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  •  Obama has all the cards (10+ / 0-)

    Taxes go up Jan 1st for everyone if they don't cut a deal and it will be the republicans fault. About all they can try to do is blackmail Obama with the debt ceiling. I think the public has had it with these games.

    •  The problem will be that as of 1 January my (4+ / 0-)

      employees will be seeing a larger percentage of their check going to the government and a smaller portion going home with them. On that day, since corporations are people and I can now, apparently say whatever I like to my employees, I will make sure they all know that they can send the thank you note for that difference they are seeing directly to their Republican Congressman and Senator.

      "When in doubt, do the brave thing." - Jan Smuts

      by bunnygirl60 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 02:50:35 PM PST

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      •  Sadly, many employers will do the opposite (1+ / 0-)
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        So I am glad you are doing what you are doing.

        I am actually working on a paper for law school about employer political speech and the lack of protection for employees against retaliation for their political views. I am curious what your thoughts are as an employer about this? Did you tell your employees to vote for Obama this year? Would you fire someone or be less inclined to hire them if you knew they were a Republican?

        •  Thank you for asking. No, we very purposefully (3+ / 0-)
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          did not publish anything recommending a vote for or against any candidate. The only thing we have put out that could be considered at all political is a detailed explanation of why our company was supporting the ACA aka Obamacare. We felt it was important that our employees know that the ACA was GOOD NEWS for our small manufacturing company and that we were, accordingly, happy about it and planning to pass anticipated savings on to them. Since we believed the ACA would be (and now has been) directly reflected in their take-home pay, we felt it was appropriate to explain it.

          As for employing Republicans and even Tea Party Republicans, we do. We are a blue company in a red state and it is simply a fact of life. We ban the playing of any and all political broadcasts (no Rush on our property) and the posting of any specifically political signage. However, we also are aggressive and very open about things like hiring LGBT persons and including their partners on our health plan and while Columbus Day is not a paid company holiday, Pride is. We don't talk about it but no one doubts where we stand.

          We judge all of our employees by two measures, how effective they are at their job and how well they work with their co-workers. Everything else adds up to diversity and that we encourage even if it means they voted for Mourdock and Pence. We think diversity makes us stronger and deeper as an organization. Maybe we are wrong but that's what we think and we're sticking to it.

          "When in doubt, do the brave thing." - Jan Smuts

          by bunnygirl60 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:05:03 PM PST

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      •  The difference this year is that there is a bill (2+ / 0-)
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        on the table -- in black and white -- saying that Democrats want to preserve those tax cuts.

        Unlike 2010, when Democrats failed to act, the ball is clearly in the Republicans' court now.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 03:39:14 PM PST

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