Skip to comments.Forward! To mass layoffs!
Posted on 11/08/2012 9:48:06 AM PST by Red Steel
Obamanomics grinds grimly onward, as CNBC brings word that on the day after the election, Boeing announced a major restructuring of its defense division on Wednesday that will cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels, close facilities in California, and consolidate several business units to cut costs. It was sweet of them to keep that under wraps until after the election, wasnt it?
And thats not even the dreaded sequestration layoffs, which Obama broke the law to convince defense contractors to keep under wraps until after the election. Those are yet to come. The upside to living in a banana Republic with Party-dominated media is that life is full of unexpected surprises, to use the word that has come to dominate economic news in the Obama era.
Another round of layoffs announced on Wednesday came from Hawker Beechcraft, which announced it would close facilities in Arkansas, Arizona, and Texas, resulting in 400 jobs lost, while another 170 jobs would be cut from corporate offices in Kansas and Arkansas.
Also on the day after the election, the CEO of the Papa Johns pizza restaurant chain, John Schnatter, told a small community college audience in Florida that ObamaCare would likely result in cuts to employee hours by franchise owners seeking to escape the laws mandates by eliminating full-time positions, a move he described as common sense and lose-lose.
Schnatter also predicted ObamaCare would add between $5 million and $8 million to his business costs (which is fine, because hes an evil rich guy who supported Mitt Romney for president, and we all know that truly patriotic job creators happily pay for increased business costs out of their own pockets) and that it would add 10 to 14 cents to the cost of his pizzas, which is a bummer, but under Obamanomics theory is totally unrelated to the process of extracting that fair share from idle plutocrats. Then he headed off to help out with a telethon for Hurricane Sandy victims and write the Red Cross a million-dollar check, but we all know that private charity is irrelevant, as only Big Government can save us from big storms.
The Huffington Post relays the thoughts of Fox Business Network corresponded Charlie Gasparino, who says Wall Street executives are in mourning after Obamas re-election, because they know that Wall Street is going to lay off a lot more people. About 10,000 of them by the end of the year, in fact, if the New York state comptrollers estimate is accurate. Its not a big deal though, because those people are evil. Everyone knows that investment capital and consumer loans should be redistributed by selfless government agencies, not greedy bankers.
According to Gasparino, things could look up if Republicans and Democrats happen to reach a long-term budget deal similar to Simpson-Bowles, which could mean the market is going to go through the roof to Dow 20,000, easy. But he knows perfectly well thats not going to happen. Well more likely get the usual: big tax increases right now, combined with vague promises of largely symbolic spending cuts at some indeterminate point in the future.
Once the sequestration cuts and financial industry devastation are done, the real action to watch in the job market next year will be the transition of full-time workers to part-time. Thats a very attractive option for escaping from ObamaCare and reducing payroll costs, without producing headline-grabbing mass layoffs (executives dont like giving the impression their companies are terminally ill) or depriving operations of needed labor altogether. As a New York Times article noted in October, its increasingly easy for service companies (which accounted for the bulk of job creation in the last pre-election employment report) to do, using sophisticated software that tracks the flow of customers, allowing managers to assign just enough employees to handle the anticipated demand. Its a trend thats been developing for a long time, but there are now powerful incentives accelerating it.
The result has been a bane to many workers, pushing many into poverty and forcing some onto food stamps and Medicaid. And with work schedules that change week to week, workers can find it hard to arrange child care, attend college or hold a second job. Fortunately, there are lots of food stamps to give away here in the New Normal, and its likely that pleas for more extensive government-provided child care to assist Americas part-time workforce would not fall upon deaf ears.
Update: An anonymous business owner in Las Vegas told talk-radio host Kevin Wall he fired 22 of his 114 employees on the day after President Obamas re-election because elections have consequences and at the end of the day, I need to survive. He said this was necessary to make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes and the additional health care Im gonna have to do.
Well unfortunately, and most of my employees are Hispanic Im not gonna go into what kind of company I have, but I have mostly Hispanic employees well unfortunately we know what happened and I cant wait around anymore, I have to be proactive, the businessman continued. I had to lay off 22 people today to make sure that my business is gonna thrive and Im gonna be around for years to come. I have to build up that nest egg now for the taxes and regulations that are coming my way. Elections do have consequences, but so do choices. A choice you make every day has consequences and you know what, Ive always put my employees first, but unfortunately today I have to put me and my family first, and you watch whats gonna happen. Im just one guy with 114 employees well was 114 employees watch what happens in the next six months. The Dow alone lost 314 points today. Theres a tsunami coming and if you didnt think this election had consequences, just wait.
The entire conversation can be heard by clicking this link.
Updated: FreedomWorks has an extensive list of even more post-election layoffs resulting directly from Obama policies. Among the bigger names: Welch-Allyn, Dana Holding Corporation, Stryker, Boston Scientific, and Medtronic. The confirmed post-election jobs death toll from this list stands at 5,263 jobs, but much more are on the way, including a 5 percent cut in the huge Stryker workforce, a probably comparable reduction of Danas even larger staff, and talk of jobs being sent to China. The transition to part-time labor I mentioned above is also discussed.
Bet you never thought that sticking it to the rich would cost you so much eh?
Now go pay your taxes - your government is broke. :)
“Miss me yet?”
ain't that the truth...unfortunately
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More Layoffs May Be In Store for Alcatel-Lucent
November 6, 2012
Boeing Telegraphs Layoffs in Defense, Space & Security Unit
November 7, 2012
Umatilla Chemical Depot plans layoffs this month, in 2013
November 6, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft to close plants in Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, cut more jobs
November 07, 2012
yeah, I do...
But.. but.. but...
He’s the first black “president”... and he’s so cool.. and..hey! What’s that slip and why’s it pink!
This is more a passive, subconscious form, but going Galt, nonetheless
And now there is no way to stop the total destruction of America. All middle class citizens will be reduced to poverty and the current poverty citizens will always be on welfare and living better than the former middle class. King Obama has reduced America to a banana republic as promised he would. Get used to it.
Ya know, Barack promised that Uncle Sam would cover their costs if they didn’t follow the WARN act.
Now that Barack is a lame duck... ya think he’ll renege, leaving them in the lurch? After all he has to prove nothing to anybody, short of not landing into something so bad that even Democrats would convict him after impeachment.
Well..I hate to say this but Obama deserves this (not patriotic citizens who do not suck money off of the hard working class) ..just prepare people because it’s going to become bad. American businesses have had it with the socialist Marxist dictator. Don’t give up/ don’t feed the beast/strangle it until we can get the power back.
We have to end America’s addiction to government handouts...
It should be a poster with a photo of der Fuehrer putting on a golf green on the left side and Mitt on the right with a caption that reads “Are you wishing for a mulligan?”.
FUBO & FAD
Boeing isn’t washing its hands of defense contracts; the contracts just aren’t THERE to support it.
And, folks... this doesn’t include the countless businesses who will cap their manpower at 49 and convert their manpower from full-time to part-time.
I think we should remind people every chance possible, as each hunk of bad news comes tumbling down from this administration, that give-a-damn matters in elections. Mitt would have won a hypothetical fair plebiscite in which voting was compulsory, not voluntary.
Then after four years they will be absolutely begging for any warm body with an “R” on it.
Well I just had some leftover Papa Johns pizza (literally 2 minutes ago) and this reminds me - I started this four years ago.....
I’m sorry for repeating this, but it is more relevant today than ever.....
Socialism works great until you run out of other people's money.