GLENN: Let's go to Don in Pennsylvania, WPHT. Hi, Don.
CALLER: Hey, Glenn. First I'm going to welcome you to my town tomorrow. You are going to Exton tomorrow?
GLENN: Yes, I think I am.
CALLER: I live in Downingtown next door.
GLENN: Am I going there or Friday? I don't even know what day it is.
CALLER: I'm sorry. I don't know what day it is. I'm hoping to see you.
GLENN: Good. I hope so too.
CALLER: With that said let me tell you then I have great respect for your voice.
GLENN: Oh, boy.
CALLER: Your point of view and everything that you say I try to live my life.
GLENN: Hold on just a second. Stu, the odds that something complimentary is following this.
STU: Very, very low.
GLENN: Very low, very low. Okay.
CALLER: Very, very low.
GLENN: Very low.
CALLER: Very low.
GLENN: Go ahead.
CALLER: And I listen to you all the time because I am in construction. I'm a Mason. So there's not a lot of noise. You are on constantly.
GLENN: Wait a minute. Hang on just a second. When you say Mason, like the secret handshake guy?
CALLER: No, like brick. I called you last year and told you you were killing my business.
GLENN: I believe I remember you.
CALLER: I was wrong.
GLENN: I was wrong?
CALLER: No, I was wrong. My business survived. When you got on, Americans got to save money, blah, blah, blah, that whole thing I kept saying, well, if everybody does that, then what happens to me?
GLENN: No, no, here's the deal. Don, you just need to always -- if you are in business, you just need to always provide quality.
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CALLER: You know, I understand.
GLENN: Quality. People always spend money.
CALLER: My business is fine.
CALLER: I learned that through my business staying.
CALLER: You know, because of my trade, there's not a whole lot out there that can do what I can do, even though there is.
GLENN: All right. Let me hear the bottom.
CALLER: Anyway, here's my point. My point is I have three kids, a stay-at-home wife. How am I supposed to save food? Because if it comes to the point where I have to save food, no matter how good my quality is, people aren't going to have the money. And it's not me. It's every other good guy that I know. We're all in the same boat.
CALLER: And I've thought about, you know, be the leader of my house. That's done. That's not a problem. I've gone over things with my wife.
GLENN: What is your -- what is your problem with having some food in the house?
CALLER: Food, I mean, three weeks, that's -- inflation's only going to hit me for three weeks, then food's going to be able to go down? I can't store years of food in my house.
GLENN: Yes, you can. You'd be surprised in what you can do.
CALLER: Things will -- excuse me, but you think things are going to get that bad that me, who has a good business, that, you know, my work is everything, my work is everything.
GLENN: Who are you talking to?
CALLER: I'm going to have to store food for a year to keep my family alive?
GLENN: Who do you think you're talking to? I mean, it's not like you're calling, you know, Willy Wonka, Mr. Sunshine. Yeah, I do think it's going to get bad. Now, do you need a year's worth of food? I don't know. That's up to you. Do you need to buy what you can in bulk and store what you can that you consume? Yeah. Don, it is just, look at it this way. Don't look at it like, "The world is going to end" because you know what, Don? Many are going to survive. Remember in the Great Depression not everybody was hurt. If you had a job, you had a hard time making ends meet, et cetera, et cetera but you got through it and businesses -- not only did business survive, businesses that understood quality thrived, okay? So you may not be affected; you may be. But when you're looking at ways to, "What's the best thing I can do for my dollar," everybody needs to start looking for value. That's why companies like Nordstrom's are having a hard time. Nordstrom's is a great store. I grew up in Seattle. Nordstrom's is a great, great store. However, Wal-Mart is going to be the place that is really going to weather the storm because you can buy more for your dollar at Wal-Mart, okay? So it doesn't mean anything bad about Nordstrom's. It just means people are going to be looking for the best value for their dollar. You have to do the same thing. When it comes to food, understand the best place you can put your dollar right now isn't hard goods that are going to increase in value. You don't have to buy gold. You buy food. If inflation is -- it's already 13%. They will tell you that it's 5, but if you figure it the way it has always been, it's already 13%. You add another 5, 10, 15 points on inflation, it's difficult for a lot of people to buy food. If you had three months of food, if you had six months of food, it would allow you to relieve some -- it's not that you are going to be using all of it all the time unless you're out of a job. You can use that to relieve some of the pressure, you know, in tough times. Believe me, it is a smart investment, it is something that will relieve stress. And again, Don, your family may be good but it is -- this is the theme of what I've been talking about for the last three weeks. What gives me hope is that people are waking up. We are strong, rugged individuals. Each of us have amazing power within us. Each of us make a difference.
Now, you have a choice to make. You are going to say, "I've got a great business and I'm going to survive." Well, you know what? I am, too, brother. But it's not just our responsibility to help ourselves and help our own businesses and employ our, you know, employees and the people that work around us. It is also our responsibility to help others in need. You are going to be a shelter for somebody, you are going to need to be a leader for somebody. But with tough times ahead you are going to be prepared. The stress it will relieve for not only you but others around you will be a great blessing because you are going to feel like the September 12th person. You are going to feel, you are going to -- a metaphor for what is coming is September 11th. It's not going to be an event but it's going to be something that scares a lot of people and they don't know what it is and you need to be the person that is either standing in the street corner with the boot or the one that rolls down your window and puts the money in the boot at every single block. Not because you have to but because you can and because you want to. Because you're a September 12th American.