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Biden Takes Heat for Cruel Response to Restaurant Owner


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In case you were wondering, the cover image of this article is a screengrab of the thirty seconds Joe Biden spent with his eyes closed trying to answer a simple question during his town hall this week.

It’s laughable how much Democrats blame Trump for the negative ramifications of their own policies.

Don’t get me wrong, Republicans were no help either during the pandemic but at least some of them did their best.

Over half a year since he’s been in office, Joe has still taken every opportunity to blame his catastrophic re-opening decisions on President Trump.

Pardon me Joe, but I don’t remember paying this much for a gallon of gas under Trump. Come to think of it, I don’t remember my grocery bill being this high either. Hilarious how reality doesn’t match the rhetoric.

A problem that has emerged because of Joe’s sleepy leadership style is the labor shortage for business owners.

As more businesses open, the number of those remaining on unemployment remains high.

It’s clear that employers can’t find workers that are willing to get off of the absurdly high federal unemployment assistance that Nancy Pelosi and turncoat Mitch McConnell passed after Joe took office.

Of course, this isn’t the Democrat’s fault. It’s because of the minimum wage.

Can you believe that this woman actually taught at Harvard? Adding insult to injury, the Left has begun blaming the victims for their destructive policies.

Business owners.

After all, who do they expect to pay this increased wage? Certainly not Elizabeth Warren or AOC.

No, they want the business owners to pay for it. The very ones that fought tooth and nail to keep their businesses open while Democrat governors did everything they could to shut them down.

The Left’s contempt for courageous, hard-working business owners was on full display during Joe Biden’s poorly attended town hall this week.

The Daily Wire has more on this story.

President Joe Biden is being ripped by Republicans for telling a restaurant owner to pay his employees more money or they’ll leave for other jobs.

In a town hall on CNN Wednesday night, John Lanni, an owner and co-founder of a restaurant group, told Biden that many restaurateurs are having trouble finding workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a man that has built a successful restaurant business. He’s employed hundreds of people. Yet the only response Joe gives is, you’re not doing enough?

What about you Joe!? Doesn’t seem like your doing enough, or anything for that matter.

Biden’s response drew criticism from Republicans. “Watch: Joe Biden scolds a struggling small business owner to pay more to find workers,” RNC Research said in a post on Twitter. Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance also blasted Biden, saying his “response is a joke.”

If you think I’m over-exaggerating about how cringeworthy this exchange was. Check out the exchange for yourself at the end of this post.

But let me spare some of you the painful stammering and non-sensical rabbit trails Joe goes through to answer this business owners’ question. Seriously, reading the transcript feels like if someone turned Groundhog Day into a horror film.

The business owner was very respectful. His question was about what the Biden Administration was going to do to incentivize Americans to re-enter the workforce.

Joe has the fantastic idea to hint that he’s done enough already.

Well, two things. One, if you notice, we kept you open. We spent billions of dollars to make sure restaurants could stay open. And — and a lot of people who now — who work as waiters and waitresses decided that they don’t want to do that anymore because there’s other opportunities and higher wages, because there’s a lot of openings now in jobs. And people are beginning to move — beginning to move.

In case you were wondering, Joe, forgets to mention the “second thing”.

In addition to that, he takes credit for the PPP program, which by the way, was constructed by Republicans and endorsed by President Donal J. Trump.

It was thanks to President Trump’s quick action and understanding of business economics that saved so many businesses. This had nothing to do with Joe.

Joe then goes on some random tangent about his deceased wife’s father-in-law who owned a restaurant in Syracuse…when he was in college. I kid you not.

My — my deceased wife’s father-in-law was a restauranteur up in — up in Syracuse, New York. And, by the way, he tried to con- — he had a — had a restaurant that was in a town called Auburn, about 20,000 people, which was at a flagship 24-hour-a-day restaurant that — and he offered it to me, which I would have been making five times what I would in law school to try to keep me in Syracuse.

Did you want to gouge your eyes out just then? Me too.

After a few more minutes of stammering in a geriatric coma, the moderator asks him if he has anything to share that can help this business owner out.

Joe has the audacity to tell this man this!

John, my guess is that people being $7, $8 an hour, plus tips, that — that’s — I think, John, you’re going to be finding — (applause) — 15 bucks an hour or more now. You know what I mean? But you may pay that already. You may pay that already.

Progressive media darling, Don Lemon, the moderator, in a surprising move actually asked if Joe thought the expanded federal unemployment benefits played a factor in hurting the return to work.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, that was the argument it was. I — I — I don’t think it did much. But the point is, it’s argued that because the extended unemployment benefits kept people –they’d rather stay home and not work — than go to work.

MR. LEMON: You don’t think it hurt? Did that?

THE PRESIDENT: I see no evidence it had any serious impact on it.

However, Joe fails to mention that the Republican states that have ended their federal unemployment benefits have seen a massive decrease in their unemployment claims and their businesses are having far fewer issues finding workers.

I’ll leave you with one more gold nugget from Joe’s scolding of a hard-working American.

Well, those folks are not likely to want to go and be waiters. There’s nothing wrong being a waiter or waitress. My family has been engaged in that business. But the folks is —

And, lastly, if you make less than 15 bucks an hour working 40 hours a week, you’re living below the poverty level. You’re living below the poverty level. (Applause.)

There you go. Joe’s solution is to support the Left’s socialist agenda. What he fails to realize is that under his watch, the reason why Americans are having a problem surviving on current wages is because of the record-breaking inflation and cost of goods.

That didn’t happen under Trump, it’s taken place under Biden’s sleepy gaze.

Feel free to check out the entire transcript of the exchange below. Read at your own risk.

This is John Lanni. He is the owner and co-founder of a restaurant group with 39 restaurants across the country, Mr. President. He is a Republican.

John.

Q Hi there, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Hey, John.

Q Hi. Thank you for taking my question tonight. We employ hundreds of hard-working team members throughout the state of Ohio and across the country. And we’re looking to hire more every day as we try to restart our restaurant business.

The entire industry, amongst other industries, continue to struggle to find employees. How do you and the Biden administration plan to incentivize those that haven’t returned to work yet? Hiring is our top priority right now.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, two things. One, if you notice, we kept you open. We spent billions of dollars to make sure restaurants could stay open. And — and a lot of people who now — who work as waiters and waitresses decided that they don’t want to do that anymore because there’s other opportunities and higher wages, because there’s a lot of openings now in jobs. And people are beginning to move — beginning to move.

There’s some evidence that maintaining the ability to continue not — to not have your — have to pay your rent so you don’t get thrown out, and being able to provide for unemployment insurance, has kept people from going back to work. There’s no — not much distinction between not going back to work in a restaurant and not going back to work at a — at a factory.

So people are looking to change opportunities, change what they’re doing.

NATIONAL POLL: Is CNN The Enemy Of The People?

My — my deceased wife’s father-in-law was a restauranteur up in — up in Syracuse, New York. And, by the way, he tried to con- — he had a — had a restaurant that was in a town called Auburn, about 20,000 people, which was at a flagship 24-hour-a-day restaurant that — and he offered it to me, which I would have been making five times what I would in law school to try to keep me in Syracuse.

But I spent too many times at home hearing a — in his home, hearing a phone call: “The cook didn’t come in? He’s in a fight with his wife? What — what’s going on?”

Q Exactly.

THE PRESIDENT: So I would — God love you doing what you do.

 

 



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