American Troops Just 'Factors of Production' to Romney
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
September 13, 2012 12:43 PM | 1930 views | 17 17 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
When he was running Bain Capital, Mitt Romney bought and sold companies the way the rest of us change socks. There's nothing wrong with that, mind, because it's the American way of business.

 

Romney's business acumen, initiative and hard work earned him a fortune and he deserves every dime he ever made.

 

Buying and selling companies has a human component. There are men and women who work in the factories, stores, and industries on the market. Each employee has a mortgage or rent, kids in school, car payments, pensions, and all the rest. Sometimes, in the course of the transactions engineered by Romney, those workers found themselves expendable.

 

It's a fact of life, part of our free enterprise system. I don't agree with how Romney treated those who found themselves out of work. Unfortunatley that's how he chose to do business and that's how it goes in business sometimes.

 

But the principles that guide business are not the same ones that govern the defense of America.

 

We have citizen soldiers here, men and women who volunteer to put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us. They and their families deserve our support and our recognition for doing what many of us wouldn't or couldn't do. They're heroes, not "employees."

 

So it was appalling and also very revealing that Mitt Romney, who enthusiastically supported the Vietnam War as a young man only to avoid it later, stood up to accept the nomination of the Republican Party and never, not once, acknowledged American troops in harm's way, the men and women fighting and dying in Afghanistan and those selflessly serving around the world.

 

You know why?

 

Because to Romney the troops are like the workers he once used and discarded during his days at Bain Capital. They're just "factors of production," small people unworthy of recognition or even mention, numbers to be added or subtracted depending on the profit and loss statement.

 

We already know Romney intends to follow the Bush failed model of trickle down economics. Why not invade a country too? Say, Iran, the prime beneficiaries of a war being Romney's big donors in the military-industrial complex, the same folks who did so well when we invaded Iraq.

 

Romney has rattled his Iran saber enough on the campaign trail for us to know what's coming if he manages to get elected.

 

Those "factors of production" - our sons and daughters and husbands and wives - would soon be coming home in stainless steel caskets while Halliburton's stock soared.

 

Do we really want to go there again?
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Matthew Jackson
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October 12, 2012
Really dont think romney is the guy for this country. def think that what the president is doing with bring the troops home is a plus for his campaign. its good to get these guys home and doing regular activities like play with airsoft replica guns http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-video-games.htm and allow them to live a regular life again.
Lib in Cobb
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September 18, 2012
Cobb Guy: Yes, you are absolutely correct, Obama wanted to heal relations with all nations. No one could have anticipated the current unrest. You continue to look at this unrest as a failure of the president. Was it a failure that President Obama made a very difficult decision which resulted in the death of bin Laden? Was it a failure of the president to assist the Libyans in their war against tyranny? To blame president Obama for this uprising or to suggest that it is a failure to work for peace and democracy in nations where a hot bed of discontent exists is just incorrect and very short sighted. Peace in the middle east has been tenuous at best for hundreds of years and you continue to lay blame on one president for that ever changing landscape of hopeful democracy.
Lib in Cobb
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September 18, 2012
Last night a video was released in which Mittens claims that 47% of Americans are government dependent and don't pay taxes. Mittens was referring to every American who works and does pay taxes, he was referring to those of us, many of us, who receive a refund post April 15th.This coming from a man who hides tens of millions perhaps more from the US government so he doesn't have to pay taxes. Hypocrisy at its finest.

This is how Romney treats people, not only in the private sector, but in the public sector also. That includes our brave men and women in uniform.

Kevin Foley
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September 17, 2012
Cobb Co Guy - Did Obama make the movie that incited all the Muslim unrest?
Lib in Cobb
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September 16, 2012
In the last few days Mittens has changed his attack messages from the economy, which really wasn't working to foreign policy. I have heard "change is good" and I believe in that, especially when Mittens is down in the polls in some very key battleground states.
CobbCoGuy
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September 15, 2012
Good Morning, Lib in Cobb.

My question about what is going on across the world today was not intended to be mindless. As I see it, the protests are an expression of hatred toward the West. Yet, Obama was supposed to have reset (and heal) our relationship with the muslim world beginning with the speech he gave in Cairo in June 2009.

What happened? Why the anger now? Seriously, how does the left view this crisis?

Obama is a powerful orator, but I don't think he's quite reached the level of stopping the rise of the oceans and the healing of the planet.

Have a good weekend.
Lib in Cobb
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September 14, 2012
Cobb County Guy:

One country who hated us during the Bush years and now considers us a friend?

Nicaragua, as I stated earlier, I was there not long ago and I saw it. Many posters of Bush which were not kind at all. Then many posters of President Obama which clearly demonstrated their respect and admiration for him. OK, happy now?
Lib in Cobb
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September 14, 2012
This just in, Romney has stated, "middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less per year".

Out of touch! Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! The hole Romney is digging for himself is thankfully getting deeper and deeper.

"I'm melting". Yes you are Mittens, yes you are!
Lib in Cobb
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September 14, 2012
Cobb Guy: First The Nobel Peace Prize was not handed to President Obama, he earned it. The gas station is in Texas, I don't need to say anything else. We both know what the current unrest is about. If you need an answer look it up. Let's not play stupid mind games.

Before the current unrest: most Arabic nations hated us due to the Bush years, England, France, Germany, most of South America, all of Central America. Is that enough for you. I was in Nicaragua not long ago they hated BUSH and Reagan. I saw it for myself. Not all the countries which hated us were developing nations.

The hate for the most part was because of George. I know you will deny this information, that's expected. You are Republican, you don't have much else.
Lib in Cobb
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September 14, 2012
On MSNBC, Lawrence O' Donnell show last night, I watched a tape of Bill O'Rielly twist the results of a FOX presidential poll which has our president up by five points. O'Rielly had the help of Dick Morris, the number twisting was laughable and ineffective, they spent about 45 seconds on the entire story. HA!
CobbCoGuy
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September 14, 2012
Lib in Cobb:

Please name one nation that hated the U.S. during the Bush years that now respects us due to Obama's diplomatic skills.

You DO see what's going on in the muslim world today, right? In your mind, what are the protests about?

The Nobel Peace Prize? When it was handed to Obama in 2009, a Dallas service station captured the sentiment perfectly with a sign that read, "Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change."
Lib in Cobb
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September 14, 2012
@DA: Your claim that I don't know what I am talking about is nothing more than unenlightened deflection or drool, at best.

Have a nice day, be careful while screaming at those passing cars.
Lib in Cobb
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September 13, 2012
@Cobb County Guy: You are running the risk of being called names by DA because you are not using your given name. Oh wait, you agree with him, you're safe.

Mittens treated people like crap while at Bain, he will treat people like crap if (BIG IF) he becomes president, that would include our brave men and women in uniform. Treating people like crap in the public sector is as easy as treating people like crap in the private sector, especially for someone who lacks a conscience.

Mittens has proven he has no international diplomatic skills at all, you know, ready, fire, aim.

President Obama has proven multiple times he has the international diplomatic skills to lead us to a higher level and earn the respect from nations who hated us during the Bush years. I will remind you, since it is badly needed, President Obama won The Nobel Peace Prize.

Perhaps, 2016 will be a better year for the GOP, because it won't be 2012. Perhaps, the GOP will be able to find a real candidate for the office rather than having to settle for the best of a very bad lot. Mittens was indeed the pick of the litter, but consideration should be given to the quality of the litter.
Devlin ADams
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September 13, 2012
to Lib in Cobb, aka Kevin Foley: It may be true that I frequently have typos in my posts, however my lack of typing ability is preferable to your continual railings about things you know nothing about,and your abundant supply of ignorance on an ever growing list of subjects, whether the railings be under your real name, Kevin Foley, or your alias, Lib in Cobb.
Lib in Cobb
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September 13, 2012
DA: Have you ever "consideed" using spell check or at least proof reading? Is the drool blurring your vision again?

Romney in the last few weeks has proven his inability to be president just in his ready, fire, aim statements alone. Yesterday he used the deaths in Libya as an event where he thought it would be appropriate to make political hay. Last week he called Russia our number one geo-political enemy. During his trip to England he insulted his hosts by telling them they were not handling The Olympic Games very well.

Romney and his running dope really don't care about the American public, their hearts are not in it. I am enjoying watching this campaign come apart at the seams. Just this week the "winger" talking heads, Rush L. and Laura Ingraham have turned on Mittens. Rush compared Mittens to Elmer Fudd and Ingraham has suggested the GOP shut down if Mittens doesn't win, a good idea.

Mitt is the best the GOP could do, that by itself is comic relief, he is the best of what you had to pick from, let's see Newty, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Santorum, all more comic relief. Mittens was just the best of a very bad lot and he continues to prove just how bad he is. His remarks regarding the deaths in Libya were distasteful at best, he has attempted to walk back those comments but it's just too late.

Perhaps 2016 will be a better chance for the GOP, because it's not going to be 2012.

Devlin Adams
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September 13, 2012
Foley, have you ever consideed writing about a subject, of which you have some knoweldge? Why not see if you can find one, then write about it, instead of continually blathering about things of which your lack of knoweldge is vast and endless?
CobbCoGuy
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September 13, 2012
Tell us about Joe Biden's military service.

Please provide evidence that Romney believes our troops are "factors of production." Was it something he said? Was it something he did during his time as Governor? As CEO of Bain Capital did he discriminate against employees who were veterans? Anything?

From your statements that sound somewhat glib to me, it appears that you do not believe Iran is dangerous. Surely I'm wrong about that.

Yesterday there were Anti-US riots in Lybia and Egypt. A US Ambassador and three colleagues were killed. The protests have now spread to Tunisia and Yemen. What was Obama's speech given in Cairo three years ago called? "A New Beginning?"

Hardly.

The weakness and inconsistency of U.S. foreign policy is manifesting itself in the region.

D'Souza is right - the U.S. is now just one more country at the "table of nations." There is no one at the head of this table and and the chaos is spreading.

Why should the U.S. be at the head of the table? Turn the question around. Instead of the U.S., who would you want sitting at the head? Russia? China? North Korea? Iran? Who?

Meanwhile, an intel briefing that was set for Wednesday, the day after the attacks, was cancelled in order for Obama to comfort grieving State Department employees. That's good. What's bad is that instead of rescheduling the briefing, he chose instead to head out to a Las Vegas fundraiser.

Wow.

He's not serious about governing and leading, is he?
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