The Daily Rail: Your Presidential Debate Primer for Restaurants

September 26, 2016

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Why it’s important to you: The debates schedule is when elections get serious and presidents are elected. Not because they are particularly influential, but because people realize it’s time to pay attention.

When: Monday September 25th at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST for 90 minutes straight (No Commercial Breaks)

Where: Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY (that’s on Long Island) and televised on all major networks

Who: Moderated by Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News with only candidates polling over 14% in recent surveying. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) and Donald J. Trump (R) made the cut.

What: Presidential debate with the following format.

Six segments of 15 minutes. The moderator asks a question and then each candidate will have two minutes to respond and will respond to each other.

Tentative topics include: America’s direction, achieving prosperity and securing America


Why it’s important to you: These three issues matter to our industry and here’s where they have previously been.

Minimum Wage – No issue has been more hotly contested in our industry than a better than doubling of the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Hillary has gone kicking and screaming into the minimum wage fight. She now favors the increases, but believes the answer is regional labor markets to account for varying income levels. Trump, on the other hand, has been all over the place on the topic, although most recently he entertained the idea of an increased minimum wage. The debate may better define both candidates on this issue.

Paid Leave – This has been a Clinton centerpiece. She proposes paid family leave and claims increased taxes on the wealthy will finance it. Trump just announced his own version and it’s a little less attractive. It points to an unemployment-styled leave benefit that is substantially less valuable as the solution. The rules, as this pertains to small business, will be an important policy change in the new administration.

Affordable Care Act – Three of Clinton goals on healthcare center on cost reduction for the insured. Trump has been universally critical of Obamacare and has called for repeal and replace, repeal and replace (you have to say it twice, as he does, for it to make sense). If you have 50+ on your payroll, this could become a new tax very quickly.


Why it’s important to you: If you want to at least turn the event into sports, debate bingo is your ticket

How about this for some fun with your regulars -- debate bingo! If you visit this site and copy and paste the word list below, it will generate 10 randomly set bingo cards. It can be played like traditional bingo with a row, column or cross covered as winner. But if that goes by too fast, you can change it up and do a multiple rows or a row and column to win. It’s an honor game and it’s irreverent and fun. Put up a tiny stake (appetizer, dessert or small discount all for use another visit) and try to bring some joy from the event.


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