Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard, announced this week that she’s voting for Hillary Clinton. It’s significant because Whitman is a Republican. She is a big GOP fundraiser.
You may recall that Meg Whitman ran for governor of California in 2010. (It’s worth noting, as Ms. Whitman dispenses political advice to you and me and Donald Trump, that she didn’t just lose to Jerry Brown. She got crushed.)
Said Ms. Whitman in a statement,
Trump’s unsteady hand would endanger our prosperity and national security. His authoritarian character could threaten much more.”
She concluded by saying,
In a tumultuous world, America needs the kind of stable and aspirational leadership Secretary Clinton can provide. I urge all Republicans to reject Donald Trump this November.”
Meg (may I call you Meg?), as Ted Cruz said, vote your conscience. But forgive me if I point out that people like you are the very reason there even is a Donald Trump.
Forbes estimates your net worth at $2 billion. As I have pointed out in this space before, when you’re that rich, it makes little difference who the president is.
No matter how bad the policies he – or let’s just say it, she – pursues, you’ll be fine. No matter how crushing the regulatory burden on small business, it will have little effect on you personally. Whatever the regulatory burden on Hewlett Packard – ranked 20th on the Fortune 500 list – your executive team will deal with it
No matter how much longer middle class wages remain stagnant, your comfortable retirement will remain absolutely secure.
No matter how chaotic the streets of America’s cities become, you’ll be safely ensconced behind gated walls in a multi-million dollar mansion.
Meg, I know that Donald Trump is a deeply flawed candidate. He was not my first choice for the nomination. (He wasn’t my second choice either.) But flawed as he is, for those of us not worth $2 billion, Hillary Clinton is far worse.
Four more years of Obama-style policy will seal the doom of millions of middle class retirements. Millions more young people will never have access to the kind of opportunities their parents had.
The opportunity to avoid having the current cohort of recent college grads become the first ever to not do as well as their parents will be forever lost.
Hillary Clinton will make permanent the leftward lurch that has put the United States on a course to become like Europe – permanently stagnant and lacking aspiration.
Oh, and lest we forget: Mrs. Clinton will appoint as many as four Supreme Court justices and many, many more federal judges. Activist federal courts will become the norm, doing irreparable harm to the republic
Ms. Whitman, you can afford Hillary Clinton. But there are millions of us who can’t. Your pronouncement is the very essence of the kind of elitism that spawned Donald Trump in the first place.
Vote however you want but for the sake of millions of middle class voters, please keep it to yourself.