Biden's Billion-Dollar Announcement Overshadows Local Business Struggles

By Maria Angelino | Sunday, 28 April 2024 09:30 AM
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In a recent interview with "Fox & Friends First," Dr. Fahed Saada, proprietor of Pita Dream in Syracuse, New York, expressed his concerns over the financial impact of President Biden's visit to the city.

Saada revealed that the sudden closure of streets surrounding his establishment for 12 hours during peak business hours would result in a significant loss of revenue.

"The closure of the streets will force us to suspend our third-party delivery services, which constitute a major portion of our sales," Saada lamented. "This will undoubtedly be a financial blow to us."

In addition to the disruption of delivery services, Saada also had to instruct some of his employees, including local high school students seeking to earn extra money during their spring break, to remain on standby. "Operating a small business in these times is already challenging. This unexpected disruption will only add to our difficulties," he added.

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President Biden's visit to Syracuse was to announce a preliminary agreement to provide semiconductor manufacturing company Micron with up to $6.14 billion in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act. The president used the occasion to emphasize the American "comeback story," highlighting long-term investments in the economy.

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Biden's announcement celebrated Micron Technology’s plans to construct a campus of computer chip factories in upstate New York, a project partially funded by the government. The first phase of the project is expected to open the initial plant in 2028, followed by a second plant in 2029, with subsequent factories to be completed later.

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"We’re bringing advanced chip manufacturing back to America," Biden declared, describing the investment as "one of the most significant science and technology investments in our history."

However, Saada argued that there are more pressing issues that the president needs to address. As a Palestinian-American who advocates for prioritizing American interests, Saada expressed his concern over the president's recent signing of a $95 billion foreign aid bill.

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"Tax dollars are being used in many ways to harm innocent people, like those in Gaza," he said. "We should use this money here, fund our VA system, ensure no one is without a home, support our police force, address significant issues like drug use, mental health disorder, gun violence. Especially since our city mourns the recent loss of two brave officers just last week."

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Saada's sentiments echo those of over half of the voters surveyed in a recent Fox News Poll, who believe they are worse off today compared to four years ago. "Things seemed much better under President Trump's terms regarding our national priorities and how we manage our resources," Saada concluded.

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