Republican-style "democracy" rears its ugly head again in today's headlines, with retailing giant Wal-Mart denying reports that they have intimidated their employees in an effort to elect John McCain.
It should come as no surprise that they are lying now, saying it didn't happen.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, denied a report Friday that it had pressured employees to vote against Democrats in November because of worries that a bill the party supports would make it easier for workers to unionize.
The measure, called the Employee Free Choice Act, would allow labor organizations to unionize workplaces without secret ballot elections. It was co-sponsored by Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, and opposed by John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee.
That's right. with the U.S. economy now firmly in a recession, and American workers more concerned about losing their jobs, it's time for the Republican business interests to apply pressure on everyday Americans in order to get the big-business licking Republicans more power this November.
And unlike stories you'll read on conservative blogs that are spawned by some tin-foil hatted pajama-nista, this report comes straight from the bastion of business -- the Wall Street Journal.
A report in The Wall Street Journal said the Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter - which has rigorously resisted being unionized - had held mandatory meetings with store managers and department supervisors in recent weeks to warn that if Democrats take power in November, they would likely push through the bill, which the company says would hurt workers.
Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500) spokesman Dave Tovar told The Associated Press that the company did discuss the bill with its employees, including what it sees as the negative impact, and noted that the company's stand on the legislation is no secret.
And so, of course, being good little Republican dweebs, the bosses are Wal-Mart deny any pressure was involved in the "discussions"...
Again -- the Wall Street Journal:
The Wall Street Journal cited about a dozen unidentified Wal-Mart employees who had attended such meetings in seven states as saying they were told that employees at unionized shops would have to pay big union dues while not receiving any benefits in return.
Furthermore, workers said they were told that unionization would mean job losses as costs rise, according to the report. The report said the Wal-Mart human resource managers who held the meetings didn't specifically tell the employees how to vote, but made it clear that a Obama victory would mean unionization.
Let's see now -- tell the employees that unionization will result in job losses as costs rise at Wal-Mart, and tell them that a vote for Barack Obama will mean unionization -- but then lie and say that no intimidation was involved.
Sounds like the typical Republican-style democracy in action. Business has been emboldened after 7 years of Republican domination, and the dinosaurs on the right are roaring loudly as their empire crashes down around them. Time to frighten American workers into voting for big business interests in Washington.
No, it's time for a change in "business as usual" in America instead.
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