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Awake-and-Sing
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12:48 PM on 05/25/2012
Romney's career at Bain Capital is a professional extension of his high school bullying.

To him a "real" job is destroying middle class, living wage jobs by the tens of thousands in order to build up tax avoiding accounts in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland.
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Jimserac
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02:25 PM on 05/25/2012
Essentially correct.

At the base of what BANE (sic) capital has done, in my opinion, is an essential deception. One can just imagine Romney addressing workers and management of the taken over company, desperately trying to survive in an economy created by the likes of other Romney's and their "globalism" ideas.

One can image Romney telling them that if they just work "hard" and obey Bane's (sic) "directives" (wink wink) the company will "turn around" to the benefit of all. Of course a few "trouble makers" in management or among the workers are immediately fired to "make an example". Outside managers, even with NO experience in the target business will have been brought in to "ensure" compliance and provide for an orderly "transition".

But, even as all this friendly pep talk proceeds, the REAL planning, much of it already done, proceeds. Estimates of how much the pieces of the company will bring if cut up and sold off, are already in progress and at the first sign that the "turn around" has taken a wrong "turn", (who knows perhaps a little push in the wrong direction, eh?) the LIQUIDATION begins!

THSI!!?? THIS is the "business experience" that Romney brags about ? He thinks THIS is adequate or even justifiable experience to be PRESIDENT of the United States????
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odelly
i don't lead,i don't follow,i go my own way
09:00 PM on 05/25/2012
i can imagine romney addressing america and firing everybody,but the rich
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carljr
12:11 PM on 05/25/2012
You have to remember that Romney doesn't believe in expending resources in any way that doesn't make a buck. He proved that last week by decrying the preservation of a historic bridge in New Hampshire.

One of the roles of our leaders is to preserve protect and defend our Constitution, our common heritage, our history and our culture.

Diversity is part of that culture but...there's no money in that - Romney 1 America 0
The arts are part of what make us human but....there's no money in that Romney 2 America 0
Education is the heart of an economy but...there's no money in that Romney 3 America 0
A healthy citizenry is a productive citizenry but...there's no money in that Romney 4 America 0

See the pattern? After all, why would Romney the lawyer see any value in Constitutional law.

...no money in respecting the rule of law.

Romney NO America YES.
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odelly
i don't lead,i don't follow,i go my own way
09:01 PM on 05/25/2012
agreed and f&f
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coreten
09:44 AM on 05/26/2012
Nicely put.
12:10 PM on 05/25/2012
Please, someone, point me in the direction of this "free economy" Romney keeps referencing. All I can see is the rigged one where people like him take from everybody else.
12:07 PM on 05/25/2012
Someone should explain to Mr. Romney that organized theft is not a job.
12:06 PM on 05/25/2012
There are no "Real Jobs" anymore; the only choices are fake jobs or unemployment.
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Jimserac
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02:03 PM on 05/25/2012
This is indeed an intended consequence of "globalization" and the "free" market that the 1%ers keep talking about.

What is the reality of this neo-feudalism? The creation of a "special" class for which normal laws do NOT apply. For example, a two tiered system of taxation in which an elaborate set of rules, loopholes and exceptions favor the 1%ers (cf. Romney's MILLIONS of dollars in his IRA? how did all that TAX PROTECTED money get there?? and...oh yes, it seems to be held in OFFSHORE accounts).

Meanwhile the average person cannot deduct the cost of gasoline to and from work nor the full amount of college loan debt interest! Is THIS the "free" market the Repubs are so enthused about?

Every one else becomes a member of the "serf" class other than close supporters (aides, media sycophants in waiting, "security" guards...etc) and a class of academicians (the "magisterium", cf "think" tanks, University 1%er apologists etc).

"Jobs" become NOT a byproduct of a healthy and creative economy, but, instead, a special "dispensation" given by the appointed subordinates of elites, only to the politically compliant and uncomplaining.

It is, in fact, a kind of modern feudalism in which fiefdoms, such as Bill Gates "humanitarian" "foundation" have more resources than some small countries - all tax protected while the "foundation" invests in the likes of Monsanto's genetic food organism experiments, promotes vaccinations and attempts to reduce education to mindless vocational training.
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DocJoseph
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12:01 PM on 05/25/2012
Romney is just one step behind Santorum in his disdain for teachers. He knows Obama taught, and there is no mistaking his meaning when he says Obama has never worked in the free market.

Maybe only venture capitalists count in his world. And if you make less than $10,000,000.00 a year, you aren't worth considering - like you haven't worked.
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Jimserac
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02:16 PM on 05/25/2012
There is a movement spontaneously occurring in cities across our land, a movement composed of an incredible unification of diverse people and ideas. The OWS movement has been religiously dismissed by apologists of the 1%ers, desperately trying to convince everyone that it is a just a bunch of n'er do wells, unemployed and "unimportant" students without coherent goals or philosophies, intent on destruction whereas, in point of fact, their goals could not be clearer - the END of subversion of our government by a small class of corporatistas and special interests who have subverted our government to their own ends, destroyed the future of an entire young generation of people and redefined themselves as a beneficial essential even as they combine to act parasitically - sucking the life blood, the future and even the very essence of everything good that our country stands for in order to satisfy their lust for more money, power and control.

Flush with the wealth of easy money and unwilling or uncaring to consider the dispossessed and disenfranchised in its wake, the 1%ers plot for yet MORE of the same while spending millions (in the hope of getting back billions) on media nonsense about "jobs", the "evil socialist" Obama and the rest of the Repub utter nonsense that will backfire on them in November.

But the country will NOT abide by more of the same and the stunning realization of this will become clear as the Republican (and their Demo apologists) ROUT proceeds.
12:00 PM on 05/25/2012
So which part of the interview says or alludes to the title of the article.
12:39 PM on 05/25/2012
"He's never had a job in the free economy."

Considering that everyone knows Obama was a university professor it is a fair assumption to say Romney does not consider being a university professor as being a real job or a job in a free economy.
01:46 PM on 05/25/2012
Much as I would like to side up with the author, I feel its a gross twist to the statement Romney made. If Obama had been a tenured faculty for a real long time (like say at least 15-20 years - I do not know how long he had been teaching - I could search the web) then probably the author has a real point.
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Andy Ostroy
12:57 PM on 05/25/2012
The part where Romney says Obama never had a job in the free economy. Are you seriously not seeing how this essentially says that he believes professors, which Obama was one, don't have a real job? Or, are you just a partisan hack looking to stir up some s**t!? I'm game either way, pal
05:00 PM on 05/25/2012
You are clearly trying to bully someone with an honest question. "I'm game?" What a bunch of jingoistic garbage. Seriously, you had to have been educated as a journalist enough to know that your title is a quote. Saying "Romney: University Professors Don't Have Real Jobs" Implies that Romney said those words or some variation of those words. People aren't on here as operatives for Romney trying to play "games" with you or "spin" stuff or whatever. It was a very honest question: Where in your article are any of the things you attribute to Romney present in the video. THEY AREN'T! You clearly committed a terrible ethical violation that is becoming too common with "journalist" bloggers. You made a claim that is absolutely false. If you are going to try to bully people into thinking like you as a journalist you should be fired. Opinion or not, what you said is clearly bullsh!t. I am not a partisan hack. I am a normal citizen with my own perspectives. I would hope that as a journalist you respect diverse perspectives. Clearly from your bullying and tough-guy language you don't.
06:15 PM on 05/25/2012
Whoa!

@Astroy - Thank you for responding to my statement and I can explain. Pardon the small ruckus I created. Yes! it seems to be obvious that Romney chooses to consider only those who have played with money in the 'free economy' as those with 'real jobs' (which is kind of sad). It is that aspect that needs to brought out and questioned (and I mean it). However, the tone of the article should have been to 'question' 'that' attitude rather than assuming. Romney (and his team) can have a perfect cover for this. I thought you chose to make more of a statement that he made the assertion when he didn't.

On a related note, when I searched the all I could gather was that he 'taught' law as opposed to being a 'faculty'. Please feel to correct me if otherwise. So making an assertion that Romney was showing disdain for an academic job doesn't hold enough water.

In the end, I guess its the way you phrased the article and its tone that I wanted to question.

@cwmaxson - :) Thanks for being there (and I appreciate it), but I didn't intend to put it that way. I will let @Astroy take it.

P.S. @Astroy  No I am not looking to stir up anything. I can never stand anyone that looks down upon academics and most of all I fear if a candidate has one and is also running for an office.
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Bethab
11:54 AM on 05/25/2012
Yes...that is why republicans keep talking about teachers as different from tax payers. Teachers ARE taxpayers!!
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Havnagudtim
There Will Be Dancing!
03:50 PM on 05/25/2012
Just like women are a 'special interest group'. Yo mama!
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Bethab
04:09 PM on 05/25/2012
I don't understand this response...
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standup11
Some people just never learn.
11:25 AM on 05/25/2012
I'm sure Teabaggers and other extreme conservatives are eating up the fact that now Romney is demonizing not just K-12 teachers but university teachers as well. It's all part of the larger conservative plan to dumb down the majority of America.

While the Obama haters will follow along with ANYTHING Romney and the rest of the Repubs with power say; less and less mainstream Repub voters like what they are hearing from Romney. They've had enough of the Karl Rove/ALEC/Koch agenda. Going after schools and teachers isn't playing well. Neither is the Repub ideas of trying to make a buck off everything. Going after Medicare and Social Security isn't popular with many Repub voters either. While some Repubs are moving farther to the right, some are now moving to the center-left. Will they vote for Obama in November? Probably not. But they may just vote for a Dem senator or representative.

Repub messaging may just backfire.It seems Romney is in over his head. Trying to deflect talk of Bain by switching to education, trying to appear like a compassionate conservative just makes him appear more phoney than he already is. The message is becoming more clear with each passing week. Romney can't be trusted, has few true leadership skills and certainly does seem more like a wealthy elitist from the board room who is clearly out of touch with 99% of America.
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Jimserac
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02:30 PM on 05/25/2012
Well said and right on the mark!

Thanks!
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AlfredE69
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11:21 AM on 05/25/2012
If President Obama taught Constitutional law, his students should ask for a refund.
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Awake-and-Sing
Named after a great play by Clifford Odets
12:49 PM on 05/25/2012
He could certainly debate circles around the likes of you.
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AlfredE69
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03:11 PM on 05/25/2012
At least I know that the US Constitution requires the approval of Congress before a President starts a war.
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08:56 PM on 05/25/2012
Debate is theater, which is why courtrooms are rather boring and formalized.
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Free Plaxico
11:04 AM on 05/25/2012
Mitt is a classic case of "Born on third base thinks he hit a triple"
12:20 PM on 05/25/2012
Obama was not a full time tenured professor just adjunct. What Romney is saying if you will listen is that Obama never started a business doesn't know what it is like to compete? It is not very difficult if you take a little time out and ponder. Community organizing is not the same as making a payroll. Holding a sign and demonstrating is not the same as paying for medical insurance for your employees? So why demonize Romney when he has been successful in job creation? I guess you want to read the Great Gatsby again.
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Free Plaxico
12:32 PM on 05/25/2012
And I am saying when your father is a multi millionaire CEO you never had to struggle for capital to start your business and your fathers business contacts helped you figure out how to meet payroll and get insurance.  It's not like Mitt did it all from scratch so spare me with his business accumen crap the guy had everyting handed to him on a silver plater litterally.
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Andy Ostroy
01:00 PM on 05/25/2012
Oh, I get it! Let's not actually listen to the words that come out of Romney's mouth, rather, let's just spin/interpret them any way we want! For example, when he says "Obama never had a job in the free market" that doesn't mean he said "Obama never had a job in the free market"...it means he never owned and ran a business. Hey, this game is fun! BTW, we should do away with those pesky little quotation marks that keep getting in the way of us interpreting what people say!
10:56 AM on 05/25/2012
So what he is saying is somebody please give me a real job?
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Jimserac
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10:49 AM on 05/25/2012
As part of the Neo-Feudalistic destruction of the middle class, it becomes a necessity to destroy the intellectual class. To impugn their reputations, diminish their accomplishments, obliterate respect teachers, professors, educators and other dedicated education professionals.

NO "magisters" wanted.

Why?

Because these very intellectuals realize and warn of the ongoing political subversion occurring all around us in legislatures and in the halls of congress right now. In some cases, the subversion is more overt than the 1%ers would like, for example in Wisconsin, where of out of state 1%er money are trying to keep their elected candidate Scott Walker, and several of their state senators, from being recalled by an enraged public who, though often in agreement with at least some of the reforms undertaken by Walker, are furious at his attempt to turn those reforms into an "agenda" to destroy over 100 years of labor law.

"Mitt", the cardboard cutout candidate with the smile and a handshake, is particularly funny because he seeks to ingratiate himself and pass himself off as one of "us" despite having made his fortune in mostly ruining people like us. Mitt must think we are all like the workers he bamboozled in his takeovers. You see, people like "Mitt" see themselves as "better" than you or I, thinking themselves clever with all those "loopholes" they exploited. Next November, the "Mitt's" of both political parties will learn otherwise.
10:44 AM on 05/25/2012
Universities are forced to raise tuition because of millionaire elitist professors like the fake Native American Liz Warren. By the way, Romney (along with every white male) has to earn jobs and money and can't depend on affirmative action like our current incompetent president.
12:35 PM on 05/25/2012
No, universities are forced to raise tuition because of continuing cuts to university funds at both the state and federal level, and to pay for the millionaire salary of those at the university administration level (president, boards of directors, etc), which are the CEO equivalent of a university. In addition to tuition hikes, university also tend to either cut salaries or fire professors and non-academic staff (secretaries, janitors, maintenance workers, etc). If education is so expensive for students today it is not due to the salary of professors which is actually not that great.
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Awake-and-Sing
Named after a great play by Clifford Odets
12:51 PM on 05/25/2012
Romney and Donald Trump and the Koch Brothers inherited their wealth and privileged positions. How was that "earning" it?
10:32 AM on 05/25/2012
Here's the reality. Romney is a Mormon whose religious sect loves to adjust education to suit the needs of the Mormons. For goodness sake, this is the same guy whose religion just attempted to ban sex education in Utah! The entire theocratic legislature was in agreement that it was a great idea (sailed through), but the governor's veto ONLY happened because there's a Mormon on the national ticket. Mormons would LOVE to open up the game to what can only be described as a perverted and bizarre form of knowledge gerrymandering. This is the SAME religion that places little study centers next to every public school in UT to give the effect that these little indoctrination rooms are just another part of their education-- the part where the men get their own PLANET when they die (provided they are BOYS who electronically tithes regularly-- sorry women, you get the short end of the metaphysical stick). So we should be UNsurprised at how this Mormon is approaching "education"-- his glaring lack of respect for committed educators is really a glaring opposition to science IF it conflicts with wacko perspectives on the world that only a few million can even swallow.