The Bain Wimps Are Hypocrites
I see a lot of squeamishness around regarding attacking Mitt Romney over Bain Capital.
How viable a GOP nominee would Mitt be if he had decided to make a fortune off of running a national string of adult book stores that sold porn and provided peep shows? Or, God forbid, what about a chain of health clinics that provided abortions because, well, there is a good market for it?
The fact is, he would be DOA. There is a point to this, I support capitalism. As a capitalist, what Bain did in many cases was perfectly acceptable. To a certain degree, he stripped parts of America of its manufacturing base and shipped it off to China.
There are value decisions involved in every form of capitalism. Romney made some and as a capitalist, that's fine. But now he wants to run for POTUS. Sorry, a guy whose values said, hey, so what if some folks lose their jobs and pensions – and just about everything else – that's a problem I'm willing to create for them because the marketplace will give me big profits for doing it.
Sorry, I do not have to respect that person's values as a candidate for POTUS, no more than I might if he ran strip clubs, or peep shows, or abortion clinics, because maybe they would pay off big time, too. Just because I am able to respect Romney as a great capitalist does not mean I must accept his values in exercising his acumen as one, now that he seeks to be my president.
There are many activities of a capitalst nature, not all of them are equal once one considers the underlying values driving the various individuals engaged in them. I can remain a solid capitalist and still not care for Mitt Romney as a potential nominee because of the decisions he made in his personal wealth creation. And anyone who would say, oh no, you can't do that, but would reject him on values grounds if he sold porn, or hookers where it's legal, or provided abortions is simply fooling his, or her self.
So, get over it – or at least be honest. The judgements we make in selecting a president are not the same ones we might make in hiring a CEO. And a President of the United States is not that. Talk about your moral equivalence. Frankly, I have more problems with someone who would profit by putting another out of their life's work, than someone who opted to sell porn, or provide call girls, simply because the law somewhere allowed for it.