Glenn Beck: More proof lib policies fail


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GLENN: Now, the State of Oregon, not exactly known for its ultra pro business environment. I mean, unless you're setting up a Save the Owl store. You have a lot of red tape to go through, you know, the environmental restrictions, the owls, the environmental restrictions. A lot of stuff you have to go through when you're doing business, you know, that can add to your overhead there in Oregon. That's one reason why their unemployment rate is usually higher than the national average. But I guess they like it that way in Oregon. Back in 2002 Oregon passed a law that indexed the minimum wage to inflation. I actually love this law because it proves a point. It gets rid of all the political game for politicians, they can't make any speeches. Every election, you know, they're telling people, "I'm here for you, I'm going to raise minimum wage, vote for me. He hates people who are working on minimum wage." It automatically rises. That way, hey, you don't need the politician anymore. I love it for that reason, and it also proves a point. If politicians actually cared about the minimum wage, everyone, including those in Washington, would do it. But the problem is and to me it's an advantage it highlights what a bad idea the minimum wage is because when tough times come, there's nothing you can do about it. You don't have the opportunity to, you know, just push off a minimum wage hike. It's coming whether you like it or not because you, the voter, said we shouldn't use our brain. We should just let it automatically raise up. We shouldn't think about any other conditions. Well, that's what's happening now in Oregon. Unemployment rate rising more than 1% per month. Oregon had no choice but to hike their already high minimum wage by 45 cents to $8.40 per hour. The effect? Well, Oregon, which usually has an unemployment rate that is 1% higher than the national average now has the second highest unemployment rate in the country, unless you're an owl. They are just behind Michigan. Oregon's latest numbers show unemployment at 12.1%, four points, four points ahead, or behind, however you want to look at it, the national average. When you have a high minimum wage environment and times are normal, sure, you'll fall behind, you know, the rest of the country a little bit, but you can survive it. But when you have a financial meltdown and you're asking business owners to pay far and above the market value for labor, you're just begging for 12% unemployment, or even higher, and it's coming. And it has longer term ramifications as well. If you want to hear your teenager, if you want your teenager to learn how to work and really develop a work ethic, how can they find work ethic when they can't find a job? The national unemployment rate for teenagers is 21.7%. We're not forcing them to do anyone at home and now they can't find a job. Who's going to pay $8.40 per hour for a teenager when you can get a white collar worker to now work under those conditions? There are jobs that Americans just won't do? The height of insanity, the one thing that we should regret ever, ever uttering, when everybody was saying, "Oh, there's jobs that Americans just won't do." Really? We were that arrogant? I wonder how many of those jobs are still not occupied by Americans by choice. How many Americans are passing, when you've got states like California, they are actually the cities are actually having to look into licensing and how to, you know, license hot dog vendors because you have so many white collar workers that are like, "I'm going to go into the hot dog vending business; I've got to feed my family." We are now in the 21st century versions of selling apples or pencils in some parts of the country. But the good thing is when you don't have your teenagers working, you have future workers without a work ethic and then you have even more people who want to vote in minimum wage increases and guaranteed job programs. So you see, socialism really does solve everything.

VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon on the Glenn Beck program.

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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