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The Republican-controlled House Ways and Means Committee started the next Obamacare repeal wave with the first House hearing on the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate. Their poster child was supposed "mom and pop" business buy, Sean Falk, owner of WolFTeaM LLC and President of Nachogang LLC. He testified as a member of the International Franchise Association.

In his prepared testimony [PDF] this "mom and pop" business owner described his "small businesses": franchises of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, Great American Cookies, Mrs. Field’s Famous Brands, and Pretzelmaker. "I bought my first franchise in 1998," he testified, "and through 2008 I was opening, on average, one store per year." Yeah, small business. He's thrilled with the delay, he says, but "[n]avigating the constant changes, waivers, extensions, regulations and clarifications of an already cumbersome law has diverted my focus from developing my business and creating new jobs." In other words, he asked for the delay, got the delay, and is now complaining about how the delay makes his life more difficult and he can't be out there job creatin'.

Like all the other typical "small business" guys who belong to the International Franchise Association. Just a group of mom and pop franchise owners who've joined together to give a ton of money to Republicans. Their 2012 donations:

2012 political donations from International Franchise Association, mostly to Republican candidates and PACs

The $11,000 to the "Every Republican is Crucial PAC" is extra special. No, no agenda here, just the fervent desire to be out creating low-wage, part-time jobs that don't provide any benefits. And killing Obamacare so that they never have to provide their employees benefits.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 08:38 AM PDT.

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