Freshman GOP Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida received pushback from a House Democratic chairwoman after he made remarks about President Joe Biden’s lack of work history in the private sector.
Donalds riled up Small Business Committee Chair Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York with his comments, leading her to warn that he was violating House quorum rules, but Donalds responded that he didn’t “trash” the president, 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,” he said.
“I didn’t trash the man, I’m speaking facts,” he added.
According to the Miller Center, Biden may have only ever had one private-sector job before he was 30, but he has been in the employ of government since then.
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 and briefly became a public defender.
The center adds:
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 post published at RealClearMarkets last year rapped 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.