot.

REPORTER: And how do you plan on implementing that?

HOLDREN: Through the free market economy.


BECK: OK. Danger to the planet — environmental equality is what he said. Remember, we're hurting the rainforest. So, send the money to Brazil where the rainforest is to promote environmental equality. You notice that?

He mentioned the free market. But remember, Holdren's goal is global wealth redistribution.


HOLDREN: It's important that we have a global agreement on how we are going to limit the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases going forward, and an agreement that will include the tropical forest, that will include ways to transfer some of the revenues from carbon taxes or carbon emission permits in the North to pay for reduced deforestation in the South.


BECK: How do you do that in the free market?

Well, the free market works on supply and demand. So, the government attempts to create demand by regulating, let's say, oh, I don't know, oil.
Regulate oil. Force America to buy it overseas at poorer companies.

They're doing it with the auto industry. Let's say you have to say you're starting to make electric cars. We must make electric cars. Well, they're expensive to make. You think you can you make them cheaper here in America or in China?

We create the demand, they supply it. We send their money, they send the car. It's global redistribution of wealth.

How about solar panels? We keep hearing about solar panels and green jobs. Who can make them cheaper — us or China? China is way ahead in this. We create the demand, they supply it. It's brilliant.

Now, another way, again, is with the oil — is with the oil. I just showed our oil situation. Government ties our hands and makes it expensive, difficult — even impossible to drill for oil through regulation and bans. So, guess what? We have to go buy it from Venezuela, Brazil or Mexico. We can't make things cheap like they can. We can't drill the oil because of our government. So, we send our money to them.

Why do you think the Saudis are so rich? They were people in the sand on camels. Oil! How did they get rich? We sent them our money.

It's redistribution of wealth. That is the motivating factor behind cap-and-trade. Not saving the planet.

But what did he say? Ecological equity. Redistributing the wealth.
Big rich companies will be polluting just the same, but paying poor countries to do it. It's about shipping our wealth overseas.

I want to show you a staggering map. This is what carbon credits will cost each state. The darker the green here, the more money each state has to send. Not to the federal government in Washington, but overseas.

In Texas, it's over $1.5 billion, money going overseas. There's no job creation. We no longer will have the capital to create and lift ourselves out of trouble.

Nobody in Washington is attempting to get us out of these problems with free market solutions. They're not doing that. They're trying to de- develop us and put us on par with the rest of the world. Why? Because we're moving towards global governance.

Look, this is not a conspiracy theory. It's not even, if that's what you believe — this is my problem with the administration — say what you mean and mean what you say! But they don't.

I guarantee you if Media Matters and George Soros isn't on it yet, they will be in the next 10 minutes saying what a conspiracy theorist I am. That's what they do. But in their own words, this is what they believe. It's just two ways of approaching things. That's it.

The question is: do you believe in freedom anymore? Do you believe in the free market system and entrepreneurs? Do you believe in the founding documents?

We got problems. We've made mistakes. Can we take the best of what we have, and jettison the worst and try again? Yes!

They do not believe that.

You got to tell your friends, the Democrats, who are there. Explain it to them, who think this cannot happen in America. They have to stop thinking like the typical American who understands the unleashing of the free market is the answer.

Washington doesn't believe that. They're taking steps towards a global society. It is imperative that you pass this information on and then you get like-minded people — I don't care who you vote for — to go out and vote.

I've warned you about a structure being put in place and you are starting to see the switch and the machine turned on. The next two years will be the dangerous, most dangerous in the history of the republic.

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