SOMEWHERE IN IOWA (Bloomberg) — “Dollar stores are everywhere, and that’s a problem for poor Americans,” says Senator Bernie Sanders, opening the door to his new Bolivar Store in Iowa.
“Lawmakers around the country are pushing back against the predatory practices of discount chains that offer shelves full of goods at prices people can afford,” Sanders says. “The Bolivar Store will completely transform that economic model for struggling low-income families.”
When our reporter asks what that means, Sanders picks up a sign and points the big red arrow toward an empty shelf.
“The business model for some stores is saturation that creates food deserts in inner city neighborhoods,” Sanders says. “Socialism creates the same effect at virtually no cost, without the obesity.”
There are less than 50 discount stores in a 20-mile radius of where Sanders is standing now, and while some are expanding their product lines to include more stuff at low prices, Sanders says predatory capitalism can’t be allowed to survive.
“Capitalism is a killer, and local lawmakers have it on the run now,” Sanders says. “I don’t care how much fresh produce they put on the shelves because that’s what people want. We’re putting a moratorium on new dollar stores to give our idea a chance to compete.”
Sanders plans to open Bolivar Stores that offer almost nothing in as many cities as possible between now and election day 2020, saying he will divest from the chain as soon as he is elected president.
“After I’m president, the Bolivar Stores will remain open under the red flag of Our Revolution,” Sanders insists. “But unlike Donald Trump, I won’t let anyone earn a penny from it.”