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Friday, November 16, 2012

Machiavelli Would Be Proud...

Nope, we *sure* didn't intend *these* consequences...

Denny's to charge 5% 'Obamacare surcharge' and cut employee hours to deal with cost of legislation
President Obama's election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power - but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring.
Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny's and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers' bills and will reduce his employees' hours.
Now, here's the thing. It's tempting to laugh this up; Obama's policies are hurting the very people that he claims to want to help. I think he's more devious than that. I think he fully intended to cause something very much like this - think of it as a chess game. He's sacrificing a knight here - he gets blamed for the increase, so it's a net loss in the immediate term. But look down the road - prices go up, meaning more taxes coming in. Not only that, but now you've got a bunch of part-time employees who are making less money because of the cut in hours - Why, just you watch, they'll be calling for a raise in the minimum wage before you know it!

I think this was a very carefully, heavily choreographed move by Obama and his Chicago thugs. Push the healthcare bill on us; watch businesses struggle to deal with it - some taking overt measures like this - and then swoop in with, yes, you guessed it, more government regulations designed to further strangle private enterprise under the guise of fairness. You see, it's not fair that restaurants can just cut employees hours, right? It's not fair that they can't earn a living working 28 hours a week waiting tables. It's not fair that these massive big business restaurant chains think they can recoup their expenses by raising prices!

Mark my words - within six months of the official start of ObamaCare there will be pushes to up the minimum wage and/or force businesses to have a certain number of full time employees.

That is all.

14 comments:

Bubblehead Les. said...

"....to have a certain number of full-time employees."

Unionized, of course.

wolfwalker said...

I think this was a very carefully, heavily choreographed move by Obama and his Chicago thugs.

Heinlein's Razor: Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity (but don't rule out malice, either).

I think that Barry Lackwit and his Chicago thugs thought they'd found a) a way to sell "health care reform" as a "moderate" and "market-based" solution, thus making it harder for Republicans to oppose it, and b) a system which they knew would fail, giving them a stepping-stone to what they really wanted: a single-payer system with doctors as slaves of the Fed. I don't think their thought went much beyond that.

Jay G said...

Barry, I agree. Others in his cabal, though - like Rahm Emmanuel, for instance - are certainly looking to the future.

I'm sure someone realized that "universal health care" was the perfect combination of lever and big stick - it's easy to get people behind the concept of "you have a right to health care", yet very few think about how it's implemented.

Sure, they might have only been thinking so far as tax increases and such, but I guarantee you someone was looking beyond mere universal health care...

The Coffee Bastard said...

I don't quite understand this. John Metz is going to make his employees part time to escape the provisions of the AHA and in addition charge his customers an extra 5%, for what?
He may now discover that his customers will vote with their feet.

Jay G said...

Dennys will still employee full time employees - the article distinguished between "front room" employees (servers) and what I would assume to be "back room" (cooks). All those cooks will need increased health care benefits which will cost the restaurant money.

Dennys isn't the only place doing this, nor do I expect this to be the last...

Firehand said...

I already know people who insist things like this have 'nothing to do with Obamacare, it's all greed!', etc., and are hinting 'There needs to be a law!'

Effing morons. Most of them are people I used to think were smart

Chris said...

"But look down the road - prices go up, meaning more taxes coming in."

The problem with that idea is that historically, raising taxes means that people spend less overall. A 5% tax increase does not translate into 5% more money to the government, it translates into well less than 5%.

Chasing Freedom said...

I've had the same thought as Firehand; people aren't blaming Obama - they're blaming the "greedy business owners." Look at the demonizing of Papa Johns & the anonymous business owner in Las Vegas who have both made similar public announcements regarding the effects of ObamaCare on their personnel decisions. I do expect an outcry for labor unions to protect those working in 'low-income' jobs and / or more employment regulations.

Cargosquid said...

They stated that ObamaCare is only the first step towards single payer health care. This fiasco is exactly what they want.

Ian Argent said...

Hostess just provided a graphic example of what happens if you push that noodle too hard.

Ian Argent said...

Wonder if the lesson will take?

Geodkyt said...

Well, on a White House organized website, there is a petition to DEMAND that the president NATIONALIZE Hostess.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nationalize-twinkie-industry/cJz0ngJR

No shit. God, I hope it is a joke. . . luckily it seems to have pure tongue in cheek.

After all, America's Twinkie asses are "too big to fail".

Also, AFL-CIO is officially blaming Mitt Romney and "crony capitalism" for the Hostess shutdown.

Geodkyt said...

Oh, and water is wet. {snicker}

TOTWTYTR said...

Actually, I think you've missed the point. All of those now part time employees without health insurance will be forced to go on Medicaid. The idea is to put the private insurance companies out of business by making it too expensive to have health insurance.

Then, everyone, except for some unionized employees (for now) will be on Medicaid or Medicaid.

Once that's done, rationing of health care can begin.

Everyone laughed at Sarah Palin when she talked about "death panels" deciding who gets treatment and who dies.

We'll see how much those people are laughing about five years from now.