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By Stu Burguiere

Every year (until I forget), we do a statistics of the year column. It’s sort of like an awards show, except with 45 percent fewer drunk people slurring their words, 93 percent fewer bizarre liberal rants on stage and 4 percent less cleavage (I need to start doing pushups). So without further word wasting, here are my favorite stats of the year.

America Consumes 25 percent of the World’s Oil But Has Just 3 Percent of the World’s Oil Reserves.

This is a favorite of Harry Reid, along with millions of other Democrats attempting to argue for new green energy sources. It’s even used by Republicans arguing for independence from foreign oil, but the stat is a complete sham. It is specifically designed to make your brain do one thing: Compare 3 percent and 25 percent. "We only have 3 percent, and we need 25 percent—we’re screwed! I better vote for the guy who told me about it!" It works really well, which is why so many repeat it.

But you cannot compare these numbers. Why? They are percentages of different things. The 3 percent of the "world’s oil" refers to the entire Earth’s oil reserves. The 25 percent is referring to the oil industries’ current daily production. To oversimplify—which is bigger: 25 percent of my bank account or 3 percent of Peyton Manning’s?

This stat would only make sense if production were precisely symmetrical with oil reserves, which it is not, and if usage was also symmetrical, which it is not. Nigeria has a lot of oil but they don’t use it like we do.

Of course, people who use stats like this routinely ignore oil sands, natural gas, and coal-to-liquid technology that we could utilize to actually lower our dependence on oil. If we use those "alternative fuels," there is no crisis whatsoever. Unfortunately, those alternatives aren’t the ones we’re supposed to be rooting for.

6.4 Million of the Uninsured Are Insured

You didn’t read that wrong. More than 6 million people that we count as uninsured, actually have insurance. They just incorrectly answered the census question.

Why Do We Have the Best Health Care?

One reason: Our top five hospitals conduct more clinical tests than hospitals in any other developed nation. This also helps answer why our health care is more expensive than in other countries. I guess we could just stop doing these tests and hope Mongolia picks up the slack.

The Most Depressing Chart on the Planet

We all talk about cutting government spending to solve our debt problems, but most of us don’t realize how difficult that is. If the debt is the sun, this circle chart serves as the moon in a solar eclipse. Look in its general direction and your retinas dissolve.

We can all agree that one chunk of this pie can’t be cut for a long, long, long time: Part E. That’s the interest on our debt. To change that even by a penny, we would need to somehow move away from Obama-style deficits to a surplus bigger than the interest payments and then actually use the surplus to pay down the debt. Then we’d have to avoid other new programs like health care, get the economy going at a brisk pace, avoid interest rate hikes and credit-rating downgrades. So, that’s untouchable for the foreseeable future. And, by foreseeable future, I mean any time before the year 6722.

So, how do you cut the rest? Politically speaking, it’s close to impossible. Most of the spending is required by law; meaning you’d have to actually pass something through Congress to change it. The left is not going to let you touch their entitlement programs. If you do, you’ll hate the elderly, the poor and the children, so most politicians won’t even bother. Recall that even one of the promises of the Republican Party at the moment is not to cut Medicare.

These political realities (read: the lack of a spine in our politicians) mean you can’t cut parts A (Social Security), B (Medicare), C (Medicaid/SCHIP), or D (Unemployment/Welfare/Other Mandatory Spending).

And while the left will fall on their sword protecting A through D, the right will do the same protecting part F (that’s the Department of Defense and the War on Terror).

There’s little room to compromise. Would you trade a $100 billion cut in welfare for a $100 billion cut in defense spending? I wouldn’t. The last thing I want is our military pinching pennies when trying to stop my local mall from exploding. There’s little public support for the cuts either. Only 2 percent of Americans support cuts in Social Security—6 percent for Medicare, 10 percent for Medicaid and 18 percent for the military.

So, where does all of that leave us?

Untouchable to the left: 53.5 percent

Untouchable to the right: 21.6 percent

Untouchable to everyone: 8.5 percent

Total untouchable: 83.6 percent

While there is plenty of waste like earmarks, bridges to nowhere and National Otter Museums in the remaining 14 percent, there are also expenses like the Judicial Branch, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Executive Office of the President that aren’t going anywhere.

Bottom line? I hate to sound like Glenn, but… we’re screwed. Go stock up on shoes and soup.

Who Watches Communism? You do!

Our documentary The Revolutionary Holocaust: Live Free or Die could have been used in a TV programming class as a lesson of what not to do. A special, featuring eastern European history professors and presidents of countries you’ve barely heard of, about the intricacies of communism and famine airing on a Friday night? Who would watch that? Apparently, you.

The documentary had the highest ratings we’ve ever had, beating Chris Matthews that night by a margin of over 13 to 1. I suppose this might be my favorite stat of them all. It’s great to see MSNBC’s famine of viewers continue.

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Glenn Beck has been warning since last summer that you would not recognize your country in a year. Well, it's not even summer yet, and he says he already doesn't recognize the country.

Do you recognize an America in which people are making more money off government unemployment benefits than they can make by working, inflation is ramping up, housing, supply and labor shortages are widespread, and the current administration gives cybercriminals from Russia a free pass after the biggest cyberattack on our nation's infrastructure to date?

On the radio program this week, Glenn pointed out that while businesses all over the nation are downsizing, one brand store is actually booming — and it says a lot about the state of the economy and what it means for our country's future.

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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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