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To understand Bain/Romney, watch “Pretty Woman”

By Bertram de Souza on 11:40, 9/15/12
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If you can stomach the schmaltzy plot, the hit movie “Pretty Woman,” starring two of Hollywood’s top stars, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, is worth watching because it provides some insight into Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tenure as head of Bain Capital.

Gere plays a very, very rich man who owns a company that preys on the misfortunes of others. Roberts plays a streetwalker who hooks up with the Gere character, and as they fall in love she forces him to acknowledge his humanity.

There’s a scene early in the movie that is instructive about companies such as Bain. When Roberts finds out that Gere is a multi-millionaire, she asks him how he makes his money. He replies that he buys companies that are in trouble, breaks them up and sells them piecemeal. What about the workers? she asks. His answer can be summed up thus: There are winners and losers in such propositions.

Romney’s time as head of Bain Capital has become an issue in the election, with Democrats led by President Obama accusing him of outsourcing jobs to China and other low-wage countries, causing undue pain and suffering for American workers.

Romney and the Republicans reject the Democrats’ characterization of Bain and argue that it has been responsible for the creation of companies such as Staples.

The war of words over the Romney-Bain connection reached a fever pitch when an ad put out by Priorities USA, a Super PAC, featured a worker who had lost his job and his health insurance when Bain bought the company and shut it down. The man’s wife subsequently died of cancer and ad suggested that Romney was responsible.

Romney pointed the finger of blame at Obama, even though the president insisted that his campaign had nothing to do with the ad.

Regardless of the legitimacy of the worker’s contention, the underlying argument about companies like Bain does warrant the attention of the voters.

Comments


Posted by walter_sobchak (anonymous) on September 16, 2012 at 8:12 p.m.

Nice try, Bert. The Priorities USA ad has been debunked as not true. Romney stopped working for Bain in 1999 and the steel plant the man worked at closed in 2001. The man's wife died of cancer in 2006 and she was covered with health insurance at the time of her death. Now, I wonder if any former Delphi workers that lost their health insurance have developed cancer over the last 4 years?


Posted by Letstryagain (anonymous) on September 19, 2012 at 6:55 a.m.

So typical. First highlight a misdeed, then dismiss it as if the truth regarding the accusation is not important. It is important Bert, it is everything.

What is the underlying argument about companies like Bain? They only do bad, they only do good. Every look at how many jobs were created by Bain. How many were saved. If companies are survivng today only because Bain stepped in when no one else would.

I am tired of journalists' shallow and lazy reporting. Bert, you really need to do something more than write about an idea you have while taking your morning shower.

To the voters, there are many more things to consider about the Presidential candidates than Bain Capital.


Posted by Jerry (anonymous) on September 19, 2012 at 5:10 p.m.

What fantastic advice!!!

To understand the economic situation in the United States, watch a fictional movie in which a actor (Richard Gere) plays the role of a business man falling in love with a hooker.

Did you also know that if you break your leg or have sharp pains in your abdomen, you should watch an episode of "General Hospital" on the SOAPs network. I'll bet some of you poor fools thought you would actually need to go see a doctor.


Posted by YSUPenguins (anonymous) on September 25, 2012 at 10:40 a.m.

Bert, are you saying that it's okay to lie as long as it gets your point across? At the end of your blog it says we can disregard the legitamacy of the worker's claim. I guess journalism really is dead.


Posted by jeepers (anonymous) on September 25, 2012 at 10:39 p.m.

So in other words, the candidate has real-world experience in the American economy. He knows what a losing deal looks like. He hasn't learned how to give away trillions when your income is much less. Bert-do you get paid to come up with this BS? I have too much spare time that is my excuse for reading this grade-school trash. I guess this is how you have to make your living-it is sad. Now I know why I stopped my subscription to the vindy after 50 yrs.


Posted by andersonathan (anonymous) on September 26, 2012 at 11:19 p.m.

And Hope and Change is working LMAO


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