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Papa John’s Missed Opportunity

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I know you can’t always trust political messages on Facebook, but this was reported on Fox News a day ago – so it must be true. The CEO of Papa John’s is claiming the cost of healthcare (Obamacare) for the cutting of full-time staff to part time staff.

Papa John’s Pizza makes millions off their product and by some estimates the healthcare costs will amount to $.15 per pizza. $0.15. That doesn’t seem to be a lot of money to me.

The pizza company isn’t alone. A lot of chains are making the same remarks. And, it isn’t right. We should, as a nation, want the people who handle our food to be healthy. I don’t think it is good to have my food handled by someone with a persistent cough who can’t afford to go to the doctor.

I think Papa John’s is missing a real opportunity here. Instead of rallying against healthcare for his employees and looking like a greed infested monster, he should raise the price of his pizzas by $0.15 and make it a marketing campaign. “Look, we want our staff to be healthy and that costs money, so the price of pizza is going up by $0.15. We believe it is a small price to pay for healthy and happy employees.”

Wouldn’t you want to buy a pizza from that guy rather than from the rich guy who hates our President and doesn’t give a rip about his employees? He always looks like such a happy fellow in his commercials – doesn’t he want the same for his employees? I’m sure that he has healthcare.

Quite frankly, I don’t want to buy a pizza from a man who cares more about profits than people. It’s why I buy pizza from local places more often than from a chain. It’s why, even though I love crab meat and it’s crab fest time, I won’t be eating my birthday dinner at Red Lobster. I’ll be at a local, family owned restaurant.

The Fossil Fuel Lie

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Repeatedly, we hear the myth that if we end our dependence on foreign fossil fuel gas prices will be lower. However; the fact is that our country’s dependence on foreign fuel is the lowest it has been in thirty years and, yet the price of gas still hovers between $3.60 and $4.00 a gallon.

There are those who want to blame President Obama for our high prices. They announce the price of a gallon of gas on January 20, 2009 like it is some proof that Obama’s policies have failed. They totally ignore that prices rose to historic highs during President Bush’s administration.  In either case, President Bush didn’t control the gas prices then and President Obama doesn’t now. Neither President had a policy that caused Americans to pay more at the pump.

So, what’s up?

What’s up is the fact that our oil companies can sell their wares on the open market and in the open market, the highest bidder wins. Don’t think that oil companies care if you pay $3.00 or $4.00 per gallon. It is all about making money.

And, that’s what it means to live in an open market society. For good or bad, unregulated markets go up and down. Gas goes up in the summer and down in the winter, but it never seems to go as low as it once was.

I agonize about gas prices. I have a 126 mile round trip commute to work. I pay very close attention. But, it isn’t going to change no matter who is President, so I’m not going to pretend that it will.

What news?

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I don’t watch Sean Hannity. I don’t pay attention to Bill O’Reilly either. And, Tucker Carlson? Who’s he?

Before you think I’m unfairly denouncing only right-wing reporters, I should mention that I don’t watch Rachel Maddow or Chris Matthews either. In fact, I have rarely watched a network news broadcast since Dan Rather left CBS.

I don’t watch local news either.

So, I’m going to pick on Tucker Carlson for a moment. Apparently, he posted a five year old video of a then Senator Obama. Mr. Carlson wants us to believe that President Obama is a racist, according to Howard Kurtz on page 5 of this week’s Newsweek. Kurtz insists that there’s nothing to this video. Kurtz, in the last line, makes the point “that the two universes [right and left America] cannot even agree on what those fundamental facts are.” Take the time to read Kurtz’s article, it’s interesting.

I think Mr. Carlson’s posting of this video and Sean Hannity’s commenting on it is just one more sensational news that we see everywhere nowadays. It reminds me of “Citizen Kane” when Orson Welles says, “You give me the pictures and I’ll give you the war.”

Come to think of it, I really shouldn’t say nowadays. The news has always been a business. It’s nice to think that newspapers covered news stories out of a sense of duty, but they need to make money and sensational headlines sold newspapers then and they create high ratings now.

Think about the last big storm that hit your local area. It was called the storm of the year, wasn’t it? Or, how about the pink slime we’ve all been eating in our ground beef for years; the news stories made it sound like we’re all going to die tomorrow.

I’m not saying that these things shouldn’t be covered or they aren’t important. I’m just saying that not everything should be covered like it is the end of the world.

In the Newsweek article, Kurtz quotes Mr. Tucker as pretty much saying that if the mainstream media did it’s job, we wouldn’t need the right-wing media. And, that brings me to my next point. The only reason right-wing media exists is because it makes money. We are more divided in this country than we have been since the Civil War. There are people in this country who couldn’t find a fact if it fell on them. They don’t want serious debate, they want someone to tell them just what they want to hear and they want to hear that President Obama is the worse President ever. They want to hear that what they believe is right and true and Fox News does that. The Matt Drudges of the world do that.

Quite frankly, the people who run Fox News are geniuses. They have created a money making machine that plays into the large portion of our society who believe that President Obama is a Muslim, who wasn’t born in this country. And, Fox News didn’t start there. They started at the right of center and have slowly moved further to the right. This is a group of people who can make a five year old video of the President seem like real news. They become outrage because the mainstream media doesn’t find it as compelling.

Absolute genius.

While they pander to the right and MSNBC panders to the left, the rest of the news outlets struggle to find the next big money maker. What headline is going to grab the best ratings? Those ratings turn into advertising and there’s the money in the bank.

I have been told that there was a time in our great nation when news was factual and unleaning. I wish there was a time like that now. No one trusts facts that support the view from the other side of the aisle – or that is how it seems.

There have been a rash of studies that claim that people who hold firm to a belief even when presented with the facts that disprove it are not very intelligent. I fear that there are a lot of people like that in this nation and sensational news casts aren’t helping the situation.

Romney’s 47%

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Back in May, Mitt Romney went to a Florida fundraiser and basically called the 47% of Obama supporters victims. His mistake was confusing the 46% of Americans who do not pay Federal Income Tax with the 47% of Americans who are supporting President Obama.
And, he said it to a room full of rich people who believe the same thing.
A lot of news casts have been focusing on the people who make up the 46%, but I don’t think that is the only lesson we should take from this. I think we should also realize that how Romney described Obama supporters is how Romney and other conservatives actually see us. If I had a dollar for every time a Republican has called me lazy when all they know about me is that I write a blog, I’d be almost as rich as Romney. I’ve been told to get a job, too.  People like Romney have been kept so far from normal people that they can’t understand how a working person might consider paying taxes as the price we pay for living in the greatest country on earth.

Rich people like Romney are really the ones who feel entitled. In trying to dig himself out of this hold, Romney has been saying that people need good paying jobs and he strongly suggests that President Obama would rather give handouts. But, the irony on Romney’s statement is lost on him and most Republicans : People like Romney are the reason there aren’t more good paying jobs in America. In the search for cheap labor, the so-called job creators have laid off Americans and moved their factories overseas. Then, they rake in the big bucks and demand to pay less taxes.

Finally, has anyone noticed that the majority of those people who support Romney live in red states? And, the red states receive more federal aid than the blue states. And, then they speak about personal responsibility.

Romney is NOT our Man

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Quick, which Presidential candidate had a rich daddy pay for his Harvard education?

ROMNEY.

Which candidate broke companies apart, created layoffs for his fellow Americans and became rich in the process ?

ROMNEY.

Romney’s campaign slogan “Putting Jobs First” is a joke of epic proportions. Romney isn’t someone who knows about putting jobs first. He is a business man and a very successful one. For that he deserves credit. However; you CAN’T run the government like you run a business.

Business people care about profits and that runs contrary to creating jobs. Businesses don’t create jobs for the sake of creating them. They create jobs when there is a need.

What creates need? Demand. Demand for your products or services creates the environment that causes companies to higher.

Profits DO NOT create jobs. Take a good hard look at the profit and lost sheets of nearly every major company in the country. You will find that most of them – the majority of them – are making higher profits now then before the 2008 crash.

Then, take a look at their hiring. See any job creation? Not a lot.

Think tax cuts are the answer? Think again. Taxes on the upper one percent and corporations are lower now than they were in the 1950s. And, still, very few jobs.

Is our economy improving?

Yes it is, but if we make cuts in government spending now – like Romney supports – and we further cut the taxes on the rich – like Romney wants – we’re repeating 1937. And, we all know what happened in 1937.

Romney is the wrong man at the wrong time. We don’t need a business man who only knows profits. We don’t need a man who spent his professional career laying people off. We don’t need a man who asks his country what can you do for me and then hides his money in the Cayman Islands. We don’t need a man who believes that “Corporations are people, my friend.”

We need a man who has had student loan debt. A man who knows our communities. A man who understands that the road to success is paved with hard work and dedication.

We need President Obama for another four years.

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The Country has gone Crazy!

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I just saw a headline that Mississippi (or was it Missouri? In either case – a place where dumb people live) is voting on an amendment declaring a fertilized egg as a person. A PERSON! Does anyone else realize how STUPID that is? It is insane.

And, it doesn’t stop there…

The morons in the Wisconsin State Legislature have voted that you can carry a concealed weapon into the chamber. Well, that’ll never com back to bite them in the ass! 😛

And, finally, if you purchased Groupon stock today in their IPO, then you’re a moron. $28.00 per share for a company that had over a $200 million loss? Based on this stock price the company is “worth” $12.8 BILLION. Heads up, jackasses, it ain’t worth shit until it turns a profit.

Whew! I feel much better now.

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