[h/t Heather at VideoCafe]
Meet Allen Tharp. Mr Tharp is president of Allen Tharp & Associates, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas. As the current president of the San Antonio Tea Party, Mr. Tharp would like for you to believe he is barely scraping by as a local restaurant service business. Because he is barely scraping by, he wants you to be very sad for him if he has to pay his workers more than one extra dime more than he's paying them now, or God forbid, provide health insurance or pay the penalty for not providing it.
That's what Mr. Tharp wants Cavuto, his guests, and everyone who is gullible enough to buy his bill of goods to know. Here are some things he hopes you and Fox viewers will overlook:
- Tharp is a government contractor. His business has ballooned in the last three years after he landed the exclusive contract to provide food services to Lackland Air Force Base. Tharp is classified as a "SBA Certificated 8a Program Participant,Small Disadvantaged". That means he gets preferential consideration on contract bids. This hasn't stopped Tharp from claiming he built it all without the assistance of government.
- Tharp's business isn't all that small. A single division of his business, Golden Chick restaurants, was expected to rake in $75 million in 2012. Tharp unashamedly confesses that he has taken advantage of the current economic conditions to get cut-rate land and building contractor prices.
Someone needs to tell Mr. Tharp that a big chunk of his profits is being paid for by the government he despises. Someone should also point out that someone looking to expand their business into China and a large chunk of Texas should think twice about filing a federal lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act and whining on national television about how he will cut employees' hours before he will provide insurance coverage for his employees.
People like this honestly make me sick and they might make you sick too. He's all about pimping himself as a disadvantaged small business to get the fat government contracts but doesn't give enough of a damn about his employees to provide health insurance? I wouldn't eat in his restaurants. That's a public health hazard. One employee gets norovirus, breathes on the food, and wham! Customers take home more than their golden chicks.
This taxpayer says if he can't manage to pony up for his employees, I might not be inclined to patronize any of his restaurants, and will suggest that my Texas friends follow suit.