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In this case, the consequences hurt the very people the Democrats purport to care about: middle class workers who, in the midst of the most-anemic recovery in modern U.S. history, now find more and more employers are either cutting their jobs or refusing to hire, or they’re facing higher prices in their day-to-day lives – all because of a raft of horrendous social-welfare policies.
Welch Allyn and Papa John’s are quintessential examples of the trend.
Welch Allyn, the New York-based maker of medical diagnostic equipment, is laying off 275 workers – a not-so-insignificant 10% of the workforce – because of the medical-device tax inside ObamaCare that will raise the company’s cost of doing business. Papa John’s, meanwhile, is reducing employee hours to less than 30, the government-established full-time threshold at which the company would be forced to provide pricey and government-approved healthcare benefits. In addition, Papa John’s is raising the price of its pizzas.
An owner of multiple Denny’s restaurants in Florida will soon impose an ObamaCare surcharge – itemized as such on the receipt – for all meals and immediately cut hours to less than 30 for his employees. Otherwise, he says, the individual restaurants would not be able to cover the costs of providing the mandatory health insurance.Choices by voters … and the consequences of their actions.
Some will argue that these business leaders are reactionary. That they are voicing a political protest rather than making a business decision based on economic facts. Maybe they are. Maybe not.
Either way, the point is the same.
Whether their decisions are political or financial, they are reacting to a realization that America – or, rather, the America that once existed – is under siege. You cannot successfully run any country for very long by imposing on society social-welfare programs that undermine job-creators, while coddling certain classes of people.
Politicians, particularly Democrats, think businesses exist not to generate profits for those who built that business but, rather, to generate taxes for Washington to redistribute as part of its vote-buying endeavors.
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