Hostess Bakers union, Newsweek editors and the liberal lemming phenomenon.
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As if all this and more isn’t cause for concern, there are the now familiar Twinkicidal instincts that are surfacing in Washington.
Obamacare being the obvious example of the moment.
The other day, the Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner focused on one unintended consequence from Obamacare just in the New York City area alone. Writing in the New York Post, Tanner told the story of one Zane Tankel, who runs forty Applebee’s in New York and environs. Right after the presidential election, Tankel announced he was calling a halt to two things: hiring more employees and building more Applebee’s restaurants.
Why? Obamacare, of course. Applebee’s just can’t afford the costs. Writes Tanner:
Under ObamaCare, employers with 50 or more full-time workers must provide health insurance for all their workers, paying at least 65% of the cost of a family policy or 85% of the cost of an individual plan. Moreover, the insurance must meet the federal government’s requirements in terms of what benefits are included, meaning that many businesses that offer insurance to their workers today will have to change to new, more expensive plans.
He goes on:
Suppose that a firm with 49 employees does not provide health benefits. Hiring one more worker will trigger the mandate. The company would now have to provide insurance coverage to all 50 workers or pay a tax penalty…. Under the circumstances, how likely is the company to hire that 50th worker? Or, if a company already has 50 workers, isn’t the company likely to lay off one employee? Or cut hours and make some employees part time, thus getting under the 50 employee cap? Indeed, a study by Mercer found that 18% of companies were likely to do exactly that. It’s worth noting that in France, another country where numerous government regulations kick in at 50 workers, there are 1,500 companies with 48 employees and 1,600 with 49 employees, but just 660 with 50 and only 500 with 51.
In other words, a lot of people are going to lose their full-time jobs, and expansion — building new Applebee’s in this case — will simply stop dead. Tanner cites the growing number of restaurant companies that are doing some version of what Applebee’s is now doing, from Papa John’s Pizza to the Olive Garden to the Red Lobster. In addition to going this route, Denny’s is adding a 5% tax to cover its costs — a tax that is quickly being tagged the “Obama Surcharge.”
So why is this happening? Why deliberately send the already unacceptably high unemployment rate even higher? Because, as all remember, in the maniacal push to pass Obamacare the consequences were damned. Liberals were warned as to the results — and they simply didn’t care.
Which is to say, Applebee’s, Denny’s, Papa John’s, the Olive Garden and Red Lobster are now victims of the Twinkicide mindset. They may be among the first — but they most certainly are not going to be the last.
Which in turn raises the greatest concern of all — the future of America itself.
What America is confronting here with the lemming-like phenomenon that is Twinkicide is a group of people who simply are obsessed with liberalism. Addicted to it in just the fashion a crack addict is addicted to crack cocaine.
Like a crack addict, they could care less about the consequences of their actions — even if it ensures their own death. Mesmerized by liberalism, they march resolutely off the nearest cliff available, mass suicide be damned.
They could be bakers or magazine editors. They could be Mainline Protestant church leaders or public school teachers. They could be California politicians — and yes, even California voters. In Washington they are the zealots behind Obamacare.
What all of these people have in common is that they will impose liberalism no matter the consequences. Even if it means they march straight off the cliff. And in the case of America, taking the rest of us with them.