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GLENN: First I want to go back to Dianne in California because Dianne is in Bakersfield. And Dianne, it must be a crazy situation in California where, you know, one side just doesn't even understand the other side anymore. You are living in a state that can't pay its bills and yet you could pay all of them and then some if you just uncapped the oil and gas wells that you currently have drilled.
CALLER: Well, you know, we have a saying that they tilted the United States and all the nuts rolled to California and I think that that kind of sums it up. I mean, there are people who are very conscientious, very conservative and we live in a state that is just out of control and it's out of control in every part from top to bottom, everything. And so we just do. I mean, we're people. We stay involved. We vote.
So anyway, but I think the big thing with us as a family is we just made a decision. We have always lived the values and principles that you're talking about and so it's -- that part's already in place. What we have done also is to become as self-sufficient. I was raised by parents who lived through the depression.
CALLER: And they had me later in life. And so all the lessons they taught me sometimes at the time I thought, why are you washing out baggies, mom.
CALLER: Can't you just go and buy some new ones. And I understand now, you know, what they were talking about. Both of them have passed on and I take the lessons that they taught me and I'm applying them in my life. We're teaching our children and our grandchildren.
GLENN: You know what? You know, I came to Simon and Schuster who is our publishing partner and I came to them last August and I said, "I want to change the books. We're working on another book. And I said, I want to change books. I want to put one ahead of that. And I said, what I want to do is I want to write a book on our grandparents and the lessons of the Great Depression that have been lost. And they laughed at me quite honestly and said, "Oh, Glenn, he's talking about depression again like it really has" and now it's too late to do anything about that.
You know what, if you will, Dianne, in the next couple of days I'm going to give out an e-mail address and I would like to hear, I'd like to have -- we'll put it on the website. I'd like to have pictures of people's grandparents or their parents and I'd like to know the lessons that they taught because they're lost. Most of us made fun of them, you know, after so many years. Do you remember they used to save all the Christmas paper and they used to wash out the baggies and they used to do this and that. But we haven't passed that knowledge on and some of us didn't get that knowledge, you know, because our grandparents had passed away or whatever. I think we need to recycle that knowledge and make that available to the average person. So if I asked you, Dianne, to send me the lessons that your grandparents taught, would you and your family be willing to e-mail those lessons to me and share them with others?
CALLER: Oh, absolutely would.
GLENN: Okay. I'll give a --
CALLER: It's very timely, very timely.
GLENN: I'll give an address. I'll give an address on the website, for the website in the next couple of days. Don't mail them yet but think about them and maybe start to prepare that and I'll give it to you in the next couple of days.
One other question for you, Dianne. In California my deep throat who has been advising me on stuff for the last couple of years who's really the guy who really warned me, and he is at a very high level and involved in all of this stuff and he said to me about six months ago, he said, study the Weimar Republic. And that was my first indication that we were going to start printing money beyond your wildest imagination, which we are doing now. He said, study the Weimar Republic, and I have, and one of the things that I found is when the middle class feels betrayed, when the middle class feels like if I play by the rules, I get screwed, the whole thing falls apart. When you are living in California and you paid your taxes and you live the right way and everybody else is getting a bailout and you can't even get the state to give you a refund on your taxes that they owe you, they send you an IOU, that's troubling to me. What is the atmosphere in California like? What is the average middle class person that's doing the right thing, living the right way, playing by the rules, have you noticed an increase in tension at all?
CALLER: Well, not only tension but just plain fear. People -- the unknown is really the scariest because if you have kind of a plan and you know where you're going, that's one thing. But when the plans constantly are being changed and you have no input into those plans and everybody keeps telling you what you're going to do but then they keep changing it, you have no stability and that creates fear, it creates unrest, it creates as you say disenfranchisement and so the problem is you really don't know what will happen because when people hit their breaking point, you know, what starts happening with, you know, people in shopping lines and cars? You know, you start seeing the road rage, you start seeing things happen in schools, you start seeing all of these things are just symptoms of the big problem which is people just feel disconnected. They feel like they have no say. They feel like when you say something, people don't listen.
Can you imagine how I feel calling Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein to get help? I mean, it's insane. So the things that I would tell people is connect that to the one source that you can go to for everything and that is God, and from there get your priorities in place, know that your family, your churches come first, you got your work after that. You have -- you know, everything else is just kind of off to the side. And by the way, if you got all of those things straight, you'll be fine. And we just look at it, take care of ourselves as best we can and that's all we can do. We can be politically active, we can do all the things that you're kind of pointing to and telling us to get together as people. We talk a lot and we talk to friends, we talk to neighbors. And it's just to change the tide. And so we appreciate the fact that, you know, that we are getting a voice and we have sent in our pictures. We do surround them. I'm not hopeless and I don't feel like, you know, there's just no way I can turn. If I rely on God and I get involved and do everything that I possibly can as a wife and a mother to help protect my family because that's the most important thing to me, then, you know, I'm going to be fine.
GLENN: Let me tell you something. Let me tell you something. Maybe I'm alone in this but I don't think I am. If you were hopeless, if you were three, four minutes ago and you thought nobody else gets it, how much hope do you have that you just got really logical common sense-based advice from someone in California!