Episode 878 – The Day the Earth Stood Still

I have some thoughts about the eclipse yesterday.

The minimum wage in California is having predictable results.

And King Joe Biden has decided to ignore the Constitution again.

Dumbass of the Day

The Dominos Fall

According to Fox News:

Mod Pizza, which has 500 locations nationwide, closed five shops in the state at the end of March, according to local Fox affiliate KMPH.

Those shops were among the over two dozen locations that the company closed across the nation. The company did not specify a reason, but workers in Clovis, whose shop abruptly closed, told the outlet they suspected that the California closures had to do with the new law that took effect in April, 

“It just kind of seemed like the right timing, two weeks before all of the fast food locations in California got that increase that we closed,” a Mod Pizza employee, who asked to remain anonymous, told KMPH.

The legislation that went into effect in California on April 1 increases the minimum wage for restaurants that have at least 60 locations nationwide, except those that make and sell their own bread, from $16 to $20. This equates to an annual salary of $41,600.

The median fast-food worker in the U.S. earned $13.43 an hour in 2022, while those in California made an average of $16.60 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Other stores that have been closing include Round Table Pizza, Pizza Hut and Foster’s Freeze. Door Dash has stopped hiring employees because the profit boosts make ordering food to expensive and they aren’t getting business.



According to the Daily Wire:

President Joe Biden, facing poor polling numbers for a Democratic candidate with young voters, announced another student loan bailout program this week ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

His new plan comes after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked his attempt to this last year because it was illegal.

Biden’s new plan would take taxpayer money to wipe out the student loan debt of over 30 million borrowers, the White House said. The administration said that the actions were specifically designed to provide relief to black and Latino borrowers who attended community college and who are financially vulnerable because they took out debt but never had the chance to complete their degree.

The plan would provide relief to borrowers who owe more than they did at the start of repayment; borrowers who are otherwise eligible for loan forgiveness, but have not yet applied; borrowers who first entered repayment many years ago; borrowers who enrolled in low-financial-value programs; and borrowers experiencing hardship paying back their loans.

“Today, too many Americans, especially young people, are saddled with unsustainable debts in exchange for a college degree,” Biden said from an event in Wisconsin. “The ability for working and middle class folks to repay their student loans has become so burdensome that a lot can’t repay it for even decades after being in school.”

“Even when they work hard and pay their student loans, their debt increases, not diminishes,” he said. “Too many people feel the strain and stress wondering if they can get married, have their first child, start a family because even if they get by, they still have this crushing, crushing debt, and it’s not just a drag on them.”

Biden claimed that people couldn’t buy homes because they had to repay their student loans when most people can’t afford homes because of high interests that were sparked by the inflation that his American Rescue Plan caused.

“Tens of millions of people’s debt was literally about to get canceled, but then some of my Republican friends and elected officials and special interests sued us and the Supreme Court blocked us, but that didn’t–well, that didn’t stop us,” he said. “No, I mean it sincerely. We continue to find alternative paths to reduce student debt payment that are not challenging.”