Papa Johns Pizza Mogul Speaks Out Against Regulations and to Defend the Free Market

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Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is our kind of businessman. A hard working entrepreneur who viciously defends the free market and is wary of government overreach. In his new book “Papa: The Story of Papa Johns Pizza,” Schnatter decried the cronyism and corruption that has infested our government and the businesses supporting our politicians, while also arguing that overregulation is leading our nation down a dangerous path. 

“America in 2016 is on the path to becoming what Germany was in 1867,” Schnatter writes in “Papa.” 1867 holds special meaning for Schnatter because it was the year that his great-grandfather left Germany and came to the United States.

“[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… free enterprise is increasingly under assault by a government that grows bigger with every passing day.”

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Speaking with Business Insider about the book, Schnatter argued that the government must be scaled back, and regulations limited, if we hope to see a resurgence in America’s business climate.

“You’ve got to have free markets with limited government, with the proper amount of regulation where you don’t jam entrepreneurship.”

The pizza mogul recently donated to Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency, but was loathe to speak out about the hot-button issues of the campaign. “As far as the politics, I have no idea. I do think we ought to give the new administration at least a chance to either do better things or to botch it.”

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