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Greg Gutfeld reacted to former President Barack Obama making remarks in which he hoped for a "million young Barack Obamas to lead human progress in the future."

Gutfeld said Obama and other liberals tend to want to create a politically engaged base of people who want to "do something."

He said it may be better to have a base that instead "reads something."

"I would prefer a million Thomas Sowells," he said, referring to the longtime conservative political thinker and theorist.

He said many of the policies championed by activists in the vein of Obama do not create the intended results and instead hurt communities.

Gutfeld noted the quest for a higher minimum wage - often called the "Fight for 15" - "outpriced teenagers" from the job market in favor of more experienced and established workers.

"That was a feel-good thing," he said of the "Fight for 15."

He also said the cause of redistribution through greater taxation "hollowed out the tax base" in urban areas, as people fled places like Detroit.

Dana Perino added that the "soda tax" - which imposes an excise on sugary drinks - has also "backfired."

In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney (D) is facing criticism over his implementation of a 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax, which ballooned the price of many beverages.

The owner of several ShopRite supermarkets in the city said the soda tax has made four of them "unprofitable."

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