Obama Outlines Progressive Agenda In Second Inaugural Speech

Obama Outlines Progressive Agenda In Second Inaugural SpeechPresident Barack Obama delivered a forceful defense of the nation’s safety net programs, and vowed to expand gay rights and tackle the problem of climate change in his second inaugural address Monday afternoon.

‘Bipartisanship and unity’

The speech was a bolder and more specific defense of the president’s liberal governing vision than the address he gave four years ago. For his first inaugural address, Obama stuck to a broader outline of his ideals and called on politicians to overcome partisan differences and work together in the face of economic crisis. On national television and before a crowd of hundreds of thousands of spectators who descended on the Mall, Obama staunchly reiterated his belief that gay people should be allowed to marry.

In the same section of the speech, the president made oblique references to gun violence, equal pay for women and immigration reform. The president did make a plea for bipartisanship and unity.


‘Protect equality of opportunity’

The president challenged critics who have argued that the government must reduce its spending and cut back on social welfare programs, including Obama’s health care reform law. Obama said that the country must reduce its deficit, but that the nation must work to protect equality of opportunity, in what seemed to be a reference to his battles with congressional Republicans over taxing and spending.

Obama argued that the nation’s entitlement programs make America stronger because they protect this chance at equality. The president also warned in the 2,095-word speech that the country cannot succeed if a “shrinking few” succeed economically while the middle class suffers.

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Source: Liz Goodwin, Yahoo News

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Papa John’s Faces Reduced Employee Hours Due To ObamaCare

Papa John's Faces Reduced Employee Hours Due To ObamacareThe CEO of popular pizza chain Papa John’s says his employees may face reduced hours and he expects his business costs to rise because President Obama’s re-election most likely insures the president’s health care reform law will be implemented in full.

‘Rising costs’

NaplesNews.com reports John Schnatter made the remarks to a small group at Edison State College’s Collier County campus the day after the election. Schnatter, who supported Mitt Romney in the election, said all Americans having health insurance under ObamaCare is a good, but estimates the change will cost Papa John’s $5 million to $8 million annually.

Schnatter estimated that these rising costs could adversely affect his workers. Since only full-time employees working 30 hours or more must be covered under the new law, he said he expects franchise owners will be forced to cut employees’ hours because they can’t afford the costs of health insurance plans.


‘No expansion or additional hiring’

The comments were not Schnatter’s first statements on ObamaCare. He made headlines in August for telling shareholders the law may lead to increases in the price of his pizza.

In addition, the Applebee’s family restaurant chain is under public attack, including the threat of boycotts after New York-area franchisee Zane Tankel told Fox Business Network that cost increases related to implementing ObamaCare might result in no expansion or additional hiring. Critics appear to have interpreted Tankel’s comments to mean he will layoff employees as a result of ObamaCare.

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Source: Fox News

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