Increasing Min. Wage Like Hugging a Polar Bear




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Hey, if you are making minimum wage, I've got some good news: Your life is about to change. Yes, it's time to celebrate; you just got a raise — from $6.55 an hour, all the way to $7.25 an hour.

What will you do with all that extra money? Retire? Buy a boat?

Here's The One Thing: Increasing minimum wage is like hugging a polar bear. It looks all cute and cuddly, so you give it a shot. But then it rips your throat out.

Liberal rags like The New York Times are all for the increase: "The raise is badly needed," they say. But they also say it doesn't go far enough; it needs to be even higher.

President Obama agrees with that assessment. He's regularly voted for wage hikes and on the campaign trail he proposed lifting the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2011.

Our current unemployment rate is 9.5 percent. But, it's even worse for teenagers — 24 percent. Worse yet for African-American teenagers — a staggering 38 percent (it goes up to 45 percent if you don't seasonably adjust the numbers.)

And who makes minimum wage?

Teenagers and youth — 53 percent of all minimum wage earners are aged 16 to 24. We've all been there making minimum wage, unless your first job was working the pole at Sluts & Steaks.

What granola-eating-socialists always forget to factor in when supporting jacking up the minimum wage is the employer. I know, those evil profit-driven trolls. People in government just assume the trolls have unending profits and the jobs will always be there.

If the jobs never go away, why not just raise the minimum wage to $50 per hour? That should solve some issues, right?

Of course not. That's why economists are estimating that at least 300,000 jobs will be lost due to the minimum wage hike. That's huge considering only about 2.8 million workers in America earn minimum wage.

So, why would Obama support a policy that directly hurts young people — especially the nearly half of African-American teenagers who are unemployed?

It makes sense if you are trying to transform America.

When Obama comes out and says the stimulus is working as planned — while the economy is tanking — people assume he's either an idiot or he's lying. I don't think it's either.

What happens when kids can't get a job? They become discouraged, disenfranchised. They look for somewhere to land and guess who is now there to swoop in? President Obama and his government programs and community service organizations like AmeriCorps.

Remember Michelle Obama's words:

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MICHELLE OBAMA, 2/18/2008: Barack Obama will require you to work... Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

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Are we to believe she was just kidding or just haphazardly stringing words together?

They are steering our youth into community service. Ted Kennedy and his ilk are even pushing the idea of forced service. They're incentivizing working for the government with promises of paying off college loans. The catch, of course, is you have to federalize your loan before they'll pay it. He wants you to be a bureaucrat slave to government.

I don't know, maybe I'm crazy for going down this road, but from what we already know about Washington, the truth is always stranger than fiction.

The sooner we realize that, the faster we'll be able to stop and go down a road paved with common sense.

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It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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