"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bain and Kenya and Cocaine

The Obama campaign has tried to make hay out of the question of whether Mitt Romney still was active at Bain Capital during a period when it may have "outsourced jobs," a period, 1999-2002, when Romney was leading the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.   As I've said before, so what?   A private equity firm is in business to make money.   If they chose to move operations overseas for cheaper labor costs or better tax treatment, good for them.  

On the other hand, if Obama wants to start making comparisons... when Romney was running the Olympics, Obama was a hack Illinois state senator (the most corrupt state in the country), voting "present" and a parti-time lecturer at a law school who never published a single law review article.   And, if we really want to talk about whether documents show that Romney was more involved at Bain than he's said, let's recall that documents during the same time frame -- Obama's publisher's bio for him -- also state that Obama was born in Kenya.  

And, of course, if the Obama campaign wants to insinuate that Romney is a "felon" for falsifying information to the SEC (he's not, this charge is ridiculous)... let's remember that Obama's own memoir admits cocaine usage, which is a felony.   There are literally millions of young black men in federal and state prison today because of America's drug laws... what must they think when a preppie Ivy Leaguer like Obama gets to coopt street cred by admitting being a pothead in high school and a coke user in college?

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