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Voting with the boss

Post by Bill Siever:

On Tuesday, Election Day here in the US, I went to vote with my boss, Karen, and her daughter (and my co-worker) Rachel. It reminded me of the good old days when the owner of a factory, say, could tell his employees how to vote – and they had to listen because voting was public then.

I am especially grateful to have the election season behind us, because I loathe politics with all of my soul. I don’t enjoy being subjected to so much vitriol on the TV, the airwaves, and the internet, especially knowing that so much of it is so lacking in any kind of editorial fact-checking. Also, I live in Massachusetts, near the borders of New York and Connecticut, and getting bombarded with political ads for people from those states, for whom I can’t even vote, gets a little tiresome!

I am glad at how the election turned out and even more glad now that it’s over. Now I can get back to watching “Family Guy” in peace.

I’m also grateful to those reformers who came before us and had the courage to stand up for private voting rights. My boss doesn’t need to know that I voted for the Tea Party all the way!

Just kidding, Karen. I voted the way you wanted me to, I promise.



One thought on “Voting with the boss

  1. I’m glad Bill wrote about this because I thought about it, too. I wouldn’t want my employees to think that I was telling them how to vote, and it’s all too easy in our bit of Massachusetts to assume that everyone thinks the same way. Not so – as evidenced by the Scott Brown signs that are still standing, sometimes six in a row, along the rural roads. And the fact is that I’m nowhere near as liberal as many of my neighbors, and I don’t share the belief of some that all Republicans are evil. The big challenge for a lot of people is finding a way to discuss political differences: we don’t mix enough with people who are different from us and who have different perspectives. I’m hoping to get some really lively discussions going about climate change and economic growth, now that we’ve published the Encyclopedia of Sustainability.

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