THIS is what a $15 minimum wage really looks like

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Is there a "blue wave" coming? It sure did look like it back in January. Democrats boasted a twelve point lead just five months ago. That lead is now just FOUR POINTS. You can't even really call that a lead when you factor in margin of error.

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BUT, in case the "wave" is real, it's absolutely crucial that we educate ourselves with the agenda they'll start to push. To conquer the "wave" let's first learn how to surf their issues. We've seen a lot of talk lately about free healthcare and free college tuition, but this morning I want to talk real quickly about the minimum wage. A fifteen dollar minimum wage has been a staple issue for people like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker… I could go on, but the progressive crazy list is too long to fit into a three hour radio show.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25. Progressive lawmakers want to effectively DOUBLE that. What effect might that have? I mean, you've probably heard a conservative media pundit or even a right leaning politician claim that jobs would suffer if this were to become reality, but is there any real data to back that up? If McDonalds is suddenly forced to pay fifteen dollars an hour to ALL their workers, would they do as we expect and begin laying off employees to compensate for the higher wages? That's what those of us on the right claim, but is that reality?

Kiosks will outnumber employees in every business from fast food, grocery stores, retail, gas stations… everywhere.

Noah Williams, an economics professor at the University of Wisconsin, crunched the numbers in two states to find out what effect raising the minimum wage had on jobs. He used fast food employment job numbers - which is the standard for measuring low wage industry job changes - in both Minnesota and his home state of Wisconsin. From 2010 to 2014, fast food employment in both states grew at the same rate, but from 2014 until today Wisconsin began outpacing Minnesota by over four percentage points. Employment is dropping in Minnesota and rising in Wisconsin. So what's going on?

The problems began in 2014. That's the same year that Minnesota began to implement a minimum wage increase. Wages went up to 9.65 per hour for large employers and 7.87 per hour for small employers. If you consider 15 dollars per hour as the ultimate progressive goal, what Minnesota did is actually considered pretty minor. But look what just those small tweaks did to employment. Now think about what would happen at FIFTEEN. Kiosks will outnumber employees in every business from fast food, grocery stores, retail, gas stations… everywhere.

This is just one of the many crazy progressive issues we need to be knowledgeable about in the next few weeks, months and years. Progressive and socialist principles rely on ignorance to succeed. It's up to us to deny them that.

Why are we letting criminals out of prison while putting pastors in? Pastor James Coates of Canada's GraceLife Church was recently fined, arrested, and put in maximum security prison for violating lockdown rules.

Rebel News founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to discuss the story. Ezra said he's noticed a trend of government officials "picking on" Christians as "lockdownism" becomes almost a new kind of religion, and warned this might be just the start of more persecution to come.

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As politicians and the mainstream media continue to insist that America is divided and at each other's throats, Dr. Ben Carson has a different message. He joined the "Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to discuss his time in the Trump administration and how we move forward and heal America. Overall, he says, we must realize "Americans are NOT each other's enemies."

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Does parody even exist anymore? Filmmaker Ami Horowitz recently went to Yale University to ask students to sign his 'petition' to repeal the U.S. Constitution — and they actually did it!

Ami joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" recently to describe how this wasn't just a few people — this was 65 percent of those he asked, and NO ONE seemed to think it was a bad idea.

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The far left is tearing apart the social fabric of our country in the name of "progress." From its emphasis on government dependency, to the $15 minimum wage, to the embrace of Marxist Critical Race Theory in our schools, the Left is destroying our culture and way of life.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck spoke with Christopher Rufo, director of the Center on Wealth and Poverty, about the latest insane example of the Marxist lies destroying the minds of our kids: A New York school sent parents a "white identities" chart advocating for "white traitors" and "white abolitionists."

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