Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kroger going Galt? Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster restaurants join in by cutting employee work hours due to ObamaCare

Excerpted, column by Howard Rich, Investor's Business Daily, "ObamaCare Mandate To Cut Worker Hours, Leaving The Poor Worse Off":
Having secured another four years in the White House, Obama can now block any effort to overturn his socialized medicine law — although states can (thankfully) still stop much of its new spending if they reject ObamaCare's "exchanges" and refuse its Medicaid enrollment expansions. For the sake of our future deficits, let's hope they do so en masse.

One provision of ObamaCare that can no longer be stopped, however, is its "employer mandate." While nowhere near as infamous as the "individual mandate" compelling citizen participation in the health insurance market, ObamaCare's requirement that companies provide coverage to all employees working more than 30 hours a week will be a job killer nonetheless.

Not only will this mandate prevent job growth among small businesses, it will also result in fewer hours and less income for workers at larger companies. These are people struggling to make ends meet on limited income — people who cannot afford to lose these hours.

Last month Darden Restaurants — which employs 185,000 people at nearly 2,000 Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster restaurants — revealed that it was scaling back many of its employees' workweeks to 28 hours. Ordinarily such a move would result in high turnover and an influx of less-competent employees — but not in Obama's economy.

This month Kroger — the grocer that employs 350,000 people — announced that existing part-time workers and new hires would be limited to working 28 hours per week. "Kroger is doing this to avoid paying for full-time health care for employees who currently only receive part-time benefits," one employee explains. "And (so) they will not get hit with the $3,000 penalty."
Read the full editorial at the link above.

20 comments:

Gary said...

The GOP has total powere here. The House simply does not vote to fund Obamacare.

Eric Dondero said...

Gary, we lost seats in the House. If we had gained seats might be a different story.

jgeleff said...

I know this is horrible of me to think this way, but with every one of these hour reduction and layoff notices, I smile. I guess it comes from the fact that I love to be right.

KN@PPSTER said...

"we lost seats in the House. If we had gained seats might be a different story."

The GOP still has a majority in the US House of Representatives.

Every dime that the US government SPENDS has to be approved by that Republican majority.

Every dime that the US government BORROWS has to first be approved by that Republican majority.

The Democratic majority in the US Senate can block things that the Republican-controlled House proposes.

The Democratic president can veto things that make it through both the Republican House and the Democratic Senate.

But neither the Senate nor the President can make the Republican House do fuck-all.

The Republican Party has total control of -- and therefore total responsibility for -- every red cent of taxation, spending and debt.

Eric Dondero said...

Yes, Tom, the GOP has a majority but has no mandate. We lost seats in the House. If we had picked up a few, even a couple, then we could claim a mandate. But we didn't.

I say let Obama reign his terror on the American populace and on the economy. Give him everything he wants.

Republicans in the House should just vote "Present."

He'll own it.

Eric Dondero said...

Jerry, you were right.

Now take the wife to Red Lobster today and celebrate. Make sure you tell the manager you support Red Lobster's effort to downsize due to Obama.

absinthium said...

Hopefully this election gets Americans to take a closer look at their caloric intake. The healthcare debate would go away if Americans stopped feasting on 5000 calorie meals at these establishments, anyhow. Let's bring back locally owned, independent establishments that actually care about their communities.

Charlie said...

The Republican Party has total control of -- and therefore total responsibility for -- every red cent of taxation, spending and debt - Tom

Shhhhhh Tom! The GOP doesn't want anyone to know this. How else can they avoid the most blame when Obamacare stands and taxes are raised :-)

I remember a movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger's character warned someone about teaching the constitution to the street punks LOL!

Ran / SVP said...

Not so fast, Tom. In theory, you're right.

In practice, the money and the taxes to fund OC was in the Bill... hardly kosher, but that's the way the Senate did it. (Such Bills are supposed to originate in the House.)

On the other hand, the Repubes have an opportunity to stand ground and actively pull the funding via diversion.

And if House Repubes won't do their duty... OC may be snookered at the State level *and* by a suit to the Supremes on the tax origination issue.

Chuck said...

"The Republican Party has total control of -- and therefore total responsibility for -- every red cent of taxation, spending and debt."

The level of ignorance required to write that is depressing to contemplate. Republicans control one half of one third of the Federal Government. To pretend they're in the drivers seat is beyond stupid.

Will said...

"Hopefully this election gets Americans to take a closer look at their caloric intake. The healthcare debate would go away if Americans stopped feasting on 5000 calorie meals at these establishments, anyhow. Let's bring back locally owned, independent establishments that actually care about their communities."

First of all, it none of your god damn business, nor the business of the federal government whether Americans eat 5,000 calories, 40,000 calories, or zero calories! Now go play in your Potemkin garden with the first hag!

Chuck said...

Amen.

KN@PPSTER said...

"Republicans control one half of one third of the Federal Government. To pretend they're in the drivers seat is beyond stupid."

The driver of a Lincoln Continental occupies one third of one half of the car's passenger space. To pretend he isn't in the driver's seat is beyond stupid.

If the House doesn't appropriate or borrow money, the president doesn't get to spend it. Period.

If the House DOES appropriate or borrow money, the House is responsible for having done so.

And Republicans control the House. They aren't powerful enough to do just anything they want, but Obama can do nothing whatsoever without their cooperation and permission.

That's a fact. It will remain a fact no matter how much you want to deny that the Republican Party is ever responsible for anything it does.

Chuck said...

I understand your contempt for this country and everyone in it, but to expect the Republican party to do some sort of hunger strike by proxy to prove a point is beyond stupid.

People like you think this is some fucking video game. It isn't.

KN@PPSTER said...

You're right. It's not a video game.

As a matter of fact, that was exactly my point.

I don't "expect" the Republican Party to do anything.

I'm simply pointing out that the Republican Party is in fact responsible for what it does or does not do.

If the Republican House wants the budget balanced, it has the power to pass a balanced budget -- and make the Democratic Senate pass or refuse to pass it, and make the Democratic president sign or veto it.

If the Republican House doesn't pass a balanced budget, that's on them and nobody else.

Chuck said...

"If the Republican House wants the budget balanced, it has the power to pass a balanced budget"

Just as it has the power to outlaw gravity forever and ever.

So let it be written. So let it be done.

Uggh.

Eric Dondero said...

Tom, and what if polls start to show that Americans really do want moocherism, they want all these government hand-outs. And what if they begin to show that the Republicans because of their steadfastness against tax increases, start to lose support, so much so that they're in danger of losing the House?

Did you ever stop to think that the country has changes so much under Obama, that we've moved so much towards the authoritarian socialist side, that there's no turning back, no matter what the few remaining Republicans do?

Eric Dondero said...

And that if the Repubs try to do something to oppose "Almighty" Obama, they're gonna make it even worse on themselves. Maybe Boehner understands this.

Maybe the best course now for the GOP is to step aside, and let Obama get everything he wants? Let it all go to hell.

Eric Dondero said...

That way the liberal media can't beat up on them and call them obstructionists and the inevitable "racist" charge.

KN@PPSTER said...

"Tom, and what if polls start to show that Americans really do want moocherism, they want all these government hand-outs."

The polls already show that, and have shown it for decades.

And both parties cater their asses off to that desire.

I don't expect the GOP to start walking the walk it talks. It never has.

I'm just pointing out that it could walk that walk if it wanted to, and that it not doing so is evidence that it doesn't want to.