Obama’s Lies and Double Standard on Outsourcing

We are getting close to being one month away from the election and all the polls seem to be showing President Obama leading Mitt Romney. Other than the fact that Romney’s campaign seems to be stuck in neutral, I can see no real reason the majority of Americans would want Obama to have another four years with which to destroy our country. He seems to be successful in persuading Americans to follow his vision for America, instead of the vision of Mitt Romney.

One method he has used to do that is to attack Mitt Romney for things he has not done and is not guilty of. One such accusation came in the form of an ad that attacked Romney for outsourcing jobs to China. The information for the ad came from The Washington Post, but as it turned out, their information was false. Mitt Romney had left Bain Capital well before the jobs in question left America and landed in China. That hasn’t stopped the Obama campaign from running with the story and their friends in the media have been more than happy to lend a helping hand by spreading the word. It doesn’t matter that the facts just don’t check out.

(Hot Air) Two electronic outsource manufacturing services companies controlled by Bain Capital closed plants in the U.S. and moved work to Mexico. But Romney had left Bain more than a year before the plants closed at both companies.

A picture frame company with operations in the Far East, including in China, closed a plant in South Carolina. The Obama campaign cites the plant closing, but those workers were manufacturing photo albums for professionals — a line of work that the company discontinued because it was such a small part of the business.

Let’s take the companies one at a time.

The first is Modus Media, an outsource manufacturing services company controlled by Bain. The TV ad cites a June 2, 2000, news brief by Bloomberg News about Modus Media’s announcement that it would close its plant in Fremont, Calif., in September and open a plant in Guadalajara, Mexico. The company provided “customer support, inventory management, software packaging and computer assembly for companies such as AT&T Corp., Dell Computer Corp., and other technology and Internet companies,” Bloomberg said. About 200 jobs in California were eliminated.

But the announcement of the Modus Media plant closing occurred more than a year after Romney had left Bain. Romney took a leave of absence in February 1999 to head the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and he did not return to the company. He became governor of Massachusetts in January 2003.

A similar situation existed at SMTC Corp., which is also an outsource manufacturing services company. The company closed a plant in Denver, Colo., and moved some of its production to Mexico. The TV ad cites a March 29, 2002, report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by SMTC Corp. The report (page 7) says: “In June 2001, we closed our assembly facility in Denver, Colorado. … Production at the Denver facility … has been migrated to SMTC facilities closer to locations and to our recently retrofitted and expanded lower cost Chihuahua, Mexico facility.” But, again, Romney did not work at Bain in 2001.

Now, we come to the most interesting part of this entire story. While President Obama and his campaign have consistently blasted Mitt Romney for something he didn’t do, outsourcing jobs to China, it turns out that some of Obama’s top fundraisers have been the ones pioneering the tactic of giving China, and other low-wage countries, jobs that should have been preserved for Americans.

(Breibart) Obama’s second largest fundraiser is John Rogers, the CEO of investment giant Ariel Capital Management. He has Obama Outsourcingraised more than $1.5 million for Obama’s reelection campaign. Bully for him, except for one thing: Ariel Capital Management owns a $48.6 million stake in Accenture, which just happens to be, according to the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, the nation’s “best” outsourcer.

And that’s not all for Rogers; he stated that he wants to intensify the trend that started with moving call centers and factories overseas to outsourcing “day-to-day activities” including pest control, landscaping, and secretarial functions. And Rogers isn’t ashamed one bit:

“We’re making a very big bet right now on outsourcing. People have generally soured on the idea, and many companies are trading at discounts to their private-market values. But we don’t think that view accurately reflects the powerful secular growth we’re going to see as companies and individuals outsource more of their day-to-day activities.”

Of course, Rogers isn’t just anyone; he and Obama were buddies in Chicago, and Rogers’ ex-wife Desiree left a $350,000 per year job at Allstate Insurance Company to serve as White House party planner.

There is much more at the link, including how DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt have both been guilty of outsourcing jobs to foreign countries. You will also learn that many of the jobs Obama claims to have created in the new “green economy” weren’t even created in America.

If you will follow the link to Breibart, you will discover this story originally ran on July 8, 2012. This tells you just how successful the media has been in burying the fact that Obama and his merry band of followers have been much more guilty of outsourcing jobs than Mitt  Romney or Bain Capital. No amount of whitewash, however, can hide the truth. The double standard and the lies are both glaring and they beg the question to be asked. If we can not trust Obama to tell the basic truth about his own record, as well as that of the people who are raising his campaign funds,on outsourcing jobs, how can we trust him to do what is right for America? I’m still waiting for a good answer to that question.

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  • http://teresamerica.blogspot.com/ Teresa Rice

    The Obama campaign sure doesn’t let facts get in the way of propagandizing the American people, using citizens for political purposes. But then again, Democrats do that all the time. The media sure is worthless these days, constantly covering up for Obama. So much for reporting the news or the truth.

    • Steve Dennis

      The media has been worthless for quite some time, but the lengths they are going to in order to protect Obama this time around makes them look like they once were objective. They used to try to hide their bias, but they no longer are trying to hide who they really are.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      The only news the media is interested in reporting is something that will fall into step with the liberal agenda.

  • Milt

    Obama-Epic Failure: Gasoline $3.80… up 107.6%
    Unemployment 8.3%… up 3.7%
    Democrats boo and try to evict God at DNC.
    Democrats pay tribute to Russian Navy at DNC.
    Food Stamp Recipients 46.7 million… up 31.7%
    More Americans Now Commit Suicide than Die in Car Crashes as Miserable Economy Takes Its Toll
    United States Ambassador to Libya and 3 staff KILLED BY MUSLIMS.
    Obama knew of terrorist attack but went to Las Vegas for a fund raiser
    Then Obama chooses ‘The View’ over private meetings at the UN
    Mob attacks US Embassy and burns flag in Egypt. Four More Years… Really?
    Benghazi-Gate: New Evidence White House Lied About Libya Terror Attack
    Voting for Obama again is like backing up the Titanic and taking another run at the iceberg. Do you really expect different results? Vote American This Time!

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      That pretty much sums it up.

    • Laurie

      Unemployment 8.3%… up 3.7%…From when? You realize, right, that the Obama administration is now a net job creator, since he took office? I argue not anemia, only question your line.

      • bill

        “You realize, right, that the Obama administration is now a net job creator, since he took office?”

        so after two years of democratic control of all three branches and almost four
        years into mr. obama’s control of the most powerful nation on the planet we have
        finally achieved a few more jobs than were lost in ’08-’09.

        historically our ‘recoveries’ have been more dramatic; and less costly to the taxpayers…b

        • Laurie

          Surely, you don’t equate the crash of ’07 with any of the other Recessions the US has felt, do you? It sounds lovely, but your last statement could also be termed “historically, our Recessions have been far less dramatic, and recovery has been costly to the tax payers, as well”.

          And sneeze at it all you want- there has been a net stabilization of jobs. As long as we’re talking campaign lies, how much longer can the Romney campaign say that Obama’s private sector jobs creation efforts have been unsuccessful before people start calling him out regarding the facts?

  • Steve Dennis

    I have said this many times in the past, but Barack Obama is a master at saying one thing while doing another and this is yet anther example. He is able to get away with it because he knows the media will not call him out on it.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      I call it talking out of both sides of his mouth. Or “do as I say, not as I do”.

  • Dragonconservative

    Yeah, we know Obama lies like hell. Once again, if Romney can effectively bring this up, and have a strong attack on Obama’s deceit, as well as attack his failed record, which should be easy to do, he’ll sweep the board at the debates. As for the VP debate, I wouldn’t be surprised if Biden calls in sick.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      If the moderator allows both men equal time, and if Mitt Romney is willing to go after Obama with the facts, Romney should win the debate. It’s just that simple. I’m not at all convinced Romney will play his part, but if he does, he should win.

      Paul Ryan vs. Joe Biden? I almost feel sorry for Biden, but not quite. That should be fun to watch.

  • Milt

    The real poll will be on November 6th and not those fake polls from NBC, CBS, Pew, Quinnipiac, and even FoxNews, who have oversampled Democrats 7-10%. If you look at the internals it is easy to see. So if you think those lines were long at Chic-fil-lay appreciation day, with conservative Americans showing their support, wait for November 6th 2012, the day they kick Obama and all his socialist czars out of office. They’re going to have to extend the hours for voting because they’ll be coming in droves to finally put a nail into the coffin of the worst president in the history of America!

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      I sincerely hope you are right, Milt. If conservatives turn out in the droves, we can win this election. If they do not, we will not stand a chance.

  • http://conservativesonfire.wordpress.com Jim at Conservatives on Fire

    We get from the Obama campaign exactly what we should expect. It is the media that is not doing their job. The media is trying to force the outcome of this election to their liking and that means they will do nothing to point out lies or errors in the Obama campaign. I am going to post on this subject tomorrow.

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  • bill

    mr. obama’s denigration of his opponent vis~a~vis the preponderance of bain capital/out-of-touch/rich guy propaganda is baseless and bromidic. anyone with an internet connection and ten minutes to spare can find the following facts:

    mr. romney attended harvard and graduated as a ‘baker scholar’ (top 5%)in 1975. smart guy; what is more impressive (and generally repressed by the media) is that he and ann raised their first three children in an off-campus ‘basement’ apartment during the entire four years of his under-grad studies. apparently his father taught mitt the true value of a dollar. most folks know that a dollar equals 100 pennies; some of us understand that we, as individuals, must earn every one of those pennies to righteously ‘own’ that greenback. and i have to throw this in just as a poke at mr. obama; the post-grad work mr. romney excelled at was in harvard’s Joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration. i wish i had those letters after my name.

    as to the ‘bain’ attacks:
    the media tend to be poor purveyors of history when it suits their ratings. there are actually ‘two’ bains; mr. romney, ‘twixt ’77 and ’99 held sway in both. he joined ‘bain & company’ in ’77 and thru acumen and ‘client’ apreciation rose to the vice-presidency in one year. 80% of the clients in his portfolio remain profitable today. big smile. in ’84 he co-founded ‘bain capital after negotiating his terms with bill bain. mr. romney’s ‘bain capital’ began as a private investment firm with 10 on staff, it now has 48 offices in 31 countries and more than 5,500 employees. so is this a good or bad thing? this morning candy crowley interviewed a present bain capitol honcho who gave the following insight into the now famous (romney killed my wife ad). he said that after bain aquired management of ‘gst steel’, profits and employment rose for the next ‘seven’ years. the demise of that company, and many more globally, was a direct result of the infamous japanese ‘dump’ of hot-rolled steel into the world market in ’98. who saw that coming?

    and so if anyone is still with me here i should admit that two years ago i wasn’t a romney proponent (our faith is at odds and on camera he seems desperate) but having been ‘offered’ his candidacy by the gop i do respect the man and consider him our only o.m.g. hope. and so to mr. jackson’s point: outsourcing…

    this country rose to prominence in the world because it’s constitution protected the right to property and the ability of free individuals to enter into private and legal covenant; that is the basis of business and a free-market society. the downside of this is that ‘business’ is like a shark; it needs to eat to survive and any ‘business’ enterprise needs a positive cash-flow to succeed.

    a micro-enterprise like a hot-dog stand cannot afford to ‘out-source’ it’s product expense beyond the local suppliers, but a large corporation can absorb the transportation and cost and boost their bottom line by ‘importing’ the product from anywhere in the world where labor is cheaper. this has been the basis of world trade since the industrial revolution. for mr. obama to try to turn a legitimate ‘business’ necessity against a particular businessman, mr. romney, and succeed (witness the polls) is an abhorrent phenomenon that both reveals the ignorance of the ‘polled’ electorate and substantiates the opening premise in steven kings best-seller, the stand. to wit: “he was the last magician of rational thought”.

    “In 1994, Bain invested in Steel Dynamics, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a prosperous steel company that has grown to the fifth largest in the U.S.A, employs about 6,100 people, and produces carbon steel products with (2010), emphathis mine, revenues of $6.3 billion on steel shipments of 5.3 million tons.”

    ’nuff said …b

  • http://rjjrdq.com rjjrdq

    I’ve talked before about how Obama is the one shipping jobs out and “spreading the wealth,” even bankrolling business deals with stimulus dollars. He even had China’s Hu Jin Tao over to the White House along with some of the biggest business execs in the country to facilitate matters. That includes Jeffrey Immelt of GE, Obama’s “jobs czar,” aka by some as the “king” of outsourcing. Why Romney isn’t fighting back is beyond me.

  • http://westernhero.blogspot.com Silverfiddle

    Why is the Romney campaign so flat-footed and inept?

    The real issue here is not who outsourced what, but why do companies outsource?

    Why are we losing jobs to other countries? This is Romney’s chance to attack the crony crapitalist system and bureaucratic red tape and regulatory strangulation that chases businesses overseas.

  • http://www.stevenbirnspeaks.com Steven Birn

    Romney isn’t being beaten by ridiculous Obama ads. In fact, Obama’s ads haven’t shifted the polls at all. You nailed the problem in your second sentence. Romney is stuck in neutral. He barely campaigns, Paul Ryan is nowhere to be found and he seems to think he can win by carpet bombing the airwaves with ads. Unfortunately those ads aren’t very good and the airwaves are oversaturated to the point where none of them would affect the polls even if they were good. Romney cannot win this campaign by offering zero details and a million ads while holding one campaign event a day as Paul Ryan twiddles his thumbs in isolation.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      I tend to believe the Obama attack ads are having an effect, but not nearly as much as Romney’s campaign. He needs to kick this into overdrive, and soon. The longer he waits, the harder it’s going to be to swing the election in his direction. It may already be too late.

  • lou222

    Another case of the “Lie, deny and make them prove it”, syndrome coming from Obama. No, we should not trust him or any of his administration.

  • Laurie

    I have a difficult relationship with outsourcing, as it relates to the US economy. My husband challenged me (and himself) a year ago to “buy American”. I was into it. We were in a bit of a consumer plan, spurred by a new home, a change in lifestyle that justified (not necessarily required) a new wardrobe, all with a strong desire to “Buy American”.

    We’ve failed at that goal in many ways, mostly because it is incredibly difficult to find products truly made in America. In the few ways we’ve succeeded to find it, we’ve paid a premium. I guess I would ask, in the most open of ways, really- How is President Obama to blame for this? We all understand that the global economy has changed our national and local economies, as well, right? And “Buy American”-not exactly a creation of Barack Obama’s, nor a goal exclusively set by him-yes?

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      I’m not trying to blame President Obama for the fact that so many items that are American made are so expensive. My point in writing this post was to point out the lies and double standard he is setting. He has accused Mitt Romney, rather harshly, I might add, of sending jobs to China. The facts are that Romney had little or nothing to do with that, but some of the biggest and most giving of Obama’s supporters did. They practice outsourcing as a legitimate business decision, but they would rather we dismiss that and not speak of it. I have no plans of letting them get away with it and will continue calling them out on their lies.

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