SHOCKER: University Study Reveals Forced Minimum Wage Hike Caused Negative Outcome

The Fight for Fifteen battle just took a hit. The extremely liberal University of Washington released a study showing the negative effects of a wage hike increase in Seattle.

RELATED: Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far

It turns out that forcing employers to pay a higher minimum wage led to "steep declines in employment for low-wage workers, and a drop in hours for those who kept their jobs."

"Could we please go back into the audio vault and find when we were having this debate on the air? And I would like a highlight reel of us saying this is exactly what is going to happen. Exactly! We mentioned all of this," Glenn said.

Enjoy the complimentary clip or read the transcript for details.

GLENN: I love this from FiveThirtyEight: Seattle's minimum wage hike may have gone too far. No. No. It can't be.

STU: No. Come on.

GLENN: Stop it.

STU: And, by the way, the research doesn't even cover the full increase. It only covers $13, not even to $15 an hour. So if they went too far for 13, can you imagine what this is going to look like when the next elevation comes?

GLENN: Listen to this: As cities across the country push for minimum wages at untested heights in recent years, some economists began to ask, how high is too high? Seattle, with the highest in-country minimum wage may have hit that limit.

January 2016, Seattle minimum wage jumped from $11 an hour to $13, for large employers, the second big increase in less than a year. New research released Monday by a team of economists at the University of Washington.

The -- there's not a socialist that is an unemployed teacher, as long as the University of Washington is still open. There's a socialist without a job! Quick, get him to the university.

They suggest the wage hike may have come at a significant cost. Now, this is -- I want you to know, this is unexpected.

The increase led to steep declines in unemployment for low-wage workers, a drop of hours for those who kept their jobs.

Crucially, the negative impact of lost jobs and hours more than offset the benefits of the higher wages. On average, low-wage workers earned $125 a month less because of the higher wage. A small, but significant decline. Oh, I don't know. $125, if I'm working minimum wage, is not a small and insignificant decline.

STU: No, it says a significant -- the other thing I would mention too is, Glenn, you said "a decline in unemployment," unintentionally. It is "a decline in employment." It is a decline in employment. It's important to note.

GLENN: I'm sorry. Yes. Yes. The goal of this policy was to deliver higher incomes to people who were struggling to make ends meet in the city.

Now, could we please go back in the audio vault and find when we were having this debate on the air? And I would like a highlight reel of us saying this is exactly what is going to happen. Exactly. We mentioned all of this. Now they need a university to say, this is what's happening. This is kind of unexpected. We didn't really see this one coming. We thought this was -- you know, we didn't learn this in school. Of course, we haven't been teaching, you know, the free market by any stretch of the imagination. So we don't really know what -- what was going to happen. But this doesn't look good. They note in this article, this is not peer reviewed yet. They're going to get some peers to review and say, oh, no. University of Washington, they didn't understand the fluffamagug, which is the theory that changes everything.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere reacted to a recent Washington Post op-ed in which the author, Ron Charles, suggests that "as Confederate statues finally tumble across America, [and] television networks are marching through their catalogues looking to take down racially offensive content," perhaps the next items that should be up on the cancel-culture chopping block are "problematic books."

"Monuments celebrating racist traitors, which were erected to fabricate history and terrify black Americans, are not works of art that deserve our respect or preservation. Similarly, scenes of modern-day white comedians reenacting minstrel-show caricatures are not ironical interrogations of racism that we have to stomach any longer. But complex works of literature are large, they contain multitudes," Charles wrote.

He goes on to argue that "calibrating our Racism Detector to spot only a few obvious sins" is but an insidious source of self-satisfaction when compared to the process of critical debate on the values and intentions of history's literary legends.

"If cancel culture has a weakness, it's that it risks short-circuiting the process of critical engagement that leads to our enlightenment," Charles wrote. "Scanning videos for blackface or searching text files for the n-word is so much easier than contending with, say, the systemic tokenism of TV rom-coms or the unbearable whiteness of Jane Austen."

Could cancel culture really spiral all the way down to book burning? In the clip below, Glenn, Pat, and Stu agreed that this radical progressive movement is really about erasing America's history and overturning the foundation of our country. The fundamental transformation of America is happening now.

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It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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