Hobby Lobby faces $1.3 Million in Daily Fines: More “hidden” costs of the Obamanation

David Green the CEO of Hobby Lobby has had to take action to protect himself from the terrible costs of mandated government health care advocated by President Obama and his gang of government thugs.  Below is a letter from Green in an attempt to get his story out.  This is not a new action, but given the re-election of Obama by the rule of the stupid and foolish looking for a social hand-out as opposed to American self-reliance, this story regarding Hobby Lobby needs to be told so others facing similar issues can figure out how to deal with Obamacare, or fold in order to protect the hard work they have amassed over many years of productivity.  Now might be a time to cash in and check out before government invades your businesses forever.

A Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO
By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there,Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby ? and my family ? are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American ? and no American business ? should have to make.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.

Sincerely, 

David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Rich Hoffman

www.tailofthedragonbook.com

  

Views from the Heartland: The voice of common sense by Mark Etterling

 

Mark Etterling is in the leadership at the Liberty Twp Tea Party and has been a school board candidate in the past for Lakota, and I hope he is a future candidate because he’s a good guy who is a whole lot nicer politically than I am, and is willing to work with people on the other side.   It takes all kinds to make the world go around and Mark is certainly one of the first-class people functioning in the world.  As a local author he contributes frequent articles about the state of America that are quite good and balanced.  He has been a guest pundit on CNN and other media expressing Tea Party views articulately and I enjoy his work.  Because of that I am going to begin featuring some of his work here at the OW to expose his efforts to a larger audience.  So enjoy!

The looming economic debate that’s taking over the headlines has to do with Republicans seeking spending cuts while at the same time Obama wants to raise taxes on the wealthy.  The ever popular battle cry of the Left is that we should be demanding the wealthy pay their “fair share”.  In reality the first thing that we should be doing is forcing the Left to officially declare once and for all exactly what they believe constitutes a fair share.  It is an act which they will never do knowing that it would destroy the very demon their rhetoric relies upon.  However, I have an even bigger question for Obama and his cohorts on the Left.  Why do they keep insisting on aiding wealthy people while crushing the hopes and dreams of the poor?  Yes, you read that correctly.

Billionaire Warren Buffett recently stated that he wouldn’t mind paying more in taxes and everyone on the Left immediately saw Mr. Buffett as some sort of a hero based on his statement.  Personally, I see him as a villain.  First of all, if Warren truly believed what he was saying he wouldn’t still owe over $1 Billion in back taxes based on existing tax rates.  Plus, there is nothing to have ever prevented him from overpaying his taxes in the first place if he was in fact a true believer in what he espoused.  But I digress.  The real reason for Buffett’s statement and Obama’s actions is far more self indulgent.  The Left itself is merely playing the role of the mindless minions to this sinister plot through their shear ignorance.

There is an economic concept that Buffett and others like him understand that the Left simply doesn’t get.  The Left is so caught up in the falsity of their own rhetoric that they never bother to think things through far enough to understand reality. The truth is that Warren already has far more wealth than he could ever spend in a lifetime and he has also acquired all the material toys he could ever dream of from that wealth.  What he seeks is power.  What wealthy people like him understand is that the power derived from wealth doesn’t come from how much someone has.  It comes from the difference between how much they have versus everyone else.  For example, anyone can become a millionaire in Zimbabwe.  However, a million in Zimbabwe currency might only buy you a loaf of bread, so big deal.  Again, it’s not the numbers that matter.  It’s the difference in the numbers that counts.  What Buffett also understands is that we don’t tax based on wealth in this country.  We tax based on the acquisition of wealth.  In other words we tax income.  The easiest way for wealthy people like Buffett to maintain the power of their wealth isn’t by adding yet another $ Billion to their pile.  It’s by preventing everyone else from being able to “catch up”.  The best method to accomplish this is through punitive tax rates.

Here’s a simple explanation.  Even if Warren Buffett shows a net worth of $50 Billion and you show a net worth of only $50K, on January 1st of each year, as far as the IRS is concerned, you and Buffett are considered equal with neither having yet earned any income for the new year.  At this point the fortune he has already amassed is irrelevant as far as future taxes are concerned.  Again, we don’t tax wealth.  We tax the acquisition of wealth.  So basically, if Warren decided to bury his $Billions in the dirt and didn’t bother to earn anything for next year he would still be a Billionaire, yet his tax bill at the end of that year would be $0.  Therefore, if you and Warren both happen to earn the same amount for this year you would both pay the same in taxes regardless of whatever that tax rate might happen to be.  To Warren that extra cash is irrelevant since his bank account already has more digits than he knows what to do with.  However, to you that extra cash could mean the difference between moving up a bit more on the economic ladder or remaining stuck on a lower rung.

To illustrate this concept in a slightly different manner think of the act of achieving wealth as being similar to climbing the stairs of a tall building.  The Left claims that they want to see everyone have the opportunity to climb up as many floors as possible.  Yet raising tax rates actually prevents this from happening because with higher tax rates the faster you climb, the faster you get shoved back down.  The Buffett’s of the world are already living in the penthouse as it is, so they don’t need to concern themselves with climbing faster.  However, if you are at the lower levels and fighting hard to advance yourself it is far easier to climb when you get to take 10 steps forward in income for every 1 step backward in taxes compared to being forced to take the 5 steps backward in taxes that you experience from higher rates.  The Left is constantly pointing out the ever widening divide between the wealthy and the poor while at the same time they naively espousing the very tax rules that allow such a widening to occur.  If the Left were truly as compassionate about the poor as they claim they would be demanding lower tax rates at all levels to enable opportunity for advancement instead of stagnation.

Mark Etterling

You can find Mark’s published work at the link below:

http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/mark-etterling/common-sense-a-view-from-the-heartland/paperback/product-18607690.html

Rich Hoffman

www.tailofthedragonbook.com

  

The Wonders of Capitalism: American Football Versus European Soccer

The motivating driver behind communism for the proletariat—(the workers) has always been a false sense of fairness in the marketplace.  For that fairness communists of old and progressives of new have sought to replace capitalism with socialism and in America this has been attempted through labor unions.  Anyone who participates in a labor union either public or private is functioning from a communist economic social engineering experiment that is designed to attack capitalism which is the economic engine behind freedom in an American lifestyle that puts a lot of pressure on the tyrants of the world to adopt.  Those power-hungry tyrannical responses however have been to attempt to destroy America through the sponsoring of international alliances—primarily through the United Nations, and spread labor unions as a direct attack on Americas brand of capitalism.  To understand why capitalism is so important to America the video below will position the argument wonderfully, and needs to be watched.

After the failure at Hostess, and in response to an article I wrote about it which can be reviewed by CLICKING HERE, I received a comment by a union supporter who is using the same old tired proletariat argument that public education teachers use, unionized steel workers, electrical workers, firefighters, police departments, even grocery store workers—that it’s not fair that the rich bourgeois class in management enriched themselves at the expense of the worker.  In fact this is exactly the same rhetoric that Barack Obama ran on to get re-elected in an open avocation of socialism by pandering to the masses and their ignorance about economic engines.  During my discussion with this poor lost soul I explained the reasons why the situation at Hostess was fair for the workers who lost their jobs at the expense of management by comparing the economic conditions to those who drive a car.  The conversation can be seen below:

  • Communist Union Lover:   Um, why does this have no discussion of how horrendously management f’cked up in this situation by giving themselves all between 60-300% raises when the company was already soaked with debt?
  • Rich Hoffman’s response:  Because it is irrelevant. It is the ownership and managements job to operate the company, not the employees. Collective bargaining is a destructive enterprise. Think of it like everyone in a car trying to drive that car. Everyone wanting to turn in different directions. It doesn’t work, yet that is what collective bargaining does. It is the driver’s job to drive the car, and that is management. If the driver crashes and kills all in the car by their mistake that is very sad, but the responsibility for driving the car is the driver, not the passengers. If you think the management is bad and is going to wreck the car, then get out of it and find some other car to carry you around. That is the choice, and luxury of the employee. It may not pay the same, but it gives more freedom of movement than those in management who take all the hard risks.
  • Communist Union Lover:   Ok, let’s get something out-of-the-way first: collective bargaining inevitably exists in the free market since we all pursue self-interest, and the employees of a company like Hostess share common individual self-interests. It doesn’t matter if collective bargaining is “destructive” because it is going to exist in the free market no matter what, minus a concerted effort by the government to destroy union labor. Public sector unions are a different issue.   A large part of why Hostess failed is because they have not adapted to the marketplace and their staple products have lost popularity. That is not anyone’s fault but the better judgment of the American people. The company carried a lot of debt but whether or not debt or union contracts was the main issue is not really what’s important to me. Management was trying to cut Bakers’ pay by 8%, benefits by 32% at the same time that the CEO gave himself a 300% raise and nine other executives received 60-100% raises and they owed $160M to the employees’ pension. I want to know what kind of management team looks at their company, sees how terrible of a condition its in and undertakes such venal measures at the expense of the employees and then expects people to believe that the union destroyed the company. Anyways, apparently the employees would rather let management be the victims of their own decisions than continue with the company. The free market at work.
  • Rich Hoffman’s response:  That’s a reasonable response. I would bet that the employees saw the writing on the wall and probably should have stepped out of the car at a stop sign–since the driver was apparently drunk. The driver too (management) knew the condition of the car was bad so they drank more to forget about it making the situation worse for everyone. The CEO and key management knew the bankruptcy portion would be painful and an insult to their leadership so they padded their pockets for the exit while the decision was still theirs. The employees who lost their jobs will find other jobs if they want them. But the CEO and management might have more difficult time. After all who wants to hire a management team from Hostess that ran the company into a tree?

It is sad that so many people in America have been infected like progressive zombies this hatred of capitalism.  It is odd that the same mouths that utter such support against capitalism will spend their entire weekends watching American Football which is essentially a game of capitalism invented to reflect Americas economic engine compared to the game of soccer that the rest of the world plays.  American Football is a game of capitalism whereas soccer is socialism.  I say that primarily because the fundamental rules of the game dictate such suggestions.  Football is all about gaining yards on the field of play and scoring eventually as an enterprising team moves the ball down the field.  In American Football a defense becomes offsides when a player jumps into the neutral zone prior to the ball being snapped.   In Soccer a player is offsides when an offensive forward or halfback gets behind a defensive fullback when the ball is lobbed down the field.  In American Football this kind of outmaneuvering is considered great.  In European Soccer, it is penalized.  This is in essence what every labor union is trying to impose on every business, this idea of fairness that one might find in soccer where two teams might smack the ball around for two hours and only score 2 points.  In American Football a good score would be in the 20’s or 30’s.  That is the big difference between capitalism and socialism, one produces many more points but might be considered unfair for those not fast enough or strong enough to keep up with the various offenses in the games of life.  Socialism—always leading to communism makes fairness the primary motivator, but leads to a boring game where the ball just bounces randomly all over the field until someone just so happens to get lucky and score.

The way to solve America’s economic problems is to ban all aspects of socialism in favor of pure capitalism.  Just like in American football, more rules lead to fewer points.   More rules lead to the game of soccer, which is what Europeans call—(football).  They do not think the way Americans do, and their opinions on matters of goodness, fairness, and economic fortitude need to be cast aside for the good of the world, because like the union lover shown above—they do not have the intellectual understanding to help themselves, much less anyone else.

In modern America it is only the Tea Party who today is advocating the health of capitalism and for that they are called “terrorists” by supporters of progressive socialism.  That makes it very easy to see who the enemies of America truly are.  But the path to limited government and strong fiscal business markets is in more capitalism and less socialism—and it is the goal of the Tea Party to help re-teach Americans about capitalism as the labor unions have spent so many years teaching a hatred for the primary economic force that stands behind individual freedom—which is capitalism.

This is what we are fighting to keep!

In America we do everything better–BECAUSE of CAPITALISM

Rich Hoffman

www.tailofthedragonbook.com