This story came across my Facebook wall today, and I found it interesting, and a little maddening. I don't know the legitimacy of this site, but a quick web search seemed to say it was legit. The Raw Story: Coal miners say they were forced to attend Romney event and donate If this last but is true, I find it hard to believe that anyone could take someone like this seriously. It was "mandatory" but no one was "forced"? So "do this or you'll lose your job" is completely different from holding a gun to their head and walking them to the site, so it's okay, right? We're a private employer so we can treat people like crap if we want to? I actually saw the original news story with Mitt and the workers behind him. I kept saying to myself "For workers who support Romney, they certainly don't look very happy to be there." But my biggest beef with this whole thing is that they were required to be there, at the job site, but were not paid for the day because they didn't actually work. That really irks me. I know there are quite a few people, including several on this forum, who will see this as the free market at work. If those workers don't like it, they should leave. It's a mutual decision between employer and employee. They have no right to pay when they didn't work. Stuff like that. Doesn't matter to me...this just shows the power that employers can hold over employees who need their job and can't afford to give it up. Employers know this and take massive advantage of people. It's sickening to me. This is exactly the type of crap that unions formed to protect. Can anyone actually support this reasonably?