Is Romney a “Predatory Corporate Raider”?

Jan 10, 2012 Full story: online.wsj.com 232

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Romney has staked his campaign on his business experience and job creation record as CEO of Bain Capital. But a new campaign ad for Newt Gingrich lays into Romney as a

“Wall Street corporate raider” who “got rich at the expense of American Workers.”

The ad features Americans who lost their homes after being laid off by Bain under Romney's leadership.

The Wall Street Journal reports that there’s substance to the accusations. With Romney at the helm, over one fifth of companies Bain invested in went bankrupt or closed down within eight years of the company's involvement.

But conservative pundit Michelle Malkin points out that Newt’s attacks on Romney are also attacks on capitalist enterprise. She writes that

“incompetent non-Romneys have morphed into Michael Moore propagandists — throwing not just Bain Capital under the bus, but wealth creators of all kinds who take risks in the private marketplace.”

Weigh in: is Romney a “predatory corporate raider” or a legitimate wealth creator?

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Pamela

Citrus Heights, CA

#234 Jan 17, 2012
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>Your cheap class warfare rhetoric indicates to the world that you're nothing less than a garden-variety, spineless Marxist who believes that the indolent of society have the right to plunder and pillage from those who have succeeded.
You people who ONLY repeat Fox TV have not one clue what you are talking about. Foreign aid AND welfare combined equals about ten percent of the federal budget. The military spending and Social Security and Medicare equals about 80 percent of the federal budget, and you all want SS and Medicare and a new war in Iran. And then you all say you want lower taxes and that Obama is trying to take from the rich to give to the poor. The reality is you all are doing that. If you want 80 percent of the budget spent on SS, Medicare and military spending, and half of what we spend is borrowed money, deficit spending, then you would have to raise taxes, double them in order to pay for the things you want. And, when the 80 million baby boomers go onto SS and Medicare, those two programs would use up way over 100 percent of the federal budget, and those programs are exactly same as European socialism, and you all want those programs, and those programs are the drivers of the debt and what uses up most federal tax money.

You all do not realize when you listen to the Republican debates what they are saying to you. They are telling you that you can EITHER have a war in Iran OR you can have SS and Medicare, that they want to end SS and Medicare and have a war in Iran and make you all pay a 15 percent federal income tax to pay for the oil wars and they want you to go without any government help, without SS, Medicare and Medicaid. And, once you all figure that out, you won't want a war in Iran. You will all be saying you want SS and Medicare not a war in Iran. And, that is exactly what Ron Paul is trying to tell you, that he would not have a war in Iran and that instead he would keep SS and Medicare for the people who are on it.

Did you see Santorum say last night that they have to end SS and Medicare now, that Newt is lying that he can pay everyone 55 and over SS and Medicare. He said they would run up trillions of dollars of debt to do that. And, at that point, both Newt and Romney admitted that is the truth. You can either have a war in Iran and a military that is larger than the next 17 mililtary countries combined, OR you can have your socialist entitlements, OR you can have both and you can pay twice as much taxes. Those are your REAL options.
HTS

Englewood, CO

#236 Jan 17, 2012
After listening to the debate last night, I'm convinced more than ever how corrupt Gingrich is. He says all the right conservative things, but he simply doesn't have the moral fiber to be a good president. I'm also convinced that Ron Paul doesn't have what it takes to win an election. Some of his values are good, such as abolishing income tax. However, he simply can't present himself in a presidential way. His ravings are frankly embarrasssing. I'm getting really tired of Perry. He simply doesn't have what it takes. Romney is and always has been the most positive candidate... a fact that cannot be denied.
Always Thinking

Warrensburg, MO

#237 Jan 17, 2012
HTS wrote:
After listening to the debate last night, I'm convinced more than ever how corrupt Gingrich is. He says all the right conservative things, but he simply doesn't have the moral fiber to be a good president. I'm also convinced that Ron Paul doesn't have what it takes to win an election. Some of his values are good, such as abolishing income tax. However, he simply can't present himself in a presidential way. His ravings are frankly embarrasssing. I'm getting really tired of Perry. He simply doesn't have what it takes. Romney is and always has been the most positive candidate... a fact that cannot be denied.
Ron Paul Dominates Fox's Twitter Survey Of The SC FOX News Debate
http://youtu.be/KfDJfvYH6CY
Derek

Rancho Cordova, CA

#238 Jan 17, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>hahahahah yep, and did you know that virtually everyone closed was a GOP backer........not a DNC contributor. Some were the oldest dealerships in their states, one in the nation........then wham good by so long tell your employees to get screwed. By the way Obama told them to cut their numbers and make sure it was not people that donated to the DNC or him.
Post a link supporting your lie. As we all know you have NO inside information or clue as to what you're talking about.

Simply another dimwitted redneck imbecile with an opinion.

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#240 Apr 4, 2012
Romney will loose a 3rd major election

r.i.p Ted Kennedy-you grilled Romney before your death

Since: Dec 11

Cookeville, TN

#241 Apr 5, 2012
HTS wrote:
After listening to the debate last night, I'm convinced more than ever how corrupt Gingrich is. He says all the right conservative things, but he simply doesn't have the moral fiber to be a good president. I'm also convinced that Ron Paul doesn't have what it takes to win an election. Some of his values are good, such as abolishing income tax. However, he simply can't present himself in a presidential way. His ravings are frankly embarrasssing. I'm getting really tired of Perry. He simply doesn't have what it takes. Romney is and always has been the most positive candidate... a fact that cannot be denied.
Except for Romney casually breaking election laws, at least TWICE:
First, here: Romney Paid Taxes On Utah Home As 'Primary Residence' http://www.wmur.com/politics/1497910/detail.h...
And now here: http://www.wmur.com/politics/1497910/detail.h...
PEWAUKEE, Wis.– When GOP front-runner Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gathered at a sandwich shop in Waukesha today to drum up support for Romney in the Badger State primary, they might have been engaging in “subs-for-votes” election bribery, according to the state’s Democratic Party.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin issued a complaint of bribery hours after the event, holding a news conference in downtown Milwaukee to air its grievances.
“It is a clear violation of Wisconsin election law, cut and dry,” the Democrat Party’s representative in Wisconsin told ABC News.
The group is filing its complaint with the state Government Accountability Board, which oversees the elections and will handle the complaint going forward.
Get More News at ABC Politics and a Different Spin at OTUS News
Romney and Ryan’s event at Cousins Subs, billed by the former’s presidential campaign as an “Election Day Lunch,” was attended by a solid crowd on the day of the state’s primary.
The two politicos stood behind the store’s counter, handed out subs to a long line of people in attendance, and urged them to go vote.
“Get out and vote,” Romney urged voters in attendance at the sandwich shop.“If we have a good turnout, then I’ll become the person who receives the Wisconsin delegates that I need to go on to become the nominee and finally take back the White House.”
Poll workers in parts of Wisconsin were urged this year not to accept donuts from candidates, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent, which also reported that the Obama campaign in 2008 could not provide box lunches to election workers in Milwaukee.
The Romney campaign responded to the complaint from Wisconsin Democrats by accusing the president’s campaign of worrying more about refreshments than the economy. But it did not directly address whether the subs might have broken the law.
“President Obama and his allies keep wading in to the Republican primary, whether voting for Mitt Romney’s opponents or absurdly claiming we can’t provide refreshments for volunteers,” Romney spokesman Rick Gorka said.“If President Obama focused half his time worrying about the economy as he does obsessing over Mitt Romney, Americans would be a lot better off.”
It is illegal to distribute anything worth more than $1 “in order to induce any elector to go to or refrain from going to the polls,” according to the Wisconsin state statute.
The subs Romney and Ryan were handing out today, if bought individually from the store, cost more than $1. Sandwiches at Cousins range in price from $4.49 to $5.59.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/...

Since: Dec 11

Cookeville, TN

#242 Apr 5, 2012
Cont'd...
Why does this matter? Read on:http://hisvorpal.wordpress. com/2012/04/04/scofflaws-and-s ubmarine-sandwiches/
"Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy." ~Louis Brandeis, Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#243 Apr 6, 2012
Recall Walker, his aides are crooks!
republican clowns yep!!!

Lancaster, OH

#244 Apr 7, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
New Obama Chief of Staff: Former Hedge Fund Exec at CITI, Made Money off Mortgage Defaults...Obama still in Wall Streets Pocket.

Obama: Republicans Threaten 'Very Core of What This Country Stands For'... The liar in chief speaks about civilityÂ…Â…hahahaha.

Forget the $3 lunch, Obama charges $45,000 per head in no-press-allowed fundraiser...hahahahaha so much for transparency

Michelle distressed about power of 'white Irish Catholic'...Michele the RacistÂ…Â…Â….my my dooooos Irish white folks doan buy BarrackÂ’s crap no mo.
MICHELLE MAAAAAAALkan stupid dumb talkin creep ewwwwww! B
republican clowns yep!!!

Lancaster, OH

#245 Apr 7, 2012
Earth Child 1 wrote:
<quoted text>President Obama doesn't have to worry about losing to any of the GOP idiots running. They are all pathetic losers with shady backgrounds and using christianity to hide behind. Newt, for exaple, cheated on all three wives and played the christian whining game for forgiveness each time and that proves he'll cheat on business partners and the country. little Ricky Santorum is a boot licker for his nazi pope who wants Catholic theocracy in the US, which will cause civil war and the RCC has a history of starting wars. Romney is good at cutting jobs to save and make money for his Mormon cohorts to keep them and himself wealthy and could give two $&%#Â¥ about the rest of the country as long as Mormonism can also have a strong foothold in politics too and that also includes Huntsman. Ron Paul is senile and flip flops for votes. Perry is also a liar when it comes to his self praise for job creation in Texas, which is the minimum wage state if you're not in oil or cattle. The Bushes, Paul and Perry are all from Texas and so far they've been all crooks.
EXACTLY RIGHT !!!!!!!!'
republican clowns yep!!!

Lancaster, OH

#246 Apr 7, 2012
x0x0x wrote:
Romney is not only a job killer,
he's a cultist whom Xtians will
never vote for so....

THANK YOU GOP for giving us the cult Ken doll as your candidate. Obama is going to kick his well tanned ass.
AND KEN DOLL THAT WEARS MOM.JEANS. HAHAHAHA

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#248 May 23, 2012
Awake and Aware wrote:
Romney would sell his mother if he could make a buck off of it.
lol!

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