Burch: Barely human

Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

In a recent article for The Contributor, a Nashville monthly newspaper that employs homeless and formerly homeless people as vendors, a street-seller who identified herself as Jeanette B. recounted how a customer said something ugly to her and, rather than just letting it go, she replied, “Hey, I am a human being.” His response was a sneering, devastating “barely.”

Here is what Jeanette B. wrote about her feelings: “I cried a little — because he’s right. In the eyes of Metro I am an eyesore, someone to harass for trying to do simple things like sleep. To businesses, I am someone to ask to leave, to tell that I am not allowed to use their restrooms.”

But of course the bigot was not in any way “right.”

Here in Tennessee we are seeing such bigotry not only on our streets and in our restaurants, but also in the halls of legislative power and even in conservative churches that constantly deride President Obama and Democrats for trying to “do too much” to help the poor, sick and elderly.

And now we have a man — I have come to think of him as Bishop Romney — who is a step from the presidency and in my opinion represents the worst of all three worlds: business, political and religious.

There seem to be two very different versions of Christianity at work in the world today. One looks to the good example of Jesus Christ in his earthly ministry and operates with compassion for the less fortunate. A much darker version of Christianity seems intent on separating the wheat from the chaff, and sweeping the chaff away, to make life easier for the affluent. This darker version of Christianity is chauvinistic, autocratic and demands conformity to its narrow-minded, Dark Age vision of how “good people” should look, act and probably smell.

Willard Mitt Romney once served as a bishop of the Mormon church. I do not want to put his faith on trial, especially when I see the same sort of bigotry in other ultra-conservative churches such as the Southern Baptists, who are headquartered here in Nashville. But please allow me to point out three things about Bishop Romney that make me think he is unfit to be elected dogcatcher, much less president:

(1) He said that 47 percent of Americans feel “entitled” to housing, food and health care. This suggests that in a land of plenty he thinks nearly half the population is not entitled to a decent life, since a decent life requires housing, food and healthcare.

(2) He toured a Chinese factory where 20,000 girls and young women lived and toiled in a factory complete with guard towers and barbed wire. Rather than reporting this outrage to our government and the American public, it seems Romney invested millions of dollars in the Chinese company that owned the factory, at one time owning nearly 10 percent of its stock, before finally cashing out.

(3) Later, as his Bain Capital group aggressively closed American factories, outsourcing American jobs to low-wage countries, it seems Bain-owned companies may have adopted the methods Romney saw being used in China. For instance, Bain earned $242 million by pressuring Dade International to take on massive debt in order to buy back Bain’s shares in the company. The result was large-scale job elimination. According to a Huffington Post report, some fired workers would “get an hour’s notice before being shown the door.” Fred Gregory, who assisted a plant closing in Miami, said that he stopped eating at the cafeteria because, “I didn’t want to see the women crying. You could walk in there and hear a pin drop. You could see the emptiness. It was just huddled-up sheep. It was pathetic. It was heartbreaking, heart-wrenching. You just want to hug them.” According to Gregory, the plant added higher fencing and concertina wire. Every day, a pair of security guards would check his backseat and trunk to make sure he wasn’t stealing office supplies. “It was all so well orchestrated,” he said, “and so evil.”

I do not want to see such suffering here in America, so that the affluent can become even richer at the expense of ordinary Janes and Joes. If Bishop Romney can see such things in China, without offering a word of protest, and do such things to American workers, without an ounce of remorse, what might he do to us, once he has the power of the American presidency in his hands?

Is it the street vendors and factory workers who are barely human, or their heartless overseers like Bishop Romney?

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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147 Comments on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 10/4/12 at 11:29

Want to hear a pin drop Mike? Go to-

Solyndra- BANKRUPT
Ener 1 - BANKRUPT
Beacon Power - BANKRUPT
Abound Solar - BANKRUPT
Amonix Solar - BANKRUPT
Spectra Watt - BANKRUPT
Eastern Energy - BANKRUPT

Obama has spent BILLIONS of taxpayer money on companies that happened to be democratic donors, they are now BANKRUPT.

Romney has invested PRIVATE money in AMC Entertainment, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Clear Channel Communications, Dominos Pizza, Dunk n' Donuts, Guitar Center, The Sports Authority, Staples, Toys R Us, Warner Music Group. - None of these investments cost the taxpayers a dime, yet it created thousand of jobs for Americans.

You guys can "click" "click" "click" all you want, but that will just remind me of the sound of pins dropping in all of Obama's FAILED PUBLIC Equity "investments" to his democratic donors.

By: Mike Burch on 10/5/12 at 1:16

MusicCity615,

Nice try, but even Romney's partners at Bain have admitted that job creation was not their goal. Bain became a pioneer of leveraged buyouts. In LBOs, the company is saddled with enormous debt, which is used to pay the "investors" huge sums of money in the form of dividend, "management fees," etc.

Thus, the "investors" have no money at risk. If the company manages to stay afloat, they can make even more money by selling their stock. If the company goes bankrupt, that's just too bad for the employees, but the "investors" have already turned a profit.

Bishop Romney was a master at making sure he never took any risk himself. Even Bill Bain, the founder of the namesake firm, has pointed out that Romney refused his offer to run the new LBO group, until Romney was free of all personal risk.

Romney never created a job himself. Rather, he figured out a way to gamble other people's companies and jobs in a way that he would always profit, even if the company failed and all the employees lost their jobs.

Read what Bill Bain and other Bain partners have freely admitted. They admire Myth Romney, not because he created jobs, but because he figured out how to make money regardless of what happened to the company and its employees.

By: Mike Burch on 10/5/12 at 1:24

MusicCity615,

President Obama risked investing money in the auto industry, and managed to save it.

He risked money on green energy companies. Some have failed, but so far more are still in business.

He risked money on teachers and students, and the environment.

But Bishop Romney seldom if ever risked any of his own money. He gambled the futures of entire companies and thousands of employees, only after making sure that he and his "investors" would always turn a profit.

Now Bishop Romney wants to do that same thing to the US, guaranteeing the richest people windfalls in the form of huge tax breaks. He would make the main sources of their income tax free (capital gains, interest and dividends). Then all the tax burden will fall on the middle income class, and the elderly, sick and poor people who will have their safety nets ripped to shreds.

In effect, Bishop Romney wants to do an LBO on the United States, giving handsome dividends to the richest Americans. If the rest of us manage to remain afloat, it will be by the skin of our teeth.

By: govskeptic on 10/5/12 at 3:30

Nice try yourself there Mike. The warm fuzzy story of the street lady was
nothing more than a cheap introduction to another hate Romney and
vote for the re-election of your incompetent choice for President. Your
statements on Romney's tax plans are those of yourself and others that
flatly lie about what his plans are. These weekly editorials from the
"Chris Matthews School" of dirty partisan politics may win you a guest
appearance on one of his or Ed Schultz's shows before the election.
If that fails, "Current TV" has lots of empty chairs for guest appearances.

Secondly, why is it necessary to take an extremely cheap shot at those
of faith in this community with every story written? Most of which do more
than their "fair share" in assisting or helping the sick and poor in Tenn.

By: yogiman on 10/5/12 at 5:51

Mike,

I agree with you on Obama risking using OUR money to take a risk in financing the auto industry.

So my question is: If he is so willing to take such a risk, why is he so unwilling to show his papers. You know; his birth certificate, his 1981 passport, his registration papers, his college papers... could it be because he feels the risk would be to much?

By: yogiman on 10/5/12 at 5:56

Mike,

You, and others, blame Mitt Romney for his early in life ventures to make money. Do you know of any man who would not work through Romney's method to make money?

Other than yourself, name one.

By: yogiman on 10/5/12 at 5:58

I should have added, Mike. What constitutional authority did Obama use to give our money to private industries?

By: Captain Nemo on 10/5/12 at 6:05

Rasputin will think this is aimed at him.

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By: Captain Nemo on 10/5/12 at 6:40

Rasputin if you are out there today. Do you know a J. Coleman? It has been 25 yrs since I last saw him.

By: Moonglow1 on 10/5/12 at 7:19

Moonglow1:

T. S. Elliott wrote a poem titled "The Hollow Men. ". We are the hollow men, head piece filled with straw.

Ah yes! A hollow man! The phrase fits Bishop Romney perfectly.

In addition to having a borderline personality disorder as defined in the DSM-3R, he also exhibits bipolar tendencies. His debate performance was pathetic. He appeared to be on amphetamines. Manic as h###ll.

By: yogiman on 10/5/12 at 7:56

Maybe Romney should take some more of those pills, Moonglow1, because he beat the living hell out of Barry.

Was you describing Obama's borderline personality in the DSM-3R? If not,why did Barry keep stuttering and looking at his watch? Was his date with Michelle more important than his debate with Romney for office?

By: BenDover on 10/5/12 at 8:00

To think that not expanding our government social safety net beyond Obamaphone is the same as Mr. "Get a Job" who was so rude to Jeanette B is ludicrous. Mr Romney is in no way unsympathetic to Jeanette B... the 47% comment was an acknowledgement that it makes little sense to spend people's campaign contributions on votes that have already been bought with taxpayer dollars. The word in business is being 'effective' with your resources. To extrapolate this into saying Romney doesn't care is absurd and the guilty by association with the slimeball who was rude to Jeanette B is itself a slimeball thing to do. Romney gave over $4.3 million to charities last year and his tax burden of over $3 million went to fund countless government programs beneficial to the poor. How much did you give last year Mr. Burch.

Your cheap shot about the imprisoned China girls is also a huge distortion. That fence didn't keep the girls in. It was to keep other people out who would try to come into the plant and squat for jobs.

Then you distort his business record where he took the money of private investors and turned around failing US businesses SAVING and CREATING jobs unlike the faux 'saved or created' bullsh*t touted by Obama and Biden with their failed and ineffective stimulus sponsored by our involuntary tax dollars.

Overall you are one warped little cookie, Mike Burch, whose worldview based on clinical levels of confirmation bias is sometimes astounding.

By: bfra on 10/5/12 at 8:04

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By: yogiman on 10/5/12 at 8:17

You mean "over Mike's due", don't you, BenDover? 10 to 1 that's a dumb question.

By: bfra on 10/5/12 at 8:39

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By: bfra on 10/5/12 at 8:41

And Ben was there, taking pictures & names and knows all about all business operations here & abroad. JOKE!

By: BenDover on 10/5/12 at 9:06

Either Burch or Burch's source conveniently omitted the fact I provided bfra.

The original whistle blower over this 'outrageous' behavior by Romney is Romney himself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hXCjAMGdk

By: bfra on 10/5/12 at 9:10

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By: yogiman on 10/5/12 at 9:12

You should read what Romney said, bfra. And I'm sure you can hear what he said somewhere on this machine.

When he realized his boo boo, he corrected his mistake. So tell me, how many time have you heard Obama correct himself... if it wasn't Bush's fault?

By: yogiman on 10/5/12 at 9:18

Mike,

With all of your intended defamation of Romney, tell me, who was President when the industries started moving to China?

By: bfra on 10/5/12 at 9:21

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By: Loner on 10/5/12 at 9:38

Good morning, Nashville.

Another fine missive from the pen of Mike Burch. Thanks Mike.

MC 615 schlepped in that same unsourced claim....again....that's plagiarism, baby....trying to pass that off as his own research...pathetic!

Ben claims that the barbed wire, guard towers and "living quarters" at these Chinese prison-factories are to keep people out, not in.....if he actually believes that, he is suffering from self-bullshitization.

Romney was impressed with the coerced, exploited, non-unionized labor force in China...that's his "vision" for America....."no work = no bowl of rice".

By: brrrrk on 10/5/12 at 9:43

MusicCity615 on 10/5/12 at 12:29

"Obama has spent BILLIONS of taxpayer money on companies that happened to be democratic donors, they are now BANKRUPT."

Romney said...

“In one year, you provided $90 billion in breaks to the green energy world. Now, I like green energy as well, but that’s about 50 years’ worth of what oil and gas receives.”

Facts - The $90 billion was given out over several years and included loans, loan guarantees and grants through the American Recovery Act. $23 billion of the $90 billion “went toward “clean coal,” energy-efficiency upgrades, updating the electricity grid and environmental clean-up, largely for old nuclear weapons sites.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/factchecking-the-first-presidential-debate-of-2012/2012/10/04/9d47934e-0d66-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_blog.html

Romney said....

“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.”

Facts - 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.”

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2011/12/06/media-ignore-report-undermining-their-solyndra/184694

By: bfra on 10/5/12 at 9:46

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By: bfra on 10/5/12 at 9:50

mc read this:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-takes-second-crack-romney-tax-plan-150735057--election.html

By: Loner on 10/5/12 at 9:52

Thank you, Brrrrk, for clearing the air on that.

By: brrrrk on 10/5/12 at 9:52

What gets me is how complicate the right is in Romney's debate attempts to misrepresent his positions.... seriously, are there no morals; no principles on the right? Is it win at all costs with complete disregard for being honest with the electorate? And these are people who say they take the religious high ground? I suppose when you have a candidate who comes out of a tradition of "lying for the Lord", it's all good... right?

By: BenDover on 10/5/12 at 10:04

Was Obama honest when he claimed to have cut your taxes by $3800 brrrk?

By: Loner on 10/5/12 at 10:08

Bush, not Obama cut your taxes by $3800, not BHO, right, Ben?

By: Mike Burch on 10/5/12 at 10:09

govskeptic,

I used the story of the street lady because I think such bigotry is wrong, and Bishop Romney has exhibited such bigotry himself a number of times ... for instance in his trashing of 47% of Americans, and when he saw the terrible conditions of a "factory" that sounds like a Nazi-style concentration camp, then invested millions of dollars in the company. The he bragged about "buying" the factory, even though he never held more than 10% of the company that owned the factory.

The guy is a creep, and I have no qualms about letting people know the sordid details.

Romney and Ryan have both talked about getting rid of federal income taxes on capital gains, interest and dividends. Anyone with any exposure to the stock and bond markets, or who has ever managed a company, knows that rich people can effectively stop paying federal income taxes if that occurs.

I don't take "cheap shots" at people of faith. I do criticize people who claim to be Christians but fail to heed the call of Jesus, the apostles and the Hebrew prophets for people "with" to help people "without." And I dislike the idea that the Chosen Few nominate themselves to be saved by grace, while most of the rest of the world goes to hell. The Hebrew prophets never mentioned hell, or any possibility of suffering after death. And yet our churches terrorize children with the idea that they, and billions of other souls, are in danger of eternal torment if they think for themselves. To me that is child abuse and brainwashing ... which are unfortunately legal here in the US.

By: Mike Burch on 10/5/12 at 10:11

Yogi,

If Barack Obama showed you all the evidence in the world, would it make any difference? You would probably claim that space aliens went back in time and created fictitious documents.

By: Loner on 10/5/12 at 10:14

The hard right actually think Willard is too liberal, so it's entertaining to me to hear guys like Limbaugh shilling for the guy.....actually, life is easier for the right-wing pundits when a Democrat is POTUS....the conservatives are much better at carping and bitching than they are at making apologies or cheer-leading.

By: BenDover on 10/5/12 at 10:16

Watch the vid. I linked Loner.

btw... I watched the full debate last night and you were right. It wasn't the blow-out that everyone's making it out to be. I think the disproportionate reaction is because Romney did not seem to be the anti-christ that everyone had portrayed him to be.

It wasn't a big mover for me because I already knew he was nothing like his media caricature but it was a huge shock to a lot of people as was the fact that Obama's an empty suit without his teleprompter.

By: BenDover on 10/5/12 at 10:21

http://imgur.com/XtCb1

By: brrrrk on 10/5/12 at 10:22

Mike Burch on said

"I don't take "cheap shots" at people of faith. I do criticize people who claim to be Christians but fail to heed the call of Jesus, the apostles and the Hebrew prophets for people "with" to help people "without." And I dislike the idea that the Chosen Few nominate themselves to be saved by grace, while most of the rest of the world goes to hell. The Hebrew prophets never mentioned hell, or any possibility of suffering after death. And yet our churches terrorize children with the idea that they, and billions of other souls, are in danger of eternal torment if they think for themselves. To me that is child abuse and brainwashing ... which are unfortunately legal here in the US."

"It is from Heaven that the chains have come to fetter the minds of mortals. Why is the Mohammedan everywhere a slave? It is because his Prophet subdued him in the name of the Deity, just as Moses before him subjugated the Jews. In all parts of the world we see that priests were the first law-givers and the first sovereigns of the savages whom they governed. Religion seems to have been invented but to exalt princes above their nations, and to deliver the people to their discretion. As soon as the latter find themselves unhappy here below, they are silenced by menacing them with God's wrath; their eyes are fixed on Heaven, in order to prevent them from perceiving the real causes of their sufferings and from applying the remedies which nature offers them." - Jean Meslier

By: Mike Burch on 10/5/12 at 10:22

Yogi,

You said, "You, and others, blame Mitt Romney for his early in life ventures to make money. Do you know of any man who would not work through Romney's method to make money?"

Henry Ford, who WANTED to pay his workers good wages, so they could afford to buy the cars they made.

All the owners of businesses who have taken pay cuts during this recession, to keep their companies afloat, and avoid layoffs.

Mangers who worked for Bishop Romney and quit their jobs, becoming jobless themselves, rather than fire workers.

Millions of soldiers, teachers, cops and firefighters who work for low wages and often risk their lives, in order to help other people.

There are many, many people who have consciences and human hearts, who refuse to make money their sole goal in life. I would like to think that MOST of us would refuse to buy a company, load it with debt, take out a huge guaranteed profit, and then start laying off people and shipping their jobs to China.

I have INVESTED in many companies, by taking a risk with my money. I have NEVER invested in a company that I knew was going to lay people off. When I discover that companies I own stock in are doing things I consider immoral, I sell the stocks regardless of how much money I might have made in the future.

Before I fire anyone, I give them multiple chances to do better. Letting any worker go is something I have always tried to avoid, often bending over backwards in the hope that one more chance might help. But Romney's companies would give good, hardworking employees an hour's notice, and have them escorted away by security guards, searching their cars for possible stolen office supplies ... pencils and staples.

By: Mike Burch on 10/5/12 at 10:24

Moonglow1,

I think the organ Bishop Romney is missing is a human heart.

The Romneybot has a cold, calculating CPU that is good at crunching numbers and crushing the life out of human beings. But robots don't have human hearts. Romney seems to be the first -- and hopefully the last -- spiritual android.

By: brrrrk on 10/5/12 at 10:26

BenDover said

"It wasn't a big mover for me because I already knew he was nothing like his media caricature but it was a huge shock to a lot of people as was the fact that Obama's an empty suit without his teleprompter."

C'mon Ben... while we may have our differences, I actually thought that YOU might be above that petty bullshit! It appears that in the end you're no better than yogi, bud, and raspy. Very disappointed.....

By: BenDover on 10/5/12 at 10:32

Discount my assessment of the debate if you like brrrrrk but I think it's spot on.

Romney did not out-debate Obama by a landslide like the reports say. He and Obama simply illustrated that neither is anything like his media caricature. That worked strongly in favor of Mittens and strongly to the detriment of Barry.

By: Mike Burch on 10/5/12 at 10:34

BenDover,

You said, "Your cheap shot about the imprisoned China girls is also a huge distortion. That fence didn't keep the girls in. It was to keep other people out who would try to come into the plant and squat for jobs."

Yes, that is what the people who owned the slave labor compound told Mitt Romney, but they wanted Romney to invest millions of dollars in their sweat shop. Do you also think the guard towers and barbed wire of Auschwitz were there to keep Jews from squatting on jobs at the German factories where the signs read "Arbeit macht frei" ("work sets you free").

How very gullible you are!

The Chinese factory managers gave Romney enough information to solve the puzzle. They said the girls could leave when they found husbands. Chinese families prize sons, and daughters are often murdered or abandoned. So it seems likely that the 20,000 young Chinese girls were orphans forced into slave labor, and the only way they could escape was to find husbands. Living in such conditions with only one way to escape probably forces many of the girls to marry anyone who will take them, forcing them to become prostitutes or sex slaves.

Anyone with a heart and working brain can figure such things out. So it seems Bishop Romney lacks either a good heart, or a good mind, or both.

Do you really support such men, and the kind of world they create in their lust for money, power and fame?

By: yogiman on 10/5/12 at 10:37

Mike,

If you and you co-posters would like a legal person in the President's office may I refer you to "copies" of his Kenyan birth certificate.

the powerhouse.com/news4/obama_kenyan_birth_certificate.htm/

Note the birth certificate shown is certified by a imprinting stamped certification. Read comments from other Kenyans. Check into other posts on that site.

Is all of that fake? Was his grandmother lying?

By: bfra on 10/5/12 at 10:39

Brrrrk - Ben must have thought Bush's teleprompter with a phonetic pronuciation guide on it was ok. That was because Bush couldn't read. Ben & his buddies get on one thing & harp, harp, just like tarp, tarp.

By: bfra on 10/5/12 at 10:39

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By: Loner on 10/5/12 at 10:57

I watched the vid that you provided, Ben...to me, it was damning...but to you, it was exculpatory, right? Half empty or half full....half good or half bad?

I dunno, but I'd not take the word of the factory tour-guide as being the Gospel truth....I'd take anything the guide said with a large grain of Chinese salt.

According to Mitt, the fact that millions of Chinese women are in such desperate straits is actually a great opportunity for everyone concerned...good for Bain Capital...good for the Chinese girls....good for the American consumer...good for both the US & Chinese economies. If Romney actually believes that, he is too gullible to the POTUS....he's in La-La Land.

As for the debate notes, pretty clever.....Mitt didn't need no steenking yellow legal pad and a Bic pen ....his notes are inside his skull....he just shoots up with Red Bull just before Air-time....and then delivers a power-rant....the guy looked WIRED.....Mitt blabbed, blinked & bullshat his way through the entire debate...I tell you, the man was hopped up on something.....or else his magic underwear was wired and an off-stage debating coach was prompting him....there was something fishy about Mitt's performance....I think he made a deal with Satan.....thought I saw a 666 on his forehead....anyone else see that?

By: dargent7 on 10/5/12 at 11:15

I gotta listen to this garbage for 4 more weeks?
FOX News is all giddy and besides themselves Obama made a poor showing.
He recited facts and figures only. Maybe one joke.
He stared at his notes and didn't face Romney.
Maybe Gore is right...it was the 5,000 ft. altitude.
But, Obama's 51 and Romney's 65. Youth should prevail. Reagan was 72ish and still won, so who knows?
Romney had to win it all, or his canpaign was sunk.
He did come across more lively and in touch.
I don't know if he's lying, distorting, or both.

By: yogiman on 10/5/12 at 11:24

You're a good comedian, Mike.

On your 11:09 post, you commented, "That guy is a creep, and I have no qualms about letting people know the sordid details." (referring to Romney)

Yet you're so willing to accept a man in your President's office whom you don't know and have no idea in hell who he is. How "un-sordid" do you see it that he refuses to prove who he is?

By: Loner on 10/5/12 at 11:27

Darge! Glad to see you posting here...thought you might be gone for good...and that would be bad.

The consensus among the libs is that Mitt was "on something" the night of the debate...hopped up....suspiciously animated....wired.....maybe, Obama had jet lag and low-level oxygen deprivation symptoms, as a result of the altitude in Denver....maybe Romney took several hits of pure oxygen just before going on-stage?

Romney stared at the POTUS and smirked when Obama had the floor....Obama looked at his notes and scribbled a few things down, rather than stare and smirk....and FOX News faults Obama for that? That's unfair & unbalanced...and completely asinine.

By: pswindle on 10/5/12 at 11:28

Did anyone see Mitt go back to the podem to get his notes after the debate? He could not get there fast enought. After shaking President Obama's hand and greeting Mrs. Obama , he snaked his way back to get his notes. He is such a shallow man, but dangerous. I think that his preformance during the debate was nothing short of being a bully. He owes the moderator an apology. He treated him like he was a nothing. That is the way that he treated his schoolmates. The spots never change. I feel that going to the dog on top of the car, tells more about him than anything else. He is a cold hard-hearted man.

By: slacker on 10/5/12 at 11:28

Loner, ''Mittens'' was on a Rocky Mountain high, while Obama was in a John Kerry induced coma. The 666 was three over- Brylcreemed curls, hanging jauntily on The Mitts sculptured brow. Axelrod, is bringing in Carrot Top.. to coach up Biden for the Kentucky debate. Props will be used, Biden will make his closing remarks, holding a rubber chicken & pot.

By: Mike Burch on 10/5/12 at 11:31

Loner,

I think Romney bought some pretty stinky swampland, when he invested millions in what sounds like a slave labor compound ...

The people who managed the compound told Mitt Romney that the guard towers and barbed wire were there to keep "job seekers" from coming to the factory and working for free, but of course they wanted Romney to invest millions of dollars in their sweat shop, or they wouldn't have let him see it.

Were the guard towers and barbed wire of Auschwitz there to keep Jews from squatting on jobs at the German factories where the signs read "Arbeit macht frei" ("work sets you free")? I find it unlikely that anyone would "squat" on a job inside a concentration camp, and that's what the Chinese factory sounds like to me.

Who would choose to enter such a place? Only someone with no place else to go. And I think it's possible that the young girls Romney saw were orphans being forced to work as slaves until they were auctioned off for sex. If not, why were all the girls so young? Why weren't there older women, if they held prized jobs?

The Chinese factory managers gave Romney enough information to solve the puzzle. They said the girls could leave when they found husbands. Chinese families prize sons, and daughters are often murdered or abandoned. So it seems likely that the 20,000 young Chinese girls were orphans forced into slave labor, and the only way they could escape was to find "husbands." Living in such conditions with only one way to escape probably forces many of the girls to marry anyone who will take them, forcing them to become prostitutes or sex slaves.

So it may be that the slave labor compound was also like a giant brothel. Men who wanted sex and free housekeeping may have also toured the "factory," picking out the prettiest slaves to take home. Perhaps they paid the compound managers, like pimps.

A friend of mine "imported" a Chinese girl, who agreed to marry him before they met. I'm sure there were substantial fees involved. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Bishop Romney didn't invest millions in a giant brothel that employed orphan girls as slaves until it was able to sell them for sex.