Eat at Wendy's

Or at McDonald's, if you're so inclined. Here's the reason why.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Retail/2014/08/25/Burger-King-Mulls-Tim-Horto...

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Why do you hate capitalism and the free market?

If this deal goes through, should Islamist militants decide to target any BK restaurants in foreign nations, I hope the State Department tells the terrorists, "Have it your way." Hell, I'm not sure about extending police protection to domestic Burger Kings.

Patience is a great virtue.

You dirty liberal!

I will eat where ever I please....In fact....now I have a craving for a couple whoppers with cheese and a side of onion rings.....

Boycotting and cutting business will only force layoffs of LOCAL workers....

And I notice you didn't call for a boycott of Canadian based Tim Horton's...did you thank them for investing in OUR economy?

Nope.

How about you promote a lower corporate tax rate instead of trying to dictate to others what they are allowed or not allowed to eat.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Agreed, if Canada has friendlier business rules I don't blame Americans for merging with Canadian businesses.

MikeyA

AND YET THEY HAVE BETTER HEALTH CARE, HOW THE FUCK DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT?

I disagree that it's better.

It's just "free". I disagree that "free" = better.

MikeyA

their health care system. In a recent survey, 80% of Canadians state that they would not trade in their current socialized health care system for a totally free market system. America, with or without Obamacare, has not had the best health care in the world in decades. What we do have is the most expensive health care in the world -- by far!

Economically, one of the reasons why U.S. companies have a hard time competing in the world marketplace is because every other developed nation in the world has a national health care system which takes the burden of providing health care off of American businesses. Talk to anyone who has been in business over the past 40 years in this nation. They all will complain about the skyrocketing cost of health care for their employees, and how that cost affects their ability to compete.
And Obamacare is not even close to a national health care system. I can't help but laugh and shake my head when some ignorant right-winger points to Obamacare as an example of socialism. How ludicrous! Why do you think we haven't heard of the large health care insurers complaining the way they did when the Clintons wanted to implement a true national health care system back in the 1990s? The private sector insurers LOVE Obamacare. Obamacare subsidizes private insurers. It helps to keep them profitable. Obamacare has given them millions of additional customers, and multi-millions of dollars in federal subsidies! If anything, Obamcare is the OPPOSITE of socialism. And Obamacare is virtually the same system as that which that champion of free enterprise, Willard, instituted when he was Governor of Massachusetts. It is Romneycare on a nationwide basis!
In addition, one BIG cost. which a single-payer system like that in Canada does NOT have, is the cost to administer the over 100 different kinds of insurance the American people have. Most large health care practices, and all hospitals, have a separate department of their own, or have a contract with a company, just to deal with billing because of the myriad of health care plans that make billing a nightmare for health care professionals. And what do those billing employees contribute to your better health or mine? NOTHING!!! What a waste! That doesn't happen in Canada...or the UK...or France...or Germany...or Japan...or China...or India...or...
And, often, it is one of these employees, responsible only for billing, not your better health or mine, who makes the final decision about whether or not you, or I, or someone we love gets a certain procedure. And Americans fear a federal bureaucrat deciding our fates, when, for decades, we have had corporate bureaucrats deciding our fates?! And those corporate bureaucrats only care about the infamous "bottom line" for their companies. They don't care one whit about your health or mine!

When we're doing things one way, and the entire rest of the developed world is doing things another way, shouldn't we at least consider the possibility that their way might be a trifle better?

That wait times for common procedures are way longer than the US......what the HELL does this have to do with Burger King?

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

I have no faith in the Federal Government being able to oversee a nationalized health care system. They already have proved inadequate at providing health care to veterans.

Obamacare is not total socialization of medicine but it is a social program and thus is a form of socialism. A nationalized healthcare system is not the only way to socialize medicine. "Why do you think we haven't heard of the large health care insurers complaining the way they did when the Clintons wanted to implement a true national health care system back in the 1990s?" Because for all the demagogery the Dems did during the debate about how bad Health care companies are they most certainly opened the process up to them which is why premiums are rising - see my first paragraph.

" Obamacare has given them millions of additional customers, and multi-millions of dollars in federal subsidies!" But it doesn't insure as many people as we were told it would, those not insured by it have seen premiums rise, and they keep delaying the employer mandate which is where the real affects will come into play.

"That doesn't happen in Canada...or the UK...or France...or Germany...or Japan...or China...or India...or..." You know what else doesn't happen in those other countries? The ammount of medical breakthroughs we have.

The problem with medical insurance is still not the premiums we pay. It's the premiums doctors pay. That is the cost of rising medical care (not addressed by O-care) and why premiums of the covered continue to rise (not addressed by O-care).

Obamacare is an abortion, it's bureacruacy, it causes more problems than it solves.

MikeyA

P-1. The federal government is NOT "providing health care" under Obamacare.

P-2. The "demagoguery" to which you refer has NOTHING to do with the stands of the giant health care providers. They all strongly opposed the Clinton plan for a true national health care system in the 1990s. "Demagoguery" didn't stop them then!

P-3. I never claimed Obamacare is perfect, nor even that I favor Obamacare.

P-4. "Medical breakthroughs" have NOTHING to do with our overall health care system. Medical research is totally separate from medical insurance. A lot of this research is done with grants from the federal government you hate so much!

P-5. You're right! Obamacare does little if anything to address the outlandish cost of health care in this country compared to every other developed nation IN THE WORLD! More needs to be done.

P-6 You're dead wrong! Obamacare has been lifesaving. Over 8 million people are now covered under insurance provided through those initiatives.

One more comment. If more governors had committed to developing statewide health care insurance exchanges, there would be even LESS uninsured than still exist. Large states, like California, and small states, like Kentucky have been very successful in this regard. It's most interesting to me, that almost every state which chose to let the federal government handle these health care exchanges, instead of developing one for her/his own state, has a Republican governor. Isn't it Republicans who claim that they want state and local governments to do more, and the federal government to do less?

Oh yes, let us not forget all the SUPPOSEDLY PRO-STATES' RIGHTS REPUBLICAN-DOMINATED STATE LEGISLATURES AND GOVERNORS who, instead of RUNNING THEIR OWN EXCHANGE TO KEEP THE FEDS' HANDS OFF, DELIBERATELY CHOSE TO HAND EVERYTHING TO THE FEDS!

Remember THAT, you TeaTards, when voting come November. Perhaps y'all should vote Dem or third-party or abstain or write-in someone in protest?

Good post, Dale!

THEY DO NOT HAVE BETTER HEALTH CARE!

http://www.factcheck.org/2007/12/comparing-health-care-in-canada-to-the-us/

However, on most measures of patient-reported physician quality, Canada comes out slightly ahead of the U.S. The Commonwealth Fund report shows somewhat fewer reported physician errors, lab errors, medication errors and duplicate tests north of the border, and Canadians report more satisfaction with their doctors. General health is also better up north, according to the World Health Organization: Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy are both higher in Canada; infant mortality is lower, and maternal mortality is significantly lower.

FACT CHECK SAYS GO FUCK YOURSELF, G-MAN. LOL PWNED!

http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/06/23/us-usa-healthcare-last-idUSTRE...

Reuters) - Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The United States ranked last when compared to six other countries -- Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, the Commonwealth Fund report found.

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2010/jun/mirro...

Among the seven nations studied—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last overall, as it did in the 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last on dimensions of access, patient safety, coordination, efficiency, and equity.

LOL OH DEAR LOOK AT POOR G-MAN

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Mikey, the corporate heads of Burger King thank you and all others in the U.S. military for fighting and dying for their freedom to say "fuck you" to America and seek out a foreign tax shelter. You and Zeit are right. The sense of citizenship, devotion and responsibility to country never outweighs the duty to try to reduce your tax obligation.

Patience is a great virtue.

Don't take single deduction off your federal taxes next year and prove how patriotic you are....

Dumbass.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

I never claimed to be patriotic, Zeit. In fact, I've pitched a pup tent in the back yard of a friend in Michigan and advised local taxing authorities that that is my new primary residence. I will continue to live in Toledo and I expect to receive the same level of police, fire, streets and other services, but Toledo and Lucas County's tax rates forced me to undertake my personal inversion. I will reconsider officially moving back when taxes here are reduced to a percentage I consider acceptable.

Patience is a great virtue.

I don't believe that for a second.....

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

One's patriotism is not determined by where they eat, where they choose to base their business, or what they choose to drive. But that is my opinion.

If they feel strongly that America is not friendly enough for their business they do have the right to move it. That's freedom. That's freedom I fight for. Sometimes it means I fight for freedoms I don't always support, free speech I don't always support, taxes I don't always support, but we have an imperfect system I believe in.

MikeyA

will the people who drive dodge Fiat ram pickup trucks with the "out of a job yet?" bumper stickers eat at mcdouggies, or BK?

The outrageously high costs of health care in this country adds hugely to the costs of doing business. Yes. I have practical business experiences. I grew up in a very small business with my father for 15 years. Then, as an officer in a statewide union for 26 years, the last 6 as treasurer, (part-time...I was still a full-time teacher concurrently), I helped formulate and oversee budgets which included personnel costs.

As a per cent of GDP, no other developed country even comes close to the costs in America. As of 2011, we spend nearly 18% of our per capita GDP on health care. Canada spends a little over 11%. That's nearly 7% more for us to absorb. 7% more that does not go into other areas of our economy. And what do we get for this expenditure? Very successful health insurance companies, that's what! Not better health care; but, rather we get healthy balance sheets for those who invest in health care companies!

I just want to point out the irony of this post.

It's a post on healthcare as a part of the rising cost of doing business.

The initial post is on a company moving to Canada to avoid taxes which are.... rising it's cost of doing business.

What that company doesn't have to do... YET, is provide healthcare. Oh wait... next year they will as mandated by Obamacare. The large portion of the law that we conveniently haven't seen take hold yet.

MikeyA

The United States should do what every other developed country in the world does. We should cut the health insurers out of the equation. A single-payer system is so easy to implement compared to what we have now. All that money going to bookkeepers, insurance bureaucrats, and the giant insurance companies, along with their stockholders, could be saved and/or spent on better health care!

Which part of the United States having the costliest health care system in the world by far, while we trail many other developed countries in our overall health and life expectancy, do you not understand, Mikey?

What a solution to companies leaving the country because the taxes are too high. Let's start a new program that requires new taxes!

Nothing the Democrats are suggesting will lower our health care costs.

MikeyA

"Nothing the Democrats are suggesting will lower our health care costs."

Then why did you and all your Republican friends like Romneycare before Obama stole it (like black men do) and put his name on it?

This might be difficult for aCOWARD to understand. Romneycare was enacted by a state legislature, not the federal government. If you did not like the program you can move to another state, you can take your business to another state. Under the federal mandate there is no place to run except out of the country, which we see some companies doing. Who are all these people you know by the way who like Romneycare, don't count me in that group. It was a huge mistake for him.
p.s. how's the complaint going? Can you show us the first draft of your letter yet?

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

why is the unemployment rate in Massachusetts well below the national average? In July, the U.S. unemployment rate was 6.2%. Ohio's was 5.7%. Massachusetts had a rate of 5.6%. BTW -- the states with the 2 highest rates in the nation are Mississippi at 8.0% and Georgia at 7.8%. The significance here is that both Ohio and Massachusetts are states WITHOUT right-to-work-for-less laws, and Georgia and Mississippi have LONG had right-to-work-for-less laws on their books!
In addition, Ohio's Governor Sick is doing what he, himself deems impossible. Governor Sick stated during the debates about SB-5, that he could not possibly have a reasonable state budget unless SB-5 became law, because the unions would never allow him to cut the budget enough. And, of course, he added with the full support of former Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, that local governments ALSO needed SB-5 in order to keep their cities from bankruptcy. No right-to-work-for -less law, no SB-5, and Ohio's state budget is in balance and growing, and Toledo is balancing its budget, and Ohio and Toledo unemployment rates are down! But, Governor Sick and Mayor Bell told us that this would be impossible unless we took collective bargaining rights away from Ohio's public employees. And, their hidden agenda, and your open agenda, is to make Ohio a right-to-work-for-less state like Georgia and Mississippi. And if Romneycare has sent companies scurrying away from Massachusetts, AND Massachusetts does NOT have right-to-work-for-less laws, how could that state have such a comparatively low rate of unemployment?
Fred -- I know that you have stated that everything you post here is meant to improve your ratings, so give it your best shot. Ignore facts. Appeal to your listening audience.

You are comparing unrelated statistics.

Healthcare does not cause unemployment to go up or down.

The reason Republicans have no issue with each state determining it's health care laws is what is good for one state may not be good for another. Having car pool lanes make sense for California but not for Montana. The same is true of healthcare. The health of individuals in Maine is drastically different for those in Hawaii. The demographics and weather are two major factors. So having a cookie cutter healthcare management system that applies to both doesn't make sense.

If 50 states want to pass their own version of Romneycare I say go for it. They can manage things much better at a state level, make changes easier, and fix problems at the lowest possible level. I am in favor of RTW. But I am not in favor of national RTW legislation. It is up to each state to decide those issues not the federal government.

MikeyA

facts. Facts get in the way of their opinions!

Per capita personal income as of 2010, the last year I could find at the INFOPLEASE site:
Massachusetts -- $51,552
Ohio ---------------- $36,421
Georgia ------------ $35,490
Mississippi ------- $31,186 (51st in the nation, including D.C., of course)

Right, Fred! Romneycare has certainly killed business and workers in Massachusetts all right! I hope that Obamacare does the same for the nation. What was it you stated about Romney and Romneycare? "It was a huge mistake for him [Romney]." Some mistake! Wish Ohio had a governor and legislature which made that same type of mistake years ago!

That's not the way stats work.

Mississippi has been one of the poorest states for decades if not centuries. Likewise Massachusetts has been one of the richest for over a century. It didn't suddenly get rich due to Romneycare.

MikeyA

Please refer to comment below.

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Companies that do inversion still pay taxes on profits made here, they just don't pay US taxes on profits made in another country. They do however pay that country's taxes to that country.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

As a longtime union activist, the most fascinating lesson I learned about union-management relations was that poor managers use the union contract as an excuse to not get things done. If anything goes wrong, poor managers blame a union contract. Successful managers work things out within the framework of the union contract.

The most successful principal with whom I worked personally, made great changes at the school where I spent most of my teaching years. He did NOT use the union contract or the union leadership at the school as scapegoats. He understood that nothing succeeds unless those who actually implement changes with the student/clients are full partners in developing new programs and approaches. Not only did our test scores rival and sometimes surpass a TPS school with better demographics than we had, we sometimes outscored a bordering district with better demographics!

Excellent managers work in a truly cooperative manner. A poor manager's idea of cooperation is, "This is my idea. You will cooperate by implementing it this way. Or you may transfer or quit!" That's the type of thing that right-to-work-for less has brought to states with high unemployment like Georgia and Mississippi!

Right-to-work-for-less has done NOTHING to help Mississippi get out of the economic doldrums.

Massachusetts has had an excellent economy for decades! NOT HAVING right-to-work-for less has not hurt Massachusetts one bit!

Don't forget that one of those states has a tradition of good education and one of those states is the home to lots of Creationist Baptists, for example. I'm sure a fair few executives and accountants learned the hard way that relocating or expanding your business to an area filled with morons means that you're going to end up hiring a ton of morons and your training costs and associated costs for repeated recruitment when you have to keep firing the stupid people and replacing them with people you hope will be less stupid, and your production/customer service/whatever is going to be affected as well.

It's a race towards the bottom to see who can give all the profits to the top.

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