Blowing up the interwebs: Why fast food workers don’t deserve to make $15 an hour

Have you experienced Matt Walsh Mania? His latest post on TheBlaze, “Fast Food Workers: You Don’t Deserve $15 an Hour to Flip Burgers, and That’s OK”, has been the top story for nearly two days. Glenn thought the points were so good that he read excerpts on radio Friday and shared his own experience making low wages as a kid and how it made him the success he is today.

Below is just a short excerpt of Matt Walsh's incredible piece:

To understand how delusional, consider that a $15 an hour full time salary would put you in the same ball park as biologists, auto mechanics, biochemists, teachers, geologists, roofers, and bank tellers.

You’d be making more than some police officers.

You’d easily out earn many firefighters.

Ironically, you’d be fast food workers with starting salaries higher than many professional chefs, which is a bit like paying a tattoo artist less than the person who paints cat whiskers on your face at the carnival.

You’d be halfway to the income of accountants, engineers, and physical therapists.

Does that sound fair? It might sound fun, but does it sound fair?

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So why the push for the minimum increase?

"My theory is the Overton window. In that they realize how absurd it is. Of course, they want the 15-dollar minimum wage. But the smart strategists are saying, go for 15 and hopefully get 11," Stu said.

"Go out and work for it and earn it. You don't deserve a thing. This is what comes of the stinking society in which we give out participation trophies. Everyone deserves a trophy. No, you don't. Go earn one. Same thing now. Because there are 17-year-olds, 18-year-olds working in the fast food industry and they think they deserve 15 bucks an hour because the government tells them they do," Pat said.

Glenn said that young adults now don't have an appreciation for struggle and making ends meet.

"When I first moved out of my grandparents house, dirt poor. You know radio pays horrible, horrible money. Dirt poor. Lived in an apartment. I remember, I had a mattress. I had a box. Literally like an apple crate box. And a little teeny black-and-white TV. That's all I had. I had that for a very long time," Glenn said. "That's the way you live in your 20s."

Stu recalled having to make the choice between putting gas in his car and getting a 39-cent fast food burger in 1995.

"I took the car out with no money. And I had to make the decision: Do I go get a 39-cent burger and fries, or do I put the dollar 18 I have in the gas tank to get there? I made a cost-benefit analysis of the two. Realized I couldn't eat the gas. And decided to drive to Hot 'n Now, which I did not make it too. The car stalled on the side of the road. And that caused a large pileup," Stu said. "Lesson there is: We've all gone through those things. What a bizarre desperate situation to try to drive your car to a fast food place for a 39-cent hamburger in the mid-90s. This is not 1960. This is 1995. And I'm driving -- I'm that desperate. But that's what happens. That's what you do."

"We don't romanticize it anymore. People vilify that you have to go through that. That you have to struggle," Stu said.

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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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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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