Glenn Beck: Monopoly money?

Capitalism in the hot seat

By Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore, Peter Tanous


GLENN: By the way, Stephen Moore is here and he's got some more on the budget and I just -- you know, Stephen, I would like to run this by you. What do you say we just kill the rich people? Because if we kill the rich people, we will reduce the people who are the tired and the people who are looking for a job because we'll open up 2% of high-paying jobs in America.

MOORE: (Laughing). I don't say kill the rich. I say eat the rich, as P. J. O'Rourke would say. But you are right.

GLENN: Well, we could kill them and eat them.

MOORE: This class warfare really has gotten out of hand and, you know, there's so much wrong with this. And I was just listening to your monologue about this. But one of the things is let's just talk about where jobs come from. I mean, I know this is a mystery to people in Washington who think jobs come from government, but most people in real America know that jobs come from small businesses. And guess who falls in that $250,000 and up category, Glenn? It turns out according to the latest calculations about 68% of all those people are going to be paying those higher taxes. Those evil rich people, they're small business owners and operators who get up and entrepreneurs who started these businesses. So how are the --

GLENN: 68 -- wait, wait, wait.

MOORE: The other question they can never answer is how do you create the jobs if you are taxing the people who create the jobs?

GLENN: Wait a second. 68%.

MOORE: Yeah.

GLENN: Of those people who are small businesses are going to be affected by this.

MOORE: No, no, no, no, no. Let me be very precise about this. 68% of the people who make, who are in this income category that Obama wants to tax, 68% of those or two out of every three of these people are going to face these higher taxes. They are small business either owners, operators or investors. They are the people who provide the capital and the elbow grease that make small businesses possible.

GLENN: And if I'm not mistaken, out of all of the businesses -- I mean, we could talk about General Motors and everything else but out of all of the businesses in the country, 70% of all jobs are provided in this country by small business?

MOORE: Yeah, and small business is defined as a business that employs anywhere from 1 to 250 workers.

GLENN: Okay. I'm a small business because I have --

MOORE: Right, right.

GLENN: 20 full-time employees here in New York, I'm a small business owner.

MOORE: And you're also one of those evil rich people, too.

GLENN: Oh, I know, I know. And I've been so evil to my employees and I've done so -- seriously, Stu, do you have a gun? Oh, thank goodness we're in New York. You don't have a gun. Otherwise I would have said to you shoot me and kill me now.

MOORE: Well, we're going after you and we're going after Tiger Woods and we're going after Hannah Montana and all these people.

GLENN: So listen, Stephen, what else is in this budget yesterday that -- by the way, yesterday I found out while I was on the TV show that I -- because I said look at all of the earmarks in this budget from Joe Biden and Barack Obama. During that part of the TV show I hear in my ear, just got a note from the White House; Barack Obama's name, not the earmark but Barack Obama's name on that earmark is being expunged. It's amazing.

MOORE: Yeah, 9,000 earmarks in the spending bill that passed the house. I believe it was Tuesday or Wednesday, 9,000 of these things. And you mentioned I think one of them on your show that, yeah, now the government's going to pay you to take that tattoo you got off on your butt when you were in high school. That too removal, folks, is now a federal government program. There is my --

GLENN: Well, they will say that's such a distortion, Mr. Moore. What that is is that is -- we're trying to break up gangs when they get those gang tattoos.

MOORE: Okay.

GLENN: And so what we do is we take that gang tattoo, then they won't be part of gangs anymore: That will work.

MOORE: Why don't we turn to something more serious that you mentioned earlier and that is this cap and trade something. You know, think about this in the context of what's happening in Detroit with the Big Three auto companies. Think about this in terms of the steel industry, the chemistry. Any manufacturing in America. I mean, here we face a meltdown in manufacturing and it means a lot of these hardhat workers are losing their jobs. Terrible thing, right? The absolute worst thing you could possibly do for American manufacturing right now and any -- by the way, anybody listening to this show who works for a manufacturing firm, you ought to be out in the streets revolting against this cap and trade because what's going to happen, Glenn, is we're going to put essentially a 10 or 15% tax on our own manufacturers, the ones where they say made in the USA and so what's going to happen is all of these jobs and manufacturing plants are going to move out of the United States and they're going to go to China and they're going to go to India and they're going to go to Pakistan and we're not going to have any manufacturing left in this country.

GLENN: How do we do this.

MOORE: Sorry.

GLENN: How do we do this in a budget? How are we not even -- we're just putting this in a budget and all of a sudden we have cap and trade?

MOORE: It is economic Harry Carey. It really is. In fact, they have done this in Europe. In fact, they should look at what's happening in Europe because Europe's a little bit ahead of us in this stuff. They did cap and trade about five or six years ago. You've got steel workers that are protesting in the streets against cap and trade because they're, all the European steel workers are losing their jobs and where are those jobs going? Just as I said, they are going to other third world countries that don't have cap and trade which means you don't do anything to reduce global warming. All you do is shift the jobs from the USA to all these other countries.

GLENN: Okay, so Stephen Moore from the Wall Street Journal, author of End of Prosperity.

Tell me, let's switch gears for a second. The banks have not been nationalized. They didn't nationalize CitiBank today. They just bought 40% of it!

MOORE: Right.

GLENN: What is the difference, what is the difference besides the word game? All we're doing is what's the definition of "Is."

MOORE: Yeah.

GLENN: This is a nationalization of CitiBank, is it not?

MOORE: Yes, it is. You are exactly right, Glenn.

GLENN: Okay.

MOORE: Right now we've bought, I believe the federal government is about a 70 to 75% owner of CitiBank. So how is it not nationalized?

GLENN: What does this mean now to the average person? What is going to change? Where are we headed now, Stephen?

MOORE: Well, I mean, we are moving -- you know, I used to say we're creeping toward socialism. I think we're taking now big leaps towards it and it's not just --

GLENN: We're running.

MOORE: What?

GLENN: We're in a flat out Sprint, man. We are running.

MOORE: And I mean, you know, it's not just in banking. I mean, we've done this now -- I mean, we're basically the owners of major insurance companies, we're the owners of the Big Three auto companies, we're the owners of many of the manufacturing firms that have come down. I mean, the investment banks. We have got to stop. I mean, how many times do I have to keep saying this? We have to stop bailing people out because there aren't going to be any businesses left that are making money.

GLENN: Stephen, when we sat at that dinner two years ago.

MOORE: You were against me, Glenn, but you are using it against me, Glenn, but go ahead.

GLENN: No, I'm not using it against you. We looked at scenarios that were crazy, just crazy, and they've almost all been done now.

MOORE: Right.

GLENN: What is the --

MOORE: I don't even recognize our government anymore. I don't recognize what we've done. I was saying jokingly yesterday that, you know, I'm going to have to move to France to find free markets, you know.

GLENN: Yes, yes. Okay. So let me ask you this: We sat -- it was probably two years ago and we looked at crazy scenarios.

MOORE: Yeah.

GLENN: And couldn't happen, couldn't happen. What is the crazy scenario where we're going to say a year from now, can't, can't be, can't be? I say within two years that this economy is in such horrible shape, the world is on fire that we are actually tying within two years to a global government.

MOORE: Well, that's certainly the dream of the left is to have global government and then all this stuff like cap and trade is like that. I think my kind of doomsday scenario, I mean a year from now -- and by the way, when we talked a year and a half or two years ago, you know, I didn't believe any of this stuff was possible that we would -- I am just aghast at how much our country and our government has faltered in the last six months. So the doomsday scenario that I see and that we're getting even closer to every day is a rampant inflation. Not 1970s style inflation of, you know, 15% but we could see 25, 30, 50% inflation rates with all the money that's been created.

GLENN: Do you think that could be --

MOORE: And all that money is necessary to pay for all these government programs that we created.

GLENN: Do you think that could happen within a year?

MOORE: Well, no, I'm exaggerating a little bit but I can see 1970s still inflation by next 2010 and if we keep printing money -- I mean, look, inflation, there's too many dollars chasing too few goods. We could see, you know, 20% inflation. We could be like Argentina.

GLENN: So Stephen, there was a story today. I think it was on Bloomberg, and I didn't pull it off and I need to, but it was about the record treasuries that we are auctions off this week. We have never auctioned off seven-year treasuries like this, the record amount of debt we're telling off now. They're seven-year treasuries which means they have got to be sold again, right?

MOORE: Seven years from now they have got to be sold again.

GLENN: Seven years, yeah. Otherwise we're out of money. Did you read this article by any chance?

MOORE: I'm not familiar with it.

GLENN: You've got to read it. It was talking about these seven-year treasuries and they were quoting people in Asia, finance ministers and bankers and everything else and they said there is a real shot if America doesn't stop spending money, there is a real shot that they will default. We're not going to default because, nations don't default because you just print money.

MOORE: But that's the way governments default, Glenn, is they just print paper dollars, right.

GLENN: Yes. And that just -- then you're into hyperinflation.

MOORE: Yeah.

GLENN: But they're saying -- I mean, there were credible people saying in this there's a chance that America defaults on this and at some point -- these are Asians saying this. At some point we are not going to buy this debt. How are we going to pay for this in seven years, Stephen? There's no plan that would pay for all of this in seven years.

MOORE: Well, that's right. And by the way, I think the federal government should be, when they are doing all this borrowing, if they were smart, they would be laughing at these 30-year low interest rates because I guarantee you a couple of years from now we're not going to see those low interest rates.

GLENN: Nobody will -- nobody would buy them at 30. Nobody would buy 30 years of our debt.

MOORE: Well, you are probably right. You are probably right about that. But, you know, it gets to the point that the origin of this sin, which is there is this mentality in Washington the government can borrow all this money, we get trillion dollars, we can spend it, we create jobs, we stimulate the economy without any thought about where the money is going to come from.

GLENN: Okay, last --

MOORE: Of course, the money comes from borrowing it and hyperinflation, we pay a very high price on this.

GLENN: Last --

MOORE: We used to worry about what we're doing to our kids. Now we worry what we're doing to our grandkids and our great grandkids.

GLENN: Stephen, let me ask you this, last question: Now I just lost it. Shoot, I have less than a minute. So I'm going to go. I'm sorry. I just lost the -- I just lost the question. Darn it. Okay, Stephen, thank you very much.

MOORE: See you, Glenn, bye.

GLENN: Bye-bye.

STU: It's been a rough day.

GLENN: It has been a rough day. I got sidetracked on three different things.

STU: You are kidding. Your mind was thinking of three different things in the middle of an interview with someone who's speaking? You're kidding me. That just happened on the air?

GLENN: I'm so riddled with ADD, so riddled.

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history.

The Allied invasion force included 5,000 ships and landing craft, 11,000 planes, and almost three million allied soldiers, airmen and sailors. Despite such numbers, the location and timing of the invasion was still an enormous gamble. The Nazis fully expected such an invasion, they just didn't know precisely when or where it would be.

Despite the enormous logistics involved, the gamble worked and by the end of June 6, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops were ashore in Normandy. The human cost was also enormous – over 4,900 American troops died on D-Day. That number doubled over the next month as they fought to establish a foothold in northern France.

There were five beach landing zones on the coast of northwestern France, divided among the Allies. They gave each landing zone a name. Canada was responsible for "Juno." Britain was responsible for "Gold" and "Sword." And the U.S. had "Utah" and "Omaha."

The Nazis were dug in with bunkers, machine guns, artillery, mines, barbed wire, and other obstacles to tangle any attempt to come ashore. Of the five beaches, Omaha was by far the most heavily defended. Over 2,500 U.S. soldiers were killed at Omaha – the beach so famously depicted in the opening battle sequence of the 1998 movie, Saving Private Ryan. The real-life assault on Omaha Beach included 34 men in that first wave of attack who came from the same small town of Bedford, Virginia. The first Americans to die on Omaha Beach were the men from Bedford.

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America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it.

America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it. Maybe that's because it wasn't a government project and it's not in Washington DC. It was initiated and financed by veterans and private citizens. It's tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the small town of Bedford, Virginia. Why is the memorial for one of the most famous days in modern world history in such a tiny town? Because, as a proportion of its population of just 3,200 at the time, no community in the U.S. sacrificed more men on D-Day than Bedford.

There were 34 men in Company A from Bedford. Of those thirty-four, 23 died in the first wave of attacks. Six weeks after D-Day, the town's young telegraph operator was overwhelmed when news of many of the first deaths clattered across the Western Union line on the same day. Name after name of men and families that she knew well. There were so many at once that she had to enlist the help of customers in the pharmacy's soda shop to help deliver them all.

Among those killed in action were brothers Bedford and Raymond Hoback. Bedford was the rambunctious older brother with a fiancée back home that he couldn't wait to return to. Raymond was the quieter, more disciplined younger brother who could often be found reading his Bible. He fell in love with a British woman during his two years in England training for D-Day. Like in that opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, Bedford and Raymond barely made it down the ramp of their Higgins Boat in the swarm of bullets and hot steel before they were cut down in the wet sand.

Bedford and Raymond Hoback's mother, Macie, learned of both their deaths from two separate telegrams, the first on a Sunday morning, the second the following day. Their younger sister, Lucille, remembered her mother's devastation, and her father walking out to the barn to cry.

The day after D-Day, the killing field of Omaha Beach was already transforming into the massive supply port that would help fuel the American drive all the way to Berlin over the next year. A soldier from West Virginia was walking along the beach when he saw something jutting out of the sand. He reached down and pulled it out. He was surprised to find it was a Bible. The inside cover was inscribed with: "Raymond S. Hoback, from mother, Christmas, 1938." The soldier wrote a letter and mailed it with the Bible to Raymond's mother. That Bible, which likely tumbled from Raymond's pack when he fell on D-Day, became Macie Hoback's most cherished possession – the only personal belonging of her son that was ever returned.

Of the 23 Bedford men who died on Omaha Beach, eleven were laid to rest in the American cemetery in Normandy.

These men, many of them barely out of their teens, didn't sign up to march to the slaughter of course. They had hopes and dreams just like you and I. Many of them signed up for adventure, or because of peer pressure, and yes, a sense of honor and duty. Many of the Bedford Boys first signed up for the National Guard just to make a few extra bucks per month, get to hang out with their buddies, and enjoy target practice. But someone had to be first at Omaha Beach and that responsibility fell to the men from Bedford.

Over the last several years, the D-Day anniversary gets increasingly sad. Because each year, there are fewer and fewer men alive who were actually in Normandy on June 6, 1944. The last of the surviving Bedford Boys died in 2009. Most of the remaining D-Day veterans who are still with us are too frail to make the pilgrimage to France for the anniversary ceremonies like they used to.

It's difficult to think about losing these World War II veterans, because once they're all gone, we'll lose that tether to a time when the nation figured out how to be a better version of itself.

Not that they were saints and did everything right. They were as human as we are, with all the fallibility that entails. But in some respects, they were better. Because they went, and they toughed it out, and they accomplished an incredibly daunting mission, with sickening hardship, heartbreak, and terror along the way.

So, what does the anniversary of D-Day mean in 2019?

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough.

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough. You can't learn about the logistics of the operation and above all, the human cost, and not be humbled. But as a society, we have not emphasized well enough the story of D-Day and all that it represents. How can I say that? Because of an example just last weekend, when common sense got booed by Democratic Socialists at the California Democrats' State Convention. When Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper said during his speech that "socialism is not the answer," the crowd booed loudly. When did telling the truth about socialism become controversial?

Sure, socialists, and communists and other anti-American factions have always been around. America certainly had socialists in 1944. But the current socialists trying to take over the Democratic Party like a virus don't believe in the D-Day sacrifices to preserve America, because they don't believe America is worth preserving. They are agitating to reform America using the authoritarian playbook that has only ended in death and destruction everywhere it is followed.

Ask a Venezuelan citizen, or an Iraqi Christian, or a North Korean peasant why D-Day still matters in 2019.

The further we move away from caring about pivotal events like June 6, 1944, the less chance of survival we have as a nation.

At the same time, the D-Day anniversary is a reminder that we're not done yet. It's an opportunity for us to remember and let that inform how we live.

Near the end of Saving Private Ryan, the fictional Captain Miller lays dying, and he gives one last instruction to Private Ryan, the young man that he and his unit have sacrificed their lives to rescue in Normandy. He says, "Earn it."

In other words, don't waste the sacrifices that were made so that your life could be saved. Live it well. The message to "earn it" extends to the viewer and the nation as well – can we say we're earning the sacrifices that were made by Americans on D-Day? I cringe to think how our few remaining World War II veterans might answer that.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more. I don't want to believe it's too late for us to rediscover those traits as a nation. I want to believe we can still earn it.

The challenge to "earn it" is a lot of pressure. Frankly, it's impossible. We can't fully earn the liberty that we inherited. But we can certainly try to earn it. Not trying is arrogant and immoral. And to tout socialism as the catch-all solution is naïve, and insulting to the men like those from Bedford who volunteered to go defend freedom. In truly striving to earn it, we help keep the flame of liberty aglow for future generations. It is necessary, honorable work if freedom is to survive.

The end of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is remarkably relevant for every anniversary of June 6, 1944. This is what D-Day still means in 2019:

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Letter from Corporal H.W. Crayton to Mr. and Mrs. Hoback – parents of Bedford and Raymond Hoback who were both killed in action on June 6, 1944

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July 9, 1944 Somewhere in France

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hoback:

I really don't know how to start this letter to you folks, but will attempt to do something in words of writing. I will try to explain in the letter what this is all about.

While walking along the Beach D-day Plus One, I came upon this Bible and as most any person would do I picked it up from the sand to keep it from being destroyed. I knew that most all Bibles have names & addresses within the cover so I made it my business to thumb through the pages until I came upon the name above. Knowing that you no doubt would want the Book returned I am sending it knowing that most Bibles are a book to be cherished. I would have sent it sooner but have been quite busy and thought it best if a short period of time elapsed before returning it.

You have by now received a letter from your son saying he is well. I sincerely hope so.

I imagine what has happened is that your son dropped the Book without any notice. Most everybody who landed on the Beach D-Day lost something. I for one as others did lost most of my personal belongings, so you see how easy it was to have dropped the book and not know about it.

Everything was in such a turmoil that we didn't have a chance until a day or so later to try and locate our belongings.

Since I have arrived here in France I have had occasion to see a little of the country and find it quite like parts of the U.S.A. It is a very beautiful country, more so in peace time. War does change everything as it has this country. One would hardly think there was a war going on today. Everything is peaceful & quiet. The birds have begun their daily practice, all the flowers and trees are in bloom, especially the poppies & tulips which are very beautiful at this time of the year.

Time goes by so quickly as it has today. I must close hoping to hear that you receive the Bible in good shape.

Yours very truly,

Cpl. H.W. Crayton

It's not as easy as it used to be for billion-dollar entertainment empires like The Walt Disney Company. It would be more streamlined for Disney to produce its major motion pictures in its own backyard. After all, abortion in California is readily available, as well as a protected, cherished right. And since abortion access is critical for movie production, right up there with lighting equipment and craft services, you would think California would be the common-sense choice for location shooting. Alas, even billion-dollar studios must pinch pennies these days. So, in recent years, Disney, among other major Hollywood studios, has been farming out production to backwater Southern lands like Georgia, and even Louisiana. Those states offer more generous tax breaks than Disney's native California. As a result, Georgia for example, played host to much of the shooting for the recent worldwide box office smash Avengers: Endgame.

But now it looks like it's Georgia's endgame. The state recently passed what is known as a "heartbeat" bill – a vicious, anti-woman law that would try to make pregnant women allow their babies to be born and actually live. It's a bridge too far for a major studio like Disney, which was largely built on creating family entertainment. How can Disney possibly go about making quality movies, often aimed at children, without access to unfettered abortion? It's unconscionable. Lack of abortion access makes it nearly impossible to shoot movies. So, what's a major studio to do? Disney might have considered migrating its business to Louisiana, but that state too has now signed a heartbeat bill into law. It's utter madness.

These monstrous anti-abortion bills, coupled with having to live under President Trump, has led Disney to seek a new home for its legendary movie magic. Last week, Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, announced that all future Disney movies will now be filmed on location in the Sub-Saharan African nation of Wakanda.

"Disney and Wakanda are a match made in heaven," Iger told reporters. "Wakanda was, until recently, a secret kingdom, much like our own Magic Kingdom. With this new partnership, we'll not only get to continue our legacy of making movies that parents and children everywhere enjoy together, but we'll get to do so in a safe space that reveres abortion as much as we do."

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion.

As home to the most advanced technology in the world – and with the planet's highest per-capita concentration of wokeness – Wakanda offers women painless, hassle-free abortion on demand. As the Wakandan health ministry website explains, the complete absence of any white-patriarchal-Judeo-Christian influence allows women in Wakanda to have complete control of their own bodies (with the exception of females who are still fetuses). As winner of the U.N.'s 2018 Golden Forceps award (the U.N.'s highest abortion honor) Wakanda continues its glowing record on abortion. That makes it an ideal location for Disney's next round of live-action remakes of its own animated movies in which the company plans to remove all male characters.

Iger says he hopes to convince Wakandan leadership to share their top-secret vibranium-based abortion procedure technology so that American women can enjoy the same convenient, spa-like abortion treatment that Wakandan women have enjoyed for years.

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion. Disney plans to boycott and/or retaliate against the other 51 African nations, as well as any U.S. states, that restrict abortion. Specific plans are being kept under wraps, but sources say Disney's potential retaliation may include beaming Beverly Hills Chihuahua into the offending territories on a continuous, indefinite loop.

When asked how Wakanda's futuristic capital city and distinctly African landscape would be able to double for American movie locations, Iger said, "I guess America will just have to look more like Wakanda from now on."

One potential wrinkle for the Left-leaning studio is the fact that Wakanda has an impenetrable border wall-shield-thing designed to keep out foreign invaders as well as illegal immigrants. Iger said he understands Wakanda's policy of exclusivity, adding, "After all, not everyone gets into Disneyland. You have to have a ticket to get in. Anyone is welcome, but you have to go through the process of getting a ticket." When one reporter pointed out that Iger's answer sounded like the conservative argument for legal immigration under the rule of law, Iger insisted that the reporter was "a moronic fascist."

What if the unthinkable happens and Florida also enacts its own "heartbeat" law? That would be problematic since Walt Disney World is located in Florida. Iger responded that Disney would "cross that bridge if we get to it" but that the most likely scenario would entail "dismantling Disney World piece-by-piece and relocating it to the actual happiest place on earth – Wakanda." As for whether Disney would ever open character-themed abortion clinics inside its theme parks, Iger remained coy, but said, "Well, it is the place where dreams come true."

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice.

When pressed about the cost of ramping up production in a secretive African kingdom that has no existing moviemaking infrastructure (which could easily end up being much more expensive than simply shooting in California) Iger said, "You can't put a price tag on abortion freedom. Wakanda Forever and Abortion Forever!"

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice. And that will be welcome relief to traditional families all over the world who keep the Walt Disney Company in business.

*Disclaimer: The preceding story is a parody. Bob Iger did not actually say any of the quotes in the story. Neither is Wakanda an actual nation on planet Earth.

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One of these times I'm going to go on vacation, and I'm just not going to come back. I learn so much on a farm.

You want to know how things work, go spend a summer on a farm. You're having problems with your son or daughter, go spend a summer on a farm.

My son changed. Over two weeks.

Getting him out of bed, getting him to do anything, is like insane. He's a 15-year-old kid. Going all through the normal 15-year-old boy stuff. Getting him on the farm, where he was getting up and actually accomplishing stuff, having to build or mend fences, was amazing. And it changed him.

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Our society does not allow our kids to grow up, ever. I am convinced that our 15-year-olds could be fixing all kinds of stuff. Could be actually really making an impact in a positive way in our society. And what's wrong with our society is, we have gotten away from how things actually work. We're living in this theoretical world. When you're out on a farm, there's no theory here. If it rains, the crops will grow. If it rains too much, the crops won't grow.

If there's no sun, they won't grow. If there's too much sun, they'll shrivel up and die. There's no theory. We were out mending fences. Now, when I say the phrase to you, mending fences, what does that mean? When you think of mending fences, you think of, what?

Coming together. Bringing people together. Repairing arguments.

I've never mended a fence before until I started stringing a fence and I was like, "I ain't doing this anymore! Where is it broken? Can't we just tie a piece of barbed wire together?"

Let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

That's called mending fences.

And why do you mend fences? So your animals don't get out and start to graze on somebody else's land. When your fence goes down, your cow is now on somebody else's land. And your cow is now eating their food.

We look at the phrase, mending fences as saying, hey. You know, we were both wrong. Mending fences has nothing to do with that.

Mending fences means build a wall. My neighbors and I, we're going to get along fine, as long as my cows don't go and steal their food, or their cows don't come over and steal my cow's food.

We're perfectly neighborly with each other, until one of us needs to mend a fence, because, dude, you got to mend that, because your cows keep coming over and eating my food.

You know what we need to do with Mexico? Mend fences.

Now, that's a phrase. You hear build a wall. That's horrible.

No, no, no. We need to mend fences.

In a farming community, that means putting up an electric fence. That means putting up barbed wire.

So the cows — because the cows will — they'll stick their head through barbed wire. And they'll eat the grass close to the road. Or eat the grass close to the other side of the fence. And they'll get their heads in between those fences. And they can't get out sometimes. Because the grass is always greener on the other side. You look at these damn cows and say turn around, cow — there's plenty of stuff over here.

No. They want the grass on the other side of the fence.

So you mend it.

And if it's really bad, you do what we do. We had to put an electric fence up. Now, imagine putting an electric fence up. That seems pretty radical and expensive.

Does it really work? Does it shock them? What does that feel like to a cow?

The cows hit it once, and then they don't hit it again. They can actually hear the buzz of the electric fence. There's a warning. Don't do it. Don't do it. They hear the current and they hit it once and they're like, "I'm not going to do that again."

So you mend fences, which means, keep your stuff on your side. I like you. We're good neighbors. You keep your stuff on your side and I'll keep my stuff on my side and we'll get together at the town hall and we'll see each other at the grocery store. Because we're good neighbors. But what stops us from fighting is knowing that there is a fence there.

This is my stuff. That's your stuff. But we can still trade and we'll help each other. But let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

You can have a tough fence. It could be a giant wall. It could be an electric fence. But you need one. And that's how you come together.

The side that's having the problem, mends the fence.