Glenn Beck: Unemployment truths

GLENN: Are you trying to tell me that are you trying to tell me that when government does something, it doesn't work, it doesn't

STU: It does seem that we've crossed a barrier here because I think in the past you had this idea of government would try something that they thought would work and then it wouldn't work. Now we're at the point where they're doing things that they know admittedly won't work but at least it has it will start people talking about it. Or maybe some people will start thinking about these things in a different way. Why is government doing that?

GLENN: Yeah. Well, here's what happened, and gee, I think we predicted this. Remember last year we said if you increase the minimum wage, more people will lose their jobs. And if you remember right, Stu, who did I say would be the first to lose their jobs?

STU: You know, high school, college age workers.

GLENN: Okay. Why?

STU: Because they are the ones taking the minimum wage jobs.

GLENN: And?

STU: And because they are raising the minimum wage, they are going to have to cut some of those positions.

GLENN: Right. And if you are going to hire somebody and you are paying a little bit more, why not pay and get a little bit more skilled worker or a little more loyal worker. Okay. Wall Street was stunned Friday when the U.S. jobless rate jumped to 5.5 from 5% in April. How did things get so desperate so fast? How did we lose all of these jobs so fast? "Well, it's the price of oil, you know." "Oh, well, it's George Bush and his policies, you know."

Well, it turns out that the problem was hundreds of thousands of teenagers that were pouring out into the job market at the same time thanks to the end of the school year, but many, if not most, will not find jobs because they have been priced out of the market. This is from Investors Business Daily. The minimum wage was hiked 14% to $5.85 an hour last July. Next month it's going to go up an additional 12% to $6.55 an hour. In July it's slated to rise 10.7% to $7.25 an hour. Now, if that sounds like a lot, the actual cost is much higher after you fold in taxes, benefits, and Social Security that businesses pay on behalf of these teenage workers. So why is anyone in the country surprised that unemployment is rising? When you raise the cost of anything, you demand less of it. Why does everyone understand that with gasoline? For instance, we know as the price of gasoline rises this is what I just said a few minutes ago. You can't say that the price of gasoline is going to continue to head north because if it continues to head north, people are going to change their habits. Businesses are going to change their habits. Airlines won't be able to function the way they do. So the demand goes down and when the demand goes down, then the price goes down. Demand goes down the higher you raise the price. So if you raise the minimum wage, demand for minimum wage workers would go down. What a surprise. Only to those in congress. Since teenagers are the least educated, least trained, overall least productive of all workers, they are the least likely to be selected in the labor market. If you have to shell out an extra 40% over three years to employ the unproductive workers as is now happening, you are likely to find a good reason not to do so unless it's absolutely necessary.

This is from the University of California. An economist out there found the 10% minimum wage hike cuts employment of young and unskilled workers by 8.5%. He says in the last 11 months alone, the U.S. minimum wage has increased by more than twice that amount. So if we are expecting a 20% minimum wage hike, we can expect a 17% drop in employment in uneducated workers. It's crazy. Recent minimum wage hikes are the big reason teen joblessness is at the highest level it's been in 60 years. But who would have seen that coming? Besides anyone who had any experience in business at all, anyone? A day not in the classroom. A day out in the real world.

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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