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Bain Capital owned Sensata and Samsonite workers standing up with the Freeport Community at Bainport under a sign saying
Sensata Technologies workers have been fighting for months to let the world know what Bain Capital and Mitt Romney were doing to them: packing up a profitable plant in Illinois and sending the jobs to China, forcing American workers to train the Chinese workers who would ultimately replace them. Mitt Romney still isn't acknowledging his responsibility, either for the way of doing business he set up at Bain or for the millions he personally has invested in the funds that control Sensata. But the Sensata story is catching fire, and the workers are letting voters know what a Romney jobs plan looks like.
  • Sensata worker Mary Jo Kerr was on The Ed Show on Monday night, saying she had initially liked Romney before she learned his connection to Bain and Sensata. About Romney's campaign claims, she says that "he's just a bold-faced liar. He's going out there saying 'I'm going to create American jobs' when no, he's not, he's profiting off of jobs going overseas."

    The Ed Show will go on the road to Freeport, Illinois, on Friday.

  • Bainport, the camp workers have set up across the street from the Sensata factory, is getting a visit from Sen. Dick Durbin, along with Democratic congressional candidate Cheri Bustos, on Tuesday morning.

    The Rev. Al Sharpton will visit Bainport on Saturday.

  • Workers not just from Sensata but from other Bain-owned companies rallied outside Bain headquarters in Manhattan on Monday. "I was unemployed for two years and the job at Burlington is the only job I could find. I know I’m not the only one with that experience," Burlington Coat Factory employee Richard Hooten said. "My mother and I have had to move to a series of smaller and cheaper apartments. Even so, I can’t afford both rent and healthcare. What’s going to happen when these are the only jobs we can find? None of us will be able to get by."

    The workers are going to Long Island to tell their stories outside Tuesday night's presidential debate.

Mitt Romney, businessman, was nothing like the job creator he wants voters to believe he was. He cut jobs, cut pensions, cut pay at the jobs that were left. Even today he's profiting off of the destruction of good American manufacturing jobs. This is the business experience Romney is so proud of, and it's the economic experience he'd bring into office. Voters need to know that, and the Sensata workers are getting the word out every way they can.

Send a message of support to the Sensata workers as they fight to keep their jobs and shine a light on what a Romney economy would look like.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 07:41 AM PDT.

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  •  Sock it to 'em. Working class! (14+ / 0-)

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more. Shakespeare, Henry V

    by Wildthumb on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:22:27 AM PDT

  •  Although I feel for this woman, I get mad because (6+ / 0-)

    she should have known not only who owned her company, but who managed it and their track record.  The fact that she was going to actually consider voting for this man until his past and influence directly affected her is what is wrong with the Republican Party.

    •  Uh, I'm guessing a sizable amount of (15+ / 0-)

      american s don't know who owns their company, and it's easy to see why when there are so many under one umbrella.

      "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

      by blueoregon on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:30:40 AM PDT

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      •  doesn't matter (0+ / 0-)

        This woman was all about Romney "bringing jobs back to America" so she was falling for the bs. until it fell on her.

      •  It's not only (1+ / 0-)
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        hard to know who owns the company you work for but these days it's hard to know who owns the companies that provide the utilities, services and goods you buy. Qwest my phone/DSL provider for years here in OR. was eaten by a St. Paul company called Century Link. Our electric company PGE is owned by a Scottish corporation. We had Enron which screwed the state out of 3 mil.$ that was never paid back. My old dicey mortgage was at one point bundled and sold to Countrywide. When we refinanced through our credit union it was amazing to see who had owned and sold and handled our loan over the years.

        I guess this is the invisible hand of the market at work. An ownership society that buys and sells without regard for the people who work for these corporations to them labor is a profit loss. As for this market being free how come the customers of what used to be public have absolutely no choice.

        To make matters worse the owners of the place have turned their greedy privatizing eyes on our schools, our 'entitlements', health care,  prisons, water, energy  all the basic necessities that a society needs and people use. Such a giant disconnect from the wealth creating Market to both workers and consumers and the well being of our society at large. These giant to big to fail multinational entities are not in our national  interest and workers globally are nothing but a profit loss.        

    •  only this year, only after the Bain story, (5+ / 0-)

      did i find out our SNF and its parent company are in the Bain portfolio. i've been there since 1998; through two sales, last one has squirrely company name of mostly letters which don't mean a thing if you're not in on it.

      * Join: OBAMA'S TRUTH TEAM * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

      by greenbird on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:34:24 AM PDT

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    •  well well well (0+ / 0-)

      aren't we just a bit judgmental!

      you really think everyone of us know exactly who owns the company they work for?

      Whenever you do as much for the working class as this woman is doing by speaking out now, then, perhaps, I'll give a damn about what you think.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Oct: Miners are cheaper than props.

      by JayRaye on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:09:01 AM PDT

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    •  Aside from the fact that lots of people (3+ / 0-)

      don't know the ultimate parent company of their employer (or for that matter which bank holds their mortgage or their student loan debt), Bain only bought the controlling interest in Sensata fairly recently. So you're working in the same plant, but the owner keeps changing.

  •  Romney is indeed a bald-faced liar (14+ / 0-)

    And it is up to Us not just the media, not just the President, to make sure that everyone knows it!

    Get off your *sses liberals, phonebank, get someone to the polls, vote, contribute money - Do It!

    In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

    by vcmvo2 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:24:58 AM PDT

    •  GOTV (4+ / 0-)
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      Great point although I'm pretty sure everyone on here probably does it already.  Call your local OFA office and they will have you come in and make calls.  It's not as uncomfortable cold calling after the first few.  Plus, this time of year they are focussing on calling supporters to make sure they vote, so it is rare to get in a disagreement on the phone.  Do it if you haven't!  

      •  Or the Obama campaign (0+ / 0-)

        will set you up at home, using your computer and your phone to do it. Easy!

        In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

        by vcmvo2 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:38:59 AM PDT

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  •  The President must say the truth no (20+ / 0-)

    matter how uncomfortable he may be in confronting Romney on personal issues.  No one hears what is being said if Obama does not say it in the debate.  But if he does, people will see.

    I believe that President Obama will fight for working people tonight and tell the truth about Romney.

    I'm glad Barack Obama is our President.

    by TomP on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:25:21 AM PDT

    •  And we need to have his back Tom! (10+ / 0-)

      I know you do, but we all have to. Otherwise, we get Romney/Ryan and that is shudder worthy!

      In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

      by vcmvo2 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:26:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The economy, more wars, the supreme court, (2+ / 0-)
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        cuphalffull, vcmvo2

        reproductive rights, education, college loans, health care, medicare, social security, civil rights, privacy rights, immigration, foreign relations, the environment,...................................

        "I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was." M Romney May 17, 2012

        by polidiscoursor on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:55:48 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  The uncomfortable truth here... (0+ / 0-)

      ...is that this outsourcing is happening under Obama. It's a little bit of a non-sequitur to say "Make sure Romney's not President, or else this thing that is currently happening under Obama will continue to happen under Romney."

      I don't plan to vote for Romney for a variety of reasons, but automation and outsourcing are secular economic trends that are not going away anytime soon.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:57:16 AM PDT

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      •  I know the President is trying to create (0+ / 0-)

        incentives for employing workers in the US.  The fact that companies have advantages in taking their profits offshore is also something that Congress can change if we work right now and get a better legislature into office.  GOTV up and down the ticket!

  •  No one has heard of this story (14+ / 0-)

    Look at the papers and tv...you see Libya, not Sensata.  Honestly, the MSM harms us so much with their choice of stories that the deck seemed really stacked against us.  This story should be major but it isn't.  The only thing we can depend on for coverage is a great debate from Obama, which for some reason, I am quite confident we will get...and it will therefore be a draw on the news.

  •  The part I can't believe (27+ / 0-)

    is that these workers have been protesting for weeks, and in a way begging for their jobs, and it's been all over the internet and even the MSM, and Romney says he "doesn't know anything" about them.

    Dude, if you're running for President, it's your job to know something about them.  And if you're personally responsible for their suffering, even peripherally, it's your job to have a damn good response.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:25:58 AM PDT

  •  if Obama doesn't mention this today, he (2+ / 0-)
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    GOPGO2H3LL, skyounkin

    does not deserve to win

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:29:11 AM PDT

  •  This is exactly what Rick Scott said to Floridians (9+ / 0-)

    when he promised to create 170,000 new jobs.  But the first chance he had was to guarantee between 22,000 and 28,000 new jobs associated with the Florida high speed rail project which was funded by federal funds and guaranteed by a private consortium.  Instead, Rick Scott cut the project which had previously passed the Florida legislature with bi-partisan support.  The very next thing Scott did was cut state govt. and put thousands of state workers out of jobs, many of whom held them for a long time.  Then the next thing that he did was to cut the amount of state funds that went to local public school districts which resulted in even more jobs being lost.  

    If Mitt Romney's idea of creating new jobs is based upon killing good paying existing jobs and replacing them with low wage, often part time jobs, then the economy, and ultimately the tax base, is going to be in even deeper trouble than it already is.  Bain Capital under Romney has a history of destroying good paying jobs for the middle class.

    Tax cuts for rich people do not create jobs.  Hollowing out of the middle class does not create jobs. Demand from a healthy middle class is the single greatest job creator.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:38:23 AM PDT

  •  So...the 800 lb gorilla for both candidates (1+ / 0-)
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    is this:

    How will you make it profitable for companies to hire American workers?

    It's a dangerous question for both candidates, especially when set against the backdrop of 30 years of declining labor force participation (ie, a smaller and smaller proportion of the population can find decent jobs).

    For Obama, the problem is to make a convincing case that government regulation does not have to drive business away and that federal involvement can help companies to make a profit.

    For Romney, the problem is explaining how you funnel all the resources to the 1%, and gain full employment without depressing US wages to the levels of China, India, Vietnam, etc.

    Could be fun if anybody asks the question.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:39:44 AM PDT

    •  Ed Shultz pointed out on the show (4+ / 0-)
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      skyounkin, JayRaye, Fury, davehouck

      yesterday that Sensata made record profits last year. Yours is a good question, but in this case even with big gains, the owners want to move the jobs overseas. It's not just economics, it's greed.

      Romney fires people and then complains they don't pay taxes.

      by Red Bean on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:49:46 AM PDT

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      •  Economics and greed (0+ / 0-)

        Are basically the same thing.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:59:30 AM PDT

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      •  It's a very odd situation: Sensata is based in the (1+ / 0-)
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        Netherlands, and the plant in question was owned by Honeywell up until last year.

        Looks like Sensata didn't want the assets so much as the customers.  The first dagger in the workers' back came when Honeywell sold out to Sensata without seeking any kind of protection for even the long-time workers.

        Nasty stuff all around.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:49:53 AM PDT

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  •  When Romney says "I know how to create jobs" (1+ / 0-)

    when if ever is No Drama gonna look him in the eye, chuckle, and finally fucking tell America how this fucking piece of job-killing shit made his millions at Bain?

    God I wish Obama could send some trial lawyer surrogate out there tonight to prosecute this son of a bitch.  I just don't think Obama's got it in him. I hope he proves me wrong.

    Keep Calm and Carry On. But kick some unholy ass if the situation warrants.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:40:47 AM PDT

  •  And that's the rub: (4+ / 0-)

    Mitt's business record is precisely why he is unqualified to be President, and yet it's a fabricated version of that record upon which he is running.

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:43:21 AM PDT

  •  your lead story is Sensata (2+ / 0-)
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    jct, Fury

    Great.  Meanwhile, over at TPM and probably fairly soon everywhere else, the lead story is a poll by some KOS organization saying that Romney has reached the 50 mark and is 4 points ahead of Obama.  Clever strategy on the part of Kos.  It'll really help.

    •  Nonsense (0+ / 0-)

      It's ironic that a bad poll comes from us, but it has nothing to do with strategy. Kos knew that when he hired PPP that in October 2012 they would come up with an outlier poll?

      Romney fires people and then complains they don't pay taxes.

      by Red Bean on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:52:07 AM PDT

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    •  Hi Mishajpar, welcome to Daily Kos (0+ / 0-)

      Unlike TPM, which most of us here find to be a valuable source of information, Daily Kos is essentially a blog site.  We do not have "lead stories".  The blogs shown on the front page are listed in chronological order; on a weekday like this one, the blog at the top will be replace by another one within thirty to forty-five minutes and will move down the page chronologically.

      And with regard to the polling; Daily Kos has endeavored over a long period of time to honestly, fully, and regularly report the polling results that the company hired by Daily Kos finds.  Those results are published every week.  And it would not be fair to the members of this community, many of whom support the site, and thus the poll, financially, if the results were not accurate and truthful.  We the members of this community want to know where we stand in various races that we care about; we want to know where we need to focus our efforts, and honest reporting of polling results lets us know how best to proceed.

      We are after all a community of activists; and we are best served by polling that is accurate and honestly and fully reported.  And I'm guessing that it might have been an even bigger news story if Daily Kos had suddenly refused to release poll results after having done so week after week regularly throughout the campaign season.

      I hope that you find what I've written here to be helpful.  And again, welcome to Daily Kos.

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      by davehouck on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 10:25:54 AM PDT

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  •  Hey Mitt, it's October--SURPRISE!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    Churchill, chimaeranyc
  •  Share, share share!! (0+ / 0-)

    I just did via Facebook. Don't leave it up to the talking heads to spread the word. We can make this viral ourselves.

    "The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults," - Alexis de Tocqueville.

    by chimaeranyc on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:43:49 AM PDT

  •  Mitt'll create 12 million new jobs..In CHINA, true (1+ / 0-)
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    GOPGO2H3LL

    but he didn't lie about it.  He told ya.

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up ! ! !
    So just go vote ! ! !

    by Churchill on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:48:17 AM PDT

  •  The New Wave October Suprise, ROF LMFAO (0+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up ! ! !
    So just go vote ! ! !

    by Churchill on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:48:34 AM PDT

  •  Sensata: The Perfect Anti-Romney Storm (5+ / 0-)

    47 percent
    outsourcing to China
    shame of training Chinese for their jobs
    humiliation of removing the American flag
    Bain
    disdain for the middle class
    lies
    personally profiting from others' pain

  •  doesn't matter whether or not Romney lies or (0+ / 0-)

    or lies some more. Take this to the bank...

    After his last psychotically MISERABLE DEBATE PERFORMANCE, if Obama doesn't put on the show of a lifetime in tonight's debate, if he doesn't dance like George Jefferson, he's TOAST! and hello tax-evading, religious-cult-member 45!

    ...at least that's the word on the street.

    Chief Justice John Roberts to President Barack Obama: "I'm not always there when you call, but I'm always on time..."

    by tha puddin on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:52:25 AM PDT

  •  Term is "bald-faced" not "bold-faced" (2+ / 0-)
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    Correct your diary please.

  •  bold, bald, bare: all liars (0+ / 0-)

    For those interested in the etymology of the idiom: http://www.mtannoyances.com/...

    (Evidently 'barefaced' has a slight edge, but they all work in the case of Romney.)

  •  i am getting PUSHBACK on Twitter re: Sensata (0+ / 0-)

    and dont know how to respond....  need an easy tweet comeback PLEASE to the claim that Obama owns stock in Sensata...  true? false?  total BULL?  anyone?

    "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

    by KnotIookin on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 08:58:55 AM PDT

  •  honestly don't know why this took so long (2+ / 0-)

    to get traction.

    I worked and was laid off from a Bain owned co 4 years ago. I saw what they did  I was actually interviewed for the book the Buyout of America. We ( the author and I) had this conversation about Bain and Romney over 4 years ago. And his book should have been a best seller but it fell on deaf ears.

    So much for the "liberal" media.

    •  I feel for you (1+ / 0-)
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      cybermome1207

      I'll never forget the day that my coworkers and I were told that our 60-person project would be downsized to 20 people because they were off shoring the work that the 40 people did.

      My manager at the time told me to look at this "with my {company name} hat on".  I told him to look at this with his United States of America hat on - what did he think was going to happen economically in this country when the majority of workers no longer earned middle-income wages.....

      He stared at me wordless and dumbfounded.

      As of 02/22/2012 in Washington State pharmacists can exercise their "religious freedom" by denying women access to Plan B because the judge thinks there aren't any bigots in this state.

      by FlamingoGrrl on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:58:38 AM PDT

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  •  Sensata workers believe in solidarity (2+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, StateofEuphoria

    Workers from the Bain encampment came to rally with the  striking Walmart warehouse workers in Elwood IL a couple of weeks back. One delivered a very moving speech to those assembled. Please give them your support.

    "Don't believe everything you think."

    by BobboSphere on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:02:14 AM PDT

  •  It's great they are calling out Romney, but (0+ / 0-)

    where is the main stream media on this story? Where is the outrage from ABC, CBS, CNN and the papers?

  •  Romney has nothing to do with Bain (1+ / 0-)
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    GOPGO2H3LL

    His money is in a "blind trust." An "age old ruse" of a blind trust.

    Perhaps one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:10:00 AM PDT

  •  If Obama doesn't use this (2+ / 0-)
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    cybermome1207, Kdoug

    he deserves to lose.

    Keep Calm and Carry On. But kick some unholy ass if the situation warrants.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:12:36 AM PDT

    •  Most decent PE writers and experts (1+ / 0-)
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      GOPGO2H3LL

      will tell you the purpose of PE Companies like Bain is to make $$$ for the investors. And that means layoffs and shipping jobs overseas.

      What is so hard to understand about that??

      Something else that has long bothered me is that one of the original architects of Private Equity ( who also happens to be a Democrat) NEVER intended PE to end up like Bain. No one has interviewed him.

  •  David Stockman on Bain and Romney (0+ / 0-)

    For a wonky, but devastating, chronicle of Romney's "successful" investments while at Bain, check out David Stockman's article entitled, "Mitt Romney:  The Great Deformer."  It can be found here.

  •  A point to consider (0+ / 0-)

    The previous owners of these companies are not sitting around the table going "Gosh, business is great, how about we pawn off our livelihood to a private equity firm in a leveraged buyout!??"

    Profitable well managed companies aren't the target of firms like Bain.

    •  that's an interesting point but wasn't true (0+ / 0-)

      for the company I worked for. It made money AND was well run. And then we were sold to Bain who already owned the competition which wasn't profitable AND wasn't run well. So Bain came in laid off all the execs from the well run company.

      I remember saying to my sister I swear they ( Bain) are running the co. into the ground deliberately.

      •  Okay... (0+ / 0-)

        If it was such a cash cow, why did it get sold?

        Just out of curiosity. Did the owner want to cash out?

        •  when I was hired (0+ / 0-)

          it was still a family owned company. A few months later the owner sold to a small PE company. They left the company alone. Two years later that PE company sold it at a profit to Bain. That's when the problems stated. But Bain made money and of course the execs got bonuses and perks.

          •  Then it is on the owner. (0+ / 0-)

            Sorry. If the owner sold his successful company (and your job) to a PE firm, your problems are his fault.

            Their entire reason for existing is to buy underperforming companies and squeezing money out of them. If they can be salvaged, they get sold, hopefully at a profit.

            The owner started a company to make money, sold it to make money, the PE firm did the same.

            That is sort of the point of a business. To make money. The employees are there to facilitate that.

            If that is unappealing, work for yourself or a charity.

    •  The P&L Statement (0+ / 0-)

      Here's an example of how this could have transpired.  Bain looked at the P&L, looked at the labor costs, substituted what labor costs would be if the jobs were shipped to China, took the difference, extrapolated that out to five to ten years, compared the opportunity that cash flow represented to other targets available to them at the same time, and made an offer that they thought would net them the desired amount of return on their investment.  They may have also looked at the balance sheet, found a favorable asset to debt ratio, discussed the possible purchase with their bankers, and financed some portion, or even most, of the purchase with debt backed by the net asset ratio of the balance sheet.  Thus, with possibly little of their own money, they purchase the company, ship the jobs to China, pay interest on the additional debt from a portion of the labor savings, and the rest is pure profit.

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      by davehouck on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 10:44:55 AM PDT

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  •  3 Ways to Blow the Debate, Only 1 Way to Win (0+ / 0-)

    I hope the Democrats don't blow this by failing to paint the OBVIOUS analogy between the Bain Treatment of companies and the Republican treatment of our economy.

    Romney's practices at Bain EXACTLY mirror the Republican approach to governing.  (More austerity for workers = more money for the rich investors, right?) If Obama doesn't make this case at the debate he and our country are absolutely DOOMED!!!

    Obama needs to sincerely ask the American People: "Do we REALLY want to get Bained by this guy? Because that's all this guy Romney does well!"

    The flip flopper charge is a tired line and the flip flopper characteristic only generally pisses off right or left wing ideologues, NOT SWING VOTERS!!

    The "severe conservative" charge simply rings hollow because most swing voters don't believe Romney to be a hard right winger at all, not even those on the right.

    Finally, attacks that focus mainly on the mere theoretical fiscal consequences or "FUZZY MATH" of Romney's economic policy proposals can merely be denied with a smile and an obfuscating lie by a pathological candidate. Some fake "independent countervailing studies" will be mentioned.

    And yet I fear that these will be the three principal ways that Obama attacks Romney at the debate tonight.  All I can say is HE BETTER NOT!!!
    HE WILL LOSE WITH THIS STRATEGY!!!

    He must THROW ALL THAT OUT and INSTEAD continually focus the American attention on 2 THINGS:

    1) A clear comparison of the 8 years of Bush to the 8 years of Clinton.  Any claim Romney makes with regard to the economy has been conclusively disproven by those years. While Obama's claims, on the other hand, have largely been confirmed by them.

    2) But even more important, as I said, Obama MUST MUST MUST, again and again nail Mitt Romney for what he is: a sociopathic corporate raider who wants to "corporate raid" our country! "We don't want to get "Sensata'd," do we?"
    DO WE REALLY WANT THE BAIN TREATMENT???  

    I would LOVE Obama to casually conclude at the debate: "Seems like the GOP has been givin' us the Bain treatment for 30 years!!" BOOM!  ELECTION OVER!!

  •  Just a bold-faced liar? (0+ / 0-)

    He's a few things!

    "If it were up to me, I'd take away the guns."--Cheryl Wheeler

    by lyvwyr101 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:50:25 AM PDT

  •  I signed the message of support ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... and added a personal message ...

    You good people get it.  Romney's promise of jobs is shown to be the lie that it is by the evidence of his record in business.  His world view is informed by his desire for personal wealth and power; and he will say anything to close any deal that will get him more wealth and power.  I hope that the American people will listen to you, and give all due consideration to the choice they will make in three short weeks.  The future for all of us will be forever changed by the choices that are made on election day.  Thank you for standing up for yourselves, your community, and all of us.
    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to support the Sensata workers.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Love one another

    by davehouck on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:51:24 AM PDT

  •  I would vote for Romney (0+ / 0-)

    I have been waiting four years for the brainless, heartless buffoons at the VA to acknowledge a service-connected disability (nerve impingement to the ear, causing tinnitus and a great deal of stress) which they are calling unrelated schizophrenia because that's what these brand of people like to do.

    Split up the blame, and defame until you stop asking for the benefits you deserve.  It's not my fault there's a million claims pending.  If Obama deserved my vote, he would do something about it.  But Romney is a Mormon (see Scientology), so I guess I'm voting libertarian.  

    And for those of you at the VA who think I'm another crazy vet, why are you employing me as a management analyst?  And why the hell aren't you paying me?  Do your job, you lazy bums.

  •  At least IL Democrats support American workers. (0+ / 0-)

    Cheri Bustos is running in my mom's district. She's really good and must have her opponent, a real tool named Jason Schilling, running scared, 'cause he's running ads in our area lying about her.

  •  Bain Business Plan = Republican Economic Plan (0+ / 0-)

    Obama!!!
    (REMIND US OF THIS OVER AND OVER YOU WILL LOSE!!)

    You're blowing it by spending two full weeks talking only about either Big Bird or Binders when you should be speaking in grave terms about what the Bain Capital model of the American Economy would look like. I'm starting to conclude that you are just not that into winning, unfortunately.

    Now you are hemorrhaging women voters because they're starting to conclude that you're not being serious enough to steward our economy -- a woman's most important concern.  I'm sorry, they just don't care about Big Bird or Binders.  No, they don't believe Romney cares that much about outlawing abortion.  And most don't believe he's going to repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Christ leave those issues alone, will you??  This election is ABOUT THE ECONOMY!!! Romney wants to give us the Bain-Sensata treatment and you don't, period end of story, dude!

    Ask your crowds, say to the American People:

    "Let me ask you something?  Do you want to get back the Middle Class or do you want to get Bained???"

     I WISH WISH you would wake up to this and just repeat it over and over. A Romney presidency would hit the Middle Class like an incoming meteor.  AND HE'S FAR TOO CLOSE TO THIS!!! Would you be talking about Big Bird and Binders if it were an ACTUAL meteor possibly coming our way unless we acted???  I don't think so.

    But maybe a brain goes to sleep when it start believing that trading big Medicare and Social Security cuts for infinitesimal tax increases on the rich is a great idea. Alas.

    If you do get defeated it will be because you listened to the DLC way too much, my friend, mark my words. Resist the urge to triangulate.  Warn us against allowing in the corporate raider. He's a Trojan Horse!  That's what people ALREADY KNOW he is!

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