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.

“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.

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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.”

A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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