more like China first. (Larry Downing/Reuters)
Romney has also criticized President Obama for not being tougher on China's currency manipulation and other illegal trade practices. But that's not the approach he took at Bain. Companies Bain invested in and ran had plants in China.
Romney's claim that his business experience of moving jobs overseas is the reason he's qualified to be president and have the job of bringing jobs back to America is actually less contradictory than it might initially seem. If you pay attention to what Romney is saying past the quotable "My job is to bring jobs back to America" lines, he's saying the jobs would come back because he'd make the U.S. into China. What he's talking about when he promises to bring jobs back to America is weakening safety and environmental protections, lowering corporate taxes, keeping workers from organizing for better pay and working conditions.
If Romney can accomplish all that, his time at Bain certainly does qualify him to exploit the giant new pool of low-wage, poorly protected workers that would result.