Glenn Beck: Higher gas prices . . . good?


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GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. I want to take you back in a flashback all the way back to April 2006. Gasoline in April 2006, $2.91. It has jumped 33 cents in a single month. That was up from $2.58. That's March of 2006. What was happening in March of 2006? Well, we were in the middle of a heated midterm election. Democrats ready to pounce on the high price of gasoline. Remember Chuck Schumer standing in front of the gas pumps: We need an investigation on price gouging; there's no reason this gas should be this expensive.

Here's what Nancy Pelosi had to say about the cost of gasoline. Quote: With record gas prices, record CEO pay packages, record oil company profits, Speaker Hastert and the majority congress continue to give American people the empty rhetoric rather than join Democrats who are working to lower gas prices now.

This is a very important thing I need you to remember. "Join Democrats who are working to lower gas prices now."

She went on: Democrats have a common sense plan to help bring down the skyrocketing gas prices. Remember, Democrats have a common sense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices, by cracking down on price gouging. Okay, here's what they've done, crackdown on price gouging. I believe it's 11 different studies have shown, now funded by you, the taxpayer and the federal government, 11 different studies have shown there is no price gouging, 11. She wanted to roll back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief given to big oil and big gas companies. She haven't done that, nor should they do that. See Russia. Russia is doing the opposite. It will hurt the industry and cause your gas to go up. Also if you need proof of it, go back to 1978 where we've done it before. It was a huge, huge mistake. Or don't you remember the gas lines. Of course you do. Then she said she wanted to increase the production of alternative fuels. They have done this. It's great. Have you seen the price of corn?

Let me give you an unrelated story. Corn is likely to be rationed and not used as ethanol this summer as the precious crop that feeds the globe suffers record devastation from recent Midwest flooding. It's at an all-time high, $8 a bushel, a four fold hike from the last two seasons. Its jump is the equivalent of seeing $80 crude oil in 2006 hitting $320 a barrel. There may not be enough corn this summer and some areas aren't even going to have any for sale. Producers are considering rationing of corn which would prevent depletion of the already slim corn reserves. We're going to have to start rationing in ethanol, feed and exports. Ethanol is one of the largest uses of corn. It will consume half of the U.S. corn harvest in six years. So they got that one done. Thanks, congress.

Now, according to this campaign promise, remember Democrats are working on lower gas prices right now. Democrats have a common sense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices. According to this campaign promise it would -- the way I read it, it seems that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats actually want lower gas prices. Granted, the ideas won't get you there, but let's just float the idea that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats want lower gas prices. Right? Or have they been lying to you the whole time?

Fast-forward June 2008. Oh, look at this. Here we are in the heat of yet another campaign. Gas prices are over $4 a gallon nationwide. Highest ever. Here is what the Democratic nominee for President, Barack Obama, recently said about the out-of-control -- they used Nancy Pelosi's word -- skyrocketing gas prices. He was talking to John Harwood on MSNBC. To answer Harwood's question, if high prices might be a good thing, here's what he said.

SENATOR OBAMA: I have been that we have been slow to move in a better direction when it comes to energy usage, and the President thankfully hasn't had an energy policy. And as a consequence we've been consuming energy as if it's infinite. We now know that our demand is badly outstripping supply, with China and India growing as rapidly as they are.

HARWOOD: So could high prices help us?

SENATOR OBAMA: I think I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocket books is not a good thing.

GLENN: Stop just a second. He would have preferred a gradual adjustment. Have you ever heard that campaign promise from anyone in congress, conservative, Democrat, Republican? Have you ever heard anybody say I'd like a gradual raise of gases, besides environmental kooks? Those are the only ones that would say that. He just said, I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that it's a shock to the American pocketbook is not a good thing. But then listen to what he says.

SENATOR OBAMA: But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money into their pockets but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly U.S. automakers.

GLENN: Okay, all right. So he wants to put more money in U.S. pockets. Well, how do you do that? Because we're borrowing money left and right. I guess you could cut taxes. But then that would lead me to the front page of the Wall Street Journal today. Obama plans spending boost and possible cuts in business tax. Listen to the most incredible phrase I have ever heard from someone who is probably going to be our next President. This is an American candidate for President. Globalism and technology and automation all hurt the position of the workers. Wait a minute. Technology. Globalization, technology and automation all weaken the position of workers. Quote: A strong government hand is needed to assure the wealth is distributed more equitably.

Sorry? A stronger government hand needs to redistribute wealth? Excuse me? Read the article on the front page of today's Wall Street Journal. So when he says if we take steps right now, by putting more money in people's pocket books, he doesn't mean all people. He means a strong government hand that can more equitably make sure that the wealth is redistributed. Is this sounding like anything about America, the kind of America that you recognize or grew up in?

Now, let me -- just a simpleton here, try to figure out the Democrat policy shift here on gas prices. It has gone from doing whatever it takes to lower gas prices in 2006, we're going to do all of these things to lower gas prices in 2006, and it has morphed into I'd rather have a gradual adjustment in gas prices. Is that right? I mean, I'm not a gas price expert but I am a thinker. I think it's generally a good thing when the price goes down. Call me crazy, call me whacky, just call me a hate monger because you will anyway. But the Democrats don't seem to be worried about the lowering of the price of fuel for Americans. They are worried about making the price increase not happen so quickly. I'm sorry. Is this starting to sound like France to you, without alternative energy, without 80% of your power coming from nuclear power?

Now, I find it curious that Obama wants the U.S. automakers to adapt quickly to the changing prices. Translation: Smart cars and Priuses. But it's more than just that. What we have here is a fundamental belief that high gas prices are not only a good thing but a moral thing. Oh, get out your hymnals, America, because we're about to sing the praises. Amen, love the planet, thank you, Jesus. I only need to have you turn in your hymnals to the editorial page of the New York Times. Amen, brother, preach on. Thomas Friedman's opinion piece: Truth or consequences. I'm going to link it in my e-mail newsletter today. It's free. It's at GlennBeck.com. You can read the whole mind-boggling editorial. It will give you good insight into what the radical leftists like Obama are thinking when they cheer on high gas prices, and here it is.

He's talking about cynical solutions for high gas prices and this is how he describes Chrysler's recent promotion to pay for gas if you buy a car. Yeah, I know it's a crazy capitalist idea. Here it is. Quote: Reckless initiatives like the Chrysler Dodge Jeep offer to subsidize gasoline for three years for people who buy its gas guzzlers are the moral equivalents of tobacco companies offering discounted cigarettes to teenagers. It's the moral equivalent? Really? Hmmm. Well, what does that make the United States government with the subsidies, with the tax breaks? I guess that's a better, more consistent case to stop it. But why wouldn't you just outlaw it? I've never understood that when it comes to cigarettes. Why not just outlaw them? If they're so horrible, why not outlaw instead of making money on a tax. The moral equivalent of giving cigarettes to children. Really?

But the madness doesn't end there. Friedman also suggests a bottom floor, a price of $4 a gallon for gasoline. Remember, our country is not built like Europe. We have been built on cheap fuel. We have been built on cheap energy. Every expert I have talked to says it ain't gonna last long, there's no way you can just keep all of these prices as high as they are for fuel because it affects everything. He says that if the price dips below $4, let's say to $3, the government -- in Friedman's perfect world, and doesn't it sound like one -- would then just tax the difference between $3 and $4. So we would always have $4 a gallon gasoline or higher.

Why? Because, quote: Now that it's $4 a gallon, the government should at least keep it there since it's having the right effect, end quote. That's right, forget what you want. The activist left is getting their way. They hate SUVs. They hate consumption. You can't consume as much with high prices. So they want to keep them there. Perhaps the biggest reason to increase the gas price is taxes. Since everybody seems willing to follow everything the environmentalists say, if we just follow their lead in wanting to increase the gas tax to offset the carbon we pump into the air, it would be an additional 12 cents a gallon for gas in carbon tax alone. Americans burn an average of 160 billion gallons of gasoline every year. That means $20 billion in newfound money. It's free. Just added tax revenue. I mean, just offsetting the cost of global warming. That's all that is.

Obama is becoming the first presidential candidate ever to actually push for higher gas prices. That's how much in step with you he is. Seems like an impossible argument but from a guy who people don't really even listen to. They just like to look at him and go, wow, what a big crowd behind him, you can get away with it. The arguments are starting to come out now. Let me predict that you're going to hear arguments soon. Like the moral argument to giving cigarettes to teenagers, you are going to hear that it's better for the environment to use less gasoline, you'll hear about how wonderful it will be to drive an uncongested roads because you'll only drive when you need to and all the cars will be smaller and people will take mass transit. And don't we all love the bus system?

Just as at one time in our history I thought it was unthinkable for us to have an income tax, just as unthinkable when there was a time that both parties in Washington D.C. would just keep jacking up our taxes, both sides would say, higher taxes, more spending. It was just unthinkable just a few years ago. We are now going to see the unthinkable. We're going to see the age of politicians trying to convince us that higher gas prices is good. Higher gas prices affect your food. It affects everything you buy. But just two years ago Democrats gained power by promising lower gas prices. Clearly not only did that happen but they are actively cheering on higher gas prices now. So the question really I only have for the candidate is, which is it? Higher or lower? And whose hand is it that is going to steer this government to make sure that everybody's paying their fair share, to make sure that the wealth is redistributed equitably.

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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