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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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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