Free-market capitalism was supposed to save us from the tyranny of faceless apparatchiks. But that’s not what happened.
Full disclosure: I do not like guns. I do not own one, and I won’t own one. I do not hunt, and I am not so afraid that I feel I must protect myself with a weapon that is much more likely to end up hurting me or someone I love than anyone else. I have fired guns, however, and am a pretty good shot. But I’m older now, and wiser. Guns don’t kill people. People with guns do.
Mitt Romney says he should be president because he and his company Bain Capital created 100,000 jobs at Staples and “created jobs” at other companies that Bain took over. So … did Mitt Romney really “create jobs” at Staples? Or did he and Bain really just follow the Wal-Mart model, using the advantages that come with having large, national chains, putting a number of local, smaller businesses out of business, while shifting a lot of people into lower-paying jobs? Understanding the difference is important because Romney says he will help the country “create jobs” the way he helped “create jobs” at Staples.
Everyone wants to know, “What is Mitt Romney hiding?” Or – given that lately every day seems seems bring to another revelation about Romney’s offshore accounts, or more evidence that undermines Mitt’s story about just when he finally left Bain Capital – “What else is Mitt Romney hiding?” Why can’t he tell us just when he ended his association with Bain Capital? How much longer until Mitt releases his tax returns? What’s he afraid of? What’s hiding in Mitt’s tax returns? And what the hell is “retroactive retirement,” anyway? The unanswered questions are enough to drive even a Fox News host to distraction.
America didn’t used to be run like an old Southern slave plantation, but we’re headed that way now. How did that happen?
All politics is local. So is the economy.