Los Angeles' Republique Restaurant on La Brea healthcare surcharge draws strong responses

  • metta

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    Feb 19, 2014 7:56 AM GMT
    Restaurant's healthcare surcharge draws strong responses

    The owners of Republique on La Brea have added a 3% fee to every bill to pay for insurance for every employee. But not all patrons are biting.
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    Feb 19, 2014 11:39 AM GMT
    People should be aware of the costs imposed by government regulation. I'd go much further, having all retailers of every kind listing all taxes paid for each item, from food to gasoline, and then stop automatic payroll deductions for income taxes, and make everyone send a check every quarter. Then watch how many people suddenly care about government spending. The whole city of Washington, D.C. would be lynched within a year.
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    Feb 19, 2014 4:27 PM GMT
    ^

    As a business owner (and owner of a very small corporation), I'm aware of many of the taxes. But in most cases, I don't think they are excessive. The government has a right to pay its bills. And as individuals, we have a responsibility to contribute to make sure that the government is able to. Some people, from the tea party, want to squeeze so much money out of the government so that it is unable to function. I don't think that is acceptable.
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    Feb 19, 2014 4:39 PM GMT
    metta8 said^

    As a business owner (and owner of a very small corporation), I'm aware of many of the taxes. But in most cases, I don't think they are excessive. The government has a right to pay its bills. And as individuals, we have a responsibility to contribute to make sure that the government is able to. Some people, from the tea party, want to squeeze so much money out of the government so that it is unable to function. I don't think that is acceptable.

    It's all a matter of perspective and I have a different one than yours. I see government excess, waste, pork, runaway entitlements. I bet I am just as sympathetic as you towards those in real need, but that has been used as an excuse for bloated government. As for the topic at hand, if a private firm, in this case a restaurant, wants to itemize their charges and publicizes them ahead of time so diners are not surprised when they see the check, I see no problem.
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    metta8 said^

    As a business owner (and owner of a very small corporation), I'm aware of many of the taxes. But in most cases, I don't think they are excessive. The government has a right to pay its bills. And as individuals, we have a responsibility to contribute to make sure that the government is able to. Some people, from the tea party, want to squeeze so much money out of the government so that it is unable to function. I don't think that is acceptable.


    How much would be too much?? When would enough be enough for you??
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    Feb 21, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    Blakes7 saidPeople should be aware of the costs imposed by government regulation. I'd go much further, having all retailers of every kind listing all taxes paid for each item, from food to gasoline, and then stop automatic payroll deductions for income taxes, and make everyone send a check every quarter. Then watch how many people suddenly care about government spending. The whole city of Washington, D.C. would be lynched within a year.


    Lol more regulated taxation could aalso decrease unemployment? :-)
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    Feb 21, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
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    metta8 said^

    As a business owner (and owner of a very small corporation), I'm aware of many of the taxes. But in most cases, I don't think they are excessive. The government has a right to pay its bills. And as individuals, we have a responsibility to contribute to make sure that the government is able to. Some people, from the tea party, want to squeeze so much money out of the government so that it is unable to function. I don't think that is acceptable.

    It's all a matter of perspective and I have a different one than yours. I see government excess, waste, pork, runaway entitlements. I bet I am just as sympathetic as you towards those in real need, but that has been used as an excuse for bloated government. As for the topic at hand, if a private firm, in this case a restaurant, wants to itemize their charges and publicizes them ahead of time so diners are not surprised when they see the check, I see no problem.



    I don't think that most Americans, Republicans or Democrats, support waste. It can of course be found in the government as well or corporations. And I will say that many of the benefits that government employees receive are out of hand, in California, especially on a city and State level. I just want individuals, companies, corporations, and the actual government to be treated fairly. The extreme opinions don't really help us get any where.

    I will not be one of those people who believes that the government cannot do anything right. Nor one of those people that believes that everything should be privatized and done for profit.

    I would rather see things put in place to reduce corruption. I think that would help to make things work better for all of us.

    For example, it is a radical idea, but I would love to see an end to ALL FORMS of donations to politicians, including the ability for politicians to contribute to their own campaign. That alone would, over time, change the makeup of our government and put more importance on votes. Democrats and Republicans will probably not allow this because they know how to work the system as it is. And, it would most likely increase the number of politicians from third parties. I think that would be beneficial as well.

    I also think that Congress should not be allowed to do insider trading.
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    Feb 21, 2014 9:48 PM GMT
    It's nice to read your thoughts. Thank you for finally saying something. What you're saying is just platitudes that anyone could agree with. Government has a long enough track record to show beyond any doubt that corruption, incompetence, and self-serving politicians will always abound. No matter what is put in place, someone eventually finds a way around it. Unless strict term limits are put in place and adhered to(and I aint holding my breath), I see the US as falling down the same slippery slope it's been on for years, forever declining from it's greatness. I know it's cynical, but I just see it as no hope, it seems to be the way of things, nothing lasts forever.
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    Feb 22, 2014 1:35 AM GMT
    YourName2000 saidThis is just patently stupid.

    Why not itemize everything on the bill? --property taxes, insurance, income tax, heck, why not itemize the cost of labor and the food itself? icon_rolleyes.gif

    I *might* be able to see the point of this if it was unfairly being administered to some businesses and not others, but it's a level playing field: all of their competitors are in the same boat.

    Look, if the price of coffee changes, I expect the shop to simply raise the price of their coffee. To price it at the old price, with a separate line for the increase is simply asinine. It's a cost of doing business...just increase your prices. If you feel the need to put up a sign saying "our recent price increases are a reflection of increased costs due to the ACA", that's one thing. But I'm at a restaurant to be served well, have good food, and enjoy myself....not to be subject to the owners' need to get up on soap box over a law they personally object to. Grow up already.

    It's not just asinine, it's agenda-driven. In fact, speaking as someone who built a small retail chain some years ago, if you tell the public exactly what your costs are, you're inviting them to inform you that your markup is too high. Never mind that part of your markup goes to pay for "shrinkage" (that delightful euphemism for the five-fingered discount), returns that you can't re-sell, overstocks, sale items that don't go, etc. Letting the public see how the sausage is made is simply stupid business, but I don't except Blake the Plumber's Helper to understand any of that. All he's ever done is draw a paycheck from a governmental utility. Ooops, doesn't that make him one of the moochers he loves to look down on? Fancy that.
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    Feb 22, 2014 3:23 AM GMT
    I work for a private utility, doing something other than what that asshole suggested. In fact, I will be working tonight, keeping the utilities functioning normally while most of you are sleeping.