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October 18, 2012

Threatening employees is a new election-year low

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But the rich, personified by the Koches, want to pay even less in taxes, the 25 percent or less that Romney touts. The complaints about Obama and the threats to employees show a world of privilege that wants more than it

has and will use its money and powers to intimidate and force out one administration in favor of someone who will bow down to them.

Fact is, American businesses have never had it so good. They’re sitting on mountains of cash and some are even hiring. But it’s not enough.

It would be a sin against their capitalist religion if they decided to be patriotic

and put the country above their bottom lines.

Things always get a little overheated the closer the country comes to a presidential election. This year seems different. There is a desperation on the right that’s even more desperate than in years past. It’s almost as

if the right has lost its bearings when business leaders threaten the very people who work for them, the very people who consume their goods and drive the economy.

All of the imaginary boogeymen knocking on the Koches’ door have turned their brains to mush as they shriek and claw to avoid their fevered fate at the hand of Obama. It’s the invasion of the cash snatchers. They want to be able to sit in their suits, read the Wall Street Journal, sip their coffee, watch their stocks go up and get hugs and kisses from a Romney

administration while the workers they let go struggle.

In the movie “Fargo,” police Chief Marge

Gunderson would say, “All that for a little bit of money.”

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Stephen Dick is an editor at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. Contact him

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