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Biden Scolds Small Business Owner, Tells Him to Pay $15/Hr if He Wants to Hire People

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The pandemic has had its share of long-term side effects. A depleted workforce is one of them.

But discovering the cure is often as difficult as facing the ailment itself: How do small businesses that have been wounded by shutdown policies get back on their feet? How do business owners incentivize the unemployed to return to work?

President Joe Biden seems to think the solution is as simple as offering a $15/hour minimum wage, but he’s wrong once again.

Biden appeared at a CNN town hall hosted at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati on Wednesday night, during which restaurant owner John Lanni came forward.

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CNN’s Don Lemon, who moderated the town hall event, introduced Lanni to Biden.

“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,” he said, according to the official White House transcript of the event.

Lanni greeted Biden and thanked him for taking his question before diving in.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

“Well, two things. One, if you noticed, we kept you open,” Biden responded. “We spent billions of dollars to make sure restaurants could stay open. And a lot of people who now — who worked 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.”

Biden elaborated further a few moments later, saying, “I think it really is a matter of people deciding now that they have opportunities to do other things. And there is a shortage of employees. People are looking to make more money and to bargain. And so I think your business and the tourist business is really going to be in a — in a bind for a little while. And one of the things — we’re ending all those things that are the things keeping people back from going back to work, et cetera.”

Then he began to preach the enduring leftist demand for a $15/hour minimum wage.

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

Of course, incentivizing the jobless with supplemental state unemployment benefits and stimulus checks would have “little” to do with this overwhelming unwillingness to work — but, in their defense, the citizens didn’t ask for a pandemic-induced economic nosedive, yet the government delivered.

Lemon even asked Biden about expanded unemployment benefits:

“You mentioned something, you said, ‘We’re going to end the things that may be keeping people back.’ Do you think that’s the unemployment benefits expanded?”

Biden answered, saying, “Well, that was the argument it was. 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. ”

“You don’t think it hurt — did that?” Lemon asked.

“I see no evidence it had any serious impact on it. But you can argue — let’s assume it did. It’s coming to an end, so it’s not like we’re in a situation where — if that was it and it ends, then we’re going to see John is going to have no problem,” Biden answered, then delving back into his defense of a $15/hour minimum wage, saying that anyone making less than that amount for a 40-hour workweek falls “below the poverty level.”

But Biden’s jabs at the restaurant owner didn’t settle well with Republicans.

Ohio Republican Senate hopeful J.D. Vance said Biden’s “response is a joke,” according to The Daily Wire, and RNC Research accused Biden of “scold[ing] a struggling small business owner” on Twitter.

Regardless, it’s fair to assume the labor shortage dilemma is more complicated than the long-debated minimum wage scenario.

In fact, several restaurant chains have already increased wages to attract workers (and that ABC News report came in May).

We’re still facing the problem two months later — on a scale large enough to warrant a question to the president himself.

Another question to ask is: How are the people refusing to work sustaining themselves now? Is it the previously mentioned extended unemployment benefits? The dream for more government stimulus checks? (Yes, I’m well aware that these checks wouldn’t sustain anyone for long, but they were also money doled out by the government.)

The government used its monetary resources to pacify public disdain for its pandemic shutdown culture that greatly surpassed the “15 days to flatten the curve” narrative; but now it’s time the government owns its economic detriment and recognizes that the best source of financial support is self-sufficiency.

As Lemon noted, “Help wanted” signs are plastered everywhere — so, the responsibility for drawing employees back to work doesn’t fall solely on the employer.

The unemployed have to be willing.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Biden Lets Obsession with Trump Show by Referencing Him 24 Times at Virginia Gubernatorial Campaign Event

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As Republican Glenn Youngkin insists that the election for governor of Virginia is all about parents and their children, to President Joe Biden, it’s seemingly all about Donald Trump.

Biden name-dropped the former president 24 times in 17 minutes Tuesday during a campaign stop to help Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, according to the New York Post.

Youngkin has made the race a dead heat, leading to an onslaught of big-name Democrats coming to Virginia in hopes of energizing their voters in the Nov. 2 election.

Biden’s jabs at Trump were part of a Democratic strategy to paint Youngkin as a wild-eyed Trumpist who would bring the kind of chaos witnessed in the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion to the sedate liberal mainstream of Virginia voters.

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Biden said “extremism can come in many forms,” including “the rage of a mob” and “a smile and a fleece vest,” according to Yahoo.

One of Youngkin’s campaign trademarks is a fleece vest.

Youngkin has Trump’s support, but given the highly divided nature of the state from its liberal enclaves around Washington, D.C., to its more conservative counties, Youngkin has decided on a campaign strategy that does not include using Trump as an in-person speaker to rally the Republican vote.

However, Biden pictures Youngkin as a Trump loyalist.

“I ran against Donald Trump. Terry is running against an acolyte of Donald Trump,” Biden said.

“He (Youngkin) won’t allow Donald Trump to campaign for him in this state. He’s willing to pledge his loyalty to Trump in private; why not in public? What’s he trying to hide? Is there a problem with Trump being here? Is he embarrassed?”

During his speech, Biden was heckled by protesters concerning the Line 3 pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Wisconsin.

“This is not a Trump rally; we let them holler,” Biden said

Biden, along with former President Barack Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, are trying to energized Democrats.

Youngkin has turned away from the traditional political name game and has been strong in his focus on recent in-state controversies, including sexual assault accusations at Loudoun County Public Schools.

He also has backed parents who oppose certain books in schools that discuss sex in explicit detail. That has pitted him against McAuliffe, who has backed schools against parents.

“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” McAuliffe said in a debate against Youngkin, according to the New York Post.

“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Youngkin, however, said the upcoming election will define if parents will be relegated to second-class status.

“Virginians have a moment to stand up, not just for the future of Virginia’s kids, but for America’s kids. And that’s why this race is so important to everyone right now,” he said, according to Fox News.

“The nation is watching because they recognize that when Virginians stand up and take a state that has been blue and elect a Republican governor, it’s going to make a statement that’s going to be (heard) not just around the country, but around the world.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

As Republican Glenn Youngkin insists that the election for governor of Virginia is all about parents and their children, to President Joe Biden, it’s seemingly all about Donald Trump. Biden name-dropped the former president 24 times in 17 minutes Tuesday during a campaign stop to help Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, according to the New York Post. Youngkin has made the race a dead heat, leading to an onslaught of big-name Democrats coming to Virginia in hopes of energizing their voters in the Nov. 2 election. Biden’s jabs at Trump were part of a Democratic strategy to paint Youngkin as a wild-eyed Trumpist who would bring the kind of chaos witnessed in the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion to the sedate liberal mainstream of Virginia voters. Biden said “extremism can come in many forms,” including “the rage of a mob” and “a smile and a fleece vest,” according to Yahoo. One of Youngkin’s campaign trademarks is a fleece vest. Youngkin has Trump’s support, but given the highly divided nature of the state from its liberal enclaves around Washington, D.C., to its more conservative counties, Youngkin has decided on a campaign strategy that does not include using Trump as an in-person speaker to rally the Republican vote. However, Biden pictures Youngkin as a Trump loyalist. “I ran against Donald Trump. Terry is running against an acolyte of Donald Trump,” Biden said. “He (Youngkin) won’t allow Donald Trump to campaign for him in this state. He’s willing to pledge his loyalty to Trump in private; why not in public? What’s he trying to hide? Is there a problem with Trump being here? Is he embarrassed?” During his speech, Biden was heckled by protesters concerning the Line 3 pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Wisconsin. “This is not a Trump rally;…

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Deaf, Dumb, & Blind: China Just Launched A New Super Weapon Into Space

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China continues to race ahead of the United States on the sea, in the air, and now in space.

China launched a new satellite Sunday that can be deployed as a weapon capable crippling American satellites, according to The Washington Times.

General James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command, warned Congress in April that the Shijian-21 satellite is part of an effort by China to seek superiority in space.

According to the Times, the satellite was sent into space atop a rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southwest China, with the task of cleaning “space debris” — or at least that was the claim of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., a state-run company.

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However, according to the Times, the satellite is “said to be capable of maneuvering close to orbiting satellites and grabbing or crushing the spacecraft.”

If weaponized, such a machine would be potentially capable of destroying communications and surveillance capabilities in American satellites, leaving the nation’s military deaf, dumb and blind in the case of an attack. In an era where military movement depends on technological communications, that could mean the Chinese government has just launched the world’s deadliest weapon.

In August, China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, as the New York Post reported.

Over four dozen Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone recently, the Post reported Oct. 4, in yet another round of provocation.

It doesn’t end there. According to CNN, China also has the world’s largest Navy. In fact, China has the largest military on the planet, according to the data collection corporation Statista.

Get the picture?

The Biden administration, on the other hand, is obsessing over the alleged enemy within. The FBI has claimed that domestic terrorism is “metastasizing” in the U.S., according to a recent headline in  The New York Times.  The article also implied that the shadowy group QAnon is a real threat to the country.

Let’s not forget the supposed white supremacists. They must take lessons from QAnon on getting maximum publicity with minimal actual appearances.

Very few of them are ever seen or heard from, but they must be legion, considering the amount of attention they get from liberals and the mainstream media. There’s no other way to account for their being at the top of the domestic terrorist list, again according to The New York Times. See the pattern?

Now, parents who resist the iron will of leftist schoolboards pushing critical race theory are suspected of domestic terrorism by federal law enforcement agencies.

Don’t worry, though, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has alerted federal law enforcement agencies.

Garland quickly ordered the FBI to coordinate with 14,oo school districts after receiving a request from the National School Board Association asking to be protected from parents sending letters and emails.  The NSBA claimed the parents were an “imminent threat” to school officials and likened their activities to “domestic terrorism.”

Insurrection by the unarmed on Jan. 6. Shadowy QAnon figures lurking in dark alleys waiting to pounce. Crazed parents shielding their children from racist indoctrination. America is a dangerous place about to implode in a fiery cloud of violence. That’s what the leftists want you to think.

Meanwhile, China continues unfolding its plan to bring about a globalist utopia with, of course, the Chinese Communist Party in charge. There is little resistance. I am reminded of the Borg on Star Trek, “You will assimilate. Resistance is futile.”



Either key members of the Biden administration are in cahoots with China or they are dangerously incompetent. Or maybe they have come to believe their own propaganda and are blind to reality. It is difficult to say.

Whatever the case, reality will prevail in the end. It always does. It always will. But at what cost?

Resistance is not futile. It is the natural disposition of a free people.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

China continues to race ahead of the United States on the sea, in the air, and now in space. China launched a new satellite Sunday that can be deployed as a weapon capable crippling American satellites, according to The Washington Times. General James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command, warned Congress in April that the Shijian-21 satellite is part of an effort by China to seek superiority in space. According to the Times, the satellite was sent into space atop a rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southwest China, with the task of cleaning “space debris” — or at least that was the claim of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., a state-run company. However, according to the Times, the satellite is “said to be capable of maneuvering close to orbiting satellites and grabbing or crushing the spacecraft.” If weaponized, such a machine would be potentially capable of destroying communications and surveillance capabilities in American satellites, leaving the nation’s military deaf, dumb and blind in the case of an attack. In an era where military movement depends on technological communications, that could mean the Chinese government has just launched the world’s deadliest weapon. In August, China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, as the New York Post reported. Over four dozen Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone recently, the Post reported Oct. 4, in yet another round of provocation. It doesn’t end there. According to CNN, China also has the world’s largest Navy. In fact, China has the largest military on the planet, according to the data collection corporation Statista. Get the picture? The Biden administration, on the other hand, is obsessing over the alleged enemy within. The FBI has claimed that domestic terrorism is “metastasizing” in the U.S., according to a recent headline…

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