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It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around the notion that business owners would endorse the most radical presidential candidate in history. How is that even possible? What are people thinking about? Why are they thinking about what they are thinking about?

Yet, according to John DiStaso, Political Reporter for WMUR9, an affiliate of ABC, 49 New Hampshire small business owners have endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders, a progressive socialist at best and a Marxist by some calculations, isn’t even a Democrat! He now leads in several New Hampshire primary polls.

Distaso writes in his piece dated January 21, 2020:

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid was endorsed Tuesday by 49 owners of 41 small businesses in New Hampshire, who called him a leader in supporting middle-class Americans, Medicare for All and job creation while “combating” climate change. They also said he has strong proposals to help rural America.

Evidently, the Sanders appeal is his persistent rants to “rein in Wall Street,” according to DiStaso. One business owner cited in the WPUR9 article is Dennis Cote, the owner of a small pancake restaurant in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire called Polly’s Pancake Parlor. Excuse me if I’m not clear about how Wall Street, climate change, and Medicare are threats to Polly’s Pancake Parlor. I’m going to assume these are threats to all small businesses, but especially to Denny’s, iHOP, and other breakfast joints.

The Saga of Polly’s Pancake Parlor

Evidently, Polly’s Pancake Parlor is not alone in the Sanders endorsement. According to John DiStaso, Polly’s is joined by two other restaurant owners, “Kaji Maharjan of Kathmandu Spice in Manchester and Alex Ray of The Common Man restaurants,” who also believe Bernie Sanders is their guy.

If you’re like me, you might be wondering why the far-left progressive socialist Bernie Sanders has cornered restaurant endorsements in New Hampshire. Well, according to John DiStaso, Bernie’s appeal is broad and includes an endorsement from Dr. Becky Mulkern of the Center for Natural Health in Conway, New Hampshire. Dr. Mulkern’s website tells us her Center for Natural Health specializes in “Holistic Health Counseling & Education, Cleansing, Detoxification & Juice Fasting Programs.”

We’re now seeing a pattern. Bernie Sanders is being endorsed by people in New Hampshire’s food and health care industry’s, almost in mass…just kidding. Dr. Mulkern actually told John DiStaso the basis for the endorsement and why Sanders presidential bid is important to her, stating, and I’ll quote the article,

“He is a tireless and dedicated worker in service of ‘us.’ His progressive ideas will bring us together, help the economy, provide healthcare for all and defend our planet against climate change.”

Well, there you have it. The “Don’t Tread on Me” state, at least some small business owners in the state, are not opposed to being trampled upon, even run over, by the radical policies of Senator Bernie Sanders should he become president.

Sanders: the Great Unifier

It’s more than noteworthy to highlight that according to Dr. Mulkern Bernie Sanders will bring “us” together. While not explaining who the “us” is, I’m going to presume she’s referring to the unity of purpose she believes America and New Hampshire will experience if Bernie Sanders becomes president.

Furthermore, without providing us any detail, Dr. Mulkern emphatically states that Bernie Sanders will:

  • Help the economy
  • Provide healthcare for all
  • Defend our planet against climate change

It’s good to know, and also fascinating to imagine, how Bernie Sanders is going to strengthen small businesses in New Hampshire when they are likely to be taxed out of business to pay for his Medicare for All solution and his cure for climate change.

Sanders has made it clear he plans to raise taxes on every American whose income is $29,000 and greater. (It’s a campaign promise!) Sanders is no messiah to small businesses. He’s more along the lines of Judas Iscariot; the kind of guy who sells out his best friend for money. His is a belief that small businesses should be just that: small, heavily taxed, and regulated to the hilt.

If Sanders is what the Democrats in New Hampshire want…have at it!

Yes, I am a capitalist

Since I believe Bernie Sanders is bad for Polly’s Pancake Parlor, and he will likely put them out of business if elected, I ordered the “Plain Original Pancake Mix- Large” just moments ago!

Below is my receipt. It cost me a small fortune, but, I’m a capitalist. If it isn’t good, I won’t buy it again. If I love the pancake mix, I’ll come back for more — provided Bernie Sanders hasn’t destroyed Polly’s Pancake Parlor with his radical policies.

I’m not too concerned about Polly’s surviving. The owner seems to have his entrepreneurial head screwed on straight. But I do worry about big government promising us a life it can’t deliver and telling us it’s all free.

All I can do for New Hampshire is say, “good luck New Hampshire!”

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