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Saturday, November 10, 2012

It's On

Have you heard about the "job creators" who, in a fit of toddler-esque spite, are laying off workers in the wake of President Obama's re-election.  Ostensibly. they can "no longer afford" these workers due to the onerous taxes that the Obama administration has not actually imposed, to say nothing of the mandates of the Affordable Care Act.  Papa John's CEO John Schnatter, for example, ominously warned that, once Obamacare is enacted, customers may have to pay up to 14 cents more for a pizza. . . .

I'm sorry, that doesn't quite capture things:


There, that's better.

Anyway, Schnatter has now said he will reduce workers' hours so as to avoid having to provide them with health insurance (a requirement that kicks in when employees work more than 30 hours a week).  To put it another way, Schnatter will charge you more for pizza AND force you to pay for his employees' health care when they show up at emergency rooms and/or sign up for taxpayer-sponsored insurance policies.

Mr. Schnatter, I personally have no problem paying an extra 14 cents for pizza if it means people get healthcare.  In fact, I'm willing to pay up to--oh, I don't know, an extra 28 cents!  Maybe even 43!  But guess what?  I--and I suspect many other like-minded folks--will not spend a DIME on your pizza if this is your attitude toward the public good.

By the way, to whatever audience I have: Please pass along any information about companies that are responding with similar petulance to the thought of having to, y'know, contribute to society.  Not so much to ME--rather to Facebook and any other outlets that have a wider reach.  If these folks don't like the cost of doing business, let's try to make sure they have considerably less business to do.

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