In the comments section of a recent Salt Lake Tribune story about a smoothie bar owner who charges liberal customers more for their drinks, another Utah business owner expressed his support for the initiative, and said he was also doing his part in the fight against different points of view.
"We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare costs and increased taxes," wrote Terry Lee of Terry Lee Forensics, a digital forensics company based in Cedar City. "Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse, they reap the benefits."
(Urban Dictionary defines Obongo as "a play on Barack Hussein Obama II's last name, citing his roots as a typical Apefrican, bongo beating, bush monkey.")
When the Tribune followed up with him, Lee tried to walk the comment back some, saying "[the employees] were not top performers."
But he readily acknowledged that the part-timers' political views weighed heavily in the decision. "Is your political affiliation protected?" he asked the Tribune rhetorically. "I don't believe it is, but I don't know."
Sadly, it isn't: According to AOL Jobs, only five states currently protect employees from being fired on the basis of their political beliefs — California, New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Mississippi.
However, the employees could potentially file a civil lawsuit against Lee for wrongful termination.
As for Lee's claim that he was offsetting the impending increase in his company's taxes and operating costs due to Obamacare? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act imposes penalties on companies that don't provide a healthcare plan only if they have over 50 employees.
Terry Lee Forensics has nine.
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