Companies Warning of Layoffs if Obama Wins

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Koch Industries, the Wichita, Kan.-based company sent a voter information packet to 45,000 employees of its Georgia Pacific subsidiary earlier this month.

“While we are typically told before each Presidential election that it is important and historic, I believe the upcoming election will determine what kind of America future generations will inherit,” president Dave Robertson’s letter–first published by InTheseTimes.com–begins.

“If we elect candidates who want to spend hundreds of billions in borrowed money on costly new subsidies for a few favored cronies, put unprecedented regulatory burdens on businesses, prevent or delay important new construction projects, and excessively hinder free trade, then many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills. This is true regardless of what your political affiliation might be.”

Last week, David Siegel, the founder and CEO of Florida-based Westgate Resorts, sent an email to employees informing them that layoffs are likely if Obama is reelected:

It’s quite simple. 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. While the media wants to tell you to believe the “1 percenters” are bad, I’m telling you they are not. They create most of the jobs. If you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the “1%”; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country.

Arthur Allen, chief executive of ASG Software Solutions, wrote a similar email to his staffers on Sept. 30:

Many of you have been with ASG for over 5, 10, 15, and even 20 years. As you know, together, we have been able to keep ASG an independent company while still growing our revenues and customers. 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. I believe that a new President and administration would give US citizens and the world the renewed confidence and optimism we all need to get the global economies started again, and give ASG a chance to stay independent. 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.

In the email, Allen added: “I am asking you to give us one more chance to stay independent by voting in a new President and administration on November 6th.”

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Claire is an editor of the YoungPatriots website. A 20-something mom, her main concern is how the decisions made in government today will affect the lives of her children when they're her age. She believes passionately in a limited government, a charitable church and a peaceful personal life. In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.
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  • CarlyDHill

    Wow! That’s awesome

  • CEOJoe

    I would like to give this information to my 350 employees BUT I rely on government contracts to keep me in business and I am sure I would be retaliated against for doing so. I am saddened to see the enthusiasm for Obama in my business. Most of my employees are min wage single females voting that free money into their pockets. I simply think how one choice should say “Take my job” and the other should say “protect my job” and then take the names off the ballot altogether. That is the issue at hand this year.

    • Public Citizen

      Surely there must be at least one person in your organization that you can trust to “back channel” the information to the majority of your employees.
      You might also consider very publicly asking your HR head to prepare special employee evaluations for you to review over the next couple of weekends in preparation for the job cuts that may be necessitated by certain election outcomes.

  • seektruth

    what is also very sad is that many don’t recognize the removal of liberties right before their very eyes. It’s only because they have yet to feel the impact, personally. YET! but they soon will and will be wondering how the he## did this happen?

  • maryhutto

    It’s just as Sarah Palin says,” You have to choose between free stuff and freedom.”
    I hate to see companies having to come to this decision but the facts are clear. They are having a difficult time competing in this environment and the future under Obama looks bleak.Taxes, fines, and fees are crushing the American business owners.
    Be sure to vote out Obama and his party on Nov.6. God, please help America!