Progressives’ new battle: Implementing a ‘maximum wage’

After hearing the news that the American middle class is no longer the most affluent in the world, Glenn began to question the policies and ideology that got us to this place. In December, Glenn reacted to a segment on MSNBC’s The Cycle in which co-host Krystal Ball declared the United States could “eliminate poverty” by implementing a minimum guaranteed income for every “non-incarcerated adult citizen.” In keeping with the theme, progressives are now tossing around the idea of “maximum wage” in hopes of eliminating income inequality.

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“Now they’re coming out and saying we need not only a min wage but we need a max wage too, so everybody can be miserable together,” Glenn said. “Can I ask you a question? Who’s going to work for a maximum wage?”

Damon Linker, a senior correspondent at TheWeek.com, published an article this week entitled “Why we need a maximum wage.” Linker argues that the fight to eliminate income inequality should “start at the top.” He cites a number new books and articles from progressive icons that advocate higher taxes on wealth and inheritance “to restrain the growth of inequality.”

But Linker’s piece takes a slightly different approach. “Increases in wealth, inheritance, and incomes taxes certainly might do some good,” he writes. “But not as much as imposing a maximum wage.”

Last fall, 66% of Swiss voters rejected the “1:12 initiative” that sought to cap the earnings of executives at 12 times the wage of its lowest paid workers. Linker admits the “draconian” cap rejected in Switzerland would fare far worse in the United States, so he proposes a “less severe and more thoughtfully crafted” alternative.

He references a plan put forth by CNN Opinion columnist John D. Sutter, who, in a column published last November, argues for a maximum wage set at 100 times the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour (or $15,080 a year based on a 40-hour work week). That sets the ‘maximum wage’ at $1.5 million a year.

“So there would be no more billionaires,” Pat noted.

“They would just be billionaires spending their money in another country,” Stu countered. “Because all those people would just leave. [They’re] not going to turn over 97% of their income to the United States income.”

Linker goes on to say that if Sutter’s plan is “too harsh,” he would be open to capping wages at 200 times the minimum or more. “We could even peg the maximum to 1,000 times the minimum wage — $15 million a year — and still allow CEOs to be filthy rich while reining in the most obscene excesses at the very top,” he writes.

Read the full article HERE.

The maximum wage argument assumes these evil executives are living some lavish lifestyle at the expense of the company’s employees. But Glenn spoke from his own personal experience as he explained why that is simply not the case.

“I’ve put every dime I have in this company. Every dime I have is in this company,” Glenn said. “If you’re running a construction company or, you know, Dairy Queen, it doesn’t matter what. All of your money is tied up in your business so all of your employees, their money, is not being tied up in your business. They get their salary, and they get to save it and everything else. You’ve put your life savings – you’ve put everything you have into your company.”

Ultimately, as entrepreneurs know all too well, you pour your blood sweat and tears into something you believe in and you take responsibility for your failures, your successes, and anything else that comes your way.

“Barack, you want to build these studios for me? You want to pay for the lighting bills? You want to pay for everybody’s insurance? I mean, actually give them insurance? You want to pay for all of these things? You want to pay for the brand-new cameras and everything else… I’m doing those things. So what right do you have to my profit because I’m not holding you responsible for my loss,” Glenn asked. “[The government is] saying, ‘Well, we’re going to pick and choose winners, and we’re going to pick and choose losers’… The government has never picked a winner. Never. [They] always pick the losers… I don’t want you responsible for my debt. I don’t want you responsible for my failures. But you’re certainly not responsible for my successes either.”

  • landofaahs

    This will go nowhere if it applies to politicians and their cronies like Buffett and Sorehose.

  • Anonymous

    This is another one of the tenets of marxism/communism – control of wages. It is abundantly clear that the liberals/leftists in this country have sold out our country. Those who advance such anti-American ideas need to be removed from office and charged with treason. The democrat party was taken over decades ago by the communists, an insidious and slow process that was done with great patience and stealth. To gain insight into this read Ron Radosh’s excellent book “Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, The New Left and the Leftover Left.” Now, unfortunately, I think much of the Republican Party has gone the same way which is why we see many RINO’s in power. They all need shown the door starting with the 2014 midterms; then on to 2016 to finish the job. We owe nothing less to our children and grandchildren.

  • Krimsen King

    Yes, let’s charge people with treason for their ideas… brilliant. You realize that communism NEVER comes slowly, patiently or ‘stealthily’. It ALWAYS comes through revolution and war, usually against the tyranny of a monarchy. In America, we don’t need to fear ideas, friend. This is the great marketplace of ideas. It’s not liberals or conservatives that sold out this country. It’s the greedy elite, who pour their billions into our elections. The massive amounts of money in our electoral system get us the best politicians that money can buy. Unfortunately, money can’t buy everything…

  • Krimsen King

    Really, doesn’t society decide what labor is worth? Should it always be the ones who buy the labor who control its price? Doesn’t this ALWAYS lead to slavery? Is any human being on the planet actually worth billions of dollars a year? I would argue that many of those who drove our economy into recession deserve far far less, yet they got all their millions and billions in bonuses… at taxpayer expense. We need to realize that the free market, just on it’s own, completely unregulated, IS NOT HEALTHY FOR SOCIETY. If we don’t have a strong, reasonable government to act as referee, we end up in oligarchy… u know, where the wealthiest few control all of society. Technically, it is where we are today. This worship of wealth, ignoring the wrongdoings of the wealthy elite, and the consolidation of wealth and power at the very top, with the very few, is not progressive, not liberal, and certainly not conservative. It is just wrong. You can dismiss and contradict all you want, but it is still wrong, even evil.

  • Anonymous

    Flaws all over Beck’s reasoning: CEO’s money’s are not all tied up in the companies that pay them obscene amounts of money. And yes, people making obscene amounts of money ends up hurting many many people.

  • James Lyons

    You keep saying it’s about the wealthy not the Government however, you stated it was the miss use of Tax Payer funds for bonuses (Government Bailouts) as well as them controlling the elections (Government) Hint when they spend their money to buy elections they chose those that will control the people so that they can get the kick backs. I would love to work my way up to becoming a billionaire someday, and not all who become wealthy do evil. Look it should be equal opportunity not equal everything. You have as much opportunity (Well you did until the Government over regulated everything) to become wealthy as I do or any of them did.

  • landofaahs

    Who decides what is obscene? That is a rich statement coming from the likes of folks like you with their obscene bent. The only people hurt by overpaying CEO’s are the shareholders of the company. But I’m sure it would be Okay if they shared that money with all the workers though huh? By the way you never answered my question about the black people who own the BBQ business. Are you ceding the argument?

  • James Lyons

    Move to a socialist or communist Nation if that’s what you want. America is evil…too free….make too much money…well there is a great deal of wealthy people that were only able to become wealthy here that have done a lot of good in the world. We would lose that if this all continues. Control is always control.

  • Krimsen King

    I’m sorry, but this is a ridiculous fallacy. MOST of us have very very litte opportunity to ‘join the overclass’, and many MANY people have little to no opportunity whatsoever. Obviously, not all who are wealthy are evil, and many didn’t even commit crimes or unethical behavior to become so wealthy. But many did, and our government is the ONLY entity that ever had a chance to bring justice and even opportunities to our society.

  • Krimsen King

    Yes, and they have also done a LOT of harm… see: great recession of 2007-08. You do realize there are lots and LOTS of in-betweens between no regulation and absolute government control, don’t you… there are not only two paths… ;)

  • Patty Wales

    Don’t forget the other koolaide drinkers in Hollyweird, lol

  • Patty Wales

    What about Hollyweird…they love Obama/Democrats!!! All those millions, oh my we can’t have that!

  • Steve Armstrong

    /sigh /eyeroll
    That’s all I have to say about that.

  • traceydavidb

    Do some research into this country’s millionaires – the vast majority worked their way up from nothing, so your staement that ‘most of us have very little opportuity to join the overclass’ is the ridiculous fallacy.

  • Anonymous

    “Get a Job” I think was the title of a song?

    Everyone has the opportunity to be educated and work hard. It doesn’t even take a high IQ. It takes the ambition to work and achieve goals.

    When opportunity knocks, open the door. I started with nothing and got an education and worked hard. I am not living in poverty.

    If you use every excuse available you will get nowhere!

  • annelouisegelinas

    This is kingdom and dictatorship at it’s worse. These folks don’t get it. Communism works the same way. It is how ideologies will destroy our Constitution. People who leave 3rd world countries to find the freedom of choice and ownership will not come here anymore. No incentives , nobody anxious to come here means we die. We die everyone making the same amount, and who will take ownership of all the money the wealthy once had, and who will be all our bosses? Hummm King or Queen, dictator, or Communism. That means whomever rules our salaries rules all progressives and their 401K, saving account , and checking account. Did they ever think this out?

  • Anonymous

    I was in Switzerland recently and folks there are pushing for a new law that says the highest paid in an organization can make no more than 12x what the lowest paid employee earns. If I could spread that thought here, I’d first look to become a floor sweeper for the Miami Heat (1/12th of LeBron’s salary is about $3.5M … I’d be a very well paid floor sweeper). Or I would try to become a driver or roadie for Beyonce’s show (1/12th of Beyonce’s $50M is over $4M). Either way, the possibilities are endless. Become a floor sweeper … just do it for the right company.

  • annelouisegelinas

    Never have I seen the outrage of jealousy in the American people who don’t want anyone rich, unless of course, the rich give them a share. That means they will be rich, and then who will bemoan them about having too much. ?
    Makes no sense why so many Americans are so jealous of wealth. Makes no sense why they pick on the right rich, when there are more left rich. What do you suppose is their reasoning.? If people hate wealth so much, then why do they try so hard to get a share in someone else’s ? So it isn’t wealth that they are jealous of, it is the fact that they didn’t get wealthy and want to even if it means taking it from others. So they are jealous because they failed.

  • jas1019

    There would be a carve out for those deemed valuable to “public good”. Any guess who those people would be? (media, entertainment, environmental, socialist-type)

  • Anonymous

    And if you do your homework, you will find the most wealthy citizens are liberals, not those evil conservatives.

  • hfr49

    It was the policies of the “strong government” that you want that drove us into the recession. Haven’t you been paying attention to current events? The Obama administration’s method of choosing winners worthy of government “investment,” companies which then always seem to go bankrupt with the investors (Obama contributors) walking away with the bunches of money taxpayer’s money, which has created the oligarchy that you think the free market will create. The current corruption in government is a lot more dangerous than the boogeyman you fear. Government has the power of force to ensure your compliance.

  • Anonymous

    The problem with your logic is that you’re trying to use tyrannical gov’t to over-rule human nature. The laws of economics are based on human nature. If I do X, I will earn Y which I can use for what I want. Our tyrannical gov’t has now said, people who do too much X, earn too much Y and they are evil. LeBron James ($40M/year) and Beyonce ($50M/year) sing this same song about those evil rich. John Kerry (net worth > $500M) and Buffett and Soros (combined net worth over $100B … yes, that’s a B) complain about income inequality. They have great power to change it themselves, but they’re like you and would rather use it as a reason to increase gov’t tyranny and try to make gov’t overRule the laws of economics and human nature. In the old USSR, the “Kitchen Garden” were 10x more productive than the “communal forms” because people got direct benefit from what they grew in their “kitchen garden” and the communal farm work was assigned to them and they got a static (and low) wage for making it work. People are always going to try to get the most for their efforts … keep your hero BHO (whose net worth went from $1.5M to $12.2M since his inauguration) out of it and that can be used for good. Allow BHO and tyranny to ensue, and you get total misAllocation of resources.

  • Boo2

    So does this brilliant idea start with Mr. Linker and his cronies?

  • Canadianlady

    This is just one more thing for low-info, obedient little Liberal sheep to salivate over on cue for their Democratzi overlords.

  • Boo2

    Well said, old enough!

  • not a liberal

    HEY KK what do you or have you done for a living, if you have ever worked at all. All you commies who think you are entitled to everyone else’s money – what right do you think you have to someone else’s sweat and equity? Most of you don’t work, have and never have had any ambition and think somebody owes you something. I can only hope that your jealousy and envy eat you up so rapidly that you literally get sick and take the eternal dirt nap. We have to rid America of you poisoned, pathetic, moochers. If you’d commit to doing something that could earn you your own income you’d see how rewarding it is. However, you probably have mooched off of people your entire, miserable life. What a waste of humanity.

  • hfr49

    What “justice” or “even opportunities” do you mean? What “justice” or “even opportunity” have you been denied and how will “government” give that to you and everyone else? If you give “government” the power to give you “justice” and “even opportunity,” who do you trust with that power (whatever that power is)?

  • Al Bryant

    The problem with these gradios plans is they never take into account the one critical flaw in all of these socialist pipe dreams, human beings. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

  • mudslide

    Just another version of the non-existent ‘class warfare’ charade.

    Move along – nothing to see here….

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    Than why does Obama do it?

  • Anonymous

    Hey moron king, it was all the bankers that caused the recession right, not you taking out a third mortgage on your house to buy a car (intelligent financial move there, let’s get a 30 year car loan)? Not your over use of debt to live like a king or to keep up with the joneses, of course you bear no responsibility for it and now someone makes more than you and you cannot handle it. Get over it.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    And how do you think they would regulate this thing. Though the tax system by taking their money until they are at what ever rate you boneheads want Which takes hiring power from the rich which screws with the market. If you morons had your way we will be seeing 100% unemployment because all the rich would be leaving your fascist utopia as you turn this country into Cuba.

  • Anonymous

    You blatantly confuse (or maybe unconsciously mistake) rich for obscenely rich. We can talk once you get the difference (as your rambling makes hardly any sense).

  • Anonymous

    I tried to answer but the website bot is moderating me (even though I didn’t write anything offensive or insulting).

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    It is funny the only idiots that support this is rich white liberals and their sheep like Fine Tapestry and Krimsen King.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I think the people at the bottom, of which the people at the top depend, have the right to decide what is obscene. For example, take a CEO working 40 hrs. weeks vs. a subordinate working 40 hrs. a week… don’t you think one earning more than 200 time more than the other is obscene? No? Well, I cannot do anything about your oligarch mentality.

    About the klan-BBQ business question, here’s the difference (I hope this time it gets through your thick skull): the klan has historically murdered blacks, so a cross burning would count as hate speech; not only they should be offended at that, but they should be able to sue against it, because it incites violence. A gay person is not issuing hate speech by getting married to a member of the same s e x, but the contrary; the wedding is a celebration of love. So your case is not only stupid, it’s kinda sick. You apparently want to have the legal right to discriminate and, worst of all, to issue hate speech… wow, grandpa, you are truly falling out of touch.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    Yeah liberals keep claiming you guys are not Marxist with spewing out Marxist ideas.

  • Anonymous

    wow, ok. It let me do it now…. So the bot is either sensitive about the word K K K or s e x.

  • Anonymous

    Well I sure won’t ever be worrying about exceeding the maximum wage, that’s for sure!

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    I been having the same bull happening to me.

  • Anonymous

    Annoying crap, ain’t it?

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    Very I wonder who is in charge of it because I got a few choice words to say.

  • Anonymous

    The richest of the rich of the 0.001% do not earn “paychecks”. Their income comes from all of their, their families, their foundations, their trusts, overseas investments, their companies’ holdings. It is another way for those who made it to keep out the competition and prevent anyone else from succeeding.

  • Anonymous

    Pounder: You can take out the words “I think” right before “much of the Republican…” You are spot on.

  • landofaahs

    There is a history of gays raping people too so that would give reason for people to fear being around deviants. Gay weddings are not love but lust and it’s not being loving trying to force people to do things that make them uncomfortable like delivering cakes to deviants. I am glad I am out of touch by you.

  • Anne Miller

    American free markets raised the living standards of all its citizens to unprecedented heights of comfort. Anyone in this country that doesn’t have a decent roof over their head, plumbing, enough food, a car, decent clothing, and at least some electronic toys must be hiding somewhere. Even the poorest have all this stuff unless they don’t want it. So what is the beef?

    Some people want to work their life away for material things, others find pleasure in other aspects of life. Up until recently we all had the right to choose what was important to us.

    If you want more than what you have and expect others to just give it to you – call it what it is – ENVY – All you want to do is look more important than others, by taking what someone else has accomplished. How sick is that?

  • Anonymous

    Wonder what Alec Baldwin, et al, would have to say about this? Leave the country, perhaps?? Oh wait, they’d be exempt…

  • landofaahs

    Why should people on the bottom who have not proven their ability to run a business decide what’s best for the business? That’s like letting someone who knows nothing about electricity wire your house. It’s not going to end well. Do you think Hollywood actors should make 200 times more than the bit actors? But that’s different I guess because people are willing to pay the price to see the movie huh? Well people who buy products from companies are saying the same thing. So why don’t the people on the bottom open their own business if they are so deserving and capable?

  • Anonymous

    Democrats= Braindead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OneMoreOpinion

    Slow down. Consider what Krimsen King is saying. KK is warning against punishing people for their ideas; in other words, punishing them for “thought crimes”–this is un-American. Second, KK states the problem is the elites bribing politicians with billions of dollars. There is only a handful of people that fit this description–George Soros, Buffet, Gates, etc. KK is just making the observation that ideas in and of themselves are not bad; the evil comes when corrupt people of influence bribe the easily corruptible with power–it is the sad state of our political system. KK’s comments are neither Communist nor a condemnation of the wealthy.

  • Anonymous

    A deviant who rapes is a deviant because he rapes, not because of who he rapes. I sometimes think your world view is so skewed you can’t see the difference between morally wrong and just morally uncomfortable. There is no raping at gay weddings, nor orgies or any other thing that might be called deviant. Sweet little kisses between men are just confortable to some, but not in themselves wrong.

  • Anonymous

    NO exemptions . include Hollywood and Sports …no deferred either.

  • Anonymous

    They can’t open their own business because the game is rigged. And yes, I think Hollywood actors, and not only them, but the whole Hollywood industry should take a role in society, and reconsider how those obscene amounts of money that sometimes flow through their flanks is being used to transform the world into a better more tolerant place. Now, some Hollywood projects already do this. You can’t say the same thing about oligarchs and vulture and crony capitalists.

  • Anonymous

    Back off the American economy…all you have done is screw it up! Lazy people still won’t work. Exceptional people deserve what they get. WE ARE NOT ALL EQUAL!

  • Sargonarhes

    If they tried it you can bet it would be like Obamacare and they’d write a law exempting themselves and their friends from such a thing. That way over paid politicians, entertainers and pro sports will still make their obscene amounts of money.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry folks, but it’s over! Welcome to Adam in the garden of Eden, he too compliantly walked out of Eden to DEATH with his wife! OUCH! You figure???

  • OpenMinded

    From what I’ve found out. Each website has its own monitor for disqus. And I think that if you get flagged enough times then it puts you on monitoring pretty much permanent. So if you have someone with multiple acounts they can get you a ‘denial of service’ attack by flagging you. Not sure on the last part.. just on the monitor. I’ve had that confirmed by disqus.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    Ok that explains a few things.

  • Mike Barnes

    The “greedy elite” pretty much all seem to support Democrats and Obama these days. Just as they supported Hitler and Mussolini in the 20s and 30s.

  • TTAS

    Jeder nach seinen Fähigkeiten, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen! KM

  • RyMi

    Yeah Harry Reid is just a black pickel.

  • Rhonda Renee Sessions

    Exactly the Communist agenda and way. Tax everyone who earns an income at 100%, then give them an income that will barely cover their necessities… income equality, all right. Those that work their butts off to be self-sufficient end up sending their earnings to those that refuse to do their share, and everyone has the same income. I thought we did this social experiment at the colony in Virginia, and it totally failed after the first year???? If it wasn’t for the governor of the colony, it would have died out, and we likely wouldn’t be a country today.

  • TTAS

    Why does George Soros, Jeffrey R. Immelt, Jon Corzine, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton do it?

  • Anonymous

    The only equality of income progressives will ever achieve is when they have us all at zero, starving, shivering, and homeless, but with lots of lunk-heads around to beat everyone into submission – like an enormous planetary game of Whack-a-mole – crushing every single person who tries to rise above the muck.

  • Rhonda Renee Sessions

    Well, somebody slice him up and feed him to the cattle he’s having murdered.

  • Anonymous

    And, of course, all politicians would exempt themselves…so as to prevent “brain freeze” as with ACA. So, that begs the question, how do you freeze something you haven’t got?!!!

  • Jayne Nielsen

    Instead of whining about “income inequality”, why don’t the Demwits focus on getting people back to EARNING INCOME???!! The economy is still so anemic, unemployment is still too high, and too many people have stopped looking for jobs.

    CREATE JOBS NOT DIVISION, LIBERAL NINNIES!

  • RyMi

    I think the cattle would rather eat grass or maybe even dirt instead of Harry. If Bengasi had as much firepower for protection as the cattle herders Land Management s maybe 4 life’s would still be here.

  • Rhonda Renee Sessions

    LOL! You’ve got a point there.

  • No Way Out

    Proponents of Marxism, including the CPUSA and Hugo Chavez use the terms and goals of communism and socialism interchangeably. Notice even the most ardent communist countries call themselves “socialist republics”, not communist republics. You can hide behind the “communism only happens from revolution” argument all you want but the truth is communism and socialism both will result in individual freedoms lost to oppressive governance and an economic system that is not at all self sustainable without going into massive debt.

  • RyMi

    Honest liberals are having their Andrew Breitbart moment. Andrew started out as a liberal, except he was the kind of liberal that’s exceedingly rare today. He was a liberal who actually believed in the things liberals say they believe in, like free expression and personal autonomy.

    But they don’t.

    Andrew’s change began when he watched the Clarence Thomas hearings. He saw a “high-tech lynching,” as racist Democrats intent on stamping out dissent among black Americans channeled their former Majority Leader/KKK Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd in attacking the black jurist for refusing to toe the liberal line.

  • Anonymous

    The recession melt-down was the result of gov. inspired policy that everyone who applies for a mortgage will get one regardless of their credit worthiness.

  • Anonymous

    Hollywood will go to Europe, Asia, etc. and make their income.

  • Anonymous

    The government brings neither justice nor opportunities to our society. It does impose injustice and denies opportunities to some while lavishing opportunities on the uber-wealthy. This is how oligarchies roll.

  • Anonymous

    “Communism NEVER comes slowly…”

    Sell it to those who don’t know American history.

    The greatest trick the Devil ever played was convincing mankind he didn’t exit.

  • Populist democrat

    Glenn Beck wants people to rail against him and a few other hundred folks not having a maximum wage. Beck knows none of you will ever make as much money as he makes, but in the name of the 0.01%, you should do all you can to make sure your wages keep slowly shrinking and Beck, G. Soros and the Koch brothers can continue making more and more of the nation’s wealth.

    That way, you see, we can continue to live in an oligarchy, just as the Kochs and the Soros want us to.

    http://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf

  • http://www.peterwrightsblog.com Peter Wright

    The sooner we can get away from talking about “income inequality” which is a natural and necessary condition in every society except pure communism, the sooner we can stop the liberals hi-jacking the term for its emotional impact.

    The correct term is income disparity, which will always be with us, even the remaining communist states have it.

    Stu is quite right, any form of income restraint or cap will persuade wealthy people to move elsewhere.

    A cap on the earnings of the top earners would be the thin end of the wedge, it would not take long and there would be caps on all levels of salaries and wages.

    Then the real squealing would start.

  • Anonymous

    Save us all from a no-nothing electrician , plumber, auto mechanic, computer repair person , or anyone in the trades with no knowledge skill. They all want payment for their work even when the finished is inadequate.

  • Anonymous

    But Glenn, if you don’t have enough money to run your studio, then … you can’t broadcast your independent thoughts!! We would only have government sponsored, or approved media. WAIT – that’s what Russia did. China did. Hitler did. IT’s called Tyranny! ! Or better known as Socialist/Communist/Fascist Propaganda!
    Welcome to Barry’s World.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely. Those who advance such anti-American ideas need to be removed from office. It is an exceptional person(s) who can start and maintain a enterprise and thus hire persons for a wage to work in the business. Not every person is capable of starting or maintaining a business . The percentage of failed businesses every year is proof.

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    Linker and Sutter don’t have the courage to start their own business and create jobs because they don’t want to sweat, neither of them work, they write drivel

  • Anonymous

    And isn’t that what they did in Russia for nearly a century – how’d that work out? And China? At the end of that era, everyone was still eating the same potatoes and rice.

  • Barbara Fortune

    Why do they just want to cap executive salaries? Let’s go for the REAL high wage earners, sports stars, movie and TV stars, the music industry! Hey, fair is fair, if execs need a cap so do those people.

  • Anonymous

    “No knowledge skill”, so that’s the term conservatives now use to justify labor exploitation.

  • Dave Nichols

    power! that’s the only consideration ! how to get ad hold onto power. elections are the hurdle here in the usa. that means inluencing voters. that means keeping them poor, stupid, under control and fertilizd ! his i par of a major push now, the dems feel they are so close to a permanent voting majority theyare making these huge efforts today.

  • Mark Charles Salomon

    You have all the opportunity you need…equality of opportunity, however, is not the same as equality of ability.

  • Anonymous

    Like always, Mr Beck is skewing a story to enrage his viewers and doing a good job of it. Before we go on, calling each other names, we should get a clear understanding of what the libturds really mean. It seems a focus on individual taxes and individual incomes. If Beck’s company is making big bucks, it doeasn’t mean that HIS company will be limited to a max inome. If his lowest wage earner makes, let’s say $30,000 a year, the he would be limited to make $3,000,000 a year! Not at all that bad. Now, consider hollywood where top actors make $50,000,000 while their janitors make????? I think those guys would be hit the hardest.
    Having said that progressive’s main target is taxing people as much as the market will bear so that they can waste more on pet projects which inevitably are doomed to failure. It is the socialist way and it happens all over the planet.
    The other option would be to implement a FLAT tax on everybody no matter what income level and eliminate ALL loop holes, especially the high-end earners.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it was the bankers AND the government allowing its sheeple to borrow just like they do themselves. America is living beyond its own means with a deficit that can’t be sustained and people are doing the same. Did the government bail out all those people who got caught with the huge debts? No, they bailed out the BANKERS. And what have the bankers done after the bailouts? Paid themselves huge bonuses despite the mess they made and printed more money than ever.

  • Anonymous

    Who are you calling morons, sir? It seems that the smart republicans like yourself don’t seem to have answers either, as America has ben sinking under both democrats AND republicans.

  • Anonymous

    The real people in power are exactly those ultra rich including the top bankers who own and direct the fed, who in turn hold all the MONEY!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but they don`t call themselves liberals, they are progressives, progress for THEIR pockets.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the vast majority of rich people have worked for their wealth. BUT, we`re talking the super rich who have so much that they consider themslves the ELITE who can CONTROL and over power the world. Look at guys like Soros, Gates Rothchild etc. These are the ones who dictate how America should be governed.

  • therain

    Both min and max wages are silly, and are not something you have in a free country.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to understand the way you labeled KK without really knowing him. His opinions certainly are acceptable to many, including conservatives. I`m sure there are many who don`t agree with some of your comments and there`s no need to get so offensive

  • Anonymous

    Exatly!!! That`s why when republicans were in power not much got fixed, rather it just got worse.

  • Anonymous

    Rep or Dem does not make any difference anymore. This plan is exactly how you break a country, put 10′s of millions more out of work when companies lay off and can’t hire due to high minimum wages. Then with the swift trickle down effect all these people will no longer be able to buy “anything”. Even the business owing rich people will be suffering because of the great losses it will cause…unless you are one of the mega rich in this country, it will take longer for them to feel a nip at the heel but they will in the end as this country gets turned upside down

  • Bewareofgun

    Thats fine but make the maximum wage for congress $7.25 and they have to signup for odumdum care.

  • Ken

    I don’t agree with a maximum wage, yet limiting the rape of corporate return upon investments via corporate management compensation, must be addressed! Such as the CEO’s & VP’s compensation, their compensation should be limited to the integral growth of the compensations of the rank and file employee’s! Yes, controlling costs is important, yet being rewarded by reducing or limiting such compensation of the laborer’s, whom get the job done…

  • Double Dog

    well here it is Beckerhead, what we have here is a world of contentment gone wild,,, on one end you have people feeling under paid and cant get by on what they earn, on the other end you have people making enough money but they cant get by because they always want more and over spend on wants and not needs, and to make matters worse, they start maxing out credit cards, Businesses included, too much credit, success cannot be measured on credit, Because you don’t own IT, People are never content with being ahead.,, so a solution to the wage dispute,,, We Need to pay people all the same wage,,, and set all prices and needs, and merchandise that all people can afford,, what they need,,, and some left over,, so they can save up for things they want,, we should all make the same from the president down to the baby sitter,, then there is no need for inflation or depression/recession we all live, we all get along.,,, I Say We All should make TEN DOLLARS an hour, Nice round number and easy to add and count So lets adjust all the prices to make this a reality,,, I started out raising a family at a little more than THREE DOLLARS an hour and was the only wage earner, the wife stayed home and took care of the home and kids, we had one car and in a short time, we saved and bought a work car, we got by better then with less than we do now with more, go figure!, My dad started with a lot less than I did, back in his day, so BECKER My Boy, lets get started on the ROOT of the problem,, and make some changes in the right way, and in a way that will make a difference,,, we need to stop TALKing and start DOing,, what do you think of them Apples,,,, BECKER-BOY,, LETS Speak the TRUTH, With NO BIAS;;; Sincerely,,, Hank Bosma

  • Wayne Force

    Money is the fuel for greed and corruption. Sure go ahead and put a 15 million dollar cap on combined salaries, perks, and benefits. Those who think 15 million a year is not enough will leave the country. So be it. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt! It will clear out the greedy gluttons who want untold wealth at the expense of the workers and citizens of this country. Let them go somewhere else, I could care less. You think it will stop the economy? Hardly. It would be a boom for the economy. Others will quickly line up to fill there positions and collect that $15 million a year! Limiting pay of high ranking bloated management will result in better wages for lower level workers and ultimately lower prices for goods and services. Take out the greed factor and it’s better for everyone. Do you think greedy bankers and CEO’s making 100′s of millions of dollars will want to stay here? How about any of the other top 1%? Do you want the likes of them here anyway? Probably not. Look at what they have done to this country to amass their fortunes. You think they have not compromised our government to work for them and not us? Get real!! So I say bring it on! Cap those salaries at 15 million a year and maybe even have a wealth cap of $200 million! Anyone who thinks they can’t live well enough on that has a real problem. I for one will not miss them.

  • Watch it

    Victor, stop your Beck hating obsession and get a life. You don’t know what you are talking about anyway.

  • TattooedWhite TrailerTrash

    Will the Entertainment Industry, Professional Sports and Politicians also have to abide by this?

  • TattooedWhite TrailerTrash

    Sounds like Sharpton?

  • TattooedWhite TrailerTrash

    Obtuse!

  • TattooedWhite TrailerTrash

    God, I’m lonely, what can i get for a rib?

  • Slayer88

    You are the precise reason my wife and I are leaving Philly.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t look now but I’m afraid both parties have been taken over. There are very few true conservatives remaining. Most Republicans are actually left wing center leaning moderate liberals. We as true conservatives no longer have a voice, not in the house, not in the senate, not in justice, the Supreme Court and most certainly not in the White House and even if we win enough seats to turn the senate this fall it will not really matter, they are mostly plug and play no matter which side of the isle the sit in…

  • Wayne Force

    See ya! Why not leave the country while you are at it! :)

  • TattooedWhite TrailerTrash

    Because they will be exempt. It’s all about maintaining their elitist grip on the have nots.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not really fair to the one’s that honestly tried and failed to give the same honor to the lame and lazy who never had the ambition to aspire to better life.

  • Anonymous

    By obscenely rich I assume you mean the man who single handedly destroys the economies of nations simply because he can, the uber liberal who proclaimed himself to be god…. Yes the one, the only, that wild and crazy guy, George Sorros

  • MuslimLuvChrist

    So a terrible obama record deserves him a max wage of $0!!!

  • Anonymous

    Bad idea from the get go. But make no mistake, there are CEO’s who rape companies. Antonio Perez and Kodak are a perfect example

  • Deckard426

    Service industry wages will never pay off manufacturing wage debt, or purchase manufacturing wage assets, such as real estate, without incurring additional debt. Minimum and maximum wages can be set wherever the government pleases, but it’s too late to undo 70 years of borrowing. All that remains is for future historians to point out what grand folly it really was, when the worthless dollar finally collapses.

  • Equis

    These people are ignorant, they just want to put an end to our free society and become communists so let them go to Russia. Oh, I wonder who has all the money there.

  • landofaahs

    And what if their labor were not exploited? They would be out of a job. The only reason you hire someone in your business is because those minds or hands make you money over and above what you pay him and the extra pay must take into account bad employees or just plain less productive ones. You’re an idiot.

  • Equis

    Please, spare me the tears you’re just envious, tell the truth.

  • landofaahs

    If I borrow money for my business and can’t pay it back and I go broke, are the employees going to have to help pay the debts. No. They go and leave the mess and go to work somewhere else.

  • landofaahs

    How can you say you can’t open their own business? People do it all the time. Heck they’ve been loaning money with 3% down on houses for years before 08 and almost anyone with a pulse was encouraged to buy cars. That is a cop out for people who have no talent or are too afraid to take the chances

  • Johnny

    PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. The government officials, not all, are just as corrupt as these wealthy elites you are condemning. Take responsibility for your actions. Problem solved. We don’t need gov’t to do it. It has been proven over and over that both sides further the injustice. WE are the ONLY chance to bring justice and even opportunities to our society. Stop participating if you don’t agree with a companies practices. If everyone felt a certain grocery store was bad and took advantage of people or the system, and everyone that felt this way stopped shopping there, that company would go under or change. So goes with all aspects of your life. Stop looking for a scape goat for our problems and take responsibility for your life.

  • landofaahs

    I love exposing you lefties for the duplicitous hypocrites your are. What if you were a cab driver and were in a city where it is legal to carry handguns and a man with a gun tried to hail a taxi cab. Would you be able to refuse to stop? What if he had a bat. The point is that you should never be compelled or forced against you will to do something you don’t want to or that makes you uncomfortable. It’s common sense. But people like you only accept your own phobias as legitimate reasons to distance yourself from bad things or bad people. But just a clue, I do contract work and I just don’t even put bids in if I don’t like the people. Sometimes I price my services so high that they can’t afford it. I have had times where the idiots still wanted those services and I felt good taking their money laughing. And you’re still deviant.

  • Equis

    Why are you so anger driven over money unless it is because of jealousy, now that would be sad.

  • landofaahs

    A murderer who murders is a murderer because he murders. Just because people wear white pointy hoods and belong to a goofball organization called the KKK does not mean they are murderers either. There is a difference between morally wrong and morally uncomfortable. You see, that kind of attitude can be thrown right back at you. But I am more tolerant than you because I allow everyone the choice what they want to do and not do. You just are too militant and extreme but one day you will grow enough to be tolerant of other people’s feelings. But I won’t hold my breath.

  • Elena

    Slavery by a different name.

  • gollywhopper

    How right you are. another “unfortunately” is that many Americans either have been lulled to sleep, are apathetic, or have actually drank the progressive (euphemism for socialist) koolaid.

  • Guest

    The actual root cause of the housing collapse was due to the Community Reinvestment Act – heavily influenced by ACORN. There is a term called “redlining,” which meant that banks were not lending to impoverished communities…a fairness thing. Of course, the banks didn’t lend money there, because it wasn’t going to be paid back. Bottom line, banks were forced by government to lower lending standards, and people borrowed more than they could afford to pay back. Suddenly, everyone qualifies for a home loan, housing demand increases, housing prices increase, and whoops…too many borrowers default. That is an oversimplification, but indeed is the root cause.

  • OneMoreOpinion

    I would argue that a healthy society with a healthy economy (an economy with ample job opportunities) does decide what labor is worth. The laborer (in a healthy economy) is a free agent with the power to negotiate a fair price for his or her skills. Unfortunately, our economy has been rigged to fail (I must assume it was to favor the people of influence so as to provide cheap labor and reduce competition); the lack of job opportunities has created a kind of slavery. I agree that some market regulations are needed in the same way that government must create rules for driving, flying, boating, etc (the rules are there to protect all parties–as such, the rules must not be partial to any one person or group). However, I do not trust this government to create such impartial regulations. I expect our politicians to create regulations that benefit only their benefactors or themselves; our politicians, after all, have created this mess of an economy/society.

  • Anonymous

    “Do you want the likes of them here anyway? …. Look at what they have done to this country to amass their fortunes.”

    Would we want the likes of Steve Jobs here? You bet we would. He changed the lives of tens of millions of people. He made tens of thousands wealthy. And he made over a billion dollars. God for him! How about Bill Gates? How many people’s lives did he impact for the better? How many others became millionaires because of his company? Alan Mulally turned Ford around, avoided bankruptcy and save a hundred thousand good paying jobs. Does he not deserve his compensation? Many of the highest earning people don’t just sit on their money. They re-invest in start up companies. If successful they create hundreds or thousands of good new jobs and create products that benefit us all. Sure they might make even more money if it works but that doesn’t hurt me or anyone else.

    Trust me, you really wouldn’t like living in a world that disincentivizes our most creative people and keeps them from taking risks. I know your answer will be that $10M or $20M a year SHOULD be plenty for anyone but that is just your opinion. Lotteries make the big prize huge as an inducement to get people to take the risk and buy a ticket. How well would lotteries work if the top prize was limited at $10K?

  • Populist democrat

    Yesterday, Beck said, “I don’t want to question God.” Previously, Beck has quoted Jefferson: “Question the very existence of God, for if there be a God, He must surely rather honest questioning over blindfolded fear.”

    Beck has said, “I’m not a journalist,” and Beck has claimed to be a journalist.

    Does Glenn Beck need to scream: “I AM A FRAUD!” before people figure this out?

  • Populist democrat

    You have Glenn Beck’s fans confused with people who understand what policies are in their best interest. Beck does his level best to confuse them.

  • Anonymous

    They should start this in the entertainment industry. See if Cruise, or any other lead actor will work for that. Or will they somehow get an exemption?

  • Michael Leonard Novia

    The ability to read is correlated to the ability to follow rules, the ability to follow rules is correlated to the ability to hold property, the ability to hold property is correlated to the ability control the rules, the ability to control the rules correlates to the abilty to determine who reads. That’s America. Property dictates everything and the schools dictate who will have property. These left/right battles have been part of the American political process for a very long time. The ethic of this country, embedded in the minds of our founders and therefore in our founding documents, the Protestant Ethic, will prevail through thick and thin. Read: God and Education in America: How the Protestant Ethic Reasserts Itself. Go to: http://www.educateouramerica.com. The Marxists, Communists Progressives, and Intellectuals can never win because they seek the “truth.” The lies and hidden pathways of the Ethic motivate, have always motivated, us to be the greatest nation in the world. Don’t believe what they show us. Pull the curtain aside. Read.

  • Krimsen King

    you assume far too much, and it leads you into deep darkness. You actually wished me dead, you fool… and simply because you believe we disagree, so must be opposite kinds of people. We really only need to ‘rid America’ of reckless anger and fear. Wasted humanity is humanity that is ignored. Don’t forget, those evil ‘liberals’ are still only human beings… just like you. ;)

  • Krimsen King

    haha wow… so reckless and yet somehow such specific assumptions…. very nice. Yes, it was ‘all the bankers’ who actually broke lots of laws to swindle millions if not billions of people out of their money, then when caught, they manage to swindle multi-million dollar bonuses on top of their ridiculously undeserved salaries. I am well over it ;)

  • Krimsen King

    I absolutely agree. We will never be able to trust our government until our electoral system is free and fair again. The massive amounts of money flowing to our politicians corrupts ALL of them fundamentally, regardless of political party or ideology.

  • Krimsen King

    yes yes, the free market decides. Unless the market is warped. Unless these companies that we don’t like are the ONLY companies we have to choose from anymore, and they buy our politicians to make sure they’re the only company we have to choose from. You do realize there are more than two ‘sides’ to any issue, right….

  • Krimsen King

    most don’t have any opportunity whatsoever. Denying it doesn’t make it go away. Also, regardless of ‘ability’, people have a basic human right to a living wage.

  • Krimsen King

    ok, that wasn’t the policy. And it was the mortgages that were rotten. Yes, they were required to be more lenient in their requirements… but they weren’t required to put all the rate hikes and foreclosure nonsense in there. They weren’t required to bundle those loans and sell them off in pieces making ridiculous profits. The ‘gov. inspired policy’ was poorly crafted and extremely poorly implemented. That doesn’t mean that regulations of these markets is a bad thing… it means we need GOOD regulation of these markets.

  • Joshua Middendorf

    I am a libertarian BUT I am actually for a maximum wage AS LONG as it is based on the Percent, lets say 250%, of the average full time worker in the company. This way the Ceo can make as much as they want as long as they pay their own workers accordingly. They still have motivation to work hard while having motivation to pay their workers well. When it comes to actors and athletes I am not sure the solution.

    But before we start talking about a maximum wage lets end corporate welfare by closing tax loopholes first.

  • Krimsen King

    and which of these ‘proponents’ came to power slowly, patiently or ‘stealthily’? They didn’t work their way in… they revolted against another form of tyranny. Yes, sometimes a ‘socialist policy’ means a loss of individual liberty… like social security deprived senior citizens of the freedom to starve and die. But sometimes these ‘socialist’ policies and programs are necessary to a FREE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC like the United States of America. See, the nice thing about American democracy is that we don’t need to fear the ‘creep’ of ideas like communism and Marxism. Our democratic ideals defeated theirs a long time ago. We can use them freely, take what we want and leave the tyranny. We are free Americans… the only thing that threatens that is the tyranny of a few wealthy ‘globalists’ who believe in ‘fair trade’ while their American companies use Chinese slave labor. I still wonder how American companies can do business with a communist slave country like china… hm

  • Scott Pam

    Using Cloward & Pivens along with the infiltration of the Communist Party into the political system is how this country is being destroyed.

    Add Agenda 21, which California has written into law, and we have no water in Central California to supposedly save a smelt, no food production from the largest area that used to produce a huge percentage of what was available in the grocery store, and the truth: the same land is what they GRABBED for the bullet train. Pelosi’s husband got that contract. So the truth: politicians in our country are using laws to take over land for personal gain.

    When will the people of America WAKE up and realize that they are voting for ideology that is COMMUNIST and not truly helping anyone except the politicians who are looking for permanent employment?

    Let wages be what your work for as you move up the scale. We have a minimum wage that is a STARTING point in life. Work you way up to the top. That’s how AMERICA works.

    A MAXIMUM wage? Income Equality? COMMUNISM. It does not work.

  • Scott Pam

    How about your idiot in chief? When will you wake the F up and realize what a fraud your entire political party has become?

  • Scott Pam

    -$17,000,000,000.

  • Scott Pam

    Russia is calling, they are missing some Communists.

  • Scott Pam

    This was all done by the Democratic party first to ensure that their Communist goals were achieved: bring money to the Communist nations…China and Russia.

    My freaking tin foil from Sam’s Club is made in Russia.

    American companies were forced to bring manufacturing over to the “poor” Communist China when the Communists in political power here passed laws under the guise of helping the “common person” that forced companies to either go out of business or move to China.

    Yup, we have been deceived.

  • Scott Pam

    Libertarian BUTT?

  • Kevin Dean

    With a progressive president what ever is popular on left wing news he will seek to put it into action. Face it. You all know that this government is a run away train that’s not going to stop with angry words and sad faces because elitist laugh at such things and keep on keeping on. You know it deep down in your guts that the only thing we will be left with as an option is a revolution. Because seriously do the math people, are things going to get better or worse? I hate that people think that’s crazy talk when our founders told us that it was our duty to over throw the government when it becomes self destructive. Do you think they were just talking out of their butts or what? Obviously they had an interest in seeing us thrive as a nation and in their wisdom knew that power can corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely and with all of the power grabbing going on where do you see us in 50 years from now? Is it considered treason to envoke that right given to us? You bet it is! But what happened to gain our independence and form our nation was considered treason too. Unfortunately one day that’s the only choice we will be left with and some of you know deep down in your hearts that I’m right about this.

  • Anonymous

    “They re-invest in start up companies. If successful they create hundreds or thousands of good new jobs and create products that benefit us all. Sure they might make even more money if it works but that doesn’t hurt me or anyone else.”
    Then they send all the jobs/companies overseas so they can keep even more money for themselves and leave Americans jobless and still expect Americans to buy their crap…yeah we really need them alright.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Matt Damon, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates would be too happy with that idea.

  • Anonymous

    “Also, regardless of ‘ability’, people have a basic human right to a living wage.”

    No, no they don’t. There is absolutely no sound reasoning for paying somebody beyond their worth simply because they “are.” There are a plethora of emotional appeals for “fairness” and “social justice” simply because somebody “exists”…….but nothing that could stand up to a reasoned assessment.

  • Anonymous

    The entire problem with your argument is this “creep” began decades ago when Progs began to understand that they simply could not rule without slowly putting the pieces in place. They went about creating an atmosphere of dependency and in spite of generations of efforts to roll it back, much remains. They add to that almost daily now. And once they are sure that noone will be able to thwart their efforts like those before them……then comes your armed revolt. BTW, they are already putting the pieces in place to insure they come out on top in that venue as well.

    See, they thought that once they had control of all three “houses” of our legislative arm, they could implement policies that would freeze “non-believers” out forever. But funny thing……when you have to cobble together support from horribly disparate factions, sometimes everyone isn’t willing to go along with the program or somebody gets too big for their britches and insists their agenda takes precedent over all the other grievence mongers. Case in point……..Obamacare. And actually this could have been a good block in their foundation if they had been able to get the LGBT community and the minority race hustlers and the global warming wackos to just chill and let them grab 1/6th of the economy and THEN get gay marriage, unfettered immigration and cap n’ trade.

    Ignore the coming storm at your own peril.

  • Krimsen King

    you may be confusing ‘reason’ for a reckless lack of humanity. Compassion and empathy may produce emotional reactions in many, but they are not, in themselves, emotional appeals. They are simply common humanity, that most of us share. Ignore it, ignore your conscience for the sake of some misguided idea of ‘reason’, and you ignore your very humanity. You are right, however, that there is no sound reasoning for paying somebody beyond their worth. It is for us, as a society, to decide what labor is worth, though. I believe that swindlers and thieves with fancy titles should be paid no more than their fellow criminal brethren. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Wonder what is Damon Linker’s take on Obama’s net worth quadrupling during his tenure? How does that happen when the POTUS makes roughly over $400K yearly, but Obama went from net worth of less than $1 million circa 2006 to now over $11 million? Hmmm….maximum wage for only “certain” people?

  • Krimsen King

    Yes, the ‘creep’ did begin decades ago… with lobbyists buying and selling our ‘elected’ representatives, then later, writing their own regulations and laws. No party has control of all three houses of government, nor will one ever. The real overwhelming domination in our government is by the wealthy. The wealthiest now control ALL our government, writing ALL our laws, usually to benefit only themselves, often to the detriment of the rest of society. (YES, ALL OF THE REST OF SOCIETY) You know, I really don’t care what you think ‘liberals’ or ‘progressives’ WANT to do. If they’ve been trying for ‘generations’ now, and still have such little ability, and such a dramatic blowback from you and your ‘side’, how effective could they be, really…

  • CrapsDealer

    So, will this “maximum wage” also apply to politicians, government employees, and oh yes…presidents?

  • Populist democrat

    Scott; I know. I’m a Republican.

  • Populist democrat

    Do you swallow every lie Glenn Beck tells? No one is talking about income equality. $10.10/hr does not equal $ 1 million/yr.

  • Anonymous

    If the Leftists really wanted to improve the circumstances of impoverished Americans they could do it in three easy steps:

    Step 1. Stop importing millions of foreign work-authorized aliens (legal and illegal) each and every year. Immigration levels should be a net zero unless and until U-6 unemployment is below 5% AND wages for American workers is growing faster than the real inflation rate (housing, food, fuel, energy and medical costs).

    Step 2. Enforce a “Zero Tolerance” policy on the illegal employment of illegal foreign workers. Jail employers who fail to comply and seize their assets (just like is done with drug dealers).

    Step 3. Give the current crop of illegal aliens 120 days to settle their affairs and leave voluntarily. Should the illegals not comply, find them, jail them, give their US-born children to American families to raise, seize their assets (like drug dealers) and deport them.

    Problem solved through market forces. The only reason why we haven’t won the so-called “War on Poverty” is simply because we keep importing millions of impoverished foreigners every year (both legal and illegal) creating a gigantic, artificially inflated labor bubble that depresses wages for all American workers. We have tens of millions of unemployed and under employed Americans in the USA we do NOT need to import any more workers, period, end of story!

  • Johnny

    First don’t mistake America for a free market society. Second, there is never only one option. There is most of the time the easy/cheap option vs the hard/good option. They can’t buy politicians if there is no money to buy them. Again, it is on you. There are many sides to an issue. All that take the way of blaming others are the wrong way. Keep blaming gov’t and big business, see how far that gets you.. or grow a pair and take responsibility for your life and change it. If everyone stopped blaming everyone else for their “poor me” life and did something about it, no one would have anything to whine about in the comments section of an article that explains exactly why our gov’t is not fit to run this country.

  • Todd Ewing

    No they don’t have a basic human right to a living wage. By definition a “wage” is something that is earned. Who is going to pay that wage? No one is entitled to someone else’s labor, and saying I have a right to get paid without earning it says just that. I have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…

  • Todd Ewing

    Society does not get to determine what my labor is worth. The only people involved in that decision is me and the person or company I am contracted to work for. As for swindlers and thieves with fancy titles, if that is what they are, they need to be thrown in jail. That would be the “wage” that they earn. But who gets to determine if they are swindlers ad thieves? Why does it matter so much what a bank president gets paid. If the investors and bank agree to pay him or her “X” amount of dollars they are worth it. It is none of my or your business…

  • Defend The Constitution

    Our gadgets, gizmos, computers, and vehicles were first produced in small quantities for those able to afford them and free to enjoy them.

  • Anonymous

    You are a fricken moron. What bad have they done to America? Huh? Look at third world countries now go kiss the cement and be glad you live in America and not some cesspit.

  • Anonymous

    You have no clue how the economy works you crazy idealist. Pay everybody the same wage? You are dumb. Get your head out of the clouds. Communism doesn’t work.

  • Krimsen King

    haha yes very nice. you are right about a lot. Except buying politicians. There is clearly PLENTY of money to buy politicians. In the last election, billions of dollars went into it. Also, I’m not blaming anyone for my suffering. It is the suffering of millions due to a warped system that concerns me.

  • Krimsen King

    ahh yes… let the ‘free market decide’… you know, the free market decides all the time that people, human beings, are not worth the life they have. Would you agree? I certainly wouldn’t. Obviously, if a criminal is exceptionally good at his crimes, there will be plenty of people willing to pay him ALOT of money to get away with them. This is absolutely ALL of our business…

  • Krimsen King

    right, and in a civilized society, when there are just NOT enough jobs to go around, a civilized government steps in to help those who cannot help themselves. We all have a right to live free and pursue happiness. That means earning a living wage for our labors. That’s what it means, not that anyone is ‘entitled to someone else’s labor’… it’s a fine partisan platitude, but it’s just disingenuous. We ALL benefit from government programs, not just the immediate beneficiaries… or at least we should, if our programs were run efficiently and effectively.

  • SRM29

    pfff… Of course not. Probably vote themselves a raise by dipping into the funds that were supposed to go the poor.

  • SRM29

    Right on!!

  • SRM29

    Your name says otherwise. So which is it?

    You don’t include the context, probably intentional to make your point appear more valid.
    “…and Beck has claimed to be a journalist.” Ok, when?

    If i’m wrong, you shouldn’t have much trouble backing up your claims since it’s “so obvious Glenn Beck is a fraud.”

  • Anonymous

    The above listed prescription for fixing poverty in the US would also have a positive effect on “anthropogenic” climate change (if anyone still believes in that hoax anymore). If the Greens weren’t simply “Watermelon Environmentalists” (green on the outside, red on the inside) they would be pushing the following mantra: “Deport an illegal alien and save a Polar Bear!”