Skip to comments.Is Papa John's the Next Chick-fil-A?
Posted on 11/13/2012 1:24:21 PM PST by IbJensen
It happened again. Another restaurant chain is under attack from the left. This time, it's Papa John's Pizza. What was so terrible that the liberal talkers are going bonkers? The CEO simply spoke the truth -- if Obamacare kicks in, there will likely be cuts to employee work hours in order to cover the new healthcare costs. Don't liberals realize that bigger government comes with consequences?
As reported by The Washington Times, John Schnatter, the CEO of Papa John's Pizza has come out swinging against Obamacare, and the liberals don't like it.
Recently, however, Papa John has come under fire for his comments about ObamaCare. ObamaCare is expected to hit Papa John's with recurring costs of $5-8 million per year. Schnatter has said that he intends to pass along the costs of ObamaCare to the consumer, as any normal business would. He mentioned that the total cost of ObamaCare will be an estimated 15 to 20 cents per order. "Unfortunately, I don't think people know what they're going to pay for this."
Most recently, he claimed that many of Papa John's franchises are considering cutting employees hours in order to pay for ObamaCare. Papa John is not alone in this. ObamaCare will require businesses large and small to pay extra costs for healthcare. Hundreds of other businesses have released similar statements about the law that kicks into effect soon. These businesses will not be able to hire or will have to fire employees as a result.
His observation of the costs of ObamaCare has been taken as a political statement. Many leftists have demanded that he pick up the costs of ObamaCare with his own hefty fortune, rather than building it into the cost of the pizza or cutting employees' hours.
It's amazing that those on the left have absolutely no comprehension of how business works. Just like regular corporate taxes or compliance costs due to extra regulations, costs forced on business by the government will be forwarded on to consumers or result in cost cutting measures elsewhere.
As left wing groups are calling for a Papa John's boycott, some conservatives are stepping forward to organize an "appreciation day" for the pizza chain. Here's a report from Fox News:
Daniel Wetter is just 16 years old, but his plan to support pizza chain Papa John's amid a backlash of liberal criticism is no pie-in-the-sky idea.
Wetter is part of an upstart group called Rebooting America that is proposing that Friday be a national day of appreciation for the pizza chain, whose chief executive officer is being attacked for saying employees' hours might be cut to cover the cost of implementing their health insurance under ObamaCare.
The conservative group has hatched a social media-based campaign that centers on encouraging people to buy a pizza pie at a Papa John's store, taking a photo of the outing and then posting it on a Facebook page or tweeting it.
Of course, the liberal talking points are that Schnatter and his corporation have enough money. They should pass it along. That's not the point. It is for no one to judge if a person has become "successful enough." The real point is that government is stepping in where it does not belong, and businesses will react accordingly.
Here is a law that the American people did not want. They had a chance to vote for change and didn't. And now, the effects will be driven home... into everyone's pocket book. Whether it's in the form of taxes or higher costs for goods and services, the lesson is the same: there is nothing that is free. Someone will always have to pay. Good for Papa John in speaking out!
The only problem I see with a “buycott” of PJ’s is the product sucks dog. Maybe give some pies to a homeless shelter or something....
If the left wants to boycott them, more PIZZAs for me!!! Yum!!
Please Left, boycott 'RED ROBIN' next? I want to go there without having LIBERALS next to me!!
We went to Papa John’s the other night. Good pizza.
Now sitting back waiting for the boycott of Olive Garden. Please keep me posted if you hear anything.....
I seem to recall some libtard turning the PJ logo into a coat hanger.
No, but if you go to their website, they always have some deals going on. I got a five topping large pizza for 12 bucks last week.
SURE they do!
They don't want the MASSES to figger it out until it can be firmly fixed in their minds it is the CONSERVATIVES fault!!
Most CONSERVATIVES; you mean.
Any ability of even a glimmer of logic is effectively washed out of the brain of a Liberal; filled with EMOTION and FEELINGs only.
Thanks; I can raise that kind of cash. My neighbor says they have a walk-in/ per-slice counter. He doesn’t like their pizza very much, but I’m willing to try a slice.
Just this morning a local big chain grocery store met 4 long time employees at the door with layoff notices....No fanfare....clean out your lockers and leave....
(as an aside...I got a call yesterday from a local semi-charity that I’ve given a few bucks to in the past...I listened politely and then said...Sorry...It’s “Obama Times”...Doubt Ill be donating to you for the next 4 years....I could tell the lady was taken aback....It was kinda fun actually)
Leftism is a continual struggle against the dark forces of reality.
Being a liberal means never having to consider consequences.
Hmm, if Obama and his supporters aren’t showing the exact understanding of business as the looters from Atlas Shrugged (”That’s your job, not ours. Ours is only to demand. It’s up to you to deliver”.), then I’m a commie.
I think you have confabulated Papa John's with Domino's when it was owned by Tom Monahan (sp?). He was an ardent pro-life advocate who was the subject of leftist boycotts, particularly on college campuses. My surmise is that he sold the chain because of the political aggravation.
I expect they will never actually connect the dots.
But they will blame
Emmanuel Goldstein Bush...
Our family eats Papa Johns at least once a week. Sign up at their website and they always have fantastic deals. I bought a large supreme for $12 1 1/2 weeks ago and received a free 3 top large on Sunday. They constantly have deals running. Personally it is my favorite pizza chain.
I don’t see much in common between the two. Chick-fil-A took a stand on moral principal, Pappa Johns on a financial one. I applaud both on their stand, but Chick-fil-A took theirs on an issue that was not tied to their revenue. I’ve enjoyed CFL for a long time and will continue to eat there. Papa J’s(even though I agree with their stance), is just run of the mill chain store pizza. I won’t boycott nor go there more often
“...but if I were them Id just do it and let everyone make their own conclusion as to why. Eventually most folks will connect the dots.”
100% agree. Telegraphing EVERYTHING is a flaw non-leftist have in spades.
Unfortunately it does not make any difference if the demoRAT party commits suicide as the Stupid Repub party is too stupid to do anything about it. Also being dead is no hindrance to the RAT bastard demoRAT socialists. In fact dead people are their most reliable & faithful voting bloc.
“...but the Democrats are committing suicide. They’re as dead as last week’s newspaper. ..”
Maybe...but they’re still in charge, unfortunately.
I’ll support Papa Johns anyday. Good pizza, and Schnatter is one of The Good Guys.
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