Thursday, September 6, 2012

How Romney Also "Strapped People to the Roof"

At Dogs Against Romney, I've long believed Romney's cold decision to strap his dog to the roof of his car for 12-hour rides (while his luggage rode inside) transcended the dog. The dog suffered, no doubt - and that alone is enough for many people to abandon support for Romney - but what does this behavior say about Romney's attitude toward other living beings (especially humans)? Clues are not hard to find. Infamous Romney quotes include little gems like these: "I like to be able to fire people who provide services to me." and "I'm not concerned about the very poor, there's a safety net there." 

Beyond his words, I've now uncovered a chilling example of how Romney, while running Bain Capital, "strapped people to the roof," while he himself "rode inside," comfortably shielded from the tragic human consequences his behavior created.

In the 1990's, Romney bought an Illinois medical company called Dade International. At Romney's direction, Dade quadrupled the amount of money it owed to its creditors and vendors. Romney played with Dade International's  freed-up cash and forced the company to borrow even more money to pay Bain Capital management fees. Then, with Dade International now loaded down with crushing debt, Romney began "strapping people to the roof." He led the company through waves of layoffs to cut costs. Employees who were lucky enough to survive the layoffs were then "hosed-down" by Romney - told they had to accept a pay cut, or leave. 

Ultimately, 1,700 people lost their jobs. Dade International was forced to file for bankruptcy protection and tried to sue Bain for "unjust enrichment." All the while, Romney sat safely inside his luxurious office - making millions of dollars along the way. 



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I hope karma comes back and bites this guy soon.

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Anonymous said...

This all reminds me of the expression, "I wouldn't vote for this guy for dog-catcher."

- David D.

Cindy Williams said...

Thank you for your post, I live out of the country so I don't get that many updates, maybe I should watch a bit more closely. The things I have seen about this "man" I certainly wouldnt want to vote for him.

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