“Elections do have consequences, but so do choices.”
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.”
This business owner echos so many others in sentiment if not in action in the last few days. Contrary to the thinking of many, I doubted that Romney would’ve spared businesses the contingency of repealing the misnomered Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act if elected. This business owner and others like him probably would’ve ended up doing the same thing because of the legislation anyway, just later on down the road. But then that would’ve left little connection between the election and the layoffs. This impact of Obama’s reelection certainly isn’t lost on me and the many others like myself, but I wonder if people make the many other subtle cause and effect connections of policies handed down by government.
The man is right, elections do have consequences, and he’s actually doing people a service with the timing of these layoffs. Government knows this. The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March of 2010. Only in 2014 will the full impact take effect, well after the elections to decide the president just taken place. The idea that anyone can run around with an “I Love Obamacare” bumper sticker when the Act hasn’t fully taken effect serves to illustrate the dulled sense people have with government policies. Seldom can direct connection between the laws instituted by government and the effects of those laws be felt with any sense of immediacy. But then that is how government is a distinct evil.