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GLENN: I want to give you, I want to give you another story that I found in the New York Times today. Listen to this one. The United States opens this decade no sour mood. This is from David Brooks. Isn't he the guy who claims to be a conservative but hates everything conservative?
PAT: Uh huh.
GLENN: First Americans are anxious about the future. 61% of Americans believe the country is in decline. I'm surprised at that number. I would have thought it was a little higher than that. NBC says only 27% feel confident that their children's generation will be better off than they are. I am again shocked at that number. I would think that more than I mean, that's almost 30% think that our children's future, our children will be brighter than the one we have right now.
PAT: The same people in favor of nationalized healthcare probably, 30%, same 30%.
STU: You don't think that our children's future is brighter than ours?
GLENN: No. No, not on this course, not on this course.
STU: Right. But I mean, that's different.
GLENN: No, no, no.
STU: We change courses. We have the opportunity to change courses and I have hope that we'll change.
GLENN: Oh, boy.
STU: In all seriousness. I mean, what, do you think, are you giving up? Is this defeat?
GLENN: No, no. No
STU: I'm believing we're going to win.
GLENN: No, I'm not.
STU: Of course, I'm an Eagles fan.
GLENN: I know what it's going to take to remove, especially if you get healthcare, to remove the structure, to remove you know, I mean, we talked about this yesterday. Harkin was saying that this healthcare bill, the Nelson, Nebraska, you know, giveaway for Medicaid, Harkin is saying that all the states are going to line up for that and they all that right to line up for that and they are all going to get it. Well, they are expanding Medicaid and then they are telling the states they don't have to pay for it. If they are expanding a program and none of the states have to pay for that program, who pays for that program? How does that work economically?
PAT: China. China pays for it. They have done it before.
GLENN: No, no, you are right. It does start with a CH. Our children pay for that. And this debt is absolutely unsustainable. So I have great hope for the future for our children if we, our generation, goes through a resetting and a depression and actually does all of the hard work and says, okay, okay, okay, we're going to take care of, we're going to take care of those who are 75 years old and, you know, people who just cannot work, we're going to be able to take care of those people, but everybody else, you're on your own, gang, because the republic needs to be restored. That's the only way.
STU: Right. You have to become financially responsible and intelligent.
GLENN: Yes, yes.
STU: I mean, there are things we have to do, you are right. It's unsustainable at this course but it's kind of defeatist to say we're not going to change course.
GLENN: No, it's realist.
STU: I mean, what are we doing every day?
GLENN: It's realist. Today am I more optimistic for our children's future? No. Not with what I see the decisions in Washington, not with what I see happening in Washington where they're not even listening to the American people. They don't care.
PAT: Look, let me be clear.
GLENN: What we've said in the past.
PAT: What I've said in the past is that we must how many times have we said we have to stop healthcare and we have to stop the climate change bill. And if we do those two things, I'm going to be really optimistic about the future.
GLENN: Yeah, I will be, too, I will be, too.
PAT: Otherwise it's going to be tough.
GLENN: I'll still be very concerned until they say, now here's what we're going to do on this massive $106 trillion unfunded liability.
STU: Right. Because the healthcare thing and climate change are extraordinarily important but it is still turning the water off. The house is still flooded.
STU: And there's no roof.
GLENN: But here's what this poll doesn't say and I would be interested to hear. This is where the optimism for me comes. Americans say that their children are not going to be better off than they are. That's the first time in American history. I believe that myself. However, where my help comes from and I haven't seen a poll on this, the people my age and beyond, are they willing to do the tough thing today to change that outcome with their children? I think the American people in a growing number are willing to say, okay, wait a minute, wait a minute, so I'm not going to be able to have two cars, I may have to cancel my cable, I'm going to have to I may have to plant a garden. We're going to have really, really lean years. My concept of what America's promise is has to change for me so we don't lose America's promise for my children. I think the majority of Americans are either at or about to arrive at that point where they say, yeah, I'll do that. And that's where real hope comes from. Because that's real change. That's something you can actually bank on. People doing the tough thing because it's the right thing.