People don’t get what it takes to run a business and aren’t afraid to let the world know just how ignorant they are. Take the recent threats to boycott businesses that have announced layoffs and hiring freezes in the aftermath of Obama’s reelection. These people want to punish businesses that are doing poorly by reducing their sales. And they expect what sort of results with that brilliant strategy? Those businesses to hire people back?
Aside from the ignorance displayed by the boycotters, there is a deeper issue that is revealed by their behavior. They seem to believe that business owners use their corporate resources to advance a political agenda. I can’t think of a single business owner who operates for any other purpose than to generate a profit. Sure, they want those profits to finance other interests or to reinvest in the business, but the primary goal is to have something left over at the end of the day. If there is, it becomes disposable income, which he is free to spend anyway he sees fit–including political contributions.
That’s how real world economics works. Do these people calling for boycotts of struggling businesses honestly think that businesses are going to fire people, scale back operations, place a moratorium on hiring, and delay major purchases and investments out of spite? That speaks volumes to their character.
Something I’ve learned in life is that you suspect in others what you know you are capable of doing yourself. These people think that others will viciously impoverish others, and destroy their business, just to push a political agenda and in reaction to an adverse election result. Really? That tells you what they would do in reaction to an adverse election result, only they would destroy someone else’s business and viciously attack innocent bystanders. Occupy Wall Street demonstrated that reality for us.
Another absurdity of this scenario is that the boycotts are being called against businesses for laying people off and not expanding business in an uncertain, yea hostile, climate, which will result in hurting the people they are pretending to be helping by calling their boycott. Talk about stupid. Liberals seldom understand what they are doing, let alone understand the unintended consequences of their actions.
It is hard to reason with people who fail to grasp the most fundamental principles of economics and politics. How can you tell someone who thinks businesses forfeit years of struggling for brand identity and market share out of spite over an election? You can’t. Their actions reveal that they are the most partisan, unyielding and vindictive ones. They are the ones who are filtering their actions through a political filter. I guess this is part of what “punish your enemies” means.