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  •  I don't hear anything damning here. (2+ / 0-)
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    Febble, eXtina

    If anything, Romney understands something that many US progressives don't: that labor and wage conditions in country X can be both very shitty and so attractive that you have to build walls to keep people out.  We haven't been able to process this reality and what it means for optimal policies, but it's the reality that drives multinational capitalism in a post-colonial age where (believe it or not) you can't actually keep people prisoner in wage labor for the most part.

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:42:16 AM PDT

    •  There is a legitimate question, even (1+ / 0-)
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      if you take his story at face value, about whether he should have believed that the guard towers were to keep people out. Sounds a bit fishy to me, but he not only believed it, he is bragging about it. Come on, people are going to sneak in and then demand pay?

    •  My take is different, as per my comment above (2+ / 0-)
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      Chi, eXtina

      I think Romney is a fool to have believed the Chinese government when it said the guard towers and barbed wire were to keep job hunters out.

      They were obviously to keep these poor women locked in.

      Which is why it is not surprising that so many of the women, whom he said made a "pittance" working in terrible conditions, never returned when they were finally let out to visit their families for the New Year.  Instead, Romney surmises that they must have saved so much money (from their pittance) that they didn't have to work any more; they were able to retire at 23.

      This is so clownishly stupid that I'm surprised the room didn't erupt in laughter when he said it.

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