Corporations a no-show at the polls
Nov 14, 2012 | 8191 views | 0 0 comments | 371 371 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Its noon and I just returned home from voting. When I signed the voter registration page, I said it looked like a good turnout and asked the polling person how many corporations had shown up to vote so far. She said, “none.”

I was very surprised, because now that corporations are people - I mean, I heard Mitt Romney say so, so it must be true - you would think a lot of them would come out to vote. But, I guess they must be shy or maybe they did early voting or used absentee ballots.

Maybe they were voting at a different poll site because, come to think of it, my site is in a residential neighborhood, and there aren’t a lot of corporations nearby, so they couldn’t vote where I did. That’s the answer for sure.

By all accounts, they spent unprecedented hundreds of millions of dollars on the election, and you would think if they spent that much money, they would at least show up to vote, or at least plant a person with a sign on the polling place corner saying vote for Merck or for Allstate as a write-in candidate.

But they were not beyond telling their employees how to vote. According to reports, at least four corporations (surely a lot more) sent out e-mails or passed out voting guides telling employees what father corporation wanted them do to. Some even threatened employees with downsizing or the loss of healthcare if Obama won the election.

I hope they consider the huge amounts of cash they coughed up well spent, because at the finish line their horse lost. But there is some consolation. The Republicans employed a lot of people creating negative ads by the thousands, telling lies over the last year.

Guess that’s what they meant when they said they were the job creators.


Tyler Cassell


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