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.


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.

How does a sports writer know how to fix America, and America's racial dilemma?

In a special edition of the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Outkick sports columnist Jason Whitlock filled in Tuesday for Glenn to explain how we can bring America back together, lean into racial harmony, and restore the values of our Founding Fathers. Because if not us, then who will?

Jason started out by explaining how, during a recent appearance on the program, he felt a spiritual connection with Glenn, regardless of physical differences, as both share a common passion for God and country.

"Glenn and I share a kindred spirit. A kindred passion," Jason said. "We have two things that we love and are passionate about: God and country. I am not a minister. I'm a flawed sinner just like Glenn and just like you. But I am a believer. Believers share an energy that connects them, that cuts through our physical differences and makes those differences irrelevant relevant. That's what I felt when I met Glenn, an energy and a spirit that connects us. We are broadcasters, media personalities, operating in separate spaces, trying to talk to Americans, who share our passion."

Jason went on to say that he believes there are forces operating, both outside of and inside America, that are working to separate America from God, and that much of what we've witnessed in 2020 — from the racial division stirred by the mainstream and social media, to the rioting and looting by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, to the "remaking of the sports world into a shrine that celebrates resisting criminal suspects and denigrates this great country at every turn" — are symptoms and consequences of America's enemies separating God and country.

"We are one nation under God. We are nothing without Him," Jason continued. "The flawed sinners who founded this nation baked God into this country with their Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among those, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The foreign and domestic enemies of this nation are baking a new American cake. God isn't an essential ingredient in this new cake. He isn't an ingredient at all. The removal of faith is sewing the disharmony that is terrorizing and destroying the United States of America.

"Why am I here today? I'm here to tell you how we take our country back, how we restore the freedoms and the liberties our enemies seek to remove in their remaking of a godless America."

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One of the most shocking things British journalist, political commentator, and author of "The Madness of Crowds," Douglas Murray witnessed during his recent stay in America, was how many Americans are acting as if they live in 1930s Germany or behind the Iron Curtain, afraid to stand up and speak out because they're afraid of the consequences.

Murray joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why he believes the state of America is actually worse than we realize, and how the Left's obsession with rewriting history has ushered in guilt, fear, and a "silent majority."

Murray said he's particularly "fed up" with those on the Right who are afraid to voice their opinion because they don't want to become the target of leftist mobs on social media.

"Do you think anyone in history who told the truth had an easy time? You've got the easiest time that any opposition movement ever did in history," Murray said.

"You cannot have these people in America living in a free society — which is for the time being free — pretending that they live under the circumstances of Jews in 1930s Germany," he added. "Speak up. Speak out. Don't be a silent majority; be a very damn noisy majority. And don't put up with the oppression of people who are totally insincere ... they want to make money. They want to win. Nothing more. Call them out ... and get back to what you should be doing as a nation."

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New York City shut down its schools over the coronavirus with barely any notice. But even before that, Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently wasn't in the mood to be asked about it, and he made that very clear to reporters.

Asked on Wednesday whether parents could expect schools to be closed as soon as Thursday, Cuomo mocked reporters for their "obnoxious and offensive" questions and accused them of not paying attention. Watch the testy exchange for yourself here.

On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere had plenty to say about Stu's least favorite governor and the decision to close schools. But Glenn also offered his own theory on why coronavirus restrictions have become so political: Americans refuse to be forced into submission.

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Everything comes down to the two Senate runoffs in Georgia. If we lose both races, we lose the country. Democrats know this and are pouring in millions to usher in a Marxist agenda.

As the Left tries to hide how radical the two candidates really are, Glenn takes us inside the Democrat war room to expose the wolf in pastor's clothing, Raphael Warnock, and America's Justin Trudeau, Jon Ossoff. Socialism, the Green New Deal, and "defund the police" are all on the table. And Glenn warns of what's to come if conservatives don't activate: Chuck Schumer will weaponize the Senate, and the radical Left will launch an all-out assault to ravage the Constitution.

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