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Joe Biden plans to help small businesses hard-hit by COVID with federal funds, but apparently only if those establishments fit within the parameters of identity politics, a philosophy which itself is a priority for Democrats.
Reading off a teleprompter, Biden explained that “Our focus will be on small businesses on Main Street that aren’t wealthy and well connected that are facing real economic hardships through no fault of their own. Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American-owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.
“But we’re gonna make a concerted effort to help small businesses in low-income communities, in big cities, small towns, rural communities that have faced systemic barriers to relief,” he added in a video clip on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Twitter feed.
Although Biden’ statement contains the word “systemic,” one of the liberals’ favorite buzzwords, omitted from his remarks is the recognition that business owners from all walks of life and demographics and who usually lack connections are in dire financial shape given the challenging economic consequences of the pandemic and the lockdown.
Moreover, the Democrats have become the party of Wall Street (and Big Tech) rather than Main Street.
There is also the possibility that a business owner will game the system (as some have done in the past with similar federal programs) by setting up a shell company with front men or women selected for the purpose of qualifying for government cash.
In a paternalistic assertion, Biden — a career politician with virtually no private sector experience — went on to suggest that mom and pop businesses that he claims he wants to help apparently lack the acumen to pick up a phone and call a banker or engage the services of a lawyer or accountant “to help them through this complicated process” of accessing COVID relief funds.
“Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.” — President-elect Biden pic.twitter.com/pIyDuhf5pH
— Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) January 10, 2021
In a note of irony or perhaps lack of self-awareness, Biden lamented the fact that the restaurant industry has been “slammed by this virus” and vowed to support them in particular.
Biden cheerleaders on Twitter loved the messaging, but others registered a dissenting opinion. Here is a sample:
For someone “preaching” unity and “we are all Americans”, this is a disingenuous message. Priority should be for ALL american owned small business. No qualifiers or exceptions.
— Craig Forrest (@Javajaded) January 10, 2021
As an Hispanic I say NO! Need is need regardless of identity. It’s quite possible a white male in poverty is in more need than me, a middle class Hispanic woman. You’re going to tear us apart with this. Please, stop.
— Adele (@MadriverMind) January 11, 2021
This is discriminatory. I’m Asian. I don’t want any preferential treatment. I want freedom to choose for everybody!
— Thomas (@TEE_____) January 11, 2021
PSA: Discrimination based on race and sex includes white men and remains unlawful under federal law.
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) January 11, 2021
I’m a women and I don’t want preferential treatment. What about white-male owned businesses who work just as hard as minority owned businesses? You don’t know their financial situations or life background. This is sick!
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) January 11, 2021
I’m a lifelong Democrat. You won’t lose me by prioritizing by race/ethnicity. But you will lose many others – try explaining to a hard hit white male restaurant owner (who employs a largely Latino staff) why he and his employees are the lowest priority for federal aid.
— Robert DeVries (@rdinsf) January 11, 2021