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.

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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