Worst Person in the World

CBS Las Vegas is reporting that they conducted an interview with a local business owner, who requested that they remain anonymous, that claims he fired 22 people yesterday because President Obama was reelected.

This is staggeringly ugly.

“I explained to them a month ago that if Obama gets in office that the regulations for Obamacare are gonna hurt our business, and I’m gonna have to make provisions to make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes, the additional health care I’m gonna have to do, and I explained that to them and I said you do what you feel like in your heart you need to do, but I’m just letting you know as a warning this is things I have to think of as a business owner.

“Well unfortunately, and most of my employees are Hispanic — I’m not gonna go into what kind of company I have, but I have mostly Hispanic employees — well unfortunately we know what happened and I can’t wait around anymore, I have to be proactive. I had to lay off 22 people today to make sure that my business is gonna thrive and I’m gonna be around for years to come. I have to build up that nest egg now for the taxes and regulations that are coming my way. Elections do have consequences, but so do choices. A choice you make every day has consequences and you know what, I’ve always put my employees first, but unfortunately today I have to put me and my family first, and you watch what’s gonna happen. I’m just one guy with 114 employees — well was 114 employees — watch what happens in the next six months. The Dow alone lost 314 points today. There’s a tsunami coming and if you didn’t think this election had consequences, just wait.”

President Obama won the election and he won Nevada so clearly the Hispanic people who work for him are at fault. He told them it was going to happen. Now it’s time for the consequences.

If you really want to show how serious you are, don’t do something like this anonymously. Own it and face “the consequences” yourself.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XV4NACXH6OZSPUTXZ2G6EWBPVM B's

    How does Obamacare cost this guy money? Was he providing health insurance before it?

    • http://twitter.com/usedtobgop usedtobgop

      I know several business owners who regurgitate the same line about increased costs. None of them can provide any evidence or understanding of what they think the increases are /where they’ll come from. Business owners making decisions on baseless facts are doomed to fail because this isn’t very likely their only failure of logic. Your question is likely the crux… They aren’t providing benefits to their employees to begin with.

      • bphoon

        I have a brother-in-law who is in business as a reseller. I really respect him–he started selling over the phone by himself in an office he built in his garage and, last I heard, had 13 sales people working for him and had to move into a larger office suite to accommodate his growth.

        However, during the ACA debates a couple of years ago, he insisted that if the ACA passed it would put him out of business. I should say that he didn’t offer health insurance–or any other benefits I was aware of–to his employees who all sell strictly on commission.

        When he went over what he thought his costs would be, I suggested to him that he had three options if he thought those costs would put him out of business: 1) Convert all his employees to contractors, or, 2) pay the IRS penalty since it sounded like that would cost less, or, 3) use some of the $250K+ of pass-through income he said he was on track to make to buy health insurance for his employees.

        No word on how he’s coping but I don’t think he’s out of business just yet.

  • D_C_Wilson

    Probably couldn’t be too hard for some intrepid reporter to uncover who this guy is. There can’t be than many individual casino owners in Vegas who just downsized his workforce by 19-20% the day after the election.

  • Unsernamealreadyexists

    I’m not completely sure where you think the payment for Obamacare is coming from, but businesses have to pay for their employees to be in it. It’s not free. Your taxes pay part, your employer pays part. In my state businesses have to, by law, pay 50% of the insurance fees for their employees if they offer insurance. That could be hundreds of dollars a month per employee.

    I don’t know the state of this man’s business, but it is possible he wasn’t offering insurance to his employees and now he will have to take on that added cost. He’s a small business, added costs like that can kill it. Just because you own a business doesn’t mean you’re rich. Most of the small business owners I know aren’t even taking a paycheck in this economy because the employees get paid first.

    His planning ahead doesn’t mean he’s a bad businessman, it means he’s conscientious of his costs. If cutting 22 people means he’s not going to go out of business and end the jobs of the other 90+ employees, then that’s a sensible decision.

    Go ahead, vent at the giant, heartless corporations and Wall Street crooks if you want to, but small businesses are really struggling in this economy. Most of these little guys are just trying to feed their families like you are and drive 10 year old Fiestas. They certainly don’t have chauffeured limos or private jets. Don’t get those two sets of bosses confused.

    I really think that universal healthcare is a great thing, but it does have costs.

    • BuffaloBuckeye

      Ineresting. The fact that this businessman believes that he felt he had, going into the elction, a surplus of 15% (or so) of staff tells me that he is a pretty piss-poor businessman to start with. You staff to your business needs, it’s not that complicated.

      I agree with you that universal healthcare is great, and it probably does have it’s costs. Personally, I hope the United States goes to a true, government run universal health care, because IMO, there is no added value to private companies providing health insurance.

    • WaxBrain

      Yeah, well keep crying about small biz owners while you shop at WalMart……I’m not saying ‘you’ personally per se, but I think you get my jist….

    • GrafZeppelin127

      The law provides tax credits for small business owners to cover their employees. No matter what our friends in the paracosm have ordered this person to believe, the law bends over backwards to make it as easy as possible for employers and individuals to afford insurance.

      The productivity and revenue he will lose by letting these people go, not to mention the costs he will incur from losing that productivity, will exponentially exceed the costs he thinks he is saving. He may end up paying less in taxes but only because his profits will crater.

      This person, if he exists, is not only cruel but very, very stupid.

  • mrbrink

    I’m still in celebration mode, third day hangover and counting! I feel like Krusty the Clown in Vegas with an intravenous beer hat.

    But I will say this, goddamn it! America won this election. Individual freedom, democracy, women’s rights, gay rights, income equality, sound foreign policy, alternative energy, teachers, science, infrastructure– all winners.

    Real freedom won. Not that bullshit-freedom where CEO’s get to deduct their bronzed cocks because they gift them to their secretaries. The kind of freedom to marry, and not to go to jail for joint, or get deported for being the child of immigrants. Not to die bankrupt from a health related issue.

    Tolerant government responsive to the U.S. constitution won.

    This voting shit works, man!

  • trgahan

    Probably anonymous because it didn’t really happen. Interesting how it was only reported from one side.

    If the cost of Obamacare can kill a small business it would be equally as devistating on large corporations. Imagine the “burden” placed on a company of 13,000.

    It is the “taxed to death” myth. Business are currently at their lowest tax rates/regulatory obligations (more so than under Saint Reagan) in decades.

    • WaxBrain

      ^^ Exactly.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    What a piece of shit this guy is. I mean a real piece of shit. Seriously, fuck him, whoever he is. I hope his self-imposed downsizing renders him unable to compete and his competitors put him out of business, after hiring the people he let go.

    Sorry for the potty-mouth (potty-keyboard?). People like this make me sick, screwing with other people’s lives because some multimillionaire on the TV or radio lied to them and told them to.

  • http://twitter.com/LC_Sun Lawrence Congdon

    I work with CEO’s, and the ones I know WANT to give their employees great health care that’s not a burden on their paychecks. Those who can’t afford to do that, wish they could.

  • muselet

    This guy sounds familiar. Four years ago, a guy told Barack Obama he had a plumbing business and increasing taxes on incomes over $250,000 were going to put him out of business. (It turned out he didn’t have a plumbing business and tax brackets work just like they always have, but it made for a gripping story.)

    OMG, Samuel Wurzelbacher has moved to Las Vegas!

    –alopecia

  • zack passman

    This is stupid. Either he doesn’t produce or serve enough for 22 people or he is going to have to cut production or service back to accomodate the loss of his workforce. What a way to shoot yourself in the foot.

  • Ned F

    I’m going with hoax on this one. It really makes no sense unless his business is manufacturing Mitt Romney inaugural souvenirs.

    • incredulous72

      “I’m going with hoax on this one. ”

      Ditto. Noone with that much shit for brains could run a lemonade stand let alone an actual small business.

  • http://twitter.com/dignthestruggle Doug Jones

    We’ll find out. It’s just a matter of time until it is revealed who this particular racist, selfish jerk is. He won’t be the only asshole “job creator”, but we’ll find this whiner for sure.

    BTW, real business acumen he has there, planning on sustaining his business by reducing his workforce by one-fifth.

    One of the things that has shocked me about this year’s election is the many business owners who have publicly revealed that they don’t understand how a capitalist economy works. You need people who have disposable income so they can buy your stuff, morons. If employees in multiple sectors are pouring too much of their meager money into their health care, they can’t patronize your store.

    The Chamber of Commerce and other powerful lobbyists for the plutocrats are killing the golden goose.