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GOPocrisy, thy name is Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has been talking a lot on the campaign trail about stemming the tide of jobs moving overseas to places like China. As it turns out, his company Bain Capital, the one he says gives him the job creating experience that he needs to be the President of the United States, owned companies that were specialists in outsourcing jobs overseas and helped other companies to do so more efficiently and profitably.

Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.

During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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While economists debate whether the massive outsourcing of American jobs over the last generation was inevitable, Romney in recent months has lamented the toll it’s taken on the U.S. economy. He has repeatedly pledged he would protect American employment by getting tough on China.

“They’ve been able to put American businesses out of business and kill American jobs,” he told workers at a Toledo fence factory in February. “If I’m president of the United States, that’s going to end.”

Speaking at a metalworking factory in Cincinnati last week, Romney cited his experience as a businessman, saying he knows what it would take to bring employers back to the United States. “For me it’s all about good jobs for the American people and a bright and prosperous future,” he said.

This level of hypocrisy is almost breathtaking. What Mitt Romney knows how to do is to squeeze every last drop of profit out of a company, even if it means destroying the company and throwing Americans out of their jobs. While we've been saying this all along, we now have the proof.

As our country slowing gets back on its feet after eight years of economic decimation by the Bush administration, what we need is investment in American jobs and diversification of our industrial base. Investments in things like clean energy have the double impact of getting us off foreign-sourced fossil fuels that pollute our environment and ramping up a new industrial sector that is homegrown.

We also need investment in our country's infrastructure to ensure that we have the safest, most efficient transportation possible.

These are the types of things that President Obama is trying to do against a headwind of Republicans who are on the record as saying they will do anything in their power to ensure he is unsuccessful, even if it means destroying the economy and throwing Americans out of their jobs.

Mitt Romney is on the wrong side of these equations. He's on the side that outsources jobs so that he can become monstrously wealthy.

He's on the side of thwarting the types of things we need to do to get our country back on its feet and strong again.

Mitt Romney is not only UNqualified to run the country, in fact, his background makes him uniquely and frighteningly harmful to our country if he ever became president.

If you're interested in how Mitt Romney has already harmed the country with his "talents", there's a state-by-state run-down on that HERE.

Cross-posted from Eclectablog.

5:14 AM PT: UPDATE: The Obama campaign issued this statement:

Tonight's story in the Washington Post exposed Mitt Romney's breathtaking hypocrisy. He has campaigned all over this country, vowing that he would be an advocate for American jobs. But tonight we learned that he made a fortune advising companies on how to outsource jobs to China and India. Maybe that explains why, despite his campaign rhetoric, Romney continues to support tax policies that would reward companies who send American jobs overseas.

5:24 AM PT: UPDATE 2: You can see our write-up of Romney's absurd "Every Town Counts" tour stop in Michigan with photos by my wife Anne HERE. It's worth a look, methinks.

7:01 AM PT: UPDATE 3: Employees of the Bain Capital-owned Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport, Illinois are trying desperately to save 150 of their jobs that are set to be sent to China.

You can help them by signing their letter to Mitt Romney HERE.

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