Romney’s business ventures with Bain Capital are now being used against him to portray him as ineffectual in the private sector, experience he has touted to distinguish himself as a “Washington outsider.” Why? Because per usual in the private sector, some employees lost their jobs. What’s interesting (and incredibly disturbing about this whole ordeal) is that Romney is being attacked by the Right for his capitalistic endeavors.
The meme started with this Move On ad:
The Right picked up a talking point from Move on and is leveraging it against the current GOP front runner. In conjunction with this leftist meme, Romney is now being quoted out of context by other GOP candidates as saying he likes to fire people. Take a look at what he said, in context:
“I want people to be able to own their own insurance if they wish to. And to buy it for themselves and perhaps keep it the rest of their life and to choose among different policies offered from companies across the nation. I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn’t give me the good service I need I want to say ‘You know, I’m going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.’ So, that’s one thing I would change.”
For as much as we love to criticize the media for their unabashed slant, and rightly so, the Right still falls for their ploys and rabble rousing every single time.
Apparently the Right wants someone with private sector experience, just not private sector experience that involves firings or making a profit. Since when do we hate capitalism? I thought that was the Left’s job. The primaries are dress rehearsal for the general election and it’s imperative that we vet all candidates extensively before the media really sinks their teeth in to our nominee, however, employing class warfarish, anti-capitalistic criticisms is nothing short of deplorable.
(h/t Business Insider)