Impending Obamacare Regulation to Take Aim at Craft Beer


Posted by Dennis Cakert on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Amidst the more than 20,000 plus pages of Obamacare lies a regulation that may squeeze craft beer brewers out of business. Why would they ever want to manipulate a thriving industry? Well, regulators claim that Americans consumers are not healthy because they are blissfully unaware of the amount of calories in beer.

As of December 2016, all brewers must include a detailed calorie count on every type of beer they produce. Failure to comply with the new regulations means craft brewers will not be able to sell their beer in any restaurant chain with over 20 locations. Because this is a major market for selling beer, it hamstrings smaller craft brewers if they do not comply.

The Cato Institute estimates the Obamacare calorie labeling requirements will cost a business as much as $77,000 to implement. For larger beer companies, this is a drop in the bucket, but for small, local craft brewers it represents a significant cost that they must pay. As a result, it creates a significant disadvantage compared to larger beer companies who can better absorb the cost of this new regulation.

According to Bart Watson, chief economist of the brewers association “Most of the new [craft beer] entrants continue to be small and local, operating in neighborhoods or towns. What it means to be a brewery is shifting, back toward an era when breweries were largely local, and operated as a neighborhood bar or restaurant.” The increasingly small size of craft breweries means they are faced with a tough decision in light of the impending regulations: cut costs and possibly lay off workers to pay for the calorie labels, or be shut out of one of the most profitable markets for their product. Either way, it is a lose – lose situation for the craft beer brewers and drinkers, an industry that grew 27.8 percent from 2013 to 2014 when it was left alone.

The calorie labeling regulation is just another example of the excessive and wasteful burdens put forth by Obamacare under the guise of protecting our health. A recent study performed by Arizona State University showed that only 16 percent of people even read the calorie information when restaurants willingly provide it.

The fact is, the government has no business telling consumers what they should and should not do. By imposing this new regulation, the Obama administration is threatening the vitality of the thriving craft beer industry.

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Flashback–Archbishop of Mosul: ‘I Lost My Diocese to Islam…You in The West Will Become The Victims of Muslims’

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop

Emil Nona. (Photo: Aid to the

Church in Need) 

The Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who lost his diocese to the Islamic State last year and is now in exile in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan), warned that the suffering in Iraq was only a prelude of what European and Western Christians will “suffer in the near future,” and stressed that the West is endangering itself by welcoming “an ever-growing number of Muslims.”

He also emphasized that while the West says “all men are equal,” Islam “does not say that all men are equal,” and “their values” are not our values.

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” said Archbishop Emil Nona, as reported in Corriere Della Sera on Aug. 9, 2014.

“I lost my diocese,” said the archbishop.  “The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.”

“Please, try to understand us,” he said. “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever-growing number of Muslims.”

“You are also in danger,” he continued.  “You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles.

“You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal,” said the archbishop.  “Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”

French spectators flee the national

stadium after Islamic State terrorists

exploded suicide bombs at two gates,

Nov. 13, 2015.  (AP)

Emil Shimoun Nona is the archbishop for the Chaldean Catholic diocese of Mosul, which is in northern Iraq. The Chaldean Catholic Church is an Eastern Rite church in full communion with the bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, and the Catholic Church worldwide.

Reportedly, all Christians have fled Mosul, many of them into Jordan. The Islamic State jihadists told the Christians  in Mosul in June 2014 to either convert to Islam, pay a tax or be killed, reported the New York Times.

Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city and has been a home to Christians for 2,000 years.

The Islamic State is the group that is responsible for the Nov. 13 massacre in Paris, France, which killed at least 129 people and injured 352 people.

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