With the election less than one month away, business owners and “one percenters” are threatening their workers with possible unemployment if President Obama wins a second term.
It was reported last week that Central Florida billionaire, David Siegel, the founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, sent a memo to over 7,000 of his employees threatening to fire them if President Obama was re-elected.
“What does threaten your job, however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration.”
While Segal claims to invest “every dime” he makes into his business and that “Obamacare” could cripple his finances, the Orlando Sentinel points out that Segal is currently building a new 90,000 square foot home, with 30 bedrooms, 10 kitchens and a 20 car garage.
In his memo, Segal told his employees he could reduce the size of his company and retire in the Caribbean where he would have “no employees to worry about.”
The Orlando Sentinel also notes that while Segal places blame on President Obama for his company’s struggles, Westgate is documented to have had major financial problems before President Obama came into office. From the time the Sentinel reported Westgate’s business troubles in September of 2008 until December of the same year, the company had announced over 4,000 layoffs.
In addition to David Segal, Arthur L. Allen, head of ASG Software Solutions, emailed his employees and urged them to vote for a “new president and administration” if they hope to “remain independent.”
“If we fail as a nation to make the right choice on November 6 and we lose our independence as a company, I don’t want to hear any complaints regarding the fallout that may come…I am asking you to give us one more chance to stay independent by voting in a new President and administration on November 6th. Even then, we still might not be able to remain independent, but it will at least give us a chance. If we don’t, that chance goes away.”
Though big businesses are the ones who make a habit of attacking President Obama, many small businesses have done the same, but taken a different approach. According to a local ABC affiliate, a New Jersey business owner has put up a window display that depicts President Obama as a “witchdoctor.” The display outside of Skuby & Co. Lifestyle Clothing in Lake Spring, New Jersey has drawn criticism, but the owner has no plans to remove it.