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The Baining of America
Author: Raine    Date: 04/26/2012 14:51:35

Tuesday night, Willard Romney gave what is now sorta known as his Better America speech and became - for all essential purposes - the Republican nominee for President. I listened to about as much of it as I could tolerate. 2 days later, something he said is still really sticking with me.

I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents – some successful even beyond their wildest dreams – and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.

This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.

In the America I see, character and choices matter. And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded. And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.
In Mitt Romney's America, things ARE fundamentally fair because he can afford things to be fair. In his lean years, he and his wife had to live off of stock dividends. I am fairly sure he didn't have to take a penalty for withdrawing from his 401(k), because: who needs a 401(k) when you are worth millions of dollars? Let's go and take a look at his attack on government workers. Back in November he was saying this as well:
Multimillionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney ® told employees at a steel fabrication plant on Monday that government employees "are making a lot more money than we are."

Wearing his best plaid work shirt and Tommy Bahama blue jeans, the candidate explained to workers at Giese Manufacturing that he would slash the number of federal employees if elected.

"We have to cut back on the scale of the federal government," Romney declared. "And for me that will start by reducing federal employees by 10 percent. You do that through attrition."

"And then something else that is just as important, and that's to make sure the people who work for government don't get better pay and better benefits than people that work in the private sector."

He added: "The tax payers shouldn't have to have money taken out of their pay checks to pay people in government who are our servants who are making a lot more money than we are."
This is all a lie. According to a study last year from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, federal employees make 26.3 percent less than private workers. It's not just the money here for me, it's the attack on the benefits including health insurance. Should federal workers be making the same amount of money as a private employee? Should we cut the salaries of doctors and medical professionals that work for the VA? It is generally accepted that federal employees have good benefits. I ask in all sincerity, what is wrong with that? People having good benefits is a bad thing? People having decent employment in the public sector is bad?

It's fairly common knowledge that private sector salaries have shrunk in the past decade. People are doing more work for less money. Fuel and food costs are rising faster than paychecks. Salaries are not keeping up with the cost of living for many people. Mitt Romney wants the same thing to happen to government workers, even though they earn on average, less than the private sector.

This is the downward economic spiral that he envisions for a more fair, better America. This is what the GOP wants. They want people to work harder for less money. They want people to work harder for less benefits and compensation. They want to fire people, and rehire them for less money.

Sound familiar?
2012 GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, who has a large lead in the polls heading into the New Hampshire primary tomorrow, has been taking heat from both Democrats and his Republican challengers for his time at Bain Capital, the private equity firm that he headed. Bain’s modus operandi was to invest in companies, leverage them up with debt, and then sell them off for scrap, allowing Bain’s investors to walk away with huge profits while the companies in which Bain invested wound up in bankruptcy, laying off workers and reneging on benefits.
It seems to me that for Romney, he is viewing the public sector the same way he views corporations: a way to create private wealth by privatizing everything. People are corporations, my friends.

This isn't a better America. This is a wealth creation plan for the 1%. Mitt Romney is responsible for thousands of job losses in America through Bain Capital and his stint as Governor of Massachusetts. He's not a job creator. He's a wealth creator for people who already have money. He makes money by putting people OUT of work. He became richer by becoming a corporate raider. He is telling you how he will govern.

Romney's not pivoting, he's not even etch-a-sketching. Mitt Romney is doubling down. He's going after every worker in America. He's trying to convince you that he's just like you, while telling you exactly what he will do as president. That is the biggest deceit of all.

He's getting ready to give America the Bain treatment.

When Mitt says "WE" he's not talking about YOU.

This is the choice.


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