David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts, made some waves in the news this week when it was discovered he sent an email to his 7,000 employees, telling them that their jobs were in jeopardy if Obama were reelected. According to Mr. Siegel, “The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your jobs. What does threaten your job, however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration”. According to Siegel, a Obama reelection would doom his company and force them to make job cuts. It’s a rather interesting conclusion by Siegel, given that his company has expanded hiring significantly in the last few years with Obama as president. His company dropped to fewer than 5,000 employees after the financial crisis, but has expanded by 40% since then…with Obama as president.
I love the doom and gloom from those on the right, who try to scare the ignorant American voter (roughly, oh, 90% of American voters qualify as ignorant, including voters from both the left and right). Some way, somehow, we’ve survived 3 1/2 years under Obama without a complete collapse of the country. Somehow under Obama, we’ve pulled out of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But for folks like Siegel and other who use scare tactics, it’s the NEXT four years where the “real” Obama will magically emerge and lead us into ruin.
Of course under Obama, for folks like Siegel, “ruin” has meant a mending economy an an expansion of corporate profits. Under Obama, Mr. Siegel has managed to BARELY eke out a working wage…he’s now building the largest private home in the United States. I’d say he’s doing OK. But for the uber-rich, it’s not enough. They want Romney, and policies that are even MORE skewed to benefit the rich and powerful.
So what does the average, INFORMED citizen think of Romney? Who better to ask than the citizens of Massachusetts, who had the “pleasure” of having Romney as their governor. Shortly after being elected, Romney had an approval rating of over 60% in Massachusetts. By the time he left office? Romney had a miserable 34% approval rating. The citizens of Massachusetts personally experienced life under a Romney administration. And by a 2-to-1 margin, they disapproved of the man and his performance.
So…how are you going to vote? Are you a CEO? Well good for you…you can follow the example of CEO Siegel and vote for Romney. While you’re at it, go ahead and threaten your employees’ about their jobs, should they vote for Obama. After all, in America, the ONLY thing that matters is keeping the uber-rich happy.
Alternatively…perhaps you’d rather trust the opinions of the Massachusetts citizens who LIVED under Romney. What presidential candidate, what former governor, has EVER lost his home state by as much as Romney is poised to lose Massachusetts to Obama? What does that say about the man, when those who know him best resoundingly reject the man as a capable political leader?
Who are you going to believe? The uber-rich CEO? Or the people of Massachusetts?