Corporate Leaders threatening employees jobs as leverage to force them to vote for Romney

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Politics | 1 comment

Voter intimidation is rampant in this election.  One would imagine in America that Americans would not stoop to these kinds of things.  The kinds of things we expect to see in places like Iraq or Palestine but here we are in America and seeing corporate business owners intimidating their employees to vote the way they want them to.  It ought to be illegal.

In These Times also reports that employees are restricted in their political free speech on social media outlets.

“It’s just they can intimidate people this way and they can make life miserable for you. The law would be strong enough to protect them probably, but you could be looking at being without your job for nearly a year,” said one Georgia Pacific employee.

One of the most absurd parts of the letter is its hypocritical charges of “cronyism.” The Kochs are two of the most influential figures in modern politics, using their money and political clout to influence elections. Charles Koch once penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed, included in the employee packet, that attacked “partisan rhetoric” and rewards for “politically connected friends.” At the time, we listed the various ways the Kochs personally profit from subsidies and government contracts and attempt to influence the political process through every means possible. Koch Industries has also played a speculative role in hiking oil prices higher for profit. And that “delay” in “important new construction projects,” mentioned in the letter refers to projects the Kochs would profit from, like the Keystone XL pipeline for shipping tar sands.


Spreading lies and threatening the jobs of their employees to elect their personal favorite to office is evil and anti-American.   I’ve come to expect this from the Koch brothers, who inherited a multibillion dollar company that made it’s fortunes in Nazi Germany.

Fred Chase Koch   (September 23, 1900 – November 17, 1967)  chemical engineer and founded the TEXACO oil refinery firm that later became Koch Industries (Chevron).  Koch and its customers were sued for patent infringement,  process for turning crude oil into gasoline.  Litigation effectively put Winkler-Koch out of business in the U.S. for several years.  Koch turned his focus to foreign markets,  including the Soviet Union and NAZI GERMANY,  reportedly with the help of ERICH KOCH. 

The John Birch Society

The foundation is financed via the oil and gas fortunes of Fred G. Koch,  a founding member of the John Birch Society.  Koch  “wrote admiringly of Benito Mussolini’s suppression of Communists in Italy, and disparagingly of the American civil-rights movement.

Seems the rest of the 1% just cannot help themselves either.  billionaire CEO David Siegel had this to say:

But I can tell you, if the US re-elects President Obama, our chances of staying independent are slim to none. I am already heavily involved in considering options that make our independence go away, and with that all of our lives would change forever.

Yeah, instead of being feudal serfs we could retain our freedoms and independence as citizens.  We, Americans, could remember who we are and stop letting the rich and powerful rob us of our rights and dignity as human beings.  That’s how our lives could change forever, if we ignore the bullying and thuggish intimidation of these kinds of men.

Oh and here’s one more:

In the email, obtained by MSNBC’s “Up w/ Chris Hayes,” Allen asked his employees to “give us one more chance to stay independent by voting in a new President and administration,” noting that “that chance goes away” if Obama stays in office.

“If we fail as a nation to make the right choice on November 6th, and we lose our independence as a company, I don’t want to hear any complaints regarding the fallout that will most likely come,” Allen wrote to workers at ASG, a company that has over 1,000 employees and 70 offices.


Lest you think the first two were isolated incidents.  The GOP has nothing to offer working class Americans but the super obscenely wealthy know that they will get all kinds of Government goodies and more deregulation allowing them to pillage as they please if Romney is elected.  The austerity measures the GOP is embracing now have been proven to make the recessions worse in countries where they have been enacted.  See France and Germany.

In a recent paper for the International Monetary Fund, Laurence Ball, Daniel Leigh and Prakash Loungani looked at 173 episodes of fiscal austerity over the past 30 years. These were countries that, for one reason or another, cut spending and/or raised taxes to shrink their budget deficits. And the results were typically painful: Austerity, the IMF paper found, “lowers incomes in the short term, with wage-earners taking more of a hit than others; it also raises unemployment, particularly long-term unemployment.”

Specifically, an austerity program that curbs the deficit by 1 percent of GDP reduces real incomes by about 0.6 percent and raises unemployment by almost 0.5 percentage points. What’s more, the IMF found, the losses are twice as big when the central bank can’t or won’t cut interest rates (that’s a good description of what Europe’s central bank is doing right now). Income and employment don’t fully recover even five years after the austerity program is enacted.


What the proposed austerity measures would do is allow the GOP and their 1% backers to gut our government, thereby reducing protections the public currently enjoys from unethical and criminal business practices.  The sub-prime lending fiasco that precipitated the Great Recession happened because of deregulation that allowed banks to do whatever they wanted to make a quick buck.  Robo signing, now illegal, on mortgages happened with rampant and almost joyful disregard to the people it would eventually ruin.  And why should they care?  They were only preying on the middle class.

America is a great country because of the kind of government we have.  Not because of a lack of government but because we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.  Once our government becomes of the corporate wealthy, by the corporate wealthy and for the corporate wealthy then America as we have always known it, and as we think of it, ceases to exist.

Frankly the GOP has a responsibility to stand up and say that this kind of employee intimidation is wrong.  It is their party and their followers who are engaged in this kind of un-American, unethical behavior.  Romney, if he really cared about America or the GOP, would speak out against this kind of thing.  It should be all over the news and it should be roundly and soundly condemned.  This is not what we expect from America and it is not what we expect from those who are powerful Americans.  This is what we expect to see in the Middle East or Eastern Block countries.

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  1. Wondered how long it would take to see THIS topic. I read about it last week and was furious. Saw more today, THEN say your blog. Truly frightening what some people will do to get elected.

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