ObamaCare Damage: Denny’s Franchisee Adds 5% Surcharge, Cuts Employee Hours

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One of the ObamaCare damage scenarios that we have been describing since the law passed was that employees hours would likely be cut to be under 30 hours a week, to escape going out of business.  And, just as predicted, that very scenario is unfolding at 40 Denny’s Restaurants in Florida.  The Daily Mail has more…

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.

With Obamacare due to be fully implemented in January 2014, Metz has justified his move by claiming it is ‘the only alternative. I’ve got to pass on the cost to the customer.’

A Florida restaurant owner who runs 40 franchises of the Denny’s restaurant chain has threatened to add a five percent surcharge to customers bills in an effort to combat Obamacare

The fast-food business owner is set to hold meetings at his restaurants in December where he will tell employees, ‘that because of Obamacare, we are going to be cutting front-of-the-house employees to under 30 hours, effective immediately.’

John Metz also owns Hurricane Grill & Wings which has 48 franchises around the country and falls under the umbrella of his firm RREMC Restaurants

‘I think it’s a terrible thing. It’s ridiculous that the maximum hours we can give people is 28 hours a week instead of 40,’ said Metz to the Huffington Post.

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‘It’s going to force my employees to go out and get a second job.’

Obamacare requires businesses or franchises with more than 50 workers must offer an approved insurance plan or pay a penalty of $2,000 for each full-time worker over 30 workers.

The program mandates that only employees working more than 30 hours a week are covered under their employers health insurance plan, chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are already considering reduced worker hours.

‘Obviously, I’d love to cover all our employees under that insurance,’ said Metz.

‘But to pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant and unfortunately, most of our restaurants don’t make $175,000 a year. I can’t afford it.’

Note that if he paid the tax, many of his restaurants would have to close.  ObamaCare would cost them more money than they make.  Since the MSM will not report this, the blogosphere will.

And, for you Obama voters, who voted for this to happen, elections have consequences!

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List of Ways Government Can Now Control You After Obamatax Decisions

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The real tragedy of the recent decision on Obamatax is not that it was upheld on the grounds that the government has the right to regulate commercial activity and thus can make people engage in commercial activity (a line of reasoning that I disagreed with but would see how the backwards folk out there would come to), but that it was upheld because the anything that might be considered a tax is always legal (or some such grounds- like clear thinking really matters any more in this political world). The door has been opened- to both Republicans and Democrats and Fascists and Socialists and Libertarians- for the government to now require you to buy any product or you pay a penalty and then the Supreme Court will find this legal by changing it into a tax.

HotAir has a good list of some of the actions that now are legal for our government to perform:

…The list is literally endless, because of the endless number of things ideologues can come up with. But these are some of the top tunes.

  1. Congress can force you to buy an electric car.
  2. Congress can force you to buy solar panels.
  3. Congress can force you to buy and install a remote-control thermostat for your home.
  4. Congress can force you to buy internet service.
  5. Congress can force you to buy particular kinds of food.
  6. Congress can force you to buy contraceptives for yourself.
  7. Congress can force you to buy biofuels, even if you don’t have any use for them.
  8. Congress can force you to donate to political causes and “charities.”
  9. Congress can force you to pay union dues.
  10. Congress can force you to buy the New York Times.
  11. Congress can force you to buy “green travel” packages.
  12. Congress can force you to buy a 3-bedroom, 2-bath townhome with a 1-car parking spot for your electric car.
  13. Congress can force you to pay for soccer, gymnastics, and ballet lessons for your children.
  14. Congress can force you to pay for a gym membership.
  15. Congress can force you to rent a 2-bedroom apartment with no parking space.Congress can force you to borrow money.
  16. Congress can force you to pay for a state-college education for your children, regardless of where or whether they actually attend college.
  17. Congress can force you to buy a goat.
  18. Congress can force you to hire people.
  19. Congress can force you to buy mass transit passes, whether you use mass transit or not.

The list could go on and on. After all, if fining people for not buying health insurance is the same thing as a “tax,” then fining them for not spending on other things is also a tax….

The only purpose of a tax is to raise revenue for the government so that it can perform its limited functions. A tax is not a means to coerce people into engaging in business or not engaging in business, nor is a tax a vehicle by which the government can force a free man to perform an action (buy a product) that he does not which to perform. The Supreme Court’s decision is bad because it gives legitimacy to the idea that we are not free men and women any more, merely slaves to the masters who run the state, and that the masters now have the power to make us do whatever they want to do.

The Obamatax decision killed liberty.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

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Longshore Union Fined $250,000 by Judge for Sabotage, Longshoremen Promising More of the Same

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It would seem that a recent trend in union thug activities is to disregard court orders.  Several weeks ago, we covered that a local teacher’s union was blatantly defying a court order by refusing to return to work.  Now, we revisit the longshoreman in the Port of Longview.  Due to their acts of vandalism and sabotage, they have been fined by a judge-to the tune of a quarter or a million dollars…

The bad news, of course: It’ll come out of rank-and-file workers’ dues while fat cat Big Labor thugs back in Washington sit clean and pretty in their Taj Mahal headquarters.

KOMO News/AP reports (h/t Steve G.):

A federal judge has fined a Longshore union $250,000 for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton said Friday he needed to take action in an effort to stop what he called an “awful” situation.

He has held the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in contempt for blocking a train earlier this month and a protest at a grain terminal that caused damages.

The National Labor Relations Board had asked court to fine the union more than $290,000 to cover damages and other expenses. Leighton says he rounded down to be cautious and ordered additional penalties for future violations.

This video features the response of the Longshoremen…

So, they just were fined $250,000 for being thugs, and their response is to promise more of the same?  For me, this is very consistent with their other activities.  They claim to represent “democracy,” except when it comes to people freely and secretly voting on union representation.  They have no problems going to court to get their way, yet conveniently fail to follow orders that impede their activities.  They claim to represent workers and their families, yet have seen tens of thousands of their members put out of work by either their activities, or the policies of the politicians that they support.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t feel very comfortable if I had been forced to join a union.

H/T: Michelle Malkin, Victoria Taft

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