Have it your way…have it your way.
As the useful idiots from the left begin to notice Obamacare's impact on the economy, they do the most predictable thing...they blame everyone but themselves.
We tried to tell them. You can't impose massive new health care costs on businesses without negatively impacting employment status and wage levels. But you knew they would never listen. You knew they would pass ObamaCare anyway, because they think businesses have gigantic piles of money sitting around in secret rooms somewhere, and the only reason they don't provide employees with gold-plated benefit packages - free of charge - is that they are heartless, greedy bastards who want all their workers to get sick, suffer and die.
So they went ahead and passed it. And now that everything we tried to warn them of is happening, you don't think they're going to just admit they were wrong do you? No way. We're already seeing how the left intends to deal with the news of massive cuts in jobs and employee hours, especially in the food service industry. They're going to attack the companies making the moves as greedy, unpatriotic cretins who are using ObamaCare as an excuse to enrich themselves at the expense of workers and customers.
Already a movement is starting to organize a boycott of Applebee's, Olive Garden and quite a few other well known chains because they are believed to be cutting employee hours - a move that allows them to avoid the requirement of paying for benefits under ObamaCare. And today the left is apoplectic over the plans of Florida-based Denny franchisee John Metz to impose an "ObamaCare surcharge" of 5 percent on meals.
I suppose most Obama voters don't know much more about business than Obama himself knows (which is pretty much nothing), so maybe they really didn't understand that this was inevitable. Maybe they really didn't understand that businesses can't just willingly hand over a portion of their profit margins without making some sort of move to mitigate the loss.
Leftist morons with tons of time on their hands (that's what you have when you have no job, no money, and you're living back in your old room at your parent's house), Internet access (paid for by Mom and Dad) and a PhD in Queer Musicology from the Herb Alpert School of Music in UCLA (go ahead...fact check me), are raging against the easily foreseeable (and predicted) consequences of Obamacare on low-margin businesses like the food service industry, in the most predictable manner imaginable...they want to hurt it some more. The clueless fools fail to comprehend that by boycotting those chains that are being forced to take action in order to deal with the higher costs imposed by Obamacare on their business, they may very well cause even further cuts in employee working hours, and maybe even layoffs.
Sort of a bit of circular logic from our friends on the left, but hey...they're big picture types!
Here's an interesting tidbit of information.
Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster (targeted in the ad above) are all part of Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, "the world’s largest full-service restaurant company", who (through subsidiaries) employs 185,000 people in their 2,000 restaurants. Darden Restaurants was among the first to announce that they were considering cutting back employee hours in order to counter Obamacare's cost increases.
Darden's CEO, Clarence Otis Jr, penned an OpEd for CNN.com last year calling for roll backs on excessive government regulations that in his opinions were hurting business.
Orlando (CNN) -- "Businesses adding jobs" is a headline every elected official loves to read. Sadly, it's one that's getting harder and harder to find because of a policy and regulatory landscape that makes it increasingly difficult for businesses to see why and where creating new jobs makes sense.
That's especially true for me and my colleagues in the restaurant industry, who find ourselves facing a plate piled high with more and more federal, state and local regulations.
Regulatory mandates flowing from federal health care reform may be the most visible, but the list also includes measures such as new mandatory paid leave provisions that require us to change the way we accommodate employees who need to take time off when they are ill and ever more unrealistic requirements regarding employee meal and rest breaks that, in California for example, force our employees to take breaks in the middle of serving lunch or dinner.
This reality is the result of the best intentions. Policymakers working in silos at every level are pushing through regulations that on their face seem to address admirable goals -- that are each directed at outcomes that seem desirable.
The cumulative effect of these regulations, however, is significant damage to the hard-working Americans who are the intended beneficiaries.
The employer mandate contained in the new health care reform law, for example, forces us to change the way we have offered health care coverage to our full- and part-time workers and, together with all the other looming regulations, causes us to rethink the way we schedule the hourly work force that is at the heart of how we deliver our product to customers.
Some suggest we accommodate the costs of new regulations in one of two ways: Accept lower profits, or charge customers more. Neither is a realistic alternative for many businesses, and certainly not for those in our industry. Like most in retail, low profit margins are a fact of life for us for good reason -- low margins are consistent with charging prices our customers can afford.
The difficult reality is that neither our shareholders nor our customers -- who are of course, the very working people policymakers champion -- can afford the cost of the unbridled increase in regulation we're experiencing.
You nailed it!
In plain and simple English you clearly explained the kinds of changes that would come about in the restaurant industry as a result of the implementation of Obamacare, and you did it last year. You explained why the industry would have to make those changes and how Obamacare would hurt job growth...and no one listened to you!
No one listened to the warning issued by the CEO of the world's largest restaurant chain.
Certainly Barack Obama didn't listen to Clarence Otis, Jr...and not because of he lacked the opportunity to do so.
And that's not the interesting tidbit of information that I mentioned earlier.
- Otis, Clarence WINDERMERE, FL 34786 Darden Restaurants Inc./CEO $480 12/31/2008 P DARDEN RESTAURANTS INC. EMPLOYEES GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND
- Otis, Clarence WINDERMERE, FL 34786 Darden Restaurants, Inc/CEO $2,500 10/13/2008 P DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF FLORIDA - Democrat
- Otis, Clarence WINDERMERE, FL 34786 Darden Restaurants, Inc./CEO $2,300 09/09/2008 G OBAMA FOR AMERICA - Democrat
- Otis, Clarence WINDERMERE, FL 34786 $500 08/23/2008 P WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ FOR CONGRESS - Democrat
- Otis, Clarence WINDERMERE, FL 34786 Darden Restaurants Inc./CEO $28,500 08/12/2008 P OBAMA VICTORY FUND - Democrat
- Otis, Clarence WINDERMERE, FL 34786 Darden Restaurants Inc./CEO $480 06/30/2008 P DARDEN RESTAURANTS INC. EMPLOYEES GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND
- Otis, Clarence WINDERMERE, FL 34786 Darden Restaurants Inc./CEO $2,300 02/16/2008 P OBAMA FOR AMERICA - Democrat
Mr. Otis...you own whatever happens to Darden Restaurants as a result of policies set in place by this administration.
You wanted it your way?
Now you're going to have it, and get it, your way.
And thanks a whole lot.