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?

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

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Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.