Mitt Romney – Lifelong Scumbag

2021 February 16
by bc3b

People who attempt to come across as sanctimonious and self-righteous usually are the greatest hypocrites and frauds you’ll ever come in contact with – Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, John Kasich and pure as driven snow types like Ben sASSe.

Over the weekend I came across a piece from 2012 in Rolling Stone by Matt Tabbi on Mitt Romney. Interestingly, it was posted on Free Republic. In 2012 I would have viewed it as a “hit piece” and that likely was its intention. But the further I read the more I found myself snodding in agreement.

Mitt Romney became a billionaire with Bain Capital by acquiring companies, loading them with debt, charging exorbitant management fees, firing people to cover the debt amassed and selling off parts or taking them into bankruptcy. Willard makes no apology for his time at Bain Capital. Yet, he claims to have prayed to God about his decisions regarding Trump impeachment votes. Did he converse with God before shuttering factories and people’s futures in jeopardy? Doubtful.

Tabbi makes some other interesting points. He compares Mitt to his father, George, who as the head of American Motors, worked tirelessly to save the company and people’s jobs. He also draws a parallel between Mitt and his ilk and the captains of industry from the 19th and early 20th century (Carnegie, Ford, Firestone, etc.). The later built products and created jobs. They also built libraries, donated land for parks and worked for the betterment of the communities where they had facilities,

By contrast, Romney types do little or anything in the way of charitable work, unless it benefits them (e.g., Romney making major contributions to the Mormon Church so the grand poohbahs will always be in his corner). Rather than making substantial donations to St. Jude’s or Shriners Hospital for Children, most of their donations go to causes designed to give oligarchs greater control and work toward one world government. The majority of the major donors to the Lincoln Project were investment bankers and hedge fund managers, including two from Bain Capital.

Some of Taibbi’s takes:

If you haven’t heard much about how takeover deals like Dunkin’ and KB Toys work, that’s because Mitt Romney and his private equity brethren don’t want you to. The new owners of American industry are the polar opposites of the Milton Hersheys and Andrew Carnegies who built this country, commercial titans who longed to leave visible legacies of their accomplishments, erecting hospitals and schools and libraries, sometimes leaving behind thriving towns that bore their names.

The men of the private equity generation want no such thing. “We try to hide religiously,” explained Steven Feinberg, the CEO of a takeover firm called Cerberus Capital Management that recently drove one of its targets into bankruptcy after saddling it with $2.3 billion in debt. “If anyone at Cerberus has his picture in the paper and a picture of his apartment, we will do more than fire that person,” Feinberg told shareholders in 2007. “We will kill him. The jail sentence will be worth it.”

Which brings us to another aspect of Romney’s business career that has largely been hidden from voters: His personal fortune would not have been possible without the direct assistance of the U.S. government. The taxpayer-funded subsidies that Romney has received go well beyond the humdrum, backdoor, welfare-sucking that all supposedly self-made free marketeers inevitably indulge in. Not that Romney hasn’t done just fine at milking the government when it suits his purposes, the most obvious instance being the incredible $1.5 billion in aid he siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake – a sum greater than all federal spending for the previous seven U.S. Olympic games combined. Romney, the supposed fiscal conservative, blew through an average of $625,000 in taxpayer money per athlete – an astounding increase of 5,582 percent over the $11,000 average at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. In 1993, right as he was preparing to run for the Senate, Romney also engineered a government deal worth at least $10 million for Bain’s consulting firm, when it was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

(snip)

Essentially, Romney got rich in a business that couldn’t exist without a perverse tax break, and he got to keep double his earnings because of another loophole – a pair of bureaucratic accidents that have not only teamed up to threaten us with a Mitt Romney presidency but that make future Romneys far more likely. “Those two tax rules distort the economics of private equity investments, making them much more lucrative than they should be,” says Rebecca Wilkins, senior counsel at the Center for Tax Justice. “So we get more of that activity than the market would support on its own.”

Listen to Mitt Romney speak, and see if you can notice what’s missing. This is a man who grew up in Michigan, went to college in California, walked door to door through the streets of southern France as a missionary and was a governor of Massachusetts, the home of perhaps the most instantly recognizable, heavily accented English this side of Edinburgh. Yet not a trace of any of these places is detectable in Romney’s diction. None of the people in any of those places bled in and left a mark on the man.

Romney is a man from nowhere. In his post-regional attitude, he shares something with his campaign opponent, Barack Obama, whose background is a similarly jumbled pastiche of regionally nonspecific non-identity. But in the way he bounced around the world as a half-orphaned child, Obama was more like an involuntary passenger in the demographic revolution reshaping the planet than one of its leaders.

(snip)

Mitt Romney isn’t blue or red. He’s an archipelago man. That’s a big reason that voters have been slow to warm up to him. From LBJ to Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to Sarah Palin, Americans like their politicians to sound like they’re from somewhere, to be human symbols of our love affair with small towns, the girl next door, the little pink houses of Mellencamp myth. Most of those mythical American towns grew up around factories – think chocolate bars from Hershey, baseball bats from Louisville, cereals from Battle Creek. Deep down, what scares voters in both parties the most is the thought that these unique and vital places are vanishing or eroding – overrun by immigrants or the forces of globalism or both, with giant Walmarts descending like spaceships to replace the corner grocer, the family barber and the local hardware store, and 1,000 cable channels replacing the school dance and the gossip at the local diner.

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Hat tip: Rolling Stone

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41 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 February 16 1:29 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Willard really hasn’t changed from the spoiled rich kid at Cranbrook 60 years ago.

    He had the potential to be the worst president ever ,,, and there’s serious competition for that title.

    He’s a piece of shit … a real piece of shit.

  2. 2021 February 16 3:21 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Good article showing how alliances are flowing as some of us work to preserve freedom.
    A few typos, btw. I don’t know how to spell his name but the article spelling is not right: maybe Taiibi or Taibbi?

  3. 2021 February 16 4:59 am
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    https://twitter.com/NorthmanTrader/status/1361642796856332298?s=20

    Interesting number he picked there for the 10 year

  4. 2021 February 16 5:05 am
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Not sure what Kasich achieved for himself by becoming an msnbc’s favorite GOP pundit.

    Romney is an enigma.

  5. 2021 February 16 5:14 am
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    and Paul Ryan well…he’s controlled by his wife and his in-laws. As long as he got paid, he was good with going along with whatever the donors told him they needed.

  6. 2021 February 16 5:32 am
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Michael Saylor the ultimate alpha chad leader

    https://twitter.com/crypto_fuego/status/1361643157662826496?s=20

  7. 2021 February 16 5:36 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Compare Paul Ryan or McCain against ANY Dem politician.

    Ryan McCain, Romney … talk a good conservative game. Then don’t come through when it’s time to vote.
    Any Dem elected official: “I’ll vote to execute my own mother if required by the Party.” Comes through on promise.

  8. 2021 February 16 7:09 am
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    justrand permalink

    as Jim notes, the Democrats are reliable…reliably evil, but reliable. Democrats will stab you in the heart, but will generally do so from the front

    Romney, et al, are worse in that they ALWAYS stab you in the back. I guess in their own way that makes THEM reliable too!

  9. 2021 February 16 8:49 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Only two things good I can say about Democrats:

    * As JR says they are reliable. You know they are going to shaft you, just not how.
    * They make sure you know the shaft is coming. In the last couple of years they make no bones about what they are up to.

  10. 2021 February 16 8:52 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #2 –

    You are correct. It’s Taibbi. I had to turn in early last night so I would be ready to watch the snow plow guy. Watching him really wears me out. The guy this morning didn’t have a flashing amber light. Very disappointing. Think I’ll demand a discount.

    prp #5 –

    Right you are. Ryan’s wife comes from a rich liberal family in Oklahoma. Her uncle, David Boren, was a Democratic US Senator in the 1980s and later was president of Oklahoma University. Wifey and her family were Ryan’s primary constituency. Ryan had a lot of people fooled, including me.

  11. 2021 February 16 8:54 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  12. 2021 February 16 8:56 am
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    bc3b permalink

  13. 2021 February 16 9:00 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    10, LOL
    As a friend used to say —
    “Work is fascinating!
    I could watch it for hours …”

  14. 2021 February 16 9:06 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    In case you wonder what life would be like after an EMP attack — https://www.zerohedge.com/weather/4-million-texans-without-power-amid-grid-collapse-second-storm-nears — Here it is. Only it was not EMP. Results nearly the same.

    Our systems here in TX are designed mostly for mild winters. Most homes are electric with heat pumps and emergency strip heat. (We have gas heat & water heater) Most tract homes have no alternatives. Rolling black outs still ongoing. Several friends have had no electric since Sunday night. Weather will not abate it appears so the black outs might expand as the arctic blast continues into the rest of the week.

  15. 2021 February 16 9:12 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    You can tell the mind set of the CoP in Houston:

    Chief Art Acevedo @ArtAcevedo · 15h Very sad about the death of a male subject in our city. Please seek shelter tonight. Temperature is already down to 20 degrees with windchill of 6 degrees.

    https://twitter.com/ArtAcevedo/status/1361482214886821891

    That’s CITIZEN you asshat.

  16. 2021 February 16 9:19 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  17. 2021 February 16 9:44 am
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    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #15 –

    Minneapolis did what a lot of cities have done – either don’t arrest criminals or give them no jail time, Kamala is bailing them out and defund the police – a recipe for disaster.

  18. 2021 February 16 10:05 am
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    bc3b permalink

    More fallout from the Lincoln Project as female staffers claim “toxic” work environment:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9263321/Lincoln-Projects-toxic-workplace-culture-infighting.html

    Meanwhile Steve ScHmIdT and George Conway attempt to distance themselves from the monster they created. Conway is looking for a Dunkin’ Donuts to manage.

    Question – if the $1.5 million ScHmIdT received in December was a legitimate charge, why did he return it as soon as this sh!tstorm took place.

  19. 2021 February 16 10:07 am
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    justrand permalink

    drdog, ERCOT used to be a reliable system operator…and then the greed of the “green” took over.

    all system operators are SUPPOSED TO HAVE “spinning reserve”…intended to provide for outages and un-forecast energy draws. I did consulting work at the California ISO when they started up. We had meetings with ERCOT, and at the time they were the “Gold Standard” the other system operators were looking to.

    That was then, this is now. Heads need to roll…and Texas needs to push the government subsidy tit away and get back to reliable power!

  20. 2021 February 16 10:23 am
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    justrand permalink

    That horseshit issued by the East Side Community Indoctrination Center School is one of the most mind boggling RACIST things I have seen…and that is saying something these days.

    The Nazis were sleeping, and now they are WOKE!

  21. 2021 February 16 11:44 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Surprise!!! The firm hired to conduct a “comprehensive review” of the Lincoln Project is loader with Lincoln Project donors:

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/paul-hastings-lincoln-project/

    The outcome is as predictable as the Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl.

  22. 2021 February 16 12:11 pm
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    Eph permalink

    Folks…

    7 days until the revolution begins.

    Dig in NOW!!!

  23. 2021 February 16 1:05 pm
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    gnqanq permalink

    Don’t know if true but hahaha.

    https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/unity/

    This played out dramatically last week in a telephone parley between Mr. Biden and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the governor’s refusal to lockdown his state. The world-famous Dr. Fauci was also on the call, in which Mr. Biden threatened to curtail American citizens travel to Florida by road and air — since an offshoot of Covid-19 policy has been to drive a huge demographic exodus from the economically failing states of New York, Illinois, and California down there. He also threatened to withhold federal funding to Florida and deny the state access to Covid-19 vaccines. Dr. Fauci chimed in, “Governor, do you want to be responsible for reinfecting the nation? Truth is, we don’t even know how effective current vaccines are against the UK strain.”

    DeSantis told Dr. Fauci he trusted his own state health authorities over financially incentivized federal officials. The conclusion of the conference call went like this:

    How much do you stand to earn from these vaccines, Dr. Fauci? And, Joe, if you continue with this course of action, I will authorize the state National Guard to protect the movement of Floridians,” DeSantis said.

    “Address me as Mr. President or President Biden,” Biden said.

    “I will not, and you can go fuck yourself,” DeSantis said before hanging up.

    Hmmm. Now, that got right to the point, didn’t it? And consider this was not just Citizen Joe Blow mouthing off to alleged President Joe B, but the governor of a populous state. And what if it suggests a trend?
    .
    .
    I saw last week that the Governor of Oklahoma is going ahead with challenging Joe BiteMe on the Keystone Pipeline. The states should go ahead with the pipeline without the Federal Government.

  24. 2021 February 16 1:26 pm
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    Eph permalink

  25. 2021 February 16 1:55 pm
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    mpt permalink

    Our systems here in TX are designed mostly for mild winters. Most homes are electric with heat pumps and emergency strip heat. (We have gas heat & water heater)

    Would this be an opportunity to sell natural gas generators? When blackout comes, switch on the generator to keep a minimum of important electrical equipment on so that gas heating and water remain operational.

  26. 2021 February 16 2:18 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    epoch Times: Harris Takes Customary Role Of President by Calling Several Heads of State

    I guees Joe can’t handle the calls? Canada and France. “The White House didn’t respond to requests for comment.”

  27. 2021 February 16 3:37 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    mpt, 25,

    Genarc is on display in every Home Depot in the state. So yes.

  28. 2021 February 16 5:09 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    In the 1980s, I bet Tom Sillick never thought he’d be doing reverse mortgages

  29. 2021 February 16 5:23 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

  30. 2021 February 16 5:39 pm
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    https://youtu.be/itarhCKxBfI

    Basically agree w his conclusions about building an economy on stimmy’s and assets that will move towards wealth taxes and taxes on unrealized capital gains.

  31. 2021 February 16 5:50 pm
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    gnqanq permalink

    drdog – We have a 17 kw Generac Generator.

    Runs pretty much the whole house. Have a few items not connected. The ONLY thing we can not do is run the AC while using the OVEN. Too much juice.

    One thing you have to do, is get a bigger gas meter to handle the extra flow of a natural gas generator. Had the gas company do it.

    Big relief knowing that my family is covered if somethings happens to the electricity and I am not there.

  32. 2021 February 16 5:56 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Gnqanq, we have a Generac plumbed into our propane tank (we’re all propane up here) . We have a transfer switch as well, so it turns on & off as needed (i.e., when PG&E deems us “unworthy of electricity”) , But when we go to bed I usually turn it off to save propane.

  33. 2021 February 16 5:58 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Today Trump called McConnell a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack”

    Well, DUH!

  34. 2021 February 16 7:19 pm
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Notice how the 10 year rose big today, and gold got smashed down to high 1700’s.

    Gold will have it’s day but not while real rates are rising.

  35. 2021 February 17 6:19 am
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Was imagining scenarios for gold this morning. Imagine eventually we get another major shock. Mommy and Daddy have to come back in to save the day.

    We lower rates to zero or negative. We do more stimmy’s of course.
    Real interest rates= nominal rates – inflation

    of course everyone is printing at this point so real interest rates are heavily negative. At that point it would be gold’s day

  36. 2021 February 17 6:33 am
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    More Michael Saylor boss moves incoming

    https://twitter.com/APompliano/status/1362031409934831623?s=20

    “Microstrategy is borrowing $900 million at 0% to buy more Bitcoin.

    You’re telling me that every CFO isn’t asking themselves “why don’t we do that?”

    Gradually, then suddenly.”

  37. 2021 February 17 6:55 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    BTC powered past 50K overnight. Ethereum is challenging 1800, successfully so far.
    Is Biden* and side kick Yellen presiding over the destruction of the dollar?
    What an idiot ruling class we have.

    Bitcoin and ETH may be garbage but I’m becoming convinced both will trend upward all Summer long.
    Best case: own some of the next currency after the dollar fails.
    Worst case: ride crypto up like it was a dot com stock, keep a cool head, get out in time.

  38. 2021 February 17 7:01 am
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    justrand permalink

    The country is in the very best of hands…

    The biggest thing though, is you remember, when you and I took…I shouldn’t say it that way as you remember, but when you and I talked last we talked about this one thing that the vaccine, which we didn’t have when we came into office, but a vaccinator. How do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?” Biden said on CNN.

    [if only someone would invent, you know, a thing…they could call it a “hypodermic needle“, or something]

    https://thepostmillennial.com/president-joe-biden-falsely-claims-that-america-didnt-have-the-coronavirus-vaccine-when-he-entered-office

  39. 2021 February 17 8:08 am
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    “McConnell a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” rand

    He has been inconsolable since he found out his little concubine’s ho ha was not slanted like he had hoped.

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