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Darden Restaurants Joins Growing List of Liberal Corporations Celebrating Tax Cuts

Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse, has announced it will save about $70 million due to the GOP’s tax reform bill.

CEO Gene Lee explained how his company’s employees stand to benefit from cuts to the corporate tax rate:

“During the remainder of fiscal 2018, we will invest approximately $20 million in initiatives directly benefiting our workforce. This investment will strengthen one of our most important competitive advantages – a results-oriented culture – as we continue to improve on the guest experience, and position Darden and our brands for long-term success.”

The Orlando, Florida based company joins AT&TAmerican AirlinesBoeingComcastFifth Third BancorpSouthwest AirlinesWells Fargo as the latest to publicly celebrate an expected positive impact from tax reform and announce employee bonuses and/or additional investments in business development. Yet, all of these companies have one thing in common: they directly fund left-wing activists like the Human Rights Campaign and UnidosUS (formerly La Raza) that are fighting the tax cuts.

Darden (1 – Liberal), which supports liberal advocacy on every issue in 2ndVote’s database, has also contributed to the National Urban League, another leftist organization that opposes tax reform.

If the employees at all of these companies are benefitting from the tax cuts, then any dollar used fighting the policy is a direct harm to these same employees. Apparently, these companies care more about funding the liberal agenda than their own employees.

Darden owns the following restaurant brands: LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Season 52, Yard House, and Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Will you help us tell Darden to stop harming its employees by funding leftist activism?

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  • glenbo

    >>”If the employees at all of these companies are benefitting from the tax cuts, then any dollar used fighting the policy is a direct harm to these same employees. Apparently, these companies care more about funding the liberal agenda than their own employees.”<<

    Trump tax cuts…Yay!

    Wal-Mart…Yay for passing it on. Finally something good comes from the GOP.

    I'm eagerly waiting for the "trickle down" effect to hit the rest of Americans especially the non-wealthy.
    And by the way…liberals are free to do as they wish with their tax cuts whether or not they "trickle" it down.
    That's what makes America great.

    • pete39

      “I’m eagerly waiting for the “trickle down” effect to hit the rest of Americans especially the non-wealthy.”
      Glen, you don’t seem to understand the concept of “trickle down,” a term coined by liberals to demean President Reagan and anything related to him.
      When’s the last time YOU worked for an employer who promised to pay you what you were owed as soon as the company showed enough profit?
      If an employer can’t afford to pay employees he doesn’t build or grow, and greed has less to do with it than survival.
      Every $ an employer gives big greedy government is a $ that doesn’t go to an employee, that doesn’t give a person a job.

      Check out Thomas Sowell’s essay on “Trickle Down.”
      http://media.hoover.org/sites/default/files/documents/Sowell_TrickleDown_FINAL.pdf

      • glenbo

        Well, then…Since it works, there’s no problem.

    • The Marathon Man

      Funny how vague Darden’s CEO is about what these “$20M in initiatives directly benefiting our work force” might be. Sounds like Darden is wanting this whole tax reform benefit to blow over so it can return to funneling its leftover cash to lefty causes. And leftists / dems / libs claim to support the little guy? Don’t think so.

      • glenbo

        >>”return to funneling its leftover cash to lefty causes”<<

        "Lefty causes?"
        Such as?

        • The Marathon Man

          If you had bothered to read the article you’d know.

          • glenbo

            >>”If you had bothered to read the article you’d know.”<<

            It's okay to admit you don't know.
            You shouldn't make claims and assertions when you are incapable of backing them up.

  • ladywarrior

    Darden also owns Red Lobster….I don’t eat at any of them because of their policies….

  • xeriscapelady

    GOD bless TRUMP. Please write Mitch & tell him to use the “nuclear option” so only 51 votes needed in the Senate and therefore the hateful liberals that HATE and want to collapse America will be stopped. My daughter works for a company that the previous president nearly destroyed it, and yet they gave a bonus and now she sees more money in her paychecks as the taxes are down for 2018. GOD bless Pres. TRUMP. Mitch, get the nuclear so we can get the WALL, get rid of DACA , as it is illegal; no chain migration, no lottery, and all other things needed to protect America and make it great again. Just think IF Obama had no sent OUR in debt money of 150 BILLION to Iran, then we could have had 15 or more WALLS.

    • your daughter has joined my clutch
      now she feasts on innocents
      and loves the night
      her new owner is her-self
      and she revels in the banquet
      of their suffering and pain and fear