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Harris reports: "The shock of losing a precious job in a town afflicted by high unemployment is always hard. A foundation for a stable family life and secure home instantly disappears."

Sensata employee Mark Schreck in Freeport. Workers at the plant have appealed to Bain and Romney to save their plant. (photo: Carlos Ortiz/Polaris)
Sensata employee Mark Schreck in Freeport. Workers at the plant have appealed to Bain and Romney to save their plant. (photo: Carlos Ortiz/Polaris)



Illinois Anger at Bain Outsourcing

By Paul Harris, Guardian UK

12 August 12

 

The Sensata plant in Freeport is profitable and competitive, but its majority owner, Bain Capital, has decided to ship jobs to China - and forced workers to train their overseas replacements.

he shock of losing a precious job in a town afflicted by high unemployment is always hard. A foundation for a stable family life and secure home instantly disappears, replaced with a future filled with fears over health insurance, missed mortgage payments and the potential for a slip below the breadline.

But for Bonnie Borman - and 170 other men and women in Freeport, Illinois - there is a brutal twist to the torture. Borman, 52, and the other workers of a soon-to-be-shuttered car parts plant are personally training the Chinese workers who will replace them.

It's a surreal experience, they say. For months they have watched their plant being dismantled and shipped to China, piece by piece, as they show teams of Chinese workers how to do the jobs they have dedicated their lives to.

"It's not easy to get up in the morning, training them to do your job so that you can be made unemployed," said Borman, pictured, a mother of three who has worked for 23 years at the Sensata auto sensors plant.

Borman knows her eventual fate in the stricken economy that surrounds Freeport. "I am going to be competing for minimum wage jobs with my own daughter," she said.

Such scenes have been common in America as manufacturing has fled abroad in search of cheaper wages.

But, in the midst of the 2012 presidential election, Freeport is different. For Sensata is majority-owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm once led by Mitt Romney, that has become a hugely controversial symbol of how the modern globalised American economy works. Indeed, Romney still owns millions of dollars of shares in the Bain funds that own Sensata.

So as Sensata strips out costs by sacking American workers in favour of Chinese ones, the value of Romney's own investments could rise, putting money into the pockets of a Republican challenger who has placed job creation in America at the heart of his bid for the White House.

The story of how Bain became involved in a car factory in a small town amid the rolling farmland of northern Illinois is emblematic of modern financial wheeling and dealing.

Bain bought the firm that was to become Sensata in 2006, when it was the Texan arm of a Dutch company. It then floated it on the stock exchange in 2010, but kept a majority stake. Sensata came to own the Freeport plant at the beginning of 2011 as part of a wider purchase of a car parts business from Honeywell.

Sensata spokesman Jacob Sayer said closing the Freeport plant to cut costs was a key element of the Honeywell deal. "If that had not been part of the strategy, then the deal would not have been so attractive," he said.

Bain has declined to comment. But it has made a lot of money from owning Sensata, quadrupling its initial 2006 investment. In business circles that focus on the bottom line is all that matters. But, not surprisingly, it cuts less ice in Illinois.

Workers insist their operation is profitable and makes top quality auto sensors.

"I understand business needs to make a profit. But this product has always made a ton of money. It's just that they think it is not enough money. They are greedy," said Tom Gaulraupp, who has put in 33 years at the plant and is facing the prospect of becoming jobless at the age of 54.

Mark Shreck, a 36-year-old father-of-three, confessed he was one of the few workers not surprised at the layoffs, as this is the second time his job has moved to China. "I feel this is what companies do nowadays," he said.

The Freeport workers have appealed to Bain and Romney to save their plant. The local town council, several Illinois politicians and the state's Democratic governor have all rallied to their cause. "This company is competitive globally. They make a profit here. But Bain Capital decided to squeeze it a little further. That is not what capitalism is meant to be about," said Freeport mayor George Gaulrapp, 52, pictured.

The anger towards Bain and Romney is palpable. Romney has become the target for the emotions of a community who built lives based on the idea of a steady manufacturing job: a concept out of place in the sort of fluid buy-and-sell world from which Bain prospers. "I didn't have a clue what Bain was before this happened," said Cheryl Randecker, 52. "Now when I hear Romney speak it makes me sick to my stomach."

President Barack Obama's campaign has sought to make Bain's record of buying and selling companies - often involving job losses - a key part of its strategy of painting Romney as an out-of-touch super-rich financier. In turn, Romney, who left Bain in 1999, has defended his long career there, saying Bain ends up generating economic growth and spurring job creation. Far from profiting from layoffs, Romney has portrayed Bain as a model for the American future.

That argument stuns Illinois governor Pat Quinn. "If he thinks that is the model for American economic growth then he is barking up the wrong tree," Quinn told The Guardian.

Of course, no one at the Romney campaign wants to be linked with the Freeport plant closure. "Governor Romney is not familiar with this issue and has not been involved in the management of Bain since 1999," said campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg.

Nor does anyone at Sensata want to discuss the social costs of their decision. "We don't have any statement on the impact it has on Freeport," said Sayer. Bain did not return a request for comment.

But the impact is enormous on individuals and city alike. Freeport, a city of 26,000, is struggling. Its downtown features empty store fronts and businesses barely getting by.

The loss of 170 solid well-paying jobs will ripple out into this economy, further straining city resources, hurting businesses and eventually adding to Freeport's foreclosure problem. "There is a sense of fright. People don't know what this means for their families, their health insurance and whether they will keep their homes," said mayor Gaulrapp.

It is already happening.

Tom Gaulrapp - no relation to the mayor - worries he will be homeless. "It is a real possibility," he said. Randecker's daughter has already quit nursing college in Iowa to save money. Joanne Penniston, 35, is wondering if she will have to leave town. "I would have to uproot my whole family," she said.

Dot Turner, who joined the firm when she was 18 and freshly married and then put in 43 years on the factory floor, has suddenly found long cherished retirement plans thrown into disarray. She is 62 and knows finding another job will be tough. "I should not be standing in an unemployment line at this stage of my life," she said.

Turner too finds it hard to hear Romney talk of creating jobs when the post she has worked at for four decades - and which paid for three children to go to college - has just been sent overseas by a firm majority-controlled by Bain. "When Romney talks about creating jobs, it is just a big fairy tale," she said.

There is little chance of a happy ending for Freeport. The workers collect petitions and hold demonstrations. But they know they are likely doomed. "We are not stupid. We know we are unlikely to save our jobs. But if we get the next company that tries it to think twice, then maybe we save our neighbour's job. Or our children's," said Tom Gaulrapp.

Meanwhile, bit by bit, the machines inside the Freeport plant are being packed up, beginning their long journey to China. By the end of the year it will be over. "It is kind of like part of your family being shipped out - I worked with that stuff for years. Now there's nothing left but a discoloration on the floor where the equipment used to sit," Gaulrapp said.

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+129 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-08-12 15:11
Corporate raiders get to screw loyal and longtime workers, who were the very foundation of productivity, with impunity. Yet, there is still no "bailout" or massive loan modifications for the people who have been betrayed by financial institutions, and the corporate raiders. Communities have turned into ghost towns with very little protest. "Sometimes I wonder, sometimes I know"
 
 
+97 # Joy Arnold 2012-08-12 15:25
How much better this Bain story than the one used by the superpac that has done more to cast aspersions on the President in the negative ad debate than help. This is the story that must get out.
 
 
+107 # VoiceofReason613 2012-08-12 15:49
This sad situation is just one reason to vote Democratic in 2012. Other important ones include:

1. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and other Republicans are promoting policies similar to or often worse than those that had such disastrous results during the Bush administration, including converting a three-year major surplus, which was on track to completely eliminate the total federal debt, into a major deficit, creating very few net jobs (none in the private sector), and leaving the country on the brink of a depression, with an average of 750,000 jobs being lost during its last three months.

2. Republicans have obstructed efforts to get our country out of the tremendous ditch they left us in by voting no on and sometimes filibustering many Democratic proposals, some of which they previously supported and sometimes even co-sponsored. Hence, it is not surprising that a recent poll showed that 49% of Americans believe that Republican Congress members are purposely sabotaging the U.S. economy in order to defeat Obama and other Democrats, while only 40% disagree.

3.. Republicans support continued tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and highly profitable corporations, while basic social services that middle class and poor people depend on are being cut and teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and others are losing their jobs.
 
 
-40 # Norma 2012-08-13 02:58
NO!! Obama does not deserve your vote after signing the NDAA act! VOTE for Gary Johnson!
 
 
+39 # LetJusticeRoll 2012-08-13 05:57
Quoting Norma:
NO!! Obama does not deserve your vote after signing the NDAA act! VOTE for Gary Johnson!

I just looked up Gary Johnson, and found out he has privatized half the prisons in New Mexico. Any candidate who believes in privatization, especially of prisons with the potential for rampant abuse of the vulnerable, doesn't inspire my confidence.
 
 
+12 # Lolanne 2012-08-13 13:25
Quoting LetJusticeRoll:
Quoting Norma:
NO!! Obama does not deserve your vote after signing the NDAA act! VOTE for Gary Johnson!

I just looked up Gary Johnson, and found out he has privatized half the prisons in New Mexico. Any candidate who believes in privatization, especially of prisons with the potential for rampant abuse of the vulnerable, doesn't inspire my confidence.


And not only that, but there is not a snowball's chance in hell of a 3rd party candidate winning! A vote for any one of those 3rd party candidates, no matter how worthy they are, is a wasted vote -- the same as just throwing it away or not even bothering to vote at all.
 
 
+108 # WestWinds 2012-08-12 15:49
It amazes me how Americans will first vote for the very people who are doing this to them, then turn around and accept it with not even so much as a whimper. WHAT is wrong with America? Why aren't these people out in the streets protesting? Where is their OWS chapter/cell? Why aren't they telling the world what has happened to them, loud and long? Nothing changes if nothing changes!
 
 
+42 # CL38 2012-08-12 20:38
I've asked myself the same question so many times. I've from the 70's when people marched in huge numbers to stand up for themselves and what they believed in.

This is what we need today!
 
 
+22 # LetJusticeRoll 2012-08-13 06:01
Quoting WestWinds:
Why aren't these people out in the streets protesting? Why aren't they telling the world what has happened to them, loud and long? Nothing changes if nothing changes!

Yes, in fact, I was wondering why they are agreeing to train their replacements. They should band together and refuse, and this would probably get them some additional media attention too.
 
 
+10 # jwb110 2012-08-13 11:18
Quoting LetJusticeRoll:
Quoting WestWinds:
Why aren't these people out in the streets protesting? Why aren't they telling the world what has happened to them, loud and long? Nothing changes if nothing changes!

Yes, in fact, I was wondering why they are agreeing to train their replacements. They should band together and refuse, and this would probably get them some additional media attention too.

I am with you on this. If I were a Freeport worker the best I would do in training the overseas worker is teach them to do it wrong. The next step would be to sabotage as much of the
equipment being packed up as possible. It's better to live ten minutes as a lion than a lifetime as a lamb.
 
 
+5 # Lolanne 2012-08-13 13:28
Quoting jwb110:
Quoting LetJusticeRoll:
Quoting WestWinds:
Why aren't these people out in the streets protesting? Why aren't they telling the world what has happened to them, loud and long? Nothing changes if nothing changes!

Yes, in fact, I was wondering why they are agreeing to train their replacements. They should band together and refuse, and this would probably get them some additional media attention too.

I am with you on this. If I were a Freeport worker the best I would do in training the overseas worker is teach them to do it wrong. The next step would be to sabotage as much of the
equipment being packed up as possible. It's better to live ten minutes as a lion than a lifetime as a lamb.


I thought about both those options, jwb110. But my next thought was they these people cannot afford to refuse to train those guys. They are trying to get every penny of salary they can while they still can, trying to keep their health insurance as long as humanly possible. They know their future is bleak, and they're probably hoping for a last-minute miracle. We can't blame them for needing every penny they can rake in before the bitter end.
 
 
+6 # rockieball 2012-08-14 10:02
That's what I would have done. Said a big "F@$K YOU," and begin to picket the plant.
I might might some thumbs down here, but a question that was not asked of these people is "How did you vote in elections?" "Did you vote for Reagan or G.W. Bush?" "Did you vote for any Republicon or Tea Party candidate?" And last but not least "How often do you watch Fox News or listen to Rush?"
I would like to know their answers. I remember a quote (and remember China is a Communist country) by Lenin; "A Capitalist well sell you the gun that you can shoot him with and even show you how to use it."
 
 
+98 # VoiceofReason613 2012-08-12 15:50
Additional reasons to vote Democratic in 2012.

4. Republican legislators have voted against providing funds to save jobs of teachers, police officers, and fire fighters, providing unemployment benefits to long-time unemployed people, and providing medical benefits to 9/11 responders.

5. Republicans are generally in denial about the tremendous dangers from climate change, in spite of a very strong consensus in peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and statements by scientific academies all over the world that climate change is a major threat, largely caused by human activities, and the many wake-up calls we have been receiving in terms of severe storms, tornados, floods, heat waves, droughts, and wildfires,. Anyone who thinks that climate change is a hoax promoted by liberals should visit the website of the “Republicans for Environmental Protection.” (www.rep.org) . This conservative group was only able to endorse four percent of Republicans in the 2010 U.S. midterm elections because so many Republicans are in denial about climate change and other environmental threats. Paul Ryan is a climate denier and has a miserable record on the environment. Please check out
http://truth-out.org/news/item/10855-meet-paul-ryan-climate-denier-conspiracy-theorist-koch-acolyte


6. The Republican Party has moved far to the right under the influence of the Tea Party. There are very few moderate Republicans in Congress today.
 
 
+27 # CL38 2012-08-12 20:40
"The Republican Party has moved far to the right under the influence of the Tea Party.".....so far to the right that the GOP borders on fascism.
 
 
+16 # jky1291 2012-08-13 03:06
The "Republican Party" has been accelerating far beyond the fascist border for years. With this election they obviously intend to complete the full implementation of the Fourth Reich, ultimately with even more deadly consequences than their predecessors.
 
 
+6 # jwb110 2012-08-13 11:20
Quoting CL38:
"The Republican Party has moved far to the right under the influence of the Tea Party.".....so far to the right that the GOP borders on fascism.

The Radical RIght borders on Stalinism, not fascism. I was in Russia under the old regime. What is happening in the US looks just like what I saw there.
 
 
+70 # chrisconnolly 2012-08-12 15:53
And it is said that this election will be close. So close it will be stolen I fear. Romney and now Ryan want to gut the humanity out of our democracy. The rub is that there are unemployed, underemployed, and the middle class who will fall for the lies and vote for the republican sham of government small enough to fit into our bedrooms and doctor's offices yet still big enough to continue billion dollar subsidies and tax breaks to the ultra wealthy corporations. We the little people's only value anymore is to pay taxes so the 1% can all fulfill their greediest dreams of becoming a part of the .001%, no matter the cost to our society.
 
 
-30 # jpacord@yahoo.com 2012-08-12 15:54
The Republirats have chosen the least electable candidate, a vulture capitalist, and have now added a man who wants to dismantle SS and Medicare. Are they committing suicide? Screwing workers is not the path to the White House. Ron Paul, Rick Santorem, even Newt did not have the baggage of Mitt and John. Its all over until 2016. I'll write in Ron Paul and cry for my country.
 
 
+79 # dyannne 2012-08-12 16:25
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Romney, you fool.
 
 
-29 # Norma 2012-08-13 03:02
Quoting jpacord@yahoo.com:
I'll write in Ron Paul and cry for my country.
There is another candidate, His name is Gary Johnson! Check out his record as the New Mexico Governor. He will end the war and the Drug war!
 
 
+13 # OldRedleg 2012-08-13 09:08
Norma, with all due respects to your beliefs, any vote for a third party candidate in the current political system is, at best, a wasted vote, and at worst, a vote for the worst candidate who in this case is obviously Romney.

Until the third parties start showing that they can have candidates elected at the local level on a sustained basis, they are just wasting everyone's time, effort, and money.
 
 
+2 # David Heizer 2012-08-13 20:37
Quoting Norma:
Quoting jpacord@yahoo.com:
I'll write in Ron Paul and cry for my country.
There is another candidate, His name is Gary Johnson! Check out his record as the New Mexico Governor. He will end the war and the Drug war!

Membership in the Libertarian Party currently stands at a little over one-tenth of one percent of the electorate. Green Party membership is around two-tenths of one percent. With numbers like those, the idea of a third-party upset is an impossible fantasy.

Here in the real world, you have two and ONLY two options (for President, at least); no other alternative is even remotely possible. We absolutely WILL wind up with one of them for four years. Do you have a preference, or are two more arch-conservati ves on the SCOTUS further cementing the plutocracy's takeover for decades to come, the certainty of war with Iran, the evisceration of Medicare, and so much more that WILL come along with the Greater of Two Evils okay with you?

If you're cool with all that, then, by all means, vote for the third-party candidate of your dreams.
 
 
+1 # rockieball 2012-08-14 10:51
First part I give a thumbs up, but voting for Ron Ryan gets a thumbs down. No matter what he has said he seems to vote the party line every time.
 
 
+60 # ganymede 2012-08-12 16:03
I'm really beginning to understand why there's no chance that Romney will be our next president. Too many people know too much and the good people in Freeport along with millions of others who have lost jobs are going to make themselves heard.
 
 
+56 # Art947 2012-08-12 16:30
This article clearly shows that Romney's statement that the rich are "job creators" rings true, however, the jobs that they are creating are in China, Vietnam, Latin America, Africa, etc. NOT in the United States of America! As other commentators have said, when are Americans going to wake up and STOP voting against their best interests?
 
 
+28 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-12 18:37
It isn't just their own best interests that they are voting!! It's against the best interests of the country!

Pointing out that they are voting against their own interests doesn't faze them because they think they're being patriotic and protecting the country from socialism where undeserving people live off the work of others. They need to realize that they are voting against the US's interests.
 
 
+29 # CL38 2012-08-12 20:43
The irony here is the blue states support the red states -- and the red states always scream about "undeserving people living off the work of others"!!!???
 
 
+52 # Peaceman 2012-08-12 16:37
I grew up in Freeport. Folks always voted republican while I lived, there. I never did. Wonder if this will change there voting habits?
The republican party only cares about the rich and corporate America. Look who Rommey picked for VP. That's all you need to know.
 
 
+38 # drivensnow 2012-08-12 16:54
How many years of tax returns was Paul Ryan required to turn over to the Romney team ?? 2 ?? I doubt it


How many shares of Bain Capital does Romney still own ??
 
 
+51 # Astrid 2012-08-12 17:06
Romney did not leave Bain Capital in 1999. that is one of his many lies (which factcheck accepted without checking) but it is contradicted by his interviews and his wife's interviews at the time and by his SEC filings. Unless he falsified his SEC filings (a felony) he didn't leave until at least 2002. We all wonder what Bain did in that time period that he is so desperate to dissociate himself from.
 
 
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-12 19:24
He did not want to he saw the lights of Presidency and bailed...that is what he does...bail
 
 
+10 # sobeit19 2012-08-13 08:22
True, he left much later, but without his tax returns we will never know the extent of his greed
 
 
+42 # Ralph Averill 2012-08-12 17:33
Car parts for who?! GM? Chrysler? Toyota? Find that out and put the negative PR squeeze on them. If it is GM and/or Chrysler, who got bailed by US taxpayers, it should be shouted from the rooftops. Every Democrat running should be getting hoarse.
BTW, why is it the Guardian, a British journal, that always seems to break these stories? I know why. Just raising the issue.
 
 
+45 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-12 18:33
Good on you for raising that point that the Guardian in Great Britain seems to be the only media source that cares about this kind of thing. The American media doesn't give a hoot.
 
 
+21 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-12 19:25
Black out in America that is why this must get sent out one by one if people are to see it.
 
 
+11 # robniel 2012-08-13 06:40
Let the Bain traitors train the Chinese themselves.
 
 
+5 # drivensnow 2012-08-13 08:08
I think the Guardian breaks these stories because the US press knows that people are more concerned with who Kim Kardashian is boinking this week rather than corporations shipping jobs overseas.
 
 
+11 # sobeit19 2012-08-13 08:23
Because the majority of media here is owned by Rupert Murdock, as in fox news, we get what he wants us to get which is very little.. Small wonder we have to go to the British press to get the truth.. thank you bbc
 
 
+23 # soularddave 2012-08-12 18:30
Seems like Bain Capital has been manufacturing democrats since their beginning. Nothing like losing one's employment to force everything into perspective.

What's more important to Americans than Security and opportunity? For years and years, that's what America stood for. Why are we letting "them" take that away from us? Figure out who "them" is, and vote against "them".
 
 
+10 # jky1291 2012-08-13 03:19
When is doubt vote against the high priced campaign, because those candidates are usually owned by the wealthy, special interests, and multinational corporations in order to afford that campaign.
 
 
+27 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-12 18:42
One of the slogans of the Mexican movement against the fraudulent election of Peña Nieto is "El pueblo callado jamas sera escuchado." Which translates "People who remain silent will never be paid attention to."

That sentiment applies to the people in Freeport. They need to speak up loudly and clearly.
 
 
+31 # pbbrodie 2012-08-12 18:47
Thank goodness for the Guardian. Without them, 90% of the crap going on here would simply go unreported. The corporate owned US news media sure won't report any of it.
 
 
+14 # vgirl1 2012-08-12 19:04
I hope these workers will be willing to tell their story and what the Bain, Romney started, on-going legacy means to them and their families.

America needs to know that what Romney initiated in the company he started continues today.
 
 
+19 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-12 19:28
Why wasn't anyone upset about dismantiling jobs under ReaGun, Bush Sr, Clinton, Bush Jr? This just didn't start happening
Send this story to your Legislatures, Diane Sawyer, Letterman but get it out in the Public. Ask local papers and news why they do not keep you up on the News.

But You can make difference, get this out in front of everyone you know, then some.
 
 
+27 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-12 19:32
Illinois, you watched when the East lost the Manufacturing jobs. Bet you bought at Walmart. What did you expect while you voted Republican?
Get your story out in the USA, OHIO, VA, PA, CALIF...You are angry now, than start a protest, get in front of everyone.

Call Diane Sawyer so she asks our Car Company's Why Not American Parts?

I am unemployed and I fought Republicans for too many years...no one marched with me. Get those walking shoes on now, we want to hear your anger...
 
 
+15 # Eliza D 2012-08-12 20:07
Romney is part of the new political elite who mouth pleasant sound bites while hiding utter contempt behind his mirthless smile for those who don't know how to play the game. Of course creating jobs is a fairy tale told to citizens he and his ilk think of as children. Until we teach our children to read news instead of watching TV, write letters instead of playing video games, we will be stuck with these kinds of soulless automatons running for public office. Most people unquestioningly accept the pablum we are fed by mainstream media. Surely we could take fifteen minutes each evening to read quality news, watch a senate hearing, etc., with our children. My family and I do. At first it was hard, but everyone enjoys having topics of substance to discuss now.
 
 
+26 # coach777b 2012-08-12 20:46
My heart bleeds for the people of Freeport. What needs to be asked however is " How many citizens of this doomed town are registered Republicans and how many are still willing to vote Republican just to get that Black man out of their White House?" How many are TeaParty or Birther members. Voting against thir own best interests only plays into the hands of the 1%.
 
 
+11 # MidwestTom 2012-08-12 21:21
I do not know what auto parts Sensata made, but I can guarantee you that if a Chinese company made an identical part and both Sensata and the Chinese Company sold their parts at Auto Zone, ninety percent of the people reading this would buy the Chinese part if it was less expensive. The coming years are going to be really tough on the average unskilled American worker. The times will appear to be even tougher if the government continues to enrich the bankers, because the difference in income will magnify. The educated and the skilled will not keep up with the bankers, but they will do better than the unskilled.
 
 
+13 # Rascalndear 2012-08-13 00:44
People should have refused to train their counterparts... . but divide and conquer has always been the way of those in power... If they had all threatened to simply quit or go on strike when this started, there might have been a different ending. Solidarity is strength.
 
 
+7 # sobeit19 2012-08-13 08:20
So the GOP see the future of America as unemployed, homeless, sick..
 
 
+9 # BeaDeeBunker 2012-08-13 13:12
Just finished reading all the comments and my first conclusion is that we are the brightest, most well informed, common sense commentators in cyberspace!

Socrates said, "Know thyself."
George Santayana (1863-1952) said, "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it." But, Santayana was just paraphrasing something that the great Edmund Burke (1729-1797) said much earlier, and is among his many famous and important quotes, which are so relevant today.
Burke said, "Those who do not know history are destined to repeat it."
He said, "In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority."
He said, "All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing."

All these quotes came to mind while reading about Bain, Romney and job creation.
It is so blatantly true that when Romney says he creates jobs, he means he creates jobs overseas, but no one calls him on it.
It is so true that being forced to train your replacement is the height of degradation. But, this practice was started by Cheney/Bush in Iraq and the privatizing of the Army, where enlisted soldiers making no $ had to train contractors, making loads of $, the result being waste, corruption, fraud and murder.
Lastly, Bette Davis said, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."
SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER!
 
 
+1 # kentuckywoman2 2012-08-16 01:22
There should be a law against outsourcing American jobs....I see it as a form of treason, because those that outsource are choosing another country and citizens of another country over their OWN....how can this NOT be treason?
 

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