Published: Sunday, Jan. 22 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
"Most Americans love and appreciate the free-market system. Bain is a
company where private investors take risks with companies and receive a return
on their investment."The author does not understand how private
equity works. The private equity firm puts up a small amount of its own capital
and borrows the rest to buy a company. But the debt does not go on the books of
the private equity firm, it goes on the books of the acquired company. This is the reason many companies go broke after being acquired in a private
equity deal, they can't service the debt. It is also the reason most private
equity firms make money no matter what happens to the acquired company, they
never put much of their own money at risk to begin with.The letter
mentions "Sealy", the mattress company, google it to see how private
equity wrecked a very old and profitable company.
Mittâs capitalist skills create a paradox for the GOP.On the
one hand, his fixing dying businesses by laying off employees, reallocating
funds from obsolete parts of the business into new growing ventures, is great
for a top-down private sector executive. On the other hand, if you
employ Mittâs capitalist skills in a government role, and the GOP will
accuse you of "overreaching" -- or worse, of being a socialist! Indeed, Mitt has criticized Obama for re-structuring/investing into the
auto industry to save it -- not unlike what Mitt did in the private sector.
Mitt says he would have allowed the auto industry to collapse... but I believe
as president, Mitt would do exactly what Obama did given his savvy business
instincts and desire to create jobs and leverage assets. Alas, as a
Republican, his party will only allow him the futile "tools" of tax
and budget cuts and not his real savvy skills of business re-design and smart
investments that has made him millions in the private sector. In
short, Mitt's got the capitalist skills to revamp America's outmoded industries
of autos, energy, manufacturing, etc. -- but philosophically, he may not be able
to use them as President.
Wow - what an incredible spin on Romney's Bain work. He and his executives
focused on one thing, how much money they could make. They laid people off in
the companies they raided and then reduced the wages and benefits of the
survivors. And, they all walked away with millions of dollars. Now, I'm no
Socialist and I do support Capitalism. But, guys like Romney represent the
worst part of it. For, it's all about how much money he can make and to heck
with the other guy. Seriously, just how rich does Romney need to be?
Your underlying assumption is false. We don't need a new President until 2016.
Besides, it seems pretty clear that the voters don't really want Romney. And
faced with having to make a decision on an issue he knew was coming this past
week, Romney failed. He is out of his element and would be as well in
How ironic is it that SC Christian evangelicals voted for the confessed serial
adulterer, squashing the other three moral marriage candidates like little bugs,
all because of a couple of rants in a debate directed at the national media
covering the race?If that vote is emblematic of the values of the
people of SC, then what does it say about their values? Gingrich managed to
artfully avoid the character question in SC, but it will come up again and again
and again before November, emotive and angry rants to divert attention
The southern core Fox Republicans do not think share these views.
Business and the associated operating systems, such as capitalism, exist because
society, people in groups, need them. It is the society that provides the
opportunity, the reason, and the rewards of operation a business. Business is owned by society. Society, through its agent, government, has the
right, the power and the authority to control and define the service needed from
business. Businessmen may own all the assets of a business
operation, such as buildings, land, and many other tangible and intangible
assets, but they dont own the business.Good government, like good
business, exists to serve the society of people governed. When government is
taken over by businessmen, it does not serve the interests of the society of
people. Sort of like when the horse takes the bit in his teeth and takes the
wagon and its driver where the horse wants to go. Business
experience and a successful career in business does not mean that a person will
be good at government. The two are different. Its sort of like
thinking a great baseball player will make a great football player. While the
traits may be similar, the mindset may be very different.
America needs Romney just as much as we need another flu epidemic. It's pretty obvious that right wing southerns don't want Romney. Just look at
what happened in South Carolina!
Capitalism is sort of like a medicine. We absolutely need it's main property by
would rather not have the side effects.
Romney's work at Bain can better be described as "creative
destruction" (his word), rather than "job creation." His
business activities both created and destroyed tons of jobs. When
you count the jobs that he destroyed either directly or indirectly, the question
is wide open whether he created more jobs than he destroyed. What
the U.S. has seen over the last few decades is the rich getting *really* rich,
and the middle class shrinking. I'm sure Romney knows what he'd like the
government to do so that venture capitalists can make even more money, but that
doesn't mean his policies would help the middle class.
No, I'm pretty good without romney.
All elections are about power. Who do you want to have the power? A guy who
wants to decrease capital gains to zero percent so he doesn't have pay any
income taxes?The argument that the rich provide jobs is moot.
Everyone provides something to this economy. Does a Doctor deserve preferred tax
treatment because he saves lives? Does an linemen electrician deserve a better
tax rate than a waiter because his expertise helps keep the electrical grid
running? People talk about class warfare coming from the poor and
middle class but powerful wealthy people created it by giving themselves
preferential tax treatment compared to everyone else.
RE: a bit of reality 10:19 a.m. Jan. 22, 2012"Romney's work at
Bain can better be described as "creative destruction" (his word),
rather than "job creation." His business activities both created and
destroyed tons of jobs." If we are going for verbal obfuscation
then I'll go w/ the Baltimore Ravens D being described as Organized Chaos.
Look up the word "Babylon" in the Bible Dictionary - and there you
will see Mitt Romney.Matt 6:24 No man can bserve two masters: for
either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the
one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. [Mammon: Aramaic
word for; wealth, greed]
Romney would be a much better choice than any of the other nut jobs in the
running. Worse yet is talk of Jeb Bush coming out of hiding to run. All we
need. Another Bush -- [Shudder]Although I've been very disappointed
in his lack of backbone in standing up against the Rethuglicans in Congress, my
vote will go to Barack Obama.
To "LDS Liberal | 4:41 p.m." again, you are wrong. How do you know
what is in the heart of Romney? Do you posses some super power that allows you
to see into the heart and intentions of others?Lets remind you of
Jacob 2:19 " 19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain
riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do goodto
clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and
administer relief to the sick and the afflicted."How do you
know that Romney is not doing this with his wealth?How about you
cast out the beam from your eye before you worry about a mote in Romney's eye.
RedShirt | 8:29 p.m. Jan. 22, 2012 USS Enterprise, UT To "LDS
Liberal | 4:41 p.m." again, you are wrong. How do you know what is in the
heart of Romney? Do you posses some super power that allows you to see into the
heart and intentions of others?Lets remind you of Jacob 2:19 "
19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye
seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do goodto clothe the naked,
and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to
the sick and the afflicted."==============You
obviously didn't read the part about "INTENT"...Hiding
your $$$Millions in secret undisclosed bank accounts in the Cayman Islands is
hardly showing intent to "do good, clothe the naked and feed the
hungry"....a LIBERAL concept.BTW RedShirt, Are you
planning on automatically voting Newt Gingrich for President just because he
gets the "R"?
RedShirt: I agree we should not be judge unrighteous judgment. But
what evidence do you have that Romney is following the counsel in Jacob 2:19?
It appears, from what is public, that regardless of Romney's motivation for
acquiring wealth, he is hanging onto it, and not using it to clothe the naked,
feed the hungry, liberate the captive, or administer relief to the sick and
afflicted. His campaign rhetoric seems to support the notion that people like
him who profit by the free enterprise system ought to be able to keep their
wealth, while Jacob says he should be divesting it for charitable purposes. He would gain much credibility and sympathy if he would disclose his
charitable intentions (assuming he has such), say by committing even half of his
assets to fund a foundation, ala Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, or Jon Huntsman Sr.
He'd still have plenty to live very comfortably. Instead, all we have heard is
that he has set up a $100 million trust fund for his kids, so they never have to
work. I can't find a scripture that supports that use of wealth.
@redshirtyou claim LDS liberal is wrong but then slide into not being able
to know another persons heart and mind. so if it is unknown then how do you
proclaim LDS liberal is wrong, do you know Romney's heart and mind? You claim
frequently to know what is in the hearts and minds of liberals and the
president, do you posses some special powers?
Re: "Now, I'm no Socialist and I do support Capitalism. . . . Seriously,
just how rich does Romney need to be?"Your comment demonstrates
you ARE a socialist and you DON'T support capitalism.
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