Last week, billionaire CEO David Siegel, who runs a timeshare empire, threatened to fire employees if President Obama is reelected in November, saying in an email, “the economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration.” And Siegel is not alone in pushing his employees to cast their vote a certain way. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes reported today on another CEO — Arthur Allen of ASG Software Solutions — who said in an email to his employees that they’d only have themselves to blame if they lose their jobs if Obama wins. ...Think Progress
This says such bad things about Republicans' (and the US business's) values that it surprises me that some perfectly decent folks still throw their votes away on that party. I think the "bad apple" excuse is way, way overused. Most of what we've been asked to accept as "bad apples" are in fact symptoms of institutions gone bad -- be they significant parts of the military or whole sectors of the American business community.