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GLENN: You know, we spend so much time in our society talking about money and talking about being rich and everything else, but when are we really actually taught how to be responsible with money, how to create wealth, how to hold onto wealth? We learn almost through osmosis about debt and how much debt we can have, and we are circled by sharks that make money on us borrowing money and yet our society teaches us that it's all okay.

Right after World War II household debt was 22% of all of your disposable income, 22% right after World War II. America was reasonable. Today it's 134% of all disposable income. That -- excuse me? And we've done the same and that's why our banks are collapsing, our government is having a hard time, everybody's having a hard time because we were unreasonable for a very long time.

Seven words that will change your course, seven words that will change not only I believe your financial future but also the course of your life comes from Richard Paul Evans. Richard Paul Evans is a friend of mine, friend of the program. He's a New York Times best selling author, et cetera, et cetera. He wrote the book Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me and now he's written an updated version, Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught For Women. So Richard is on the phone with us. Tell me the seven words, Richard, that are the words that will change your life.

EVANS: Is that the best you can do?

GLENN: How do you mean it?

EVANS: Is that the best you can do? Glenn, my staff is required, anytime we're buying something or entering a room or anything to ask that question. I'm in a hotel right now. My secretary calls and goes, "Do you realize we got 20% off just because I asked those words?" She goes, I'm getting so good at it. America's kind of stopped negotiating. They don't realize that they pay way too much for everything. So that's just one of many of the tactics and techniques.

GLENN: Okay. So, you know, let me flip that up on its head because I think you have more power in that phrase than even you think. You say, "Is that the best you can do" to somebody, you walk into a store. I think -- because the best advice I've gotten from somebody recently was at the end of the day before you close your eyes, ask yourself, "Did I do my best." If the answer is yes, then rest well because God's going to take care of everything else. If the answer is no, you better figure out what you didn't do and do it tomorrow until you can go to sleep in answering that question yes every night. So when you say "Is that the best you can do," I think if you ask that to yourself, if we as a nation started asking that to ourselves, "Is that the best you can do," if we start asking that to our children and everything else, not in a negotiation sense, I think it changes it even more. I think it changes the whole course of your life.

EVANS: I think you are absolutely right. The only time you don't want to say that is to your wife, "Is that the best you can do."

GLENN: Okay, don't ask that, don't ask her, our wives that. Give me some of the stories where the seven words have played a role.

EVANS: Oh, and this -- again, Glenn, this is just one technique in the book. But when I first taught this seminar, the five lessons, I did it for my own family and I brought my siblings in. My brother owed $1500 to a hospital. So he wanted to prove me wrong. So he went and called the hospital. He had already written the check out for $1500, asked the woman, is that the best you can do. He went back and checked and he came back and she apologized. She said, I'm sorry, sir, I can only give you 10% off. Well, think about it. That's $150 tax and tithing-free that he just, a complete stranger gave him and apologized for.

GLENN: Do you do this in, like, regular stores? Do you just walk into a store?

EVANS: I'm a Costco, get a big screen TV, turned to the guy pushing the TV and said, is that the best you can do? He goes, I'll go check. The best story I've heard -- and I get these stories. I've had hundreds of them, maybe thousands, people to share their stories. The best is a friend of mine who had adopted a baby and they had about $20,000 of medical bills and she called the hospital and told them the situation and asked, is that the best you can do, and they came back and said, "We'll cut it 80% if you can pay it off in the next month." And so they saved $18,000. So it's incredible.

GLENN: There's a better ending to the story. I really thought a friend adopted the baby, the adoption agency brought the baby and said, is that the best you can do? I thought this was going to have a different tragic sort of ending. I'm glad it ended the way it did.

EVANS: No, it ended wonderful. They have this beautiful baby and instead of being strapped for money and thrown in debt, they got the baby and they're out of debt.

GLENN: So the five things that the millionaire taught you are what?

EVANS: Can I tell you the premise, Glenn?

GLENN: Yeah.

EVANS: How it started? When I was 12 years old, my father, who was a building contractor fell on a building contractor, he fell on a job site and he fell and he shattered the bones in both of his legs. So with eight kids, no income and no insurance, we were financially decimated. The reason I slept on the floor, we moved into a small three bedroom duplex and I slept on the floor outside the kitchen for two years. Well, it was during this time a multimillionaire named Cary Heinze invited all the youth in the area to a free lecture about money and he got up there and he asked the question, is money evil. Even though it isn't evil, we all quickly greed that it was evil because we were in a church and he proceeded to teach us that money is just power and power in the hands of good people is a good thing. So he taught me these five lessons and I'm 12 years old and I'm scribbling them down, completely transformed my life. By the age of 16, I had saved up enough to buy a car. I was paying my school expenses. By the age of 18, I had saved up enough for a church mission and my college. By the age of 31 I was a multimillionaire. I paid off my home, had no debt and so I started to share these lessons with other family members and I watched them get out of debt. And in fact, my niece who is on the verge of bankruptcy, she's the one who told me to write the book because I taught her the lessons. She's fighting with her husband, totally maxed out their credit cards, they're in real trouble. In 15 months she not only got out of debt, she had saved more than $30,000. She said, "Uncle Rick," you need to share these lessons with the world." I was afraid what people would think. Because most people write books about money to make themselves rich. So I thought, I tell you what, if I give away all the royalties, all the proceeds so I don't make any money off this, I can do it. So that's what I did. We raised a lot of money for charity and the cool thing is all across the world -- because this is an internatio nal best seller now. All around the world people's lives are being changed and I was 12 years old when I learned these lessons. They are not that hard. Like you said, Glenn --

GLENN: Go ahead.

EVANS: Like you said, people just don't, they don't learn it. No one teaches them in society.

GLENN: So but this one is about -- this one's different than the five lessons taught to me by a millionaire. This one's specifically for women. Are the lessons different for women?

EVANS: Well, it's adaptive because women look at money very differently than money. And as soon as I found -- what I started to do is I started doing seminars for couples. I started doing just women because I was finding all these single mothers and I realized that money is being shifted over to women, that more than 80% of all expenditures are made by women, that the purse strings in homes in America are being handled 2:1 over women by men and yet women have never been taught because they grow up with these mixed messages that, you know, good girls don't worry their pretty little heads about money.

GLENN: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Costco, major bookstores. Pick it up now by Richard Paul Evans.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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