Romney Influences Business Owners

According to a recent report from the website In These TimesRepublican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have attempted to influence business owners to encourage their employees to vote for him in November rather than President Obama.

During a conference call with the National Federation of Independent Business last June, Romney expressed support for a rather questionable practice. A number of business owners have been sending information to their employees suggesting they vote for the Republican if they want their businesses to grow… and if they want to protect their jobs.

“I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections,” Romney told Federation leaders. “Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision, and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.”

At the end of the conference call, Romney encouraged employers to share their political views with workers even if they supported Obama. Of course, there have only been reports of pro-Romney mailings thus far.

Earlier this month, information about the Koch brothers sending information packets to their Georgia Pacific employees surfaced. In the packets were pro-Romney materials, as well as plenty of anti-Obama editorials they wrote themselves. In an enclosed note, the brothers indicated that voting for Obama could lead to higher gas prices and other problems. These packets went out to more than 40,000 workers.

Even more disturbing news involves the CEO of Westgate Resorts, David Siegel, who told employees his employees that Obama’s re-election might result in his having to reduce the size of the company. In other words, voting for Obama could cost you your job.

Personally, I find this very sketchy, especially since Romney and his camp have yet to comment on this story. Is it possible this has been going on during his entire campaign?

I’m not planning to vote for Romney, but still feel he is a decent guy for the most part. But stories like this make me wonder if he cares about anyone but himself and wealthy business owners. We all know about his 47% comments, which I’m willing to accept since candidates always tailor their speeches to specific audiences. Romney was addressing the rich, so he told them what they wanted to hear.

However, if this story is true and this practice has been going on since the beginning of his campaign, I fear Romney is just as sketchy as I first imagined. And making someone like that leader of the Free World probably isn’t the best idea.

Even a bad Obama is better than a Romney who only cares about the people at the top of the economic food chain, at least in my opinion.

Posted on October 18, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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