Surely there must be a Law governing threatening employees with losing their jobs if they do not vote the way you, as their employer, want. Isn’t there?
We have seen what amounts to blatant attempts at election rigging by two mega rich Romney backers. Their motives are pure greed, because it’s not about their concern for their workers, but using their workers to sway the election so that they won’t have to pay more taxes.
On the one hand we have David Siegal, a Florida real estate tycoon who claims he was responsible for the election of George W Bush and is building a 90,000 sq. foot mansion known as ‘Versailles’, who wrote an email to his 9,000 workers telling them that if they voted for Obama, they would probably lose their jobs.
The workers would lose their jobs because he, David Siegal may have to pay more personal income tax and that may jeopardise his plan of building the biggest most expensive mansion in America?
That is plain GREED and nothing more. A return to the Victorian robber barons who cared little about their workforce. To raise the spectre of being fired in a recessionary period is nothing less than blackmail, extortion and moral corruption. And I thought we were in the 21st century not the 19th.
Another Greedy Bastard is Bob Murray of Murray Energy Corporation, the largest Privately Owned Coal company in the USA, in Ohio of course, a key election state. He told his workers that they had to take a day off without pay to attend a Romney Rally and be filmed as the background to Mitt. If they didn’t there were veiled threats that they would be fired. A company spokesperson told a local news radio station. “Our managers communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend”.
That’s an interesting statement. Also uneducated.
Mandatory, but nobody was forced to attend?
Doesn’t the spokesperson know the definition of ‘Mandatory’? Which is: ‘required by law or mandate; compulsory: from the Latin mandatum meaning something commanded’.
Murray Energy Corporation is also being investigated for requiring workers to donate to Republican candidates including Willard “Mitt” Romney under threat of losing their jobs if they don’t.
Then there is a certain Richard Lacks, CEO of Lacks Enterprises, a car-part manufacturer, based in Michigan who urged his workforce to vote for Romney. He employs 2,300 workers.
Among Republicans ranks, morality and ethics are words that they do not understand, nor do they seem to understand that it is illegal to force people to donate, vote for or support a candidate not of their choice through extortion, blackmail and blatant threats. And yet nothing seems to happen to these people. When the same thing happens in other countries, the Republicans are the first to point the finger, and call it gross corruption. And yet when they do it, they’ll tell you it is for the good of the country.
Is this really the Government we want for this country?
All the examples above are mega rich GREEDY BASTARDS who care little for anyone except their own self centered lives, and are prepared to use their workers as ammunition to blast at the opposition.
These people are cowards of the first order, prepared to sacrifice everybody else for their own indulgence, and they will control the country if Romney is elected.
The fact that these people are in a higher tax bracket means they are earning money. Would they rather be in a “no tax” bracket because they are not earning enough to live on? Oh I forgot, they are already sheltering all their money and like Romney only pay around 13% anyway.
In the words of Scottish whisky millionaire Sir Thomas Robert Dewar (1864-1930): “Nothing hurts more than having to pay an income tax, unless it is not having to pay an income tax.”
For those Republicans who doesn’t understand what Dewar said, read the previous paragraph.
If the Republicans are prepared to take these threatening war-like tactics against their own people, just think what they will do to any foreign country who they think are a threat.
I have said many times, that the Neo-Cons have one Policy. It is called WAR. I wrote about it in my book AN UNQUIET AMERICAN, and I was been proved right when Dubya took this country to War against Iraq and War against the non-wealthy working population of America. If they are prepared to sacrifice their employees for greed and ideology, sacrificing young men and women on the battlefield is but a logical step. Cowards always sacrifice other people to further their own ends.
Recently I wrote a blog entitled “Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney – ‘The Flim Flam Man'” likening him to the con-man in the film of that name. All show, dazzling smile, and no substance. A man who will tell you what you want to hear, not what you need to hear. A man who relies on emotive phrasing without factual back-up. A man who ignores reality if it doesn’t fit with his agenda. A man who will lie, cheat and steal the nation’s goodwill and trust simply to be called President.
If this country really wants to return to the Dubya era of policies that will bring about another war in the Middle East and another even worse recession worldwide, then by all means vote for Willard “Mitt” Romney.
If you are of a mind not to commit Social and Economic suicide, then there is only one choice.
Re-elect President Barack Obama.