The Real American Dream

On tonight’s Glenn Beck Program, conservative actor Joseph C. Phillips filled in for Glenn and talked about his experience as an entrepreneur in America. A year and a half ago, Joseph and his wife opened a Daddy J’s Wingshack in Encino, CA because they decided it was time to have the freedom to live life on their own terms – not somebody else’s. They decided they wanted “their piece of the American Dream.”

Contrary to what politicians will often have you believe, the American Dream, as Joseph describes it, has absolutely nothing to do with how much stuff one has or the ability to have more stuff. The American Dream is and always has been about space: the physical, political, and philosophical space to live life on ones own term – to achieve to whatever level your desire, ambition, talent, and hard work will allow you to.

Watch Joseph’s complete analysis below:

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  • Draxx

    Dreams and Nightmares are almost alike these days as a small business owner…

  • Anonymous

    I like it, I like him. Yes it would be best if we elected farmers (not peanut farmers) to represent us, they have more life experience than Harvard experiance

  • Draxx

    If you take a mechanical engineer that is 60 and has been doing engineering for 30 yrs, and take a mechanical engineer fresh out of college and you want to invest your money into their skills, which would you pick?  Myself, I would pick real life experience over fresh ideas that have little or no chance of working because the design has flaws from ignorance and inexperience.  There is No Substititute for the the School of Hard Knocks…  It is that school that teaches the Lessons that can make life better or worse, and which direction to steer!

  • Anonymous

    FYI.  Unemployment tax is paid quarterly to the state your business is in based on your payroll multiplied by a percentage tax.  Say payroll is $100,000; company pays say 9.0% for statement unemployment coverage to the state.  The state pays laid off workers from the state unemployment fund.  The employer is not billed.  The employer just pays the quarterly tax, in this case $9,000.  Employees always misunderstand this.  The employer pays the tax.  The state pays the benefits.  Needless to say, the unemployment tax rate to businesses always increased, just the like worker’s compensation tax employers pay.  I estimate that if a fast food worker earns $8.00 per hour, his employer is really paying $16.00 per hour, half of which is paid to various taxing authorities.  I am an accountant.

  • ginger

    Love it…tells it like it is..this is the kind of person we need to represent US..a man who Works and has to deal with the local,state and federal bureaucrats. As far as the fast food workers go…they will price themselves and their employers out of jobs and business…that is because they have no notion of economics whatsoever. Bet they all have cell phones and cable tv and cars and designer clothes but cannot live on what they make due to their wants and not their needs…I raised three children by myself and started making $2 hr,,,planned every meal to the last morsel. cleaned houses and took in ironing (yes, some clothes need to be ironed) at the week-ends..and had no food stamps, no welfare , no help but what God gave me.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, you’d better watch having guys like this one on your show..He’s seen how the system works out here in Kalifornia. Wish that particular clip was broadcast over every station in LA so that the city officials would hear how we feel about over regulation and the interference into our lives. How like Kalifornia to tax a tax and all at their so called fair rate, forever…put him back on…

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.jones.7370013 James Jones

    love this guy

  • Anonymous

    I live in LA and after hearing Mr. Phillips, I have an even bigger respect for the industry than I already had.
    It’s really difficult for me to imagine being a democrat ever again; It’s true what is said, When you’re young and uninformed, Being a democrat is easy. What is the excuse once you turn 25?

  • Stephan Bruno

    Shuckin’ n’ Jivin for massa Beck.

  • Rick Matson

    What a great speaker! Loved all of his examples and experiences! My mind goes bonkers though when thinking of the Assessment Tax billions coming into California and going where?

  • http://sierra19.myopenid.com/ Sierra1919

    He’s one of the black voices that needs to be more outspoken and stay in the spotlight! He and Dr Carson and there are a few others.  The need to make their voices so loudly heard that the black community finally hear them instead of the Jackson/Sharptons of this world!

  • http://www.dogster.com/the-sco

    I love him. God bless

  • http://sierra19.myopenid.com/ Sierra1919

    Oh brother, I don’t think he literally meant sent a bill! 

  • Anonymous

    $9,000 for every $100,000  is HUGE, considering all the other overhead a business has.  That is no doubt what he is referring to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002668947191 Mark Daniels

    Mr, Phillips , Sir I just stood up and gave you a one man standing ovation (I’m alone right now lol)   I hope you understand though that now you’ll probably be torn apart by the left . If I were living near you it would be an honor for me to frequent your establishment !  Well done and well said Sir !

  • Anonymous

    Good for you. You are a true American

  • Anonymous

    Good for you. You are a true American

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to the world of the small business owner, Joseph. Don’t forget the part where they income tax it away from you should you be “lucky” enough to make some money after all that.

    One tip: be sure to account for all those “small” taxes and fees you pay to every one of those bureaucrats’ departments in your pricing if you want to stay afloat. Please recall all of them into your microphone next time you hear some liberal claim that “taxes are lower than they’ve been since WWII.”

  • Anonymous

    You right a basic worker has no idea what you pay. The think for instance they pay in to unemployment so its there money. Just like work comp. They say well that’s why you have it. I always say do like using your car insurance. Don’t they raise your rate when you use it. Most workers are stupid and don’t care. Employers are all rich.

  • Anonymous

    I lived the American dream till high gas prices bankru

  • Anonymous

    I learned about 40 years ago all employees see is how much they’re being paid, while the employer see how much he’s paying, how much unemployment insurance he’s paying, how much he’s paying for their disability insurance, how much he’s paying for their medical care and putting into their pension where applicable.

    That $7.50 per hour job just increased 100-125%. 

  • Anonymous

    Now we suffer from a Obama nightmare!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637447531 George Peterson

    ok yea its sorta spam, but I’m sick and tired of not having an App from my android device so I mad a face book page. Glenn,  think of it like your campaign to get on Cable TV. go there like it and start the movement yo!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-want-The-Blaze-on-Android/624943417539400

  • Isaiah Daniels

    I absolutely LOVE IT! The line about politicians with hands as soft as a baby’s bottom stopped short however. You see, he forgot to mention that the very same politicians also have heads stuffed with the same thing said “baby bottoms” are stuffed with. Want proof? See just what comes out of their mouths, every time they open them….

  • http://www.facebook.com/llubash1 Lawrence Lubash

    Laziness, lack of education and self preservation.

  • Anonymous

     I enjoyed Mr. Phillips as a host.  I hope he comes back again.

  • Canadianlady

    He was awesome.  I hope they bring him back for more.

  • Watch it

    So true. When people “grow up” and become more responsible, they tend to move to the right. No wonder it is call the “right”.

  • Matthew West

    To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/petrasgranddtr Tammy Thompson

    If you are not a liberal when you are young, you have no heart.  If you are not a Conservative when you are an adult, you have no brain

  • Anonymous

    This is exactly why I would love to see this country move toward the apprenticeship system. Most fields that require a college education, nowadays, could be taught on the job. And, you would learn much more in 4 years of on-site training, than you would sitting in a classroom

  • http://shop.ebay.com/gulfcoasttreasurechest/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686 RAY HERNANDEZ

    …and THAT’S THE REST OF THE STORY. 

  • Anonymous

    It should have been obvious to me, but I didn’t realize that the business gets billed for the unemployment benefits. How people can believe that anything the government gives us is free, is beyond me.

  • Draxx

    I was trying to start an apprenticeship program in my company, and I was shot down by the State of Oregon AND The Unions Here because that would Undermine the Unions Training Capabilities.  The State also said that I could have Paid Employees and Train Them But Not As An Apprenticeship (Well Duh… but it is funny how the Unions can pay Apprentices 40% of Wages and get away with using them as Slave Labor).  It is ALL Insider Trading/Manipulation so that Only Certain Companies/People can have those options!!!  It makes it difficult to run a small business for me because I REFUSE to get down on my knees to do a Political Blowjob to get Authorized or Licensed for anything…

  • TheMaskedMarauder

    Absolutely!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rusty.jaime Rusty Jaime

    Joseph is right on! Maybe he will run for election!

  • Anonymous

    First mistake…. starting a business in California.  Time to move it.

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    Oh brother, I don’t think he literally meant sent a bill!
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    There are plenty of liberals and progressives with the same goals and mentality than this guy, so there are good grapes and sour grapes in every corner. By the way, the two most prolific enterprises in America were created by liberals, so what is really the news here??

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    But, you need the Harvard/college intellects to deal with other important issues like health care, science, technology, etc. A farmer will be “lost” dealing with these matters. However, I admire farmers and construction workers cause they helped to build this country from the ground up. My grandfather was a farm worker and a wise man.