Terry Lee is the owner of Cedar City, Utah based forensics company. He joins many other small business employers who are laying off employees to meet the increased labor cost associated with Obamacare. Determining which employees to let go is no easy task for a small business. They are not an invisible face on a spread sheet. They know their employees personally. There is a growing trend in determining who will be let go. Fire Obama supporters. They voted for him and the change he promised to bring. Who should feel the change more than those who asked for it philosophy seems to be growing momentum.
Lee was inspired by another Utah business owner, George Burnett, who runs a smoothie and juice bar. Burnett's policy is to ask liberal customers to pay one dollar more for their drink to cover Obamacare cost. Lee is no supporter of the Obama Administration. He saw the story of Burnett's one dollar policy in the Salt Lake Tribune. So impressed with Burnett's policy, Lee let the following comment:
"Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare costs and increased taxes. Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the White House, they reap the benefits."
U.S. employees are protected from firing based on race, color, religion, gender or national origin. Only five states California, New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Mississippi include political affiliation in that list. So in the other 45 states, you can be fired for any reason including supporting Obama. Lee states an employee's political leanings are a factor when hiring and firing.
Papa John's CEO John Schnatter warned Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act had a bigger price tag then the public bargained for. Every business will have an increase in cost from suppliers and manufacturers looking to recoup their cost. The incurred cost will be transferred to the consumer, client and customer on every product and service sold. The public will not support raising cost so to stay competitive businesses are cutting employees. Is this sound economics? At this point, sound economics seems to be taking second seat to a political statement. A CEO in Las Vegas fired 22 of his 114 employees singling out Obama supporters as a direct result of the reelection. "Elections have consequences," the CEO said.
Lee's use of "Obongocare" conjures a feel of racism and thereby minimizing any creditability he might have offered. According to Lee his business had slowed. His accountant told him he needed to cut cost to meet increased taxes and operating cost associated with the Affordable Healthcare Act. His foresenic business employs nine after the two part timers he just fired. That puts him well under the minimal 50 employee mandate. Lee deferred all questions concerning his increased cost to his accountant who could not be reached. Lee defends the firings in a statement to the Tribune. "They were Obama supporters. We just knew they were," Lee said. "I implied that sort of tongue and cheek [in the comments section] but there were other issues, too. They were not top performers."
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