By now, I suspect you may have already read about the Washington Post's explosive new story
about the extent to which Mitt Romney's 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." This might be good news for John McCain, but it's definitely not good news for Romney, which is why I'm so tickled by his response
"This is a fundamentally flawed story that does not differentiate between domestic outsourcing versus offshoring nor versus work done overseas to support U.S. exports. Mitt Romney spent 25 years in the real world economy so he understands why jobs come and they go," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. "As president, he will implement policies that make it easier and more attractive for companies to create jobs here at home. President Obama's attacks on profit and job creators make it less attractive to create jobs in the U.S."
Oh, that's priceless. Mitt Romney wasn't one of those evil offshore-ers—he was just a perfectly fine and dandy outsourcer! Totally different
! A well-supported argument that I'm sure will drive a stake through the this dastardly hatchet job, right? Politico's Alexander Burns:
That’s the extent of the Romney campaign’s on-record response.
Or... not. And in any event, Romney can feebly attempt to dance the polka on the head of this very tiny pin, but he's still wrong, because the WaPo's extensively-researched piece
includes plenty of examples of American jobs being shipped overseas, like this one:
Bain’s foray into outsourcing began in 1993 when the private equity firm took a stake in Corporate Software Inc., or CSI, after helping to finance a $93 million buyout of the firm. CSI, which catered to technology companies like Microsoft, provided a range of services including outsourcing of customer support. Initially, CSI employed U.S. workers to provide these services but by the mid-1990s was setting up call centers outside the country.
Dance faster, Mitt! Dance!