"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Romney Advisor Ed Gillespie defends Romney by using the word "Retroactive" for his Retirement from Bain

In the past, I thought Ed Gillespie was a pretty smart guy -- not any more.  To go on national TV and give that 'retroactive' bunch of Bravo Sierra about when Romney retired from Bain which means he had nothing to do with Bain from 1999 to 2002 defies the belief of anyone with common sense.  

My son sent me a comment that was sent from a friend of his that sums it up nicely:

"Reasonable from someone who believes you can be baptized in absentia after you die."
How do you answer that?  You don't.  I remember when I read his wife's Dad was an atheist but a year after his death, the Romney family had him baptized into the Mormon which gave me the creeps but not as much as when the Mormon Church made Anne Frank a Mormon.  What kind of religion does things like that?  Like I said creepy!

How did Romney convince the Republican hierarchy that he was the best man for the job?  Was it because they were broke and had no money for a convention and campaign which has been rectified by Romney and his other millionaire/billionaire pals and their Super PACs.  Everything about this election shows that the powers at be of the Republican Party are bought and paid for by the wealthy.  They made sure they sufficiently demonized Obama even if they had to lie so the base would vote for Romney without questions being asked.  Could be a fatal mistake because I am not the only one who has taken the blinders off.

When you realize that members of Congress who take an oath are holding up legislation to keep jobs from being created to make Obama look bad, you get a bad feeling that a lot these people you thought were honest and honorable are not.  They are bought and paid for by lobbyists and the big donors like the Koch Brothers.

Sunday night on the net you are starting to see comments about Romney needs to pull out of the race and Republicans need an open convention.  I cannot imagine Romney doing that but his lies on Friday night followed up by the bizarre Gillespie interviews should disqualify him and his team from ever being part of a Republican campaign.  They are dishonest and must think we are a bunch of idiots to swallow what Romney is selling.  There are more documents coming forward like the one from Bain in 2002 that named him the head that was filed in MA.  I resent that they would try to pull the wool over our eyes and expect us to swallow what Romney has to say when he went on TV to five networks and LIED or he LIED to the MA Ethics Commission in 2002 and to the SEC.  Take your pick because whichever it is he LIED.

Believe Romney is so used to getting his way he never considered the fact that when he told people that Bain was not a subject for discussion that they would listen to him.   That is the same arrogance that sent Romney to the networks on Friday night lying on the air thinking he could shut the door but it opened it wider as Michael Steele said.

Republicans have a choice.  They can continue down the path nominating a liar or they can wake up and tell him to take a hike because Romney has done himself in with his aversion to the truth but like he said if he told the truth on what he wants to do he never would be elected.  Maybe you could also add that if he told the truth about Bain, he never would have been nominated.  Gingrich and Perry tried to tell the truth about Romney and in the process got taken out by the far right who are aligned with Romney which frankly makes no sense unless it is true they are controlled by the Koch Brothers.

I still cannot believe Gillespie did this.  Pretty bad when you have to go to a liberal site to get the truth.  It is like the roles have been reversed and as a conservative I resent the conservative media covering for Romney and his pals when they know the truth:
Romney Adviser: Romney Not Responsible For Bain Because He ‘Retired Retroactively’By Adam Peck 
on Jul 15, 2012 at 10:20 am
Romney and Gillespie

Ed Gillespie, a senior campaign advisor for Mitt Romney, appeared on Meet the Press this morning to answer questions about Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, and unveiled a new excuse for why Romney should not be held responsible for the company’s actions during a time in which he remained CEO and president: 
GREGORY: He was still financially linked to Bain. And of course, a lot his fortune is due to his time with Bain. Even when he was on leave, does he stand by the business decisions that were made by the firm he created?  
GILLESPIE: He actually retired retroactively at that point. He ended up not going back to the firm after his time in Salt Lake City. So he was actually retired from Bain. 
Throughout the primary season until just last week, the Romney campaign stood forcefully by their assertion that Romney “retired” from Bain Capital in February of 1999. But with the release of previously unreported SEC documents last week which suggest that Romney in fact retained the titles of CEO and chairman well into the new century, the Romney campaign has struggled to adequately answer voters’ questions.

Gillespie was also questioned about whether Romney supports the business practice of outsourcing jobs overseas, a favorite tactic of Bain Capital. Gillespie was noncommittal, instead stating that Romney believes businesses should be free to do as they see fit. 
Gillespie also tried to paint Romney’s decision to release just two years of tax returns as transparent. “The fact is, Governor Romney has put out already 2010, and will put out 2011 before this election. So, very transparent,” he told Gregory. 
Watch video of Ed Gillespie’s remark: 

Gillespie made a similar claim on CNN: “He took a leave of absence and in fact, ended up not going back at all and retired retroactively to February 1999 as a result.”

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