Time-share resort baron David Siegel wants to make sure President Barack Obama is not re-elected. Toward that end, the cradle-robbing billionaire has told his 7,000 or so employees their jobs are on the line in this election.
If Obama is re-elected, they might be laid off. He wants them to take that little nugget with them to the polls.
Here’s the email he sent them, from Raw Story:
“The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration,” he said in the e-mail.
“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,” he added. “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?” Siegal continued, in his nearly 400-word message. “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.”
Most of Siegel’s so-called “resorts” are in Florida, which is a swing state in this year’s election (one is in Williamsburg, Va.). So the threat doesn’t necessarily seem completely empty.
Siegel has bragged repeatedly over the years that he pulled off something similar in the 2000 election, in which he strongly urged his Republican-leaning employees to vote for George W. Bush, and made sure they went to the polls to vote. He claimed those actions tipped Florida in Bush’s favor in that election.
That one kind of backfired on Siegel and his workers, though. Because ieight years of Bush leading this nation, Siegel’s company had 12,000 workers. After the 2008 market crash, he laid off 6,500 of them.
And he can’t blame any of of those job losses on Barack Obama. So that makes me wonder if he’s thinking with his brain or some other part of his body.
Let’s run those numbers: Westgate Resorts had 5,500 employees in 2008. Now it purportedly has 7,000. If those figures are correct, employment at Westgate Resorts has grown 27 percent under President Obama!