Saturday, December 17, 2011

Brother, Can You Spare $10,000?

A Backup Yacht in Every Mansion A Proposed Campaign Slogan for Mitt Romney, created by Jerry Critter.
Lost among Mitt Romney's I'll bet you $10,000 dollars flub is the question; why is Romney even trying to run as a man-of-the-people? It makes no sense. Everyone knows he's a 1%er, is -- ahem, "worth" Hundreds of Millions of dollars, with multiple palatial mansions and is the son of wealthy politician. No one believes his "I'm unemployed, too" or "middle class people, like us" shtick. And besides Romney hasn't even been able to maintain his guise as a "Regular Joe". Half the time he's campaigning Romney touts his 'Job Creator' Class status.

You know Romney's business chops he likes to tout as qualifications for the White House? His work at Bain Capital, a private equity firm, Romney made millions on buying American companies and then selling off the assets, closing manufacturing plants and eliminating American Jobs. Take the Bain Capital acquisition of American Pad and Paper.
In all, Bain and its investors reaped more than $100 million even though Ampad went into bankruptcy, hundreds of workers lost jobs, and stockholders were left with worthless shares.
More recently, in Romney's magnificent Op-Ed Let Detroit Go Bankrupt, he wistfully longed for Americans to lose their jobs, blamed the UAW for the crisis and demanded Americans die quickly once they're done working to keep costs down:
First, their huge disadvantage in costs relative to foreign brands must be eliminated. That means new labor agreements to align pay and benefits to match those of workers at competitors like BMW, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. Furthermore, retiree benefits must be reduced.
Maybe because Mitt Romney has never known a day in his life when he didn't have access to money he's able to make these myopic and callous statements. Although Mitt does like to relate the hardships he endured in the late 1960's overseas. Oh no, I apologize for the confusion Romney never served in Vietnam! No, Mitt suffered and did without while on a 30 month mission in France.

Perhaps, in Romney's defense, when he was filling out his missionary card someone mistook his entry of "French-Indochina" for "France"?

So, how was Mitt Romney was living while busily avoiding Vietnam? The British paper Telegraph is reporting that in 1968 when Mitt was in France he lived in a staffed Mansion. Mitt no doubt commiserated with the Spanish chef and "houseboy" over his morning cheese, jam and croissant about missing coffee just like those Americans on patrol in rice paddies.

Mitt then spent the rest of his time trying to convince the French to give up Wine.

Uncle Mitty and Blood in the Water [Disaffected]
The GOP Sure is Queer -- And not only in the Good Sense of the Word [DownWithTyranny!]

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