Friday, October 29, 2010

McDonald’s Employees Get Political Advice with Their Paychecks

This midterm election is the craziest one I’ve seen in years, or really, maybe ever. All you hear is about the shenanigans being pulled by Republicans as they seek to bring about the rout that they are promising.

Seeking it by any means possible.

Like how Teabaggers have been seen posing as poll watchers but do all they can to harass voters before, during and after casting their early vote.

Like how Republicans are leafleting cars parked at or near polling locations in minority neighborhoods advising them not to vote a straight Democratic ticket because the voting machines have been rigged to vote a Republican straight ticket.

And this is just what we hear about in the news. Imagine what the truly stealthy tricksters are managing to pull off. Democracy as we knew it is truly going to H E Double Hockey sticks in a handbasket.

And this is just what we are hearing in Texas.

Now, come to find out, if you are a McDonalds employee in Ohio, you may get a little something extra in your paycheck envelope this week. If you work in one of Paul Seigfried’s franchises that is.

And we’re not talking about a little something extra on the check itself, we’re talking about a letter to his employees, with a McDonalds logo on it, asking them to vote for Republicans in the upcoming election.

He also enclosed a campaign flyer for Jim Renacci who is running for congress in Ohio’s 16th congressional district.

The language wasn’t even pleasant. As a matter of fact, it was just a little threatening. Take a look:

“If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not. The following candidates are the ones we believe will help our business move forward . . .”
And he listed John Kasich for Governor, Rob Portman for Senate and Jim Renacci for Congress.

This isn’t just harrassment, it’s downright illegal, immoral, and reflects bad manners. And I really don’t think Jesus would approve, either.

So yes, the Ohio Secretary of State is investigating, but so far there is no mention of an arrest. Just an apology from Seigfried, citing his “bad judgment.”

No, that wasn’t “bad judgment” that was a crime. It’s also bad judgment to rob a liquor store and blow away the clerk, but it’s also a crime.

An example must be made. Seigfried needs to be disciplined. If not by the State of Ohio, then the Department of Justice.

Or if not them, then McDonalds Corp. needs to strip Seigfried of his franchises.

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