The power of the Unions

How much does the average union stagehand at Lincoln Center make?

“Stagehands, these are the guys who move the lights and the chairs for musicians at places like the Lincoln Center in New York, you will not believe what the average stagehand earns. Oh, the power of the unions, “ Glenn said.

While not trying to trivialize the hard work done by stagehands, but the average salary made by New York City stagehands blew Pat and Stu away.

“This is a hard job. I'm not saying they stand around and move chairs. They don't. They're hard-working people. How much do they make?”

Glenn said, “At Carnegie Hall, the top paid stagehand makes $422,599, plus $107,455 in benefits and deferred compensation.” The average salary for a stagehand at Lincoln Center? $290,000 a year.

Glenn explained:

“What that means is Carnegie Hall has negotiated with the union saying we can't afford more than $422,000 for the stage hand. Fine. We'll give them $107,000 in benefits and deferred compensation but don't take it now because we can't afford it. We'll pay it in the future. What?! When is Carnegie Hall -- when are they going to make more to pay the deferred compensation for the next stage hand and the compensation that they couldn't afford when they had the last stagehand?! It's not going to work. It's collapsing the system. It's collapsing the system. So, the problem here is that people won't -- they're refusing to live and recognize that the whole system is flying into the side of a mountain.”

Glenn added, “Why is Broadway so expensive? Oh, yeah. That's right. $422,000 for the top stage hand. Oh, yeah. That's right. Maybe some of our unions should start shoveling the damn snow so we can get to the theater and buy those really expensive tickets so the stage hand, you know, the oppressed one, can get his $422,000 plus $107,000 in deferred compensation.”

Glenn compared the issue of that to Social Security.

“I'm 46 years old. I'm not going to get Social Security. I'm not going to get it. And you know you're -- if you're my age, you know you're not going to get it, too. So, now what do we do about it? We do exactly like what we were talking about last hour with the debt ceiling. We understand that some bills must be paid. Those who are on Social Security now or who are about to trip into Social Security, we must honor that commitment. There may be some that paid in that cannot get that because, look, they don't need the check. I know it's their money and everything else. Times have changed.”

For too long, unions and the government have been making unsustainable promises to the American people. And while those benefits may pay off in the short term, ultimately they leave the country and its citizens with a debt they cannot pay.

“Times have changed. I will pay this debt for my parents and my grandparents and your parents and grandparents but that's it, gang. It ain't going to last. Pay the debt that we must pay and stop the insanity and let's come up with something new because this doesn't work.”

On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

You can donate to Grace's legal fund here.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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