David Siegel is a terrible person.

David Siegel is the CEO of an extremely large timeshare corporation who is attempting to build the largest house on earth.

[Siegel] and his wife Jackie were the subjects of the recent documentary “The Queen of Versailles,” about their ongoing quest to build the largest house in America, a 90,000 square foot monument to excess.

Turns out he just sent a letter to all of his employees suggesting (to really stretch the definition of that word) that they may find themselves unemployed if they vote for Barack Obama.

If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.

Yes, he’ll have no choice, because FSM-knows that looking out for the well-being of his employees is a much lower priority than living in the world’s largest house.  If cuts have to be made, they’re going to be made with the people struggling to make ends meet.  Who could honestly expect Ebeneezer Siegel could find it in his heart to live in a less gargantuan, yet still opulent mansion, and use that money to keep his employees from being jobless right before Christmas.  I mean, come on, employees are great and all, but if it comes down to the people who have worked hard for me getting fired and adding another Olympic-sized swimming pool to the back yard, I think we all know which choice we’d make.  ROMNEY 2012!!!  WHOOOOOOOOO!

Greed, intimidation, and indifference to others are not American values.  At least, they shouldn’t be.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • invivoMark

    I hope it gets blowed up*. Does this make me a bad person?

    *With nobody inside it, of course. Probably.

  • Kodie

    Do some people think economics is like a law they have to obey? Threatening one’s employees how to cast their vote is about the doucheyest, least American things I’ve ever heard of (and I’m not ignoring that being American and douchey are not the most mutually exclusive of properties ordinarily). These people really do want to go back to the sweatshop days or Boss Tweed kind of scumbaggery, and rich people have more rights than poor people.

    • iknklast

      You know, I’ve heard some people say capitalism was inevitable, apparently from the very beginning when the first cell formed in the primordial ooze. A lot of people I talk to seem to think it’s a law of nature, and that there is no other possible way to do things than by the rich getting richer and the poor doing more work. It’s just the way of nature, you see? It was decreed with Let there be light. There’s always been this economic system, there will always be this economic system, and that’s how it has to be.

      Our economic system is human-created, and as a human created system, we can uncreate it, recreate it, or desecrate it…but most people seem not to understand that. It’s impossible to change, at least according to what I hear all the time. We are helpless. We are weak. We are just following the natural order of things. Economics is written in our DNA – huh? Is that ATGACT? or is it AAATTT?

      • Amored Scrum Object

        I think people say this sort of thing because they conflate private ownership of the means of production with the existence of markets. It can be pretty reasonably argued that markets are virtually inevitable in human societies, but capitalism does not follow from that.

  • iknklast

    Of course, if his taxes get cut, he’ll have to lay off employees – to celebrate, of course. Because taxes, that’s why. It’s possible some of his employees are paying a much higher percentage of their income in taxes than he is – and living in a modest 1960s ranch house with two bedrooms and a one-car garage – or less.

    Maybe when they’ve laid off all their employees, they’ll have to get their own hands dirty and do the actual work. No, they’ll just send it to China – or Vietnam, if that’s cheaper.

  • RobMcCune

    If any new taxes are levied on me

    So wait, he’ll have to shrink the size of his company if he personally has to pay more? That doesn’t make any sense, unless he’s going to take more money for himself rather than grow the company that makes him rich. Will someone please tell me how randroids like this are good for the economy.

    • smrnda

      I’m sure he thinks any taxes that are to be increased should be increased for those moochers who leech of the job creators.

      Seriously though, workers need to wake up and show the CEO who is boss and start striking.

  • Sweet Dee

    Yes, poor little rich man, the evil president has once again made you his victim! How will you ever survive these taxes? What can you possibly do to offset the whopping 6% of income you will now lose because of that Nazi in the oval office? I know, fire some of those greedy little bastards who work for you who are always asking for cost of living raises and stupid crap like comprehensive health insurance! That will show them, and it will show that damn socialist Obama too, with his bleeding f*cking heart, who only cares about the stupid poor people.

  • Mik

    It’s actually insanely arrogant to believe that your employees are expendable but you aren’t. It’s as if he thinks that if he choses to retire to the bahamas then nobody can run the company and everybody would be out of a job. He should go ahead and retire if he wants to. The Time Share Industry will survive without his arrogant self.

  • cag

    What I don’t understand is if taxes go up, wouldn’t an “entrepreneur” double down on their effort to make more money?

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    This guy’s last word will be “Rosebud.”

    Unlike William Randolph Hearst, the real life inspiration for Citizen KaneThis guy won’t be remembered even one generation after his death. His Karnak temple to himself will be sold and subdivided into, appropriately, time shares.

    • iknklast

      Kubla Khan and Ozymandius rolled into one

    • RobMcCune

      Well if heel deliberately sabotage his company to protest the election, he may only get his grave 2 weeks out of the year.

  • B-Lar

    “Greed, intimidation, and indifference to others are not American values. At least, they shouldn’t be”

    They are very human values. Super-rich Americans simply have the resources to do it better than anyone else… Perhaps excluding the Saudis.

  • unbound

    I’m always amused by the utter BS of the rich. No way in the world will he fire people if his taxes go up. He only has enough employees to get the work done which pulls in all of his money. To fire any of his employees will only result in his income declining.

    Does anyone really think he’s hired a bunch of extra people because he’s sitting on cash? Seriously?

    I hire people for exactly 3 reasons: 1) because I’ve sold more work, 2) because having the person reduces a loss (more than I’m paying them), or 3) to replace someone who left. Note that none of those reasons have anything to do with taxes. Any extra money I get from tax reductions go to the share holders…it doesn’t even go to the employees (they just get “market-based” raises – which is a whole different story of BS). This isn’t just my method…it is the definitive corporate method.

    • smrnda

      You can lay off workers and squeeze more work out of the few who remain. This has been going on for a while as worker pay has stagnated but worker productivity has increased.

  • RuQu

    His entire business model (timeshares) is built on exploitation. Did any expect anything better from him?