2013-08-17 A European Report

This weekend, Glen talks about his business trip to Europe.  While in Zurich, he met a number of European business leaders and economists, who share their perspectives on the U.S. dollar, on the global economy, on gold, on Obama, and on U.S.banking regulations.  Glen also interviews a Swiss asset manager about Europe’s economy, and an American living abroad to escape President Obama’s destructive policies.

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Comment from Frank J. Parnell
Time: August 17, 2013, 9:40 am

Listeners curious to know more about Abramoff friend and blackmail enthusiast Jack Wheeler are encouraged to check out “The Wrecking Crew” by Thomas Frank on Google Books, and search for “Wheeler.”


Comment from Stephen Rash
Time: August 17, 2013, 1:54 pm


I enjoy your show and was fascinated listening to Jack Wheeler’s comments. I think he is right on with one important exception – he doesn’t like what Obama is doing to our Country so he moves to Portugal to live in a socialist environment that he is criticizing Obama for trying to establish in America. When you asked him for a solution to our problem, he said it’s up to each and every one of us to do their part in resisting government growth at all levels. I guess once we get it straightened out he and others like him that are choosing to live in Europe will then decide to return. My initial fascination with Mr. Wheeler turned to disgust.

Stephen E. Rash

Comment from Todd Keefer
Time: August 21, 2013, 3:55 pm

I’d have to listen again. Did Mr Wheeler tell us how long he has been in Portugal? For him I would imagine the self interest of preserving capital enters the picture. Mr Wheeler still runs a travel operation and business taxes may be more favorable there. A fascinating trip to China is about to begin. He can live anywhere in the world to do this. If it is by economic free choice then I’m not about to kick him for acting in his self interest and predict more of it to come. It is these choices that may wake up our government to its punishment of success. Maybe Glen can address these comments (all so far) on his next show.

Comment from Frank J. Parnell
Time: August 21, 2013, 10:59 pm

Wheeler didn’t mention “preserving capital,” although it’s telling that Mr. Keeler seems to consider that a sufficient reason to turn your back on your country.

On the show, Wheeler professed to be much more concerned with the diabolical rule of the Kenyan Marxist Usurper Who Hates America. (I’m paraphrasing, but not by much.) Oddly, it’s the big tough America-loving guerrilla fighter who ran to Portugal, while the rest of us ordinary non-shrieking, non-hair-on-fire shmoes stayed here, to suffer in the socialist hellhole we used to call home. (I personally don’t see much difference, other than a markedly improved economy compared to real collapse in 2007-2009. Oh, and guaranteed issue of insurance in a Heritage-inspired health plan.)

I just don’t see how you can square “America-loving patriot hero” with either a) “I’m guess I’ll wait it out here in Portugal until I’m safe from the [string of lies, insults, and epithets] President,” or b) the theory that lower taxes somehow trumps love of country.

Funny, wasn’t it the flag-waving patriots who were supposed to have told the hippies, “America, Love it or Leave it?”

Guess they took their own advice.

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