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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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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To donate to these rescue efforts, visit NazareneFund.org or MercuryOne.org.

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