Via: Atlantic Wire
Mother Jones‘s David Corn has a report out this morning that pushes the continuing attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital forward not just because of the business it involves — disposing of aborted fetuses — but because it extends the length of time he worked at Bain.
According to Securities and Exchange Commission documents, Romney was involved in Bain’s investment in a company called Stericycle in late 1999.
What did Stericycle do?
Well, it was a fast-growing, profitable medical waste company.
But it also had some problems, such as:
- getting fined for keeping body parts and dead animals in unmarked containers
- exposing workers to tuberculosis.
And then there were the fetuses.
Romney now describes himself as “adamantly pro-life” now but embraced pro-choice positions on abortion in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Back when Bain was involved with Stericycle, anti-abortion activists have waged a campaign against the company.
Read more here, including that Romney had “voting and dispositive power” with Bain until late-November 1999, and NOT February 1999 as the Romney Team has claim.
NORTHFIELD, OH—Sources at the Gregson-Turner Paper Co. confirmed that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spent the vast majority of his visit to the company’s Ohio-based factory Tuesday yelling at employees to work harder.
Romney, who said the stop was an essential part of his tour of America’s manufacturing sector, arrived at the facility at approximately 10 a.m. and within minutes began mercilessly hounding workers throughout the plant to “get their acts together” and “start pounding out some paper, c’mon.”
“You people have been at work for nearly four hours and this is all you have to show for it? With all of this equipment?” a frustrated Romney reportedly shouted from the center of the factory while standing near several dozens crates of the day’s completed paper supply. “What a truly pathetic performance. You guys better think about tightening things up around here fast, because what I’m seeing right now is completely unacceptable.”
“Now, someone like you we can easily fire,” Romney was overheard telling an employee removing paper bales from the mill’s loading space. “How exactly are you essential? No, honestly, give me one good reason—just one—why you should have a paying job here. Because I look at you and all I see is a pink slip and an extra 25 grand a year that could be funneled somewhere else.”
“I’m telling you, I’ve seen machines do your job way, way faster and for free,” added Romney, jutting a finger into the man’s face. “Remember that. And wipe that stupid look off your face.”
According to company officials, Romney proceeded to outline how dozens of jobs across the paper mill were unnecessary, noting that terminations would be required because, while there were much-needed managerial roles to be filled, current employees “lacked even a basic education” and could not seriously be considered for them.
“See, if I were in charge, I’d probably just move the entire plant to Taiwan and save us all a big chunk of change,” Romney said. “It’s stupid to overpay a massive, bloated staff like this when someone faster and younger can do all this overseas for a fraction of the price. That’s just common business sense. You’d seriously have to be an idiot not to see that, but hey, maybe that’s exactly what I’m dealing with here: idiots.”
“Thanks for all of your support again, guys,” Romney added as he left the factory.
Via: ‘America’s Finest News Source’
the three workers: one gay, one woman and a Latino; will no doubt do the right thing, and vote to . . .
Via: Think Progress
April, 2011 – Trump described Romney’s experience at Bain.
“He’d buy companies, he’d close companies, HE’D GET RID of JOBS.”
Trump has subsequently become a prominent Romney surrogate and fundraiser. This week, Trump explained that, at the time of his critical comments he didn’t know Romney and has since come to “realize he’s a terrific guy”. (yeah, terrific!)
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