The founder of Papa John’s isn’t happy about where the US is headed.
In his new book “Papa: The Story of Papa John’s Pizza,” CEO John Schnatter slams greedy executives and says regulations are steering the country in a dangerous direction — away from the system of free enterprise he believes is crucial to the nation’s success.
“America in 2016 is on the path to becoming what Germany was in 1867,” Schnatter writes in “Papa.”
1867 is the year that Schnatter’s great-grandfather immigrated to the US from Germany, as a young craftsman seeking work.
“[Germany] was profoundly not a land of opportunity,” Schnatter writes. “If you believed the wrong thing, the government attacked you. If you became successful, the government took your money. And if you dared go against the whims and will of society’s rulers, the government beheaded you.”
Now, Schnatter believes the US is headed in the same direction.
“[F]ree enterprise is increasingly under assault by a government that grows bigger with every passing day,” he writes.
Speaking with Business Insider, Schnatter emphasised that he believes that regulation in the US needs to be dialed back to help businesses thrive.
“You’ve got to have free markets with limited government, with the proper amount of regulation where you don’t jam entrepreneurship,” Schnatter said.
In 2012, Schnatter came under fire for saying the Affordable Care Act could be “lose-lose” for Papa John’s franchisees and employees, and said that the law would raise pizza prices. Papa John’s shares slumped about 4.2% during the controversy, Forbes reported.
Schnatter donated $1,000 to President Trump’s campaign, but is wary about getting to too political these days.
“As far as the politics, I have no idea,” he said. “I do think we ought to give the new administration at least a chance to either do better things or to botch it.”
In terms of regulation, at least, President Trump seems likely to redirect the restaurant industry in a direction Schnatter would appreciate. The president has promised to eliminate “wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs.”
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