Romney’s Bain-Based Solution to Greece

By: Monday September 17, 2012 4:16 pm

I’ve been surprised by Mitt Romney’s forays into foreign affairs. Thus far, he’s done little but parrot tired GOP talking points, that have been used by candidates and pundits for ages. What’s missing is Romney’s personal touch. What’s missing is a foreign policy that draws on his strengths and builds on his own experiences of the world. Imagine the foreign policy approach that the founder of Bain Capital would bring to a situation like Greece…


Fatster’s News Roundup from August 6, 2012

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:15 am

Fatsters rounds up news articles from around the globe, includin stories about drone srikes in Pakistan, bombing Red Cross, Spanish purges, Afghanistan, IDF s Gaza, Greek immigrants, Iceland banks, Standard Chartered Bank laundry, Italy vs Germany, Bain, LIBOR suits, David Plouffe, and more.

Romney’s Latest Pay Day as Bain CEO Was Yesterday

By: Saturday July 21, 2012 9:00 am

Poor Mitt Romney.

It seems some of his old Bain compatriots are sharing their memories of Mitt’s departure with the Boston Globe. Spoiler alert: they’re not saying nice things.

Mitt may have gotten a fat final pay check as he left Bain (whenever that officially happened), but his work there is still paying him dividends. Or, as his old pals may be calling it, a bit of payback.

David Brooks Thinks that Romney and Bain Are About Efficiency

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:10 pm

Brooks is certainly right that Romney is not a heroic entrepreneur, but it doesn’t follow that he is necessarily an efficiency expert either. The private equity folks like to tell stories of how they find poorly managed companies, clean them up, and then sell them for a big profit.

Bain Must Now Produce Its CEO from 1999 to 2002

By: Monday July 16, 2012 5:30 pm

If, as claimed by both Bain and Mitt Romney (separately, ha-ha) he was not, as attested in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Chief Executive Officer, the President, the Chairman of the Board, the managing director and the sole stockholder, then who was? Bain (and Romney) must produce this shy, disinclined-to-sign person who allowed someone to sign in his stead for three years while, in fact, he was in charge.

Après Bain, le déluge

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 10:00 am

There is a part of me that wishes that the drip drip drip of tales of Mitt Romney’s American Workers Trail of Tears for had started trickling out after the late August Republican nominating convention because . . .

AP Report: Romney Keeps “Mystery” Piggy Bank in Bermuda

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 3:25 pm

Oh, my. Those folks over at AP just won’t leave poor rich Mitt alone. Now they’re reporting that Mr. Romney (or is it Mrs. Romney?) has a “mystery” account that he/she keeps hidden from federal scrutiny and public disclosure by parking it in Bermuda, you know, just what you would do if you’re running for President.

Why the Bain Issue Matters

By: Friday May 25, 2012 4:07 pm

When President Obama used Mitt Romney’s controversial experience at Bain Capital to question whether Romney has any experience or life lessons relevant to a President’s responsibilities, he hit a chord that resonated among many who view Mitt Romney as little more than a corporate looter, or at best an amoral opportunist whose successful pursuit of profit made him largely indifferent to the social and economic consequences of his schemes and methods.

At the very least, the President was undoubtedly correct to ask whether the skills and motivations one would exhibit as a successful manager of leveraged buyouts are those we want to see in a President.

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