The tragic downfall of this bookstore proves that minimum wage laws will kill small businesses

A beloved bookstore in San Francisco is shutting its doors - and not for the reasons you would think. Borderlands Books managed to fight off the recession, the rise of Amazon, e-books, and more, but a hike in the minimum wage was the last straw.

According to Free Beacon, the increased labor costs coupled with the books having a set price with no room for adjustments left owner Alan Beatts with no other choice but to shut his business down.

In a statement on the store's website, Beatts claimed that 2014 had actually been there most successful year ever. They had no debt, the store was turning a small profit, and all operations were running smoothly.

But, through all those challenges, we've managed to find a way forward and 2014 was the best year we've ever had. The credit for that achievement goes to the fine and extraordinary group of people who have come together to work here. Their hard work, combined with the flawless execution and attention to detail provided by Jude Feldman, Borderlands' General Manager, is the reason we've succeeded for these past 18 years.

Throughout the years we've managed to plan for the problems that we could predict and, when we couldn't plan for them, we've just worked our asses off to get through. Overall, Borderlands has managed to defeat every problem that has come our way. At the beginning of 2014, the future of the business looked, if not rosy, at least stable and very positive. We were not in debt, sales were meeting expenses and even allowing a small profit, and, perhaps most importantly, the staff and procedures at both the bookstore and the cafe were well established and working smoothly.

The new minimum wage law meant his payroll would go up by 39% and his operating expenses by 18%. Beatts would need to increase profits by 20%, something he didn't feel was possible given the current climate for stores like his in San Francisco.

Beatts was critical of the way the minimum wage increase has been applied to small businesses like his. He said, "They could’ve tried reducing our taxes or maybe implementing a separate minimum wage for small businesses."

Nevertheless, he ultimately philosophically supported the law in his statement. "Although all of us at Borderlands support the concept of a living wage in principal and we believe that it's possible that the new law will be good for San Francisco -- Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to that minimum wage," he wrote.

"And while this might be good for San Francisco," Pat mocked. "Really? Is it really? They're sticking to those Progressive principles right to the end, even as it's shutting down their business. It's amazing."

"If you remember that movie, You've Got Mail, which was the evil big box store that came in and shut down this poor little beloved back store. It is the same story, except with a government influence this time shutting down the store. Not by someone doing it better, but by government edict ruining their business," Stu said.

"It's really incredible. And it goes to exactly what we said. The small businesses can't afford to do this. And what did they say? What did we say? Who is going to pay for this? Everyone says well minimum wage increase. Yeah, but who is going to pay for that? The businesses will. No, they won't. Who pays for that?" Glenn said.

"The businesses are not charitable organizations," Pat said. "They are not going to take a 39% increase and an 18% overall increase in their operating expense, then just do business at a loss. Why would they do that? They are there to make a living as well as I'm sure, help people enjoy good books, but they've got to at get something out of it. Otherwise, why do it?"

"Here's the amazing thing. We said that it would hurt small businesses. Small businesses would close. Lose more jobs than you would gain. And raise your cost, at any place that stays open. This letter verifies all of those things," Glenn continued.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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