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Employees at an Ohio McDonald’s discovered a handbill in their most recent paychecks urging them to vote Republican. Reminding them of the following:

“If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not.”

Well, that was subtle.

And not even the tiniest bit legal.

McDonald’s disavowed the insert and the franchise owner, Paul Siegfried, and Siegfried has issued an apology claiming he didn’t mean to offend anyone.

But offense was clearly not the intent, the handbill which urged his employees to vote Republican in the races for governor, Senate and the 16th Congressional District implies they can kiss higher wages good-bye if Democrats – and their tax happy ways – gain office.

Not legal and not fair.

A person’s vote is private and should be driven by his/her beliefs and knowledge of the issues and candidates. It should not be dictated by bosses, churches or be cast under duress.

Siegfried’s sinister attempt at coercion shows that he not only values larger profit margins for himself over his employees’ standards of living but that he doesn’t understand – as so many Americans don’t – that the economic situation is still dire and precarious.

Taxes aren’t going down and they shouldn’t.

Americans want a lot. They expect services and yet feign ignorance about how these services are funded.

Siegfried’s employees hired a lawyer. The state of Ohio is investigating. Midterms elections are Tuesday.