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After Laying Off Workers, DNC Hits Romney for 1990s Layoffs



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A few nights ago, the DNC argued that Mitt Romney’s private sector career was . . . well, evil, “profiting off of laying off thousands of workers.”

REALITY: ROMNEY’S PRIVATE SECTOR CAREER CONSISTED OF PROFITING OFF OF LAYING OFF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS

Romney’s Fortune “Was Made On The Backs Of Companies That Ultimately Collapsed, Putting Thousands of Ordinary Americans Out On The Street;” [New York Post, 2/19/11]

Romney-Led Bain Capital Closed US Factories, Caused Hundreds Of Layoffs And “Pocketed Huge Fees Shortly Before The Companies Collapsed;” [Los Angeles Times, 12/6/07]

Romney’s Tenure at Bain “Resulted in the Loss of Thousands of Jobs Through Layoffs And Bankruptcies;” [CNN.com, 1/30/08]

Former Bain Partners: Romney Had Chances To Fight To Save Jobs But Didn’t. [Boston Globe, 1/27/08]

So, layoffs are ipso facto bad, right? There’s never a good reason for them, they’re never necessary to save a company with runaway expenses, there’s never a way to reduce staff and make a company leaner, more competitive, or better off in the long haul, right?

The DNC will be issuing press releases denouncing themselves soon, right?

November 2011:

Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx, a Democrat with close ties to President Barack Obama, is taking political heat as several reports show he plans to replace local workers with out-of-state union workers during the Democratic National Convention next year.

April 2011:

The Democratic National Committee laid off half a dozen more staffers on its regional political desks Friday afternoon.

January 2011:

The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America has started laying off staff in multiple states as the first phase of a restructuring before the official kickoff of President Barack Obama’s re-election bid.

Hey, was Mitt Romney ever accused of targeting minorities in staff cuts?

The Democratic National Committee backed off plans to lay off 10 black workers Thursday, a day after outraged black party leaders complained about reduction of minority staffers. Black party leaders placed angry calls to DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe after they were given a list of 10 staffers who would be cut to save money and boost the campaign fund for the party’s presidential nominee.

Hey, did Mitt Romney ever fire someone for expressing an unpopular opinion?

Matt Stoller quickly lost his slot on the official blog of the Democratic National Convention Committee this week because of a critical comment on an unrelated group blog, the National Journal’s Technology Daily reports.

Well, let’s see what the reliable liberals at Talking Points Memo say . . . oh:

Bain’s success is undeniable and owes much to Romney’s leadership and innovative strategy.


Tags: DNC , Mitt Romney


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