October 21, 2012

Mitt Romney to Business Owners: Tell Employees to Vote For Me

On a teleconference call on June 6, 2012, Mitt Romney told business owners they should be telling their employees to vote for him this November:

(AUDIO) Mitt Romney speaking to business owners on June 6, 2012

Mitt Romney - photo by Gage SkidmoreI hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of, of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or, or whatever your political view, I, I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure in to their, their election decision, their voting decision. – Mitt Romney, June 6, 2012

I guess you could say technically Romney wasn’t telling business owners to tell their workers how to vote since he did say “whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama,” but I think it’s pretty clear that if they were on a conference call with Mitt Romney, the expectation is they and their employees should be voting for Romney.

I just have to ask, I mean I know the economy is a big deal in this election, but is the economy, capitalism and business the only thing that matters? Business owners should tell their employees to vote for Romney because business is the most important thing?

Health care? Who cares? — Medicare? Hey, we got a plan to make that good for business as well. — Social Security? Ditto. — National security? We’ll wing it. — The right to choose? Not on my watch. — Income inequality? We promise to trickle-down some of our massive wealth.

The economy is an important issue, but tax breaks for the wealthy, deregulation, and more privatization of public services should not be traded for a better economy. A better economy for who? Obscenely wealthy CEO’s? Over 90% of the wealth generated during this economic recovery has gone to the top one percent. Do you think that will get better or worse with Mitt Romney as president?

When I vote this November, I will be voting for the person who is best qualified to represent all Americans, not the person who is best qualified to represent only wealthy business interests. Since I’m not a business owner and you aren’t my employee, then yes, I’ll tell you who you should vote for. If you agree with what I just said, then on November 6th you already know who to vote for. / photo by Gage Skidmore

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