One of the crime scenes

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Make Believe Mitt
in Denver
If you don't like my position,
...Just Shake Please.



The pundit-sphere has been falling all over themselves the last few days about how Mitt the Twit "won" the debate on Wednesday night. Well, I guess he did, if running over the moderator and just saying whatever seemed palatable while repudiating the  last two years of campaigning and essentially out Obama-ing Obama on Obama's platform is any kind of victory.  Of course for the pundits, the contest has to remain a horse race, and the way it has been going for the Mittstake, pretty soon - no body was going to be interested in what the talking heads had to say.

Over at Think Progress, with ease, they were able to illustrate how Mitt was able to spin 27 myths in a mere 38 minutes.  Of course to the Romney campaign this is simply not relevant, after all, Romney pollster  Neil Newhouse responded to earlier criticism about the same factual shortcomings , saying, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” That is a pretty clear statement that the truth really doesn't matter to the Romney camp.

Matt Taibbi, in the Rolling Stone, was even blunter, even though he couldn't stomach actually watching the de-BAIT itself, he read in in transcript form. From this reading it was clear that Mitt from Moron won only if one suspended reality in order to render a decision.
Romney's performance was better than Obama's, but only if you throw out criteria like "wasn't 100% full of shit from the opening bell" and "made an actual attempt to explain who he is and what his plans are." Unfortunately, that is good enough for our news media, which drools over the gamesmanship aspects of these debates, because it loves candidates who sink their teeth into the horse-race nonsense that they think validates their professional lives.
 From his grab-bag of lies for all occasions, Mitt even managed to dig up the old Tundra Trailer Trash Palin chestnut about "death panels," that would be part of the ObamaCare that is so faithful to Republican ideals as evidenced in RomneyCare in Massachusetts. If insurance company bean-counters that decide on who gets what, if any treatment today in the U.S. aren't an actual "death panel,"  then Adolf Eichmann's whole career was an attempt to improve the life of Jews everywhere.As Matt, in the article linked to above goes on to say:
I read the transcript of the debate and all I got from Romney was either outright factual lies, or total rhetorical dishonesty. He even tried out a version of the for-years-debunked death panel business:

    In order to bring the cost of health care down, we don't need to have a -- an -- a board of 15 people telling us what kinds of treatments we should have.
Really? Hey, Mitt – what do you think health insurance is? It is, by definition, a bunch of people deciding what kinds of treatments we should have.
Mitt has had to walk back numerous of his MittStatements, starting almost as soon as he left the stage - including this one, #26 from the list:
 26) “I think about half of [the green firms Obama invested in], of the ones have been invested in have gone out of business. A number of them happened to be owned by people who were contributors to your campaigns.” As of late last year, only “three out of the 26 recipients of 1705 loan guarantees have filed for bankruptcy, with losses estimated at just over $600 million.
So many of the lies simply accuse the President of positions or actions actually done or proposed by him and his little buddy, Paul Ryan. Like when he accuses Obama of wanting to drastically cut the military budget. He neglects to mention that Obama actually doesn't want to cut the budget much, but the sequester forced by the Paul Ryan House instead of any compromise over the debt ceiling will cut military spending and affect the budget in many drastic ways.  When Mitch McConnell, minority leader in the Senate announced at the start of Obama's presidency that the business of Congress would be to insure Barrack was a one term president, it is easy to assign blame to the proper party for the lack of bi-partisan co-operation.

The Republicans have devolved into a party that would rather destroy the Republic than let the Angry, Black, Muslim, born in Kenya run the show. A lot like the twit on the playground who takes his ball home unless he gets to win. 

Mitt, though unwilling to specify which loopholes he would close to make up for his 5 trillion dollar tax gift to the rich, wasn't as vague about programs and agencies he would terminate, as he has been all through the primary debates as well. But in Denver he declared a new enemy to freedom and fiscal responsibility. He will fire both Jim Lehrer (maybe justified, based on his useless performance as a moderator) and Big Bird. Wow, Mitt, that will probably save about one millionth of a percent of the Federal Budget, not quite enough to start another war, but every penny helps!

Take that you varmint!

Mitt Romney: Job Creator!

The Moron Mormon MittStake likes to characterize himself and his billionaire friends and supporters as "job creators." Well, at least he isn't lying about this, because he does create thousands of j5obs, unfortunately for Mitt, the fortunate (?) folks with those jobs mostly can't vote in American elections, not even absentee. Here is where a few thousand of them labor, behind razor wire fences to discourage quitting, often forced to work over 100 hours per seven day week.

Want a Job? Move to China
Work for Romney

At a gathering of potential donors in Boca Raton, Florida, the Mitt stayed true to the vision he shared with his infamous "47% of Americans (especially retirees, students, disabled and vets) are parasites," when he told of the good ol' days at Bain Capital.


Betting Against American Workers


Mr. Romney and Bain Capital Invest in a Brutal Sweatshop in China
  • “When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there.”  Mr. Romney was a pioneer of outsourcing U.S. jobs and production to China.
  • At its peak, for two and a half years from April 1998 through August 2000, Mr. Romney and his Brookside Capital Partners Fund invested approximately $23 million in the Global-Tech sweatshop in Dongguan, China.
  • Mr. Romney was there when the Race to the Bottom in the global sweatshop economy was launched.  Mr. Romney noted “the pittance they earned”— just 24 cents an hour in 1998 and less than $2.00 a day.  Wages in Global-Tech were less than 2 percent of U.S. wages.
  • Despite his investment and power as Bain Capital’s CEO, Mr. Romney apparently failed to urge Chinese management to even modestly improve Global-Tech’s gross working and living conditions or the pitifully low wages of its workers.
  • If Mr. Romney had spoken up, conditions at Global-Tech might be far better today.  Sadly, in 2012, Global-Tech remains a brutal sweatshop, where workers are paid starvation wages of $1.00 an hour and have no rights.
  • Today at Global-Tech, every single labor law in China is violated:  primitive, filthy dorm conditions are the norm;  routine 15- to 16-hour shifts prevail, along with grueling 105- to 112-hour, seven-day work weeks.    
  • Eight hundred student interns — many exhausted children, just 16 years old — are forced to work the grueling 15- to 16-hour shifts with no overtime pay.
  • In the context of Mr. Romney’s present “get tough on China” stance, it would be critical for Mr. Romney to clarify exactly what he and Bain Capital did at the Global-Tech factory in Dongguan, China to push back against the evident abuses in the factory and to assure respect for human, women’s and workers’ rights.
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For a summary of what it is like to work in Mitt's World, click on the image above. For a more complete analysis of the wonders of Romney's idea of job creation (reminiscent of the Motto displayed at Nazi death camps "Work is Freedom") see the complete report at the Global Labour and Human Rights Web site

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