Freshman Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) riled up Small Business Committee Chair Rep. Nydia Velázquez, a Democrat, when he criticized President Joe Biden’s knowledge of the private sector, emphasizing Biden’s lack of experience with small businesses and the private sector more largely.
After Velázquez warned Donalds he was allegedly violating the quorum, the GOP representative insisted he did not “trash” the president, but was merely “speaking facts.”
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. 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.”
“I didn’t trash the man, I’m speaking facts,” he added.
According to the Miller Center, Biden only possibly worked one private-sector job before he hit the age of 30, and then it was government positions from then on. Biden took a position at a corporate law firm “defending big businesses” after college. He also took a summer job as a lifeguard at a public pool during college and briefly became a public defender:
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.
A post published on RealClearMarkets last year hit Biden as a career politician after he made troubling comments about the private sector and small businesses:
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.