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Romney didn’t save the Olympics

There’s a lot of hype about Willard Mitt Romney’s role in saving the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics; Mittens of course is trying to showcase his position of “savior” of the games as a natural springboard to the Presidency, but I’m not sure there’s a lot of bobsledding or downhill skiing competitions scheduled through the Oval Office.

Of course Mitten didn’t handle the scheduling of events, or the producing of the opening or closing exercises, or the choice of venues for the events, anymore than he sold concessions, so, what exactly did Romney do?

Romney was asked to step in as a titular head of the committee after his predecessors had been caught in a scandal of providing money and hookers to the Internal Olympic Committee to help sweeten the deal of choosing Salt Lake City. They needed someone who looked squeaky clean in a business suit, and they picked a millionaire businessman, with perfect hair and a Pepsodent smile. Let’s be serious, he made business decisions; he didn’t “save the Olympics”.

As far as his role there preparing him for being President, really? That’s like saying Coach Smith at the local high school set up a great track meet he should be the mayor; or Joe Jones, owner of the local tire store, helped setup advertising for the state basketball tournament he’d make a great governor. Since when does running the business end of a sporting event qualify someone for being President? The short and long answer is it doesn’t, any more than Mittens time as a pirate at Bain Capital has. It’s all resume padding.

Mittens has exaggerated his spot as the head of the Salt Lake Olympics, just like his claim that he was a “severe conservative” governor, or that he was a job creator. One thing’s absolutely clear about Romney; he may not be very good at hyping his career, but he’s good at trying to sell stuff; the key operating word being “trying”.

What’s truly amazing is how Romney can be showered with wonderful accolades for having saved a sporting event, but conservatives won’t give the President any credit for having gotten Bin Laden?

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Mittens likes to fire people

Wow, really? According to the Associated Press (AP) Republican Tea Party (GOTP) guess we’re stuck with him front-runner Mittens Romney has declared, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me”. What do you know about that, finally something truthful has fallen out of Romney’s lips.

Of course it wasn’t long before rivals shot at him, “Gov. Romney enjoys firing people. I enjoy creating jobs,” said former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

But not to be out done, the Reverend Ricky Perry posted a ringtone to his campaign website that consisted of Mittens mewing, “I like being able to fire people,” over and over.

Romney’s remark about firing people was the second jarring moment for the front-runner in the span of less than 24 hours.

On Sunday afternoon, the millionaire businessman told an audience that he understood the fear of being laid off, adding, “There were a couple of times when I was worried I was going to get pink-slipped.” His aides refused to provide details, but that’s not surprising because there were no details to provide; Romney has never been, nor will he ever be someone who had to worry about losing his job.

Romney has repeatedly attempted to tout his career in business as the core credential of his candidacy, saying over-and-over his firm, Bain Capital, created 100,000 jobs as it started some firms while taking over, remaking and then spinning off others.

Newton Leroy Gingrich however disputed Mittens oft repeated claim saying that Bain Capital “apparently looted the companies, left people totally unemployed and walked off with millions of dollars.”

Perry has also been attacking Romney’s so-called business “sense”.

“If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina to tell you he feels your pain. Because he caused it,” he said.

“I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips – whether he’d have enough of them to hand out.”

As proof of his criticism the Reverend cited Holson Burns Group Inc. of Gaffney, S.C., where he said 150 workers who made photo albums lost their jobs. “They looted that company,” Perry said, referring to Bain Capital.

Romney is not one of us, he was born with a silver foot in his mouth and one day he’ll die with the same foot firmly planted there; he’s never created any jobs but has decimated more than one company; his knowledge of how to create jobs might fill the proverbial thimble, while his knowledge of firing people would fill volumes.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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