Better luck next time, you nasty, old, business-killing Obama!

    mattrenee4

    Try as he might, it would appear that our evil, freedom-hating President, Barack Hussein Obama, has failed miserably in his attempt to crush the small business owners of America… Much to his chagrin, in fact, it would seem that some, like Ypsilanti’s Rene Greff, the owner of our beloved Corner Brewer, even thinks that Obamacare may be a good thing for her business… So take that, you nasty, old Obama!

    [Photo courtesy the incomparable Doug Coombe.]

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      19 Comments

      1. Posted October 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

        And let’s always remember the right wing predictions.

      2. tommy
        Posted October 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

        Preemptively, I say ‘fuck you’ to EOS before he gets a chance to try and respond to this post with some ‘facts’ pulled out of his ass.

      3. Dan
        Posted October 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

        What am I missing? Why will only ~15% have access to insurance?

      4. Krill
        Posted October 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

        I think she’s saying that while now only 15% of their staff has health insurance, that number will rise thanks to the Affordable Care Act. As for why only 15% have insurance presently, I imagine it has to do with the expense. Most restaurants I know of, only offer insurance to managers and long time employees.

      5. Dan
        Posted October 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

        Gotcha. Thanks

      6. Bob
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:21 am | Permalink

        Ugh, those two.

      7. Brainless
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:55 am | Permalink

        Thanks Krill. I read that four times and it just did not sink in. Now I get it. I’m still mad we didn’t go far enough into single payer, but I guess this helps.

      8. Mr. X
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

        Sorry, Tommy, EOS is too busy hyperventilating over the fact that Township police have offered to help patrol Lefoge to leave a comment here.

        As for the content of this post, I’d love to see it lead to a series in the Ann Arbor News on local businesses and how they’re navigating the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

      9. John Galt
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        Just think of the money (and freedom) we would save if, instead of making everyone get insurance, we gave everyone, upon turning 16, a scalpel, a bottle of whiskey, a bone saw, and a leather strap to bite down on.

      10. KMW
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

        Ugh, Bob.

      11. Skeptic
        Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

        Is this a mm.com exclusive quote? The 15% part is very unfortunate wording. It kind of kills the whole intended point.

      12. K2
        Posted October 28, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

        Received yesterday from a family member:

        VERY good read with a VERY strong point!

        I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a group of jubilant individuals celebrating the coming implementation of the health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued:

        They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard a young man exclaim, “Isn’t Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he is healing the sick.”

        A young woman enthusiastically proclaimed, “Yeah, and he does it for free. I cannot believe anyone would think that a free market wouldn’t work for health care.”

        Another said, “The stupid Republicans want us all to starve to death so they can inherit all of the power. Obama should be made a Saint for what he did for those of us less fortunate.”

        At this, I had more than enough. I arose from my seat, mustering all the restraint I could find, and approached their table. “Please excuse me; may I impose upon you for one moment?”

        They smiled and welcomed me to the conversation. I stood at the end of their table, smiled as best I could and began an experiment. “I would like to give one of you my house. It will cost you no money and I will pay all of the expenses and taxes for as long as you live there. Anyone interested?”

        They looked at each other in astonishment. “Why would you do something like that?” asked a young man, “There isn’t anything for free in this world.” They began to laugh at me, as they did not realize this man had just made my point.

        “I am serious, I will give you my house for free, no money whatsoever. Anyone interested?”

        In unison, a resounding “Yeah” fills the room. “Since there are too many of you, I will have to make a choice as to who receives this money-free bargain.”

        I noticed an elderly couple was paying attention to the spectacle unfolding before their eyes, the old man shaking his head in apparent disgust.

        “I tell you what; I will give it to the one of you most willing to obey my rules.”

        Again, they looked at one another, an expression of bewilderment on their faces.

        The perky young woman asked, “What are the rules?”

        I smiled and said, “I don’t know. I have not yet defined them. However, it is a free home that I offer you.”

        They giggled amongst themselves, the youngest of which said, “What an old coot. He must be crazy to give away his home. Go take your meds, old man.”

        I smiled and leaned into the table a bit further. “I am serious, this is a legitimate offer.”

        They gaped at me for a moment. “I’ll take it you old fool. Where are the keys?” boasted the youngest among them.

        “Then I presume you accept ALL of my terms then?” I asked.

        The elderly couple seemed amused and entertained as they watched from the privacy of their table. “Oh yeah! Where do I sign up?”

        I took a napkin and wrote, “I give this man my home, without the burden of financial obligation, so long as he accepts and abides by the terms that I shall set forth upon consummation of this transaction.” I signed it and handed it to the young man who eagerly scratched out his signature.

        “Where are the keys to my new house?” he asked in a mocking tone of voice.

        All eyes were upon us as I stepped back from the table, pulling the keys from pocket and dangling them before the excited new homeowner. “Now that we have entered into this binding contract, witnessed by all of your friends, I have decided upon the conditions you are obligated to adhere to from this point forward. You may only live in the house for one hour a day. You will not use
        anything inside of the home. You will obey me without question or resistance. I expect complete loyalty and admiration for this gift I bestow upon you. You will accept my commands and wishes with enthusiasm, no matter the nature. Your morals and principles shall be as mine. You will vote as I do, think as I do and do it with blind faith. These are my terms. Here are your keys.” I reached the keys forward and the young man looked at me dumbfounded. “Are you out of your mind? Who would ever agree to those ridiculous terms?” the young man appeared irritated.

        “You did when you signed this contract before reading it, understanding it and with the full knowledge that I would provide my conditions only after you committed to the agreement.”

        The elderly man chuckled as his wife tried to restrain him. I was looking at a now silenced and bewildered group of people.

        “You can shove that stupid deal up your a** old man. I want no part of it!” exclaimed the now infuriated young man.

        ‘You have committed to the contract, as witnessed by all of your friends. You cannot get out of the deal unless I agree to it. I do not intend to let you free now that I have you ensnared. I am the power you agreed to. I am the one you blindly and without thought chose to enslave yourself to. In short, I am your
        Master.”

        At this, the table of celebrating individuals became a unified group against the unfairness of the deal.

        After a few moments of unrepeatable comments and slurs, I revealed my true intent.

        “What I did to you is what this administration and congress did to you with the health care legislation. I easily suckered you in and then revealed the real cost of the bargain. Your folly was in the belief that you can have something you did not earn, and for that which you did not earn, you willingly allowed someone else to think for you. Your failure to research, study and inform yourself permitted reason to escape you. You have entered into a trap from which you cannot flee. Your only chance of freedom is if your new Master gives it to you. A freedom that is given can also be taken away. Therefore, it is not freedom at all.”

        With that, I tore up the napkin and placed it before the astonished young man. “This is the nature of your new health care legislation.” I turned away to leave these few in thought and contemplation — and was surprised by applause.

        The elderly gentleman, who was clearly entertained, shook my hand enthusiastically and said, “Thank you, Sir. These kids don’t understand Liberty.”

        He refused to allow me to pay my bill as he said, “You earned this one. It is an honor to pick up the tab.”

        I shook his hand in thanks, leaving the restaurant somewhat humbled and sensing a glimmer of hope for my beloved country.

      13. EOS
        Posted October 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

        Excellent post K2!

      14. Mr. X
        Posted October 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

        It amazes me that people buy this nonsense. I can understand that some people need simplistic narratives, but this is laughable. One minute these young people are praising Obama, calling him Jesus Christ, and the next they’re telling an old man to shove his keys up his ass? Does that sound even remotely plausible to you, EOS?

      15. Dennis
        Posted October 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/13/1201511/-Willfully-Misguided-Misinformed

      16. Dennis
        Posted October 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

        http://www.freedomforallseasons.org/Obamanations/2010-04-15%20Free%20Home%20and%20Free%20Health%20Care.htm

      17. Posted October 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        Mr. X — I don’t think the story is meant to be taken literally. It’s a parable, like those stories in the Bible about floods and talking snakes.

      18. Posted October 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

        For what it’s worth, the ACA doesn’t provide health care for free. I’m not sure why even rightists would get that one wrong.

        What it does it expand access to health insurance so that people who couldn’t get it before can.

        Second, even in countries that guarantee universal care, coverage isn’t free. Japan and Germany both have private, but regulated insurance markets which people have to pay for.

        Even rightists should be aware that there are few developed countries which provide all citizens with purely free health care.

        But why should I be surprised they get it wrong?

      19. anonymous
        Posted October 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

        On the other side of the ACA debate, we have Suzanne “Buttmaster” Somers.

        http://gawker.com/suzanne-somers-anti-obamacare-article-is-riddled-with-1453767165

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