Friend of the working man

Mitt Romney, Outsourced

By Charles P. Pierce, June 22 2012 at 10:46AM


This vast new Washington Post report about how Willard  Romney and his money-chewing friends got really wealthy by investing in companies dedicated to  shipping American jobs overseas is yet one more reason why the Obama campaign  really shouldn’t have slacked off from tearing into Romney’s career at Bain  Capital just because Cory Booker, and Ed Rendell, and Bill Clinton got nervous  about it. It also should set off another spate of really remarkable lying from  the Republican candidate over the next few days…..

While economists debate whether the massive outsourcing of American  jobs  over the last generation was inevitable, Romney in recent months  has lamented  the toll it’s taken on the U.S. economy. He has repeatedly  pledged he would  protect American employment by getting tough on China. “They’ve been able  to put American businesses out of business and kill American  jobs,” he told  workers at a Toledo fence factory in February. “If I’m  president of the United  States, that’s going to end.”

Willard Romney: friend of the working man. In Shanghai.

(Of course, the Post felt itself obligated to include the  now-mandatory non sequitur disclaimer about the magic of the global  economy. While the export of jobs has been disruptive for many workers  and  communities in the United States, outsourcing has been a powerful  economic  force. It has often helped lower the prices that American  consumers pay for  products and created a global supply chain that has  made U.S. companies more  nimble and profitable. Nimbleness! It takes some nifty footwork to tap-dance your way past your conscience in the Marianas  Islands Free Enterprise Zone.)

American business stopped caring about the political entity that is the  United States of America a very long time ago. We have been propagandized  repeatedly that the global economy was either the greatest thing that ever  happened ever, or so unstoppable a force that the best our tired old democracy  could do is get along within it the best it could. The basic questions of  national sovereignty and corporate accountability were drowned out or brushed  aside. Now, we have a presidential candidate who is a perfect product of that  new transnational economic system. Willard Romney could be — hell, should be — the vehicle through whom we pass judgment on all of it. or

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