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It's been plaguing the Democratic Party for decades now. The party decided awhile back to get into bed with corporate sponsors, just like their opposition party had always done. That decision to eat alongside the GOP political hogs at the corporate trough has all but neutered the Democratic Party. If the nation has moved towards the center...it is only because the Democratic Party has moved towards corporate sponsorship.
A prime example of the rot inside the Democratic Party is seen in the response to Obama's criticism of Bain Capital. According to Willard Mitt Romney, his qualifications to steer the U.S.S. America were developed at the private equity group, Bain Capital. Romney's stint as Massachusetts governor is blemished (for conservatives) by his mandated "Romneycare".....mirrored in the federal version, ObamaCare. On job creation while governor of Massachusetts, Romney was 47th out of 50 states in number of private sector jobs created. Mitt won't be flashing those credentials around too often.
So, Bain Capital.....by Romney's own choice....is fair game in the presidential campaign. But only if corporate-whore hand wringers who call themselves Democrats approve of the methodology candidate Obama uses to criticize Bain.
Democrats like Corey Booker, Harold Ford Jr. and Ed Rendell....all slavish political-whores to big money shufflers.....think that President Obama should be more careful in his ads depicting Romney's work at Bain as destructive to communities and families. People who lost their jobs when Romney's Bain gutted a corporation to further enrich already rich Bain investors.....according to these fully compromised Democrats....should not speak about what happened to their lives in such a shrill and critical fashion.
Here is the Village way to describe Obama's "questionable" criticism of Bain...
...much of the commentary on Mr. Obama’s behalf describes Mr. Romney in highly personal and unflattering ways.
Oh, the horrors. "highly personal and unflattering ways." My god, what will be next? Asking a candidate for policy details?
Booker..."This, to me, I’m very uncomfortable with,” "nauseating." “Ultimately,” he added, “my hope is that this election will not therefore be about the small things, will not be about divisiveness, will not be about denigrating, will not be about painting with a broad brush.”
If only Obama would paint more carefully in trying to describe the work of venture capitalists who often, not always, ruin the lives of hundreds or thousands of working families while taking profit for themselves and their well heeled investors. Doggone Obama....why can't he quit being so specifically critical about Romney's only qualification (he says) to run the country? I mean....venture capitalists are people too.
Harold Ford Jr....."private equity is not a bad thing. matter of fact, private equity is a good thing in many, many instances."
Despite the fact that Obama has never said that private equity was a "bad thing", the sorriest-ass Democrat ever, Harold Ford Jr., felt the need to address a valentine with a kiss on the envelope to the same people who continue to keep him in high-paying, influence peddling opportunistic jobs. That is, when he's not being called up by Village media to play a designated Democrat on the teevee.
Ed Rendell....the former Pennsylvania governor.....and current independent contractor/speaker for the MEK, a recognized terrorist group,....that is, when he's not playing a Democrat on pithy teevee news shows.....
“I’m disappointed in virtually every political ad right now cause they’re all negative, they all slam, no one talks about the good things we’ve done in government, and it’s one of the reasons there’s so much voter dissatisfaction, and so many voters that don’t have confidence in the government,” he said on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”
Every politico says the same thing every election cycle....negative political ads work. But Ed Rendell has a sad because mean Obama isn't just talking about unicorns and goddamn lollipops. Instead, that bully Obama has the audacity to target what his opponent considers to be his greatest strength.
This sickening drivel from Democrats has, sadly, become par for the course. When you lie down with corporate-sponsorship dogs....then, apparently, you're not allowed to bitch about the fleas.
Summarizing....Harold Ford Jr., Corey Booker, Ed Rendell and the like tell us they are Democrats who want Obama to be re-elected in November. But apparently not if Obama continues to bruise the fee-fees of the people most responsible for their individual careers in politics and television.....say, like venture capitalists. These sellouts to the highest bidders spoke out hoping to deter Obama from continuing to place the spotlight on Big Money...because Big Money has been very, very good to them. So good that these folks who claim they are Democrats are doing their damnest to mute any criticisms directed at money shufflers like Bain.
The point of the last several days pearl clutching by usual-suspect corporate Democrats about attacking Romney's alleged strength is to take criticisms of venture capitalism, private equity and the like off the table during the campaign.
Good on Obama for listening to these corporate sellouts, these hand-wringing weenies, and then responding thusly...
“I think it's important to recognize that this issue is not a, quote, distraction," he said. "This is part of the debate that we're going to be having in this election campaign about how do we create an economy where everybody from top to bottom, folks on Wall Street and folks on Main Street, have a shot at success.”
Far from taking Bain off the table.....Bain, and outfits just like Bain, will be at the center of the presidential debate. Romney thinks that making more money for already-rich investors is how the "economy works"..and how the federal government should also be run. Give more money to the alleged "job creators" and then......presto....bounty for everyone. In other words...fiction.
Obama believes that the country does better when people in the middle and lower economic classes do better.
Mitt is running for president to make a few very rich Americans...richer and happier....at the expense of needed safety net funds. Obama wants the owners of guys like Ford, Rendell and Booker to contribute more into investments to help tens of millions of average families.
That is the theme, the central pillar, of this election.....and no Democratic corporate sellout is gonna' change that.