Friday, October 12, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #77 - Part 2

Outrage of the Week: CEO threatens to fire workers if they vote for Obama

The Outrage of the Week this week is courtesy of David Siegel, the founder and CEO of the giant timeshare company Westgate resorts.

Recently, he sent a long email to all his employees. It started out by saying,
Of course, as your employer, I can't tell you whom to vote for, and I certainly wouldn't interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose. In fact, I encourage you to vote for whomever you think will serve your interests the best. However, let me share a few facts that might help you decide what is in your best interest.
After a fair amount of bluster and fluster, it turns out the that relevant "fact" was this:
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, if you vote for Obama, it could cost you your job.

He ends up by threatening that if Obama wins, he will simply shut down the company and retire, putting everyone out of a job.

This sort of transparent manipulation, the obvious bullying and threats, this is hardly unknown or unprecedented in corporate America - but it is still an outrage.


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