Christopher Bedford is a senior editor at The Federalist, the vice chairman of Young Americans for Freedom, a board member at the National Journalism Center, and the author of The Art of the Donald. His work has been featured in The American Mind, National Review, the New York Post and the Daily Caller, where he led the Daily Caller News Foundation and spent eight years. A frequent guest on Fox News and Fox Business, he was raised in Massachusetts and lives on Capitol Hill. Follow him on Twitter.
On Sunday, May 17 we set out from Corralitos, California to hear the story of American small business in the age of unprecedented state shutdowns. Two months in, who was surviving and how?
Citing the collective sin of America to make excuses and provide justification for wanton destruction is deeply wrongheaded, but what the Mob demands.
“That slice of government cheese is going to eventually melt and there’s just not going to be enough to get it done. So the best thing you can do is figure out what you’re good at, get your resume going and get to work.”
Starting life before there was a town as four walls and some dry goods for fur trappers, it served its first beer just 19 years after the town was founded and near-half a century before it was incorporated.
‘The weight to having a family business,’ Raymond says while guiding me through massive walk-in freezers holding a fraction of their capacity, ‘is you don’t want to be the one who fails.’
More and more, from Virginia’s beaches to the mountains up north to right here right now, people are coming to a consensus: Their governors’ shutdowns are over.
America’s reawakening is an unfolding story, one our young country has never lived before. To work to understand it and to tell it, The Federalist is setting out across the United States.
Before government shut the nation down, Americans ate half their meals outside home. The farmers who served restaurants and cafeterias are dumping meat, veggies, and milk. And it’s going to get worse.
There’s something to the panic, the anger, and the destruction. Something powerful driving it, and not ‘just the media or some ‘conspiracy of globalists,’ Washington, D.C.’s Monsignor Charles Pope tells The Federalist Radio Hour.
Allowing delivery but not in-house service makes no sense: ‘The food is being made in the same kitchens. That food is going to households. The virus can live on surface areas.’
Five weeks and 19 interviews later, presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has not been asked directly about the substantiated sexual assault accusations from Tara Reade.
The streets, the squares, the bars are empty. Even historic Fenway Park, where the Red Sox have scheduled a baseball game every year since 1959, lay deserted.
Senior Editor Chris Bedford interviews Congressman Chip Roy on federal bail outs and reopening the economy amid the coronaviurs shut down.
There are reasons major companies got massive loans from the Senate’s ‘small business’ bailout while thousands of small businesses that applied immediately were told there was no money left.
‘When we’re talking about 11 million direct jobs in restaurants, we’re also talking about tens of millions more connected businesses.’
There are a lot of people on Wall Street and in Washington who see no problem with an America defined by big box stores and chain restaurants.
Remaining on lockdown for year to get a vaccine ‘is just not going to work, we can’t do that, it will end up being a humanitarian crisis and nobody wants to do that.’
Together, they circle the popular Lincoln Park praying the rosary, an ancient and beautiful Catholic devotion.
The details are out of Treasury now, and it looks like it isn’t going to work for a large number of small business owners after all.
Today, as cities are shutting down and police are turning out-of-staters around at our borders, we’re suddenly confronted with the real question: What will be I able to do under quarantine?
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