Romney Crocket: Born on a Mountaintop in Tennessee

Romney Davy Crockett

Mitt Romney, campaigning in Tennessee today, recited lyrics to “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.”

“This place always has a special feeling in my heart, because when I grew up I was thinking about Davy Crockett,” Romney says before beginning the song. “Remember the song?” Romney said. “‘Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, greenest state in the land of the free, raised in the woods so he knew every tree, and he killed himself a bear when he was only three.'” Watch the video here.

Does anyone in Tennessee feel that their intelligence has been insulted? Another ploy by Romney to make it appear that he relates to “ordinary common folk.” I’m surprised he didn’t sing the lyrics to Beverly Hillbillies to further endear himself to the people of Tennessee. Or how about an all time favorite …Rocky Top? Maybe he should have thrown in some “Dad gumits”.

But Romney really isn’t like you and me, is he? Not only is he not like you and me, if he were elected, you can be certain that he would continue to pander to the elite 1% of America’s wealthiest citizens. See Mitt Romney: $4M Tax Cut for Himself, Doesn’t Give a Damn About the Poor

Romney tries to convince us that he’s the guy for the job because he knows how to run a business. He fails to mention that he also knows how to run a business into the ground and still come out smelling like a rose. Bain Capital didn’t care about the people or their pensions when they destroyed companies for their own profit. If Bain Capital is the resume that Romney is running for President of the United States on, America should tell Romney to take his business skills elsewhere. This country needs a President who knows how to run a country, not a leveraged buyout.

During his campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney has preached a message of economic populism by vowing to fight to keep jobs in America. We take a look at Romney’s days heading up the buyout firm Bain Capital with Los Angeles Times reporter, Bob Drogin. He writes, “From 1984 until 1999, Romney led Bain Capital, a Boston-based private equity group that earned jaw-dropping profits through leveraged buyouts, debt hedge funds, offshore tax havens and other financial strategies. In some cases, Romney’s team closed U.S. factories, causing hundreds of layoffs, or pocketed huge fees shortly before companies collapsed.” Source

Politics isn’t business. Helping retired people or badly maimed veterans with their health care needs isn’t “efficient.” If you were a businessperson, you’d do anything to keep those veterans out of your hospital. It’s not the job of a businessman to feel sad about the consequences of cutbacks for your marriage, your employees, your grandma, or your community. But it should be the president’s job. The inherently destructive nature of a dynamic market economy means that lots of people are suffering on any given day thanks to forces beyond their control. Romney’s strength is that he understands those forces better than anyone in the race, but his weakness is that he doesn’t understand the suffering. Source

Romney‘s money
Net Worth: $202 million

Where he got it

Romney won a combo M.B.A. and law degree from Harvard and promptly took himself to Wall Street, or at least the Boston version.

He started with the Boston Consulting Group and moved on to Bain & Co., another consulting firm, where he became vice president in 1978.

Six years later he founded Bain Capital, a private equity spin-off that at one time or another had stakes in Bright Horizons, Domino’s Pizza, Staples and The Sports Authority, among others. Romney still receives income from Bain as a retired partner but no longer has any say in operations. Source

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