Robert Reich understates the risk of private equity piracy for largely franchised corporations.

Yes: employees get cut and they make it “lean and mean”.

BUT the real  gravy for PE experts, like Warren Buffett, is clawing back franchisees’ operating margins, capital investments and even their personal net worth.

My Canadian and U.S. franchisee friends at Tim Hortons/3G Capital may want to pay attention to Dr. Reich.

Meanwhile, CDN and U.S. taxpayers pick up the tab.

Warren-Buffett dairy queen

See: ‘He copied us!’ Warren Buffet’s Dairy Queen ‘rips off’ Subway

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