It’s ‘National Papa John’s Appreciation Day’Politics

Pizza. It’s what’s for lunch (or dinner) today, at least for many Americans who will support Papa John’s pizza chain to counter liberal calls to boycott the business.

“National Papa John’s Appreciation Day” has been declared with a Facebook page as word has spread after liberals took offense to founder and owner John Schnatter’s remarks concerning Obamacare and its affect on his business. From Fox News:

Daniel Wetter is just 16 years old, but his plan to support pizza chain Papa John’s amid a backlash of liberal criticism is no pie-in-the-sky idea.

Wetter is part of an upstart group called Rebooting America that is proposing that Friday be a national day of appreciation for the pizza chain, whose chief executive officer is being attacked for saying employees’ hours might be cut to cover the cost of implementing their health insurance under ObamaCare.

The Dayton Daily News noted the event:

The controversy began with comments made by Papa John’s owner John Schnatter that he would raise prices and cut employees’ hours to pay for costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Those comments prompted calls for a boycott, which in turn triggered a call for a National Papa John’s Appreciation Day today.

“Papa John’s has been targeted by the left for a boycott, for simply articulating that ObamaCare would hurt profits and force cutbacks in employee hours,” says the “National Papa John’s Appreciation Day” Facebook event page. “Stand up to this nonsensical and illogical action and support Papa John’s this Friday!” More than 17,400 Facebook users had indicated they were “going” to the Papa John’s event as of late Thursday afternoon.

Denny’s, Olive Garden, and Applebee’s restaurants have also expressed concern that costs will go up to counter the now-unstoppable Obamacare. Though warnings had been issued since the overreaching government health care bill was passed, the reelection of President Barack Obama assured that Obamacare would become the law of the land.

Now the dominoes have begun to fall as the financial reality begins to hit not only businesses but also consumers who will feel the bite in their wallets. For some, one way to protest will be taking time today to munch on Papa John’s pizza and cinnapies.

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  • MD Russ

    While I appreciate Papa John’s standing up and taking a position on ObamaCare, I am less than enthralled with them as a good corporate citizen. They are the defendant in a $250M class-action law suit for sending unwanted spam text messages promoting their pizza. If you have ever been the victim of spam text messages, which you have to pay for receiving, then you can understand what an annoyance it is. I hope that they lose the suit and John Schnatter has to sell his classic gold Camaro SS to help pay the damages.