Skip to comments.Former Obama donor declares regulations are killing jobs
Posted on 12/08/2011 9:23:55 AM PST by Hojczyk
Earlier this year, former Obama donor and CEO of Darden Restaurants, Clarence Otis Jr.met with the president to talk about putting Americans back to work. (Its the parent company of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse, so they have created a job or two in their time.) One has to wonder how well he thought that meeting went, given the recent editorial he penned for CNN
Businesses adding jobs is a headline every elected official loves to read. Sadly, its one thats getting harder and harder to find because of a policy and regulatory landscape that makes it increasingly difficult for businesses to see why and where creating new jobs makes sense.
Thats especially true for me and my colleagues in the restaurant industry, who find ourselves facing a plate piled high with more and more federal, state and local regulations.
Regulatory mandates flowing from federal health care reform may be the most visible, but the list also includes measures such as new mandatory paid leave provisions that require us to change the way we accommodate employees who need to take time off when they are ill and ever more unrealistic requirements regarding employee meal and rest breaks that, in California for example, force our employees to take breaks in the middle of serving lunch or dinner.
Otis entire essay is worth a read, if only for the real world experience he brings to the discussion. Hes not some wild eyed partisan pulling his hair out and screaming about Democrats, but an employer who has to deal with the real world issues facing companies who have to cope with a dizzying array of new rules, costs and litigation traps which spring from regulations frequently written by people who have never operated anything more complex than a lemonade stand.
(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...
He who votes doesn't count anywhere near as much as he who counts the votes.
Sort of comical that a devotee businessman gets Stalinated by Obama and then wakes up.
Hey, the snake bit me!
It’s hard to understand why anyone who understands how a successful business is supposed to work from a taco stand on up would support Democrats. By definition, Democrats want more taxes, regulations and government control.
I would have the humblest Olive Garden manager as President over the Obamination.
He/she would be far more competent and less hateful.
letting Moochelle write your menus is what is killing all of YOUR jobs...
Perhaps the blowback from a lot of us got Mr. Darden’s attention....I can only hope so.
(Previous FR articles):
Or even the time Olive Garden management banned the American flag in the restaurant:
I know we haven't graced their front door since...
Obama is gambling that the majority of the voters are losers and that he will gain their support by attacking success.
“Obama is gambling that the majority of the voters are losers and that he will gain their support by attacking success.”
That won’t work; while he calls us “lazy” many are feeling like losers because they’d like nothing more than to have a job. Obama will not be the Dem candidate in 2012.
The Olive Garden is way over priced....
Haven’t been there in years; not a fan of Italian food, and here in northern NJ there is no shortage of places to choose from.
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