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Monday, November 26, 2012

Papa John's Pizza goes COMMIE!

A couple of weeks ago, Papa John's Pizza CEO John Schnatter made headlines when he said that he would have to cut back hours and/or raise prices on his products in order to pay for Obamacare. The price rise threat never made much sense: New health care regulations will cost the company (says Schnatter) between five and eight million bucks per year, which he can cover with a price rise of four cents per pie. Besides, I was always under the impression that, under capitalism, prices are determined by competition.

Well, I've been doing some research. Turns out that Papa Johns operates in a place called Canada, where Big Obtrusive Nanny State Gummint offers -- get this -- full, socialized health coverage. And yet the restaurants seem to be doing well!

So why did Schnatter bewail Obamacare so vociferously while marching in step along with those filthy northern Reds? Doesn't make sense. Unless...

Of course! This is all a scheme to lull us into complacency. Comrade Schnatter must be a "deep cover" Red agent directed to create a false opposition to Obama's Marxism. It's a classic pattern -- the kind of propaganda conspiracy that the John Birch Society frequently warned us about. Something something Hegelian dialectics something something.

Now that we've exposed Schnatter, I think we can point to another deep cover Marxist agent: John Metz, who operates 40 Denny's restaurants in Florida. He told the media that he was going to add a five percent "Obamacare" surcharge to the bill. Are you wondering how a price rise of a few cents could turn into a five percent surcharge? Well, y'see, that was all part of Comrade Metz' scheme to fool the public into believing that Denny's favors capitalism.

Turns out that Dennys is also open for business in Red Canada, the hellish wasteland where the Bolshevik hordes crucified John Galt. The company seems able to run restaurants (now serving "Frodo's Pot Roast Skillet") despite the menace of socialized medicine. 

Last year, we took a look at certain comments made by Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, who intimated that Obamacare would make his business impossible to continue. He also said that Obama had increased onerous rules and regulations on business. (Not true; regulatory increase was a Bush phenomena.) At the time, I wrote...
By the way: There are Home Depots in Canada! Plenty of 'em!

Those stores remain open for business even though those despicable job-killing gummint regulations are even more severe north of the border. (And yes, employers there do like to bitch about that situation.) Those unlucky Canucks agonize under the burdens of a socialized health care regime, which businesses large and small must help to fund.

And yet -- how can this be? -- Home Depot Canada is doing fine!

In Canada, the minimum wage is higher -- between $8.75 and $11.00 an hour (figured in "international dollars"). The government also imposes stricter environmental standards.

So, Bernie Marcus -- may I call you Mr. Brain-Dead? -- I have some further questions.

If you hate government regulations, I'd like to know just when you plan to close down all Home Depots in Canada. Also, can you explain why Canada, with its larger number of regulations, is much closer to full employment than we are right now?
I was confused by such things then. Now, at least part of the answer has made itself manifest. Bernie Marcus, John Metz and John Schnatter must be secret commie agents. Their job: Make capitalism look bad by saying incredibly stupid things and issuing lots of empty threats.
The Insurance Company Bailout Act and the Canadian healthcare system aren't directly comparable, Joseph. For one thing, the Canadian plan actually is a healthcare plan, as opposed to a legal requirement to buy an overpriced substandard product from an unscrupulous but politically powerful private entity. For another, the Canadian plan isn't tied to employment and doesn't impose either a premium or a regulatory burden on employers.

I don't see any inconsistency between cheerfully doing business in Canada and balking at being blackmailed by the US health insurance cartel.
Teehee I was wondering when more people would clue in to the hypocrisy of these hypocrits. Dominos also has a vast network in Canada, as does WalMart. Mind you, they all pay minimum wage and are driving out Canadian companies so perhaps there is a conspiracy to cripple the Canadian retail industry so in future they can drive wages down and annihilate health care here. Machivalean yes, but I wouldn't put it past these captains of industry to try it.

There may be a difference. Correct me if I am wrong, but if Canada has less illegal immigration as percentage of the total population, then their health care system can probably handle health care coverage for all better than the USA can.

Plus, Obama Care becomes a magnet for more illegal immigration. I am willing to keep an open mind, I even made suggestions when I was part of a customer survey study about Obama Care.

I suggested offering very small co payment options for people who want to be seen near their home. My assumption was that the free part for those who don't make enough money will require one location fits all for a large population radius.

I also suggested some type of dental cleaning coverage as dentists no longer can afford to care about teeth cleaning, but removing and replacing teeth instead.

When America went bust and took the car companies with it, an acquaintance of mine lost his job of 26 years in a wheel manufacturing plant in Canada. He was bemoaning the loss of his insurance coverage. When I asked about national health care it explained that he was still covered but lost his employer provided vision and dental benefits. If he gets sick he won't be losing his home. If Obama, Pelosi, and Reid weren't in Big Insurance's pocket we could have the similar. Basic coverage provided by payroll deduction and self or employer provided extras.
Papa John's and Domino's also operate in the UK, where there's still socialised healthcare. Provision in the UK can be criticised, of course, but this isn't relevant to a comparison with the US. The position is far better here than in the US.

It's considered OK now in the UK to criticise banks - but only as long as you focus on bonuses, or if you want to be higher up the opinion chain, on a supposed division between 'retail' banking and 'casino' banking. It probably didn't take their PR people very long to come up with that crap.

But Big Insurance - just as crooked a thieving sector as moneylending, with which it's often closely associated - ain't getting any flak at all. Except when I'm around!

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