Latest Obama ad yet again attacks Bain, offshoring

posted at 8:01 pm on October 1, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Of all the intellectually bankrupt, demagoguery-laden, ‘offshoring is just inexcusable’ attacks this campaign season, I think this one might just about take the cake. I have a feeling they were really waiting up to pull out something on quite this level, because if you don’t exercise any critical thinking whatsoever in processing it, it really does tug on the heartstrings.

The ad targets Mr. Romney’s links to Global-Tech Appliances, a China-based appliance company that a firm once controlled by Mr. Romney invested in.

“These appliances could have been made here in America,” the narrator says before showing a picture of an Asian man making a washing machine. “But a company called Global Tech maximized profits by paying its workers next to nothing under sweatshop conditions in China. When Mitt Romney led Bain, they saw Global Tech as a good investment.”

In 1998, Brookside Capital Partners Fund, an affiliate of Bain Capital, acquired about 6% of the firm, the Boston Globe reported last week.

I think most any non-sociopathic human being would agree that it is terrible to think on the billions of people in this world who, through no fault of their own, are born in oppressive, dictatorial, extremely poor countries, and have no choice but to scrape what living they can out of squalor and misery. Working long hours in a sweatshop certainly doesn’t seem very appealing to anyone in America, but the question is: What solutions is President Obama proposing? I haven’t heard him suggest that we swoop in and depose these (often communist/socialist/endemically corrupt) regimes and set up the democratic, free-market governments that have created the prosperous and human-rights-respecting societies in which we Westerners live. Nor do I hear him proposing that we simply cut off trade with these types of countries on principle, and a good thing, too — because that would benefit neither them nor us.

Firstly, before casting mental stones at businessmen like Mitt Romney who ‘offshore,’ we should all check the “Made in…” labels on every single item we own. Free enterprise is the most direct form of democracy there is, because we all vote with our dollars and the results are tallied quickly and efficiently. The consensus? We like to buy goods of comparable quality for as little money as we can get them. As this ad points out, of course we could make everything in America, but then everything would be much more expensive, we’d have a far less diversified economy, and we’d all be poorer. And as for these nefarious “investors” the ad talks about? If you’ve got any sort of investment-earning account like a 401k or any stake in the stock market, you probably are or would very much like to be an investor in a company like Bain, because they are great at making money.

Secondly, this ad laments that the company Romney invested in “paid its workers next to nothing” under “sweatshop conditions” — but, compared to what? What better options are we offering these Chinese workers? Because, news flash: They usually don’t have any. Merely eliminating these jobs is only going to take away another of their options and make them still poorer. The only true, penetrating solution to lifting everyone on earth out of poverty is rejecting communism, socialism, central planning, and the like, and doing business with one another helps to move us closer towards that goal.


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Maybe Lie Candy should fine Apple (and every other major company) for offshoring and confiscate their assets to fund Obamacare. You know he wants to…

Philly on October 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Obama’s dishonest ads that are showing CONSTANTLY in Virginia are driving me bonkers. “Trickle-down tax cuts caused the recession!”

DavidW on October 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Why does Barack Obama care more about Chinese workers than American?

JoeHanson on October 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I remember when the USA built 60W light bulbs…

Electrongod on October 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

So Bark has nothing, because that’s what this ad says to me.

Bishop on October 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I hope they spend millions on this ad. Undecided voters don’t care about China.

faraway on October 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM

“We will be your best customer” – Obama to Brazil

Electrongod on October 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM

The Obama Campaign Staffers we laughingly refer to as reporters, will likely be fawning all over this,Hack Attack. I Just keep reminding everyone of the 30BILLION DOLLARS Obama Gave to Foreign Companies from the Stimulus. Remember that Libs have no Imagination. If They are attacking with something, it’s because they are guilty of it first!
For those following, How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 1, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Never underestimate the dishonesty of a democrat.

BruthaMan on October 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

U kidding? The only thing Obama’s low tard voters understand about China is they give us some good sweet and sour chicken…

hillsoftx on October 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Despite President Obama’s pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $36 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.

Sending millions of US Taxpayers money to train foreign workers specifically to take American jobs, high tech jobs, president puppy-muncher has some nerve to put out this ad.

Rebar on October 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

do you expect anything less from this campaign

cmsinaz on October 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I hope they spend millions on this ad. Undecided voters don’t care about China.

faraway on October 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Unless they live in a Midwestern swing state with a significant manufacturing economy.

Another example of Romney’s situational ethics. Now, he want to start a trade war with China by accusing them of currency manipulation. Then, he wanted to partner with the “enemy.”

urban elitist on October 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

If offhsoring is a problem, it’s not because of the companies sending jobs overseas. It’s because of the government regulations that make sending jobs overseas so attractive from a business sense.

malclave on October 1, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Despicable: Obama uses girl with Down syndrome as cudgel to beat Romney
http://twitchy.com/2012/10/01/despicable-obama-uses-girl-with-down-syndrome-as-cudgel-to-beat-romney/

Just when you thought the Obama Machine couldn’t stoop any lower …

Obama and the Democrats are still working overtime to manufacture outrage over Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks. In order to counter the weakness of their arguments, their efforts have grown increasingly desperate. Today, we saw the most shameful product yet of Team Obama’s desperation. To the Left, when the presidency is on the line, nothing is off-limits, including the exploitation of a young woman with Down syndrome.

Chip on October 1, 2012 at 8:17 PM

…why are they showing us General Electric workers in that ad?

KOOLAID2 on October 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

To the Left, when the presidency is on the line, nothing is off-limits, including the exploitation of a young woman with Down syndrome.

Chip on October 1, 2012 at 8:17 PM

And Palin’s Daughter?

The left attached Sarah for having her latest daughter.

Electrongod on October 1, 2012 at 8:21 PM

if you don’t exercise any critical thinking whatsoever in processing it, it really does tug on the heartstrings.

^The Leftist ideology in a nutshell.

All emotions and feelings, no rational/critical thought, no adult trade-offs, no difficult decisions. This is why Europe is failing.

Statism doesn’t work over an extended period of time. Lower and middle-income families hardest hit.

visions on October 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Not gonna move the needle. Want to see more like this. Waste your cash on ineffective air time please!

donkichi on October 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Same old inert crap over and over and over.

rplat on October 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

This will move the needle.

Go Mitt

Hundreds line up for $1.84 gas

Brilliant!!!!

faraway on October 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Isn’t Facebook OFFSHORING it in RUSSIA right now?

And Obama had his campaign managed by Mark Hughes of Facebook in 2008.

Varchild on October 1, 2012 at 8:31 PM

God forbid this arrogant POS receives four more years to wreak havoc on this nation and the world.

Democrats never could understand that America is exceptional because of her LIBERTY which makes OPPORTUNITY and LIFTS ALL people.

Does this !*&))&^% even care that America has improved the lives of millions around the world and that their misery is caused by their oppressors and not America?

Of course not. He’s not an American.

Jvette on October 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

oh lord, did I just see a video defending sweat shops?

nathor on October 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Latest Obama ad yet again attacks Bain, offshoring

This is so tired, such an obvious lie, so worn out that it’s hard to think it will influence the undecideds. Fire up the leftie base? Yes. Influence undecideds? Probably not.

petefrt on October 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM

If offhsoring is a problem, it’s not because of the companies sending jobs overseas. It’s because of the government regulations that make sending jobs overseas so attractive from a business sense.

malclave on October 1, 2012 at 8:16 PM

air quality sure is very unregulated in china!

nathor on October 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Just a reminder… only 36 ObamaPhone shopping days left!!!

faraway on October 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

KOOLAID2….

O/T but had to tell you I thought of you today as I sat behind a huge FORD F150 waiting for a green light. The truck had a lid over the bed and the entire back was plastered with bumper stickers and clings that were anti Obama, anti Reid, anti Pelosi, anti Media and anti Clinton.

It was the best two minutes I ever waited for a light to change:)

Jvette on October 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Obama’s dishonest ads that are showing CONSTANTLY in Virginia are driving me bonkers. “Trickle-down tax cuts caused the recession!”

DavidW on October 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

…and they are leaking over into Maryland.
Of course they are the only political ads Maryland gets, since pretty much all of Maryland’s elections were over in the primary. The only thing they are arguing over here is whether to authorize another casino.

Count to 10 on October 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Maybe the taxpayers can fund more uber-expensive crappy electric cars in Finland, Barry. Especially if we spend billions and they go bankrupt.

Philly on October 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

So Bark has nothing, because that’s what this ad says to me.

Bishop on October 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

So wait a minute. The president and vice president are Bark & BiteMe?

Lanceman on October 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

oh lord, did I just see a video defending sweat shops?

nathor on October 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

You have a problem with gainful employment at wages well in excess of local alternatives?

Count to 10 on October 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

C-A-S-I-N-O is apparently a moderated word.

Count to 10 on October 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

You know we outsource for very good reasons

OTTO on October 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

So wait a minute. The president and vice president are Bark & BiteMe?

Lanceman on October 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

And the bark is much worse than the bite

OTTO on October 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

You have a problem with gainful employment at wages well in excess of local alternatives?

Count to 10 on October 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

yes! it makes me uncomfortable that people work in such conditions and that the only way we can “help them” is to have them work for us for nearly nothing. also, the video imagines a “local economy” which might not even be an option for many of those workers.
in general sweat shops are negatives! they are a clear sign of exploitation no matter if pragmatically they might be better than nothing.
also, the video did avoid the motivations of the sweat shop owners because the response is obvious. and in that sense, it does not help romney image.

nathor on October 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

“because if you don’t exercise any critical thinking whatsoever in processing it, it really does tug on the heartstrings.”

++++++++++++++++++++++++

And there lies the current problem… the Left started destroying critical thinking abilities among the populace back in the 70s through their proxies in the public education system… we MUST get government out of the business of education because it always converts it to propaganda…

fabrexe on October 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

You have a problem with gainful employment at wages well in excess of local alternatives?

Count to 10 on October 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

yes! it makes me uncomfortable that people work in such conditions and that the only way we can “help them” is to have them work for us for nearly nothing

So, the American with the cushy lifestyle is “uncomfortable” that those living in other nations don’t have it so nice. These people work their way up the ladder that is currently available to them, not unlike what we do here. Our ladder is much taller than theirs, and that makes you uncomfortable. No worries there, Obama is making great progress in bringing our ladders down closer to their size, just give it time…or, throw the bum out.

RWNM on October 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Just saw an Obama ad on Food Network saying Romney is raising taxes on the middle class so he can give tax breaks to the rich or something.

Wigglesworth on October 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

yes! it makes me uncomfortable that people work in such conditions and that the only way we can “help them” is to have them work for us for nearly nothing. also, the video imagines a “local economy” which might not even be an option for many of those workers.
in general sweat shops are negatives! they are a clear sign of exploitation no matter if pragmatically they might be better than nothing.
also, the video did avoid the motivations of the sweat shop owners because the response is obvious. and in that sense, it does not help romney image.

nathor on October 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

It clearly isn’t “nearly nothing” to them.
The sweatshop is somehow worse if the workers don’t even have a local alternative? You’d rather they die in poverty?
It’s exploitation to make people wealthier than they could ever have been otherwise?
What is the worst case for the sweat shop owners’ motivations? They are looking to make a profit?

Count to 10 on October 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

urban elitist 8:15

Exactly.

Personally, i couldn’t care less about lifting the standard of living for other countries. I don’t think most Americans do. Most want to take care of our country 1st.

If Romney wants to win this, he should focus on the WHY of his offshoring and propose real solutions to stop it.

avgjo on October 2, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Better Bain Capital, then Das Kapital.

Wander on October 2, 2012 at 7:23 AM

what is really sad is that we Republicans are clueless regarding the importance of this offshoring issue among undecided independents. The GOP remains aloof and indifferent regarding the hemorrhaging of our nations jobs/technology/wealth/intellectual property overseas to nations that employ what is in essence slave labor. They get an unfair advantage in almost all world markets. The same is true regarding the environmental impact of Chinese factories. We in the US operate cleanly. China has 16 of the top 20 dirtiest cities in the world. Of course they can operate cheaply!! If we choose to remain in denial, it will be at our own peril. Its time to take the dust-covered tool out of our tool box that we seldom use – the tariff. DD

Darvin Dowdy on October 2, 2012 at 7:39 AM

For the record, Obama once promised employees of a Maytag appliance factory in Galesburg that he would make sure they kept their jobs. He received campaign donations from the wealthy Crown family, which has ownership in General Dynamics Corporation – and Maytag. The Crown family then moved the Maytag operations to Mexico.

The Crown family also sits on the board of energy company Exelon, formerly known as Commonwealth Edison, which just happened to have had as its CEO Thomas Ayers, the father of Willaim Ayers.

Find thousands of these interesting “coincidences” in The Obama Timeline. Read “Just happened…”

http://www.theobamatimeline.com

Colony14 on October 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM