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.”

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" to explain how mail-in ballots are typically disqualified during recounts at a far higher rate than in-person, Election Day ballots, and why this is "good news" for President Donald Trump's legal battle over the election.

"One of the things that gives the greatest cause for optimism is, this election ... there's a pretty marked disparity in terms of how the votes were distributed. On Election Day, with in-person voting, Donald Trump won a significant majority of the votes cast on in-person voting on Election Day. Of mail-in voting, Joe Biden won a significant majority of the votes cast early on mail-in voting," Cruz explained.

"Now, here's the good news: If you look historically to recounts, if you look historically to election litigation, the votes cast in person on Election Day tend to stand. It's sort of hard to screw that up. Those votes are generally legal, and they're not set aside. Mail-in votes historically have a much higher rate of rejection … when they're examined, there are a whole series of legal requirements that vary state by state, but mail-in votes consistently have a higher rate of rejection, which suggests that as these votes begin being examined and subjected to scrutiny, that you're going to see Joe Biden's vote tallies go down. That's a good thing," he added. "The challenge is, for President Trump to prevail, he's got to run the table. He's got to win, not just in one state but in several states. That makes it a lot harder to prevail in the litigation. I hope that he does so, but it is a real challenge and we shouldn't try to convince ourselves otherwise."

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Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean is perhaps even more disgusted with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for his coronavirus response than BlazeTV's Stu Burguiere (read what Stu has to say on the subject here), and for a good reason.

She lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York's nursing homes after Gov. Cuomo's infamous nursing home mandate, which Cuomo has since had scrubbed from the state's website and blamed everyone from the New York Post to nursing care workers to (every leftist's favorite scapegoat) President Donald Trump.

Janice joined Glenn and Stu on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to ask why mainstream media is not holding Gov. Cuomo — who recently published a book about his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic — accountable?

"I'm vocal because I have not seen the mainstream media ask these questions or demand accountability of their leaders. [Cuomo] really has been ruling with an iron fist, and every time he does get asked a question, he blames everybody else except the person that signed that order," Janice said.

"In my mind, he's profiting off the over 30 thousand New Yorkers, including my in-laws, that died by publishing a book on 'leadership' of New York," she added. "His order has helped kill thousands of relatives of New York state. And this is not political, Glenn. This is not about Republican or Democrat. My in-laws were registered Democrats. This is not about politics. This is about accountability for something that went wrong, and it's because of your [Cuomo's] leadership that we're put into this situation."

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As America grows divided and afraid to disagree with the Democrats' woke plan for America, Megyn Kelly is ready to fight back for the truth. For nearly two decades, she navigated the volatile and broken world of the media. But as America leans on independent voices more than ever, she's breaking new ground with "The Megyn Kelly Show."

She joined the latest Glenn Beck Podcast to break down what's coming next after the election: Black Lives Matter is mainstream, leftists are making lists of Trump supporters, and the Hunter Biden scandal is on the back burner.

Megyn and Glenn reminisce about their cable news days (including her infamous run-in with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump) and to look into the chaotic and shady world of journalism and the growing entitlement it's bred. For example, many conservatives have been shocked by how Fox News handled the election.

Megyn defended Fox News, saying she believes Fox News' mission "is a good one," but also didn't hold back on hosts like Neil Cavuto, who cut off a White House briefing to fact check it — something she never would have done, even while covering President Obama.

Megyn also shared this insightful takeaway from her time at NBC: "Jane Fonda was an ass."

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