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GLENN: Vince Flynn has a new book out called Extreme Measures. We were just talking a little bit about -- can we share what you were just sharing with me?
GLENN: We were just talking about, it's a great book. It involves terrorists but, you know, I just said to Vince a second ago that I think that when I first started reading it, I thought, you know, Vince, this is not where -- and then I started to see how congress in your book is one of the main enemies. And boy, oh, boy, it's got a fantastic ending. I look at it and I think this really could be a scenario, this could be absolutely happening in our country in the next six months.
FLYNN: We can't talk about how the terrorists hit but it is the scenario. It's not a nuke going off, it's not a chemical, it's nothing like that. But this is the scenario when I showed it to some people in Washington. They looked at it and they said, oh, my God, there's nothing, almost nothing we can do to stop this. And they have to --
GLENN: That's not good. Then why are you giving them the idea? Now there's somebody that's like --
FLYNN: Now they have got to look. They have got to look at some ways that they could possibly do this and we can talk bit off the air, but I know what's going to happen at some of these soft targets. I know that there's going to --
GLENN: I don't think I want to know.
FLYNN: There's going to be some precautions put into place to protect this and --
GLENN: Oh, because of the book? Are you costing me the taxpayer more money?
FLYNN: No, no, I just --
GLENN: You damn fiction writers.
FLYNN: I think we've got to -- if we don't put this in front of them and let them look at it, I do think the terrorists, they sit around and they try to dream this stuff up. And so -- and I don't buy into the fact that they're reading, you know, my books or Brad's or Clancy's or anything else.
GLENN: Yeah, yeah.
FLYNN: They are not doing that. But the people at the FBI and the CIA and the Secret Service, those people --
GLENN: That's because you know what? That's because you and people like you sit around and come -- this is your job.
GLENN: Just like it's their job, it's your job to come up with scenarios. Hang around for just a few more minutes because I want to talk to you about a couple of other things. Vince Flynn, knew book. Is it out today?
FLYNN: Yep, today.
GLENN: New book out called Extreme Measures. It is really, it is so unbelievably timely and it is -- it says everything you want to say about the weasels in Washington with a great ending. Pick it up, Vince Flynn, Extreme Measures, bookstores today.
GLENN: 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK is the phone number. Don't forget that the tickets went on sale yesterday for the Christmas Sweater if you are an Insider. Some of the cities are already sold out for Insider tickets. This is all presale. They go on sale for the general public next week. This is the most elaborate thing that we have ever been involved in and it is -- you are going to love it.
FLYNN: I got to read it.
GLENN: What did you say?
FLYNN: I got to read the Christmas Sweater.
GLENN: This is Vince Flynn, by the way, if you just joined us. He is got a new book out called Extreme Measures. I hesitated to send it to you. I sent it to a couple of people whose opinion I trusted and then you.
FLYNN: Who you don't trust.
GLENN: No, I hesitated to send it to you because, you know, you are a number one New York Times best selling author like 400 times in a row, but I hesitated because I was afraid that you would look at it and go, Glenn, there's not a single Al-Qaeda member in this; where's Mitch Rapp, behind the Christmas tree.
FLYNN: And you are making me sound like Larry King. Thank you. I know your real reason why you were hesitant to send it to me. Because we have a history of teasing each other.
FLYNN: And so that's how tough men show affection for each other. If they like each other, they tease each other. And so you were afraid that, of course, I was going to make fun of you for writing a girly man story.
GLENN: I'm just saying.
FLYNN: The Christmas Sweater. So I get it. And I'm literally going, oh, this is a pretty gay title, the Christmas Sweater. I'm thinking...
GLENN: This is why I didn't send it. This is why I didn't send it.
FLYNN: So I start reading it. I'm going, this is pretty darn good.
GLENN: What an endorsement.
FLYNN: No. And so then the more I read it, the more I'm thinking, this is gold. This is going to sell like hot cakes. This is exactly what everybody wants at Christmas. It's a perfect book. And I'm being -- now, you are waiting for me to take a shot at you. And I'm going to.
GLENN: Here it comes.
FLYNN: It was really good.
GLENN: Well, thank you.
FLYNN: You have this ability, a lot of writers -- we were just talking about this with Governor Palin off the air. A lot of people screw up because they do this with their critics, do this, do that. You write like you speak on the air. You are a good natural storyteller and you don't let some editor and some other clown get in there and trip you up. And we were talking about how she's now back on message after they had --
GLENN: I'm going to talk to her. She's on -- when is she on with us, about a half an hour from now? She is going to be on with us and I'm going to talk to her about that because they are now saying that she's more accessible, this is CBS news is reporting, than anyone else in the campaign, she's more accessible. But you know what it is? It's because she's doing it. I think she has -- I think she has broken free of the machinery that there -- the machinery in a campaign for the United States, you know, President of the United States has got to be absolutely ungodly.
FLYNN: Oh, people -- I don't think the average person even begins to comprehend the thousands of people that are involved at the core of the campaign, the scheduling.
GLENN: I could never, I could never do it. Because it's just, you are sitting there just like, shut up, shut up. Look, I didn't get here -- if I were Sarah Palin, I didn't get to, you know, be a governor with the highest approval rating in the entire country, 80% of the constituents in Alaska and a few beavers love her. 80%. She took on big oil, she took on her own party. You would say, "Look, did you want me or did you want somebody else? Because it's me that you're getting."
FLYNN: What I think she's saying to them, you know, we tried it your way and it's not working so well.
GLENN: Not working, yeah.
FLYNN: So can we try it my way.
GLENN: And I feel bad for her because she looks like a deer in the headlights. She has when she -- you know, that Katie Couric thing, looked like a deer in the headlights and you are like, oh, jeez. And you could just hear the voices in her head say, "Whatever you do, say this." How do you function like that.
FLYNN: You lose your rhythm, you lose your rhythm, you lose your game. It's like a pitching coach. At some point you put them on the mound and say, listen, throw the heat, you don't say do this with this leg and do this with that leg. No, you've got to turn them loose.
GLENN: What do you think about Bobby Jindal?
FLYNN: Bobby's an interesting selection. Part of me thought he was going to pick them and then I thought, no way, he is not going to. I thought the one big deal-breaker could have been if he could have gotten Colin Powell to get on the ticket and obviously I think he tried but it just didn't work.
GLENN: Colin Powell, what do you think of that?
FLYNN: I don't know.
GLENN: Come on.
FLYNN: I think it is race.
GLENN: Man up.
FLYNN: As much as he wants --
GLENN: What are you, the author of the Christmas Sweater? Man up!
FLYNN: As much as he would like to say his decision has nothing to do with race.
GLENN: Has everything to do with it.
FLYNN: Logic flies -- he is going to -- here is a guy whose entire background is the military, okay?
FLYNN: And obviously military and national security are important issues to him and so he's going to vote for a guy who has absolutely no experience in that arena and vote against a guy who's got a ton of experience in that arena. It doesn't make any sense.
GLENN: He's supposedly a middle-of-the-road conservative and he's going to vote for a guy who -- would you go as far as saying that Obama's Marxist?
FLYNN: Not yet because we haven't given him the opportunity, but I'm fearful that he is going to lead us in a direction where he thinks -- the Democrats do something interesting. They take a baseline and they say that if you don't increase spending, it's a cut.
FLYNN: And then they say things like, you know, we've got to spread the wealth around. What do you think we're already doing? The top 1% pay nearly 40% of all income taxes. The top 10% pay 80% of all income taxes. We are spreading it around. And I am so sick and tired of the Republicans never standing up and saying that.
GLENN: Why is that?
FLYNN: I can't -- the one that always got me was when Bush won versus Clinton. President Clinton says, "The rich don't pay their fair share." And I'm thinking, why aren't you standing up and putting that number out there and saying, you know what, this country was founded on hard work. It wasn't founded on people sitting back and making excuses to get handouts from the government. Now, we have to have things in place where we will give money to those who can't, people who are handicapped, people who are elderly. We've got to do that.
GLENN: Yeah. Look, if you lose your job, we're there for you, man.
GLENN: But if you are one of the people -- and this is what's driving me crazy. 40% of the American people that you run into today, 40% of them are not paying any income tax whatsoever. 40%. Now, you tell me if that number isn't around 30% of the people that you run into that are in lower paying jobs that just, they suck at their job. They don't do it right. They don't care. They don't even look at you. You might as well be dead. I mean, there's a reason they're in the low paying jobs. Because they don't care. They want it for free. They feel like they deserve it. Whatever it is. You know what? If you're busting your butt and you're somebody out there and you are doing everything you can, when you've done everything you can, that's when I think you deserve a hand up, not a handout. A hand up.
FLYNN: You know what? We have let -- this has been going on for a long time, by the way. There's a great guy in the twin cities called Joe Soucheray who has a radio show called Garage Logic and he calls it the great conspiracy and the euphoriants, the liberals, this is what they do. It's been going on for a long time. You go back in the late Seventies, early Eighties when they say, oh, we're not going to keep score at the little league games anymore. This is all the same line of thinking.
GLENN: I got a -- I have got a great story that I'm going to do tomorrow. I just found it. It's in -- oh, shoot, where is it? It is in the, I think it was in The Wall Street Journal today. Yeah, here it is, the trophy kids. This is fantastic.
FLYNN: I haven't seen it yet.
GLENN: This is fantastic, and it talks about -- we're going to talk about it on the radio program tomorrow, but it talks about how the trophy kids are now coming in to work and they are having to have employment coaches at work because they don't understand it at all. They are, why aren't you praising me, why don't I win.
FLYNN: They have parent orientation at some of these companies now like a college.
GLENN: Oh, you just -- that's fantastic.
FLYNN: Helicopter parents. It's nuts.
GLENN: I know. All right. The name of the book is Extreme Measures. It's in bookstores everywhere starting today. It is absolutely fantastic. Think the best one that you have written so far? Would you agree with that or do you have favorites?
FLYNN: I'm the wrong person to ask.
GLENN: Wrong person to ask? It is Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn. Get it in bookstores everywhere, a great, great read.