A conservative activist has accused President Joe Biden of waging a “war on small businesses.”
According to Breitbart, the comments came in a Thursday statement from Alfredo Ortiz, the president and CEO of the right-leaning small business advocacy group Job Creators Network.
“Last night, Biden announced massive new tax hikes on job creators as part of his ongoing war on small businesses,” Ortiz said the day after the president’s first formal address to Congress. His comments came the same day that Biden made a trip to Georgia to mark his 100th day in office, according to Breitbart.
“If enacted, these would further devastate small businesses in the state and across the country and destroy the economic recovery,” Ortiz said. “As a consummate politician, Biden is pretending to be a friend of Georgia small businesses by attending events like this car rally, but his policy actions speak louder than tonight’s folksy teleprompter words.”
The reality of Biden’s policies
Speaking earlier with Fox News, Ortiz accused Biden of being “beholden to his left-wing base,” noting that small businesses are already hurting thanks to lockdown measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. Biden’s policies, Ortiz said, will only hurt business owners and their families more.
“Small businesses are already reeling after a year of government-imposed lockdowns and just finally getting some breathing room thanks to the vaccine,” Ortiz told Fox. “Republicans in Congress and centrist Democrats must resist this lurch toward socialism,” he added.
In comments of her own alongside Ortiz, Nicole Wolter, the president and CEO of HM Manufacturing Company, said Biden’s ideas would roll back all the economic progress made by former President Donald Trump, Breitbart reported.
“Now when you’re talking about raising the corporate tax to just this astronomical number, it is only going to worse than for small business,” Wolter said of Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate to as much as 28%.
“I just don’t understand why we are constantly at war with small business, you know, they never go after the Fortune 500 corporations,” Wolter added.
“A success tax”
Ortiz, for his part, isn’t buying that the wealthy deserve to pay more in taxes; in fact, he’s dubbed Biden’s plans “a success tax,” as Breitbart notes.
“We’re actually calling it a success tax because I think that’s the way we should look at it,” Ortiz said this week, according to Breitbart. “I think frankly the Biden administration is counting on the wonkiness of that term. But this is what it is, it’s a success tax.”
And it doesn’t seem the president will be backing down from the idea any time soon.