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Palast writes: "For Mitt Romney, it's one scary Halloween. The Presidential candidate has just learned that tomorrow afternoon he will charged."

Mitt Romney addresses supporters during a campaign rally, 04/24/12. (photo: Getty Images)
Mitt Romney addresses supporters during a campaign rally, 04/24/12. (photo: Getty Images)


UAW Files Charges Against Romney for Auto Bail-Out Profiteering

By Greg Palast, GregPalast.com

02 November 12

 

Broke ethics law hiding millions, say good government groups

or Mitt Romney, it's one scary Halloween. The Presidential candidate has just learned that tomorrow afternoon he will charged with violating the federal Ethics in Government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bail-out.

At a press conference in Toledo, Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers, will announce that his union and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney's so-called "blind" trust.

The union chief says, "The American people have a right to know about Gov. Romney’s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue,” “It’s time for Gov. Romney to disclose or divest.”

“While Romney was opposing the rescue of one of the nation’s most important manufacturing sectors, he was building his fortunes with his Delphi investor group, making his fortunes off the misfortunes of others,” King added.

The Romneys' gigantic windfall was hidden inside an offshore corporation inside a Limited Partnership inside a trust which both concealed the gain and reduces taxes on it.

The Romneys' windfall was originally exposed in Nation Magazine, Mitt Romney's Bail-out Bonanza after a worldwide investigation by our crew at The Guardian, the Nation Institute and the Palast Investigative Fund. [Ed. - The full story of Romney and his "vulture fund" partners is in Palast's New York Times bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.]

According to ethics law expert Dr. Craig Holman of Public Citizen, who advised on the complaint, Ann Romney does not have a federally-approved blind trust. An approved "blind" trust may not be used to hide a major investment which could be affected by Romney if he were to be elected President. Other groups joining the UAW and CREW include Public Citizen, the Service Employees International Union, Public Campaign, People for the American Way and The Social Equity Group.

President Obama's approved trust, for example, contains only highly-diversified mutual funds on which Presidential action can have little effect. By contrast, the auto bail-out provided a windfall of over 4,000% on one single Romney investment.

In 2009, Ann Romney partnered with her husband's key donor, billionaire Paul Singer, who secretly bought a controlling interest in Delphi Auto, the former GM auto parts division. Singer's hedge fund, Elliott Management, threatened to cut off GM's supply of steering columns unless GM and the government's TARP auto bail-out fund provided Delphi with huge payments. While the US treasury complained this was "extortion," the hedge funds received, ultimately, $12.9 billion in taxpayer subsidies.

As a result, the shares Singer and Romney bought for just 67 cents are today worth over $30, a 4,000% gain. Singer's hedge fund made a profit of $1.27 billion and the Romney's tens of millions.

The UAW complaint calls for Romney to reveal exactly how much he made off Delphi - and continues to make. The Singer syndicate, once in control of Delphi, eliminated every single UAW job - 25,000 - and moved almost all auto parts production to Mexico and China where Delphi now employs 25,000 auto parts workers.

Forensic Economist Greg Palast's investigative reports can be seen on BBC Television. His latest bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps contains a comic book by Ted Rall and chapters by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. www.BallotBandits.org

 

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+248 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-11-02 08:56
TALK ABOUT AN OCTOBER SURPRISE? WELL YIPEE-KY-YEA MR. ROMNEY!!!! The LIES & HYPOCRISY finally nailed the TH
IEVING BASTARD FRONT & CENTER!!! Maybe he's finally going to get his JUST DESSERTS for all the people he's HURT & DESTROYED (needlessly) for so many years! NOW WHERE YA GONNA HIDE, MITTSY??? Ol' MUDDIED UP MITTENS; THAT'S WHO YOU ARE! This is the ICEBERG THAT SINKS THE TITANIC!!!

OBAMA - BIDEN 2012!!!!! CAN YOU SAY FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!

YIPEE-KY-YEA MUDDY MITTSY!!!
 
 
+186 # HowardMH 2012-11-02 11:20
Don't blame Mitt or any other millionaire for how little they pay in taxes. Blame the millions of IDIOTS that voted for the politicians that passed the laws that allow the rich to continue screwing everyone else that earns a modest paycheck.
It is all just smoke and mirrors. Until there are two hundred thousand really, really pissed off people on Capital Hill (all at the same time – with base ball bats, 2 x 4s) raising some serious hell against the Lunatics, absolutely nothing is ever, ever going to happen to these totally bought and paid for by the richest 50 people in the world that are becoming more and more powerful with each passing rigged election thanks to the stupid people.
 
 
+78 # Joe Bob 2012-11-02 16:38
It's about time something caught up and bit him on the butt.
 
 
+126 # NanFan 2012-11-02 17:48
But why, oh why are none of the mainstream media reporting this??

Why isn't Obama using this as a HUGE last-minute talking point?

Check the facts and then, get this out there FAST!

I watched CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC and NOTHING AT ALL.

We cannot allow a felon to be put into office...we just can't!

N.
 
 
+46 # cassandrapt 2012-11-02 21:30
I'm wondering the same thing - Where is the media on this story? ????? Are your facts right?
 
 
+2 # brux 2012-11-03 05:53
I'd guess because no one is taking this seriously? It has been years now, so look the timing of it. WIth respect to the political system, do you think American politics should be derailed by a last minute claim like this ... even if it agrees with your political philosophy? What if this was some attack on Obama ... say the legality of Obamacare was being brought up not instead of months ago?

Also, I heard Palast's story on this, and I think my take on it is that it should not be illegal or wrong to break up companies that are standing in the way of progress, the problem is that taxes are not paid to do the things that need to be done relative to the displaced workers and our country.

This is not a simple open and shut issue.
 
 
+25 # PGreen 2012-11-03 09:27
Or no one wants to tangle with the fallout from an enraged Republican party. Deference to established power, both corporate and governmental is the major reason for media self-censorship . But if you heard DN, then you know that Singer/Romney had Delphi close 28 of 29 plants even after receiving 12 billion in bailout-- a highly unethical bit of sleaze.
I do agree with you about breaking up companies that are standing in the way of progress-- virtually every major company can command unfair government favors that stand in the way, hurt their industry, hurt the public by outsourcing externalities to the public. I favor blanket restrictions on company sizes. Mega size is not in the public interest, and creates private fiefdoms and vast inequality.
 
 
+15 # dovelane1 2012-11-03 23:29
Brux - I believe the issues are transparency, and conflict of interest.

Look at how many walls the "blind trust" is buried behind. Do you really think he wanted this to be found?

I would put this issue in the same category as Romney's tax returns.

My concern is that this will go as far as the taqx return issue went.

Of course, no one has brought a suit against him about his tax returns. And, as I think it said, this issue gained traction when a strong organization decided to pursue the lawsuit.

Where would we be without unions? Maybe the same place as Nazi Germany in the 30's. Think about that.
 
 
-17 # Mannstein 2012-11-04 14:01
"Where would we be without unions?" Maybe the same place as Communist Russia in the '20. Think about that. Of course it wouldn't enter a lefties mind.
 
 
+13 # Michael Lee Bugg 2012-11-04 18:33
Mannstein, your comment is not clear at all! The last sentence turns your comment inside out. Indeed, without unions we might now be where the Russians were after the 99% in Russia finally united to throw out the extremely greedy 1% there in Russia. Thanks to the unions here most of the 99% here got a fair share of corporate income, until the unions went into decline in the late 80s, and did not revolt to take what the 1% here had by force. Now, thanks to the decline of our unions and Bush's tax cuts for the rich, income disparity is rising rapidly. When enough blue collar Americans finally put their personal welfare first and stop falling for the Republican distractions: God, gays, guns, and abortion, we may see a Russian style revolution against the current American Czars! Think about that unless that wouldn't enter a Fascist's mind!
 
 
+28 # Regina 2012-11-03 09:16
Just think about who owns the media (btw, that's a plural word!). It isn't the journalists. The TV networks and the news(?)papers are corporate properties, with corporate interests. Their product is now defined as speech and they are free to swamp mere public opinion and experience, says SCOTUS. That's why the internet is so vital for us, the people.
 
 
+17 # X Dane 2012-11-03 19:36
TrueAmericanPat riot and HowardNH.

I think you are getting exited too soon. There is NOTHING I would rather see than Mitt in BIG trouble. BUT WHY HAVE WE NOT HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT IT????

I KNOW the media is right wing owned. But something this BIG....if it is TRUE....can not be kept silent. So I am worried. I tried to go on the Seattle Website, but wasn't able to, so I do not know exactly what is in it.

These days are so nerve wrecking. I feel like a watch wound way too tight. I hope it will end the way most of us here hope.
 
 
-51 # wantrealdemocracy 2012-11-02 19:35
Because "mittsy" is bad DOES NOT MEAN THAT OBAMA IS GOOD. There is no 'lesser' evil. Evil is EVIL. There are other candidates on the ballot, or you can write in a good honest moral person instead of these two corporate puppets.
 
 
+23 # colpow 2012-11-03 12:56
Ya, that will work right away. The lesser of two evils is STILL less evil, bro.
 
 
+13 # Billy Bob 2012-11-03 13:14
Maybe the problem is with black and white thinking. Just because something you want is politically impossible doesn't necessarily mean the people who won't deliver the impossible are "evil". Not everyone you disagree with is evil.
 
 
+6 # krink48 2012-11-03 12:32
Geez. Your not happy are you. Two words for you. Prove it.
 
 
+34 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-03 14:42
I'm 71 years old. This I know about the Republicans. They will not tell you what they are for. They have a "laundry list" of what they are against. Yet, my Republican friends gladly like to see the mailman deliver their Social Security checks each month. Gladly use their Medicare card. Ask them if they realize who or what got them these benefits, they look at you with a blank stare. The following comment is stuck in their throat, "I wish you had not asked that question"
 
 
+13 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-03 14:49
I totally agree with what the auto industry is doing. But, why this action against Romney so late in the political game?
 
 
+250 # wolf8888 2012-11-02 09:23
How can we trust a man thats hidding his assets, and berates the hand (Goverment Bailout ) that feeds his Billions?
 
 
-31 # acomfort 2012-11-02 21:42
And how can we trust his opponent who won't mention it . . . Don't do anything dramatic . . . Must keep the race close . . .
You think maybe we are being manipulated?

Baaa Baaa Baaa
 
 
+211 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 09:37
Yayyyy, I'm so glad you picked this story up, Mr. Palast. I hope the auto industry sues the shoes off Romney. He has to be held accountable for all his lies. I hope he spends some time in prison, that is where this thieving crook belongs. Since the Rs didn't let Obama close down Gitmo, there should be room for Romneyhood there.

OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
The alternative is Crooks, Liars & Thieves.
 
 
+8 # mdhome 2012-11-04 07:54
Sadly RoMoney has too much money to spend any time behind bars, he could murder someone in daylight in front of a hundred witnesses and get off scot free.
 
 
+182 # mikehz 2012-11-02 09:45
This news is a blockbuster! This is an appeal to Reader Supported News to spread the word to the national press. This is certainly newsworthy at the national level!
 
 
+164 # stonecutter 2012-11-02 09:50
Sorry, electing Romney president would be like putting one of those "rare" pedophile priests in charge of Boys Town. Having Ann Romney as First Lady would be like having your eyelids taped open, tied to a chair and forced to watch endless viewings of Betty Davis in "The Little Foxes" (look it up). Two more nauseating, hypocritical, lying political figures haven't been accorded so much unearned public respect since Clinton and Reagan both spoke glowingly at Nixon's outdoor funeral.
 
 
+184 # jackloganbill 2012-11-02 09:51
How can we trust a man thats hiding his assets...

Uhhh...how can you trust a man who outright lies to the American public over and over and over again? It's pretty bad when the CEOs of two major corporations take you to task for outright lies, but yes, that happened in Mitt's regard this week...

I would love to know how the LDS church membership and other right-wingers rationalize Mitt's blatant dishonesty.

Just better hope that the electorate gets it right in 2012!!!!
 
 
+29 # Muzzi 2012-11-03 14:05
The Salt Lake City newspaper, Mitt's hometown, has endorsed Obama because they say there are too many Mitts, you don't know which one to believe.
They said Obama has worked hard and deserves a second term and Mitt doesn't deserve a first term.
 
 
+132 # DaveM 2012-11-02 09:53
If one is "under information" for a felony, can one still run for office? Facing felony charges does limit a number of civil rights.

I can't wait to see the Fox spin on this one. Not to mention the conspiracy theorists.

Mind, I'd like to see a very thorough investigation of all running for and in office (I don't care which party they claim to represent) for this sort of misconduct. We should not be governed by criminals, but at present, we are.
 
 
+96 # Third_stone 2012-11-02 12:22
Fox will not spin it. They will ignore it.
 
 
+74 # Doll 2012-11-02 14:15
Or blame Obama
 
 
+45 # Joe Bob 2012-11-02 16:42
More than likely. That's their style.
 
 
+151 # Cdesignpdx 2012-11-02 10:11
Today's lie:
"The unemployment rate is higher today than when Obama took office in 2009."'

Mitt is pathological!
 
 
+141 # VoiceofReason613 2012-11-02 11:26
You think this might have something to do with the fact that 800,000 jobs were lost the first month that Obama took office and millions of jobs after that before Obama's economic policies took effect.

Once these policies took effect almost 5 million jobs have been created in 32 consecutive months of private sector job growth.

Also, please do not forget that Republicans did everything they could to get Obama to fail.
 
 
-22 # krink48 2012-11-03 12:43
Google net jobs under Obama. Pretty much what you'll get is below. Kinds makes your 5 million jobs created a little weak, doesn't it Sparky?



"In other words, 125,000 jobs have been created, in total, during Obama's first term, compared with a prior estimate of a loss of 261,000"
 
 
+21 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-03 14:47
Are you aware of all the obstructive measures the Republicans took to block badly needed infrstructure rebuilding? Just to try to kick Obama out of office?
 
 
+135 # luvdoc 2012-11-02 10:12
I used to consider Bushie boy a father starved dry alcoholic. The Mitter isn't half the man his father was and displays sociopathic symptoms. luvdoc
 
 
+105 # allie 2012-11-02 10:19
I think this is a bit late in coming out, to hurt Romney as far as voters go. We needed this out in September.
 
 
+67 # Third_stone 2012-11-02 12:25
We already had his hiding money overseas and refusing to show his tax returns, which I take as an admission of guilt, but he is still within reach of the white house.
 
 
+41 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 17:45
He cannot take office if convicted of felony and hopefully rats out his buddies.
 
 
+12 # dovelane1 2012-11-03 10:19
Rumor has it the powers that be really want Ryan in the office of president. If Romney wins, then has to face felony charges, what's the next logical step for Rove and co.? Delete Romney?
 
 
+76 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 10:29
Here is even more about Romneyhoods Family of crooks. He is already plotting to screw ALL the taxpayers, even his voters, better think of that. Check this out and pass it on:

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2019582123_harropcolumntaggxml.html
 
 
+49 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2012-11-02 10:33
My question is why did the Feds cave to Delphi? Could they not have subsidized any major American player who wanted to compete with Delphi?
 
 
+103 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 11:09
RAA: I can answer that for you. Delphi is the only company who made the steering wheels for all the auto companies. By closing up Sensata, he has a lock on all the Sensors for all the auto companies too. See a pattern here? Romneyhood & Co are buying up companies that make auto parts so they can control the auto industry. Rather dirty, isn't it?
 
 
+59 # AndreM5 2012-11-02 13:48
It was steering "columns" for GM cars, but they extorted the company as stated.

I thought extortion was a crime but clearly not since Willard is using it this week to coerce votes. It seems if you don't vote for R-money the Repubs threaten to continue stalling the economy to try to make O'B fail.
 
 
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 17:46
Bit old...if Congress and Senate have no majority....
 
 
+12 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 17:46
Now they and Bain are selling them to China
 
 
+45 # Art947 2012-11-02 11:41
This is the problem with our Patent and Trademark laws. Many companies use these laws to "blackmail" other companies into paying exorbitant royalty fees. There needs to be a wholesale re-evaluation of our laws about patents if we are going to ensure that companies make a reasonable profit and the consumer is not always "ripped-off."

BTW, you may want to look at how the copyright provision of the Constitution was used to enrich the likes of the Disney Company as a consequence of the actions of the (late) Sonny Bono.
 
 
+6 # Joe Bob 2012-11-02 16:44
It would have taken 10 years to get the Delphi supply chain up to speed. These guys may be crooks, but they aren't stupid.
 
 
+70 # PGreen 2012-11-02 10:34
This Palast story about Romney has been out for a few days, and I've been wondering if the establishment media would pick it up. It took the UAW spearheading the attack for the story to get some traction. I've also wondered why the Obama campaign (which obviously must have known about this) hasn't mentioned it. Any speculation? Maybe they wanted to save it till the last minute? I haven't seen any comments by the administration about Romney doing this, which seems odd because it is certainly a disgraceful (probably illegal) act by Romney. Curious.
 
 
+21 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 17:47
Black out on TV and Newspapers....I hope Letterman and others talk about it.
 
 
+50 # Michael Lee Bugg 2012-11-02 10:35
I'll bet the 'liberal' TV and radio (NPR) ignores this story! I hope all of you are posting comments at Yahoo News a d NPR! Except for a few trolls we are preaching to the choir here! You would not believe how much ignorance of the facts and hatred of Obama is displayed at NPR! Fox News would be even better if you can stand reading the complete ignorance posted there. Come back to comment hereafter the election.
 
 
+42 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 10:48
I posted on other RSN stories the URL to this link the past couple of days. I saw Ed Schultz Show picked it up last night, I watched it. Watch MSNBC shows tonight, I'll bet more will pick it up. Not waiting for MSM to pick it up. They probably won't, until it is so widely known they would be incompetent not to pick it up.
 
 
+33 # kelly 2012-11-02 12:17
I'm not real tech-savvy...Ba rbara, would you consider putting it on the daily beast? it would really get a lot of play there, believe me.
 
 
+13 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 17:49
kelly: Okay, I think I got it posted on there. Here is the URL, you can copy it and then paste it wherever you want to put it, and send it to all you know:

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/17613-uaw-charges-romney-with-profiteering-from-auto-bailout
 
 
+5 # kelly 2012-11-03 09:56
Thank you, I'll use it. I've already referred to it on all the articles I've visited.
 
 
+21 # Doll 2012-11-02 14:30
Barbara,

I missed Ed Schultz's show last night. I'm sorry that I did.

When I was cruising through tonight's TV listings, it showed "to be announced" in place of "The Ed Show" for 8:PM on MSNBC.

If MSNBC cancelled his show because of this, we might have a new fight on our hands.
 
 
+17 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 17:18
Doll: Have no fear, they held a concert tonight during Ed Schultz time slot to collect funds for the storm victims. He'll be back on at regular day and time.
 
 
+7 # giraffee2012 2012-11-02 22:50
Quoting Doll:
Barbara,

I missed Ed Schultz's show last night. I'm sorry that I did.

When I was cruising through tonight's TV listings, it showed "to be announced" in place of "The Ed Show" for 8:PM on MSNBC.

If MSNBC cancelled his show because of this, we might have a new fight on our hands.
You can see the Ed Show on YouTube the next day 0 almost always
 
 
+7 # Regina 2012-11-03 09:26
Only that one showing was cancelled, for an all-star music program to aid Sandy victims. Ed Schultz's show was run later, in its normal repeat slot ahead of Rachel's. (We west coasters depend on late reruns of Ed, Rachel, Lawrence, and Chris.)
 
 
+99 # macmartin 2012-11-02 10:42
Do you know the one about Sensata Technologies? The very profitable Bain-owned company in Freeport, Illinois, will close its doors the day before the election and its entire operation will be shipped to China. The workers appealed to Romney for help. He has not returned their calls. But they were forced to train their Chinese replacements. During the training period, the American flag outside the Sensata building was taken down. How's that for "being soft on China"?
 
 
+25 # macmartin 2012-11-02 10:53
Sorry. It's Sensata Technologies. I blame the cat on my lap.
 
 
-60 # lnason@umassd.edu 2012-11-02 17:28
One wonders if you could go back to one of your ex-employers and successfully lobby for or against some business decision....

Partisan democrats continue to talk about current Bain practices as if Romney had something to do with them. But he doesn't.

To show the ridiculousness of this charge, should we hold Obama accountable for ACORN voter registration fraud? ACORN has had several convictions and Obama worked for them and hired them to work for him much more recently than any association Mitt Romney had with Bain.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+26 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 17:51
Nit has holding with Bain, Family owns and has holdings in DieBold
 
 
+16 # Regina 2012-11-03 09:30
And also another voting machine corp. nominally by son Tagg. As for Mitt's hand in Bain's treasury, it's in there deep, and it continues to collect millions for him.
 
 
+30 # bingers 2012-11-02 19:08
Quoting lnason@umassd.edu:
One wonders if you could go back to one of your ex-employers and successfully lobby for or against some business decision....

Partisan democrats continue to talk about current Bain practices as if Romney had something to do with them. But he doesn't.

To show the ridiculousness of this charge, should we hold Obama accountable for ACORN voter registration fraud? ACORN has had several convictions and Obama worked for them and hired them to work for him much more recently than any association Mitt Romney had with Bain.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts


Perhaps you missed the fact that there was never any illegal action committed by ACORN other than that made up out of whole cloth by the Republican party and swallowed by morons.
 
 
+55 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 10:54
Yes, Ed Schultz held his show there last 2 weeks ago. How sad for those people. Romneyhood is the personification of a heartless, soulless, creepy thief. We have to keep him from ever making it to the White House. He is the worst thing that could happen to this country. See this link too. Just when we think he can't get worse, he does. He will screw us ALL over.
 
 
+8 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 17:21
Oops, I see the link isn't there, so I'll put it here.

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2019582123_harropcolumntaggxml.html
 
 
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 17:50
I would not have trained...fooli sh to do so but hopefully Illinois has made notice and knows who not to vote for...again No Prime Time Media on this
 
 
+56 # tbcrawford 2012-11-02 10:46
Don't you just love Romney's claim he knows how to create jobs! Greg Palast is one of the best, most determined investigative reporters today. Follow his amazing reporting if you want to know some of the things really going. Who needs 007, we've got the real hero!
 
 
+44 # vitobonespur 2012-11-02 10:58
I suspect that when all the dust settles we will find that this story is a tempest in a teacup. But I sure as hell hope not!

I hope they nail the sonofabitch!
 
 
+12 # macmartin 2012-11-02 11:03
I mistyped Sensata Technologies. I blame the cat on my lap.
 
 
+42 # Old Man 2012-11-02 11:06
I thought I hated Bush!
Willard is on "Greedy Steroid's". The people that vote for this greedy bastard are want to Be's.
I can't help but think, this must be a nightmare and it is just that.
We must change the way this country elects the people that run for public office.
 
 
+58 # Susan W 2012-11-02 11:08
I'm convinced that to some people money is more addictive than any other drug! This is just one more example of some scum-bag rich person lying and cheating to cover up and get more of something he already has too much of. How much money do these bastards have to have before they stop accumulating more? Wow, talk about mental illness.
 
 
+4 # dovelane1 2012-11-03 23:47
Susan W. - It's been written: To a wise man, enough is as good as a feast.

To the greedy, there will never be enough. As I understand it, greed is based on the fear of never having enough. This kind of personality is probably in denial, (as most addicts are,) about how much their behaviors are based on fear. People who are afraid always want to have power over other people, never power with other people.

They never feel safe unless they think they are in control of everything.

It's also been written that uncontrolled change is the only real change there is. To those who are afraid, my guess is that they want to try to control unwilled change as much as possible. When uncontrolled change happens to them, they will do whatever they possibly can to bring life back to where they think it is under their control.

The fear, however, will never change as long as they remain in denial. In that sense, they are as addicted to money and power as an alcoholic is addicted to drink.

it's also been written that it is gratifying to be cured of an affliction, but it is terrifying to be divested of a crutch. Money and power are their crutches. That's how terrified of life they are on the inside.
 
 
+32 # niquibott 2012-11-02 11:09
1. Guvnr Chris Christy: new BFF of bronco bamma
2. Mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama
3. Guvnr Cuomo sees bronco bamma as ahead of the pack on climate change
4. The republicans historically shoot themselves in the foot right before the election....wai t for it....
5. WHOOP! there it is!
 
 
+41 # kelly 2012-11-02 12:34
Sorry, pal, they only wish it was that easy this time. This is no last minute shoot yourself in the foot kind of move. This is the thing that emerged after the catfight from hell. Where they put all of the most incompetent no-accounts into a locked cage and only opened the door when one was left standing. It happened to be Romney. He did not win because of competence or willingness to tell the truth or even the ability to have ability. He won because he had money and could promise backers who had more of the same. The powers that be figured anybody but Obama was going to have to be the strategy. Even more amazing than the things you mentioned:
1. Mormonism listed as a cult by Billy Graham(Mitt visits Graham last week, suddenly Mormonism disappears off the website as a cult!).
2. Romney declares the bailout a bust in a thriving company that received bailout money.
3. Romney offers to come to New Jersey to visit Christie and he says stay away.
He did it long before this week or even this month. He's been doing it for years. It's called screwing your way to the top only in Romney's case, it means screwing the people below you. This is payback time.
 
 
+19 # kelly 2012-11-02 14:16
i'm trying to say that romney's campaign has been shooting itself in the foot since day one. does no one get it? or do you simply read the sorry pal part and assume i'm disagreeing with Romney falling flat? Perhaps I just didn't make myself clear...
 
 
+10 # Barbara K 2012-11-02 17:26
kelly: This will blow your mind too. We think Romneyhood can't do any worse, see what he is planning for when he is Prez, they are already working on the thing. Check it out and pass it on to all you can.

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2019582123_harropcolumntaggxml.html
 
 
+9 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 17:55
Billy Graham has held people and their money hostage for decades also a cult

Where was this good Christian and his family? Luxury Hotel??? Ryan was
 
 
+65 # MEBrowning 2012-11-02 11:16
This latest bit of Romney skullduggery may bode well for our current president. But I still worry about no-paper-trail voting machines, many of which appear to be controlled by Tagg Romney and Bain Capital alumni. Never underestimate the power of a group of lying, cheating thugs who will try to win at any cost.
 
 
-53 # steelhammr 2012-11-02 11:18
No one seems to recognize that this cuts both ways! Who was in charge when this went down? Who did the bailout enabling all these huge profits? Who "saved" all those jobs while the "bank" was bein robbed?
We didn't have to buy the auto industry FOR the guys who stole the employees blind! The reason the profits were so big is because the President and those who demand big profits could care less about the fairness of what the folks building and buying the autos get. It is possible to be fair and produce plenty with out creating super rich. Those who protest ignore history.
Parading the Dems as courageous while admitting they caved to the extortion demands of Capital is disingenuous. The TARP funds bought the store, the claim that the "pay back" settled the score(taxpayers got their money back with interest) is a big lie. Romney is a shill for Capital and so is the present administration. The UAW is a workers organization, their effort is to empower working people. Any politician claiming to treat workers fairly must stand up to the mendacity of the powerful owners of capital. Chicago teachers know which side of the line the politicians are on. Its not the workers side. The proof is in the profits.
 
 
+57 # pagrad 2012-11-02 11:25
Any high school student, who has studied Economics, knows Republican philosophy doesn’t work.  One doesn’t need to be an Einstein who said: “Only a fool would do the same thing over and over and over again, and expect a different outcome.”
Anyone who votes for an American Republican Party candidate is not thinking rationally and not
 logically.  Such a person is not just misguided; they have not received a credible education. In doing so, they are actually dangerous. What should be done with someone who actually endorses Treason?

One may think that such an act is just a misjudgment or a poor opinion. Not so, these folks are
 putting the rest of society in danger.  A convicted criminal is isolated and put in prison so that they will no longer harm other people. What should be done with individuals who advocate the destruction of our cities and our country?
 
 
+46 # WolfTotem 2012-11-02 12:44
Quoting pagrad:
A convicted criminal is isolated and put in prison so that they will no longer harm other people. What should be done with individuals who advocate the destruction of our cities and our country?


Though I've long seen GOP as the party of treason - and the Dems as what Margaret Thatcher called "the wets" - there'll be a problem for as long as Americans continue to vote mindlessly along family and tribal lines and there's no real debate in the land, just preaching to the converted.

There are plenty of narcissistic perverts among GOP voters who find meaning in life trampling on those fellow-citizens who are "worth" less than themselves because they belong to the Mite's 47%. They see low earners as little better than vermin and blue states as not fully part of the Union.

But the bulk of their support comes from "useful idiots", fellow citizens who vote as Granddad and Grandma did - and are blissfully unaware that what they see as their "respectable party" no longer exists. It's been taken over by extremists and gutted behind the facade. But all they see is that same old facade.

An overt Fascist party could never have made it in America. It was far, far smarter for the Koch Brothers cuckoos to commandeer the well-lined GOP nest.

Those poor pawns who've been taken in are to be pitied. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
 
 
+40 # Archie1954 2012-11-02 11:48
It is no surprise to me that the Republicans want this kind of corrupt individual to be their president. They are all of questionable morals and ethics as seen from their election fraud.
 
 
+52 # Vardoz 2012-11-02 11:49
This is only the tip of his corrupt iceberg. We are hoping that this gets a lot of press. Romney is not fit for the job. He is too corrupt, his ties to corporations too strong and we have witnessed his the 47% is trash video. No we know why he hasn't shown his tax returns. Because he has broken the law. He is a spoiled, power hungry megalomaniac and would be a clear and present danger to the health, safety and welfare of the American people if not the world. We don't need a mob boss as president.
 
 
0 # MendoChuck 2012-11-02 11:50
Along those same lines are you all aware that Lockeed is about to lay off 132,000 employees. They are required by law to make that notification on November 1st.
The White House has made arrangements so that the news will not come out until after the election.
Seems like both sides like to play this game.
About time you all woke up and vote for someone else besides a Democrat or Republican.
They are all crooks . . . . . Trust no one . . .
By the way ABC News has the story:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/at-white-house-request-lockheed-martin-drops-plan-to-issue-layoff-notices/
 
 
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 17:59
too bad they donot have the one we are discussing here. That at Lockheed could change by Monday...the other cannot
 
 
+2 # dovelane1 2012-11-03 23:54
Mendo - Though Lockheed is laying off people, they are not intentionally laying off people in order to send the jobs to China, Mexico, or India, as Bain and romney have done.

There will always be layoffs in a slow economy. The question I have is whether or not the company is laying off people at the last minute to make Obama look bad, or if there is a real reason for the layoffs.

I believe it's been noted on this site that Romney was putting pressure on businesse leaders to pressure their workers about how necessary it was for them to vote for him.

Any chance you can tell me if there is a connection or not?
 
 
+13 # pagrad 2012-11-02 12:11
Any high school student, who has studied Economics, knows Republican philosophy doesn’t work. One doesn’t need to be a Einstein who said: “Only a fool would do the same thing over and over and over again, and expect a different out come.”

Anyone who votes for an American Republican Party candidate is not thinking rationally and not logically. Such a person is not just misguided; they have not received a credible education. In doing so, they are actually dangerous. What should be done with someone who actually endorses Treason?

One may think that such an act is just a misjudgment or a poor opinion. Not so, these folks are putting the rest of society in danger. A convicted criminal is isolated and put in prison so that they will no longer harm other people. What should be done with individuals who advocate the destruction of our cities and our country?
 
 
+39 # vitobonespur 2012-11-02 12:13
Whenever Willard is listening to other people, or at least pretending to listen to other people, he wears an unctuous, smarmy look on his face that says, "Well bless your little tiny peasant, pea-pickin' heart" (with apologies to Tennessee Ernie Ford). I noticed it even during the debates. Such smug, pompous condescension!
 
 
+14 # cordleycoit 2012-11-02 12:19
Looks like the Rethugs are behaving like they are all ready in office and taking care of the Romney's while the President to be is still neck deep in the campaign mire.
Why shouldn't the taxpayers bail out "the man who would be king."
 
 
+40 # hoodwinkednomore 2012-11-02 13:02
I hope they nail his butt. Meantime, let's bury him with our votes for Obama/Biden come Tuesday. Then we'll all have to be out in the street demanding recounts and paper ballots b/c those robbers will have been up to no-good with all their no-way-to-verif y, rigged voting machines! Let's put this sociopath's campaigning to rest forever. And Paul Ryan, please...he's just plain scary.
 
 
+27 # shastamedicine 2012-11-02 13:17
A question I've never seen asked is: why did Mittens support the Wall Street bailout, when he decried the auto bailout? I wonder how he justified that!
 
 
+1 # dovelane1 2012-11-04 00:05
Shasta - I don't know this for sure, but it would seem logical to think he would support anything that brought him more money, and more power. That is his m.o..

And, it was also mentioned that he may have decried the auto bailout so as to keep people from looking at how much he benefitted from the bailout.

Most people love the lie that saves their pride, but never the unflattering truth. So, what he does is he tells the part of the truth that makes him look good, or, at least, doesn't make him look bad. If he can blame Obama at the same time, he'll do that too.

As I mentioned earlier, denial is one of the most pernicious traits of an addict. The other pernicious trait is that of blame. When one can blame the other, one then doesn't have to be responsible for the consequences of their actions.

One can then assume that one doesn't have to change either, because they are in denial of what consequences their actions and decisions have caused.

I saw that most blatantly shown when he blamed the workers of one of the companies he shut down for having no options. It was a samll town, toy company, and the company was the main supplier of jobs in that town. Then he blamed the people for becoming dependent on the government. After he shut the plant down, who else did they have to rely on?

Again, denial and blame, working together are symptoms of addictive tendencies. Romney is just another addict.
 
 
+24 # davidh7426 2012-11-02 13:27
Mittens being charged with anything... I'll believe it when I see it.

On a side note: Mittens is looking a bit 'peaky' & haggard. Perhaps he should open a window & get some 'fresh air' while he's flying home, maybe even stick his head out of the window & let the wind blow through that wig of his.
 
 
+16 # fromAK 2012-11-02 13:41
I thought Mormon hierarchs were exempt from ethics.
 
 
+8 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 18:00
and Religion too
 
 
+19 # brux 2012-11-02 13:43
This is great .... I just hope Palast got the story straight, because on Democracy Now he said that the vulture capital group moved the Delphi Operations to the Isle of Jersey ... in the Mediteranian Sea.

The Isle of Jersey in a member of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. I keep wondering how he got that wrong, and what else he might have gotten wrong, or gotten wrong enough to get the case dismissed.

I know Romney is a crook and does not give a damn about America, and neither the vast majority of politicians or corporate officers in our country.

They are just like any other career fanatics, they want money and power and politics is the game they have chosen because for whatever reason they can appeal to masses of people ... with the help of the media.

The big problem that no one with a loud enough voice has presented is what the heck can we do to fix things?

I'm sure there are lots of good ideas, but there is too much noise to hear them and the people who hear them do not have enough sophistication not to be fooled or to understand what is going to be effective... and everyone is scared to death of losing what they already have.
 
 
+2 # Doll 2012-11-03 05:24
In this article, he said they moved Delphi to Mexic and China.
 
 
+35 # vgirl1 2012-11-02 14:06
wONDERFUL NEWS!

I wish the UAW and SEIU (who I understand is also part of this complaint) all the best in their pursuit of uncovering Romney's dubious and probably unethical activities when it comes to the auto bailout.
 
 
+13 # CoyoteMan50 2012-11-02 14:22
Oh, ouch, That's gotta hurt.
lol
 
 
+21 # MarieLavoe 2012-11-02 14:48
Surely I am not the only one who knew he was a liar and a cheat.
 
 
+38 # MainStreetMentor 2012-11-02 14:52
I hope and pray this action opens up a floodgate of such legal actions against every legislator in every state who have worked so very hard to damage and/or destroy organized labor. If organized labors' lawyers look hard enough, they'll find plenty of "grounds" to justify their filings. GOOD WORK UAW!!!
 
 
+17 # pernsey 2012-11-02 15:25
I think the truth will come forth, but Mitt wont go to jail, hes a rich guy, rich guys are above the law. They can pay their way out of anything just about. I just hope it does enough damage that people wont vote for him. Hes a cheat, a thief, and a shyster. The most we can hope is that it will be a huge headache for his campaign, and that his lies are exposed to all. I cant even watch him speak, something is really off about him.

I hope its enough to keep him from ever getting elected.
 
 
+8 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 18:03
Shame too ..so many in prison would love to run their fingers thru his hair. Probably be the most physical contact he has had since impregnating his wife.
 
 
+14 # Scott479 2012-11-02 16:25
The man is a traitor, plain and simple. For a remarkable clip on his lack of character from MSNBC see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Tg_qbnjFAaI
 
 
-28 # lnason@umassd.edu 2012-11-02 17:23
This suit doesn't make sense. Romney advocated against the bailouts publicly. How on earth can it be a conflict of interest if he opposed the action that he and his wife supposedly benefited from?

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+11 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-02 18:04
Vote rethug...it fits you. There is enough to convict him and his wifey...hope they do.
 
 
+9 # PGreen 2012-11-02 19:35
It makes for good protection against a conflict of interest charge for Romney to oppose the bailout. He may have known (or at least expected) the bailout to go through regardless. Though I wonder at what time (before or after his bailout comments) the fund purchased Delphi and whether his public opposition made the fund's purchase cheaper. The timing may be important.
Next:
"Singer's (Romney's) hedge fund, Elliott Management, threatened to cut off GM's supply of steering columns unless GM and the government's TARP auto bail-out fund provided Delphi with huge payments. While the US treasury complained this was "extortion," the hedge funds received, ultimately, $12.9 billion in taxpayer subsidies."
This is simply blackmail and the Romney-Singer fund's demand for money involves a complete reversal of Romney's opposition to the bailout. Pretty sleazy.
After receiving this money, Singer/Romney closed 28 of 29 Delphi plants, laid off 25,000 workers, and moved manufacturing to China. If the administration expected him to keep them open in exchange for the assistance this is highly immoral, even if (stupidly or otherwise) nothing was put in writing to prevent him.

It also makes Romney's criticism of Obama automotive policies in Ohio something of an obscenity.
 
 
+7 # macmartin 2012-11-03 09:05
It also makes Romney's accusation that Obama is soft on China ring as false as the man who made it.
 
 
+7 # kelly 2012-11-03 10:09
Bain made money off of companies whether they succeeded or not. Don't you get it? It really never mattered to him if they did well. His company was in the restructuring business. After he was through, if the company went down or not, he got paid. It's like a lawyer defending an accused man. He gets his money whether the guy gets sent up or not. Only in Bain's situation, a death penalty for the company doesn't mean he won't get his 30 pieces of silver.
 
 
0 # Tje_Chiwara 2012-11-05 08:32
Quoting lnason@umassd.edu:
This suit doesn't make sense. Romney advocated against the bailouts publicly. How on earth can it be a conflict of interest if he opposed the action that he and his wife supposedly benefited from?


The lawsuit isn't about Conflict of Interest, but one of disclosure and profiteering . . . As if the fact that Romney and Anne paid MORE tax last year that they owed despite his righteous statement that he wouldn't pay "a dollar" more than he owed, means anything. Romney's "public" advocacy has so many twists and contracdictions in it that he shouldn't be held accountable for anything he says, or be believed. Or, at least in my perspective, be elected.
 
 
+20 # Rick Levy 2012-11-02 18:48
I just hope that this news story gets voters' attention in time. We're just a few days away from the election and the aftermath of Sandy is still (justifiably) dominating the spotlight.
 
 
+9 # y22nxdf2 2012-11-02 20:03
I register just to post on this news. What are the biggest dirtiest swear acronyms one can use on the internet? Because not all of them are enough to curse at this 3ast.ard mo1ther...well, you know. How can this snake talk about the immorality of helping people during catastrophes and leech out MILLIONS of tax money Americans were bleeded for to bailout the auto industry??? But beyond that, what the hell is wrong with Republican...wh at do I call them, voters?? Why can't they see what is so obvious and many, say 47%, other citizens see plainly when they hear this crook talk????? aarrgghghhh
 
 
+2 # kelly 2012-11-03 10:24
Welcome. We enjoy new input. Yeah well it's hard to put into words the frustration we feel when we see the way these koolaid drinkers are blindly following their handlers off the cliff and into the abyss that they have dug for them. We've asked the why question...is it the "my parents were republicans and their parents before them, blah, blah, blah"...treatin g their politics like their religion, or what?
Do they really believe that there is a 47% that doesn't want to work? Are they just so ready to accept fear as the only true motivating factor in life that thinking for themselves is not an option? I am from the bible belt. I remember my grandmother and her religion which had a lot of fear and guilt as a base. She was sure until the very end(last year at 101, as a matter of fact) that only fear of the unknown was the driving force. It explained her fear of segregation and most change. These people who don't really like Mitt Romney's Mormonism are more afraid of Obama's race. My grandma voted in the primary, she obviously died before early voting and couldn't bring herself to vote for Romney, because of his religion, but knew to do her duty during the general although she was well aware that here SS might be in danger.
 
 
+1 # dovelane1 2012-11-03 10:42
Dear y - My guess is that the Repub po9liticians fear being painted with the same brush as Romney if any of them break ranks. Show a United Front, and hope the thing disappears. As you may have noticed, none of the Repubs have mentioned W. Bush's name at all during the campaign.

Ironically, if the Repub politicians wanted to gain credibility with the Progressives, the best thing they could do would be to call out both Romney and Ryan on their lies.

As for the people involved, my guess is that most of them are afraid to admit to even the possibility that they might be wrong about anything, much less their candidate. As soon as they admit to the possibility of being wrong about Mitt, they might have to start looking at ALL of their opinions and assumptions. Think what that might do to their self-images.
 
 
+3 # dovelane1 2012-11-04 00:16
y22 - It's been mentioned on a few other articles that Romney and Ryan won't win if the tell people exactly what they plan to do. They have nothing to gain by telling the truth, and everything to lose. So, Romney is willing to say whatever has the desired effect on the audience he happens to be "preaching" to at the time.

As with most of the comments on this blog, most of the commentors are preaching to this choir. Romney is preaching to his choir.

I think the main problem is that most people do NOT want a leader who will tell them the hard truths, and tell them that there is hard work still to be done.

What they really want is a "messiah," someone who will lull them into a false sense of security with cliches, platitudes, and generalities. He wants to come across as saying "Trust me, and I'll make it ALL better." He wants to keep people in denial of what is going on, and he is not above lying to do it.

Those who want to stay in their comfort zone will do their best to stay in denial, and they will stay there until they are dragged, kicking and screaming, into reality. Given the climate change predictions, that may happen sooner rather than later.
 
 
+9 # Quonomo 2012-11-03 04:15
Myth Romoney is a black hole from which his soul will never escape.
 
 
+3 # seefeellove 2012-11-03 10:35
This made me laugh, Quonomo. I'm smiling as I type. Thanks for the chuckle.
 
 
+14 # pernsey 2012-11-03 06:12
Everything Mitt is blaming Obama for doing...he is doing himself. The lies spew forth from this guys mouth so easily. Mitt is without conscience, without fear of retribution, and without concern for anyone but himself. I hope the UAW nails him to the wall.

Mitt is about one of the creepiest characters I have ever seen, that phony plastic smile. Hes like the creepy insurance or used car salesman you just cant wait to get away from. I cant put my finger on it, but he aint right.
 
 
+1 # FreedomSky 2012-11-03 21:09
I have been saying almost exactly the same thing.
 
 
+1 # seefeellove 2012-11-04 15:03
"Everything Mitt is blaming Obama for doing...he is doing himself."

That is one of the oldest, most desperate, and undignified tactics--and probably the most effective--foun d in the Republican playbook: You accuse your opponent of what you're doing.

For example, you steal the elections by manipulating the machines and accuse your rival of voter fraud. The Republicans know that a deflective tactic such as this is the only way they can take control.

They seem to be transparent to only a few of us, but maybe more people are catching on to their dirty and destructive tricks.
 
 
-14 # krink48 2012-11-03 12:29
That's funny. I mistook this for America, where you innocent until proven guilty. Calling Romney a Felon based on an article seems a bit heavy handed. And if this COULD be substantiated, don;t you think Obama would already have an ad ready? Wake me up when this can be proven. You guys are like sharks with blood in the water. Always looking for a reason to discredit. What a bunch...
 
 
+8 # FreedomSky 2012-11-03 21:15
You must think all of the deceiptful ads and arguments Romney's campaign and the Tea Party come up with are true. Here is a news flash: They are all easily provable as false. Romney has proven his character to be untrustworthy over and over again, and then some more. What seems to be brainwashing of the Romney followers is amazaing. Romney people are the ones that act like sharks with blood in the water. Obama/Biden are great leaders, and no one is giving him credit. Credit is due Obama. Obama/Biden 2012.
 
 
+3 # FreedomSky 2012-11-03 20:54
Agree with you pernsey.

...and krink48 I agree innocent until proven guilty. BUT!!!!! Romney and his party go around saying Obama is guilty of anything you can create out of thin air.
Romney falsely points fingers at Obama to elude the public from what Romney has already done, or IS doing. Then bombards Obama with accusations by taking words out of context and distorts them to deceive the public against Obama.
 
 
+4 # FreedomSky 2012-11-03 20:55
Romney's ads against Obama are easily proven deceit. And you Romney followers act like, 'so what', you believe it and act like it is real. Romney is a false piece of work. His presidential debates were obviously full of it. Romney has proven to me that his character is untrustworthy without any moral conscience of right and wrong, perhaps even dangerous, evil.
 
 
+4 # FreedomSky 2012-11-03 20:56
Romney and the repubs ridlocking their own party against the president's rescue of America is not working across the aisle. I don't understand why any American would vote for Romney. Our economy is so much better than it was when Bush handed the huge deficit over to Obama along with America on the brink of entering into a depression. Obama is a hero.
 
 
+5 # FreedomSky 2012-11-03 20:57
Obama took on his responsibilitie s as President like a MAN, he is getting the deficit paid off. He is getting America back to work. Obama has proven he cares about the people. Romney said he could care less for 1/2 of the American people. It appears that all Romney cares about is getting into the whitehouse for power and $ profits in his own pocket and his backers, family and friends. He could be wanting to fulfill the Mormon dream of everyone that is not Mormon is to die. I don't want to leave out Romney/Ryan and most of the repubs in office right now are anti-women. Obama is for women's rights. Women are not objects men control, they are human beings that can make decisions about theirself. NO ONE has the right to say what is allowed or not allowed pertaining to a woman's own reproductive system. These are my opinions. I am definately Obama/Biden 2012.
 

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