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Romney's Company Forces U.S. Flag to Be Lowered in Illinois

It took place as Chinese workers replaced U.S. workers losing their jobs.

Chinese flag replacing US flag
Courtesy: Politico

(WASHINGTON DC) - (Link to follow up story posted below) If Mitt Romney is elected president, the American flag itself may actually be restricted from flying in the United States. That word comes from employees losing their jobs in Freeport, Illinois.

The Presidential Candidate holds major stock in a company called Sensata. The company recently made factory officials take down the American flag when they were forced to train their Chinese replacement workers, according to Tom Gaulrapp, with the United Steelworkers Union.

Right now in Freeport, Illinois, some 170 workers at an auto sensor plant are sleeping in tents to protest Bain-owned Sensata Technology’s decision to ship their jobs to China.

Romney claims he knows nothing about this.

But the New York Times explains: “[Mitt Romney] owns about $8 million worth of Bain funds that hold 51 percent of Sensata’s shares.  If Sensata saves money by closing the Freeport plant, that could add money to Mr. Romney’s trust accounts, now or after the election.”

This is taking place as Mitt Romney tries to convince people to believe that he doesn’t know about Bain's shipping American jobs overseas.

He is trying to place distance between himself and Bain Capital, a pioneer of outsourcing where Romney made a fortune as CEO.

Another employee losing her job, Mary Jo Kerr, is a young mom of three. She's heartbroken because she can’t afford dance lessons for her daughter.

Another is Dot Turner, so close to retirement, but will not receive it. Instead Dot will get just 26 weeks’ severance for 43 years of work in the plant.

Watch and share the Sensata workers’ story at www.usw.org/election2012.

Follow up report: China Syndrome: Could Romney be The Manchurian Candidate? - Tim King Salem-News.com

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Bulliver October 28, 2012 1:57 pm (Pacific time)

You people all know Romney Loves this country. He will Love to cut it up into smaller part and sell it to China.

hexx01 October 27, 2012 12:17 pm (Pacific time)

If Romney has no knowlege he was selling out his country for a buck, how did he become so wealthy? should this guy really be considered for the highest office in the land?

MRSjavinbur October 19, 2012 3:27 pm (Pacific time)

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October 18, 2012 10:11 am (Pacific time)

As per 10/18/12 (10:00 AM EST): GALLUP: R 52% O 45%-- http://www.gallup.com/poll/157817/election-2012-likely-voters-trial-heat-obama-romney.aspx

Anonymous October 18, 2012 10:11 am (Pacific time)

As per 10/18/12 (10:00 AM EST): GALLUP: R 52% O 45%-- http://www.gallup.com/poll/157817/election-2012-likely-voters-trial-heat-obama-romney.aspx

MRjimvinbur at T0UT October 17, 2012 11:06 am (Pacific time)

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Swami October 16, 2012 3:18 pm (Pacific time)

I'm very concerned that Obama is doing this. That's shameful. Doesn't Obama have any respect for American workers? Is he just Keystoning them again? What's worse, there are some vile filth out there actually trying to pin this on Romney- as if this wasn't fully controlled by Obama and his cronies.

Anonymous October 16, 2012 1:08 pm (Pacific time)

What a bunch of crap. Romney is history and all these clowns are going to jail.

Ernesto October 16, 2012 7:07 am (Pacific time)

Instead of partisan propaganda, how about some documented facts? "Liberal lies and hysteria try to tie Mitt Romney to Sensata closure. FACT: The key people running Bain Capital Investors are Joshua Bekenstein, John Connaughton, Paul Edgerly, Mark Nunnelly, Stephen Pagliuca, Jordan Hitch and Matthew Levin. It seems that the majority of these ‘key people’, who make decisions like closing Sensata, are Democrats who support Obama. In 2008, Bekenstein gave over $200,000 to help Democrats get elected. He and his wife are listed as one of the Top Individual Contributors on OpenSecrets.org. In 2010, Stephen Pagliuca ran against Martha Coakley in the Democratic primary for the special Senate seat election, the election that Scott Brown won. In 2008, Jordan Hitch gave money to both the Obama campaign and to the Romney campaign. In 2008, Mark Nunnelly gave thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates across the country, including Harry Reid. In 2012, Matt Levin spoke at the Democratic National Convention. He also donates frequently to Democrats..." http://www.examiner.com/article/liberal-lies-and- hysteria-try-to-tie-mitt-romney-to-sensata-closure

EDWARD PURSEY October 14, 2012 2:15 pm (Pacific time)

ROMNEY IS THE PROBLEM NOT THE SOLUTION.... WE at TRANE also trained chinese personell, for plants in china as our plant was dismanteld and broke up into pieces....t7nfn

Fox October 15, 2012 12:26 am (Pacific time)

@Anonymous: Do you honestly think that a "Job Creator" will simply stop creating jobs if there are customers for their product or service? To do so is business suicide. Getting a bit annoyed with idiot right-wingers thinking that people will only create jobs if they're appeased by their government and given federal welfare. Jobs are created when business is created, business is created when people have money to spend. More jobs equals more revenue(Taxes), more revenue equals a more likely boost to the federal coffers, which in turn pays off our debts faster. Jobs aren't created without customers, to create jobs without customers is incredibly bad business sense, it's like having 20 people on the checkstands during the night shift, you're just throwing money away. So creating jobs without customers is bad business sense, and NOT creating new jobs when you do have the customers(Which in turn makes sure that you can't keep up with your competition) is bad business sense as well. Maybe it's about time we let those businesses do that. Let's let the businesses make bad business decisions, instead of trying to cater to them(Shortsighted, only going to "Solve" the problem for a few weeks at best), let's let them fail, and let their competition step in to do it better.

Anonymous October 14, 2012 10:58 pm (Pacific time)

Romney doesn't hold 51% sensata, Bain Capital does, that being said, he is a major shareholder at Bain, and as money savvy as he is, he knows exactly what his money is doing and he has a say in what it does. If he really wanted to do the right thing he'd use his influence to keep American jobs, he's trying to become president, on the platform that big business is good for America, when he's a major shareholder in a company that specialized in shipping jobs overseas!

Anonymous October 14, 2012 6:05 pm (Pacific time)

CaliforniaBear, maybe you have not been keeping up with the economic situation in California? It is spiraling downwards quicker every day...you notice the towns claiming bankruptcy there? So after 4 years of literally a major con job from Obama, you want him to continue the same incompetence? Pretty soon we will not be able to pick up the tab for his wife's rather expensive vacations, but then maybe that's what you want? Anarchy? Because if he is re-elected, job creators will simply stop, and businesses sitting on a pile of money will continue sitting on it,they will not hire to a significant degree. Unemployment is going up, and if you think the drop to 7.8% was anything other than an election ploy, then you are soaked in the Koolaid. You need a supply and demand scenario to get the economy moving, and increasing taxes/fees from the feds and states will just stop all growth. Democrats have no idea what's going on, and this site will not have local advertisers, so I guess you want advertisers from overseas? Who would they be?

Lindsey Ann Lewis October 14, 2012 3:32 pm (Pacific time)

If this ever happened to me and I was told to train my replacement from China, I would be THE meanest and racist bitch in the world, not to mention I'd train him or her how to botch the job. I would look like the biggest bully in the world, and I would be proud of it.

CaliforniaBear October 14, 2012 1:19 pm (Pacific time)

Hey Fiehawk, The West Coast is responsible for keeping the economy afloat. Without us this country would be another broke 3rd world hellhole. California is the WORLD's 8th LARGEST economy. We know what's up, get your act together and start pulling your weight, instead of rooting for another rich, entitled asshole, who you are too dumb to see is a liar and a bum.

Editor: That was downright invigorating! 

Ex-Patriate October 14, 2012 1:08 pm (Pacific time)

Romney isn't going to win, 'nuff said.

Anonymous October 14, 2012 12:23 pm (Pacific time)

The following funds have entrusted some $1.56 billion to Bain (Please notice these are mainly public employee unions): * * Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund ($2.2 million) * * Indiana Public Retirement System ($39.3 million) * * Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System ($177.1 million) * * The Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System ($19.5 million) * * Maryland State Retirement and Pension System ($117.5 million) * * Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada ($20.3 million) * * State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio ($767.3 million) * * Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System ($231.5 million) * * Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island ($25 million) * * San Diego County Employees Retirement Association ($23.5 million) * * Teacher Retirement System of Texas ($122.5 million) * Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System ($15 million)//http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/look_who_parks_their_cash_at_bain_88KSQrw8BXciEidja2ZQXN

dave October 14, 2012 10:14 am (Pacific time)

So , how is Romney responsible for what Bain does 12 years after he left it, and Obama is not responsible at all the years of failed economic policy ? And , for the Union to try to use this FOR Obama is ridiculous ... just what has Obama and the Dems in control of the House and the Senate for the past yrs done to stop this ? It started in 2012 ... And what of the fact , the leading Bain controllers are Democrats ? The key people running Bain Capital Investors are Joshua Bekenstein, John Connaughton, Paul Edgerly, Mark Nunnelly, Stephen Pagliuca, Jordan Hitch and Matthew Levin. It seems that the majority of these ‘key people’, who make decisions like closing Sensata, are Democrats who support Obama. a vote for Barry is a vote in favor of the folks actually DOING this ...

Ernesto October 14, 2012 10:13 am (Pacific time)

Most of you simply are referencing demo talking points, and not addressing the primary concerns, and that is Obama's record (of failures both domestic and foreign: high unemployment and our embassies under attack all over the world), while Governor Romney has had a successful business life, he has created and saved jobs from companies that were about to fail where all would have been lost. He also passed important legislation while working with a majority democratic legislature. So who has the background we need to get the economy moving if it was a race that neither Obama nor Romney had served in office? No brainer, then couple that with Obama's record and the Senate President, Harry Reid, also a Mormon, who has not had a budget for nearly four years. At least Romney/Ryan are putting something out there to discuss. As far as outsourcing jobs, it is Obama who leads that by miles, and over the decades it has been onerous tax policies by the dems who have caused many of our corporations to go overseas. Just compare our corporate tax rates with any other country of trading significance to verify that liability we have in trade. We need a change, a significant one, so I suggest you see how Obama and crew are trying to distract you with BS, while ignoring their record. Keep your eyes on the ball. Obama has been good at hitting the golfball alot, and shooting the basketball a lot. When our people were being killed in Libya he was partying in Las Vegas. Yeah he spikes the ball when our warriors kill the enemy, now our enemies want revenge for that spiking. THINK. This not a ballgame where your rooting for you team, this serious business folks.

mactexas October 14, 2012 9:38 am (Pacific time)

Stories and photos like this are not helping any thing. There are 11 Sensata plants. 5 in China, 2 in the U.S. and the others in various S. American and European Countries. That is bad enough without your paper having to make up an incorrect photo caption.

Anonymous October 14, 2012 8:25 am (Pacific time)

A factory in China is flying Chinese flag while Chinese workers are being trained. Well, I'm convinced. This should automatically make Obama president for life and Romney must now recite "100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" every second tuesday of each month for three hours nonstop.

Par10 October 13, 2012 9:12 pm (Pacific time)

For those who can't read, the building is in China. You call this News? Who is your fact checker? Eric Holder? You should be ashamed for taking advantage of these stupid, Kool-Aid drinking liberal here. I don't like Romney but I'm not going to make up stories because of it.

MRjimvinbur at T0UT October 13, 2012 8:47 pm (Pacific time)

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Mitchell October 13, 2012 8:39 pm (Pacific time)

Mr. Editor, any journalistic credibility you had was just flushed down the drain by including what is obviously not the Sensata building in Freeport, IL. Google Earth is a wonderful tool and a careful examination of the building on Google Earth will bear this out. Plus, as another poster has said, Romney owns $8 million in stocks in a company worth billions. What exactly is he supposed to do? Wouldn't it be more logical to ask the President of the U.S. for help, since it is his and his party's economic policies that led to the layoffs in the first place? Your use of deception in an article savaging Mitt Romney, the man, is just another sad example of a liberal press desperate to convince the people that the shackles the government will place them in will rest upon them lightly. I can assure you, they will not.

El Ronbo October 13, 2012 7:31 pm (Pacific time)

I'm sick and tired of this silly nationalism and symbolism - ZOMG, a flag! I'm also sick of blaming specific firms for what are general economic trends: jobs move to where they can be done cheapest, and for many manufacturing jobs that means China. Yes, we know Romney's approach is terrible, because we already tried it under Bush. But stop whining that Bain is moving these jobs to China - we're higher up the cost chain, so if we want jobs, we need to be higher up the value chain. Doing that requires education (especially for workers in industries that are vanishing), removing barriers to labor market flexibility (start with solving underwater mortgages and a health care system that both serve to keep people in lousy jobs and lousy job markets). Oh boo hoo, dance lessons. Please. Can we have an adult discussion that doesn't run around laying blame for inexorable global trends, or get upset about which piece of cloth hang from a flagpole, but instead discusses the real underlying causes. And starts educating people about real potential solutions. Then maybe the candidates would engage in real policy discussions.

Sue October 13, 2012 5:49 pm (Pacific time)

You have a really big heart, Anonymous. She was retirement age and couldn't go out and get another job and counted on her retirement pay after 43 years of service to this company. Now, she gets two years severance pay and what after that is she supposed to do? Maybe she could stand on the corner and sell pencils to buy enough food for one day before she goes and crawls under the bridge to live? I hope this doesn't happen to you or your spouse, but if it does, think about Dot.

Brendan October 13, 2012 5:36 pm (Pacific time)

Jesus Herman Christ. I direct this to commenters on both the left and right: your command of the English language is f*cking terrible.

Anonymous October 13, 2012 4:28 pm (Pacific time)

I feel for people that loose their job unexpectedly, but don't state it like Dot never received anything for her 43 years of work. She agreed to work for that company for a paycheck until her services were no longer required. I guarantee you that the 26 weeks of severance "which is pay for doing nothing" is not required by law and was paid only to help the now former employees out until they find another job.

Anonymous October 13, 2012 3:42 pm (Pacific time)

dirk durbin will be in bainport on tuesday. Al sharpton next saturday. If you in the area please show up on tuesay, media day

VietnamVet October 13, 2012 2:44 pm (Pacific time)

Where's Mitt?? We need him to provide a response to this projected takeover. Oh, I forgot, Mitt doesn't cares about the 47%

WeHaveSpoken October 13, 2012 3:20 pm (Pacific time)

There are more American who are born in the USA who abuse the system than The Mexicans or any foreign ethics. It is proven statistic. At least the Mexican work their ass off and obvious makes more sacrifice in their lives than any American , other wise they wouldn't be bothering coming here, we take advantage what we have and we don't appreciate it in any way but complain about it

TooManyJens October 13, 2012 3:17 pm (Pacific time)

I'm very anti-Romney, but to think that he will force people to take down the flag if he's President is stupid. This is like the people who were sure Obama was going to take away their guns and Bibles. Let's stick to real reasons to oppose Romney -- it's not like there's a shortage!

armyvet October 13, 2012 3:16 pm (Pacific time)

Anonymous, your ideas are marlarky!! You need to take accounting. Businesses get more tax breaks than individuals in the US. What will happen when Americans stop buying products made in China.

Donita October 13, 2012 3:14 pm (Pacific time)

Lets get this Right. The lady who worked there for 43 years, has worked 13 years longer and should had Collect her pension and retired. The article says 43 years. They owe her pension with 6 month severance pay. Where is the Union when you need them. You should had Retired 13 years ago. It is obvious her retirement money was used to pack and ship this china company back to China. Sue their ass off before they leave.

Armyvet October 13, 2012 3:12 pm (Pacific time)

This is America! Mitt needs to speak up about sensata and outsourcing American jobs to China!!

ArmyVet October 13, 2012 3:09 pm (Pacific time)

Where's Mitt? Hiding and partying with the 1%

Anonymous October 13, 2012 3:04 pm (Pacific time)

Many China and Japanese companies including toyato in the US has their language written on the outside signs. So it could had created a confusion delusion

Donita October 13, 2012 3:01 pm (Pacific time)

Although the Photo shows a building and flag of China located in China, this same company is in Il. but the company owed and is operate by china . It is % -----share stock by Bain Company in financial management of the company,. I am looking for the actual data to show you the percentage of ownership of Bain and possible Mitty

Denise October 13, 2012 2:35 pm (Pacific time)

Reading some of these comments hate or ignorance can justify just about anything! #teamAmerica

LIBERALS ARE MORONS October 13, 2012 2:23 pm (Pacific time)


GoogleStreetView October 13, 2012 2:19 pm (Pacific time)

The picture was taken IN CHINA. I'm truly ashamed to live in the same country as some of you people.

Anonymous October 13, 2012 2:09 pm (Pacific time)

Some of you people are a joke... You are totally anti-corporation and then gets snarky when they leave to set-up shop in other nations. You protester types can't have both sides... We have a worse corporate tax structure than China and some of the most regulations of any industrialized nation. Losing jobs... Of course we are gonna be losing jobs. Then you blame businesses for moving elsewhere? Guess what, this nation will continue to lose business in the next term if there isn't a regime change. Also, guess what, most employees in the US never get pensions... the article makes it sound like it was her God given right. Then the other woman they cite, Mary Joe, that can't afford dance lessons??? Give me a break.

EMS October 13, 2012 1:50 pm (Pacific time)

To all those saying Romney barely owns any of this company - GET REAL. If it was Obama's blind trust, you all would be singing a very different tune, calling for impeachment for being a traitor. And you KNOW THAT.

J October 13, 2012 1:10 pm (Pacific time)

If this story is true,  this should just about do it for Mr. Romney.  Obviously this man lies when he says he is "for America."  I cannot imagine any one voting for him now other than the greed interest and idiots.

VietnamVet October 13, 2012 1:44 pm (Pacific time)

Where's Mitt?? We need him to provide a response to this projected takeover. Oh, I forgot, Mitt doesn't cares about the 47%

Mike H October 13, 2012 11:44 am (Pacific time)

Wait. I am an SEC lawyer. Unless you can show his $8 mn investment in Bain gives him the power to control Bain -- which he no longer does-- your logic is like blaming the President for 911 since the then President had a massive intelligence failure. But keep repeating the lie, some people will believe it.

fiehawk October 13, 2012 12:54 pm (Pacific time)

Ya all been drinkin the Obama Kool aid.What is the problem with the whole west coast of the USA.

Anonymous October 13, 2012 12:01 pm (Pacific time)

Here is the picture
facebook. com/photo.php?fbid=435009059868112andset=a.265725813463105.55974.265719336797086andtype=1andrelevant_thecount=1andref=nf

Editor: Thanks both of the last commenters for these links to the Chinese flag flying high.  I think I  will get another piece out showing this, good work.


Anonymous October 13, 2012 11:58 am (Pacific time)

Here is the picture https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=435009059868112andset=a.265725813463105.55974.265719336797086andtype=1andrelevant_count=1andref=nf

Kris O October 13, 2012 11:43 am (Pacific time)


Kirk Lammert October 13, 2012 10:48 am (Pacific time)

Yo folks... NOWHERE in this story is it stated that the Chinese flag was flown, just that the American flag was forced to be lowered (which is 100% despicable in its own right). Get your facts straight before commenting.

Tim October 13, 2012 10:24 am (Pacific time)

Well where are the pictures of this supposed Chinese flag flying in America? Should be easy to get, right?

Anonymous October 13, 2012 9:50 am (Pacific time)

If you oppose offshoring of jobs, then support tariffs. The People's Tariff Front peoplestarifffront.blogspot.com

Anonymous October 13, 2012 9:47 am (Pacific time)

Hey, if you don't like offshoring, then support tariffs. The People's Tariff Front http://peoplestarifffront.blogspot.com/

Vietnam Marine October 13, 2012 8:59 am (Pacific time)

If you fly another nations flag over this soil you are a asking for a response, i only hope for the sake of all the idiots involved it is not so.

Bob Petters October 13, 2012 8:32 am (Pacific time)

If Romney doesn't agree with what happens with Bain owned companies then he should divest himself of all Bain holdings. Otherwise he is fair game for anything Bain, his brainchild, does. The man is running for President and should be 100% for American workers. I bet that woman who worked for Sensata Technology for 43 years and was about to retire and get her retirement (but instead got only 26 weeks of pay) won't be voting for this ass.

Anonymous October 13, 2012 8:30 am (Pacific time)

PAR10 as we both know, the leftists are very unsuccessful and very unhappy creatures. Facts simply get in the way or them. If Obama wins, they will soon find out that it is the "useful idiots" that are put down right away because they are easily manipulated and provide a future danger for them. Lemmings, look at their DNA imprinting...Darwin certainly recognized that the species that went extinct were because they could not adapt to their environment. Those who become dependent on government handouts are doomed, a good thing, actually.

Chinese Workers 99 Cents an Hour-Woo October 13, 2012 8:24 am (Pacific time)

And bringing in Chinese people for the workers to train? This is almost impossible to believe! Why doesn't Romney address this? They have asked him to comment. His silence speaks very loud.

Sulphurdunn October 13, 2012 8:14 am (Pacific time)

Standards for presidential candiates are forever being lowered. Mitt Romney is the first actual parasite to run for the office

ArmyVet October 13, 2012 8:01 am (Pacific time)

this shows his hatred for the 47%. americans we need to stand againt MITT and his plan to destroy our country We are not China and its flags doesn't belong on our soil.

Yes on 64 October 13, 2012 8:01 am (Pacific time)

Yeah, 11 years after Willard left Bain but...birds of a feather flock together!

lucy October 13, 2012 6:16 am (Pacific time)

hey Par10 did you know that Staples is going under? No I didn't think sol Face it your canidate sucks and since you are so good at math, how is it that it took the repubs all this time and mitt is the best you all could come up with?

JT October 13, 2012 6:09 am (Pacific time)

Also, to the guy saying illegals put flags up . . . they don't do that. I live in Texas, the schools put up flags of their choosing. Children do not get into schools just because they are a child. There are Mexican flags up, because there are legal Mexican immigrants (most of them actually). Heck, George W. Romney, Mitt's father, was born in Mexico. Also, you need to learn proper ENGLISH. For a guy that seems racist, you seem to not do so well with the thing you talk up. My Mexican-born boss writes better English than you do. Oh yeah, I have a job, probably make more than your uneducated self. Also, I hope Romney gets elected so you get to pay more taxes. Yeah, I said that, because that's what Romney plans to do. What did he say at the debates? Keep tax rates the same, but eliminate deductions. You have the same amount taken out of your paycheck each time, but now your end-of-year return is smaller, or you pay the IRS more. Maybe you guys should have went with Jon Huntsman, a guy that voluntarily joined the military (not like the anti-American draft dodging Romney).

JT October 13, 2012 6:06 am (Pacific time)

Bain Capital may have helped with the creation of Staples through investments. I could ask where did Bain Capital get the $31 million in initial funds for their own company? Probably handed to them by friends and family (investing in another company with money given to you is not all that great). Also, what about all the other companies that went under while Romney was active CEO? One study shows 17 out of 77 deals had the company go bankrupt, or 22% failure rate. One of the biggest downfalls of Bain Capital was KB (Kay Bee) Toys. Bain bought them in 2000, when they were a very successful company. Since then, it went downhill, until the bankruptcy in 2004, then demise in 2009. Mitt Romney and Bain Capital are extremely good at what they do. Buying and investing for a extremely quick profit, regardless of what that entails. If it makes them a profit to buy a company and harvest it, they will do it. If it's profitable to send it all overseas, they will do it. That's not what I want, and that's not what American wants.

Rebecca Fransway October 13, 2012 5:10 am (Pacific time)

When is enough enough? Really. One can only live in one house at a time, drive one car at a time, eat so much food. Yes, its always nice to have a lot, but come on--this is pure greed. Sending jobs overseas so you can squeeze out the last drop of juice for yourself when you've got gallons that will last into eternity right at your feet! Assholes! Greedsters! There, I feel better.

Paul R Laubhan October 13, 2012 1:57 am (Pacific time)

To Mr Anonymous. I don't know who pays you to do what, but I would like to make one salient point about your hero, and in all likelihood boss, Mitt Money. Mitt. What the Hell kind of name is that for a man? The point is, a lot of very evil people have done a smack of good to trick their people into a political stupor until it was too late. Since you obviously have an answer for everything, riddle me this, Batman. Would you call Adolf Hitler's building of the Autobahn, employing thousands of people and helping the German economy imeasurably(and provided the Wehrmacht with the means to move troops faster than any army in history) was a good political, or military move. Define it in simple terms, since your complex thoughts are difficult to follow.

DJ: According to Wikipedia: His parents named him after a family friend, businessman J. Willard Marriott, and his father's cousin, Milton "Mitt" Romney, a former quarterback for the Chicago Bears.

Par10 October 12, 2012 11:05 pm (Pacific time)

This is pathetic. Bain is worth $66,000,000,000 Romney owns 0.0121% of that. Bain owns 80 companies including 51% of Sensata That means that Romney owns 0.00618% of Sensata through a blind trust (about $333,000 out of a $5.4B market cap) You really think that Romney called them up and made them put up the Chinese flag? Give me a fucking break. Bain also provided start up money for Staples which has 90,000 employees. Romney was on the board of directors for 15 years. Why aren't you posting that those 90,000 people have a job because of Romney?

Timothy October 12, 2012 10:41 pm (Pacific time)

Romney's blind trust isn't really blind. We know it is heavily invested in his baby Bain, and not actually blind, since his personal attorney controls the trust, and lawyer-client confidentially keeps the lawyer quiet - yeah, yeah, we know, his lawyer wouldn't risk disbarrment - everyone has there price - everyone.

JB October 12, 2012 9:05 pm (Pacific time)

Hey, anonymous, not only should you do research before you type, but unless you make $250,000 (Mitt's "middle income", remember?) or more a year, you better get ready to live in squalor when Mitt "51% owner of Sensata and shipping jobs to China" Romney ends your way of life as you know it.

mary October 12, 2012 7:21 pm (Pacific time)

wacka wacka wackca wacka. Did you know Ed Schultz shot his own hunting dog?

K October 12, 2012 3:13 pm (Pacific time)

Anonymous, you do realize that the employee receives a pension as part of the monetary package don't you? In lieu of a higher pay rate, money is put into that pension package. That is money EARNED and OWED. It is not a freebie provided by the employer. Stay away from any financial contracts because you will definitely be in over your head. And dance classes for a child may mean the world. Do you also know that the Arts bring more income and revenue than any professional sports team? You should do some research before you decide to type.

Anonymous October 12, 2012 6:19 pm (Pacific time)

Know the facts as per registered ownership, blind trusts, etc. Just more political distractions from those who cannot debate facts and policies, so the thugs just make up stuff. The future of all unions was pretty well forcasted by what is happening in Wisconsin. And you union members will have more take home pay when the union bosses are in prison. Mass prosecutions begin next spring under a new Attorney General. In 2010, the Bain Capital-controlled Sensata Technologies bought Honeywell’s automotive onboard sensor business, . . . This is ["ELEVEN YEARS"] AFTER Romney left Bain Capital. J. Imelt (Obama’s job Czar) has become the poster child for Outsourcer in chief. And what about banning the light bulb in favor of hazardess made in China CFL. Pot meet Kettle. The real story is that the redistribution folks in this administration believe that Americans live too high on the hog, and that their wages need to be brought down to the same level as the third world countries. If wages can’t be reduced, then they should be punished by a global tax to redistribute what they earn to the other countries by the UN. The only decent jobs in the future are going to be those that cannot be outsourced or automated. Plumber, Electricians etc. Of course illegals are sucking up those jobs quickly...just go look at their union halls who care more about getting dues than seeing that citizens have jobs. Really happening, and no stealth involved, just no info getting out to the public...at this time.

Shydogs October 12, 2012 5:18 pm (Pacific time)

Anonymous who can't type properly = TROLL, maybe even paid by con "consulting" companies to sprinkle inane right-wing vitriol like this all around the Interwebs. Look it up, it's actually a thing. We're onto you, Anonymous. And if you're not getting paid and still feel like you have to interject with that nonsense, you have way too much time on your hands.

Christi October 12, 2012 3:41 pm (Pacific time)

Anonymous- about those dance lessons. They might not mean much to you, but they are probably everything to the little girl or boy who wants to take them. I take it you aren't a parent?

K October 12, 2012 3:14 pm (Pacific time)

Anonymous, you do realize that the employee receives a pension as part of the monetary package don't you? In lieu of a higher pay rate, money is put into that pension package. That is money EARNED and OWED. It is not a freebie provided by the employer. Stay away from any financial contracts because you will definitely be in over your head. And dance classes for a child may mean the world. Do you also know that the Arts bring more income and revenue than any professional sports team? You should do some research before you decide to type.

repleaningleft October 12, 2012 2:59 pm (Pacific time)

I'm sorry but if you own 51% of a company you know a lot of what is going on in that company. This is appaling. Yes Anonymous, no dance lessons to a child is hardship, losing your pension after 43 years is a hardship, you Anonymous are cold hearted and not a christian. AND flying our flag at 1/2 mast is UNAMERICAN!

1donjuandemarco October 12, 2012 2:40 pm (Pacific time)

This story should be on every front page in ever newspaper and on every prime time news cast nation wide,..not only is Romney and the rich, fat cat republicans using off shore accounts to not pay their fair share of taxes,...Romney is benefiting from not only shipping jobs overseas but are ruining people's lives,...they have no morales,....I believe in God and they will have to explain to him why they were greedy and worshipped their money,...!sure world not trade places with them,....!

Astaroth October 12, 2012 1:37 pm (Pacific time)

"Well, mi don't believe that Romney didn't know anything. nits just another down from these radical liberals" What? Seriously, I'm utterly confused about what you just said. "But off course nothing bad to say about king without cloth Obammer." What? Seriously? What? "And with the flag deal, well there have been times lately that the illegals putup their Mexican flags outside schools and local Government buildings" This is odd. I googled it, and saw nothing outside of one instance where pro-immigration protests raised a Mexican flag, not the government building itself. So, there is absolutely no evidence of what you said. "I guess that is ok because they are so patriotic and just want to learn and work here. Not, take the freebies and suck dry the tax payer" This is odd. Most immigrants do actually work, often working multiple jobs. They pay taxes, even illegal immigrants pay some form of taxes, at least sales tax. The funny part is, and I do hate to make this assumption, but judging from your spelling, syntax, and the logic you use, I would guess they pay more taxes and put less of a burden on the system than you do.

RONALD K HIXSON October 12, 2012 1:15 pm (Pacific time)

The right has no rythm or reason ! it's just about the money ! They could care less about what they are doing to the country !

Anonymous October 12, 2012 1:00 pm (Pacific time)

Dance lessons? that's a hardship? Losing your shot at a pension, that's a hardship. Why the other item was included is beyond me, it only weakens your article.

Anonymous October 12, 2012 11:52 am (Pacific time)

Another uneducated Republican nutcase who can't even write coherent sentences!

eaglesfanintn October 12, 2012 11:40 am (Pacific time)

Anonymous shows the intellectual firepower of the right wing nut jobs....

jn October 12, 2012 11:05 am (Pacific time)

I'm confused by this story. The headline seems designed to appeal to the Tea Party, who holds "patriotism" - or their twisted image of it, to be the highest virtue. But the real outrage here is the jobs being shipped overseas and people profiting from it. THAT should be the headline, and THAT should be the focus. The flag thing is insulting, but it's small potatoes compared to destroying people's lives.

Anonymous October 12, 2012 8:28 am (Pacific time)

Well,mi don't believe that Romney didn't know anything about.nits just another put down from these radical liberals. But off course nothing bad to say about the king without cloth Obammer. And with the flag deal, well there has been times lately that the illegals putup their Mexican flags outside schools and local Government buildings. I guess that is ok because they are so patriotic and just want to learn and work here. Not, take the freebies and suck dry the tax payer

Editor: I see, so you are for Romney disrespecting the U.S. flag and even have excuses to toss in, got it.

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