Everyone knows that the closer we get to Election Day, the more ridiculous the political mudslinging gets.
Whether it’s a front page splash about how Mitt Romney supposedly “bullied” a classmate in high school (though conveniently forgotten was Barack Obama’s autobiography confession of drug use in high school) or how the Romney family dog rode on his carrier atop the family car on vacation (though how ironic that Barack Obama spoke of eating dog while living in Indonesia), or Harry Reid’s baseless claims that Romney has paid no taxes in 10 years (how quickly he “forgets” Timothy Geithner!). . . and of course most incessant have been the attacks on the venture capital firm at which Romney was employed. Most annoyingly, it has been criticized as “job-killing” because of the firm’s occasional need to pull funds out of a company when said company is beyond repair or when the firm saw fit to advise budget cuts.
An all new low?
Bain Capital is now responsible for DEATH, literally. I could explain, but it’s much more fulfilling to let you read it for yourself:
“When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant, I lost my health care, and my family lost their health care. And a short time after that my wife became ill. I don’t know how long she was sick and I think maybe she didn’t say anything because she knew that we couldn’t afford the insurance, and then one day she became ill and I took her up to the Jackson County Hospital and admitted her for pneumonia and that’s when they found the cancer and by then it was stage 4. It was, there was nothing they could do for her. And she passed away in 22 days. I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he’s done to anyone, and furthermore I do not think Mitt Romney is concerned.”
After this tear-jerking monologue by a man in a TV commercial put out by the Obama administration, one is left only to believe that had it not been for Mitt Romney’s employment at Bain Capital, Joe Soptic’s wife would still be with us today.
Give. Me. A. Break.
If you’d like to gag a little more, you can watch the ad by clicking here.
Bain Capital, along with several other investment firms, got involved in GST Steel from which Mr. Soptic was eventually discharged in 2001. According to the Washington Post:
“Over the next eight years, Bain held onto its stakes and bought more investments as the steel company grew, merged with a South Carolina steelmaker, modernized and added millions of dollars in debt. When the firm declared bankruptcy in February 2001 and shut down the Kansas City plant, Soptic and 750 other workers learned that their health care coverage, pensions and other benefits guaranteed by the company were rescinded.”
A couple of teency-weency problems. Let’s take a peek, shall we?
#1 Not only is it wildly childish to blame death on a layoff, but EVEN IF layoffs had caused Mrs. Soptic’s death, Romney was nowhere near Bain when the Kansas City plant shut down. In fact, he was successfully running the Salt Lake City Olympics and though he remained chief executive of Bain during his absence, “a recent Associated Press Fact Check found that Romney had retreated from his managerial responsibilities between 1999 and 2002.”
#2 GST shut down in 2001. Anyone want to wager a guess as to when Mrs. Soptic passed away? FIVE YEARS LATER in 2006.
#3 This guy’s wife had her own job, with her own health insurance, for years after he received that unfortunate pink slip. Oops.
If ANYTHING should define the word “STRETCH,” this ad should be it. “Lie” would more aptly describe it.
Using the same moronic logic as this ad, could we not also say that anyone in a Chrysler dealership that the Obama administration shut down who was affected by their loss of health insurance make the same claim? What about all the companies which, unlike Solyndra and other government favorites, did NOT receive juicy checks from the federal government? What about the Defense Department cuts and subsequent job losses that will come as a result of this president and his party’s refusal to support and sign anything close to a balanced budget? I’m getting ahead of myself- Congress would actually have to PASS a budget for once in over a thousand days. . . . but I digress.
What about the MILLIONS of Americans out of work right now because this presidency has represented arguably the most anti-business, anti-free market administration in America history?
Can’t all of us whose insurance policy premiums have GONE UP in anticipation of the onset of Obamacare make the exact same claim?
What about Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry? He actually LOST his life as a DIRECT result of this administration’s failed Fast and Furious gun running program.
Does everyone in the aforementioned categories get to place blame for life’s tragedies on the circumstances the this administration has put in place?
As I sit here by my back porch door listening to the dozens of crickets making that most appropriate of noises for this occasion, I couldn’t think of any better way to end this post. . . .
Take it away, crickets!