169 Responses to “‘Mitt Romney … Chinese slave labor at Bain?’”

  1. 3 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    The video says it was uploaded by Maddow and journalists on twitter are trying to contact her and find out if it’s her account.

  2. August 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  3. August 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I’m going to hold my powder on this one. We all know that Chinese workers make bupkis in salary, and that all sorts of foreign companies take advantage of that. That’s why China is the world’s factory. It’s reprehensible what they get paid and what they go through, but Bain isn’t the only one profiting off of it. Oh, for an International Worker’s Union to even the playing field across the world.

    • 7 japa21
      August 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Agree with you on this one. Plus, it doesn’t say whether or not they purchased this factory. This is a non-story.

      • 8 sherijr
        August 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

        yeah I didn’t hear him say this was his factory… I just want that part clarified too before I jump in. Would like to learn more on this.

      • August 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        Sorry to disagree, but this is as real as it gets ….

        “On April 17, 1998, Brookside Capital Partners Fund, a Bain Capital affiliate, filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission noting that it had acquired 6.13 percent of Hong Kong-based Global-Tech Appliances, which manufactured household appliances in a production facility in the industrial city of Dongguan, China. That August, according to another SEC filing, Brookside upped its interest in Global-Tech to 10.3 percent. Both SEC filings identified Romney as the person in control of this investment: “Mr. W. Mitt Romney is the sole shareholder, sole director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookside Inc. and thus is the controlling person of Brookside Inc.” Each of these documents was signed by Domenic Ferrante, a managing director of Brookside and Bain.”

        Note: “Hong Kong-based Global-Tech Appliances, which manufactured household appliances in a production facility”


        Not only did they purchase it, they increased their holdings and they knew all along what the labor conditions were and not only were they exploiting those labor conditions, they were intentionally outsourcing US jobs because … “Romney, when he was in charge of Bain, invested heavily in a Chinese manufacturing company that depended on US outsourcing for its profits—and that explicitly stated that such outsourcing was crucial to its success.”

        In other words, they were enabling a slave labor outfit to succeed not just because of its access to slave labor but because by outsourcing the US jobs they undermined the US competitor.

        No, this is a major story, birthed on the day #BainMitt donned his sheet and hood and marched proudly to Tampa …

        • 14 sherijr
          August 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

          thank you, I feel more informed now. 🙂

        • 17 desertflower
          August 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

          I believe that he must have been talking about THIS company:


          Check out the Maytag story starting page 143.

          “If The Chinese Acquire Maytag With Bain Cash, They Would Be Expected To Cut Thousands Of U.S.Jobs And Move The Manufacturing To Cheaper Locations Back Home.” (Brett Arends, “American Workers’ Bane,” Boston Herald, 6/22/05) […]

          Haier Interested In Shifting Production “Back To Its Far Cheaper Home Base” In China And Elsewhere. “Haier’s interest in Maytag would be far more in acquiring distribution and brand than more production facilities inthe U.S. One advantage of a Chinese purchaser for the troubled U.S. maker is the ease with which it could shiftproduction back to its far cheaper home base. ‘Paying workers $40 an hour, you can’t compete with workersoffshore who are paid $4 a day. This fits the trend,’ says one banker.” (Dennis Berman and Henny Sender, “Private Equity Heavyweights To Join Haier Bid For Maytag,” The Globe And Mail [Canada], 6/21/05)

          The ENTIRE opposition research is there…you can read page 143:)

        • 18 purpleshoesla
          August 25, 2012 at 12:09 am

          Yep, I remember this Mother Jones article because it was part of the “drip drip” stories about Romney’s tenure at Bain that were coming from David Corn when he was on Lawrence O’Donnell’s shows back in July when he (Corn) said that he had stories about outsourcing by Bain and Romney back BEFORE the infamous 2/1/1999 retroactive retirement date. This story got all sidetracked tho by Mittens’ NAACP “performance” as the next shiny object.

      • August 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm

        Can’t agree Japa – I think it all depends on whether Bain bought the factory, and if so, did they carry on the ‘slave labor’ practices?

    • August 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      I know what you’re saying LL, this is entirely common in China, but Romney profited from this through direct involvement – how can he excuse that?

      • 21 Dudette
        August 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        The fact that it’s “common practice” in NO WAY makes it alright. It’s repugnant and would be equally so if it were practiced or hailed in this manner from ANYONE who’s running for President.

        • August 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

          Chips, Dudette – see my comment, above. What that video reveals is the opulence in which that vile #BainMitt was enabled to enjoy buy not only those Chinese slave laborers but because he also crushed the American competition.

          • August 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

            Good perspective. And that is the point, which I didn’t consider in my original comment. The fact is that Romney makes his money in large part on the misery of others — whether by paying Chinese workers $1 a day, or by buying companies in the US, loading them up with debt, and then closing them. That’s the tack we should take. If he made his money by profiting off of others’ misery, what does that say about how he would act as President?

            • August 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

              Agree, LL. And, importantly, he bought that company. And, also importantly, the transactions were happening during the interval he blatantly lied about his ongoing role at Bain – i.e., being ‘retired’ (retroactively) but still listed as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and sole shareholder.

            • 25 dotster3
              August 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

              And I’m not sure I buy purpose of the barbed wire fence. I believe I’ve read the reason for it is to keep those workers in there. The opposite doesn’t make sense—-that a horde of girls could sneak in and start working and get paid, whatever paltry sum, without any kind of disruption or notice by anyone in charge there.

              • 26 4morefor44
                August 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

                yes!! every single thing, EVERYTHING, this man says is a lie. it’s freakish really.

                • 27 Pamela
                  August 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm

                  Astonishing, and pathological how comfortable he is with his lying, how he stretches to color the story in an attempt to make himself sound so innocent, so detached from the final truth and purpose. But these $50,000 a platers let him get away with it… Even admit to having witnessed it in person.

              • August 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm


                This is how the corrupt over there (or anywhere) justify the conditions. They’re out to keep their margins. Romney in his position could have demanded that the conditions change for the better but he ‘justified’ in his head what they told him. What makes you a great American (or person) is not where you are born but in Ted Kennedy’s words of his brother, Bobby…”…a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.”

                Romney doesn’t even make the level of ‘good and decent’.

            • 30 57andfemale
              August 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

              He’s a destroyer. He only knows how to succeed by destroying his opponent. And everything is seen through a confrontational lens. He is the most dangerous, unqualified person to ever run for president. This is deadly serious. The judgments of the campaign are reckless and willfully ill-informed. The world knows he lies for personal gain. His judgments on the world stage would be a disaster.

    • 31 nathkatun7
      August 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      I agree with everything you said. Nevertheless, this video clip further confirmation that Bain under Romney, despite all the protestations from his campaign and the media about some of the ads run by Priorities USA, was outsourcing/offshoring jobs in search of cheap labor. In other words, his priority as businessman was not about creating jobs in the U.S. as he claims. Rather, his priority was all about maximizing profits, even if that meant buying foreign companies that exploited workers. With this video clip Romney and his campaign can not continue to claim that Bain’s outsourcing/offshoring happened after Mitt Romney had retired from the company.

      • August 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        Precisely, nath. This video is merely confirmation of what is already a sizable portfolio of documentation of #BainMitt’s maximization of profits irrespective of who was exploited, who was destroyed. And, in an opulent setting, he is merely telling a story without any evidence of realizing that he is, indeed, an owner of a company that treated it’s employees in such a deplorable manner, knowing full well that if he were conducting that type of business in the US or the UK or France or Germany or … it would be illegal.

  4. 33 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Landsakes, this man is evil. Then another RNC leader emails the governor of New Mexico saying that her staff meeting with American Indians “dishonors Custer.” (http://theobamadiary.com/2012/08/24/after-all-that-hate/#comment-463585)

    Did someone open up a hell-hole and let all the demons escape?

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      August 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      I hadn’t thought of the opening up of a “hell-hole” concept before, but you might have something there!

  5. August 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Eh, not sure if that video is damaging. Most people here don’t like to think about where their products come from plus he could use this video to say how lucky we are here even after he takes away our medicare/social security.

    • August 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      But he personally profited from his company using Chinese slave labor, GB. The RWNJs will probably admire him for it, but it’s a pretty spectacular example – out of his own mouth – of what depths he and Bain were prepared to sink to profit.

      • August 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

        Oh I know Chips. I’m just saying this is how it might play out in the news. Others might not be as disturbed about it as we are.

      • 40 nathkatun7
        August 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

        You are absolutely right, Chips! Even more damaging, as far as I am concerned, is that he has been claiming that all outsourcing/offshoring took place after he had retired from Bain. Now he and his campaign, and their media enablers, have to eat their words. Second, there is an implied dissing of American workers for being spoiled. I am not sure that will go well with workers whose jobs were outsourced/off shored to cheap labor markets, like China. I am sure they don’t consider themselves lucky. Nor is it fair to compare them with the Chinese workers who are nothing but semi-slaves. As Dr. King used to say, “No Lie Can Live Forever.”

  6. 41 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Maddow show says they have a tease. I want to know the full context. It’s jarring.

  7. 43 cluny
    August 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    It’s damaging in so far as it gives an overall icky impression of Romney. Even if people sympatheic to him filmed it I don’t think it helps him with the majority of people – only greedy, $$ obsessed assholes could enjoy this ‘factory tour in China’ account. The man is an out of touch scum bag.

  8. 46 squarepeg
    August 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Chippy did you post the article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Fear of a Black President”? I’m reading it now.

    • 47 prettyfoot58
      August 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      hey square…

      i posted the link to Smartypants in the previous thread….she noted it on her blog….deeeeeeep and powerful….

  9. 48 ChristiMTL
    August 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Reid: Romney’s tax source is “very wealthy…has had business dealings with Bain…owns a private equity firm”

    Here’s what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just said to KLAS-TV’s George Knapp: “George, I got a call—I have sources just like you, some you trust some you don’t. I don’t have as many as you but a long time friend very wealthy, I’ve known for 30 years, he has had business dealing with Bain, he owns a private equity firm,. he said he has not paid taxes like you and I pay for 10 yrs you should look into it. It’s what I did.”

  10. 54 dotster3
    August 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    This has always puzzled me also. How do you justify voting for someone who has gone to such great lengths, hiring a fleet of high priced tax lawyers who use every trick in the book, every hiding place, in order to avoid his obligation to the country he professes to love, to escape his responsibility to the health and future of the country where he is seeking the presidency?

  11. 55 edwina3
    August 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I have trouble with the “slave” part which usually implies coercion of some sort. Hasn’t 60 minutes done some pieces on Chinese labor conditions? I couldn’t tell was Mitt being compassionate towards the girls or what.

    • August 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      He could spin it to make him look compassionate, but if it’s shown Bain owned any Chinese factories that had people in those kind of working and living conditions, then he looks like the obnoxious hypocrite that he is.

    • 57 nathkatun7
      August 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Edwina, at first I thought he was being compassionate. But if you listened carefully he seemed to suggest that the imprisonment of these girls was justified in order to keep out all those other girls who were so eager to get a job. What infuriated me the most was his underhanded remarks that American workers should consider themselves lucky because they were not treated like the semi-slave Chinese workers. Surely, the people laid off by Bain ( or by any other outsourcing company) who lost their good jobs, pensions and their health insurance do not consider themselves lucky.

  12. 58 collegekay
    August 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    • August 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Well, what matters is that it’s Mitt talking and there is no ambiguity that he bought Hong Kong-based Global-Tech Appliances, which manufactured household appliances – exactly what is being described in the video.

      Unfortunate that someone posted under false identity of Ms Maddow; that is also inexcusable.

      • 60 Anna Luc
        August 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

        If the source of the video is not reliable that puts the entire video in question. Romney is not in the video. All we have is audio and audio can be faked. So we have an unknown source pretending to be a trusted source and offering a story we would love to believe. Sounds like a classic false flag operation. Wouldn’t it take the heat off Romney if he became the victim of a lie? It would sure change the subject wouldn’t it?

  13. 63 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Yeh, keep talking Mitt; keep talking all you RWNJs… just keep on talking!
    Today I switched parties..

    I became a Democrat. For the last 28 years I was a registered Independent. Which means I used to get robo calls and other political materials from both parties. I realize that I’ll never agree 100 percent with either party, BUT the republican party has moved so far to the right, there’s no way I’d ever vote for a republican. All of the moderates have been run out of the party, and I don’t see them making a comeback any time soon. It feels kind of weird to finally say… that I’m a liberal Democrat.. Actually, I’m a proud liberal Democrat.

    • 64 jacquelineoboomer
      August 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      I’m a proud liberal Democrat, too, and we’re all getting President Obama and Vice President Biden re-elected, so nice to meet you, former Independent voter!

  14. 65 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Wow, that was fast!! Great new graphic for you Chips! 🙂
    “…and nobody’s ever asked to see my tax returns.”

    [Ha! Ha! Btw, I like name of the source: facebook.com/TheEverlastingGOPStoppers 😀 :-D]

  15. 66 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Okay, so Maddow says the video is not from her but I still want to know what’s the background behind his comments because I know that according to SEC filings he invested in a factory in China that came about through a deal with a company based in Hong Kong.

  16. 75 hgerhard
    August 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    It’s ok to relate a story about the horrible conditions in a foreign factory. It’s also ok to point out that people desperately want to earn money – no matter how extreme the conditions and how little they are able to earn. What’s not ok is to accept this as a given- especially if you are benefitting from this stark reality – and simply glory in the fact that you are so privileged and so lucky to be able to make so much profit from the labor of these workers without any thought given to improving their condition.

    • August 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      “…. What’s not ok is to accept this as a given – especially if you are benefitting from this stark reality – and simply glory in the fact that you are so privileged and so lucky to be able to make so much profit from the labor of these workers without any thought given to improving their condition.”


    • 77 amk for obama
      August 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      well said, hgerhard. I don’t know why peeps here are freaking out and giving mittbot an easy way out. Let the fucker explain it. He is after all running for president, for pete’s sake. The leader of ‘free world’ at that.

    • 78 purpleshoesla
      August 25, 2012 at 12:41 am

      + infinity Hgerhard. Thank you.

  17. August 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    So, uhm, I had an interesting day today.

    I’m sure some of you have heard about the shootings in NYC today. Well friends, the shooter and his target both worked in my office building. The shooting happened just several minutes after I entered the building and I learned about it from a coworker who was downstairs in the lobby when it happened. She came in the office talking very loudly. I dismissed it at first because she is loud everyday. Then I heard one of the execs say someone was shot and killed outside our building. A few coworkers and I went downstairs and there was the poor man’s body laying there on the sidewalk in a pool of bright red blood. A lot of cops were outside so I stayed right by the door. I couldn’t stop looking at the guy. Just laying there lifeless. Laying there right by the door that I use to enter the building.

    I kept thinking about how I was lucky enough to have come a little earlier today and about how some of my co-workers could have gotten caught up in this mess. They usually enter the building around the time the shooting occurred. Just unbelievable. I’ve probably been on the elevator with the shooter at some point. I didn’t see the victims face but I’ve probably seen him numerous times too. Just a mess. NOW I read that the 9 others injured were most likely injured/killed by the police while they were going after the killer.

    You never know what can happen from day to day. We all have a daily routine. We make plans but then these things happen. That guy probably thought it was going to be a regular day and now he’s dead. His family thought he was going to come home by a certain time and do xyz but instead they got a call saying their husband, son, brother or father was gunned down at work.

    • 80 utaustinliberal
      August 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      I saw your tweets earlier in the day. So glad that you and your co-workers are safe.

      • August 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        Thanks! You know I was getting more info from Marc Abinder/Ambinder(?) on twitter than I was from the news. When the news started to cover it live they were saying things that didn’t make sense. They kept saying the shooter worked in the Empire State Building but I already heard from a tenant that they both worked here in our building. Just so much confusion.

    • 82 edwina3
      August 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      That is so intense and scary too, I’m so glad that you are ok. I would be a wreck to have witnessed such a scene.

    • 84 Dudette
      August 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Gb, I’ve very glad you’re safe. What an awful traumatic thing to witness. Hold your loved ones especially tight tonight and make sure you find a good listener to talk to and share whatever you need to. God Bless you and the friends, families and colleagues of those affected by this senseless act.

    • August 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      So glad you and your co-workers are safe and very sad for all those who suffered and died today.

    • 88 nathkatun7
      August 24, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      I am glad to know you are safe, gobrooklyn!

    • 89 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Goodness gracious. Glad you’re okay.

    • 90 4morefor44
      August 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      oh no! sorry you had to experience that horror firsthand, gobrooklyn.

    • 91 jackiegrumbacher
      August 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      GB, what a horrible, traumatic day for you. I hope you take care of yourself and give yourself time to recover. You are so right about not knowing what the day will bring. My heart aches for that man’s family and for all those who were wounded just for going to work on a summer day. This is a day that will be hard for you and everyone in your building to forget. The rest of the world must look at this country and think we have all gone stark staring mad.

    • 94 Pamela
      August 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm


    • 95 cindysweatt
      August 25, 2012 at 12:49 am

      I am so glad that you are safe. All this violence is crazy and sickening.

  18. 96 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Why, Ladies! I’m shocked at this language… shocked, I tell you! 😯 😀 😀 😀

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  19. 99 ChristiMTL
    August 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Hey TODers Chuck Todd just posted this:

    Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd

    Tonight at 10pE, hour long look at Mitt Romney “Making of a Candidate” From his dad to faith to business&politics #msnbc Hope u check it out

    I didn’t plan on watching this farce

    I just hope a lot of people will boycott it

  20. 104 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Margaret and Helen have something to say too!
    My Vagina Has Legitimate Concerns About Electing Republicans

  21. 105 4morefor44
    August 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    great next level to this undercover video here:

    this is part of a much larger issue, and problem that has existed for too long in america. they can’t legally have slaves here anymore, so they simply offshore slavery. that’s the point, and robots like the mittbot are all too happy to profit from this slavery. we can never compete with slave wages here in america, and yet republicans are trying to push us more and more in the direction of what he’s describing in that video. republicans would love to have those conditions here. for mittbot and that audience to feign concern for the workers in china is disgusting! they love it!

  22. 106 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Republican Women for Obama

    Republican women share their history with the Republican Party and how the party’s views are no longer aligned with their own. They don’t support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and share how Romney and Ryan are wrong for women.

    As they share:

    “If you truly believe in a small government. That government shouldn’t be deciding what I can and cannot do with my own body.”

    “There is no way on God’s green earth that I would consider voting Republican.”

    “I don’t even want to think about them having control—as a woman I don’t.”

    “If you’re a conservative woman, and you believe in small government, then Barack Obama is your candidate because he’s keeping the government out of the decisions that should remain between you and God, and you and your own conscience.”

  23. 109 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Guess the RNC convention began a little early.

    • 110 Dudette
      August 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Raise you hand if you’re surprised…

      What’s that? No hands? Un huh… didn’t THINK so!

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      August 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Disgusting. I guess they can call themselves patriots even if it’s the Confederate flag they’re waving. Wish they’d all get the hell out of the country.

    • 112 prettyfoot58
      August 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm


      • 113 nathkatun7
        August 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

        Prettyfoot, they no longer need white sheets to hide behind. It’s now perfectly acceptable, and respectable, to wear business suits and still spew racist venom out in the open. Another thing I’ve noticed is that racists can no longer hide by blaming poor and ignorant whites. Now billionaires and multi-millionaires like Trump, the Kochs, Limbaugh, Hannity and others have no shame spewing racist remarks.

  24. 119 4morefor44
    August 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    by the way, i just “grabbed” the undercover video in case it gets taken down. anyone who has that ability should do it quickly.

    watching it again, mittbot concludes with how great america is because it’s not like that scene he describes in china. dammit, america is great specifically because we didn’t accept the fuedalistic state that the republicans are trying to create here!!! those people in that room are literally trying to destroy america as “the greatest generation” knew it with a fair tax system and no cayman island shelters with “china strategies,” and only to enrich themselves and their children. evil, evil people.

    • August 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Grab a copy as well 🙂

      And, yes, they are evil people …

      • August 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        Here’s the text of the video …

        “95% of life is set up for you if you were born in this country. And, I remember going to ah, uh, sorry just to bore you with stories.

        When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there. It employed about 20,000 people. And they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially becoming married.

        And they work in these huge factories, they made various uh, small appliances. And uh, as we were walking through this facility, seeing them work, the number of hours they
        worked per day, the pitance they earned, living in dormitories with uh, with little bathrooms at the end of maybe 10, 10 room, rooms. And the rooms they have 12 girls per room.

        Three bunk beds on top of each other. You’ve seen, you’ve seen them? (Oh…yeah, yeah!) And, and, and around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire and
        guard towers. And, and, we said gosh! I can’t believe that you, you know, keep these girls in! They said, no, no, no. This is to keep other people from coming in.

        Because people want so badly to come work in this factory that we have to keep them out. Or they will just come in here and start working and, and try and get compensated. So we, this is to keep people out. And they said, actually Chinese New Year as the girls go home, sometimes they decide they’ve saved enough money and they don’t come back to the factory.

        And he said, so, on the weekend after Chinese New Year there will be a line of people hundreds long, outside the factory, hoping that some girls haven’t come back. And they can come to the factory. And, and so as we were experiencing this for the first time, going to see a factory like this in China some years ago.

        The Bain Partner I was with turned to me and said, you know, 95% of life is settled if you are born in America. This is uh, this is an amazing land and what we have is unique and fortunately it is so special we are sharing it with the world.”

    • 124 Pamela
      August 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      I have it on my iPhone..

  25. 125 sherijr
    August 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Aside from the obvious awful aspects of this video- Mitt’s ownership/involvment in a company that exploited workers… what also disturbs me about his statements in the video is his absoluteness about being born in America.. and how anyone born here has 95% made it. True for a Romney perhaps, born with silver spoon tuck tightly all shiny and bright in his mouth.. but I think his comment/ belief tells a bigger story about his complete lack of understanding for those not born in this country so lucky as he was. He can no way be capable of representing a country full of people he has zero understanding, knowledge or empathy for.

  26. 129 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Univision to Host Hispanic Forums With Obama, Romney

    Jorge Ramos, Maria Elena Salinas to moderate candidate events in partnership with Facebook
    By Andrea Morabito — Broadcasting & Cable, 8/24/2012 2:46:22 PM

    Univision may have failed in its attempt to get one of its anchors to moderate a presidential debate, but it has gotten President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney to agree to participate in forums to address issues of importance to Hispanic voters.

    The network will host “Meet the Candidate” events moderated by Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas and conducted in Spanish and English. The forums, each featuring one of the candidates, will take place in the lead-up to Election Day in front of a live audience in partnership with Facebook.

    “These events speak to President Obama and Governor Romney recognizing the important role Hispanic America will play in the elections and in defining the future of our country,” said Univision News President Isaac Lee.

    Univision CEO Randy Falco last week petitioned the Commission on Presidential Debates to add a debate with a Univision anchor after no Hispanic journalists were chosen as moderators. The Commission declined the request.
    h/t Democratic Underground

  27. 131 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    This Saturday Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are coming to Powell, Ohio. Powell area women have questions for them on Fair Pay, Medicare, and Women’s Health. Will America’s Go Back Team answer them?

    • 134 4morefor44
      August 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      oh my goodness. ms. scott better watch her back or go into hiding right quick if the rumors are true, or like the d.c. madame, she could accidentally commit suicide.

  28. 135 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm



    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. §§ 1973–1973aa-6)[1] is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.[2]

    Echoing the language of the 15th Amendment, the Act prohibits states from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure … to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”[3] Specifically, Congress intended the Act to outlaw the practice of requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, a principal means by which Southern states had prevented African Americans from exercising the franchise.[2] The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson who had earlier signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.[2][4]

    The Act established extensive federal oversight of elections administration, providing that states with a history of discriminatory voting practices (so-called “covered jurisdictions”) could not implement any change affecting voting without first obtaining the approval of the Department of Justice, a process known as preclearance.[5] These enforcement provisions applied to states and political subdivisions (mostly in the South) that had used a “device” to limit voting and in which less than 50 percent of the population was registered to vote in 1964.[5] The Act has been renewed and amended by Congress four times, the most recent being a 25-year extension signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2006.[6]

    The Act is widely considered a landmark in civil-rights legislation,[7] though some of its provisions have sparked political controversy. During the debate over the 2006 extension, some Republican members of Congress objected to renewing the preclearance requirement (the Act’s primary enforcement provision), arguing that it represents an overreach of federal power and places unwarranted bureaucratic demands on Southern states that have long since abandoned the discriminatory practices the Act was meant to eradicate.[8] Conservative legislators also opposed requiring states with large Spanish-speaking populations to provide bilingual ballots.[9] Congress nonetheless voted to extend the Act for twenty-five years with its original enforcement provisions left intact.[10]



  29. 137 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    ‘True the Vote’ Still Out to Screw the Vote

    Brentin Mock on May 1, 2012 – 11:37 AM ET


    If so many people believe voter fraud exists, it’s only because these groups have been successful in spreading myths while suppressing the truth, which is that you have a better chance of finding Michelle Obama in a Burger King than you will find voter fraud in a poll booth. All weekend they recycled anecdotes about voter registration problems—animated by James O’Keefe’s wannabe-Borat-but-missing-the-point films. Registration errors also occur at insignificant rates, and photo voter ID laws do little to address that. But people see the O’Keefe shenanigans or hear Moncrief talk about evil ACORN plots to take over the world by registering Jive S. Turkey to vote, and they become convinced that voter fraud exists.

    It’s like the Koch-funded propaganda campaigns to block climate change truths by declaring it a hoax. Except here they use an actual hoax—voter fraud—to block voting rights. In this arena, contrary to True the Vote’s speakers, these campaigns appear to be winning, if only in the sense that democracy loses every time a state passes a photo voter ID law.



  30. August 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Ask the willard-ryan ticket THIS question. Ask them THAT question I KNOW ask them…….!!!!

    BUT? They are both long-time, documented, habitual, inveterate and CRAVEN LIARS. The only purpose in asking them questions is to demonstrate THAT FACT over and over and over…. So, at what point do you just stop asking????

    • 139 vcprezofan2
      August 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      ‘…demonstrate THAT FACT over and over and over…. So, at what point do you just stop asking????’

      This is basically what I was trying to say last week with the tweet above – I feel like we are spinning our wheels when we seek answers that we already know from these guys. My belief is that we should be spreading the news of who they really are to all our contacts in whichever way we can, especially to those who haven’t been paying attention, rather than wasting time being shocked when Mitt or Ryan add an extra piece of evidence to their profile. Nothing we will discover will change the FACT that these guys are NO good for the country.

  31. 140 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I am too scared to watch this YouTube. I know it will just totally fuck up my weekend. The man is evil, that I know. 👿

  32. 148 anniebella
    August 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I didn’ t see FLOTUS when POTUS, Malia, Sasha, and their friends were heading to Camp David.

  33. August 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm


    Yiddish Curses For Republican Jews h/t Balloon Juice

    Good stuff plus you can submit your own.

    • August 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Some examples from the site.

      “May your son be elected President, and may you have no idea what you did with his goddamn birth certificate.”

      “May you make a fortune, and lose it all in one of Sheldon Adelson’s casinos.”

      “May your child give his Bar Mitzvah speech on the genius of Ayn Rand.”

      “May you have a hundred houses, and in every house a hundred rooms, and in every room twenty beds, and then may you fall behind on just one of your mortgage payments and have the bank repossess everything.”

      “May you have a rare disease and need an operation that only one surgeon in the world, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, is able to perform. And may he be unable to perform it because he doesn’t take your insurance. And may that Nobel Laureate be your son.”

  34. 152 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm

  35. August 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

  36. 155 nospin
    August 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  37. 156 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  38. 157 sabreen60
    August 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    • August 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Switched to my local 10:00 news. Enjoying it…………nice break from the events of the day.

      BTW, not surprised that VPB changed plans for Tampa. As PO often says: “It’s the right thing to do.”

  39. 159 amk for obama
    August 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm
    • 160 99ts
      August 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Why do no GOP politicians know how to hold a baby – this one had 5 children, as did Sarah palin – guess the spouses did the baby raising.

  40. 161 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm



    Obama: No one’s ever asked to see my tax returns.



    Great comment at the link above….

    [–]Restores100HP 275 points 6 hours ago

    My favorite comment in the comments section of the article is similar:

    Potential Obama replies:

    “No one’s ever asked about my Swiss bank accounts.”
    “No one’s ever had to ask for more tax returns.”
    “No one’s ever asked if I paid less than 13% in income tax.”
    “No one’s ever had to ask if my lawn service hired illegal aliens.”
    “No one’s ever had to ask how many jobs my company sent overseas.”

  41. 162 amk for obama
    August 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

  42. 163 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  43. 164 nospin
    August 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    GOP platform: Cut health costs, lose weight

  44. 165 amk for obama
    August 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  45. August 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I like this post

    George W. Bush inherited a strong economy, a budget surplus, and a nation at peace.

    Eight years later, he left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar deficit, and two useless wars.

    Obama saved the country from another Great Depression, rebuilt GM, reformed healthcare, reformed Wall Street, doubled the stock market, created 12 straight quarters of GDP growth, created 29 straight months of private sector job growth, got Bin Laden, got Gaddafi, and got us out of Iraq.

    And now with the automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2012, Obama has solved the deficit problem as well.

    Obama has done a very good job.

    • 167 Ladyhawke
      August 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      I am hoping this will be one of the main themes from the Democratic National Convention. Two presidents from the Democratic party BOOKEND the reckless George W. Bush administration. President Clinton left a surplus. President Bush squandered it. President Obama is cleaning up the wreckage.

  46. August 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    willard: The Scum of The Earth!!!

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