Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds pushed back on a House Democratic chairwoman after she accused him of violating quorum rules over observations he made about President Joe Biden.
Donalds appeared to upset Small Business Committee Chair Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York with his comments, which led her to warn the freshman lawmaker. But Donalds responded that he did not “trash” the president with his remarks, but was merely “speaking facts.”
The Daily Wire reports:
Donalds told Isabella Casillas Guzman, who serves as the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), that she has far more experience in the private sector than Biden, illustrating why he believes child tax credits and government handouts will not help small business owners staff their establishments, particularly at a time when help is hard to come by.
After Donalds told Guzman that Biden has never “worked a day in his life” outside Washington, Velázquez scolded the Republican.
“Madam chair, the president has never worked in our economy,” Donalds told Velázquez in response.
“Those are facts. … That’s the truth of the matter. He has never worked a day in the economy; he’s always worked in Washington, D.C.,” Donalds, himself a businessman, said.
“To point out that fact, to illustrate the fact that we’re talking about major economic policy that impacts the 31 million small business owners in our country is not [violating] the quorum,” the GOP lawmaker said.
“I didn’t trash the man, I’m speaking facts,” he added.
According to the Miller Center, our current president may have only ever had a couple of private-sector jobs before he was 30; he clearly has been in the employ of government for the vast majority of his adult like, however.
Biden took a position at a corporate law firm “defending big businesses” after college and had a summer job as a lifeguard at a public pool during college. He was also briefly a public defender.
The center went on to note:
After graduating from Syracuse University Law School in 1968, Joe first took a job with a corporate law firm defending big businesses but soon realized the work was not right for him, and he became a public defender whose clients were nearly all African Americans from Wilmington’s East Side.
By 1970, he had his first taste of politics, winning election to the New Castle County Council, where he served until 1972, when he challenged the likeable, 63-year-old, two-term Senator J. Caleb Boggs, a Republican.
Additionally, a report published at RealClearMarkets last year hit Biden as a career politician following controversial comments he made about small businesses and the private sector:
Biden has spent his entire working life in government which, unlike private sector businesses, does not have make a profit to survive. It can simply use taxpayer dollars to cover overspending and errors in judgment.
Perhaps this is why Biden seems oblivious to the fact that increasing labor costs would result in fewer businesses being able to keep their doors open. You don’t need a study to prove it. You just need a basic understanding of how businesses operate. It’s an understanding the former vice-president simply lacks.
In that respect, the minimum wage debate highlighted the fact that only one person on the debate stage had ever run a business, created a job or signed the front side of a paycheck, and it clearly was not the former vice-president.
During their final debate in October 2020, then-President Donald Trump relayed to Biden his own business acumen when the two discussed whether it was the right time (during the pandemic, which led to shutdowns and business closures) to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
In particular, the discussion honed in on the CARES Act, which Trump had signed and which funded a “Paycheck Protection Program” for businesses to retain employees. The act did not require a raise in wages “as it makes no sense to aid businesses on the cusp of failure and simultaneously increase the costs of their staying in business,” RealClearMarkets’ Andy Puzder wrote, adding:
Biden seems to have missed that point. He told Welker that he was in favor of increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 but that “the government is going to have help small businesses by bailing them out.” So, Biden would add to the problems small businesses are facing during the pandemic by increasing their labor costs and then provide government dollars to solve that problem, assuming he could reach agreement on a bailout package with a dysfunctional Congress.
In response, our businessman-president asked Biden “how are you helping your small businesses when you’re forcing wages? What’s going to happen and what’s been proven to happen is when you do that these small businesses fire many of their employees.”