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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.


 

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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