After Obama Victory – Ohio Businessman Reads Prayer to Staff Then Lays Off 156 Employees

It’s an Obama world…
After Obama won reelection an Ohio businessman read a prayer to his staff then went and laid off 156 employees.

The mine owner blamed Obama as the reason for layoffs back in August.


Elections have consequences.
The Washington Post reported:

For the chairman and chief executive of Murray Energy, an Ohio-based coal company, the reelection of President Obama was no cause for celebration. It was a time for prayer – and layoffs.

Robert E. Murray read a prayer to a group of company staff members on the day after the election, lamenting the direction of the country and asking: “Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build.”

On Wednesday, Murray also laid off 54 people at American Coal, one of his subsidiary companies, and 102 at Utah American Energy, blaming a “war on coal” by the administration of President Barack Obama.”

Murray Energy is the country’s largest privately owned coal mining company, with about 3,000 employees producing about 30 million tons of bituminous coal a year, according to its Web site.

The company was the subject of an article in the New Republic that said the company had forced miners to attend a Romney campaign speech in southeastern Ohio in August. Murray denied the account. The New Republic also reported that Murray Energy employees have given more than $1.4 million to Republican candidates for federal office since 2007.

Robert E. Murray blamed Obama’s “war on coal” for the layoffs.
Deseret News reported:

The layoffs are necessary because of the president’s “war on coal,” the statement said. The slogan is one used frequently during the election by Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In its statement, UtahAmerican Energy blames the Obama administration for instituting policies that will close down “204 American coal-fired power plants by 2014” and for drastically reducing the market for coal.

“There is nowhere to sell our coal, and when we can, the market prices are far lower,” the statement said. “Without markets, there can be no coal mines and no coal jobs.”

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  • Granny

    The “slogan” was used by Obama himself prior to his 2008 election . . .

    http://youtu.be/4aTf5gjvNvo

  • SM-WI

    Elections have consequences. People who voted for Barry have to suffer the consequences of their decisions. The Repubs have to make sure Barry owns his actions instead of letting him pin everything on George Bush and the Repubs.

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  • dwd

    Elections DO have consequences, and we can only hope that Obama voters suffer disproportionately more… though that will be hard since most are on government assistance.

    Here’s the running tally of firings post-Obama-re-election:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/how-many-businesses-have-announced-closings-or-lay-offs-since-obama-won-a-second-term/

  • Rachelle

    They voted for the Commie. Fire all of the morons!

  • Sasja

    Wonder if the perpetually stupid will some day figure out how electricity is generated so they can charge their Bammyfones and drive around in their over-priced electric clown cars. I also look forward to the squeals coming from those who find they have no heat on those cold winter mornings.

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Only the beginning, this will be repeated across the country. Energy and defense first, elections have consequences.

  • Yes, there is a war on coal but coal is essentially obsolete anyhow. President Romney wouldn’t have altered that, or I sure hope he wouldn’t have because making coal a subsidized fiefdom would be the only way to maintain its employment. Frakked gas is way too cheap now and much easier to deliver. Gas weighs less than solids and packs a mighty punch. Good-bye coal. Sorry.

  • GJPinks

    All Coal Powered Plants should close down Now, no countdown, now reduction to zero no fight to delay. Shut it down now and let everyone see what His Oneness has done.

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  • Warthog

    @megapotamus

    Things are made “obsolete” because there are cheaper alternatives. When you drive up the cost, largely through regulation, you make it artifically “obsolete”. All you’ve really done is raised prices on the consumer of energy (meaning everybody). Don’t worry, though, they’ll find a reason to regulate frakking out of existence too. All you yankess better put on a sweater.

    I bet you believe the Chevy Volt is a good idea too, megapotamus.

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  • Robert

    #8

    “coal is essentially obsolete”

    204 “essentially obsolete” plants will be shut down, and replaced with what?

    “making coal a subsidized fiefdom would be the only way to maintain its employment”

    Kinda like health care, huh? Both industries are/were operating in the private sector.

    “Frakked gas is way too cheap now and much easier to deliver.”
    “Gas weighs less than solids and packs a mighty punch.”

    Deliver to where, what facility?
    Gas is transported in liquid form, and requires cooling and pressurization, along with the fact that coal is effectively inert and can be and is transported in open rail cars.

    Do some research. Sorry.

  • Stolen elections have consequences, there, fixed it for you Ohio.

  • jmel

    Rush was playing Christmas songs on his show in honor of ‘Barackaclaus’. He said people voted for President Santa Claus. Sadly, he is correct.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Frakked gas is way too cheap now and much easier to deliver.

    The problem there is the same as with coal – enviro-weenies. Their problem with fracking is groundwater contamination.

  • Sasja

    Paraphrasing from El Rushbo.

    Still without power up there in NY and NJ and now ConEd, since they have lost revenue from the power outage, you are also going to see a price increase so ConEd can recover some of the revenue lost because no one is using any electricity.

    Also, Doomsberg is saying unless you know the fat, salt and fiber content of the food you are providing the homeless, it is not allowed. So those nasty bagels someone wanted to donate to a shelter? Not on their lives.

    Gee and I wonder why I don’t move back east? Not really.

    You folks up there are really the smartest in the world. Yessiree bob.

  • Bitter Clinger

    I read somewhere this morning that Obama didn’t win one state that required voter I.D. If that’s correct, that’s huge!

  • sck

    Ah yes, the Republicans, party of personal responsibilty. Except when their buisness isn’t doing well, then it is someone else’s fault.

    “The layoffs are necessary because of the president’s ‘war on coal'” MEANS I am not doing a very good job, but I don’t feel the need to admit it and need a scapegoat.

  • Jaynie59

    This is what Ed Morrissey wrote about another coal layoff in Utah at Hot Air:
    “It’s not just the regulatory policies in play here. The sudden discovery of vast amounts of natural gas and the relative ease in accessing it has made the cleaner fuel more cost-effective. That’s good news for both consumers and environmentalists … except that the latter wants to cut off access to natural gas as well. ”
    Can always count on Ed to give the Hezbollah view. Why any conservative listens to that tool is beyond me. Ed Morrissey is the worst thing to happen to the conservative blogosphere and until people stop listening to him there is no hope for real conservatism to be heard.

  • Practical Jane

    This whole thing – Obama’s America – is so unecessary, and so sad.

  • dwd

    #20 you’re an idiot

    Obama said out of his own mouth he would bankrupt the coal industry. Why is that anyone’s fault but Obama?

    You obviously don’t run a business, but if you did, and if the government decided to tax you so much that you lost money, why would you continue?

    Businesses will be forced to pay more for insurance for employees unless:
    1) they fire employees
    2) they reduce full-time employees to part-time employees

    These are called “unintended consequences” which Democrats are unable to foresee, but which anyone with a brain and experience can predict, and they are what happen in a dynamic world. It is not a static world in which everything stays the exact same AFTER legislation is enacted as before… the world will adapt, and businesses are doing just that, to avoid a burden placed on them by government.

  • Dan C

    #21 yup…Allah Puked It, and Ed Idiocy.

  • Practical Jane

    Sck:
    You obviously forgot the ‘i’ in your name.

  • myohmy

    Environmentalists are attacking fracking, too so goodbye for creating local jobs these days. EPA and eco-terrorists works hand in hand.

  • Winston Wolfe

    You own it, leftists. All of it.

    And I hope you choke on it.

  • Winston Wolfe

    MEANS I am not doing a very good job, but I don’t feel the need to admit it and need a scapegoat. – sck

    Spoken by some clown who’s obviously never had to sign the front of a paycheck.

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  • JenBee

    #19 Bitter Clinger commented:

    I read somewhere this morning that Obama didn’t win one state that required voter I.D. If that’s correct, that’s huge!
    _______

    Nope, not true. Michigan has voter ID law, and obviously The Messiah won Michigan handily.

    Here’s a link to a GWP post a while back (originally from FOX) that details how much electricity companies here in the mid-west are paying for futures for megawatts. It ain’t pretty. And of course ALL THAT is coming down the pipeline, only to show up on your electric bills probably starting next spring or summer. Our electricity bills will double, there is no doubt about it. And the poor? Well here just north of Detroit, I pay extra to Consumer’s Energy AND Detroit Edison to subsidize THE POOR. Yes, they get free electric on top of free everything else. Think they care about ‘necessarily skyrocketing’ electricity costs? Of course not, they live in Obama’s Bubble where everything is free and nobody pays taxes. Must be nice. I swear, every day I read some new horror that makes me feel like a stupid chump for actually getting up and going to work.

  • JenBee
  • Marcy

    SCK – Oh I guess they have learned how to “scapegoat” from the great messiah scapegoat himself….odumbo. You should be proud that your master has taught them so well.

  • bg

    ++

    November 8, 2012

    Boehner: Obamacare is ‘Law of the Land’

    Congress is in bed with itself..

    been saying that since i saw
    what both sides did to Bush..

    there is only ONE party, the Oligarchy Party
    the elitist multimillionaire career politicians..

    WELCOME TO THE NEW ONE WORLD ORDER

    whatever that entails, it’s definitely a work in progress..

    and “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

    ~ Barry Dunham Soetoro Barack Hussein
    Obama (by any other factual, fictional, or
    composite names),

    oh yeah, remember to thank a Rockefeller.. /s/

    ==

  • osmian

    Wonder what’s the demographics of those firings? Since so many have forgotten how many white car dealerships obama put out of business with that GM bailout – I can’t help but wonder exactly what is the demographic markout of his reign?

  • Monkey Wrench

    #30

    I believe he just won Florida and we require a picture ID to vote.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    Coal has been on the way out for a long time and for very good reason. Climate change is real, folks, and even if it weren’t, air and water pollution are. Environmental protection, clean air and clean water used to be Republican issues and the sooner they are again, the better.

  • Patty

    Obama said he would kill the coal industry with regulations they couldn’t afford. Or bankrupt them.

    Well, we will see now where America gets cheap energy this winter in freezing temps.

    And for the folks who have lost their job, well, hope they can find another or you too will be on government dole.

  • Patty

    Coal has a negative reputation as dirty fuel leftover the industrialization age. With the advent of cheap natural gas U.S. utilities are turning to natural gas as the low coal consumption in 2012 shows. Regardless, natural gas is starting to stage a turn around. In the midst of all of the hype investors ought to take a look at the long term picture. Increasing natural gas prices will help push coal higher. Over the past 5 years US coal exports have continued to increase while the latest numbers only confirm this trend. Even though natural gas has grown in popularity coal still remains an important part America’s electricity generation. Coal will not fizzle out tomorrow and the strong export numbers show that the strongest companies in the industry will be able to thrive even in midst of America’s fracking boom.

    View: http://media.ycharts.com/charts/0664797c49615a2ba4e03a67ebd1bc87.png

    Why U.S. Coal Exports are Increasing

    Coal is much easier to export than natural gas. Placing a ship full of coal and sending it over to Europe is much easier than building an LNG facility, charting an LNG carrier, then using another LNG facility to return the natural gas to its gaseous state. While renewable energy is a very important long term factor in the evolution of the world’s energy portfolio it will not replace all non-renewables by 9:00AM tomorrow morning. The world has started to reconsider nuclear energy with the recent Fukushima disaster. All of these factors coupled with Europe’s desire to not give Russia any more leverage with their natural gas resources makes the recent increase in US coal exports to Europe completely understandable.

    Why to invest in Coal.

    http://beta.fool.com/mrcanadian1/2012/11/07/buy-coal-us-coal-exports-continue-grow/15975/

  • SoLongSong

    #36 Lady Mondegreen – if climate change were real, and if Obama was so concerned, why is he so happy to have OTHER countries drill and dig? Aren’t we One World?

    It’s a FARCE, a grasp for power, that’s ALL it is.

  • Hera

    Elections have consequences. I saw an ongoing list of companies big and small that have laid off workers since Obama was reelected. Most aren’t bothering to wait before getting in to survival mode.If any of those who have been laid off voted for Obama can’t say I’m sorry for you.

  • retired militaryq

    If I had owned the business I would tell them. Hey Ohio voted for Obama. I accept the will of the people. I am closing down my operation until the business atmosphere is better.

    He should take his ball and go home. Obama has made it known that he is not welcome on the playing field.

    When gas gets to be $10 a gallon and bread is $5 a loaf maybe someone will tear themself away from their free stuff, their American Idol and Honey Boo Boo and tweeting to Beyonce and realize that “Hey this stuff aint working”

  • Atlas

    *shrug*

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    These are called “unintended consequences” which Democrats are unable to foresee, but which anyone with a brain and experience can predict, and they are what happen in a dynamic world.

    One could assume that the likes of sck could see a rope tied to a little stick propping up an enormous boulder at the top of an incline above the path being walked on, and would still mindlessly pick up and yank the rope.

  • JenBee

    #41, yep.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    When gas gets to be $10 a gallon and bread is $5 a loaf maybe someone will tear themself away from their free stuff, their American Idol and Honey Boo Boo and tweeting to Beyonce and realize that “Hey this stuff aint working”

    That’ll only happen when the money from the governmment that they use to pay for it all stops coming.

  • Sasja

    Here’s Lady Moonbat with more moonbattery.

  • Sasja

    Our climate changes 4 times each year. What do you think that means? Maybe we should be worried.

  • Highlander

    Atlas is Shrugging, and this is just the beginning. The wealthy are going to whatever it takes to protect their assets and investments, and that includes the liberal elite. The poor and the middle class are going to bear the brunt of the coming recession, and personally, I don’t plan to lose a lot of sleep over it. When are people finally going to wake up and realize that government cannot mandate equality in a free country? We simply cannot tax our way to prosperity when people are free to leave and take their money with them …

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  • Sasja
  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    We simply cannot tax our way to prosperity when people are free to leave and take their money with them …

    Shhhhh, don’t give the closet Commies any ideas…

  • iconoclast

    Hopefully more people will be laid off and more families will fall into poverty. They voted for this pos excuse of a President and gave him a Democratic Senate. So let them pay for it. I certainly will survive the coming high inflation and plan on having a drink every time I read another report about how badly the economy is doing.

    #Letitburn

  • UpChuck.Liberals

    @SiCK this is called ’cause and effect’ your man/boy is the cause, lay offs are the effect, get over it. It’s only the beginning

  • jgalt

    I just slashed my food budget, Thanksgivings budget, Christmas budget and New Years budget. I told my wife no vaca for Spring Break and a driving vaca (if gas is still under $5) for summer. All said I intend to remove $8K+ from the economy within the next 12 months. Not to hurt anyone but to “prepare and be ready”. She’s OK with that because America is on a road to surfdom.

  • YourMaster

    if the decline is severe enough and the country heads into something even deeper than a recession …I am going to laugh at the liberals who are whining that everything 0bama seems to be doing ends up hurting them 50x more.

    should close all the factories in ohio or 90% of them in many other states… states like that won’t be able to survive and 0bama will get all the blame for the level of severity and ruin there. …and I hope boehner doesn’t work on any tax bill …just sideline it… and if 0bama says were headed over the fiscal cliff… just reply with: too bad you own it. you’d better think of some other plan other than taxes to avoid it. cuz your not getting any bill raising taxes. the few businesses that remain if asked why they aren’t hiring… just say they anticipate higher taxation and higher regulation.

    I really want to see what unemployment looks like after 0bama leaves… this should be a fascinating experience in the failure that is liberalism …man if the country looks anything like Greece after this… the democrat party is the only one that will take the fall.

  • This is shameful. Will we ever see bipartisan politics in our country again? The fringe element within the Republican Party has pushed them all to the far right of the isle where they’ve gridlocked our government for two years now. Will the next two be any different? They’ve been very public about their main goal being to block and bamboozle the President’s every move. It takes many hands to paint the Blackface on Obama. See my visual report of his makeup session at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

  • The Central Scrutinizer

    The sad thing about this is that while elections do have consequnces, I would prdeict that very, very few of the people working for this Mining Company voted for Obama. We can only hope that each of the 156 did, otherwise this is very sad.

    “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

    UM UM UM, Barack Hussein Obama

  • Miss Peach

    It has only just begun. There will be many more layoffs and more business cutting employee’s hours to part time in the next month or two before all the new taxes and regulations hit in 2013. I wonder how many people who voted for Obama are now regretting their decision ? Think MSNBC will be reporting this ?

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  • Sandy

    So was it Fords fault when the horse and buggy became outdated? Get over it people..Romney wouldn`t have saved these jobs, he would have let them FAIL like he wanted the auto industry to….

  • Sandy

    Try Google Miss Peach… I know,I know, it`s too much work for an Obama hater to educate themselves before they speak… http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49764699/ns/business-oil_and_energy/t/coal-company-lay-workers-utah-ill/.