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.

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, the fear of politics being brought up at the dinner table is shared by millions around the country. But comedian Jamie Kilstein has a guide for what you should do to avoid the awkward political turmoil so you can enjoy stuffing your face full of turkey.

Kilstein joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to dissect exactly how you can handle those awkward, news-related discussions around the table on Thanksgiving and provided his 3-step guide to help you survive the holidays with your favorite, liberal relatives: Find common ground, don’t take obvious bait, and remember that winning an argument at the cost of a family member won’t fix the issue you’re arguing about.

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Winston Marshall assumed that he would be playing banjo with Mumford & Sons well into his 60s, but one tweet — simply recommending Andy Ngo's book — was all it took for the woke mob to attack. At first, Winston apologized, saying he "was certainly open to not understanding the full picture." But after doing some research, not to mention a whole lot of soul-searching, his conscience "really started to bother" him.

On the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Winston opened up about the entire scandal, what he discovered in the wake of his cancellation, and why he's decided to put truth over career.

"I looked deeper and deeper into the topic, and I realized I hadn't been wrong [when] I'd called the author brave," Winston said of Ngo. "Not only was he brave, he'd been attacked by Antifa mobs in Oregon, and he was then attacked again ... he's unquestionably brave. And so my conscience really started to bother me ... I felt like I was in some way excusing the behavior of Antifa by apologizing for criticizing it. Which then made me feel, well, then I'm as bad as the problem because I'm sort of agreeing that it doesn't exist," he added.

"Another point, by the way, that I found it very frustrating, was that that left-wing media in this country and in my country don't even talk about [Antifa]. We can all see this footage. We see it online," Winston continued. "But they don't talk about it, and that's part of my, I think, interest initially in tweeting about Andy's book. Because I think people need to see what's going on, and it's a blind spot there. ... CNN and MSNBC, they don't cover it. Biden in his presidential election said it was just 'an idea' that didn't exist. I mean, did he not see the courthouse in Oregon being burnt down?"

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