Saturday, August 25, 2012

Romney Brags About Sending American Jobs to China Because of the Slave-like Conditions



Here is the transcript of the video where Mitt Romney extolls the virtues of China and being born American: 

"95% of life is set up for you if you were born in this country". 
Oh.... so in America you have an infrastructure and government to rely on? Sounds like what Obama and Elizabeth Warren said that you are now calling communism.
"And, I remember going to ah, uh, sorry just to bore you with stories. When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there."
Wait a minute Mitt, you claim to have had nothing to do with off shoring thousands of American jobs?

"It employed about 20,000 people. And they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially becoming married. And they work in these huge factories, they made various uh, small appliances. And uh, as we were walking through this facility, seeing them work, the number of hours they worked per day, the pittance they earned, living in dormitories with uh, with little bathrooms at the end of maybe 10, 10 room, rooms."

NO EPA and zero taxes still couldn't match slave-like labor for profits.
Chinese air pollution
So you admit to working these women, many of whom were under age, like slaves and doing nothing to improve their living conditions? Note how he also mentions the true reason for buying a factory there rather than keeping it in the US, 'the pittance they earned'. So forget all the baloney Romney and the other Republicans are always trying to peddle about the EPA and taxes. NO EPA and zero taxes still couldn't match slave-like labor for profits.

And the rooms they have 12 girls per room. Three bunk beds on top of each other. You've seen, you've seen them? (Oh...yeah, yeah!) And, and, and around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire and guard towers. And, and, we said gosh! I can't believe that you, you know, keep these girls in!"
Life at a Bain Factory

"And the rooms they have 12 girls per room. Three bunk beds on top of each other. You've seen, you've seen them? (Oh...yeah, yeah!) And, and, and around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire and guard towers. And, and, we said gosh! I can't believe that you, you know, keep these girls in!"
Notice how he said didn't say 'Don't do that, it's immoral'.
 
"They said, no, no, no. This is to keep other people from coming in. Because people want so badly to come work in this factory that we have to keep them out. Or they will just come in here and start working and, and try and get compensated. So we, this is to keep people out." 
Notice how he sounds gleeful at the prospect of millions eager to work in slavery like conditions? The added implication is that if America abolished the minimum wage and paid American workers like Mitt does in China it would be wonderful for the economy.

"And they said, actually Chinese New Year as the girls go home, sometimes they decide they've saved enough money and they don't come back to the factory. And he said, so, on the weekend after Chinese New Year there will be a line of people hundreds long, outside the factory, hoping that some girls haven't come back. And they can come to the factory. And, and so as we were experiencing this for the first time, going to see a factory like this in China some years ago."
This were he makes Obama's and Elizabeth Warrens point again that the GOP is now fraudulently distorting and calling communism.
"The Bain Partner I was with turned to me and said, you know, 95% of life is settled if you are born in America. This is uh, this is an amazing land and what we have is unique and fortunately it is so special we are sharing it with the world."

Bottom Line

There is an old saying, 'hoisted by your own petard', a petard was a sixteenth century bomb. If a petard were to detonate prematurely due to a faulty or short slow match, the engineer would be lifted by the explosion. Romney here has clearly done the political equivalent, completely destroying the GOP's whole meme of 'the government doesn't create anything, but instead just gets in the way'.

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