July 28, 2021

Dem Rep. says the quiet part out loud: ‘We don’t want’ certain small businesses to survive

It sometimes seems like hyperbole to accuse Democrats of not caring about destroying small businesses with their policies. Then again, maybe it isn’t.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) admitted that even if an increased $15 an hour minimum wage killed small businesses, it would be justified since they shouldn’t be “paying people low wages” to stay afloat in the first place, The Blaze reported. Democrats have proposed the wage hike as part of their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill. 

Khanna was asked about whether now is the right time to tinker with the minimum wage as many companies are cash-strapped due to the coronavirus lockdowns and ensuing economic downturn. Khanna, citing large employers that have already implemented the increase like Amazon and Target, insisted that there was a negligible negative impact, even proposing the change can “create jobs by paying people more so they’re spending it more.”

When pressed about the effect on small businesses, Khanna made his shocking admission that underscores the problem with Democratic politicians’ philosphy. “We don’t want low-wage businesses. I think most successful small businesses can pay a fair wage,” Khanna told CNN’s “Inside Politics” host Abby Phillip Sunday.

“I love small businesses,” he later continued. “I’m all for it. But I don’t want small businesses that are underpaying employees,” he said. “It’s fair for people to make what they’re producing and I think $15 is very reasonable in this country,” Khanna insisted.

Khanna apparently hasn’t done his homework. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has already found in a 2019 study on the $15 per hour minimum wage that it would cost 1.3 million workers their jobs even as it increased pay for others. Even President Donald Trump warned about it during the 2020 presidential campaign.


Still, this proposal is repeatedly recycled with the promise of helping those lower-wage workers while the reality would likely be much different. For instance, the overall cost of goods and services could rise as employers’ overhead expenses increase, effectively erasing any gain in wages. It may also force larger employers to outsource more jobs overseas to control labor costs.

However, the real cost is to the small businesses that Khanna so cavalierly accused of underpaying their employees. Mom and pop shops can’t absorb the added expense as readily as larger businesses, and instead may be forced to fire workers or simply close their doors. After enduring endless lockdowns imposed by politicians from on high, this could be the death blow to many of those businesses already struggling — but clearly, Khanna doesn’t care.

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62 Responses

  1. Sure the evil democrats do not want the small businesses survive because big tech and big businesses give ethem tons of money.

    1. Our Constitution gives us, the people, the power to fire each and every one of these idiots if they do not meet or exceed our demands. It is on page 7, or 8. READIT!!!

      1. Why aren’t we all working on this front?! Everyone PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES AND TELL THEM TO GET TO WORK!!

    2. The only thing The Democrat’s are concerned about is power and lining their own pockets.
      The only thing they can actually FIX are elections everything else they destroy.

    3. Not too long ago, I read that Small businesses in the US bring in more money for taxes than the big ones do. I have a small business and I can tell you I would go under in about 3 months if they raise wages. Don’t get me wrong I agree that people need more money to pay their living costs these days.
      If I can’t think of a way to compensate for the higher wages I will not be able to pay my living costs. I’m between a rock and a hard place. I have 11 months to figure that out in my State.

      1. WE ALL KNOW WHEN SOME HAS THE POWER ITS POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO DESTROY THE WORLD AND THIS IS WHAT BIDEN AND HARRIS .THE THOUGH thAt other hAs makes different jusT RAM IT THROug!

      2. Your right. Paying someone more than they’re worth is not going to help anyone.
        This idiot “lawmaker” thinks that minimum wage people produce a value of $15 per hour when actually they don’t. Paying someone twice what they’re worth is not going to work out for anyone….

        1. Well stated, good workers will be paid more as business owners realize there value. In today’s world paying inexperienced workers $15 per hour is just plain wrong, especially after their business has been shut down for nearly a year. The real problem is to much government intervention with ridiculous regulations and intrusion into private businesses. The Democratic Party has been exposed as no longer the working persons party! Look at the damage they have caused to mid and small family businesses while allowing government employees to be paid for not working. Teachers refusing to go back to school, but still being paid. Who do they think pays their salaries? In addition, big stores like Costco, Walmart, etc stay open. Americans need to wake up and demand better from our “elected officials” before we lose our Liberty and Freedom to these tyrants.

    4. Your so right on that one! All the BIG businesses can afford to pay more also. A lot of school children start at the bottom and those jobs will be gone for them as well!

  2. I think we should decrease the pay for all public officials, especially the ones in D.C. The demon Rats have been greatly overpaid for the last 5 yrs. They did not represent their constituents, they had their own personal evil agenda

      1. When a person is hired for a job it is always stated what they will make right, by the Employer! When that person wants a raise they must ASK the employer for it! Do you see any PUBLIC OFFICIAL or CAREER POLITICIAN ASK THEIR EMPLOYER if it is time for a RAISE? They JUST TAKE IT! Could you do that? Just asking!

    1. When a citizen gets a job it is a contract between the two and they are told what the beginning wage will be! If a boss is nice you’ll get a 25 cent raise after six months otherwise you must go to the employer and ask for a raise! We have to do this right? First to Employer! It is by the quality of your work that you will or will not get that raise! I don’t see CAREER POLITICIANS COMING to THEIR EMPLOYER ( US ) to ask for a DAMNED THING! They just do it themselves! If it goes by QUALITY a LOT of Politicians wouldn’t receive a raise. THEY really believe THEIR ABOVE THEIR EMPLOYER! I would like to lower or increase by THEM asking our voters IF they can get an INCREASE! Only judge that increase BY THEIR PERFORMANCE IN THEIR JOB! I’d go for that!!

  3. Normally, minimum wages are paid for entry-level employees, the $15.00 dollar minimum wage would make their earnings equivalent to senior employees who came up from entry-level to mid-management or supervisory levels. Also by raising the minimum wage, businesses would have to lay off some employees in order to pay the higher wages, and businesses would lose customers because prices would have to go up to also pay for the higher wages. In this Covid-19 pandemic where people are unemployed due to lockouts, higher prices will hurt our economy even more than it already is.

  4. If the Democrats have their way, can you imagine how much you’ll be paying for a McDonald’s Big Mack? How does $9 or $10 each sound? What are you willing to pay for a family of 4 to eat dinner–let alone if you’re also buying French fries and drinks which could up the ante to $70! Yikes!

  5. Again, this is just another putrid policy of the Communist left known as The DNC! Lots of people will lose jobs! Biden and his comrades do not care about small businesses! They are entrenched with the elitists and the Globalists! No good for anything!

    1. You can bet they are Swiss Banking, and Off Shore Investing all they can.
      Hide it! Hide it so no one knows.

      Funny! How much do you really need?
      Can you take it with you when you DIE?

  6. I have tried to see some logic to the Dem’s actions involving the nations economy. I have not been able to find anything logical about their actions. Increase minimum wage, destroy small business, abolish jobs, print more money, devalue the dollar, send money over seas to help other than US citizens, on and on and on, etc. They do want to cancel the US out.

  7. The more small businesses go under, the more BIG GOVERNMENT begins to look like the “Savior” to people who are uneducated, those who THINK they will be a big part of the “elitists” who take over. Those of us who have been around long enough to have witnessed this same type of fallacy before, know better, but they keep coming back, and I think they are making too much progress because even our public school systems are teaching it from first grade on. We need to find a way to counter this, but I don’t know how.

    1. I agree with you. By the way aren’t these these folks that want all electric cars in the future? How do we plug-in 100 million or so cars to recharge in a power grid that can’t handle to load of a winter storm? Just asking!

      1. Honey answer is “THEY CANT”.
        All Electric Vehicles is a Farce. You cannot make available enough “ Charging Stations” to service the number of vehicles traveling along our roads and freeways.

        Don’t Believe their Electric Car BS!!!!

        Just MORE Damn Lies by the DimWits of the Top!!!!!!

  8. The DEMS have their heads up their A _ _ so far they will never see the light of day! None of these worthless vermin had never owned a business or worked an honest 8 hour day in their pathetic life!

  9. They want it to go to the likes of Amazon etc….I dropped Amazon after their latest BS Their goal is to destroy small local businesses and I am not for that!

  10. Fundamental change to America says Obama!!! His third term! Aren’t you happy you voted for him twice! He is back to show his Thanks and destroy America! He believes it is payback! So sad. We are all Americans and we all have free will. We all bleed red! We all are God’s people. This country was built under God! I do believe we will win!

  11. I propose dismantling all government buildings in Washington DC…and moving it all to a remote prairie in Western Kansas. The White House – Capital Building – Pentagon – National Library ….all of it. Politicians think that New York, or Philadelphia represent the American spirit. All press organizations do what…..make instant polls on the streets of New York and think they have the American pulse down to a Tee…! GUESS what bozos in Washington…..there is much more America than what the Eastern states represent. You forget about all the farmers, ranchers, truck drivers, and all the small town mom’s and pop’s out here. If you bozos up there were to poll the farmers in Kansas you would get a totally different picture of what real Americans think. Come to Texas for God’s sakes and take your polls here. Bet you’d be running for the border ‘fore it was over…! We have our own culture and ideas down here, and they certainly do not line up with what you the press and politicians think in Washington DC.

    1. THE DEMOCRATS OWN DC NOW, SO WHOEVER YOU TALK TO WILL BE A DEMOCRAT. GO TO CHANGE.ORG AND PUT A PETITION IN AGAINST ALL AND EVERYTHING, SEPARATE FOR EACH THING. PEOPLE GO THERE TO SIGN THEM.

  12. Anyone who knows anything about economic knows that raising the minimum wage will raise union wages the same amount which means the proportion will be the same. The people that will be screwed are the retirees. Our cola will not match the increase that the minimum wage gets, so we lose. Minimum wage earners and retirees will still be at the bottom. A $2.50 loaf of bread will be $5.00. So what will they gain.

    A minimum wage is meant as a starting salary. Most places increase your salary as you learn. People have to have some initiative to learn and progress.

  13. WE THE PEOPLE (aka SILENT MAJORITY) have had countless opportunities to have stopped this nightmare, but we chose instead to give the DEMOCRATS what they expected of us, to REMAIN SILENT! Thus, making us equally complicit in the fraud perpetrated against United States Americans!

    Isn’t it time you actually did something, took action?

    I strongly urge everyone who reads this to PICK UP THE PHONE and call your REP AND SENATORS in DC and DEMAND a COMPLETE AUDIT AND INVESTIGATION into the 2020 ELECTIONS and for the IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT OF BIDEN AND HARRIS.

    BIDEN is completely UNFIT FOR OFFICE! And they both (BIDEN & HARRIS) have family members putting them both in a CONCLICT of interest position advertising and promoting their businesses and using their VP and POTUS both as an advertising self-interest, self-promoting position and it is ILLEGAL!

    People should write these numbers down and use them frequently even if you don’t think your elected officials listen, they are required to note your comments for the permanent record in their caller database for anyone to see.

    Members of the House
    202-224-3841

    Members of the Senate
    202-224-3121

    TOLL FREE:
    866-272-6622

    One call per rep!

    Keep in mind: SILENCE = ACCEPTANCE

    1. Won’t do any good its rigged- Democrats are in control and they even control our beloved Republican party Hates President Trump because they couldn’t control him – …

  14. Fellas they don’t pay attention to the polls. They have an agenda and will continue with it until they achieve their goals.

  15. Like Carol I am done doing business with Amazon. I do however use them like a Library, I go find the things I am looking for U.S. made read revues then look up the company to see if I can buy direct. Surprisingly I have bought things for close to same price and a few times cheaper. The customer service I have received more than not has been phenomenal. Yes this is a small help but if most of us quit buying amazon then the tune would begin to change.

  16. The DEMOCRATICS don’t give one ioda about what we the people think they just care about (I GOT MINE, NOW YOU GET YOUR’S) The DEMOCRATICS are TEARING up the CONSTITUTION , MAKING there UNLAWFUL ,LAWS What can we do? At this point it seems like NOTHING,, It’s UNAMERICAN. Remember that got this power by dishonest VOTING HOW CAN WE COMPETE with THAT? GOD BLESS US ALL!!!!!

  17. Read your comments and agree with you. Several years ago I worked as a waitress and the company didn’t want to give employees a raise so you had to turn in enough of your tips to make up the difference and that was terribly wrong but, most of them will continue to do this. This Country is heading for a great fall, I hope the people who voted for these candidates are happy.

  18. My Grand Daughter worked at Pizza Hut one time, They were not paying any where near the minimum wage. They used her tips to make up the difference between what they paid her and what they were supposed to pay her. She didn’t make enough tips one week and they through a fit because they had to make up the difference and she just quit. Her or nobody else should have taken a job with that outfit to start with.

  19. It is time to examine the actions of Biden, Harris, Como…. why can’t we the people recall these figures.
    Lets get the ball rolling recall now …. as we are at it take the Speaker Of House in this package…..
    Since they are about to ax her Nephew in Calif….. MAKE IT ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY… it looks like we may have the foundation for a new United States…….We may not have any cake to feed them but we can give them some crumbs ….

  20. How about Pelosi and her entourage take a cut in pay…try to live on a meager wage like their fellow man…I am certain she/they would retire soon!! ..They are bleeding our Nation to death…and just causing chaos in government!
    Also, Biden, a supposed Catholic, should examine his conscience, and do what is right…for the people he alleges he is working for…namely, the Americans…or, did he forget??? God Bless our beloved America!

  21. Why should Democrats decide what people must do – students they want to work in small businesses and find their way out in the world – retired elderly people may want to work few hours in small business to socialize with each other , mothers that need time away from kids ad work in small businesses and more..now you are taking their jobs away completely. America is being stripped day by day of its freedom, opportunities, business opportunities, religion as whom they want to vote!! Americans must realize what is at stake in the 2022 and 2024 vote Republican for freedom!!! to be free to decide of your own life!!! 🇺🇸Be wise people🙏🙏

  22. I would like to see every Biden o baying political yuck that agrees with open borders to take in these poor people with nowhere to go and no food of health benefits. Support them and make them part of your family. Give them money, health care, food and money. Good luck.

  23. OUR PRESIDENT IS FULL OF “CA CA”. HOW THE HELL WAS HE EVER “ELECTED” ?? ELECTION TIME WILL TELL THE STORY, FUTURE , OF OUR GREAT NATION !
    PRAY FOLKS…………

  24. Most of these small business jobs are filled with first time workers. It is a great experience for kids who are normally hired to get the training they need to get the work ethics needed for a full time good paying job. That is how I and my kids started out and worked our way up like many others did. It stands to reason that the DEMS do not want that. They may become Republicans

  25. Forget about the entry jobs, this is designed for the 30 million pulse illegal’s that Biden is allowing in to work for big business at a much less than $15 dollars, and with the destruction of ICE who is going to monitor or enforce our laws????

  26. The less human effort that is required to produce a product or service, the lower the cost. That’s why so many things are getting more and more robot actions in productions. Robots don’t need vacation time, don’t need sick coverage, nor time off for babies or other such activities. They can work around the clock. The repairs and manufacturing of robots turns out to be less cost than maintaining staff or workers to produce a lot of the products we enjoy.
    So upping the required wages only serves to make everything more costly, and it also increases the motivation to do things with robots. And the world leaders already are seeking ways to reduce populatioins.

  27. The Libtards have already killed thousands of small businesses through their stupidity in the way they handled the pandemic. Our Governor Whitmer does not have a clue and is every bit as guilty as Cuomo and Murphy in NJ who killed thousands in nursing homes for no reason. Biden has zero ideas on how to stimulate our dying economy and his so called “shovel-ready jobs” are as ineffective as what Obummer tried to do with Biden riding shotgun.

  28. This is just one of the stupid decisions dumbocrats have made. Proves, once again, that they hate America and Americans.

  29. The Democrat party wants a communist country for them to rule ; that’s why Harris was put in as V.P. after Biden is removed.

  30. I think all politicians should be paid minimum wage. After all they’re supposed to be doing the job for public service.
    After six months we the people should re-adjust their wage, based upon performance. Not time served, but how they have actually helped lead the country. No politicians or government employees should be allowed to vote in their pay raises.
    By allowing illegals to come in the country unvetted, now they want them to be paid minimum wage.
    There’s not going to be enough jobs for unemployed Americans, nor will there be any first jobs for American children. So you keep bringing in uneducated illegals, who are competing for the same job an undereducated American needs.
    These Demoncraps are either stupid or deliberately trying to destroy the country!
    As they want to allow an illegal to take American jobs or put illegals on the American dole.

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