Over the weekend Americans were urged to shop at their local mom and pop stores as the nation celebrated Small Business Saturday — observed since 2010 on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Those who lauded the contributions made by small business the most were the very ones who seem intent on destroying them — Democratic governors.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got the word out a week ahead of time, telling fellow Michiganders that they needed to support local businesses now more than ever.
"There’s nothing more Pure Michigan than supporting our local businesses here at home," Whitmer said November 19.
"If we switch one in 10 of our out-of-state purchases to local stores, Michigan would gain $1.2 billion in increased economic activity," she added.
However, many Michigan businesses are "in no condition to survive another shutdown," said Brian Calley, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan.
"We have to be prepared for and expect that many, many businesses were just hanging on by a thread and they won’t be able to make it back."
Most state governors waited until Small Business Saturday to show their support, including New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.
"Today Is Small Business Saturday!" Murphy tweeted. "Small businesses are the fabric of our communities and the lifeblood of our economy. Help support your favorite New Jersey small businesses."
Murphy apparently forgot that a group of New Jersey Republicans and local business owners sued the governor in May for his arbitrary business closures.
"When you classify businesses as essential and non-essential, which you have here, you turn the right to private property into a privilege," one of the plaintiffs told reporters. "Your neighbor can earn a living simply because of where she works and for whom, and you can’t."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also urged fellow state residents to shop locally.
"Happy #SmallBusinessSaturday!" he said.
"Small businesses drive NY's economy and make our communities and neighborhoods unique. Support your locally-owned small businesses. Shop local & shop safe, this Saturday and every day."
However, Cuomo even extended lockdowns to private residences, to prevent Thanksgiving celebrations, then had the audacity to call county sheriffs who defied his orders "dictators."
California Gov. Gavin Newsom also got in on the festivities.
"Today is Small Business Saturday," he tweeted. "California is home to over 4 million small businesses. This holiday season, shop safe and shop local to help support our economy and the over 7 million workers that help keep our small businesses going."
Last month the owner of a California family entertainment center filed a lawsuit against the governor, claiming Newsom’s business closures amounted to "autocratic, one-man rule."
The plaintiff, California businessman Daryn Coleman said, "We've been shut down since mid-March and that's been completely devastating."
He added, "I have bills racking up. I have balances building on everything."
The celebration of small business even reached the national stage, when presumptive Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced Saturday that "Small businesses, especially Black and minority-owned businesses, urgently need relief to survive the effects of coronavirus this winter."
She added that "@JoeBiden and I are committed to helping these businesses during this pandemic and get them the support they need to thrive in years to come."
Not only has Biden not ruled out a national lockdown if his election holds, but, as former Gov. Mike Huckabee observed in a recent Newsmax column, Sen. Harris actually promoted rioting and looting of local businesses, and also promoted a fund that bailed looters out of jail so they could do it again.
In mid-September, the national crowd-sourced reviewing company Yelp announced in its Local Economic Impact Report that approximately 60% of the businesses that have been ordered closed since March will never reopen, and the jobs they provided the community will be lost forever.
Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren probably had the best response to this hypocrisy displayed by overreaching politicians on this issue.
"Democrats: support small businesses," she observed.
Lahren then asked, "Wait, you mean the ones you closed and bankrupted or the ones you allowed BLM and Antifa thugs to loot and destroy. . . . ?"
State governors should ask themselves a question: Were business lockdowns successful the first time they were implemented in March?
- If the lockdowns worked, then why do we have to go through them again?
- If they didn’t work, then what’s the logic of going through them again?
Small business has always had the largest impact on job creation. But that matters little to politicians like Whitmer, Murphy, Cuomo, Newsom, and Harris.
No matter what happens, they can count on a paycheck, courtesy of the very cash-strapped business owners and employees they’re strangling out of existence.
Those who can’t, regulate those who can.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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