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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Obama Donor, Business Owner, Explains Why Obama Needs To Stop With Class Warfare Rhetoric

An Obama donor, Ted Leonsis, who is a business owner, seems to be disillusioned with the class warfare rhetoric that Barack Obama has been spouting across the country and says it blows his mind how he is asked for money at the same time as "getting blasted as being a bad guy!"

I voted for our President. I have maxed out on personal donations to his re-election campaign. I forgot his campaign wants to raise $1 billion. THAT is a lot of money–money–money–money! Money still talks. It blows my mind when I am asked for money as a donation at the same time I am getting blasted as being a bad guy!

Mr. Leonsis explains who he is, what he does and why Obama needs to stop with the class warfare pitch:

With my investments and board seats and companies that I own, I am at a leadership position in concerns that employ more than 200,000 people. We do our best to be good corporate citizens. I know in the companies that I own personally or am the largest shareholder that we support now more than 500 charities. We care. Pick some business leaders that you work with and make them heroes. Don’t demonize them. Showcase them as great Americans that care and hire and employ people. Employment is the biggest issue you will face when re-election comes. If people aren’t working, they will blame you and your administration. And since you have never worked before in a real job for a real company, you need help from people who have been there. Don’t push them away!

Leonsis wasn't always rich. His father was a waiter and his mother was a secretary. He attended colege with loans which he paid back and with luck and hard work he became successful.

More from Leonsis:

I say this as I read all of the rhetoric about Class Warfare, the rift that is being created between economic middle and lower class and as the President said “those millionaires and billionaires.”

The real rift in philosophy though is do you want the Government to create jobs and stimulate the economy or do you want America’s small business to be the engine of growth?

Economic Success has somehow become the new boogie man; some in the Democratic party are now casting about for enemies and business leaders and anyone who has achieved success in terms of rank or fiscal success is being cast as a bad guy in a black hat. This is counter to the American Dream and is really turning off so many people that love American and basically carry our country on their back by paying taxes and by employing people and creating GDP.

This is a bad move all designed by some pollster who said this is the way to get votes during the re-election. It should be stopped. We should be healing and creating teams NOT dividing and pitting people against one another.

I have to wonder if he is just venting or if he truly has had an epiphany?

I guess the record of his next donations will answer that question.