Obama Bumper Sticker Layoffs

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Memo attributed to a U.S. business owner announces pre-emptive layoffs of employees who own cars sporting "Obama for President" bumper stickers in anticipation of higher taxes and government fees.

Description: Viral joke / Hoax
Circulating since: Oct. 2008
Status: False (details below)

Example #1:
Email contributed by Matt M., October 29, 2008:

Subject: Fair is fair!

Dear Fellow Business Owners

As a Business owner who employs 30 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barack Obama, wll be our next President, and that my Taxes and Fees, will go up in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, I figure, that the Customer, will have to see an increase in my fees to them of about, 8%. I will also have to lay off 6 of my employees. This really bothered me as I believe we are family, here and didn’t know how to choose who will have to go. So, this is what I did.

I strolled thru the parking lot and found, 8 Obama bumper stickers on my employees cars. I have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off.

I can't think of another fair way to approach this problem. If you have a better idea, let me know. I am sending this letter to all Business owners that I know.

Sincerely
Ward
JOOA Corp.


Example #2:
Email contributed by Robert B., Nov. 25, 2008:

Fellow Business Executives:

As the CFO of this business that employees 140 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama will be our next President, and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, I figure that the Clients will have to see an increase in our fees to them of about 8% but since we cannot increase our fees right now due to the dismal state of our economy, we will have to lay off six of our employees instead. This has really been eating at me for a while, as we believe we are family here and I didn't know how to choose who will have to go.

So, this is what I did. I strolled thru our parking lot and found 8 Obama bumper stickers on our employees' cars and have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off. I can't think of a more fair way to approach this problem. These folks wanted change; I gave it to them.

If you have a better idea, let me know.


Analysis: Notwithstanding the various executive signatures and company names — some fictitious, some not — appended to this message during the course of its circulation, I find little reason to interpret it as anything other than a home-brew political joke.

The intended butts of the joke are those who supported and voted for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, and the moral is, essentially, "you get what you deserve." The text began circulating via email and blog postings in late October 2008, shortly before the presidential election.



The earliest version I'm aware of was signed "Ward, JOAA Corp." I've found no evidence that such a company or such an executive exists.

Another purported signatory, Dan Remely, president of H-Squared Properties, Inc. in Pittsburgh, is a real person who denies authoring the message and says he has laid no one off. At least four other signatures have appeared on the message as well.

Sources and further reading:

Local Businessman an Innocent Victim of Obama Layoff Hoax
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 21 November 2008

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