Leading up to the election, stories of conservative business owners trying to intimidate their employees into voting for Romney by distributing memos about how they’d have “no choice” but to lay off staff if Obama won seemed like a weekly occurrence. Of course, most reasonable people assumed these were just obnoxious scare tactics and empty threats. But one small business owner and all-around rad sounding dude in Las Vegas wasted no time: less than 24 hours after the election he sacked 20% of his entire workforce.
The man, who unsurprisingly wished to remain anonymous, told a Las Vegas CBS affiliate: “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… 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 [sic] I have to think of as a business owner.”
Yesterday John Boehner acknowledged that a compromise will be required to revamp the tax code before January and said that though the House won’t suddenly bend to Obama’s vision completely it will work with him to find a compromise. In other words, we have no frigging idea what the U.S. tax code is going to look like next year.
But our hero from Las Vegas wasted no time. By the end of yesterday he’d already fired 22 of his 114 employees. He also threw in a little light racism for good measure:
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.
Again, not even John Boehner or the president have any idea yet what kind of taxes or regulations are coming this guy’s way.
Congratulations Mr. Whoever You Are, you are the douche of the month!