Glenn Beck frequently mentions Barack Obama’s desire to “spread the wealth around.” He played the following cut-together clip from Obama’s speech at G20:
A strong and durable recovery also requires countries not having an undue advantage. I think we all have the same interest, and that is the United States can compete with anybody as long as we’ve got an even playing field.
Glenn then proceeded to his chalkboard to explain Obama’s plan:
Well, the President thinks it’s better when you spread the wealth around. He doesn’t believe that it’s only true here in America; he believes that it’s also true globally. Look at all of the income inequality around the planet. Let’s level it out! …What we do is we just get a big bulldozer, you see what I mean, cause it’s so unequal. …What do we have to do? Well you just have to start at the high spots, get rid of some of this, okay, and just spread it over. Bring it over here. Now everybody’s happy!
…We’re not talking about Bill Gates’ wealth, we’re talking about your wealth, we’re talking about $47,000 a year - that’s the average salary in the United States. In Kenya - $730 a year. That’s an undue advantage. Not very equal or fair. We’re gonna have to level things out. Bulldozer just comes over here, takes all this wealth… and then we just take all of our money, and send it to the rest of the world. (reference)
Wow! Glenn squeezed a lot of mileage out of those first two statements by the President. But before we get too carried away, let’s take a look at what Obama really said:
A strong and durable recovery also requires countries not having an undue advantage. So we also discussed the need for currencies that are market-driven. As I told President Hu yesterday, the United States welcomes China’s decision to allow its currency to appreciate in response to market forces. And we will be watching closely in the months ahead.
Market-driven currencies! It’s capitalism! Glenn Beck ought to love that! The “undue advantage” was all about currency regulation - not about rich people and poor people.
Q: How long do you expect people like Senator Charles Schumer and American manufacturers who’ve lost so many jobs so quickly, how long do you expect them to wait?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Hans, we’re not going to have a colloquy here, but my expectation is, is that they’re going to be serious about the policy that they themselves have announced.
Now, what I’m going to do is I’m going to work with people like Senator Schumer, manufacturers, workers who are affected by these trade imbalances. And I think we all have the same interest, and that is the United States can compete with anybody as long we’ve got an even playing field. (reference)
Hey, Obama was talking about how to make American manufacturing more competitive! Evening the playing field with China so that the USA can do better!
Wait a second. How did Glenn Beck take this and decide it meant that Obama wants to spread our $47,000 salaries around to other countries? Umm…