Well, the Obamacare Fan Club have found a new designated villain, in the person of restaurateur (and alumnus of my Ph.D. institution) John “Papa John” Schnatter, founder of the eponymous pizza chain. He started his pizza business out of his father’s bar, selling his car to start his first pizza joint. There are now some 4000 Papa John’s franchises (although there isn’t one in Mondoville), and he’s now worth about $240 million. This seems like the sort of thing that should be encouraged.
However, he has had the temerity to note that Obamacare is likely to raise his costs (which he will pass on to the consumer), and consequently he and his franchisees may have to cut employee hours in order to stay successful, particularly since Obamacare classifies employees who work 30+ hours a week as full-time. After this statement, he left
to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. He told students he hopes to present the American Red Cross with a $1 million check on Friday.
Schnatter’s reluctance to eat the costs of government diktats (presumably with garlic butter) has apparently become the Class Envy Squad’s outrage du jour, as I have seen the following images on my Facebook feed this evening.
As an extra bonus, the friend who posted the first image said, apparently without irony, “First a disclaimer: I am not a socialist. How much capital does any one person need? Can you say excess?” Now, I could be wrong, but if someone else said that they should say how much capital she needed and judged her accordingly, I suspect she’d be miffed.
So I guess Papa John’s will be the new Chick-Fil-A, the designated Running Dog obstructing Dear Leader’s path to the sunlit highlands of utopia. Because remember, folks, it doesn’t matter if you do good things with your wealth — the people on Facebook have the moral authority to tell you what you should do with what you’ve earned.