You are right in ways. Political payback doesn't work because the free market will eat those companies up. Most people don't fire their workers for that reason. They have connections to these people and their families. And they could give a damn about Washington.If these people are laying off just because Obama got elected they are idiots. My guess they would have done so anyway Maybe they need to get their heads out of their butts and get in tune to what is expected of their business. And if there is a demand for their business and they are purposely cutting back as a sign of rebellion then someone else will step to the plate
What these people are fighting for is the very survival of their business. They hope if they cut a portion of the jobs today, they can hunker down with fewer expenses and hopefully survive to a brighter day. If they don't cut, they go bankrupt or shut down.