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.

Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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These days, it seems like everything is about politics, and comedy has been one of the biggest targets. Many comedians are walking on eggshells, but stand-up comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Jim Breuer isn't one of them.

Breuer joined Glenn on the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast" to talk about why he’d rather be funny than fearful and what inspired his hilarious comedy special, “Somebody Had to Say It," which has garnered almost 1.5 million views as of this writing.

Breuer made it clear that he does not consider himself to be political. "I'm not. I'm 100% not [political]," he told Glenn, before explaining how people started calling him political when he dared to ask questions about a certain shot that we're not allowed to mention, let alone question.

"When did medicine become political?" Breuer asked.

"What kind of price have you paid for being called political?" Glenn asked Breuer.

"To be dead honest with you, once COVID really kicked in, and ... once you realize we're not going to be here, that we're on borrowed time, and I do have God in my life ... you come to terms with reality on a deeper level. And when COVID kicked in, I said, 'You know what? All bets are off.' I already knew I wasn't in control. But now, not only am I not in control from the natural order of life, but now the puppet masters ... are in control," Breuer answered.

"It made me realize I don't have time to worry about what people think of me. I know where I'm at in life. I know where I'm at spiritually. I know where I'm at with my family," he added.

"That's tremendous power," Glenn said. "But it spooks the hell out of people."

"But it shouldn't!" Breuer exclaimed. "I'm excited that other people get this ... but they're stuck. We ain't got time for stuck. To me, this is the time of, 'You gotta rise.' For years and years and years, you allow fear to control your life. Fear of dying. Fear I might get sick ... everything's based out of fear. It's time for the fearless."

Breuer also revealed his secret for dealing with tough times, and he’s seen his share. But he also said he's seen miracles, including the incredible (and hilariously told) story of how he found faith, how God saved his marriage, and why one family friend was convinced his wife belonged to a cult.



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