Struggling small business owner pleads with ‘Uncle Joe’: Just don’t give us any more help

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Small business owners Ashley Brown and Ruel Joyner joined Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” Tuesday to describe how the Biden regime’s mishandling of the suppy chain crisis is damaging their businesses.

The owner of Ashley’s Famous Cookies told the hosts “We are a gourmet cookie company so everything we use is premium ingredients and the prices have skyrocketed tremendously. Especially in the last few months. We are looking at things doubling in price. And some things just aren’t on the shelves anymore. It’s been really rough.”

President Biden, who continues to demonstrate just how out of touch he is with anyone living outside of the Washington D.C. beltway, hosted several CEOs of the nation’s largest retailers and manufacturers on Monday in meetings that were said to be the reason he bailed on a planned speech that was to address the supply chain woes facing the country. The speech is now planned for Wednesday.

The attendees at the White House included Best Buy CEO Corie Barry, Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen, Samsung CEO KS Choi, and Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch both attended virtually.

Biden claimed that early estimates show that sales on both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday were up compared to 2020 and asked his guests how the federal government could “continue partnering” with the major companies “to keep shelves stocked so American consumers can get what they need.”

Joyner, who owns a furniture store in Georgia, said he believes the best thing the government can do is get out of the way and stop trying to help.

“If we can do anything, I just want to ask Uncle Joe to just not give us any more help. Just stop,” Joyner said, adding that he has had to give refunds in some cases due to customers not receiving their orders in even a remotely timely fashion.

“I’m luckier than most. I came from a great state, kept us open. The entrepreneurial spirit is going to keep us open. American people can help by buying local. Look to spend your money with local businesses that know your name and will know your face. This is how we can pull ourselves out of this. We don’t need any more help from Uncle Joe,” Joyner said.

In addition to supply problems, Brown said the labor shortage was a very real concern for her and she wondered how her family-owned business would be able to expand without more employees.

As is typical of big government – a philosophy routinely criticized by Republicans but never altered to reflect it – the best thing for everyone is for the government to take its oily hands out of everyone’s pockets and let the private sector do its thing.

“Everything this guy does has been counterintuitive to what has helped small business. We really just need them to stop helping,” said Joyner.

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