It’s been really interesting to see his rivals tear into Mitt Romney for being some sort of heartless capitalist. And it’s been equally interesting to see the Mark Sanford wing of the GOP defend him.
I didn’t have time this morning to finish reading the front-page piece in The Wall Street Journal (which unfortunately is hiding behind the pay wall) about this phenomenon, but I can share with you this release from the Club for Growth:
Statement On Newt Gingrich’s Attacks On Mitt Romney And Bain Capital
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Newt Gingrich should stop his attacks on free markets and apologize to Governor Romney for them”
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC issued the following statement today in reaction to Speaker Newt Gingrich’s attacks on Governor Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. Yesterday, Gingrich said “Those of us who believe in free markets and those of us who believe that in fact the whole goal of investment is entrepreneurship and job creation…we find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” (Source: New York Times, 1/8/11) Gingrich’s attack was echoed that same day that by the Democratic National Committee, which also attacked Romney for his job creation record at Bain Capital. (Source: Democratic National Committee YouTube Page, 1/8/12)
“Newt Gingrich’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital are disgusting,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “There are a number of issues for Mitt Romney’s Republican opponents to attack him for, but attacking him for making investments in companies to create a profit for his investors is just wrong. Because of the efforts of Bain Capital, major companies like Staples, Domino’s Pizza, and the Sports Authority now employ thousands of people and have created billions in wealth in the private economy. Attacking Governor Romney for participating in free-market capitalism is just beyond the pale for any purported ‘Reagan Conservative.’ Newt Gingrich should stop his attacks on free markets and apologize to Governor Romney for them.”
Ayn Rand, high priestess of the cult of Self, may be technically dead, but who needs her when we have the Club?
No word, by the way, on whether Chris Chocola is related to the Count. Probably not, given the spelling difference.
As a former employee of one of Bain Capitals “successful” companies I can categorically state that very few high-paying jobs were ever created by them. The jobs were mostly low-paying and under-appreciated jobs with little future and few benefits. Where I worked there were actually fewer paid employees in the store when I left. It’s laughable to point to those companies as an example of how Mitt Romney was a successful job-creator.
The war of words between Gingrich and the Club continues with this release:
It’s like the Club for Growth doesn’t get the difference between what Henry Ford did and what Mitt Romney did.
“I’ve been Ayn Randed, nearly branded/
a communist ’cause I’m left-handed./
That’s the hand I USE, well, never mind…”
Okay, who is Ayn Rand and why do I care what she has to say???
Supporters of capitalism are a cult? Is the left now going down a new road? Brad, get a left-hand mitten and wake up.
Asserting that Brad believes “supporters of capitalism are a cult” because he’s skeptical of Ayn Rand is a bit like claiming that Brad thinks Christians are a cult because he disagrees with Jim Jones, Jerry Falwell, or Pat Robertson.
Supporters of capitalism are a cult?
Those who believe capitalism is without flaws very definitely meet the definition of a cult.