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    We've already done pastors; what about bosses?

    Romney's NFIB Call: GOP hopeful tells employers to tell employees who to vote for.

    Thanks to Citizens United, employers can legally tell their employees who they think they should vote for. Mitt Romney wants small business owners to do just that this November.


    "I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections," the GOP hopeful told a group of small business owners this summer on a conference call organized by the conservative-leaning National Federation of Independent Businesses.


    "And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope?I hope you pass those along to your employees," he continued at the tail end of a call during which he attacked the president as anti-business. "Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well."


    The call, recorded on June 6, was first published yesterday evening by In These Times, a liberal magazine based in Chicago, and later picked up by ThinkProgress and the Huffington Post, among others. While the practice of an employer offering voting advice to an employee appears to be perfectly legal (as Romney points out), it's nonetheless a somewhat controversial practice that never goes over well with liberals who see lines like "in the best interest of ... their job" as akin to "vote for my guy or else."

    You can click the link for a full audio of the call.

    So, what do you think? It's legal for bosses to tell their employees who they should vote for, but do you think it is a good practice?
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    If they tell them they have to vote one way or promise to vote one way to keep their job or for any other benefit/harm, then no, it isn't a good practice. If they work for the coal/oil/medical industry and are told they should vote for Romney, I can't see it as a big surprise.

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    I think someone telling someone else who they want them to vote for is not a big deal. Telling someone they will lose their job if they do not vote a certain way is wrong.

    DH used to work for a free lance interpreting company. He knew that many of the people including his boss had different political viewpoints than he did. He was careful not to put a Republican bumper sticker on his car while he worked there.

    No one should be able to go to the poll place and know who you vote for. Some one (including a pastor, union rep, or a boss) can tell you who they think is a good choice, and who they want you to vote for, but they can't force you to vote that way or threaten you if you don't.
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    Just like with the pastors, I'm against it. I don't think know that it needs to be illegal per se, but I do think it's a gross over stepping of their boundaries. I can just picture a bunch of bosses sitting around and brow beating their employees about who they are going to vote for; sounds like an incredibly unpleasant work environment. I don't even like discussing politics with my coworkers who are my "equals" because I think it's rude and doesn't serve a good purpose in the workplace, let alone having to sit and listen to someone who I may feel afraid to contradict because I don't know for sure that it won't impact my job.

    (Sure, it's not supposed to, but people get cuh-razy over politics, boycotting pizza places because the owner hugged Obama and stuff...depending on the boss I wouldn't necessarily believe that if I disagreed with him/her that might not cause them to think less of me and impact my job.)

    I have a lot of Conservative family members and so lately my FB feed has been full of things like "I cannot understand how any sane intelligent person could possibly vote for Obama." (and also some of the same sort of stuff about Romney from some of my liberal contacts - DH's uncle is the WORST) and I picture having that guy for a boss, and I know that I would NOT feel free to have a two way discussion about it. So yeah, sounds awful to me.
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    As in the pastor debate I don't think it's appropriate for your boss to advise you who the best candidate is to vote for. It seems threatening. I know I recently read an article about a boss who is threatening to lay off workers should Obama win (not even if they vote for Romney or not) so the fate of their employment rests on the entire country and that's awful to me!
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    I don't think it is wrong for a boss to share their personal opinion about who you should vote for, especially if it may affect the business you are working for. If the company is in the coal industry you can bet those bosses are suggesting to their employees that their livelihood may depend on Romney winning, which is a fact. No one is forcing you to do anything, the boss can't go with you into the voting booth so it is only a suggestion, nothing more.
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    Just like pastors, or unions, bosses can put it out there who they think people should vote for. Business owners have a huge stake in how this election turns out, the different candidates have vastly different views on small business, so I can see them wanting to make sure their employees understand how the election could effect the business
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    Exactly! Why should unions be able to express their opinion but your boss can't? Seems a little lopsided to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    Just like pastors, or unions, bosses can put it out there who they think people should vote for. Business owners have a huge stake in how this election turns out, the different candidates have vastly different views on small business, so I can see them wanting to make sure their employees understand how the election could effect the business
    This is true. Like it or not, if Obama wins will affect some people's job. There is nothing wrong with a business owner telling his employees that it will hurt the company if Obama wins. Likewise if there was an industry that Romney was against, it would not be wrong for an employer to educate people to that.

    The media does not have to be the only source of information when it comes to choosing who you are going to vote for.

    DH's insurance company has not been shy at all about telling its members that the reason premiums have gone up so drastically is because of Obamacare and the extra costs related to it.

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    I don't think unions should do it either.

    I think your dh's insurance company is not telling the complete truth.

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