Message from the rich is clear: Vote Romney or get fired!

It’s bad enough that there are so many people in this country, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, who don’t take the time or interest in finding out for themselves which political candidate might best represent them.

Sadly, too many of them cast their ballots based on the political propaganda they see on television. Some get their directions from religious leaders. Others simply wait until they receive in the mail the candidate endorsements from the political action groups they support. For example, Kansas Republicans have Kansans for Life endorsements and Kansas Democrats have Mainstream Coalition.

I would not classify those folks as well-informed voters capable of make well-informed decisions in the voting booth.

I would call them puppets and they seem to have been increasing in numbers the past 25 years.

And now, something new has been added: The fear of losing your job if you vote against your boss’ political views.

In an email to his employees, billionaire David Siegel, the founder and CEO of Westgate resorts, a giant timeshare company, wrote that re-electing President Obama would “threaten your job.”

Siegel, a strong supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has also claimed he personally got George W. Bush elected president. In the email, Siegel writes:

“If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company.”

In other words: Vote Republican or you’re fired.

Also threatening jobs is Bob Murray, CEO of coal company Murray Energy, who, according to the Huffington Post, allegedly has told employees to take part in a pro-Romney rally and to donate money to Romney’s campaign. If they didn’t, some employees say, they faced giving up a day’s pay and even the possibility of getting fired.

And then there’s Richard Lacks, CEO of car parts manufacturer Lacks Enterprises, who told his employees that if they voted for Obama it would mean an increase in their taxes and a decrease in their pay.

Have you noticed that these three employers are wealthy people?

Hmmm. Coincidence?

Scare tactics began in the Bush administration. The country was on high alert for nearly 8 years and air travelers seemed to get a different color-coded alert about every other day. In the past four years, it’s difficult to remember the last time the color-coded alert as even been mentioned for air travel.

Now, rich ultra-conservative employers have thrust a new level of scare tactics upon their middle-class employees by using the threat of job losses as a way of influencing how they vote.

And that, no matter which candidate or party these employers support, is simply wrong.


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