Are Republicans punishing voters?
With the announcement that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will sign tough anti-union, right-to-work legislation, something he previously said was not on his agenda, his actions add to a list of eyebrow raising moves by Obama opponents.
- Business owners and Conservative Governors, worried about Obamacare
Lame duck move
Democrats gained four seats in the 2012 Michigan state house elections, closing the gap but not getting enough to form a majority. As those four Republicans finish up their terms before giving up their seat, they helped push the right-to-work legislation through.
In the last couple years, Republican Governors in Ohio and Wisconsin have passed similar right-to-work laws that strip power from unions by prohibiting mandatory union membership.
Upset business leaders
Several business leaders are also upset over the Affordable Healthcare Act, known as Obamacare, which Gov. Romney would have fought to overturn had he been elected President.
Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, for example, theorized that Obamacare would cost $.11 to $.12 per pizza and based on that assumption he concluded that;
“if Obamacare is, in fact, not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs. And, of course, strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders’ best interest.”
When Denny’s franchise owner John Metz spoke of a 5 percent surcharge following the reelection of President Obama, Denny’s executives were faced with an uproar that they had to quickly suppress.
Metz is one of several businessmen who are looking at dropping employee hours under 30 a week so that they are not obligated to provide health insurance. This requirement only applies to larger companies that employee at least 50 full-time workers.
When talking about his planned surcharge, Metz suggested patrons offset the cost by reducing the tip to their server;
“Customers have two choices: They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server.”
In Virginia, where Obama won by 3 percent, a Republican Senator is suggesting that they drop the “winner-takes-all” status of electoral votes in that state. If they had been able to split the votes in the 2012 election, Romney could have seen additional votes.
All this suggests a disenfranchised group of people with a passionate belief that a majority of American voters are pushing this country in the wrong direction and consequently mandate that now is the time to start protecting themselves and their allies from the coming apocalypse.