This evening the story below popped up on the local news and I had to find out if it was actually true, because frankly I had a hard time believing it. Someone more knowledgeable may tell me this occurs all the time. Maybe it does and I’m just naive or stupid, but I was shocked to find out this news story was true.
Boy, what an example of how money + power, when possessed by evil men, can lead to the abuse of others;
The super-rich guy who claims he’s the one who got George W. Bush elected is doing everything he can to make sure Mitt Romney wins in November too. David Siegel, the founder and CEO of giant timeshare company Westgate resorts, sent an opus-like email to his workers, railing against one-percent bashing and arguing that the president’s reelection would “threaten your job.”
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.
Siegel isn’t the first CEO to push his political preferences on his employees. Bob Murray, CEO of coal company Murray Energy, allegedly pressured his workers to donate money to the Romney campaign. Murray energy workers have also accused the company of forcing them to participate in a pro-Romney rally, give up a day’s worth of pay and face the possibility of getting fired if they didn’t. And Richard Lacks, CEO of car parts manufacturer Lacks Enterprises, urged his employees to vote for Romney on the basis of the claim that four more years of Obama would mean a boost in taxes and a decrease in pay. (source)
You can read the complete memo sent out by Dennis Siegel to his employees, including his veiled and not so veiled threats, HERE.
The book of Ecclesiastes comes to mind,
Ecclesiastes 4:1 Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed–and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors–and they have no comforter.
Ecclesiastes 5: 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners.
Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt.
One last thing. Actually a question. Am I alone in thinking this presidential election has become a real eye opener? I’ll be 65 before this year ends and have seen my share of elections, but this one is different. Its just a feeling but I believe this election will forever change American politics. There are specific reasons for why I believe this, but its probably better if I keep them to myself for now. Do you have any thoughts on this?