After Obama reelection, coal company CEO reads prayer to staff, announces layoffs
Originally Posted by The PrayerDear Lord:
The American people have made their choice. They have decided that America must change its course, away from the principals of our Founders. And, away from the idea of individual freedom and individual responsibility. Away from capitalism, economic responsibility, and personal acceptance.
We are a Country in favor of redistribution, national weakness and reduced standard of living and lower and lower levels of personal freedom.
My regret, Lord, is that our young people, including those in my own family, never will know what America was like or might have been. They will pay the price in their reduced standard of living and, most especially, reduced freedom.
The takers outvoted the producers. In response to this, I have turned to my Bible and in II Peter, Chapter 1, verses 4-9 it says, “To faith we are to add goodness; to goodness, knowledge; to knowledge, self control; to self control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, kindness; to brotherly kindness, love.”
Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build. We ask for your guidance in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made to have any hope of our survival as an American business enterprise.
Political pundits don't have jobs if they can't stir up interest in what they have to say. It's most lucrative for them to indicate the presence of controversy, for them to stir up hysteria, and for them to make things out to be worse than they are. When people (entertainment consumers) start believing pundits to be anything more than the talking head shills making a buck that they are, those entertainment consumers make decisions that affect people's lives based on emotions and incomplete information.
The coal company may very well need to lay people off, and it may very well have not needed to had Romney been elected and followed through on his campaign rhetoric. There's no way for us to know.
But conducting those terminations with the heavy rhetoric of political extremism is, IMO, a problem.
Separate from my point about punditry, related to workers.
Somebody on Reddit had this quote, which was attributed to Lincoln's 1861 State of the Union address: "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
In the address is a comment more relevant to my earlier assertion: "A disloyal portion of the American people have during the whole year been engaged in an attempt to divide and destroy the Union."
I'm of the opinion that pundits need to be held accountable for the effects of their hyperbole.