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Glen Meakem

Glen Meakem Show Update

by Glen Meakem

May 8-9 - May 18th Primary

This weekend, I comment on some of the Republican primary races, and the May 18th special election to replace John Murtha in Pennsylvania's 12th district. I also comment on the economy. Click here to listen.

My Endorsements

My radio program is about success. And whether it is success in business, life, or politics, a successful person must be able to see and understand reality. For Pennsylvania, the reality is that Democratic Governor Ed Rendell is leaving our state with massive debt, high taxes, and low economic growth. Pennsylvania needs a bold new leader who understands economics and will remove roadblocks to job creation and economic recovery, reduce government cost through lower taxes and lower spending, stabilize school funding and eliminate school property taxes, improve student performance by expanding choice and competition to the public school system, and restore a culture of ethics and integrity in our state government. Sam Rohrer has consistently stood for all of these things, and I believe he is the right man to provide real change and economic growth for Pennsylvania. That is why I have decided to endorse Sam for Governor in the May 18th Republican Primary and I encourage you to learn more about Sam at

I have also decided to endorse Republican Keith Rothfus for Congress in Pennsylvania's fourth district, because he has the clarity of vision and commitment to principle that we need in Washington. Our nation faces many immediate economic challenges, and Keith is a true conservative who understands that the same laws of economics that shaped the Reagan Revolution and led to two decades of economic growth remain in force today. I believe that Keith will be an effective advocate for common sense and fiscal responsibility in Washington, and the best candidate to represent the people of western Pennsylvania's 4th district in Congress. You can read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsement for Keith here. To volunteer or learn more about Keith, please visit

I also support Tim Burns, another true conservative who is running against Democrat Mark Critz in Pennsylvania's special election to fill the House seat formally held by John Murtha. Tim is also running against Republican Bill Russell in the Republican primary. Tim is an entrepreneur who has created 400 jobs in his native western Pennsylvania. Tim really cares about our state and our country, and like Keith would be an effective advocate for pro-growth economic policies. Tim has also vowed to help overturn "ObamaCare," the flawed and unpopular government takeover of healthcare that President Obama recently signed into law. You can learn more at
On the economy

I also talk with Brian Kapp, Co-founder, Portfolio Manager, and Chartered Financial Analyst at Kapp/Scanlon Financial. Brian continues to offer a negative view of the economy. He is worried about the possibility of a double dip recession, declining commodities (particularly in Europe), and a continuation of the debt crisis here in the United States. His investment strategy reflects these concerns. Brian definitely does not have the mainstream view, but his independent perspective is why I like having him on the program. If you wish to learn more about Brian's investment strategy, please visit

I also talk with Sara Mohsin, co-founder and owner of Mohsin Mortgage Company. Sara looks at the broader economy, and believes that this is the time to fix debt problems because the current interest rates remain at historic lows.
However, if the federal government is unable to get a handle on its spending, than interest rates will soon increase as the government inflates the national debt away. Sara offers her clients the lowest interest rates available, quality service and advice on how to live within your financial means, and the assurance that your personal financial information will remain confidential.
For more information on Mohsin Mortgage, click here.

BP's Oil Leak

We still do not know what caused the explosion of the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, or why BP failed to anticipate a scenario that would send thousands of barrels of oil into the ocean each day. Equally unclear is why BP was exempted by the U.S. government from implementing some of the standard safety regulations. What is clear, is that the U.S. Government has no idea how to clean up this mess. A "panicked" White House was slow to react last week and one senior administration official said "there is no good answer to this. There is no readily apparent solution besides one that could take three months. ...if it doesn't show the impotence of the government, it shows the limits of the government." The federal government also failed to immediately implement a 1994 response plan (called the "In-Situ Burn") for containing a major oil spill in the Gulf by using fire booms to contain and burn the oil before it reaches the coastal marine habitats. It took the federal government 8 days to locate a fire boom and conduct its first test burn.

Meanwhile, BP began modifying a 40 foot (100 ton) containment dome for deep sea use. The hope is that the dome will be able to capture 85% of the leaking oil. BP should know if the device works by Monday morning. Maybe an environmental catastrophe can still be averted, but this weekend is critical. Let's hope the story that emerges is one of heroic efforts by BP and a successful cleanup.
NYC Bombing Attempt

Some great police work led to the capture and arrest of Faisal Shahzad this week, the man suspected of trying to set off a bomb in Times-Square. Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, admitted to receiving weapons training in Pakistan, admitted to building the bomb, and admitted to trying to detonate the bomb in Times Square. This guy had been working for years to become a naturalized citizen. Between 1998 and 2008, Shahzad remained in the U.S. on student and employment visas. In 2008, he married an American woman, Huma Mian (who now lives in Pakistan). Then, less than two months after becoming a citizen, Shahzad departed the country for the Middle East, and trained with terrorist organizations during the summer of 2009. We need to get real with immigration. We have to be better at identifying individuals who wish to harm us and our country. We also need to implement policies that protect us from terrorists here at home and around the world. So far, it appears that Obama's strategy is hoping the bombs continue to fail.

Glen Meakem is a successful technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and conservative talk radio show host, who offers information and insights on how individuals and our nation can be more successful. Glen's unique perspective has been shaped by his experiences as founder, chairman and CEO of the B2B internet success Freemarkets Inc - which he founded in 1995, took public in 1999, and sold to Ariba in 2004. In 2005, Glen co-founded Meakem Becker Venture Capital, a firm that invests in early stage start up companies. Concerned about the liberal political agenda that has gripped the United States and his home state of Pennsylvania, Glen launched the Glen Meakem Program in 2008. Glen served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve and is a veteran of the First Gulf War. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his MBA from Harvard Business School. For more information about Glen and the Glen Meakem Radio Program, or to read his blog, please visit
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