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No. 4 of the new "Obama List"......

Posted by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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ObamaCare Mandate To Cut Worker Hours, Leaving The Poor Worse Off

Tue, Nov 13 2012 00:00:00 EA13_ISSUES

By Howard Rich, Investor's Business Daily

Posted 11/12/2012 07:18 PM ET

In Barack Obama's first term the U.S. labor force shrank to a 30-year low. Job growth lagged behind population growth as millions gave up their search for gainful employment. Income levels receded, productivity sputtered and deficits soared - all in the name of "recovery."

So what does Obama have planned for an encore? How does he intend to further "stimulate" the economy during his second term?

In his victory speech, Obama pledged he would continue pursuing "the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one."

That's a truly frightening thought. In fact if left unchecked, Obama's "bold, persistent experimentation" could very well wind up making this crisis every bit as bad as that one.

For example, atop Obama's second term "to do" list is the full implementation of his signature first term accomplishment: ObamaCare.

Having secured another four years in the White House, Obama can now block any effort to overturn his socialized medicine law - although states can (thankfully) still stop much of its new spending if they reject ObamaCare's "exchanges" and refuse its Medicaid enrollment expansions. For the sake of our future deficits, let's hope they do so en masse.

One provision of ObamaCare that can no longer be stopped, however, is its "employer mandate." While nowhere near as infamous as the "individual mandate" compelling citizen participation in the health insurance market, ObamaCare's requirement that companies provide coverage to all employees working more than 30 hours a week will be a job killer nonetheless.

Not only will this mandate prevent job growth among small businesses, it will also result in fewer hours and less income for workers at larger companies. These are people struggling to make ends meet on limited income - people who cannot afford to lose these hours.

Last month Darden Restaurants - which employs 185,000 people at nearly 2,000 Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster restaurants - revealed that it was scaling back many of its employees' workweeks to 28 hours. Ordinarily such a move would result in high turnover and an influx of less-competent employees - but not in Obama's economy.

This month Kroger - the grocer that employs 350,000 people - announced that existing part-time workers and new hires would be limited to working 28 hours per week.

"Kroger is doing this to avoid paying for full-time health care for employees who currently only receive part-time benefits," one employee explains. "And (so) they will not get hit with the $3,000 penalty."



Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-viewpoint/111212-633194-workers-to-lose-hours-under-obamacare-mandate.htm#ixzz2CFyYVmaY

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emeraldangel2.0
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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an opinion piece? really?

call me when you can provide an actual news article, not something written by any joe blow on the street.

elzingah36
by Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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When are people going to pay attention to what's going on in America?!!
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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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The title of the article is a lie. There is no mandate to cut hours.

And what these people are saying is extremely silly. I don't know if anyone here has ever worked for a restaurant. My SO use to be a manager at one. They NEVER had more employee's than needed. If it only took 4 waiters to handle a weekday they would only have 4. They wouldn't put 5, or 6. If business was especially slow during one of those days even one of those 4 waiters would be sent home.

No restaurant keeps more waiters/cooks/etc than needed. And no restaurant is going to keep less than needed.

And if for some odd reason Red Lobster does cut their staff and don't have as many workers as needed their business would suffer. And they would lose customers. And those customers would go somewhere else. And wherever that new place those customers go to will have business pick up and they will be able to hire whoever Red Lobster loses.

Though like I said earlier. No restaurant is going to staff less people than is needed. The same way no restaurant is going to staff more than is needed.

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lga1965
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM
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Employers have been cutting HOURS and hiring only part timers In order to avoid paying for health care FOR DECADES! Sears has been laying off and hiring part time since the 80's.
This guy is a jerk, trying to say its all Obama's fault! He hasn't been President for DECADES.....
and a "mandate " is a lie. Stop posting crap from liars.
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autodidact
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM

so how is the mandate going to cut worker hours? 

Sweet_Britt
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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Walmart is apparently ahead of the game....they've been doing this for YEARS and nobody gives a crap, people still shop there....another one of those "WOO HOO! We can blame Obama" thing.


pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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Well...by looking at the replies in this group....not too many.

Quoting elzingah36:

When are people going to pay attention to what's going on in America?!!


autodidact
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:45 PM

by what mechanism will the mandate cut hours? 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM
She can only post lies

I'm thinking she has a sever allergy to truth and facts


Quoting autodidact:

so how is the mandate going to cut worker hours? 

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pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM

You mean the title of the article.  From what I understand, there is a mandate of hours that makes employers have to put their employees on Obamatax.  Anything below that mandate then the employer will not have to pay extra.....just a small fine.

Quoting brookiecookie87:

Your title is a lie. There is no mandate to cut hours.

And what these people are saying is extremely silly. I don't know if anyone here has ever worked for a restaurant. My SO use to be a manager at one. They NEVER had more employee's than needed. If it only took 4 waiters to handle a weekday they would only have 4. They wouldn't put 5, or 6. If business was especially slow during one of those days even one of those 4 waiters would be sent home.

No restaurant keeps more waiters/cooks/etc than needed. And no restaurant is going to keep less than needed.

And if for some odd reason Red Lobster does cut their staff and don't have as many workers as needed their business would suffer. And they would lose customers. And those customers would go somewhere else. And wherever that new place those customers go to will have business pick up and they will be able to hire whoever Red Lobster loses.

Though like I said earlier. No restaurant is going to staff less people than is needed. The same way no restaurant is going to staff more than is needed.


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