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UNINTENDED CONSEQUENSES OR NOT?

A little over a week ago, it was reported by several news outlets that Staples, the Office Supply Giant had slashed workers’ hours in order to curb expenses related to Obamacare. The current President of the United States, of course, slammed Staples for its actions. It was later determined that Staples had not done what the current President had accused them of doing. In his message to Staples, the President seemed to be warning all businesses that they had better not start making cuts and blaming it on ACA.

In addressing the above, I’m going to start from the beginning. This country was founded on the principles that government should be limited and close to home. In other words, things should be handled in the private sector or the lowest level of government possible. The plan for the United States of America was for minimal government intrusion into their lives so its citizens would have the freedom to provide for themselves and others, if they so choose.

The United States of American is now 139 years old and boy have we changed. When you accept employment with a company, there are certain forms that you have to sign. It is understood that you are there for the company and the company has the right to terminate you or pretty much do anything else to you it wants to do. It can move you to a different job, it can cut your hours, it can give you raises, it can cut your pay, it can promote you, and it can demote you. That’s what you agreed to when you signed on to work for them. Also, you have the right to terminate your employment for any reason. You were not born with a sign on your forehead that said what you would be doing and who you would be doing it for.

Having worked for corporations, I can tell you this: Whenever the government increases corporate taxes or imposes some regulation on businesses, the business is going to compensate for the extra expense that it incurs to pay the extra taxes or implement the regulation. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many memos I have received during my corporate America years where the cost of a benefit was going up or the percentage increase for raises was decreased. Depending on your individual situation, you may have or may not have been affected. One company I worked for in the past seemed to always be increasing the employee cost for dependent health care coverage. At any rate, when businesses incur more expense, they’re going to do something about it and that’s their right.

Whenever tax increases and new regulations are implemented, I’m always concerned about job losses and other cuts. I’m also concerned about price increases for a companies’ goods and services. Enter Obamacare, and the things that we unenlightened conservative oafs warned everyone about are coming true.

It’s not just large companies that are trying to compensate for the extra money they have to pay out because of Obamacare, small companies, and even individuals have to compensate also. Being self-employed, I have to purchase health insurance on my own. I was able to go on COBRA for eighteen months and it wasn’t cheap. I had to pay the full price, but was able to keep the plan I had with my former company. When my COBRA ran out, I had to get insurance through the market place. It took about a half day to sign up and fill in all of the blanks. My premiums increased 50% from what I was paying out for COBRA. My deductible is more and my co-pays are more. It’s going to hit me hard financially. I have someone that takes care of my yard, I get my nails done once a week, and I get my hair done every five weeks. Right now I’m doing my dead level best not to have to cut out any of these services plus keep the intervals the same. All three of these folks are great friends. What if I decided to do the yard work myself and only have my nails done every two weeks? Less money would be going to these small businesses. It’s a ripple effect that hurts the economy and individuals as well. That 50 percent is going to the government instead of into our economy.

Were the current President and the Democrats surprised by this? They shouldn’t have been. Was the current President alone surprised by this? Again, he shouldn’t have been, but considering this President has never worked in the private sector, he may not have been aware of these consequences. Somebody should have told him, though. Well actually, he may have been told, but just didn’t listen. Remember, he was a community organizer until he was elected to the Illinois State Senate. Then he was elected to the United States Senate, and was subsequently elected President.

ACA is or will be affecting every man, woman, and child in the United States of America; most in a negative way. It still frustrates me that the leaders of this country, instead of concentrating on those 15 million people that didn’t have health insurance and trying to do something for them and leaving the rest of us alone; have hurt the vast majority of the American people. And as I said above, Obamacare is having a negative impact on the economy.

A couple of nights ago, I was sitting in front of my computer screen thinking about what was going on in this still great country of ours. We’ve lost so many of our freedoms and Islamic terrorism is spreading west. The current President of the United States is downplaying the threat and trying to get us to believe that climate change is our greatest threat. If we don’t take the Islamic terrorist threat seriously, we won’t have to worry about climate change.

While I’m a news and political junkie, so many good folks may glance at the headlines in a newspaper or their state’s news website. Furthermore, what news they may get is from the mainstream media which is largely left leaning. They wouldn’t dare watch Fox News or listen to Rush Limbaugh because liberals have told everyone that Fox News, Rush, Hannity, etc. lie. These folks aren’t as astute as me. And I really can’t expect everyone to be like me. And if they were, we wouldn’t need network TV.
As a result of all my thoughts, I will soon begin research for a non-fiction book that will explain the differences between Democrats and Republicans. It’s always been my theory that most Americans are really Republicans. They call themselves Democrats or moderates because they don’t know the actual difference and they disagree with the Republicans on a few issues. I wrote a couple of posts outlining the differences last spring, but feel that a book with a catchy title might educate some folks. The catchy title I’ve come up with now is, Read at Your own Risk, You just might be a Republican. This is all preliminary and depends on the results of my research. I’ll keep you posted.

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