Jon Stewart On Papa John: Let’s stop pretending bosses have transformed into assholes because of Obamacare

November 14, 2012

Jon Stewart delves into the Republican myth of ‘Job creators.’  Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnattner has come into the spotlight, by taking a political stance just before and now after President Obama was elected. Certainly, not all CEOs are threatening their employees, but a few have come under media attention for lashing out at their employees.  Jon Stewart hits two CEOs for their partisan stance, which resulted in an extreme case of whining publicly.

On last night’s Daily Show, Stewart worked out the real dilemma for Schnatter and his partisan cohorts. “Let’s face the facts,” Stewart says, “Pizza and coal companies are just unlucky enough to have a labor force that can’t be outsourced.”

Stewart adds, “Obamacare is just the latest excuse to wriggle out of the social contract,” Quit with the “I’d love to be able to give employees health care, I just can’t” excuse, he said. Not that they don’t have a legitimate gripe against the president: “If Obama had fought harder for single-payer health care, business owners like you would never have to pay another premium in your lives.”



“That should be easy,” Stewart says,  “take all the millions you donated for partisan political purposes and pump it back into Health Care advances that may ultimately create productivity.”


As reported here, in our first post on Schnatter, Papa John’s CEO is certainly faring well.

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  • Preston Bernard McManners

    Lets not forget Papa’s Mansion, with a guest house that is worth over $7 million alone.

  • Jane Clary Bermijo

    You do know he is a comedian and not news, don’t you?

  • Blackest

    Their pizza fucking sucks that’s why I don’t eat there.

  • olderthandirt

    If everyone here knows so much about how to run a Pizza place. Open your own and see how hard it is to make a profit. And what social contracts are you talking about. If it isn’t in writing you are just in a fantasy world. You go to work. If you don’t like what the boss is offering you. You move on and find a better job. Pizza places are starter job’s. That’s why they are part time. Not a full time career. Get over it and worry about the real things in life. If the place was so bad to work for there wouldn’t be anyone working there.

  • atleastpeoplehatejetch

    haha jetch is massive trolling everyone (unintentionally). this entire discussion board is focused on refuting his (imo completely off-base and blind) arguments. my favorite is how he justifies papa johns cutting jobs and downgrading full-time jobs to avoid providing health care to his employees by arguing that jon stewart doesn’t give away *all* of his money to ‘charity’ either. as if providing health care to employees is charity rather than an essential human right to life (says the rest of the western world, and christianity), and taking a profit hit is equivalent to giving all of your personal savings away. what false equivalences…

  • Batman

    Omg this jetch guy makes me wish Romney won so he could stroke himself off to oblivion.

  • James Brooks

    poopa john’s sucks shit anyway,you couldn’t PAY me to eat that garbage

  • dparks

    i don’t know what all the hipsters are bitching about – Schnattner is giving them exactly what they all voted for; the opportunity to get on the Obamacare Train.. so quit yer whining and enjoy the Socialism ride.. lol

  • Dumbassnation

    Oh god, I don’t even know why you are still arguing about this whole healthcare thing. Get over it people, yes john stewart makes social comments, yes he is a successful talkshow host. The whole thing about obamacare isn’t about punishing successful people it’s about providing an average worker with a health care coverage that doesn’t leave them indebted for the rest of their lives if something would happen to them. As a business owner you can gripe about certain things and taxes are always going to be in your bad book, but you can’t be serious when you gripe about keeping the people working for you healthy. That’s just being an asshole about things.

    We’ve had healthcare coverage for years in Europe, taxes here are higher, but as an employee you can rest easier at night knowing that you’re not up the creek without a paddle, when you get sick or you have an accident.

    You can spout nonsense about me not knowing anything about anything since I’m not ‘Merican, but your recent political discussions have left your nation the laughing stock of the world. Please get it together, maybe reform your educational system, so you might have a less retarded population.

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