You may remember David Siegel and his wife, Jackie, if not by name than by their deeds: he’s the man who sent the letter to his employees telling them he was going to fire them all if Obama won the election.
Following the 2008 economic crisis, David found himself facing financial troubles and, like most people was forced to cut back. In his case, it meant selling his house, which doesn’t make him unique. What makes him unique is that his private home, dubbed “Versailles,” was the largest home in the United States at the time.
So of course, he blamed president Obama. And during the Peak Presidential Exposure, Mr. Siegel sent out a letter to all of the employees, threatening to fire them all and close down his Orlando-based company, Westgate, if Obama won. Here’s a section from the letter:
So where am I going with all this? 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.
You see, I can no longer support a system that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, so will your opportunities. If that happens, you can find me in the Caribbean sitting on the beach, under a palm tree, retired, and with no employees to worry about.
Signed, your boss
I bet he’s really popular around the water cooler.
This isn’t the first time, either; in 2000, he put negative articles about Gore in every paycheck, and forced his managers to conduct an inappropriate survey of who was voting for who. Those who said they were voting for Bush were “required” to register to vote. Even though Bush’s economy almost put him out of business. You can’t expect integrity from people like him; his greatest intellectual triumph was gaming a rigged system to get rich and becoming famous by throwing a temper tantrum.
There’s no greatness to be found here.
Like such things often do with villains playing comic relief, his plan backfired. Obama was elected. Siegel was ruthlessly mocked (like he deserves), and nobody expected him to retire and shut down his company — because he didn’t. His company started flourishing again; Obama’s recovery saw company profits skyrocket, and his was no exception:
Instead of firing, Siegel has had to hire more people. Since his employees were finally able to get reasonably-priced health insurance, he was free to invest his money in all kinds of things. He bought the Orlando Predators. He also bought a massive hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Saints be praised, he was even able to finally start work again on his gaudy, 90,000 square foot house complete with a bowling alley, a 30-car garage, and a roller-skating rink.
Turns out that he never had any intention to flee to the Caribbean.
Turns out Obama has been great for him.
I suppose he thinks he did it all by himself, too. Remember: it’s only personal responsibility when you’re denying someone else the same benefits you got.
h/t: Daily Kos