Hello, Matt Taibbi, how are you making us hate Mitt Romney even more today than we did, say, yesterday (which is saying a lot since we had to sit through his forty minute speech about himself yesterday and also a slide show about him and his kids, blagh). But as you will soon discover, making us hate Mitt Romney even more isn’t terribly difficult! You just begin by explaining the nuts and bolts of how Bain Capital destroyed several companies by loading them up with debt, and then you go into detail about how Bain partners made tons of money, much of it off government “handouts” even while laying off thousands of workers, and then you top it all off by pointing out that political and financial journalists have been unwilling or unable to explain any of this to the American public. Thank you, Matt Taibbi, for exposing not only the incompetence of the American pundit class, but also the features--rather than bugs--of the corporate tax code that allow people like Mitt Romney and Incorporated Americans like Bain Capital to happen to all of us.
so i read this posting right b/4 i went to the airport fri, dutifully bought RS (which i would subscribe to if it weren&#039;t bloody WEEKLY), read it and passed it on. then mr fuflans&#039; family and i (all GA libtards - except me. chicago libtard) spent the entire weekend trying to square exactly that circle: how do you get america to pay attention?
we didn&#039;t really have an answer.
Bain would shower &quot;bonuses&quot; on senior management to induce them to take the deal. Not too hard to imagine successful men of a certain age being susceptible to the temptations of a big payday. They could probably be further persuaded by carefully-lawyered Power Points from Mittens, showing how these Boston geniuses would make the company grow and prosper. Look at what they did for Staples!
Lot_49 BA, English
He stopped for five minutes to campaign for McCain in hopes of getting the VP nom.
The ill will I have towards Mitt doesn&#039;t so much come from what he&#039;s done, but things he&#039;s said you can easily demonstrate with other things he&#039;s said or done that he obviously doesn&#039;t believe.
The most recent examples are from last night&#039;s speech: If Mitt really believed that only people who have worked in business should be president, he wouldn&#039;t have taken 7-term congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate; If he had really wanted Obama to be successful, he wouldn&#039;t have been campaigning for president since the day after the last election.
I&#039;m beginning to think that the only way Obama could have made the miraculous change to the economy that wingnuts demand would have either involved a time machine or putting a lot of CEOs and the like on a large boat and then sinking it.
I liked this part near the end:
<blockquote>Romney is a man from nowhere...Romney...is a perfect representative of one side of the ominous cultural divide that will define the next generation, not just here in America but all over the world. Forget about the Southern strategy, blue versus red, swing states and swing voters &ndash; all of those political clich&eacute;s are quaint relics of a less threatening era that is now part of our past, or soon will be. The next conflict defining us all is much more unnerving.
That conflict will be between people who live somewhere, and people who live nowhere. It will be between people who consider themselves citizens of actual countries, to which they have patriotic allegiance, and people to whom nations are meaningless, who live in a stateless global archipelago of privilege &ndash; a collection of private schools, tax havens and gated residential communities with little or no connection to the outside world.</blockquote> If you can fly your Gulfstream to your house on a private beach in Aruba, you don&#039;t care about pollution in Pittsburgh. If you send your kids to Cranbrook and Stanford and Harvard, you don&#039;t care about public schools in Chicago or Birmingham. If your house has a sprinkler system and a security guard, you don&#039;t care about fire fighters in Atlanta or cops in Seattle.
So why should you be asked to pay for any of these things? It&#039;s just <i>not fair!</i>
I posted a link to this story on Fox, of all places, trashing Ryan&#039;s speech: <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/opin..." target="_blank">" rel="nofollow noopener" title="http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/30/paul-ry...">http://www.foxnews.com/opin... but the conservatives really couldn&#039;t say anything because FOX.
Matt Taibbi always makes me nostalgic. Remember when all news people practiced journalism?