Romney Resume Review


By Amanda Litvinov, photo by Gage Skidmore

Mitt Romney had a stronger finish in the New Hampshire primary than in Iowa, and he used the moment to fend off attacks on his record. But the level of spin surrounding his so-called qualifications for the nation’s top office is enough to leave observers reeling.

His campaign trumpets the idea that Romney “understands how the economy works” because of his private sector experience—but what exactly does leading a predatory corporate takeover firm add to one’s skill set? The ability to coldly put profits before people, time and time again.

Just ask the more than 700 steel mill workers in Kansas City who lost their jobs in 2001 after Bain took control of the plant when Romney was at the helm in the 1990s. Workers were denied the severance pay they’d been promised, and Bain made more than $8 million in the process.

Romney and his organization are fond of saying (with a sneer) that while Barack Obama was a community organizer in Chicago, Romney was creating jobs. But there’s plenty of evidence that Romney’s job creation claims are grossly exaggerated, both in the private sector and during his time as governor of Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama grew his understanding of the American economy from several different vantage points, including years he spent organizing job training and other programs to help low income people improve their lives. As president, his American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Education Jobs Act—which together saved more than 450,000 education jobs—and his proposed American Jobs Act reflect his dedication to protecting middle class jobs and education, while providing paths for Americans to improve their prospects.

In his post-primary speech last night, Romney accused Obama of dividing the American people “with the bitter politics of envy” and “resentment of success,” references to the president’s determination to address America’s wealth gap and his call for the nation’s wealthiest citizens to pay their fair share of taxes. When Romney promised “a free and prosperous land of opportunity” last night, it’s hard to believe he was talking to anyone but the nation’s most privileged. After all, he has publicly sided with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in his attack on the rights of workers and is willing to play political games with the programs that protect hard-working Americans and their families.

Of course, scan a bit further down Romney’s c.v., and you’ll see the stuff he doesn’t want to talk about any more–like his work as governor to close corporate tax loopholes in Massachusetts and the health care legislation he signed into law that provides near-universal health insurance access to all the state’s residents.

Make no mistake: That Mitt Romney is not the one running for president.

Reader Comments

  1. Too bad Romney is now afraid of trying to do the right thing whil he was governor such as closing the loopholes and the health care program

  2. Romney will gut our American way of life, no Medicare, no education, No jobs, no minimum wage, no clean air, no food and drug oversight. So why does Mitt want to be president of such a small government nation? Certainly not altruism. GOP got us in this mess with Bush, and GOP refusing to pitch in to help clean it up.

  3. Obama is destroying our country. Mitt Romney turned the 2002 Olympics around, when they were heading for failure, to make a nice profit. His record with Bain Capitol, Inc. is actually very good – as capitalists go, he was batting .300, which is just as good in finance as it is in baseball.

    When Romney said corporations are people, I immediately assumed that’s because only people can pay taxes. If you levy taxes on a corporation or any business, it is paid by consumers in increased costs, by employees in reduced compensation and by stockholders in reduced earnings. Why do people think that by taxing businesses that any person benefits? It’s all added to the cost of products and services. Just because it doesn’t look like a tax doesn’t mean that every consumer isn’t paying it.

    We need to free our economy, so it can thrive. Everyone could pay more in taxes with no problem, if we had increased cash flow. Let’s collect more tax revenues AT A LOWER RATE. I’m supporting Romney, because he knows how to support the economy, instead of bleeding it to death with socialist schemes.

    1. Can you explain this to me? If the corporate tax rate is 35% and some corporations are not paying ANY taxes, then why would you think that the corporation would pay at 20%. Zero taxes at 35% equals how much at 20%?

  4. Educators and progressives will have to work diligently to counter the marketing efforts of conservatives and the One Percent. They make an effective marketing effort because their catch phrases like “free enterprise” and “job creators” have been powerfully linked to concepts like “liberty” and “individual responsibility”. Conservatives like Romney combine the worst of Ayn Rand and Libertarianism in a way that ultimatley undermines civil bonds rather than reinforcing them. It is crucial that educators promote a realistic view of the effects of Romney’s type of capitalism (“I’m entitled to as much wealth as I can get regardless of the effect on the society”) by describing alternatives. For example, some companies are able to be profitable while still considering the effects of their actions on people and the environment. They recognize that remaining mindful of their place in the larger society is actually good for business. Romney and his ilk are representative of a 19th century capitalist mind set that views the world as win-lose. They see no reason to seek win-win solutions. That is part of why educators have been scapegoated by the likes of Chris Christie and other conservatives. If there is a problem, someone must pay. Obviously, the vested-interest of the wealthy is to scapegoat people like teachers rather than acknowledge that it was free-market capitalism and dishonesty/greed in the financial industry that has caused our economic collapse. They have no political or philisophical reasons to seek solutions that work for the greatest number (let’s save a company without raping it for profits) because their political power base relies on pitting segments of the society against each other, despite their claims of hating “class warfare”. The reality is that Romney’s type of capitalism perpetuates class warfare because it always seeks to protect the privileged status of those with money and power, hence the incredibly destructive effects of corporate and finance industry lobbying in Washington.

  5. I understand quite well why the1 percent will vote for the Republican nominee. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why anyone else would.

    1. I am also baffled by anyone other than the 1% would vote Republican. I think there is considerable brainwashing where people believe that greater individual wealth of the few will somehow create jobs. It may create a few jobs, like gardeners at the homes of the wealthy but industry jobs are created by the businesses. They create jobs not because they have extra money which they certainly have now. Corporations are sitting on tons of cash. They create a job when they need another person and that is related to how well their product/service is selling and that is related to how much money consumers have to spend. When the general populace is too poor to buy anything no jobs will be created and laying off more workers in an austerity budget only exacerbates the problem.

      I also think some people are hoodwinked because the GOP has taken over relligion. IT is anti-gay and anti-choice. Some people think thay have to be Biblical and vote accordingly. Still, I don’t really understand poor people voting against their own economic interests and voting for the 1%.
      Malita Brown

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