Stu's 3rd to Last Page - And The Winner Is...

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: Here's how YOU can fix the Great Reset's housing crisis

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How's the housing market looking these days? Because under Build Back Better (aka the Great Reset), investors are grabbing up homes at a record pace.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn discussed a recent Redfin News report, which shows that almost one in five homes sold in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2021 was purchased by an investment firm, and many are paying tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price.

"Think of that, one in every five homes that are sold are going to a big investment firm," Glenn said. "Investors bought more than 90,000 homes, totaling more than $63 billion, representing 18% of all homes sold in the quarter. The numbers broke all records."

"The same factors have pushed more Americans to rent, which also creates opportunities for investors, because investors typically turn the homes they purchase into rentals," he continued. "And now they can charge higher rents. Rent for single-family homes surged by more than 10% in the 12 months, through September. The fastest annual rent inflation in 16 years."

"And nearly 77% purchased were bought in an all-cash transaction," Glenn added. "That's not your average person. These investment firms, like BlackRock, are going in and buying entire neighborhoods. They are the people that come in, and say, 'I'll give you $70,000 over the asking price.' ... Now, why would investment firms think they will just be able to make money paying $70,000 over the asking price? What is it that they know, that you don't know? Could they know, as the Great Reset states, that by 2030, you will own nothing and you'll like it?"

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn offer his thoughts on how you can solve the Great Reset's housing crisis:


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On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck exposes the radical plan to flip the United States from capitalism to socialism and into a lawless nation. It's an old strategy that mirrors a communist Cold War playbook. The goal now, as it was then, is this: How do they get a revolution without all that civil war stuff? It’s a five-step plan, and we're deep into several of the main steps RIGHT NOW.

Our justice system has been infiltrated by woke leftists, and something called "the progressive prosecutor movement" is methodically transforming Main Street USA into Main Street Gotham City. We can see it all over the country in places like San Francisco, with the Waukesha massacre as a terrifying glimpse into more of what's coming. And the media? They're currently running interference in one of the largest misinformation operations in history.

It’s happening at the city, state, AND federal levels. And President Trump might be one of the biggest victims of them all, a fact that even Trump critic Joe Rogan has realized on the Russia collusion hoax: “No one is being held accountable!” That ends now, as Glenn calls on Americans to push back on the lies that keep us divided in a cold civil war.

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A "one-world government" is being formed right now and it’s called the Great Reset, Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. And now, rebuild plans for the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral hint at the formation of a global church, too.

In this clip, Glenn detailed plans for the iconic, 850-year-old church’s "woke" renovations that sound more like a 'politically correct Disneyland' complete with a "discovery trail," "emotional spaces," and 14 themed chapels.

"Notre Dame is now being built back better as a 'woke theme park' dedicated to environmentalism and social justice," Glenn explained.

"There will be several different chapels within, [for example] a chapel for social justice, and then chapel for environmental justice," he continued. "Which leads me to this point. The 'one-world government' is being formed, right now. One-world government. It is being formed and it's called The Great Reset."

Glenn went on to predict that one of the first steps in the direction of a one-world government will be a push for a global religion.

"I think we're seeing the first church now being dedicated to the new global religion — and it is social justice, environmental justice, and all this gobbledygook. We all know, it's not just wrong, it is dangerous. That's the first church, the cathedral of Notre Dame, in France, is the first global church. Mark my words. Christian, Jews, Muslims ... this global church will bring darkness unlike you've ever seen."

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The Omicron COVID-19 variant: Should we ACTUALLY panic?

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As the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus approaches, it seems like those in power want everyone to be terrified, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program Monday.

The chair of the World Medical Association's Council, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is already comparing the variant to Ebola and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has declared a state of emergency, despite the doctor who announced its discovery describing the new variant's symptoms as "unusual, but mild." So, should we really be worried or not?

In this clip, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed what we know about the Omicron variant so far and gave a few reasons why we should wait for more information before succumbing to panic.

Note: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-related questions & concerns.

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