Glenn Beck: Cap 'n trade is near

GLENN: Joe, I asked you to find for me the -- Stu, you're not going to believe this.  You are not going to believe this.

I asked you to find for me the story so I just made sure that I had it backed up, of the companies that were you in drilling in the gulf and 50 miles off the shores of Key West.  Okay?  We're 50 miles off the coast of Key West.  China and India are drilling.

Now, Joe, tell me again exactly what you told me right -- you're not going to believe this.  He didn't even finish the sentence and I almost -- bloodshot out of my eyes!  Go ahead, Joe.  Tell everybody what you just told me.

Joe:  The stories about Russia -- excuse me -- about China and India drilling 50 miles off the coast of Florida are building drilling did he recollect Ricks there, they call it slant drilling which means not only could they tap into the natural gas and oil into the Cuban outer Continental Shelf, but it would also allow them arguably to drill into our natural gas that legally would be --

Glenn:  Slant drilling which I believe should be racist if you're doing that with China, but slant drilling, they can take the oil from underneath us and, yet, we're not doing a damn thing about it.  This is -- I can't take it anymore.

Stu:  What's amazing about this, too, Glenn is this is the same sort of technology they want to use in an war so they don't stop.  So, you obviously know they're going to be disturbing the environment.  In Anwar they can drill hole and drill all under the bottom there.  Fantastic.

Glenn:  This is absolutely incredible to me.  Everyone I talked to this weekend, everyone I talked to said, I can't do it anymore.  I don't know what -- I mean, I don't even know what to do.  May I ask you a question, America?  How are you doing it?  How are you taking your kids to ballet, to karate, to, you know, Little League, to soccer?  How are you running them to Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, to the church on Sunday, to school, back and forth?  Most stay at home moms are not at home.  They're usually in the car shlepping the kids.  How are you affording it anymore?

I fill my car up twice a week because I -- because I commute.  My commute is so huge.  My commute is three hours a day.  So, with my commute I am now spending about $800 a month just on gas.  My total gas bill just for my vehicles is $1,400 a month.  Stu, how much is your gas bill?  You -- by the way, Stu takes mass transit.  His wife drives quite a distance, but he takes mass transit.  You drive 2 miles a day to get to the train station.  How much is your gas bill?

Stu:  We're approaching a thousand dollars a month, which is by the way, more than I was paying in rent as of 2002.

Glenn:  My father said to me, because he's in his own business and he said, Glenn, my gas bill is now approaching the top line of all of my expenses.  He's an insurance guy.  I said, Dad, it's going that way with everyone.  Gas is going to be the top line expense with everyone.

I mean, food is not magically going up because of, you know, oh, gee, it's hard to, you know, make a bagel now.  Food is going up because of fuel.  Fertilizer, fuel, delivery, ethanol, all of the things that Congress has done and do you know what I've been saying for awhile?  Stu, are you with me yet when I say --

Stu: .  Here we go.

Glenn:  Are you with me yet when I say this country is disenfranchised.  You've been with me on that one for awhile.

Stu:  Sure, sure.

Glenn:  The people in Congress are not listening to us.

Stu:  13 percent approval rating of Congress.

Glenn:  They're not listening.

Stu:  Yeah.

Glenn:  Are you with me yet that if we continue down this path, if we continue down the path of -- they're debating cap and trade.  It's going to cost $1.50 more per gallon.  This is what they're working on, cap and trade.

Stu:  Uh‑huh.

Glenn:  Now, it's not going to pass this time around, but you watch because all three, all three presidential candidates are for cap and trade, which will add $1.50 per gallon for your gasoline.  The EPA estimates it will take 1.1 to $2.8 trillion out of our GDP.  70 percent of our GDP is consumer spending.  That means to take $2.8 trillion out of the GDP it means that you have $2.8 trillion or about, what, 70 percent of that, 1.5, $1.8 trillion less to spend.  It means it stops you from spending because you don't have any money left and this is what they're doing.  I'm telling you.  Pitch forks are coming.

Are you with me that if we continue down this road, pitch forks are coming?

Stu:  Not at all.  Look at these things, Glenn.  These things are generally seen at popular by the people.  They are not informed enough to know and this is because of the media.  The media doesn't discuss the costs of these things.  So, people --

Glenn:  Stu, Stu.

Stu:  -- haven't even considered them yet.

Glenn:  When people find out -- and do you know what?

Stu:  When do they find out?

Glenn:  They will find out because you cannot control information anymore.  You can't control information.  Listen to me.

Stu:  They do a good job of it right now.

Glenn:  Do you know what?  Because we're fat and lazy, what was -- what was it I told you before September 11th, when we were all fat and lazy and everybody was talking about technology and I said, I warn you, I warn you, what were the elements that I said?  Do you recall at all?

Stu:  I'm sure when you say them, but you told me a lot of things.  Most of them I've tried to forget.

Glenn:  I told you all you have to do is create fear and hunger.

Stu:  Yes, you've definitely said that.

Glenn:  Fear and hunger.  We've got fear.  The war is going.  You've got fear.  You're creating hunger now.  When you put hunger into this, because people are not afraid of -- by the way, is anybody in television going to announce this is the lowest casualty rate of the entire war?  This last month the lowest casualty rate of the entire war.  Oh, it's a quagmire, isn't it?

Stu:  Unreal.  But that's what I'm talking about.

Glenn:  But wait a minute.  See, that doesn't matter.  It doesn't matter.  People aren't seeking out that information.  They're going to seek out the information about gas because it affects them.  Food prices, it affects them.  The media can say whatever you want, but when I say to you China is 50 miles off the coast of Florida building a platform right now along with India, building a platform that includes slant drilling, so it's 50 miles off our shores, they're taking the oil from Cuba's property and they're also slant drilling into our property or they have the capability of doing that and we are not drilling on our own property, people will say enough of it.

Stu:  I mean, but -- this is the problem here with this.  You're right.  They will say enough of it, but when they get that information, it's going to be coming, I hope, from sources that can be trusted, but you look at these things, Glenn.  There's so many of these -- we're still fighting about tax -- we're still fighting about universal health care.

Glenn:  Listen to me.  Listen to me.

Stu:  The information isn't getting to the people.

Glenn:  Universe sat health care, because universal health care is too complex for people to understand.

Stu:  So is cap and trade.  Intentionally, intentionally.

Glenn:  Yes.  Cap and trade is.  Drilling for your own resources is not.  The shale in Colorado is not.  I mean, we're going up for the oil sands up in Canada.  They're doing it with the oil sands.  They won't let us take shale.  Listen.  Here's what you need to know.  In 2007 congressional democrats led an effort which became law to prevent the department of interior from enacting new rules for commercial oil shale leases until at least October 2008.  The republicans in May this year tried to get around it saying, okay.  Can we stop this?  Let's go after the shale.  Well, they didn't do it.  They didn't go after the shale.  The democrats are still saying, no, no, no.  The mountains are too important.  Put the mountain back.  Coast off of Florida and California, President Clinton, no, no, no.  Cannot drill anything off our shores until 2012.  Here is what's at stake:  The outer continental shelf moratorium, the at LAN tack ocean, the outer continental shelf moratorium, Pacific Ocean, outer continental shelf moratorium, Gulf of Mexico.  And even a congressional ban on doing an analysis of the resource potential for oil and gas in the Atlantic, Pacific and the eastern gulf.  We can't even say can we look into it.  Congress has said no.  Then the Anwar.  Back in 1995 President Clinton vetoed it.  It is 700 miles away from a tree.  700 miles away from a tree.

Oil, when he vetoed this, was $19 a barrel.  He said we didn't need the oil that much.  New technology was right around the corner and it would be until 2007 until we got the oil.  So, it was going to take us way too long.  Now oil is -- let me see here -- $125 a barrel, up from $19 a barrel.  We would have been pumping that oil out now.  They say, well, there's not that much oil to get, yet.  Here's a solution in the paper:  Try this solution.  See if this doesn't make blood shoot out of your eyes.  This is quite possibly my favorite solution.  Ready?  They don't want to go into Anwar.  No, that's not go in Anwar.  Let's not go off of our own chest.  Let's set China do it but not us.  Let's not go in and take the shale in the mountains.  Let's go to the take coal.  We're three times the size of Saudi Arabia in coal to oil, three times.  We're going up to Canada and buying it from them, but we won't do it ourself.  Here's a solution.  Are you ready?  Empty out the strategic petroleum reserves.  Empty out the strategic oil reserves.  It's now holding 700 million barrels of oil.  That's nothing to sneeze at.  We're at war in the Middle East.  Empty out the strategic oil reserve?  Are we intentionally trying to destroy ourselves?

By the way, if you go to buy a new car, if you go to buy a new car, it's going to cost you about $2,000 extra.  Now, why?  We're having a hard time selling cars.  Detroit is having problems.  Why would cars go up $2 -- I mean $2,000 per vehicle?  Because the trains are overloaded, because we can't afford to ship products by air anymore, because the airlines are becoming obsolete, the airlines cost too much money to ship things.  So, people think, well, I'll just ship it by train.  Well, now the Chicago -- the backlog on the trains in Chicago is so enormous, it's costing $2,000 extra per car to get it onto a train.

By the way, the airlines, they announced last week, the people who sell the jet fuel to the airlines, the airlines are in such precarious positions for the first time ever, they're being told, by the way, you have to pay cash for everything.  We used to have a -- they had a 20‑day turn around.  They would give you the jet fuel and the airlines had 20 days to pay it off.  That means the people who are selling the airlines' fuel think they're not good for 20 days.  They want cash.

We are in a precarious situation and what is Congress doing today?  Cap and trade?  Something that -- to protect the environment?  I'm telling you, I don't know how much carbon torches give off, but the environment is going to weep one of these days because I think Americans are going to light torches and grab pitch forks and head to Washington and tell these clowns, get the hell out!  But maybe it's just me.  What do I know?

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

Watch the video clip below to hear why Tulsi took a stand for female athletes:


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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is under fire for questioning President Joe Biden's nominee for an assistant health secretary position, Dr. Rachel Levine, about her alleged support for giving children puberty blockers and sex-change surgeries.

During a confirmation hearing Thursday, Paul pointedly asked Levine, who is a transgender woman, about her support for allowing children to change their sex, and whether she believes children are capable of making such life-altering decisions.

Levine evaded the question, answering instead with a vague statement about the complexities of transgender medicine, which she would again reiterate for Paul's subsequent questions.

Watch a video clip of the confirmation hearing here.

Predictably, Paul has been labeled "transphobic" and accused of trying to derail Levine with "transphobic misinformation" by the leftist media.

On the Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, Paul said his questioning Levine had nothing to do with who she is or the fact that she is a transgender adult, but was about the question of gender changes for children.

"The interesting thing is, none of it was directed towards her personally or who she is. It was directed towards the question of whether children can consent. And this is an intellectual question. It's not an inflammatory question. It's a question of serious consequences," he explained. "Most people would argue that children can't really make an informed consent. You know, we have laws against a man having sex with a 12-year-old, even if the 12-year-old says 'yes', because we don't think a 12-year-old is capable of consenting. They just aren't old enough to make the decision."

Paul went on to add, "I guess the danger is, you have to have some chutzpah. You have to have some guts, some courage to stand up because it is a culture out there where ... everybody is saying I made transphobic comments yesterday. All I did was ask whether a minor could consent to this kind of dramatic surgery. Nothing I ever said was hateful. I said nothing hateful about these people. I said nothing hateful about adults who choose to do this. But the culture is out there is so strong that so many in office are afraid to speak out. And it's getting worse.

"There's a handful of us that will speak out in the Senate. There's a handful in the House, and we just have to grow our ranks. But we have to resist or it just will roll over us. And we'll live in this terrible cancel culture world where nobody speaks out, and everybody is afraid to say anything."

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