Presidential Thread locked, and as Certis asked, time to fray the crazy off into crazy baby threads. Starting at about here on the bit about employee benefits, jobs, health insurance costs, and all that good time.
Bloo Driver wrote:
It shouldn't be surprising, perhaps, but that doesn't mean he could NOT have just said, "This hurts my profits, but our company is built on family and small business values, and I am happy to be part of helping my employees have coverage. Now, buy some of my feel-good, wonderfully morally superior pizza!"
I'm not sure you have enough information to definitively declare that a viable option.
No, but I suppose we don't have enough information to discount it, as it's been shown several times already the proposed cost increase mentioned by John Schnatter is, in fact, bunk. And it's not like I'm suggesting something companies haven't done and seen good returns on several times over. The option itself may not be as simple as I state, but the point was not that I need to teach the guy about business, just illustrate that there were in fact other potential options.
I think the maddening thing about this is that, as someone pointed out in the previous thread, if it was just labeled as a business decision like laying off workers who had been replaced by online systems, this would be a lamentable but run-of-the-mill thing. Instead, Schnatter is trying to pin this on Obama as if his hands were tied to do anything else, even though many companies give their employees benefits on a part time basis and seem to do well. It kills me because it's the same manner of mindset that got us to the bailouts - "I'm the CEO and thus have to make the tough/smart decisions, and thus am worth my salary... except when things go to crap and I can't do anything about it at all and it doesn't matter if I'm at the helm or not because I have only one/no choice. Please give me money."