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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.


 

Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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