Gas prices about to jump?

The price per barrel of oil went up slightly on Wednesday.

Glenn's radio co-hosts, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere, commented on the implications during Glenn's radio program, as Glenn continued his travels throughout the Middle East and Europe.

Prices went up a bit from about $40 per barrel --- the lowest price since 2009.

"These extreme prices in oil are not necessarily good," Pat said. "I mean, I know $20 a barrel sounds really good because that's half of what it costs right now."

Listen to the full segment or read the transcript below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

PAT: The price per barrel of oil went up a little bit.

STU: Yeah, it was very low. I think it was the lowest since 2009 just the other day.

PAT: Right around 40 bucks a barrel.

STU: And it's up a little today because now the stockpiles -- they expected an increase of I think two or 3 million barrels, and they got a decrease of 2 million barrels. Something like that. So it's kind of shocking, I guess, to the market. But how it relates to actual -- your life, you know, gas prices have obviously been pretty low recently. And there's so much disagreement on what's going to happen next with oil prices in that there are a lot of people saying it could go down as low as $20 a barrel which is basically half price of what you're paying now. And then there are several experts, one of which I saw specifically mentioned, within the next two years, they expect oil to hit $150 a barrel. Now, I don't know if that means, that you just tune it out and don't care because -- the predictions are so all over the board. But think about what this means for the Middle East. We talk about the Middle East all the time and ISIS and how these things develop.

Saudi Arabia is expected to run a 20 percent deficit for their budget this year.

PAT: Really?

STU: 20 percent. That's a lot of money to be in deficit.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: They are even projecting their first deficit. They don't say it's as big. But they're projecting a deficit as well. They're forced now to borrow money. They can't balance their budget. Venezuela, we talked about yesterday, is in serious trouble because they don't -- their production has been dropping for a long time. They don't make -- you know, they subsidize the oil prices, anyway, gas prices in their own country. A lot of that gets sold in the black market to Columbia. It's a bizarre situation. But they're falling apart. A lot of these countries that were already unstable are really getting beaten up by this. And you can argue in some ways it's a good thing. I don't want Russia to necessarily have a lot of money.

PAT: No.

STU: But instability shakes into a lot of bad things.

PAT: Yeah, and these extreme prices in oil are not necessarily good. I mean, I know $20 a barrel sounds really good because that's half of what it costs right now. And so then you think, well, okay, if that translates at the pump, which it doesn't always do, but if it did, that's another 50 percent reduction in the cost at the gas pump, which would be tremendous. It's like $1.75 a gallon here in Texas right now, at least in the Dallas metroplex.

STU: Can you imagine spending under a dollar for gas again?

PAT: I can't imagine it.

STU: You can't imagine it. There are some people that are saying it's possible.

PAT: I can't imagine it. And I can't imagine American oil companies being able to function in that way. I mean, not for very long. A lot of them are going out of business or laying off people, and that's not good for the economy. Conversely though, 150 a gallon would be horrific too. I mean, that's just catastrophic for the economy and for people. So I kind of want somewhere in between.

STU: Look at you.

PAT: I know.

STU: You're just --

PAT: I know. Mr. Let's Have Something, You Know, Moderate Happen Here.

STU: You are a moderate. That's Pat Gray. When I think of Pat Gray, I think moderate.


You just --

PAT: Yeah. I scream moderation.

STU: I never know how you feel about things.

PAT: I know. Because I'm too, well, moderate.

STU: It's too hot, too cold, just right.

PAT: Just right.

STU: Just right for Pat Gray.

PAT: Right.

STU: But I don't know. It's going to be interesting to see what happens with it because that used to be the thing that drove every election result. What are our gas prices right now? That used to be the only thing they talked about in the media, what gas prices were. Well, they got really high with Obama, and they stopped that. And they haven't really gone back to it now.

PAT: Well, not until there's a Republican in office, then they'll go back to it.

STU: Yeah, because if it does hit $150 a barrel in 2017, guess who will get blamed for it if there's a Republican president?

PAT: The Republican. The Republican president.

STU: Oh, yeah. Uh-huh.

PAT: Ted Cruz. He'll be blamed.

STU: But he hasn't actually won the nomination yet or the election.

PAT: But he's going to. But that will happen. That's a foregone conclusion.

STU: It is?

PAT: Yeah.

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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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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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