Skip to comments.Weekly job hours slashed below 30 as Obamacare kicks in
Posted on 12/12/2012 3:27:00 AM PST by Jack023
(NaturalNews) It is the ultimate example of how you reap what you sow: Huge numbers of American workers who voted for Obama are now seeing their own jobs slashed below 30 hours a week as employers desperately try to avoid "Obamacare bankruptcy."
Obamacare mandates for businesses only apply to those working 30 hours a week or more, and while many businesses do not want to cut workers' hours, they are being forced to in order to stay afloat. This necessary action is causing businesses to lose money and become less competitive while at the same time destroying American jobs.
Some businesses are also slashing job positions in an effort to get below the 50-employee threshold above which Obamacare mandates kick in. So across the country, we're not only seeing workers lose hours thanks to Obamacare; we're also seeing workers losing their jobs.
But the Obama administration will announce these results to be a huge "job creation success!" because workers must now find two part-time jobs that usually pay less than the one full-time job they used to have. The raw job numbers, however, will be spun by the White House into a victory pronouncement of "twice as many jobs exist now!"
Be careful what you vote for A note to Obama supporters: When you thought you were voting for "free health care," you were actually voting to get yourself "downsized." Your vote was an act of economic suicide. That's because no government can force a business to pay for something that will put it out of business. When government mandates become too expensive for a business to afford, it will simply stop conducting business and that means cutting jobs or job hours.
Imagine: If Obama announced a new initiative called "double pay for all workers" and made it a federal law, he would of course win another popular vote. But employers wouldn't be able to afford the double pay mandate, so they would start slashing jobs or offshoring jobs, and that's exactly what we see today. Every employer in America is right now asking himself these three questions in order to stay above water and not go bankrupt:
#1) How can we slash workers to under 30 hours a week? #2) How can we offshore jobs to India or other countries? #3) How can we cut our total number of employees to under fifty?
This is the upshot of Obamacare: the destruction of America's small businesses.
The largest businesses pay almost no tax At the same time small businesses are struggling to afford Obamacare, mega-corporations like Google are proudly announcing they're paying only 3.5% in taxes thanks to a complex array of global tax-shifting strategies with names like the "Double Irish" and "Dutch Sandwich." As Bloomberg recently reported:
Google Inc. (GOOG) avoided about $2 billion in worldwide income taxes in 2011 by shifting $9.8 billion in revenues into a Bermuda shell company, almost double the total from three years before, filings show. By legally funneling profits from overseas subsidiaries into Bermuda, which doesnt have a corporate income tax, Google cut its overall tax rate almost in half. The amount moved to Bermuda is equivalent to about 80 percent of Googles total pretax profit in 2011.
So while Google, one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, pays just 3.5% in TOTAL tax, small businesses across America find themselves paying 30%, 40%, even 50% of their earnings in total taxes, including FICA, social security, inventory tax, capital gains and now Obamacare surcharges and taxes. This is how Obamacare works: Protect the corporate giants while socking it to small and medium-sized businesses.
Obamacare is gutting America's economy and throwing a wrench into the economic machinery that keeps America working. You know why service is so slow at retailers these days? Because Obamacare forced the employer to slash workers' hours. Why do car parts take so long to order and deliver? Because Obamacare gutted the human resources of the parts manufacturers. Why is everything becoming slower, more expensive and more frustrating across the economy? Because Obamacare mandates have forced employers to downsize or lay off their most productive workers.
I ask: What good is a health insurance mandate if it destroys your job in the process of being enforced?
Obamacare supporters have little understanding of economic reality The simple truth of all this is that economics is a subject best left to those people capable of understanding mathematics, and that precludes the vast majority of voters of either political party. Mathematically speaking, Obama's so-called "mandate" isn't even a real mandate: Less than half of eligible voters actually voted in this recent election, and barely half of those voted for Obama. This means that roughly 75% of eligible voters didn't vote for Obama, yet they must suffer under his economic policies which are based in pure fantasy and delusion.
Obama has zero business experience. He has no clue how economics really works and no knowledge of how to run a successful business, much less the executive branch of government. I know what it takes to create multi-million-dollar companies because I've done it successfully and repeatedly, and I can assure you that the economic policies currently being pursued in Washington will only destroy jobs, destroy America's economy and destroy our economic future.
Democrats, it seems, believe the solution to all this is to make taxpayers pay even more money to the federal government. As we are told by the lamestream media, apparently the only reason the economy isn't celebrating a rapid expansion right now is because workers and businesses are allowed to keep too much of their own incomes. If only Washington D.C. had more of your money, they would use it more wisely, we're told, and fix all our problems. Obamacare is just the beginning: power-hungry zealots like Obama have plans for centralizing control and running everything in your life: health care, food choices, educational choices, private property, energy consumption, home gardening and anything else you might imagine.
So rather than thinking of ways to cut cancerous government out of the economy like a deadly tumor, the people who run the government can only imagine variations of ways to keep expanding it. (This is true across both Republicans and Democrats.) Government expansion necessarily requires an expansion of confiscation from businesses and workers. This action, of course, destroys international competitiveness and American jobs.
How to really create economic abundance in America It's all cause and effect, folks. If you really want to uplift America's economy, create millions of quality jobs and put the kind of money into the hands of workers that can help them afford private health insurance, you've got to slash the size of government by 80% across the board. Let businesses and workers keep 80% of what they normally send to Washington. With that kind of money in their pockets and bank accounts, workers would EASILY be able to afford health insurance. They would also spend their newly-expanded discretionary incomes on all sorts of products and services that would be a boon to the economy.
Government, you see, is the eternal enemy of economic prosperity. Government has been and always will be a parasite on the economy. Obama and his worshippers don't understand economics. They don't understand what it takes to create abundance out of hard work, dedication and honest savings and investment. It's all summed up in Obama's atrociously insulting quote, "If you have a business, you didn't built that... somebody else made that happen!"
That's a lie. Government builds nothing. It only destroys that which others have built. And Obamacare has succeeded in only one thing: the "scorched Earth" destruction of American jobs and the rapid erosion of economic prosperity.
If you voted for Obama and you're now unemployed or had your hours cut, you are getting a first-hand view of economic cause and effect. I'm not saying Romney would have been any better, because he was just another Goldman Sachs puppet. The real solution to all this is Ron Paul, who wanted to slash the size of government and send people's money back home so they could spend it the way they choose instead of having a bunch of over-fed, over-paid bureaucrats spending their money in D.C.
Instead of blaming Obama, of course, the vast majority of the recently-unemployed will blame their employer! "How dare you cut my hours!" they will scream, oblivious to the fact that their employer did NOT want to cut their hours but was forced to by a cabal of economic morons in Washington who are dismantling America's economy one piece of legislation at a time.
Putting Democrats in charge of the economy is kind of like putting kindergarteners in charge of nuclear missiles. The outcome can never be good... a lot of people are going to get hurt... and somebody else sooner or later has to clean up the mess.
In four years, things will be far worse As bad as you might think things are right now, in four more years under Obama, they will be far, far worse.
Unemployment will continue to rise. Millions more Americans will desperately turn to food stamps. Crime waves will hit cities like Detroit, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Homelessness will spread, and people who used to have one good job will find themselves working two or three part-time jobs instead, none of which offer real benefits.
Like a heroin addict who can't quit his cycle of self-destruction, the Obama administration will then insist, two or three years from now, that the problem is caused by government still not confiscating enough money from taxpayers and small businesses. The call for raising more taxes, growing more government and dictating economic policy to the nation will be parroted across the lamestream media.
In the end, the system will collapse. When that day comes, don't be anywhere near a large U.S. city. The reasons for that will be discussed in an upcoming article right here on Natural News.
That's always how it works. But the answer is simple, and it has nothing to do with going after "corporate giants". It is downsizing the federal government. Then eliminate all corporate taxes and regulations.
This and unemployed who having given up looking are why the unemployment rate has dropped in the first place.
Obama can try. See Directive 10-289.
I saw a lot of words but not much evidence to back up the claims of cutting hours.
Skeptical I am of a mass trend.
You lost me right there Mike old buddy.
Stretch Pelosi said OBAMACARE was about JOBS
She said it would create 4 million jobs
Guess she meant it would take 2 million full time jobs and turn them into 4 million part time jobs
A few years ago I would have thought this was a line lifted right out of "The Onion", now it sounds like a fact.
This type of job loss is what conservatives predicted all along. Personally, I didn't think it would kick in this fast. Then again, I didn't think 0bama would be able to fundamentally de-form America in only a single term.
yea, I was laid off 2.5 years ago rehired 6 months ago. now I work 18 hours a week no insurance and 30% pay cut thats progress and moving forward?
To paraphrase an old country song...
“Our D*E*P*P*R*E*S*S*I*O*N becomes final today...”
Guess she meant it would take 2 million full time jobs and turn them into 4 million part time jobs
Yes and the BLS and media will claim they “created” 2 million jobs. When it’s just turning 2 million full time jobs into 4 million crappy part time jobs.
Back in 1979 when I started my business “on a shoestring” and a prayer, there was no way I could provide healthcare insurance on my employees or even for myself. For years and years it was “break even” inflow-outflow money.
The business survived to thrive many years later up to today. If I tried the same thing today under Obamacare, I would instantly go under and everyone involved would be out of a job.
There are millions of small businesses that will go under starting January 2014. Large businesses may survive but will have to lay off many employees to do so.
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”
Well, folks it’s finally here........COMMUNISM!
My wife works for a small family business that had 55 employees.
Six were let go a few weeks ago to get them under 50.
Obamacare mandates for businesses only apply to those working 30 hours a week or more,....Blind? It may not have happened in every business but most restaurants have already done so as well as retail stores.
No, this is just another example how greedy employers will mistreat us over a buck. And why we need more of those like Obama and Pelosi to take care of us. (this is what they are thinking)
“Then again, I didn’t think 0bama would be able to fundamentally de-form America in only a single term.”
It is like breaking a log into firewood with an axe. If the log is fresh and green it is long hard work but if the log is old and dry and weak from lying on the ground it only takes a few blows, what takes an hour in the first case might only take five minutes in the latter.
Obama was simply breaking up a nation that had lost its strength and resilience long before we ever heard his name. Twenty years earlier and someone like him would have been laughed out of the room had he mentioned running for president. Or as Slick Willie said, not long ago he would have been fetching coffee.
I want to rub Nanny Pelosi’s Botox-stretched face in the 0bamacare disaster soon to come.
As soon as those six get three part time jobs each with six hours per week on each job then there will be more jobs than ever. What’s that little song the kids used to sing, oh, yeah, I remember now, Boom, Boom Ain’t it Great To Be Crazy.
Our favorite pizza place has also cut workers hours in half. The managers are frantically training new crews.
I know some big chains have made announcements, but actual experience indicates that employers both large and small are implementing the policy as quickly as they can.
The non-voters own this bastard and this economy - PERIOD! Anyone who did not vote actually voted for Obama, Obamacare and socialism - pure and simple.
Exactly, libertarian = liberal with no mensch.
In the minority here, but I think chains who are planning to do this are going to have it backfire on them.
Right now there are hardly enough barely sentient minimum-wage workers to staff these joints as it is. Cut the hours and you will have to double the number of employees. And frankly, in an age with so many Obama freebies floating around, I don’t know where they are going to find enough of them who are worth a darn to soak up those additional hours.
Case and point....a store up the road for me had plans to hire nearly 100 people for the Christmas season. They managed to come up with 17 worth having.
seeing their own jobs slashed below 30 hours a week
Now they can get some use with their Obama phones calling around for a second job.
“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party” ,,,, the Tea Party works for me . The GOP has become the party of spineless wimps with only a exceptions . Myself ,,, well ,,, I’d rather be dead than Red .
( see tag line )
Maybe I’ll make a video of a MacDonalds next to a Wendys. There will be a little clock inset in the corner showing hours worked. When the clock hits 28, all the employees of both stores run into the parking lot, quickly exchange uniforms and run into the other store.
Need a nation-wide information campaign to declare “Work is evil, service is evil, production is evil. Do NO evil.” Put the whole damn population on the govt. dole. A big nation-wide work strike lasting for months and months. It will bring the ugly Beast to it’s knees quick.
That is what EBT is for!
The Gravy Train will never stop! YAY!
Just imagine how many 10 hour per week JOBS will be created!
The thing you are forgetting is that a whole lot of over minimum wage workers are also being downsized. These folks will be desperately looking for second jobs too.
Are you paying attention to what the Republicans are doing to protect us after the election?
They have caved in and ejected true conservatives (tea party members) off all important posts. “Boner” is tracking all of their “resistance” within the party of RINOs and finally, the Republicans are still going along to get along.
Nothing has changed at all: They still REFUSE to fight for freedom and ALWAYS cave in to the Democrats.
The reason we find ourselves in the current position we see now is directly due to the Republicans and their timid and meek philosophies and using their favorite weapon (compromise) to appease the enemy...the socialist/communist liberals.
No matter who voted and who didn’t, the GOP would simply go along as they have always done (playing nice and doing what was politically correct) and the goal of communism has been accelerated thanks to them.
Many people who pay particular attention to politics and the direction we are headed simply gave up and didn’t prostitute their morals and vote for the same group that is ALLOWING us to lose our values, freedoms and country.
The lack of input by voters for the Republicans should have raised a huge “red flag” for them to see during the last election (you know...the one they foisted McNutt on us) we lost due to their weak and timid means, but they figured that Republicans would vote like a passel of lemmings like they always did (since there was no strong third party) and they would enjoy victory after victory by those who were too afraid to withhold their votes in the name of common sense.
It is the same as stabbing yourself to death with one large knife (Democrats) or cutting yourself to death with many tiny knives (Republicans). The end result will be death. And that means the death of freedom and the U.S. as we know it.
The same old scare tactics pop up during each election. The main one is “by not voting Republican you are throwing away your vote.” Each and every year I hear the same thing and each and every year the Republicans become more and more infiltrated by RINOs and we lose more and more of our freedoms. Even the new conservative blood (tea party types) who were elected during the previous elections have been “shown the way it always has been” by the career and elite Republicans and have succumbed to “the way it is” within the party. They are literally held back like dogs on a leash by their masters.
Go ahead and continue voting for the GOP. I understand that when you get off the boxcar at Auschwitz they have a orchestra playing music as you depart in front of the shower buildings.
Obamacare has succeeded in only one thing: the “scorched Earth” destruction of American jobs.
Just think what he can do in the next four years.
Exactly. Just look at how Obamacare has “helped” workers. Now low-skill workers can choose between:
Option 1: Work two part-time jobs to make ends meet. No health insurance offered by either employer. Likely make too much money for Medicaid but not enough to afford the expensive comprehensive insurance mandated by Obamacare. Get socked with a tax penalty. Go to the ER for emergency care. Face the possibility of being financially ruined and being hounded by collection agencies for years due to the hospital bill. Insured patients pay any unpaid bills via higher hospital rates for their care.
Option 2: Work one part-time job and go on government assistance programs to make ends meet. No health insurance offered by the employer. Sign up for Medicaid and be sure not to earn too much money to qualify. Taxpayers pay for all medical care and other assistance.
This scenario is playing out in variations all over the country. It doesn’t just affect people who work full-time and don’t have insurance. It’s affecting a lot of people who currently have insurance.
My brother and his wife have worked full-time for Walmart for years. They have health insurance, even some dental insurance. For them, the best possible scenario case is that their health insurance will be more expensive and they won’t make more money to cover it. But they are afraid that they will have their hours permanently cut, make less money, and lose their insurance. They are even more afraid that they will just be fired and replaced with part-timers. Because of their years of continuous employment, they make more than they would be able to get at other stores. So if they were to be fired, even if they could find other jobs, they’d be working part time and making a lot less per hour.
Of course, if they lose their insurance, ultimately we’ll all pay for their medical care one way or another.
The terrible irony in all of this is that my sister-in-law came from a welfare family and made a tremendous turnaround in her life due to an example of government policy that actually worked: welfare reform. Her mother was an unwed mother, her sister is an unwed mother, and so was she - she had two kids before my brother met her. Welfare reform in the ‘90s forced her to get a job and move out of public housing. Since she couldn’t get welfare anyway, she and my brother eventually got married. Other than the Earned Income Credit, they have been supporting themselves without government assistance for years. It took a long time to change her attitudes, but now she has self-esteem (the real kind that comes from hard work), takes care of her family, and no longer blames others for all of her problems.
Now the side effects of Obamacare may end up making her (and my brother) dependent on government again, after all the years they have worked to support themselves and all the effort they have put in trying to raise their kids to be responsible. It makes me furious to think about it.