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Glenn can be seen this Thursday LIVE at a theater near you for “Broke: Restarting the Engine of America”. David Buckner will join Glenn on stage to help explain the real economic danger our country faces, and he has given you an EXCLUSIVE preview of those dangers below. After reading, be sure to check out this link for info on where you can see Glenn lay out the solutions to turning our economy around and saving our country.

The Hard Truth: Our “Broke” Economy

After completing a discussion on the budget process and dismissing class, a student approached me to challenge some of my conclusions. “You can’t just remove funding for schools without hurting the students! My daughter deserves an education!” I had noticed his discomfort in class when I had used the New York Department of Education as an example of budget belt-tightening. His protest wasn’t unwarranted, as most people would agree that education in America must be properly funded. However, he seemed to miss the point of the discussion. We weren’t discussing “good” or “bad” expenditures, or even what was “fair.” We were discussing economic and financial realities—budgets, incentives, and balancing inputs and outputs. So rather than argue the value of any program or expenditure, I simply noted, “but there isn’t any money.” In a feeble attempt to challenge my statement, he argued, “But it’s not fair for my daughter! She deserves a good education!” My response? “But there isn’t any money.” He made one final attempt, asking “What kind of a society wouldn’t provide a good education for its children?” To which I again noted, “But there isn’t any money.”

As a father of five children, it’s not that I am not personally invested in ensuring our education system is properly funded. It is simply that I cannot change economic and financial facts. Economic and financial realities are neither moral nor are they immoral. In fact, they are simply amoral, lacking any judgment of good or bad, right or wrong. They are just economic and financial facts.

For example:

• If you spend more than you take in, you run a deficit (a loss)


• If you continue to run deficits (multiple losses) you carry a debt


• If your debt grows and grows, you will owe more than you are worth


• If you owe more than you are worth, you are bankrupt


• If you are bankrupt, you can’t borrow more money or continue in business

It is really pretty simple.

Yet there are those who suggest such facts are up for debate or discussion as if to suggest the law of gravity can be subject to a referendum. They often argue that raising taxes will solve the problem. Well, not if you continue to spend more than you collect. Again, financial policy meets stubborn economic facts.

Or that removing Congressional earmarks will reduce spending. Not if that spending continues under a different branch of government. Such an effort has only shifted who and how that money is spent. The money is still being spent.

Or my personal favorite-- we promise something in the future that we have no idea whether we can provide, a guarantee without an insurance policy to cover possible losses. We see this kind of promise in the form of Social Security, Medicare, and the new healthcare initiative. We are promising future revenue today with no assurance that we can ever provide it. If the money doesn’t come in, the promise cannot be kept. Once again, we observe financial and economic facts ignored by even the most astute of politicians.

Economic and financial facts are stubborn things. Unfortunately, they are too often ignored or set aside in favor of the more savory political wishful posturing. Promises that “everything will be alright” or “trust us, nothing bad could happen” are as illusory as the Wizard of the magic land of Oz who admonished the seekers of truth to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

Indeed, we live in interesting times. In a world where reality shows reign supreme, one would think we would be more in tune with what is real than ever before. But instead of accepting our current state of affairs, we are seeing economic and financial reality replaced with wishful delusion and permissiveness. Perhaps our illusory world has us believing that we can simply re-start the game and try again. Unfortunately, we aren’t playing a game, and to avoid further damage we need to quickly save our work and re-boot our system before we face the dreaded blue screen of a crash.

David Buckner is the President of Bottom Line Training and Consulting Inc., a firm specializing in executive management development and business acumen training with a consultative focus on cultural integration and change management. Previous positions for Mr. Buckner include VP of Administration and SVP of Chartwell Leisure, a hotel development company whose partners include George Soros, the Gordon Getty Trust, and the Fisher Family. Mr. Buckner also serves on numerous advisory boards and on the Board of Directors for four organizations, including the Greater New York Council BSA and Peak Alarm Corporation. He can often be seen as an economic analyst on several cable news shows, and has been a keynote speaker and featured trainer in North and South America, Western Europe, Asia and the Far East for more than 20 years. Mr. Buckner joined the Faculty of Columbia University in 1997, where he teaches graduate business courses for the Dept. of Organizational Psychology & Leadership at Teachers College.

To bring David and his internationally acclaimed Mini-MBA program to your organization, please visit www.bottomlinenyc.com .

For more information on his speaking engagements, television appearances and his newest book, Permission To Think, please visit www.buckneronbusiness.com.


 

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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