Thursday, August 30, 2012

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

How the GOP presidential candidate and his private
equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs
- and stuck others with the bill

By Matt Taibbi

The great criticism of Mitt Romney, from both sides of the
aisle, has always been that he doesn't stand for anything.
He's a flip-flopper, they say, a lightweight, a cardboard
opportunist who'll say anything to get elected.

The critics couldn't be more wrong. Mitt Romney is no tissue-
paper man. He's closer to being a revolutionary, a backward-
world version of Che or Trotsky, with tweezed nostrils instead
of a beard, a half-Windsor instead of a leather jerkin. His
legendary flip-flops aren't the lies of a bumbling opportunist
- they're the confident prevarications of a man untroubled by
misleading the nonbeliever in pursuit of a single, all-
consuming goal. Romney has a vision, and he's trying for
something big: We've just been too slow to sort out what it
is, just as we've been slow to grasp the roots of the radical
economic changes that have swept the country in the last

The incredible untold story of the 2012 election so far is
that Romney's run has been a shimmering pearl of perfect
political hypocrisy, which he's somehow managed to keep
hidden, even with thousands of cameras following his every
move. And the drama of this rhetorical high-wire act was
ratcheted up even further when Romney chose his running mate,
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin - like himself, a self-righteously
anal, thin-lipped, Whitest Kids U Know penny pincher who'd be
honored to tell Oliver Twist there's no more soup left. By
selecting Ryan, Romney, the hard-charging, chameleonic
champion of a disgraced-yet-defiant Wall Street, officially
succeeded in moving the battle lines in the 2012 presidential

Rolling Stone
August 29, 2012
This story is from the September 13, 2012 issue of Rolling

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