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Levin: Small Businesses Are 'Competing With The Federal Welfare State'

By Quinn Weimer | March 18, 2021 | 5:49pm EDT
Mark Levin speaks at the Radio Hall of Fame. (Photo credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame)
Mark Levin speaks at the Radio Hall of Fame. (Photo credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame)

Radio host Mark Levin examined the plight of small businesses during the pandemic, asserting that they are "competing with the federal welfare state" on Wednesday's "The Mark Levin Show."

Levin recounted stories of two small business owners who had a shortage of waitstaff during the pandemic.

If you're already receiving an entitlement or a pension payment from the government and so forth, why do you need a $1,400 stimulus payment? I'll tell you why: buying votes left and right.

A transcript of the segment is below:

Mark Levin: If you're already receiving an entitlement or a pension payment from the government and so forth, why do you need a $1,400 stimulus payment? I'll tell you why: buying votes left and right. And they have another $2 trillion bill, they're going to call it infrastructure, which has very little to do with infrastructure, just as this had very little to do with the virus.

This isn‘t virus-based. Everybody's getting these $1,400 checks, whether they were affected negatively by the virus and the pandemic overall or not. They suggest taking money up into an airliner and just dumping it out the doors as fast as you possibly can. Additionally, Americans who qualify for the stimulus payment and have dependents will get an additional $1,400 per dependent. So if you're making, jointly, $150,000 a year, and there's two of you, and you have three kids, you're going to get 1,400 times 5, Mr. Producer: $7,000, whether you need it or not. "What do you mean by need?" You understand what I mean; not that you want it. Seven thousand dollars? Am I doing this calculation correctly? I think I am. You wonder why we're going broke? Now you know why. And this is just a piece of it, just a little piece of it.

I told you about my friends who own a restaurant; they don't make a lot of money. Matter of fact, I would consider them straight in the middle class. And they've had a hellish year. And they wanted to open five days a week. And I told you about them last Friday, which is a big day for them in a restaurant business; they couldn't open because they couldn't get enough help, enough waitstaff. They're supposed to open tonight -- St. Patrick's Day, right, Mr. Producer? -- and they made the corned beef and cabbage and they had the plates and the menus set; they couldn't get enough waitstaff tonight.

So they're not opening. They've had to lose money. I tested this again; I drove off to a little town that has one of these little chocolate franchises, a little store, and there's an older guy making the fudge, and by the way, that takes a little bit of muscle. And there were also three or four...look to be high school students in their working, which was great, and I said to him, I don't know -- I said "are you the owner?" He said "yes." And I said to him "why are you doing that?" He said "because I have to. I can't get enough help in here."

These people are competing with the federal welfare state. They're competing with the federal welfare state. Now, I want you to think about something. If they drive up the so-called minimum wage to $15 an hour, you'll say "well, good. More people will be attracted and go to work" -- they can't afford it.

They can't afford to do what they're doing right now. And then they're driving up the cost of energy? Those are electric bills. And when you drive up the cost of electricity, excuse me, of energy, you drive up the cost of everything. And then if they gross over $400,000 a year, that doesn't mean they're netting anything close to $400,000 a year; perhaps they're netting 75 or 100 thousand dollars a year. Then they're going to be facing a massive income tax increase.

These people are at war with the heart and soul of our system, small businessmen and small business women. They just fought through this pandemic, they fought in blue states against tyrannical, fascistic governors who were trying to put them out of business. And now as they're trying to break through, they're under attack with a Marxist ideology that is embraced by Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and all the rest of the reprobates. And what about the psychology that we're developing in this country that you're owed something, and if you don't make money, you're owed somebody else's money? Or if you can find some other basis for victimology, assert it. You've got half of the country that's actually earnest and studious, hard-working, trying to make a buck, and you have the other half sitting on their ass demanding checks. The idea that 200 and -- what was it? -- almost 60 million households are going to get checks, if that doesn't tell you everything you need to know, then you don't know anything.

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