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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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

Watch the video clip below to catch the conversation:

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn explained why he wouldn't be surprised to see our supply chain collapse and empty shelves in America in the near future. Shortages are already wrecking our economy, China (where many of our goods are still made) is facing an energy shortage, and the Biden administration sure seems to be doing everything it can to make things worse.

Glenn noted a serious warning from American CEO Mike Beckham: "There's a major storm brewing in the supply chain," Beckham wrote on Twitter.

Thanks to China's centrally planned system, electricity shortages are causing huge delays in product manufacturing. In fact, some items are facing a 33 percent cut in production. "It could dramatically impact every [American's] life next year. But almost no one knows about it yet," Beckham warned.

Glenn went on to explain exactly what this means for you — and what you can do to prepare.

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Every decision made by President Joe Biden has ended in "disaster," Bill O'Reilly told Glenn Beck.

O'Reilly joined the radio program to explain why he thinks there's only one "mechanism" Americans can use stop the Biden administration's mess.

"Give me one thing that [Biden] has done, just one, that's improved this nation. Everything that he has been involved with is a disaster. Everything from the COVID mandates, to the energy policies, to the economic policies, to the inflation, to Afghanistan, to the collapsing southern border, to the social woke business, to the denial of due process. Right across-the-board, there isn't anything this man has done, or stood for, that's improved America," O'Reilly said.

"But there is no mechanism to do anything about it until a year from this November: the midterm elections. That's the only mechanism that we have, under the Constitution. We elected this guy and he's there for four years. You neutralize him next November [2022], with the Republicans taking back the House and Senate, then he's done. [He] can't do anymore damage because you've got him in a hole. And he's not going to be proactive with executive orders. He's just going to stay there in his jammies for two more years. OK? So that's the only mechanism."

O'Reilly also tore into the corporate media for using its power to defend Gen. Mark Milley after news of his China calls broke. Is there any deterrence in American society anymore to keep our leaders and media in check?

"What does this say to the United States of America when you have two of the most powerful information agencies in the world — NBC, Comcast, and AT&T, CNN — actively deceiving you?" O'Reilly said. "They know what they're doing. And yet there is absolutely no way for anyone to hold them accountable other than not watching them, which has, of course, happened. You know they have no audience. But just the corruption level of the information flow to the American people is at an all-time high. We have never had a worse media in the history of this republic."

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