Tonight at Worthy Headquarters, the entire team dined in on Papa Johns Pizza. “Papa” has a delicious new meatball and pepperoni special for $11 that our team simply couldn’t refuse. Unfortunately, this may be our last Papa John’s Pizza for a while. The Papa, it seems is a Big Mitt Romney supporter and a big opponent of the President’s healthcare proposal. Papa John claims that the measure will dramatically increase his costs and he threatens that he may have to cut hours for his employees or lay them off entirely. He charges that local chains may have to penalize their employees to keep pace with the monstrous costs incurred from compliance with Obamacare. Ofcourse these dire claims stand in contrast with the companies recent profit statements. The Company has seen it’s profits increase significantly since 2008, when the President took office. According to the companies own statements, the Obama economy has been pretty good to the “Papa”.
“We had an outstanding second quarter as our system continued its strong sales momentum with significant comparable sales increases for our North American and International operations,” said Papa John’s founder, chairman, and chief executive officer, John Schnatter.
Second quarter 2012 revenues were $318.6 million, an 8.5% increase from second quarter 2011 revenues of $293.5 million. Second quarter 2012 net income was $14.8 million compared to second quarter 2011 net income of $12.1 million
The Question remains for our newsroom and perhaps, your home, should we continue buying Papa Johns Pizza. Papa John is making a blatantly political argument. He is utilizing, selective and questionable data and logic to make his case. He is injecting politics into our Food. He has a right to his opinion but should we continue supporting someone who threatens, unnecessarily to cut his workers hours and wages-when his company is awash in profits. Obamacare doesn’t even take effect for another year and yet, the founder of Papa Johns is making threats against his own workers, on the basis of ideology and not fact. We must decide if his, is an agenda we feel comfortable supporting! Ofcourse we also must consider that everyone has a right to his or her own opinion. We should be cautious about penalizing people or businesses for expressing opinions we disagree with. Do we really want to add to the polarization consuming America’s political discourse by refusing to patronize anyone that fails to vote for our chosen political faction? This is up to readers to decide. We will simply add that the Meatball and Pepperoni Pizza is absolutely, fantastic!