I suppose the irony of this is probably wasted on the right people, then, but we can certainly enjoy it:
When Mitt Romney launched Bain Capital in 1984, he struggled at first to raise enough money for the untested venture. Old-money families like the Rothschilds turned down the young Boston consultant.Oh noes! Mitt Romney's vast wealth was bankrolled by foreigners! Foreigners who weren't even American! Those are the worst kind of foreigners! Well, the worst kind of foreigners would probably be ones who later got convicted of stock fraud, but Mitt managed to inadvertently score that one too:
So he and his partners tapped an eclectic roster of investors, raising more than a third of their first $37-million investment fund from wealthy foreigners.
Records show the first investment in Bain Capital — $1.25 million in June 1984 — was in the name of Jean Overseas Ltd., registered in Panama by Marcel Elfen, a Swiss money manager. Later, the investment was doubled.... who worked as a consultant for Bain for the next six years until he was convicted for unrelated fraud. I don't know what this world is coming to when you can't trust fabulously wealthy people operating Panamanian shell companies.
The Panamanian shell company apparently was a vehicle for [Jack] Lyons, the British businessman and philanthropist.
Now, I think we can all agree that there is nothing Republicans hold more dear than money. Money is speech, money is freedom, money is liberty, money is your vote, money is the thing that makes you better than the lower-class people who were too stupid to get born into rich families like decent folks should.
But I still don't quite understand the logic of why the guy who criticizes the guy who made his money by collecting offshore money and using it to offshore jobs via his company's innovative ideas in the lucrative new field of offshoring while offshoring the profits in offshore accounts is the one who needs to be more American. If I didn't know better I'd begin to suspect that maybe the Mitt Romney campaign is just staffed by assholes. Which is ridiculous, because assholes can be hired at much cheaper prices in other countries, and Mitt would usually be all over something like that.