(Video: Fox News)
Likely reflecting the feelings of small businessmen and women all across America, a New York City bodega owner expressed frustration with the federal government’s economic policies on “Fox & Friends First.”
When co-host Todd Piro asked Brooklyn bodega owner Carmelia Bello in the video clip embedded above about her degree of frustration with the Biden administration’s “failure to get inflation under control,” she alluded to a lack of support for small business operators from the public and private sectors.
“[I am] very frustrated, and I’m calling to those big people out there, because we’re coming out from COVID, and we’re not getting the support that we should get from the bigger administration, from the people that really get the money. Because we didn’t get SBA loan, we didn’t get no PPP loan, we didn’t no support. So I’m asking myself what happened to those big people, those big foundation people that can support small businesses like me?…Who’s calling small businesses to say, ‘oh, you know what, we can help you with this expense’…I don’t see [many] people calling me to offer anything,” she asserted.
Piro, who is apparently one of Bello’s regular customers, remarked that it’s “almost like you’re forgotten, and that’s sad, because you’re here — you took over this bodega for your American Dream, and getting this American Dream is getting real tough on a day-in-day-out basis for good, hard-working Americans like you. ”
“No dream,” Bello responded, and then went on to ask the Fox News viewers to remember the importance of small businesses to their communities. “It’ all we have in the world — small business owners,” Piro agreed.
Earlier in the discussion, in a microcosm perhaps of what’s happening across the broader economy, Bello discussed how she had to raise the price of the convenience store’s popular bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwich from $2.00 to $4.50 because of the spiraling costs of wholesale food items.
“It’s not because I want to; it’s because we are getting doubled, tripled, on the price. And how is it fair to us to sell something that we’re not even making pennies out of it,” Bello said.
She also implied that with inflation squeezing customers, it is very difficult for the store to make ends meet, including covering rent and electricity.
Piro began the segment by reporting that several major brands are lowering profit outlooks and boosting prices in response to the country’s ongoing inflationary woes.
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“Americans have been battling soaring prices at the grocery store and at the gas pump as inflation sits at a 40-year-high. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 75 basis points this week to combat the surge, but despite conflicting definitions of a ‘recession,’ the White House insists it is not inevitable,” Fox News reported on Thursday.
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