Glenn Beck: Modern Day Slavery




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GLENN: Okay. I don't know why this argument hasn't caught on. I don't know why everybody is not saying it is modern day slavery. Well, here it is in the New York Times. Federal immigration agents raided the kosher meat packing plant in May, rounded up 389 illegal immigrants. They found more than 20 underage workers, some as young as 13 years old. Now these young immigrants have been -- these young immigrants -- have begun to tell investigators about their job. Some say they work shifts of 12 hours or more, wield be razor edge knives and saws to slice freshly killed beef. Some work through the night, sometimes six nights a week. One Guatemalan named Elmer L. who was 16 when he started working on the plant's killing floor said he was working 17 hour shifts six days a week. In an affidavit he said he was constantly tired, didn't have the time to do anything but work and sleep. He said, "I was very, very sad." Quote, "I felt as though I were a slave." You felt like you were -- you were a slave. "Labor investigators have reaped a Bounty of new evidence from testimony of illegal immigrants, teenagers and adults who were caught on the raid. Formal declarations, immigrants have illegal ( -- illegal immigrants, New York Times fails to put that word in there, have subscribed pervasive labor violations at the plant, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Out of work and facing deportation proceedings, many of the immigrants say they have nothing to lose about speaking up about the conditions in the plant. They have told investigators that they were routinely put to work without any safety training and were forced to work long shifts without overtime or rest time. Underage workers, many as young as 13, said their bosses knew how young they were. Because of the dangers of the work, it is illegal in Iowa for a company to employ anyone under 18 on the floor of a meat packing plant. Some of these boys don't even shave. They're teenagers. Investigators say -- investigations are also underway. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating allegations of sexual harassment of women at the plant. Lawyers for the immigrants are preparing a suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act for wage and hour violations. In one episode an informant said a floor supervisor had blindfolded an immigrant with duct tape. The floor supervisor then took one of the meat hooks and hit the Guatemalan with him. So far 297 illegal immigrants from May have been convicted of document fraud, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. They are spending five months in prison after which they will be deported. Most of the young immigrants were hired at the agri-processors after they presented false Social Security cards and other documents saying they were older than they were. When I was asked how old I was, they could see sometimes I couldn't keep up with the work. Elmer L. said he regularly worked 17 hours a day, blah, blah, blah, much of the work was very, very, hard, they didn't give me many breaks, I wasn't getting much sleep. He said he was clearing cow innards from the slaughter floor when a supervisor described as a rabbi began yelling at him, then kicked him from behind. The blow caused a freshly sharpened knife to fly up and cut his elbow. He was sent to the hospital with the doctors, closed the laceration (where the doctors closed the laceration with eight stitches but he said when he returned with his elbow still stinging, he asked for some time off, his supervisor said get back to work. The next day as he was lifting a cow's tongue, the stitches ruptured. He began to bleed again. He was given a bandage at the plant and sent back to work yet again. A Guatemalan who said she was 16 said she worked at night plucking chickens. She said she was working to help her parents pay off debt.

This is slavery and this is the most amazing thing in this story. So far 297 illegal immigrants from the raid in May have been convicted of document fraud and other criminal charges and most were sentenced to five months in prison after which they will be deported. Where is the line about the people who hired these people? Why are they not in prison for a year? Why does this company still have its doors open? This is slavery. This is exactly the same argument that the South was using on slavery: "Well, we can't make it. We won't be able to keep our doors open. Well, the evil North just wants to make slaves out of the entire South because their economy isn't run on slaves. Well, we have slaves. We can't do it. What will happen to us? Right is right; wrong is wrong, period. When it comes to slavery, do you want your kosher meat that badly? Have we really, truly forgotten who we were? Have we forgotten what's going on in the world, where slavery is actually happening and we say to people all the time, you know, stop with the -- stop with the complaints of slavery that happened 150 years ago. I get it. It was 150 years ago. There is slavery happening in the world today. Well, we know that slavery is happening on our own shores today. And how is it I'm a hate monger for pointing this out? How is it you're a hate monger for pointing this out? How is it that this world is so upside down, this country is so upside down that this isn't the winning argument? I think it's because not enough conservatives are making it. Stop calling it illegal immigration. Start calling it modern day slavery. Start calling it what it is. It is slavery for profits and it is slavery for votes, period. Slavery. When we start calling -- if it looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck, it's a duck. When we start calling this duck by its real name, slavery, it will end.

In light of the national conversation surrounding the rights of free speech, religion and self-defense, Mercury One is thrilled to announce a brand new initiative launching this Father's Day weekend: a three-day museum exhibition in Dallas, Texas focused on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.

This event seeks to answer three fundamental questions:

  1. As Americans, what responsibility do we shoulder when it comes to defending our rights?
  2. Do we as a nation still agree on the core principles and values laid out by our founding fathers?
  3. How can we move forward amidst uncertainty surrounding the intent of our founding ideals?

Attendees will be able to view historical artifacts and documents that reveal what has made America unique and the most innovative nation on earth. Here's a hint: it all goes back to the core principles and values this nation was founded on as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Exhibits will show what the world was like before mankind had rights and how Americans realized there was a better way to govern. Throughout the weekend, Glenn Beck, David Barton, Stu Burguiere, Doc Thompson, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs will lead private tours through the museum, each providing their own unique perspectives on our rights and responsibilities.

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Dates:
June 15-17

Location:

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6301 Riverside Drive, Irving, TX 75039

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About Mercury One: Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) charity founded in 2011 by Glenn Beck. Mercury One was built to inspire the world in the same way the United States space program shaped America's national destiny and the world. The organization seeks to restore the human spirit by helping individuals and communities help themselves through honor, faith, courage, hope and love. In the words of Glenn Beck:

We don't stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government

Some of Mercury One's core initiatives include assisting our nation's veterans, providing aid to those in crisis and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities. When evil prevails, the best way to overcome it is for regular people to do good. Mercury One is committed to helping sustain the good actions of regular people who want to make a difference through humanitarian aid and education initiatives. Mercury One will stand, speak and act when no one else will.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.