Robbin’ A Better Hood

Many of you think that I am a communist with socialist sympathies.  Or a socialist with communist proclivities.  Or that I want to take from the rich and give to the poor.  That I have fantasies of becoming the next Mother Theresa or at least Madonna.  The singer, not the, you know, Madonna.

Nope. Not me at all.
That gum would be in my earrings

But it’s not at all true.  I’m not a socialist, I’m a liberal.  Someday the GOP will understand the difference between a liberal and a socialist.  But certainly not before it’s convenient.  And definitely not before November.

Personally, I work hard and am pretty well paid for my efforts.  I like that.

I also like the fact that my husband works less hard and is paid even better.  Of course that would piss me off royally if I didn’t get to spend more than my share of that haul.

That said, well, I know I’ve been lucky, especially when it comes to the folks I’ve worked for.  Yes, I’ve been incredibly lucky in bosses.  None of them has asked me to do anything illegal, unethical or even too terribly yucky.  Stupid sometimes, annoying at others, but legal and honest and ethical.   And none have ever threatened me.

So when I read this article about a very different type of boss, well I saw red.

Not exactly like this,
but it was definitely red.

Did you hear about David Siegel, the owner of Westgate Resorts?  His estimated net worth is close to $2 Billion.  Yeah.  That’s with a “B.”

You may recall him from the stories about his house, Versailles:

A quaint little cottage, ain’t it?
A mere 90,000 sq. ft.

Here’s the ballroom.

Doesn’t YOUR house have a ballroom?

David made his money selling Time Shares.  You know, those “must have” vacation resort scams?  My parents owned one.  Thanks, David.  Can you say “total rip off”?  I bet you say it a lot.

Now David’s worried.  And that’s never a good thing when all that money is at stake.  You see, David is worried that President Obama may get re-elected.  And David’s worried that if President Obama is re-elected, he might have to pay more taxes.  So he threatened his 7,000 employees, telling them that they may just not have a job if Obama gets 4 more years.

Actually, David held back.  He didn’t cross that line.  No sirreee Bob.  He didn’t tell the folks dependent on him who to vote for!  That would be bullying!  That would be unethical!  That would be illegal!

Here’s what he did say.  I’ll use his words, not mine.  Here’s what David A. Siegel, Billionnaire, said in an email sent to all of his employees on Monday:

As your employer, I can’t tell you whom to vote for, and I certainly wouldn’t interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose. In fact, I encourage you to vote for whomever you think will serve your interests the best.

Good start, don’t you think.  Then he explained to his workers just how hard the life of a billionaire can be:

I eat, live, and breathe this company every minute of the day, every day of the week. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour.

I admit I’d be ticked off if there was no happy hour.  Imagine.

And then David mentioned that his employees might just want to think carefully about who they vote for come November:

If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.

So, when you make your decision to vote, ask yourself, which candidate understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn’t? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of protecting and saving your job. [Emphasis mine.]

David on his Golden Throne

Talk about folks who feel “Entitled”!

So, in spite of the fact that the Presidency offers no such powers, I’m going to lobby hard for something.  Nationalization of David Siegel’s assets.

Yup, I’m going to work towards nationalization of the assets of this asshole.  Just the one asshole.  We could use a new National Park in Central Florida, wouldn’t you say?  Disney gets so crowded these days.  We can call it “OverTheTop-Land.”

Of course, if I hear of more of those buckaroo billionaires screwing with people’s right to vote, well, I might just rethink just how keen I am on nationalization.  Because you know what they say about socialists/communists.  Once they start marching, all the dominoes fall.

Elections matter.  And nobody has the right to tell their employees how or for whom to vote.

[And if anybody seriously thinks that I am either a socialist or a communist, or that I think there is any authority for anyone to nationalize the assets of anybody in the country, you are reading the wrong blog.]

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A special thank you to my friend, frequent commenter and budding author, Clinton, for telling me about this article:  CEO to Workers: I May Fire You if Obama Wins

All the pictures are from Google Images.  Thanks, Google.  What was life like before you?


Filed under Campaigning, Climate Change, Conspicuous consumption, Criminal Activity, Elections, Humor, Hypocrisy, Law, Politics, Real Estate, Stupidity, Taxes

47 responses to “Robbin’ A Better Hood

  1. Go you girl; Sock it to the assholes and with humor yet! You are not afraid to speak your mind. I love it!!


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  3. Really, I wouldn’t want a throne or a ballroom, they are too ornate & would definitely take too much time to dust/clean. But I would take them & turn them into money for the poor & underinsured in your country if it would deprive this &*!! from having them. I don’t like bullies, so I want to punish him for his bullying ways!


  4. What I don’t understand is why I as an Americorps Volunteer with a tiny tiny (did I say tiny) salary am not allowed to participate in any sort of political activities one way or the other (they do let you vote though, just not volunteer for any compaigns), yet this guy who has more money than most of us know what to do with, is allowed to tell (and threaten no matter how gently he put it) his employees how to vote. He deserves to have that ridiculous looking throne melted down donated it to some charity.


  5. Ok, where do I even begin? This man has a THRONE, a real THRONE, with cherubs on the arms, that is CRAZY. The fact that he chose to use it for an interview while discussing his impending “struggle” is INSANITY AT ITS BEST and finally the very idea that he dared to strong arm his employees, who probably couldn’t afford one of those cherubs, is DISGUSTING.


  6. GOF

    Most of the billionaires in this country have their affairs organized so they pay almost zero tax anyway. Shame on both sides of politics for enabling this situation to continue for the last 50 years.

    You have my support to do with David whatever you wish.


  7. My wife used to work for a family owned restaurant. You know, one of those “job creators”. She quit, to work for Wal-Mart. Yes, Wal-Mart. Why? She got MORE pay and better benefits, because the “job creator” was taking the profits from lower taxes on her business and installing a pool. At her SECOND house.
    And besides, I never thought you were a socialist. I thought you were a (let’s see if I can remember this correctly) “pagan atheist with druidic tendencies”. (A phrase a friend of mine and I came up with 40 years ago.) 😀


    • I’d cut someone’s throat for a pool for my second home — wouldn’t everybody?

      Actually, I am neither pagan nor atheist. I have climbed around in some druid burial grounds though. Is that where my opinions came from?


      • I’m not sure, because I’ve never found an entry for my religion – oddly enough, it goes by the same name as my planet of origin. Though I probably shouldn’t admit that, making me an illegal alien and therefore the enemy of your people. That’s what all the transmissions we’ve intercepted claim, anyway!
        (See? I TOLD you to copy that “groan” for later use. 😉 )


  8. Amazing. I wonder how Biden will do against Ryan tonight. We’ll know in a few short hours. Maybe this will come up.


  9. The poor guy… desperate times call for desperate measures. How do you expect someone to live on less than a billion dollars a year? You’re so insensitive. 😛


  10. Then I’m right there with you. What is even more egregious is that “Christian preachers” who have gotten rich off their congregations are telling their congregations that if they vote for Obama, their souls will be in danger. There is a black preacher (an Uncle Tom) in Pince George’s, Maryland who is trying to defuse the African-American vote by using this scare tactic (last name is Jackson if you want to Google him). Someone left a truck load of manure in front of an Obama campaign office yesterday, and when you mix that with the bullying of the voter suppression, it is no wonder bullying is so prevelant amongst our youth: monkey see, monkey do! Great post!


    • You’re right, Eleanor. Telling folks they’ll go to hell if they don’t vote a certain way is absolutely voter intimidation.

      Personally, I think it is time to remove the tax exemption from any church whose preacher preaches that his/her followers must vote a certain way. It violates the separation of church and state, which, last time I looked, was still part of the Constitution.


      Thanks for your comment, Eleanor.


  11. A bit off topic … but not really. I know you are eagerly awaiting tonight’s VP debate. I probably won’t be watching, but I can say this … Advantage Ryan …. and my evidence.


  12. This is happening in other large companies. Didn’t I hear that big business wants government OUT of their business? What’s all this talk about smaller government? Oh, that’s only for the 99%. Now I get it…


    • Yes it is happening elsewhere that we know of and likely loads of places we don’t.

      Are you claiming that these folks are hypocrites? I’m sure you’re just as shocked, shocked, as I am.


  13. Like you, Elyse, I saw red when I read that article. How can this not be illegal? In saying “Whose policies will endanger your job?” his threat is unveiled. He has already told theme whose policies will cost them their jobs. To my way of thinking, this is criminal.
    As is the fact that I do not have a ballroom.


    • I don’t know the laws about voter intimidation, but I really do think this qualifies. Sending an off-duty police officer to a polling station in uniform is considered intimidation, as are a number of other actions.

      Not having a ballroom does suck. I feel so sorry for you, Ham.


  14. Clinton

    Outstanding! When will the GOP admit that ‘trickle down economics’ is actually a golden shower?


  15. He has the right to believe what he wants, run his business as he wants, and even spend a letter to his employees like that … but the latter doesn’t qualify as the right thing to do.


  16. bigsheepcommunications

    Here’s what I don’t understand about bazillionaires – even if they paid a tax rate of 50%, they’d still have more money than is humanly possible to spend; they’d still have abundant resources to do absolutely anything they wanted to do, so really, what’s the fuss about?


  17. You need to add Robert Murray of Murray Energy to your list. He of forcing his employees to give up pay to act as props to Mitt Romney, of cohesion and threats of his employees for donations to the GOP coffers and the list goes on.

    I want a ballroom dammit.


    • You’re right about Murray, of course, Val. This story on Siegel was just easier to cut and paste. There are several others we know about, and likely hundreds we DON’T know about.

      You should have a ballroom. You work hard and I’m sure you avoid Happy Hour.


  18. Sadly, that is probably not an isolated incident. I once worked for a company that not only urged upper management to vote for certain candidates, but also asked us to donate to their campaigns. Some of the very rich are seriously out of touch. And sadly, most of our elected representatives, especially at the federal level, are very rich.


    • No, it’s not an isolated incident. It was simply the easiest to ridicule. The others are far more insidious.

      You’re right about the money, too, Sandy. Sucks. But without it, people can’t run any more. They need federal funding for all elections with no private money. That’s the only real answer.


  19. Ha! I knew you were a commie!
    I wonder how closely this bozo is skirting the line of what is legal with his comments.

    I also would really like to see someone act against his interests.
    Upside the head.
    With a brick.


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