It didn’t take Carnak the Magnificent to see this one coming. The euphemistically titled Affordable Care Act … isn’t. Affordable, that is. Turns out that hundreds of employees at Wendy’s are having their hours cut because of the new health care law, better known as ObamaCare. And that’s just in and around one mid-size city, Omaha, Nebraska.
WOWT-TV is reporting that nearly 300 workers at 11 Wendy’s locations in the Omaha area will have their hours reduced to 28 hours a week because the franchise owner says he can’t afford to pay for his employees health care. ObamaCare requires businesses to pay health care for employees that work more than 32 hours a week.
One employee told the TV station that, “It has a huge effect on me and pretty much everybody that I work with. I’m hoping that I can get some sort of promotion because then I would get my hours, but everybody is shooting for that because of the hours being cut.”
In a way this is a good thing, though I don’t expect anyone working at Wendy’s in Omaha to agree. Ordinary Americans need to feel the pain that flows from Mr. Obama’s vision for a new America. When it’s only the so-called rich who have to kick in their “fair share” to keep Mr. Obama’s dreams alive, no one really cares. When Americans are asked if the rich need to pay higher taxes, a majority says “Sure, why not?” Class warfare is seductive, after all, and nobody plays that game better than President Obama. If the other guy has to pay more to keep the federal government’s spending spree going, millions and millions of Americans think that’s a great idea. It’s easy to be generous with somebody else’s money.
But when you’re the “other guy,” when you’re the one who pays a price for liberalism run wild, then you tend to see things differently.
When enough Americans endure enough pain – reduced hours, loss of jobs altogether – then maybe they will understand that we can’t keep going down this road that will only lead to economic disaster.
Expect more stories like the one in Omaha. A lot more.