Meet Randy Johnson, The Fired Bain Factory Employee Bird-Dogging Mitt Romney

johnson Meet Randy Johnson, The Fired Bain Factory Employee Bird Dogging Mitt RomneyAs reporters and Mitt Romney supporters filed outside the gymnasium where the former Massachusetts governor had led a raucous rally ahead of the primary here Tuesday, Randy Johnson, a stooped and bearded man in late middle age, stood silently to the side and watched. Nearby, an operative with the Democratic National Committee directed reporters to him, where one by one, Mr. Johnson told them his story.

The 57-year-old described how he worked at a factory making office supplies owned by Smith Corona, which facing bankruptcy, sold his plant to another company, Ampad, that has recently been acquired by Bain Capital. Ampad promptly fired all of the workers at the plant, and then re-hired most of them. Since they were a union shop, and over half of the employees had been re-hired, the new owners were forced to recognize the union. They tried to renegotiate the contract, but the union eventually decided to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.

It was the heat of Mr. Romney’s 1994 campaign for U.S. Senate against Ted Kennedy.  Mr. Johnson and some of his fellow laid-off workers traveled to Massachusetts to confront him. Mr. Kennedy and the papers picked up their story. After the campaign, and after the plant had been shuttered for good, Mr. Johnson received a letter from Mr. Romney telling him that he hoped he hadn’t been misled by his union and by the Kennedy campaign.

He sat out the 2008 race, but now Mr. Johnson is planning to travel around the country, and wait patiently on the side of Mitt Romney’s campaign events, prepared to tell his story to anyone who wants to listen.

“He is ‘the job creator’ and he tells us how he does it,” Mr. Johnson said. “I haven’t seen anything where he works in shop, has been a manager of a shop. He has only worked for Bain. He’s a CEO. Don’t tell me you are a job creator when what you created were mostly low-wage part-time jobs with no benefits when we had something we could support our families on.”

Mr. Johnson said he has been to five Romney events so far this year, and has spoken at union halls and on talk radio “to anyone who will listen.”

He had to relocate from Indiana to Pittsburgh and is taken leave from a job at the steelworker’s union there.

“I’m being honest. The guy is running on his record. I’m just filling out his record. I wish he had done something. I really do.”

The DNC, he says, pays for his flights and for a hotel room, and he needled the DNC operative following him around for making him pay for tolls and buy lunch as they travelled around New Hampshire.

“You can tell this guy is really high-ranking, right?” he said.

He said he can barely watch Mr. Romney on TV.

“I saw something the other day where he said it was his dream to run for president. For most of us, the dream was just to get to retirement. I understand making money, but at what expense?”

 

 

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1,300 thoughts on “Meet Randy Johnson, The Fired Bain Factory Employee Bird-Dogging Mitt Romney

  1. This guy needs to realize that because he can’t support his family with a union job, it is government to blame why the cost of living is through the roof. End of story.

  2. This guy needs to realize that because he can’t support his family with a union job, it is government to blame why the cost of living is through the roof. End of story.

  3. Soooo a clown like we have in the whitehouse who has never even WORKED a real job in the private sector is better at “creating” jobs??  I have no problem with this idiot speaking his mind, but if he thinks Romney isn’t the answer…he should be calling for the current clown in office to be impeached.  Ah yes, the selective liberal dingbat outrage…

    1. Agreed,

      Noticed the new apple CEO is taking home $370 million this year. Keep buying those ithingeys americans and things will get so much better.

    1. Voting Amercans sees right through Randy Johnson as a shill promoting big Labor’s stranglehold on American business.

      The more Randy Johnson’s in front of TV cameras, the better for Romney.

      General public is livid that there are Union employees paid off the taxpayer dime making three times what the president makes.

      Here’s an example.  Stagehands at Carnegie Hall make $450,000 per year!!!!

      1. “making three times what the president makes” – ummm not quite… salary is one thing, but perks and a lifetime of fame and fortune writing books, giving interviews and speeches and doing the talk show circuit are worth far more than any stage worker will ever make.

        I don’t care if Union workers make more than the President – IMO the President shouldn’t get paid a dime, live in the nearest public housing project and take public transportation.  What I care about is that union workers aren’t accountable and think they deserve to get paid for not working because they’re in a union, etc

      2. “making three times what the president makes” – ummm not quite… salary is one thing, but perks and a lifetime of fame and fortune writing books, giving interviews and speeches and doing the talk show circuit are worth far more than any stage worker will ever make.

        I don’t care if Union workers make more than the President – IMO the President shouldn’t get paid a dime, live in the nearest public housing project and take public transportation.  What I care about is that union workers aren’t accountable and think they deserve to get paid for not working because they’re in a union, etc

    2. Voting Amercans sees right through Randy Johnson as a shill promoting big Labor’s stranglehold on American business.

      The more Randy Johnson’s in front of TV cameras, the better for Romney.

      General public is livid that there are Union employees paid off the taxpayer dime making three times what the president makes.

      Here’s an example.  Stagehands at Carnegie Hall make $450,000 per year!!!!

    3. Idiot!  The dems trash the one they want to win just so you will vote for him to spite them.  The dems want to run against Romneybama.  If they really wanted to trash him, they’d be pulling stunts like they did on Cain, Bachman, Palen and Gingrich.  They are only trying to make you think they are trashing him.  If you’re a repub, you vote for the one you think they are the most scared of and that is not romney.

    4. Idiot!  The dems trash the one they want to win just so you will vote for him to spite them.  The dems want to run against Romneybama.  If they really wanted to trash him, they’d be pulling stunts like they did on Cain, Bachman, Palen and Gingrich.  They are only trying to make you think they are trashing him.  If you’re a repub, you vote for the one you think they are the most scared of and that is not romney.

      1. The whole “Romneybama” thing is a delusion that hardcore right wingers are selling themselves out of anger that their true believer candidates have self-destructed one by one.  Somewhere out there are probably numerous angry Republicans who literally went from anti-Romney to anti-Romney for the past half year, hoping each time they had found their TRUE anti-Romney, only to watch them implode under the spotlight.  Mitt may not be everyone’s perfect conservative, but he IS a conservative and easily distinguished from the Socialist-in-Chief America elected in 2008.  Whether the race comes down to Romney, Santorum, or a shocking additional candidate out of the blue, Republicans need to remember the true prize in November.  It isn’t about being anti-other Republicans.  It’s about being anti-Democrats.

      2. Hopefully if it is Romney as Prez.. the Republican Senate and house will set him on the right track.. if he wants two terms that is… I’ll vote for anyone but O’bammy of the Irish.

      3. Romney is a nothing more than a Wall Street bankster. He is running to ensure his ilk are protected from any kind of legislation that might affect their profit margins. And with donators like these I don’t know anyone could deny this fact.

        His top 5 are as follows:

        Goldman Sachs $367,200 Credit Suisse Group $203,750 Morgan Stanley $199,800 HIG Capital $186,500 Barclays $157,750

        All of which took part in the bail out. Remember a vote for this turd is a vote for these people.Lets not forget how they so readily took our money, yet did so little to show their appreciation.

      4. Uhh, they paid back their tarp money with interest….now GM and Chys haven’t, and guess who owns a huge chunk of the post bankrupt companies???? THE UAW!!!!!!   over 30 billion that will never be recovered….

  4. So basically, the nos. didn’t work if it was a union shop and did if it was non-union.  And the union member’s complaint is?

    1. They were not paid $50.00 per hr to turn a wrench. I’m guessing. Lazy A** union workers. People who join a union can’t make it the private sector. SLACKERS!

    2. They were not paid $50.00 per hr to turn a wrench. I’m guessing. Lazy A** union workers. People who join a union can’t make it the private sector. SLACKERS!

    3. They were not paid $50.00 per hr to turn a wrench. I’m guessing. Lazy A** union workers. People who join a union can’t make it the private sector. SLACKERS!

  5. Sounds like he’s living the marxist dream…..”On leave” from work,,,, jetting around the country on someone else’s dime. But of course, he would, no doubt, criticize a CEO doing the same thing on his own money,,,,,,,

  6. I’m no Romney fan, but business is in business to make money.  They could have let the company go bankrupt and NOONE would have a job period – low wage, union, or otherwise

    1. Business Should be Business. The problem is that all Businesses are not on a level playing field. Sure there is larger better companies, but Remember Too Big to Fail,  Stimulus, Tax Breaks, Bailouts. Thats what creates theses uneven work environment

      Gogle: DailyJobCuts

    2. Business Should be Business. The problem is that all Businesses are not on a level playing field. Sure there is larger better companies, but Remember Too Big to Fail,  Stimulus, Tax Breaks, Bailouts. Thats what creates theses uneven work environment

      Gogle: DailyJobCuts

      1. That was Solyndra and GM.. O’Barry’s pets.  This company had to shut down due to excessive union demands.  More profitable to go out of business fool.

      2. It wasn’t just unions that pushed production off shore.  Don’t forget the insane state and local taxes that are so easy to levy because businesses cannot vote and cannot protect themselves.  And don’t forget the countless environmental, safety, and other regulations that are enacted and enforced without regard to cost/benefit analysis or even a passing thought to the law of unintended consequences.  Don’t forget the US Government’s Labor Department who seems to have commandiered the power to dictate where plants are located and how those plants are utilized.  And don’t forget, Unions do what they do because the Federal Government has spent the last 80 years empowering them so they can get away with their outrageous demands.

        Finally, don’t forget, the Chevy Volt and Solyndra came into being not because there was a lick of sanity to their business plans, nor because technology had progressed to the point where they became viable, nor because there is any particular demand for their products given their costs structures and consumer interest.  The Chevy Volt and Solyndra came about because idiot politicians think they can shorten product develpment cycles merely by throwing other peoples’ money at the situation. 

      3. and isn’t it amazing how well China is doing without all the regs, unions, blah blah blah, we have here…

      4. That was Solyndra and GM.. O’Barry’s pets.  This company had to shut down due to excessive union demands.  More profitable to go out of business fool.

      5. That was Solyndra and GM.. O’Barry’s pets.  This company had to shut down due to excessive union demands.  More profitable to go out of business fool.

      6. That was Solyndra and GM.. O’Barry’s pets.  This company had to shut down due to excessive union demands.  More profitable to go out of business fool.

      7. Good point. UPS and FEDEX don’t compete on a level playing field as they are governed by two different labor laws based on the primary method of shipment.  This is the kind of junk that happens when Government tries to select the winners and losers. 

      1. The post office is in trouble because the internet/email replaced the necessity of mailing documents, bills, invoices, etc.  Plus they are controlled by the government costs that is burying them in debt. 

      2. Let’s not forget that the Post Office is also under the burden of a unionized work force. That alone is keeping them from being able to adapt new technology, which would eliminate some jobs while cutting their costs. Unions have outlived their usefulness in this country!

      3. Let’s not forget that the Post Office is also under the burden of a unionized work force. That alone is keeping them from being able to adapt new technology, which would eliminate some jobs while cutting their costs. Unions have outlived their usefulness in this country!

      4. Yet UPS and Fedex are thriving… exactly why is that?

        Could it be that they’re private and therefore have to
        serve their customers and remain accountable to them? Hmmm…. What’s the average wait time on a Fedex or UPS line vs a USPS line….

      5. UPS has a bunch of union employees, don’t know about FedEx.  I have a friend who is a non-union manager over at UPS and it is amazing the stories she tells about these union workers.  The managers can’t get anyone to work because the workers will file a grievance.

      6. No they’re in trouble because the government demnded they put huge amounts in for retirement when they had no income to pay. Check what is going on before commenting. Internet and email siphon off a lot but their own work force siphons even more on less income.

      7. The post office is in trouble because the internet/email replaced the necessity of mailing documents, bills, invoices, etc.  Plus they are controlled by the government costs that is burying them in debt. 

    1. I am a supporter of Newt Gingrich; however I must say that
      this assault on Romney is starting to rub me the wrong way. The unions in
      America are what caused virtually all manufacturing jobs to move overseas.
      Romney basically told the unions, we cannot afford to pay artificially inflated
      rates for shop workers anymore, we are going bankrupt.  The union decided to let these workers get
      fired because they are afraid that other companies will renegotiate as well.
      The union bosses are making money from a lot of recourses. One of their main
      revenue is from union member paying dues; they felt that they would rather have
      people like Johnson fired than risk losing their dues. If not for unions we
      would still be the largest manufacturing place on earth. I must say that
      although for now I’m still supporting Newt, I will now take another look at Romney,
      he just gained a tremendous amount of respect in my eyes, just by the fact that
      he was not going to let the unions run his business.         

      1. It isn’t just unions, but I won’t argue that point since it isn’t terribly important and most unions these days are just government sanctioned criminal enterprises anyway.

        The main problem is just the complete and total lack of any sort of economic knowledge in the population as a whole.

        Businesses die and people lose their jobs.  That’s irrelevant (on the macro level) as long as your economy is CREATING enough jobs for the people that lose them (and population growth/immigration/etc).  Keeping the entire economy on life support is just stupid and, in the long run, self-defeating, but that seems to be what a lot of people expect the government to do.  The real question is – why aren’t enough jobs being created to offset the losses?  The answer to that is relatively straightforward, but I think it will take a decade of pain for Americans to realize they can’t just vote/print themselves prosperity but instead have to work for it.

      2. You are absolutely correct that most unions are gone. They are
        gone because the company owners showed them the middle finger and went to
        china. However, they still control the large construction projects and like you
        said the government jobs including the teachers. Worst of all they influenced the
        entire structure of our labor laws. The labor laws and regulations in this
        country is anti-business owners it is designed to keep the non-union companies
        small in order to phase off any type of real competition for the unions. The
        only way to make this country viable economically is to abolish the existing
        labor laws and reestablish labor laws that are designed to not only protect the
        employee but more importantly help the employer employ more people. The politicians
        will not do it since they are afraid to offend the masses; their entire
        objective is to win elections. We as a people are selfish; we don’t care how
        our economy as a whole is affected by laws that socially benefit us the
        individual. So, in conclusion you are right, when enough people starve for
        food, they will realize that the government cannot force employers to give….give….and
        give…. And still maintain a vibrant economy. Only then will the politicians do
        what is right and reverse the structure of our labor laws and regulations, we
        will than become the new China!       

      3. Well said. If you haven’t already, I suugest you read Ayn Rand’s, “Atlas Shrugged”. Written in the ’50’s it foretold where we are today and where will be if things don’t change. Big book but, force yourself to read it. Good,scary story.

      4. No, a lot of companies never went to China, I can name a bunch but the ones that did and never had american employees now make obscene profits. Example Apple for one. Where is Honeywell, CDC, DEC and a bunch of computer makers?

      5. What is an obscene profit? Be sure to look at ROI. Big companies generate big numbers. But the rates of return may be less than many companies with smaller numbers but better profits. ExxonMobile, for example. HUGE numbers but merely “okay” rate of profit. Learn some business and financial analysis. Then you can talk about whether a profit is obscene or not… whatever “obscene” is.

      6. Yeah, the guy said he worked at Smith Corona. Are you kidding me? He should have just said he was a buggy whip maker. Or a cotton weaver. How is Romney supposed to ensure that 1000’s of people can be employed in the 21st century making typewriters? This is so pathetic. I would laugh except I fear too many people in the US actually believe this excrement.

      7. Finally, a thread that gives me hope. I was starting to worry that there was no one left in this country who was capable of independent critical thought.

      8. IKR? Now all we need is to do away with minimum wage and child labor laws and America has regressed back 120 years but hey, billionaires will have more money to not spend here on luxury goods.

        Brilliant guys, just brilliant.

      9. Don’t forget slavery. We’re right back to slavery. I mean..SLAVERY!!!!.
        Me? I’m clinging to my Smith Corona typewriter.

      10. Don’t forget slavery. We’re right back to slavery. I mean..SLAVERY!!!!.
        Me? I’m clinging to my Smith Corona typewriter.

      11. “The answer to that is relatively straightforward, but I think it will
        take a decade of pain for Americans to realize they can’t just
        vote/print themselves prosperity but instead have to work for it.”
        .
        .
        Please explain just how this country can survive for “a decade” with the type of political leadership we now have and the type that is being offered.

      12. Work for it? Like the companies and individuals who received 29 trillion in taxpayer assistance since the financial crisis began “worked for that”?

        Rough having to accept free money all the time.

      13. It isn’t just unions, but I won’t argue that point since it isn’t terribly important and most unions these days are just government sanctioned criminal enterprises anyway.

        The main problem is just the complete and total lack of any sort of economic knowledge in the population as a whole.

        Businesses die and people lose their jobs.  That’s irrelevant (on the macro level) as long as your economy is CREATING enough jobs for the people that lose them (and population growth/immigration/etc).  Keeping the entire economy on life support is just stupid and, in the long run, self-defeating, but that seems to be what a lot of people expect the government to do.  The real question is – why aren’t enough jobs being created to offset the losses?  The answer to that is relatively straightforward, but I think it will take a decade of pain for Americans to realize they can’t just vote/print themselves prosperity but instead have to work for it.

      14. It isn’t just unions, but I won’t argue that point since it isn’t terribly important and most unions these days are just government sanctioned criminal enterprises anyway.

        The main problem is just the complete and total lack of any sort of economic knowledge in the population as a whole.

        Businesses die and people lose their jobs.  That’s irrelevant (on the macro level) as long as your economy is CREATING enough jobs for the people that lose them (and population growth/immigration/etc).  Keeping the entire economy on life support is just stupid and, in the long run, self-defeating, but that seems to be what a lot of people expect the government to do.  The real question is – why aren’t enough jobs being created to offset the losses?  The answer to that is relatively straightforward, but I think it will take a decade of pain for Americans to realize they can’t just vote/print themselves prosperity but instead have to work for it.

      15. Unions are mostly bad, however, NAFTA, CAFTA, etc. is what moved our manufacturing base offshore. YouTube search Larry King Ross Perot Al Gore, Perot explained what was about to happen. Gore laughed. Newt aided in every way he could. And also read Newts forward to the Alvin and Heidi Toffler books where they talk about ending the US, the family unit, etc etc and how a new global system is need instead of individual liberty. It’s called the New World Order and Newt is an operative.

      16. Lay off the Kool-aid.  Why did business ex-patriate production?  Because of taxes, regulations, and the insane expectations of the nation’s workforce.  I’m sorry to tell you this, but putting glass eyes in Barbie Dolls isn’t a job that can support a $60 an hour “burdened” labor cost. 

      17. Big Government and Big Labor killed the American Factory, but in fairness CEO compensation has gotten out of control as well.  

        Although I don’t believe that CEO compensation should be capped I do feel that the CEO compensation as well as the range of pay from the highest paid to the lowest payed should be prominent in the prospectus of any publicly traded company.  This was I as an investor can choose to invest in companies that are better balanced as opposed to ones that are unbalanced.

      18. Did you actually read the comment before you opened your mouth?

        My point is I will invest in companies that I feel are being responsible and not invest in companies who I feel are not being responsible.  

        Understand that I DO NOT want a law to enforce CEO pay, but having the information on the prospectus of publicly traded companies would help rein in those who are out of balance.  Private companies are private and the pay of the owners is immaterial.

      19. Didn’t Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream try that?  The top pay could not be more than 7 times a entry level position.  When they couldn’t find anyone able to do the job of CEO at that pay, they ended the practice.

      20. They may have and this is why I DO NOT want a law mandating or limiting CEO pay, but want it to be reported so I as an investor can choose to invest in companies who are more balances instead of ones that are wildly out of whack.  

        There would still be a free market, but I don’t like to invest in a company to find out that the CEO is being paid or rather compensated to the tune of 130 million a year.  

        From the top, all the way to the lowest paid job there is actual pay and other compensation and benefits a simple scoring system can be devised to illustrate range and percentage in each range.  

        Companies already need to track this information I just want it included in any publicly traded companies.

      21. This used to be the job of the company’s board of directors. They would look out for the shareholders’ interests and ensure that the CEO was fairly compensated. However, over the past few decades, the CEO and the boards have been too tightly in sync and have not protected the shareholders. As a shareholder, you could put your request for transparency up for a vote at the shareholders’ meeting. Good luck 🙂

      22. I believe the anger by the American worker is aggravated by the enormous bonuses the CEO’s/board members receive while they down size or completely eliminate jobs.

        Yes, the Unions have a hand in the destruction of the manufacturing bases’s in America, but come on. Sunday, I was listening to the radio on ESPN and they had an interview with Jerry Jones son that runs his sports apparel business and his company, of course, has their merchandise made overseas in Indonesia. Harder to keep an eye on the slave labor I guess. Theses women were documented working 10 hour days for 29 cents and hour with mandatory overtime. You have got to be kidding me. Do you want to work slave wages? D o you really think these huge businesses will come back a pay a “living’ wage and ‘benefits” to American’s?

        We can’t compete for 29 cents an hour. Maybe we should all stop buying all this crap we don’t need and maybe then, Nike and Co’s will get the message. We don’t support slave wages. We want jobs that pay a decent living for all workers regardless where they work and if you want to sell your product, I sure as hell don’t want to see slave children sewing up your soccer balls.

        Stop buying, protest the company’s, write letter’s to the companies and congress. We need tariff’s to help American companies that want to do business here. Buy American…

        Rack it, I’m out.!

      23. I respectfully must say that you have no clue what you are
        talking about. The CEO’s should make ungodly amounts of profit, it is their money!

        American companies do not have a problem paying fair wages.
        They would rather pay more than .29 and work in the States. However, they do
        not want to pay $60.00 an hour for a shop worker either. They also do not want
        to get sued because the union makes a portion of every wining law suit so they lobbied
        some discrimination BS laws and then found law suites.

        You are the reason politicians are afraid to talk the truth
        and fix America. This why I said that when we all starve to death is when you
        will understand my point, till then remain selfish, we all are.

      24. I agree. The unions extort business owners and use their dues to bribe politicians to back them. This is one special interest the country would do well to eliminate. They were going the way of the horse and buggy until this 1920s socialist got elected. He revived them, mainly because they have proven to be a valuable source of campaign funds. When he goes, which will be soon, the unions will once again return to their well-deserved obscurity. Let them go to China where they can organize all the workers whose jobs they made possible by squeezing every penny out of American businesses until they were forced to go overseas to survive. I’m sure China will welcome them with open arms, as in firearms.

      25. I respectfully must say that you have no clue what you are
        talking about. The CEO’s should make ungodly amounts of profit, it is their money!

        American companies do not have a problem paying fair wages.
        They would rather pay more than .29 and work in the States. However, they do
        not want to pay $60.00 an hour for a shop worker either. They also do not want**************

        Get real, the business was built in the board room AND workroom. There are American Corporations paying fair wages to both, take UPS for instance, compare the to Fed x. The UPS worker is union, teamsters and FedEx is not. UPS pays great wages to the worker and management team. Nearly all the management came up the ranks of the driving  force so don’t tell me the two can’t be simpatico. You speak of what you do not know.

      26. I didn’t realize that FedX wasn’t union. But I guess that explains why UPS wanted to charge me twice what FedX did to ship a package cross country last week.

        Needless to say, FedX got the business.

      27. um, I used to work for UPS, and it SUCKED!!  first, they don’t pay “great wages.”  the pay kinda sucks, but the benefits are phenominal.  as long as you don’t mind working as a part-time employee for 12 years just to build seniority in the Teamsters so that you can bid on a better job, it’s great.  oh yeah, and don’t work too hard or too fast, because then you are “taking work from somebody else with more time in.” 

      28. CEOs are mostly hirelings, it is not “their money”, it’s the stockholders.Investors, pension plan members, insurance policy owners, take a look at the companies in which you are invested.  Is their executive compensation process transparent?  Is the CEO a founder or major investor?  Is the compensation committee stuffed with cronies? 
        Corporations may be just as corrupt as the government, so keep a close eye on YOUR money. 

      29. I have seen first hand these “slave laborers” you are referring to here in the Philippines. My wife and her sisters worked in just such a plant for ten or twelve hour days for less than five bucks a day … that is until some real good, feel good liberal decided it was evil and slave. Since my wife refuses to take “charity” or be supported, she and her sisters are now back working in the fields for less than two bucks a day. Many of her friends are not so fortunate as to have a foreign husband like her. Now, instead of making what you claim to be slave wages which is actually good pay here, they are often struggling and turning to more desperate, sometimes even criminal behavior in order to feed their kids. Yeah, you are really compassionate and your intentions I am sure are great … but your actions put literally hundreds of people out of a good paying job and back into abject poverty. 

      30. Those “slave wages” comfortably support a family of four here … and yeah, I do agree with you as well … When I lived in the US I bought US Made Products whenever they were available … the only exception was my stereo equipment as I could not find any decent ones made in the states. I did not own a television so I did not have to worry there. Having gone Galt in 2004, I buy locally here as well. How many people at home can say the same though? There is a price to apathy and you have hit the proverbial nail on the head … the cash price may be cheaper but the actual cost is much more expensive.

      31. my only real problem with these companies is not that they pay such low wages in other countries (being that a “living wage” in Indonesia is FAR lower than here), it’s that those football jersies made by women making $0.29 an hour still cost $300.

      32. my only real problem with these companies is not that they pay such low wages in other countries (being that a “living wage” in Indonesia is FAR lower than here), it’s that those football jersies made by women making $0.29 an hour still cost $300.

      33. So you are FOR an America where low wages are the norm and no one can own a home, send their kids to college, retire or have a decent life?

        Smart, keep kneeling down and kissing the feet of your masters.

      34. David, I have been reading your posts and I suggest you start your own business and then re-read your posts after two years, you will see how absolutely stupid you sound.

      35. There are lots of reasons not to support Romney in the primary.  Romneycare, judge appointments, just don’t like him, hate the GOP establishment, etc.  This probably isn’t one.  Having said that, Obama is surrounded by skilled mass marketers and liars.  They’ll hammer Mitt with this.  Everyone who ever lost a job in a Bain buyout will be on your TV.  The one man I see who knows how to get government out of the way of the people is Perry.  Somebody better coach him on public speaking, however.

      1. +1 I absolutely agree! Those two were  by far the most responsible for the banking industry meltdown, but thanks to the corrupt media many Americans are convinced it was Bush’s fault.

  7. >>
    He is ‘the job creator’ and he tells us how he does it,” Mr. Johnson said. “I haven’t seen anything where he works in shop, has been a manager of a shop.<<

    Romney should've been a community organizer.

    1. You make it sound like he’s just complaining and not gainfully employed.  Big Daddy DNC is Randy’s boss now.  He’s being flown around the country like a rock star!  He’s got lemonade from those lemons!

      1. Don’t know what case you presented to close the case.

        This guy worked for a company that Romney’s company invested in. If not for that, the company would have folded for what seems to be excessive cost from the Union contract.

        The management of said company could not get a contract from the Union that made them competative and they closed the plant.  So where does Romney come in?

        So your case is far from closed. Back to the drawing board for you.

      2. Take a deep breath and lighten up “borntobePolitical.”  It was a joke.  The reason the DNC is employing the guy is so he can go around the country and complain about Romney.  So, he is employed because of Romney.

        If I’m going too fast for you, read slower.

      3. Point well taken. I guess that I did not read between the lines. I took what you said literally.

        I will slow down and try to get the nuance in the future

      4. He said he was on leave from his UNION job to fly around the country and heckle Romney….. If I am going too fast for YOU….read slower

        … taken leave from a job at the steelworker’s union there.

      5. UNION – explains it all!

        If I took a leave from my job, my employer would fill it before I left my boss’ office!

      6. Take a deep breath and lighten up “borntobePolitical.”  It was a joke.  The reason the DNC is employing the guy is so he can go around the country and complain about Romney.  So, he is employed because of Romney.

        If I’m going too fast for you, read slower.

      7. …really?

        Randy Johnson blames this on Mitt Romney. He’s the one who says Romney was instrumental in the loss of his employ.

        Tim is saying that it seems Mitt Romney is the only reason the guy has a job now.  Mitt Romney must be the good guy. Case closed.

        …it’s called sarcasm. Still though, try to follow the thought pattern.

      8. Your phrasing was clunky. Once you explained it more clearly, I would agree with you.

        Point well taken

      9. The company was strategically dismantled so that Bain’s larger investment in Staples brought them the bulk of their returns. That is, of course, after they leveraged all the assets and credit lines on Ampad to  the max amounting in 60 of the 100 million in profit they earned destroying Ampad. Keep supporting the psychos though, we’ll see you back here in a few years crying about how your job was “strategically evaporated”.

      10. “Ampad promptly fired all of the workers at the plant, and then re-hired
        most of them. Since they were a union shop, and over half of the
        employees had been re-hired, the new owners were forced to recognize the
        union. They tried to renegotiate the contract, but the union eventually
        decided to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable
        factory.”

        Sounds to me like the union held out for more than it was worth. Hence the support from the union dues supported Dems. You can’t have a meaningful discussion about this without examining the terms the unions were holding out for. The DNC is just going to shuttle this guy around to gin up the 99% menatality.

      11. Yeah, actually. I will be voting for Obama the supreme job creator because I believe in a second term he’s going to be making some strides. As much as I hate the way the system makes our leaders, first, be personal fundraisers and then second, run the country, without that fundraising element on his plate, look out.

      12. This is a typical Obama voter. Oh well, he couldn’t get things done in his first 4 years, lets give him 4 more to see if he can do it.  Oh, his administration added over $4 Trillion to the deficit in his first 4 years? well, I’m sure he won’t add that much more in his 2nd 4 years.  Unemployment still close to 9%, I’m sure it will be at least 8% in his next 4 years.  He’s cutting defense spending drastically now?  I’m sure we’ll have robots manning our defenses in his next 4 years..it’s the future!

      13. WTF ???  Barry still has a year left on his contract,  shouldn’t he be trying to fix the country now instead of Campaigning ?  You Obabots are complete idiots.

      14. bobo himself said that if he can’t do the job in the first term he doesn’t deserve another.  For once I agree with him. 
         
        I suspect, though, that the ‘job’ he was referring to was actually to trash the U.S. – in that case, he is doing rather well, and deserves 4 more years to do further damage.

      15. Maybe in his second term he can finally fulfill his promise to make electricity costs “skyrocket”. That’s the economic genius you voted for. If the first term moderate version O can keep business investment sidelined, can’t wait to see what his unbridled self can accomplish.

      16. Maybe in his second term he can finally fulfill his promise to make electricity costs “skyrocket”. That’s the economic genius you voted for. If the first term moderate version O can keep business investment sidelined, can’t wait to see what his unbridled self can accomplish.

      17. What does this prove? Is there not a Staples? Staples Inc. has over 2,000 stores worldwide in 26 countries. Based in Framingham, Massachusetts.

        There are winners and losers. Companies live and die over management.I will not be crying over a lost job because I am not a looser.When I do lose, I pick myself up and go back in and don’t quit.I also don’t get paid to complain.

      18. What does this prove? Is there not a Staples? Staples Inc. has over 2,000 stores worldwide in 26 countries. Based in Framingham, Massachusetts.

        There are winners and losers. Companies live and die over management.I will not be crying over a lost job because I am not a looser.When I do lose, I pick myself up and go back in and don’t quit.I also don’t get paid to complain.

      19. What does this prove? Is there not a Staples? Staples Inc. has over 2,000 stores worldwide in 26 countries. Based in Framingham, Massachusetts.

        There are winners and losers. Companies live and die over management.I will not be crying over a lost job because I am not a looser.When I do lose, I pick myself up and go back in and don’t quit.I also don’t get paid to complain.

      20. In a few years, I already lost my job due to the policies of the America hater, muslim, communist that is infesting the whitehouse.

      21. ..and if Romney didn’t run for POTUS he would just be another American sent jobless by another rich guy who doesn’t deserve any respect.

      22. Trying to sort out if you understand the Union’s role in this – seems your missing that whole part of the conservation.

      23. this guy will be unemployed. no more vacations if mitt wins in the carolinas. he will be dissed by the DNC very shortly. now, romney can hire him to go to bho gigs across the country and tell them they flew him for a month around the country and dropped him like a hot potato.

      24. He’s working on a lie of omission, in which you conveniently eliminate part of the truth to drive consensus where you want it.  The truth is such a fickled thing, who’d of thunk you could lie with actual facts.

      25. Romney can’t win.  Conservatives won’t vote for him, Christians won’t even look at him. 
        As a long time Republican and Christian I can’t wait to vote for Ron Paul

      26. Ron Paul may be good on national issues but on international issues he is without a clue.  Anyone who thinks you can sit down and make nice with Iran and they will quit hating us and wanting to wipe Israel off the map as well as taking over the United States is definitely off his rocker and will have us all being either nuked or living under sharia law.

      27. f BS… “us all being nuked’? think of step two in the equasion here. Iran nukes Isreal and or us is no the end fo the story,step to is what happens to Iran after that? They know what would happen and thus wont do it.  Just like N. Korea doesnt use them exept as a deterrent. Iran wants a deterrant to invasion and or national pride. not to use them to commit suicide.  Iran wont throw the punch because they know they would get beaten down.  Think beyond “pretend” step one.

      28. You are forgetting that the Iranian’s want to hasten the “end of days” because they think it will be to their benefit. They would love to be in a nuclear war with anyone. 

      29. Apparently, you are unaware that the highest virtue of Iran is martyrdom.  This is just strapping a larger bomb to themselves.  The reason mutual destruction works on other countries is that they do not believe they are going to be rewarded with eternity in heaven and 77 virgins.  All you are doing is helping them strap a bigger bomb to themselves.  I agree with Shutes, domestically Ron Paul has some amazing ideas, but as soon as he controls foreign policy he might very well do more damage to this country than Obama and 9/11 combined.

      30. Guest, you are wrong, I am afraid.  An EMP would do it, and actually, nobody would even know who to strike back AT, because it will likely come from some tanker off the coast in a shipping lane… Guest, TMOTECH is correct.  I just read “one Second After”, and I am currently reading the “Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the US from EMP Attack,” executive report to the US government, which, BTW, came out the same day as the 911 Commission’s report, so nobody seems to have paid attention to this, and it is FREAKING scary!    -oh, and if they all die “martyrs”, just think how happy they will be!   Gee whiz.  Your self-assurance frightens me, but I wish I had some!

      31. I thought it would have been a hoot if Romney had won the primary and picked Cain as his VP. The evangelicals would have wet themselves (while wrapping themselves in piety) and the racists would have gone nuts. It would have been Bigot Heaven. And the Democrats would have been going nuts trying to be figure out how to hate Cain without being bigoted and they wouldn’t have even bothered trying to hide hating a Mormon. And all over what were probably the 2 most capable and talented men on the ticket.

      32. I thought it would have been a hoot if Romney had won the primary and picked Cain as his VP. The evangelicals would have wet themselves (while wrapping themselves in piety) and the racists would have gone nuts…ummm those racists you speak of are already i the demoncrap party so how can try ad hide their bigotry towards him? You state it as if the republican racists wo’t vote for Cain IMHO most of the bigots and racists i America are clearly othe Demoncrap side!!

      33. Romney IS a Christian, you insufferable bigot.

        More accurately said:  Bigots won’t even look at him.

        And so we see that we collectively get the government we deserve.

      34. On the cover of the Book of Mormon it clearly states “Another testament of CHRIST”. If you actually picked up the book and read it, regardless of your beliefs, you would come to the knowledge that the entire foundation of the mormon faith is built off of Christ. So Emmanuel, rather than calling you any kind of hurtful names, I would implore you to become more educated before you make false claims.

      35. Simply saying you are a testament to Christ doesn’t make that statement true. If you look at the history of Mormons, they are based on a dude claiming that a golden salamander told him where some gold scrolls were which the guy then reads but doesn’t bother to take with him… Then he uses this as the basis of a religion that allows him to marry multiple women…. Think about it,this whole “religion” was just a clever plan for some horny dude to bag more than one wife and be a swinger…. But Christian? No, not by a long shot.

      36. Thomas, your education like Emmanuel’s is once again based off of ignorance and stereotypes. If you truly believe the words of your last comment I feel sorry for you. You should learn the differences between “fact” and “truth”. You have all the facts and truths wrong. I think this should be your foundation upon a better education. I’ll start you off.
        Part of this rhetorical game of “fact-speaking” is picking out certain details “from the whole” and exposing only “the part” that gives factual support to a selfish agenda. Thus, facts can be used in the service of lies, while truth cannot. A “fact” being that the religion at one time in its past allowed a man to have more than one wife, but not practiced by the “whole”. “Truth” being that the religion was based off of the belief in Christ and man attempting to discount due to a small fact in the larger picture of truth. Joseph Smith was far from a ” horny dude” and a “swinger”.

      37. LDS members believe they will eventually become gods of their own planet.  They also believe in a heavenly father and heavenley mother.  Those “facts” don’t exactly fit with the Bible or Christianity.
        That being said, I would vote for Romney over Obama any day.

      38. You are an idiot.

        Mormons believe Jesus was the son of God, who was an exalted human – who was granted godhood because of his good works on another planet in the universe. This is why you tools go to temple and do good works, so you will become god like (look up eternal progression). IE, Mormons beleive that a person can achieve godhood.

        This is entirely at odds with the Bible and Christian beliefs. There is only 1 God.

        Isaiah 44:6, “Thus saith the LORD the King of
        Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the
        first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no
        God.”

        Mittens has no chance to win the presidency. His own father wasn’t even born here. And he is a decedent of polygamists in Mexico. His ancestors fled the US to avoid prosecution.  

        The Mormon’s have a long and very recent history of abuse (Mountain Meadows, Coleman affair).

        Negroes could not hold the priesthood until 1978…. less than 25 years ago, long after the civil rights movement.

      39. LOLOLOLOL “a golden salamander”!? BWAHAHAHA!!! I’ve been mormon all my life! Never heard that one. Nice. Hee hee. OK that’s totally going to make me laugh all day long.    Thank you Thomas for showing me some other rather interesting things that people think we believe.  Weird but funny.                       I and all the other Mormoms I know believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and my personal Savior who suffered in Gethemane for my sins, died on the cross and rose on the 3rd day.   Whether that makes me a Christian in your view of the word I don’t know.               It’s still funny to see what people think of us sometimes… hee hee a golden salamander?! awesome. 

      40. A golden Salamander?  What will you think of next???  Someone made up stories to you and you were suckered.  Sad for you.  That’s completely false.  Please dont lie.  Your eternal integrity depends upon your telling the truth about ALL things, even your politics. 

      41. Paula, would you mind taking a moment to enlighten me as to the meaning of “milk doctrine” and “meat doctrine?” Thanks.

      42. I have neverheardof eitheR, i am afraid.  I simply cannot help you there.  I have studied The LDS faith, but have neverheardof either.  Sorry.  

      43. Mormons believe that the holy spirit came down and had sex with Mary.  Jesus was born a man who later became deity, not the eternal Word made flesh, nor the Alpha and Omega.  But simply the next in a line of an endless string of gods, each a ruler of their respective Earth like planet.  The doctrine of the trinity is also rejected, so instead of one What (God) and three Whos (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), Mormonism teaches three separate and distinct lesser gods.  Furthermore, if we reject the bible, and accept the beliefs of the Joseph Smith we too will have our own planet to be god of.  These are not the only heresies of Mormonism, but some of the most important.  So, no, Mormons are not Christians, they are a cult.  And like many other cults they are leading many, well intentioned, devout and good people (by man’s standards) to hell.  I specify by man’s standards because the bible teaches that apart from God we can do not good.

      44. Guest, You are wrong.  Perhaps this is the beliefs of one of those pseudo-LDS faiths-  those odd takeoffs that some faiths sprout.  Not the mainstream LDS faith.  Also, I never heard of “having one’s own planet as a GOD” in my years of education, either.  To Mormons, Joseph Smith is no different than Abraham in function.  You’re goofey!  I cant help but wonder who fed you that malarkey. (Embarrassed for you for eating that garbage!)  Maybe YOU are my 
        brother’s silly pastor.  Humm!  Or, its possible that you  are simply a paid blogger and are hired to try to discredit anything you can about Romney, even tot he point of misleading people.  No.  They believe in the Trinity.  They believe there is only ONE GOD, not any “lesser GODs” , and I could go on and on, but its sleepy-time here.  May GOD give u some wisdom and a BIG dose of honesty!

      45. Emmanuel, you have been listening to too many fear-mongers.  They ARE Christians.  Silly thing.  My brother’s Pastor squalls “Fire and Brimstone”  about the Mormons, he tells me, and that pastor is completely acluistic.  Hasn’t a clue on what he is talking about.  Even seems to make up things as he goes along!  Now, that is NOT right, and Emmanuel, you seem to be doing the same thing.   Let honesty be your guide, Emmanuel.  A man without honesty is not a man at all. Still needs growing up.  Honesty is EXPECTED of you, regardless of your plot.  

      46.  Ya, but how many “Christians” voted for a guy who is only the religion who is voting for him. If he’s talking to the populus of Hispanics…he’s Christian. If he’s trying to get the Jewish vote…he’ll wear their Yamika…If he’s trying to get the Muslim vote…he’s one of them…..He can’t make up his mind What he is. He’ll be anybody for your vote.

      47. kevin – remember ross perot?  why waste your vote on ron paul, just cast it for obama, because it will have the same effect that it had in 1992.  third party candidates just split the ticket and cause the worst case scenerio to win by default

      48. Too true!! The problem with a lot of Pauls supporters is that if Paul loses the Republica od  they wil stil write him i or vote for him third party or just ot vote at all ad givig us Obama for another 4 years…Is’t that what Paul did i 2008? Sayig if McCain ca’nt win with me in the race the oh well..I blame Paul very much so for giving us Obama!! 

      49. kevin – remember ross perot?  why waste your vote on ron paul, just cast it for obama, because it will have the same effect that it had in 1992.  third party candidates just split the ticket and cause the worst case scenerio to win by default

      50. Do as the rest of us, vote your conscience during the primaries, vote ABO during the general election.  I could stomach anyone remotely conservative over Obama.

      51. I’m a Christian, and I am voting Romney.  -Who is also a Christian.  His Church is the CHURCH of JESUS Christ of Latter Day Saints.  C’Mon!  It is Christian if  it worships Christ!   Work that brain!  Now, DEEEEP breath, try again…  Your argument on the Christian end is sorely lacking…

      52. Romney can’t win.  Conservatives won’t vote for him, Christians won’t even look at him. 
        As a long time Republican and Christian I can’t wait to vote for Ron Paul

    2. I agree that this sounds like an inability to own up to his own actions.  

      Companies are in business to turn a profit.  If a company does not turn a profit and the prospects of turning a profit are bleak the fail.  Bain Capital provided funds by investing is failing firms that they believed they could save and turn a profit.  They succeeded with some and failed with others.  

      For firms like Bain Capital they have a very good track record.  I suspect that Mitt Romney is selling the number of saved and created jobs short and that the actual number is much larger.  The problem is you can’t really prove these sorts of numbers.

      1. Bain got the company to an on-the-books profit by downsizing, then used their partner Goldman Sachs to get credit lines issued at high margins and leveraged all the companies assets including receivables to the hilt.

        ALL DONE WITH THE INTENTION TO DRIVE UP THE VALUE OF STAPLES SHARES BOTH BAIN AND GOLDMAN SACHS OWNED.

        They looted Ampad and destroyed it with no care or concern at all for the lives of the people they were ruining. BTW, You are paying their pensions as well since Bain dumped that responsibility on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. ie: The Taxpayer. Enjoy higher taxes thanks to Mitt “my-hands-touch-nothing” Romney. Don’t bother with facts you have an ideology to support morons.

      2. Oh nonsense.  If “nature” would have taken its course, that company would have died a natural death; thanks to the greedy unions and their inflexibility.  The same is true with GM.  They should have been allowed to collapse.  Unions have destroyed everything they have touched; the steel industry, the auto industry, public education, the government…. they should be BANNED from all public sector taxpayer funded jobs.  They are the main reason we have a $16T debt.  And the democrats are in bed with those greedy unions and their locust like ways!

      3. All these leveraged buyouts are done at the expense of employees and creditors.  Check out what happens to open account suppliers in the buyout of a troubled company.  If they are paid at all they are stretched 120-180 days.

      4. Creditors of troubled companies are already being paid very slowly, if at all.  If they were able to pay currently they would not be troubled.

      5. Creditors of troubled companies are already being paid very slowly, if at all.  If they were able to pay currently they would not be troubled.

      6. Sounds a lot like how the government handled those owed money by GM. They got zilch, but the unions made out. Given getting zilch and being stretched 120-180 days, I’ll take the stretch.

    3. I believe labor laws required Mittens to negotiate with the union.  You also missed the fact that a plant that was profitable before Mittens got his hands on it was shuttered thanks to Mr. job creator.

      1. And if the union wouldn’t budge, then what? Yup, that’s what happened? They did it to themselves. Law or not law.

      2. I’m sure there’s nothing more to the story. Bain was in the habit of closing down highly profitable businesses just because. That’s how they made their billions.

      3. That’s ridiculous. You don’t buy a highly profitable company and shut it down. The fact that you think like that is probably why no one ever hired you to manage anything.

      4. “You don’t buy a highly profitable company and shut it down.” Oh..noooo…dem capeetollissts is EVIL!!!”

      5. “You don’t buy a highly profitable company and shut it down.” Oh..noooo…dem capeetollissts is EVIL!!!”

      6. I’m no Mit hater, but I think there was a pattern of looting companies by running up their credit lines, then selling the companies with unsustainable debt loads.  Like it or not that is capitalism, and history tells us that capitalism is the worst economic system, except for all the others

      7. Actually, see above, Mike.  Yes, you do, when shutting it down will save the company tons of money as a business loss.  (write off, to offset gains) 

      8. Actually, see above, Mike.  Yes, you do, when shutting it down will save the company tons of money as a business loss.  (write off, to offset gains) 

      9. How does one make billions by closing down highly profitable businesses?  If you own 10 stores, and one of them is not profitable, you close the one and build the remaining nine.  Yes, people lose jobs when this happens, but no one has ever been promised full-time, gainful employment.  It happens, and those who are strong move on to the next opportunity, and those who are whiners stay in the union and take jobs as DNC hacks flying around the country on someone else’s dime.

      10. Bain leveraged newly created credit lines to guarantee a profit to Bain and force Ampad into bankruptcy try reading a news report.

      11. Your logic indicates that your right in line with the Union Thugs.  The reality is that Companies are in business to make a profit, not just to load up the Union’s slush fund.

      12. Most “news ” reporters could not read a financial statement if their life depended on it. Credit lines do not guarantee a profit.  Even the buyer using credit lines has to be able to increase profits enough to pay back the credit lines before they make any money.

      13. “no one has ever been promised full-time, gainful employment. ” Except the supremes, professors and union hacks with seniority.

      14. “no one has ever been promised full-time, gainful employment. ” Except the supremes, professors and union hacks with seniority.

      15. I worked for a hospital that was bought up by a hospital corporation in America.  (ahem) In a VERY short time, that corp took a much-needed, profitable, well-run hospital, brought their shut-down goons in, and destroyed it from the inside, actually upsetting the local people so much by their obnoxious behavior,  that they changed their preference for health care, and by otherwise creating a huge financial loss, these goons shut it down in short order, as an enormous tax write-off.  THAT is how you make billions by closing down highly profitable businesses.   These goons had been previously involved with shutting  down several other hospitals in this company’s holdings, as well, before they got to our hospital.   Everyone there lost their jobs and had to find work elsewhere.   The goons were relocated again.

      16. Have you looked at yourself lately? There is a war going on for your mind, and you’re losing. Bain bought businesses that were going out of business. Many of those companies went under, and they would have NO MATTER WHAT. Note the line in the story, “owned by Smith Corona, which facing bankruptcy,” So the guy lost his job making typewriters! Are you saying that if it weren’t for Bain Capital there would still be highly profitable typewriter factories?

      17. the plant was not profitable. It was going bankrupt when it was owned by Smith Corona. Armpad bought them and the the union went on strike. Hello
        You lost your own job.

    4. Right on! Unions have a valid function – protecting employees from abusive employers. Anything beyond that is pure greed. Given the number of states with right-to-work laws, it is economic suicide to go on strike, especially in today’s economy.

      1. @ Judy: So let me get this straight…You suggest that unions are there to protect the employees from abuse? Well isn’t the federal government the largest regulatory body in the nation? So why would public (i.e. tax payer funded) sector employees need protection from their own government? is this the evil employer you speak of? They don’t. It isn’t 1920. There are plenty of laws and regulations and boards (OSHA, NLRB, NIOSH, MSA, etc., etc., etc.) to protect the employee. The idea of a public sector union (publicly funded worker program) is nothing short of a sham whether it is local, state, or federal…. It’s like saying we have “free education” in this country. No we don’t. We have publicly funded education (through your federal tax dollars and property taxes, etc.) in this country. But it darn sure ain’t free. And another thought….if unions are there to protect the employee, why so many millions spent to support political candidates with union dues? Why not use that money for its intended purpose and actually support the poor guy or gal down on the shop floor? I’m sure you mean well, but your logic and understanding is quite frankly – obtuse.

  8. So THE UNION walked and he blames Romney?  Get real.  This is how business works.  Had the origial company gone under he would have lost it anyway.  HIS Union blaked not the company.  A non Union shop would still be there.

  9. So THE UNION walked and he blames Romney?  Get real.  This is how business works.  Had the origial company gone under he would have lost it anyway.  HIS Union blaked not the company.  A non Union shop would still be there.

  10. So THE UNION walked and he blames Romney?  Get real.  This is how business works.  Had the origial company gone under he would have lost it anyway.  HIS Union blaked not the company.  A non Union shop would still be there.

  11. So THE UNION walked and he blames Romney?  Get real.  This is how business works.  Had the origial company gone under he would have lost it anyway.  HIS Union blaked not the company.  A non Union shop would still be there.

  12. So they all got fired BECAUSE they were a union shop and wanted too much money.  How is this Mitt Romney’s fault?  He came and and rescued a company that was going out of business probably because the cost of payroll was too high.  Then they failed to being down the cost of payroll enough and closed it anyway.  The people WERE going to lose their jobs anyway and they blew their chance at salvation.  That’s the fault of the union and the employees.

  13. I am an idiot who  relied on a union for job  security.   So it is  Romney’s fault that i lost my job?
    Duh…without  a  union, they  could’ve renogotiated  and  kept their  jobs  at a REASONABLE wage commensurate with their  educational level and skill levels.    the company decided to  shut  down instead BECAUSE THE UNION thugs  were  trying to force them to  do  something that obviously had been unprofitable in the past  which is  why they  had to sell  the  factory in the first place….

  14. oh i fell so sad for this clown….boo hoo.

    go out and get a job chump, other than being paid by the DNC to follow candidates around.  what a loser!

  15. So this guy worked for a union that decided to strike against their new owner, rather than work out a solution that might have kept the plant open. And this is Romney’s fault?

  16. sounds like the plant was going to close and the union was given one last chance to save their jobs and the union killed the plant. 

    Often when people buy a business, they have new costs they must cover that the old owners didn’t …. obviously the union didn’t realize that the old owners had better places to put their  money. If they were smart, they would have either tried to buy the plant themselves or renegotiated before the old owners sold it.

    Union fail

    1. I have worked for two start up companies that were acquired by larger companies. One laid me off and the other kept me. It’ called life, unless you are in the union and then you expect them to keep you just because!

    2. I have worked for two start up companies that were acquired by larger companies. One laid me off and the other kept me. It’ called life, unless you are in the union and then you expect them to keep you just because!

  17. luv most of these responses…..I still have faith in the future of the country.  I am not pushing a candidate (this time lol) — we must retire Obama.  Let’s just keep our eyes on the prize.  Obama Inc. has attempted to condition us to accept a new normal.  America deserves better than Obama.

    1. All unions cost employees their jobs. That’s what they do. GM is a complete failure because of the union thugs. They recalled 4k cars because these union moron’s didn’t put breaks on all of the tires. Are you kidding me! The union way baby!

    2. All unions cost employees their jobs. That’s what they do. GM is a complete failure because of the union thugs. They recalled 4k cars because these union moron’s didn’t put breaks on all of the tires. Are you kidding me! The union way baby!

    3. All unions cost employees their jobs. That’s what they do. GM is a complete failure because of the union thugs. They recalled 4k cars because these union moron’s didn’t put breaks on all of the tires. Are you kidding me! The union way baby!

  18. They tried to renegotiate the contract, but the union eventually decided to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.

  19. So you repay the company that just saved your job by trying to twist their arm, and then are surprised that they decided it was not worth the effort? Pathetic.  Every time I hear the word “shop” it makes my skin crawl. I’ll go to work where and when I want to, got it. I wish I had a picket line to cross today.

  20. He sounds like another whining Union man that got screwd by his Union. Romney is looking better every time I here stories like this!

  21. A union worker being flown around and put up in hotels by the DNC? Yeah, he sounds like a totally impartial and fair-minded individual.

    1. So,  you don’t think the DNC would pay his way if he were to say that Romney is a smart businessman?  How can you be so unfair to the DNC and the unions?

      Just read that Rasmussen says that Romney is the only one who can beat Obama.

      If that is so, why are so many in the GOP trying to kill Romney’s chances?  We need to all get behind anyone who can beat B.O.  and if it’s Romney. so be it!

      1. Besides if Romney steps to the left, the Repubs , who will control the house and Senate, will get him back on track… win win.

  22. I stand amazed of the democratic party and how low they will stoop to minipulate voters. This president has caused the loss of more jobs than one man and one company. And yet our press does not seem to care about those who have lost jobs, homes, and futures because of policies that favor his Union buddies and his wall street friends. This country is in a world of hurt not only financially because of this president but also patriaotically. I no longer see the country that we once were. A country where hard work is what gets you ahead and not goverment hand outs and devisive comments from all that sit on the democratic side. The democrats are the party of see it my way or you are not worthy of being heard! I voted for the president as independent but will not vote for him again! I dont necessarly like the republican chosses but I feel like they will at least not continue the game of take from the rich and give to the poor! It has never worked and countries that have tried it are all running the other way now! May God have mercy on this country!!!      

  23. Sounds to me that the Union decided to shut down operations of the plant and Bain was forced to agree with them.  Sorry Mr. Johnson, but your Union did you in.

  24. Talk to Barney Frank and Chris Dodd while you’re in NE and ask them why they allowed Fannie Mae to kill the US housing market and bring down the economy.  Democrats, I believe?   Oh, the union went out on strike, and as usual, tried the extortion tactic on the owners so they closed it.  What part of shooting yourself in the foot don’t these people get?  I have no sympathy.

  25. When will union workers get it through their think skull that being union does not guarantee you a job. Go cry somewhere else!

  26. There would have been jobs if it weren’t for the union.  Romney could use this case himself as an example of how the DNC and their supporters get in the way of economic recovery.

  27. There would have been jobs if it weren’t for the union.  Romney could use this case himself as an example of how the DNC and their supporters get in the way of economic recovery.

  28. There would have been jobs if it weren’t for the union.  Romney could use this case himself as an example of how the DNC and their supporters get in the way of economic recovery.

  29. The union went on strike so the plant closed they only have themselves to blame they closed the plant by refusing to work i.e. going on strike idiots.  Why doesn’t this loser get a job and quit sucking arounfd the democrats for his living.

  30. What a job this guy must have.  I’ve been killing myself with limited time-off working 60hrs a week and lucky to have a job.  Meanwhile dear O’le Randy gets to travel around the country.  Must be nice to get those Taxpayer funded perks and special privileged that Unions get.

  31. I have a question.  We have a President with no record other than graft and corruption;

    Where has that got us?

    A credit downgrade and an economy growing at 1.5% to 2.5% on the back of a doubling of our national credit card bill, and a deficit that would make Mr. Ponzi blush!

    We need Romney to fire Obama, or any other Republican!

  32. So, the owners decided they would rather close the plant than put up with Union bovine feces?  That is their right as Americans.  How does that make Romney a “Job Killer”?  I see the Union as the job killer.  The Unions demand higher-than-market wages and benefits which causes profitability to drop and owners to think twice about doing business.
    The Unions are the “Job Killers”.

  33. So, the owners decided they would rather close the plant than put up with Union bovine feces?  That is their right as Americans.  How does that make Romney a “Job Killer”?  I see the Union as the job killer.  The Unions demand higher-than-market wages and benefits which causes profitability to drop and owners to think twice about doing business.
    The Unions are the “Job Killers”.

  34. Lol that Randy Johnson and his union don’t see that every last Smith Corona job has been forced overseas by their blackmailing.

    How many TVs are made in the US Randy?  Curtis Matthes, the last US manufacturer, no longer exists.

    The new Dodge Dart?  A rebadged Alfa Romeo.

    Make no mistake, these jobs are gone, but guys like Randy Johnson were the ones who killed them.

  35. Lol that Randy Johnson and his union don’t see that every last Smith Corona job has been forced overseas by their blackmailing.

    How many TVs are made in the US Randy?  Curtis Matthes, the last US manufacturer, no longer exists.

    The new Dodge Dart?  A rebadged Alfa Romeo.

    Make no mistake, these jobs are gone, but guys like Randy Johnson were the ones who killed them.

  36. Well Mr. Johnson, for goodness sakes – go to the core problem:  Blame the company failure on Smith-Corona, who failed to keep up with technology and new product development,….kept making typewriters when the world was going to computers!  But then you were one of the union workers, who labored as little as possible for as much money and benefits as possible and sucked up all the dollars for research…and also had workplace rules that made progress and efficiency impossible  at S-C.  

    Scheesch.  Whatta schmuck.

  37. Well Mr. Johnson, for goodness sakes – go to the core problem:  Blame the company failure on Smith-Corona, who failed to keep up with technology and new product development,….kept making typewriters when the world was going to computers!  But then you were one of the union workers, who labored as little as possible for as much money and benefits as possible and sucked up all the dollars for research…and also had workplace rules that made progress and efficiency impossible  at S-C.  

    Scheesch.  Whatta schmuck.

  38. obamas people must being salivating at the prospect of mitt romney. they are going to destory this man and he doesn’t have the backbone to fight back. maybe mccain will step forward and help him. oh wait, mccain has no backbone either.

    1. Not a chance….he’s the one they fear the most, hands down.  Newt and Santorum have zero chance, far right conservatives can’t garner the Independent voters away from Obama in big enough numbers…wise up.

  39. obamas people must being salivating at the prospect of mitt romney. they are going to destory this man and he doesn’t have the backbone to fight back. maybe mccain will step forward and help him. oh wait, mccain has no backbone either.

  40. under 4 more years of obumma this man can smoke crack and collect a welfare check and bitch at people who work because they dont pay enough taxes for the gubment to hire him

  41. under 4 more years of obumma this man can smoke crack and collect a welfare check and bitch at people who work because they dont pay enough taxes for the gubment to hire him

  42. If this guy actually owned a business and had to make real business decisions he would know that the primary goal of business is to make money.  Employees are hired in the hopes of growing a company to make more money.  If a business is not growing and expenses exceed income then cutd have to be made to keep the business viable.  This often means employees need to be let go.  Why this guy is blaming a business owner for trying to keep a company viable and strong is beyond my comprehension.  I like Romney because the same difficult cuts need to made in government to keep our country viable and strong. 

  43. If this guy actually owned a business and had to make real business decisions he would know that the primary goal of business is to make money.  Employees are hired in the hopes of growing a company to make more money.  If a business is not growing and expenses exceed income then cutd have to be made to keep the business viable.  This often means employees need to be let go.  Why this guy is blaming a business owner for trying to keep a company viable and strong is beyond my comprehension.  I like Romney because the same difficult cuts need to made in government to keep our country viable and strong. 

  44. So this guy is the poster child for “Unions Kill Jobs”   Sounds like Romney’s group had hired most of them back until THE WORKERS CHOSE to be unionized.  After that, it wasn’t practical to keep the plant open.

    And the DNC is dumb enough to send him around the country.

    I just read an article on Fox Business listing the 8 Beers that have seen sales drop by 30% or more over the last 5 years… all are Union Made beers.

    Unions KILL jobs.
    Unions KILL beer.

    That’s all I need to know.

  45. So this guy is the poster child for “Unions Kill Jobs”   Sounds like Romney’s group had hired most of them back until THE WORKERS CHOSE to be unionized.  After that, it wasn’t practical to keep the plant open.

    And the DNC is dumb enough to send him around the country.

    I just read an article on Fox Business listing the 8 Beers that have seen sales drop by 30% or more over the last 5 years… all are Union Made beers.

    Unions KILL jobs.
    Unions KILL beer.

    That’s all I need to know.

  46. Why does this guy blame Romney and not his Union leaders for the loss of his job? If there had been no union ordered strike then Ampad would not have, “shuttered the once-profitable factory”.

  47. Why does this guy blame Romney and not his Union leaders for the loss of his job? If there had been no union ordered strike then Ampad would not have, “shuttered the once-profitable factory”.

  48. Romney is Obama in steroids
    Ron Paul  for National Salvation and to regain our rights which Obama’s NDAA law has taken out from us.

  49. Romney is Obama in steroids
    Ron Paul  for National Salvation and to regain our rights which Obama’s NDAA law has taken out from us.

  50. Lets pass NDAA and treat American citizens as enemy combatants no constitutional rights. hey lets give constitutional rights to the real muslim terrorist and require jury trials. I guess this is obummas way of creating jobs for liberal lawyers who hate America

  51. Lets pass NDAA and treat American citizens as enemy combatants no constitutional rights. hey lets give constitutional rights to the real muslim terrorist and require jury trials. I guess this is obummas way of creating jobs for liberal lawyers who hate America

  52. Romney has to now show all the unemployed Americans, millions of them, who lost their job under Obama.  That will be easy to do.  The DNC is stupid.

  53. The more the DNC try to tear him down, the better Romney looks. They’re reading way too much into that Ohio vote. The majority of the country is sick of the general union political king making, and of public sector unions in  any way shape or form. Scott Walker for President.

  54. These business people aren’t running charities.

    Since when did being a Capitalist become a dirty word?

    Since Obama stuck these Wall Street people up for more money than anyone in history  during the last election Chicago Dem Machine/Jesse Jackson style, and now because HE is a usurper who believes in the welfare state all his deadbeat lowlife class warfare soldiers march lock step behind him because he CANNOT RUN ON ANYTHING ELSE.  That’s when.

    The only way these Chicago pols know is bribery. I know, I’ve lived 30 miles north of that decaying ghetto and watched it every single day since 1980.

    RACE is ALL these affirmative action hire black politicians know, and the real joke on these moron followers of Obama is that OBAMA IS MORE WHITE THAN BLACK YOU FREAKING IDIOTS!!!!

  55. I am shocked. The economy works for Johnson like it does most every other American worker. People get fired.

    I have fired several Doctors, four or give garages, umpteen dry cleaners, four dentists, and one wife.

    Give me a break.

    1. When I was in college, I got fired on New Years Day for being a half hour late at 5:30AM to clean stalls. I got a cup of coffee and by 6:30AM I had another job where I had even more manure to clean up. It taught me a lot about responsability… and not to complain when crap is up to my ankles…it could be up to my knees!

    2. When I was in college, I got fired on New Years Day for being a half hour late at 5:30AM to clean stalls. I got a cup of coffee and by 6:30AM I had another job where I had even more manure to clean up. It taught me a lot about responsability… and not to complain when crap is up to my ankles…it could be up to my knees!

  56. I think it is particularly telling and pathetic that he whines about not having his lunches and his tolls paid for too!

    Not pathetic enough that he is still crying about something that happened in 1994 – almost 20 years ago, but that he cries about the DNC not pampering his spoiled butt enough!

  57. Notice:  The Union went on Strike: 
    Then the Company Closed the Plant.  It is easier to shut down than deal with a Union.

  58. what part of bankrupt am i not understanding ?  and this guy thinks he should have had a lifetime job there?  and now the union lets him take leave to follow romney around ? and does the company he works for have to give him leave and a guaranteed job when he returns because of a union contract?   and hes complaining?

  59. what a ridiculous article.  The say “Ampad shuttered the once profitable company.”  If it was once profitable then why was it “facing bankruptcy”.  The truth of the matter is that the unions ruined it and when Ampad tried to get rid of the unions to save the business they couldn’t.  Freelander should be embarrassed about the way he spun this.

  60. Sad that he allows himself to be used by a political party who couldn’t care less about him. Power is all either party cares about.  Hope-Change blah blah blah. Both parties are run by big government types who change nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Sad that he allows himself to be used by a political party who couldn’t care less about him. Power is all either party cares about.  Hope-Change blah blah blah. Both parties are run by big government types who change nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. This guy is a paid union mouthpiece.

     “He had to relocate from Indiana to Pittsburgh and is taken leave from a job at the steelworker’s union there”

     Looks to me like the DNC found him a job in a Pittsburgh union unitl they needed him again.  He really would have been out of work if Romney had not run.

  63. Wait, didn’t Smith-Corona make typewriters?  That was their main business.  Maybe this man should redirect his rage at Al Gore for inventing the internets.

  64. So what? Romney cost one man his job. Obama did far more damage than that in his first week in office. Sounds like this man not only wanted a job, but he wanted a UNION job. Tough luck! 

  65. He is such a great employee.  He takes months -long leaves of absenses from his current job to moan about losing a job 18 years ago.  S**t bum trouble maker.

  66. He is such a great employee.  He takes months -long leaves of absenses from his current job to moan about losing a job 18 years ago.  S**t bum trouble maker.

  67. He is such a great employee.  He takes months -long leaves of absenses from his current job to moan about losing a job 18 years ago.  S**t bum trouble maker.

  68. So, let me get this straight – the company this guy worked for was heading towards bankruptcy, Bain (through Ampad) bought it and kept it afloat, but they wound up closing their doors after this guy’s union refused to renegotiate and went on strike – and it’s Mitt Romney’s fault he lost his job?  And the Democrat party is paying for this goof to hound Romney?

    Unreal. 

    1. You, are correct sir. They know the media will eat this up but, what they don’t know, this will backfire. We are sick and tired of lazy, union thugs! Hey, Hoffa. Maybe we should help you locate your useless daddy?

    2. You, are correct sir. They know the media will eat this up but, what they don’t know, this will backfire. We are sick and tired of lazy, union thugs! Hey, Hoffa. Maybe we should help you locate your useless daddy?

    3. You, are correct sir. They know the media will eat this up but, what they don’t know, this will backfire. We are sick and tired of lazy, union thugs! Hey, Hoffa. Maybe we should help you locate your useless daddy?

    4. You, are correct sir. They know the media will eat this up but, what they don’t know, this will backfire. We are sick and tired of lazy, union thugs! Hey, Hoffa. Maybe we should help you locate your useless daddy?

    5. You, are correct sir. They know the media will eat this up but, what they don’t know, this will backfire. We are sick and tired of lazy, union thugs! Hey, Hoffa. Maybe we should help you locate your useless daddy?

    6. You, are correct sir. They know the media will eat this up but, what they don’t know, this will backfire. We are sick and tired of lazy, union thugs! Hey, Hoffa. Maybe we should help you locate your useless daddy?

  69. Smith Corona was a typewriter manufacturer.  It may as well have been a buggy-whip maker.  That any company would want to buy a bankruot maker of obsolete equipment and try to turn it around is noteworthy.  That a union would advise it’s members at that plant to then strike is utterly idiotic.  You make your bed, you sleep in it.

  70. Smith Corona was a typewriter manufacturer.  It may as well have been a buggy-whip maker.  That any company would want to buy a bankruot maker of obsolete equipment and try to turn it around is noteworthy.  That a union would advise it’s members at that plant to then strike is utterly idiotic.  You make your bed, you sleep in it.

  71. Smith Corona was a typewriter manufacturer.  It may as well have been a buggy-whip maker.  That any company would want to buy a bankruot maker of obsolete equipment and try to turn it around is noteworthy.  That a union would advise it’s members at that plant to then strike is utterly idiotic.  You make your bed, you sleep in it.

  72. You went on strike – that means you are willing to leave your existing job and go find a job which better matches you’re skill to income ratio.  Your employer felt that your productivity wasn’t worth what they were paying you.    Sounds like both of you got what you wanted – so stop beaching!!

  73. You went on strike – that means you are willing to leave your existing job and go find a job which better matches you’re skill to income ratio.  Your employer felt that your productivity wasn’t worth what they were paying you.    Sounds like both of you got what you wanted – so stop beaching!!

  74. You went on strike – that means you are willing to leave your existing job and go find a job which better matches you’re skill to income ratio.  Your employer felt that your productivity wasn’t worth what they were paying you.    Sounds like both of you got what you wanted – so stop beaching!!

  75. I don’t care for Romney either, he’s just like BHO but sounds to me he’s now getting a free ride by the DNC, he’s milking it.  Liberals usually do.

  76. I don’t care for Romney either, he’s just like BHO but sounds to me he’s now getting a free ride by the DNC, he’s milking it.  Liberals usually do.

  77. Union laborers are the same mindless robots that voted for Hope and Change. 
    These are the same mindless retards that now complain about their own unemployment while cheering on the Demoncraps at their Occupy rape camps.I say to you  now, stand back and observe the mentality of your average Libtard.  

    1. union tards also re-elected harry reid ( the union  bussed them to the polls , makes one wonder about the petitions that were signed to get OBumbles on the ballot   hmmmm???)

  78. Union laborers are the same mindless robots that voted for Hope and Change. 
    These are the same mindless retards that now complain about their own unemployment while cheering on the Demoncraps at their Occupy rape camps.I say to you  now, stand back and observe the mentality of your average Libtard.  

  79. Union laborers are the same mindless robots that voted for Hope and Change. 
    These are the same mindless retards that now complain about their own unemployment while cheering on the Demoncraps at their Occupy rape camps.I say to you  now, stand back and observe the mentality of your average Libtard.  

  80. The 57-year-old described how he worked at a factory making office
    supplies owned by Smith Corona, which facing bankruptcy. Ampad attempted to renegotiate the contract, but the union
    eventually decided to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the
    once-profitable factory. 

    Let understand the company was going bankrupt Ampad came into safe it and the union decided it was more important to protect the union and not the jobs.  At one time the company was profitable.  When, before the union negotiated bigger wages and benefits.  Smith Corona did a terrible job in negotiating a new union contract.  Shame on Smith Corona

  81. The 57-year-old described how he worked at a factory making office
    supplies owned by Smith Corona, which facing bankruptcy. Ampad attempted to renegotiate the contract, but the union
    eventually decided to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the
    once-profitable factory. 

    Let understand the company was going bankrupt Ampad came into safe it and the union decided it was more important to protect the union and not the jobs.  At one time the company was profitable.  When, before the union negotiated bigger wages and benefits.  Smith Corona did a terrible job in negotiating a new union contract.  Shame on Smith Corona

  82. The 57-year-old described how he worked at a factory making office
    supplies owned by Smith Corona, which facing bankruptcy. Ampad attempted to renegotiate the contract, but the union
    eventually decided to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the
    once-profitable factory. 

    Let understand the company was going bankrupt Ampad came into safe it and the union decided it was more important to protect the union and not the jobs.  At one time the company was profitable.  When, before the union negotiated bigger wages and benefits.  Smith Corona did a terrible job in negotiating a new union contract.  Shame on Smith Corona

  83. Wow, seriously? The union goes on strike and kills his job and he blames Romney. Not only that, but he’s upset because he has to buy lunch and pay tolls on his own dime while he’s getting an all-expenses paid vacation courtesy of the DNC. This guy is a delusional, entitled whiner. No sympathy.

  84. I am a supporter of Newt Gingrich; however I must say that
    this assault on Romney is starting to rub me the wrong way. The unions in
    America are what caused virtually all manufacturing jobs to move overseas.
    Romney basically told the unions, we cannot afford to pay artificially inflated
    rates for shop workers anymore, we are going bankrupt.  The union decided to let these workers get
    fired because they are afraid that other companies will renegotiate as well.
    The union bosses are making money from a lot of recourses. One of their main
    revenue is from union member paying dues; they felt that they would rather have
    people like Johnson fired than risk losing their dues. If not for unions we
    would still be the largest manufacturing place on earth. I must say that
    although for now I’m still supporting Newt, I will now take another look at Romney,
    he just gained a tremendous amount of respect in my eyes, just by the fact that
    he was not going to let the unions run his business.         

  85. I am a supporter of Newt Gingrich; however I must say that
    this assault on Romney is starting to rub me the wrong way. The unions in
    America are what caused virtually all manufacturing jobs to move overseas.
    Romney basically told the unions, we cannot afford to pay artificially inflated
    rates for shop workers anymore, we are going bankrupt.  The union decided to let these workers get
    fired because they are afraid that other companies will renegotiate as well.
    The union bosses are making money from a lot of recourses. One of their main
    revenue is from union member paying dues; they felt that they would rather have
    people like Johnson fired than risk losing their dues. If not for unions we
    would still be the largest manufacturing place on earth. I must say that
    although for now I’m still supporting Newt, I will now take another look at Romney,
    he just gained a tremendous amount of respect in my eyes, just by the fact that
    he was not going to let the unions run his business.         

  86. If he was misled by anybody, it sounds like it was his union. Williams Sonoma was headed for bankruptcy, AmPad came in and offered an opportunity at a turn it around. To do that, they had to cut costs and lower expenses.  The union didn’t want to participate in cost cutting and went on strike.  As a consequence, the plant was shuttered.  How is that Romney’s fault?  The guy would still have a job (albeit at a lower wage) and an opportunity if his union hadn’t played stupid. Instead, he bounces around on unemployment and paid junkets by the DNC. 

    1. Williams Sonoma? It must be fun to live so far out of touch with reality. Seeing half of what you hear and hearing half of what you see. Your posts would be far more credible if you could read and remember what you read.

      1. Wow, way to BE THE STEREOTYPE. Your liberal debate tactics expose you. You took an honest mistake of mixing up the proper names of two companies, Smith Corona and Williams Sonoma, and then you proceed to make THAT your point of contention in the debate? Hahahahaha. Lefties. What an absolute masterdebater.

      2. You must be some kind of neanderthal. Why not research ALL my posts on Disqus and try to find one that isn’t to the right of Atilla the Hun. I am a very staunch conservative with libertarian leanings and would gladly export ALL layers and liberals (throw in the anarchists for free) permanently! you exhibit a lack of rational intellectual thinking in your reply. Check that, NO THOUGHT! just a typical knee jerk response. WIlliams Sonoma is nothing like Smith Corona. I wasn’t making a point about the debate. I did that earlier. I was making a fun of a stupid poster.
        The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill

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        Wool-Free-Vision wrote, in response to ricardo_maxwell:
        Wow, way to BE THE STEREOTYPE. Your liberal debate tactics expose you. You took an honest mistake of mixing up the proper names of two companies, Smith Corona and Williams Sonoma, and then you proceed to make THAT your point of contention in the debate? Hahahahaha. Lefties. What an absolute masterdebater. Link to comment

      3. Wow, way to BE THE STEREOTYPE. Your liberal debate tactics expose you. You took an honest mistake of mixing up the proper names of two companies, Smith Corona and Williams Sonoma, and then you proceed to make THAT your point of contention in the debate? Hahahahaha. Lefties. What an absolute masterdebater.

    2. Williams Sonoma? It must be fun to live so far out of touch with reality. Seeing half of what you hear and hearing half of what you see. Your posts would be far more credible if you could read and remember what you read.

  87. If he was misled by anybody, it sounds like it was his union. Williams Sonoma was headed for bankruptcy, AmPad came in and offered an opportunity at a turn it around. To do that, they had to cut costs and lower expenses.  The union didn’t want to participate in cost cutting and went on strike.  As a consequence, the plant was shuttered.  How is that Romney’s fault?  The guy would still have a job (albeit at a lower wage) and an opportunity if his union hadn’t played stupid. Instead, he bounces around on unemployment and paid junkets by the DNC. 

  88. If he was misled by anybody, it sounds like it was his union. Williams Sonoma was headed for bankruptcy, AmPad came in and offered an opportunity at a turn it around. To do that, they had to cut costs and lower expenses.  The union didn’t want to participate in cost cutting and went on strike.  As a consequence, the plant was shuttered.  How is that Romney’s fault?  The guy would still have a job (albeit at a lower wage) and an opportunity if his union hadn’t played stupid. Instead, he bounces around on unemployment and paid junkets by the DNC. 

  89. He lost his job in 1994?  Are you kidding me?  Move on.  I was layed off in 2002, during a bad job market.  I wasn’t happy but thats life, no one promised me a job till retirement and i don’t expect it.  I am better off anyway and i don’t even think about it anymore.  

    1. Right on.  I’ve worked for 3 companies since 94, one of them was a layoff, the others my own choosing, that’s how it works, nothing is 100% secure or assured, especially if a company is having financial challenges and labor/benefits is a cost factor contributing to being in the red.  Move on pal.  The union mindset is so alien to most hard working Americans, that’s why they only account for 7% of today’s workforce and declining.  It’s a big bad world out there, work hard, wear a cup, be smart, save when you can, always be ready to jump to something else in case your company goes bankrupt and move on buddy. geez.

    2. In Sept of 1967 I was a new hire as management for a Ford factory in Pico Riveria, Ca. After eight days of production the UAW struck, Ford suggested management employees get other temporary jobs. I became a sports agent for athletes who I turned into stars, and was then drafted, went to war, was wounded and recouperated before the strike was over!

  90. He lost his job in 1994?  Are you kidding me?  Move on.  I was layed off in 2002, during a bad job market.  I wasn’t happy but thats life, no one promised me a job till retirement and i don’t expect it.  I am better off anyway and i don’t even think about it anymore.  

  91. He lost his job in 1994?  Are you kidding me?  Move on.  I was layed off in 2002, during a bad job market.  I wasn’t happy but thats life, no one promised me a job till retirement and i don’t expect it.  I am better off anyway and i don’t even think about it anymore.  

  92. What a worthless article – and this guy is taking a leave from his job, to be a DNC hack???  Seriously, what is the point of publishing non-information like this crap?

  93. What a worthless article – and this guy is taking a leave from his job, to be a DNC hack???  Seriously, what is the point of publishing non-information like this crap?

  94. What a worthless article – and this guy is taking a leave from his job, to be a DNC hack???  Seriously, what is the point of publishing non-information like this crap?

  95. What a worthless article – and this guy is taking a leave from his job, to be a DNC hack???  Seriously, what is the point of publishing non-information like this crap?

  96. What a worthless article – and this guy is taking a leave from his job, to be a DNC hack???  Seriously, what is the point of publishing non-information like this crap?

  97. Wait…do the liberal lunatics think they will get away with this?

    1. Company goes bankrupt
    2. Romney related company buys it
    3. As new owners they attempt to renegotiate their labor costs (WHY DO YOU MORONS THINK IT WENT BANKRUPT IN THE FIRST PLACE
    4. Union doesn’t want to renegotiate goes on strike and prevents the company from operating.
    5. Company closes the plant because they can’t make a profit.

    This is a “gotcha’ in liberal land?

    You would have to hit me in the head with a two by four to make me as stupid as a liberal. Several times. Really really hard.

    1. “This is a “gotcha’ in liberal land?”

      Yes.  Pretty lame, isn’t it?  It ranks right up there with Marcy D’Arcy… I mean, Katie Couric (I always get those two confused) asking Sarah Palin what newspapers she reads.  Palin, incredulous that such an irrelevent (and rude) question is being asked of her, refuses to answer in the way Marcy – – I mean, Katie, wanted.   

      “GOTCHA!!  Sarah Palin doesn’t know how to read!!”  The media actually expected us to believe that. 

      And D’Arcy (dammit, I mean Couric) actually was awarded a journalism trophy for that interview.

  98. Wait…do the liberal lunatics think they will get away with this?

    1. Company goes bankrupt
    2. Romney related company buys it
    3. As new owners they attempt to renegotiate their labor costs (WHY DO YOU MORONS THINK IT WENT BANKRUPT IN THE FIRST PLACE
    4. Union doesn’t want to renegotiate goes on strike and prevents the company from operating.
    5. Company closes the plant because they can’t make a profit.

    This is a “gotcha’ in liberal land?

    You would have to hit me in the head with a two by four to make me as stupid as a liberal. Several times. Really really hard.

  99. Wait…do the liberal lunatics think they will get away with this?

    1. Company goes bankrupt
    2. Romney related company buys it
    3. As new owners they attempt to renegotiate their labor costs (WHY DO YOU MORONS THINK IT WENT BANKRUPT IN THE FIRST PLACE
    4. Union doesn’t want to renegotiate goes on strike and prevents the company from operating.
    5. Company closes the plant because they can’t make a profit.

    This is a “gotcha’ in liberal land?

    You would have to hit me in the head with a two by four to make me as stupid as a liberal. Several times. Really really hard.

  100. Unions have sucked the life blood out of the US and this guy epitomizes the worst of the unions.
    He deserves to get twice as much as a job is worth just because he got it before, while he demands ever more.
    He is the true reason jobs have run away from the US. Pay him $15/hr + $7/hr more for benefits or get it done in china for $1/hr total.
    I’m sure he buys his gas at the cheapest station but feels a company has no right to get its labor at the best price?
    We must be competitive or die. The unions promote the latter.

  101. Unions have sucked the life blood out of the US and this guy epitomizes the worst of the unions.
    He deserves to get twice as much as a job is worth just because he got it before, while he demands ever more.
    He is the true reason jobs have run away from the US. Pay him $15/hr + $7/hr more for benefits or get it done in china for $1/hr total.
    I’m sure he buys his gas at the cheapest station but feels a company has no right to get its labor at the best price?
    We must be competitive or die. The unions promote the latter.

  102. Unions have sucked the life blood out of the US and this guy epitomizes the worst of the unions.
    He deserves to get twice as much as a job is worth just because he got it before, while he demands ever more.
    He is the true reason jobs have run away from the US. Pay him $15/hr + $7/hr more for benefits or get it done in china for $1/hr total.
    I’m sure he buys his gas at the cheapest station but feels a company has no right to get its labor at the best price?
    We must be competitive or die. The unions promote the latter.

  103. Unions have sucked the life blood out of the US and this guy epitomizes the worst of the unions.
    He deserves to get twice as much as a job is worth just because he got it before, while he demands ever more.
    He is the true reason jobs have run away from the US. Pay him $15/hr + $7/hr more for benefits or get it done in china for $1/hr total.
    I’m sure he buys his gas at the cheapest station but feels a company has no right to get its labor at the best price?
    We must be competitive or die. The unions promote the latter.

  104. lets see the company was profitable but was facing bankruptcy  it was sold and to make the company profitable again it need to renegotiation  a new contract so that the company would be profitable and the union stopped it so they closed the plant. sorry chief why would you take on a bad deal to keep losing money . what a jerk it’ the union stupid that cost you your job.

  105. lets see the company was profitable but was facing bankruptcy  it was sold and to make the company profitable again it need to renegotiation  a new contract so that the company would be profitable and the union stopped it so they closed the plant. sorry chief why would you take on a bad deal to keep losing money . what a jerk it’ the union stupid that cost you your job.

  106. lets see the company was profitable but was facing bankruptcy  it was sold and to make the company profitable again it need to renegotiation  a new contract so that the company would be profitable and the union stopped it so they closed the plant. sorry chief why would you take on a bad deal to keep losing money . what a jerk it’ the union stupid that cost you your job.

  107. Typical Union mindset… they think their jobs are sacrosanct!  And that’s the reason so many Union shops produce crap… just look at our schools!

  108. Typical Union mindset… they think their jobs are sacrosanct!  And that’s the reason so many Union shops produce crap… just look at our schools!

  109. Typical Union mindset… they think their jobs are sacrosanct!  And that’s the reason so many Union shops produce crap… just look at our schools!

  110. Typical Union mindset… they think their jobs are sacrosanct!  And that’s the reason so many Union shops produce crap… just look at our schools!

  111. Typical Union mindset… they think their jobs are sacrosanct!  And that’s the reason so many Union shops produce crap… just look at our schools!

  112. Typical Union mindset… they think their jobs are sacrosanct!  And that’s the reason so many Union shops produce crap… just look at our schools!

  113. Typical Union mindset… they think their jobs are sacrosanct!  And that’s the reason so many Union shops produce crap… just look at our schools!

  114. Evidence in this story indicates union unwillingness to adjust salary and benefits to match market onditions led to the plant being shuttered.  Romney did nothing wrong in this case.  The DNC is just a rat outfit creating a story-line for the media to run with.  Fact:  People like this useful idiot have lost more since Democrats took control of the House and Senate back in 2007 than any period since the Great Depression.  the last time the middle class was hit this hard happened to be the Great Depression, when Democrats had control of the economic agenda.  

  115. Evidence in this story indicates union unwillingness to adjust salary and benefits to match market onditions led to the plant being shuttered.  Romney did nothing wrong in this case.  The DNC is just a rat outfit creating a story-line for the media to run with.  Fact:  People like this useful idiot have lost more since Democrats took control of the House and Senate back in 2007 than any period since the Great Depression.  the last time the middle class was hit this hard happened to be the Great Depression, when Democrats had control of the economic agenda.  

  116. Evidence in this story indicates union unwillingness to adjust salary and benefits to match market onditions led to the plant being shuttered.  Romney did nothing wrong in this case.  The DNC is just a rat outfit creating a story-line for the media to run with.  Fact:  People like this useful idiot have lost more since Democrats took control of the House and Senate back in 2007 than any period since the Great Depression.  the last time the middle class was hit this hard happened to be the Great Depression, when Democrats had control of the economic agenda.  

  117. Evidence in this story indicates union unwillingness to adjust salary and benefits to match market onditions led to the plant being shuttered.  Romney did nothing wrong in this case.  The DNC is just a rat outfit creating a story-line for the media to run with.  Fact:  People like this useful idiot have lost more since Democrats took control of the House and Senate back in 2007 than any period since the Great Depression.  the last time the middle class was hit this hard happened to be the Great Depression, when Democrats had control of the economic agenda.  

  118. Evidence in this story indicates union unwillingness to adjust salary and benefits to match market onditions led to the plant being shuttered.  Romney did nothing wrong in this case.  The DNC is just a rat outfit creating a story-line for the media to run with.  Fact:  People like this useful idiot have lost more since Democrats took control of the House and Senate back in 2007 than any period since the Great Depression.  the last time the middle class was hit this hard happened to be the Great Depression, when Democrats had control of the economic agenda.  

  119. Evidence in this story indicates union unwillingness to adjust salary and benefits to match market onditions led to the plant being shuttered.  Romney did nothing wrong in this case.  The DNC is just a rat outfit creating a story-line for the media to run with.  Fact:  People like this useful idiot have lost more since Democrats took control of the House and Senate back in 2007 than any period since the Great Depression.  the last time the middle class was hit this hard happened to be the Great Depression, when Democrats had control of the economic agenda.  

  120. So, Randy Johnson worked for a company that was on the brink of bankruptcy. The nearly bankrupt company was sold. The union forces the new owners to recognize the old union contract. Company gets closed. It was not a profitable company when sold. It was almost bankrupt. Like too many other companies, it was probably strapped by a union that looked after its own self interests instead of protecting the worker’s jobs. The union refused to renegotiate so the new owners had to reevaluate their position and therefore cut their losses. The choice was simple. If you are loosing money and refuse to change, you still lose money.

    I am NOT a Romney supporter. I don’t trust him for other reasons. But in this case, you can probably blame the union. Obviously Ampad bought the plant thinking it could once again become a profitable company.

  121. So, Randy Johnson worked for a company that was on the brink of bankruptcy. The nearly bankrupt company was sold. The union forces the new owners to recognize the old union contract. Company gets closed. It was not a profitable company when sold. It was almost bankrupt. Like too many other companies, it was probably strapped by a union that looked after its own self interests instead of protecting the worker’s jobs. The union refused to renegotiate so the new owners had to reevaluate their position and therefore cut their losses. The choice was simple. If you are loosing money and refuse to change, you still lose money.

    I am NOT a Romney supporter. I don’t trust him for other reasons. But in this case, you can probably blame the union. Obviously Ampad bought the plant thinking it could once again become a profitable company.

  122. Union scum.  Think because that muslim-loving, union bag-BOY is in the whitehouse they get special benefits?  Welcome to the real world bottom-feeder.

  123. f–king idiot dosen`t have any problem blaming everyone but himself and his union commi buddies you are a bum you will always be a bum until you take responsibility for your own life and your own Job .I see you still don`t have a real Job , your just a union loving commi  SLUG
    GO TO HELL cry baby

  124. we had that happen to kaiser up by where i live. union closed down a million square foot plant instead of comprimising to keep the jobs. unions only care about their flook for dues, nothing more.

  125. The second paragraph in the article puts the lie to everything Mr. Johnson is complaining about: “The 57-year-old described how he worked at a factory… which facing bankruptcy, (was) sold…
    to another company, Ampad, that has recently been acquired by Bain
    Capital.

    Johnson and anyone else Bain “put out of a job” was going to be out of the job anyway. In the meantime, Bain also invested in other companies which thrived and created jobs. It’s called BUSINESS. This line of attack will only work on people too stupid or dishonest to think they’re responsible for finding a way to make their own living in this world.

  126. ” so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.”

    It wasn’t profitable when the union was involved with Smith Corona, so there’s no way re-installing the union at previous benefits would have meant any money for the company. You went on strike, sack up and take it like a man.

  127. what is really sad is this poor man really thinks that most people will agree with him.  So ingrained into the union system and the DNC that he will never see things differently.  I wish that he would read the comments that have been left here, but that is doubtful.  I actually feel very sorry for him, not because of his union imposed position, but because he is so self-absorbed that he thinks he has been unfairly put upon.

  128. what is really sad is this poor man really thinks that most people will agree with him.  So ingrained into the union system and the DNC that he will never see things differently.  I wish that he would read the comments that have been left here, but that is doubtful.  I actually feel very sorry for him, not because of his union imposed position, but because he is so self-absorbed that he thinks he has been unfairly put upon.

  129. Unions are the problem here.  Jobs aren’t guaranteed in this world.  If the Union had agreed to some cuts to wages/benefits they probably would have remained profitable.  It’s the classic case of public or private unions where they won’t agree to tweaking pensions or wages to avoid having to fire 5%, 10%, 30% or 100% of the workforce and move the work elsewhere (often overseas).  Unions are about unions and union dues, the employee is their tool.

  130. Unions are the problem here.  Jobs aren’t guaranteed in this world.  If the Union had agreed to some cuts to wages/benefits they probably would have remained profitable.  It’s the classic case of public or private unions where they won’t agree to tweaking pensions or wages to avoid having to fire 5%, 10%, 30% or 100% of the workforce and move the work elsewhere (often overseas).  Unions are about unions and union dues, the employee is their tool.

  131. So, Bain re-hired all the employees yet because the Union would not re-negotiate its contract, the shop was closed.  And this guy (being paid by the DNC while on leave from his union job) still blames Romney.  And the irony of all of this is that this story comes out on the same day Ms. Wasserman-Schulz tells us that the 1,000 lost Solyndra jobs are not Obama’s fault.  Nice timing!

  132. Time for pension reform no more cops , teachers and firefighters going on a 30 year paid vacation via the tax payer. Time to get up and go to work like everyone else. No more retiring on last 3 years salary like police do. no more going out on a disability at a higher level because the day you were so called disabled you were acting as fire chief so that entitles you to a higher pension. Teachers should be required to work during the 3 months they get off during the summer. Their vacation days are the school breaks. Enough of these whiny fat overweight uneducated union slobs demanding we pay them or else. Bunch of Tony Soprano’s. Guess what. HNIC wont need the union vote after this election. The demographics will turn in his favor. Oh, and that pension wont be guaranteed because niga will have spent 3 generations worth of money

  133. This guy is an idiot. Unions took his job not Mitt Romney and I am no Romney supporter. SmithCorona made typewriters. How may typewriters are for sale today? Couldn’t the left find a better shill than this? No Romney No Rino’s Vote for a conservative Santorum or Perry since Herman Cain was slandered out of the race.

    1. My vote goes to the only person who is NOT a Washington or Wall Street insider and who is an honest, straight talking DOER.  Rick Perry isn’t a flashy Debater but he knows his stuff when it comes to Jobs, Border Control, Tort Reform, Balanced Budgets, etc.  He has more than 11 years CEO/Executive experience and will whip this country back into shape faster than any of the other Show Horses who are running for POTUS.  When he says he will CUT the size of government and REDUCE SPENDING by trillions, you can believe him! 

      Rick Perry for President – 2012  A Real Leader and a Real Commander in Chief!

      1. I would gladly support Rick Perry. I am a Herman Cain supporter and if I could get my hands on the money behind the liars that took him out (Soros?), the media idiots that facilitated the lies, and the liars themselves, I might do something I would regret later.
        The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill

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        kegan05 wrote, in response to ricardo_maxwell:
        My vote goes to the only person who is NOT a Washington or Wall Street insider and who is an honest, straight talking DOER.  Rick Perry isn’t a flashy Debater but he knows his stuff when it comes to Jobs, Border Control, Tort Reform, Balanced Budgets, etc.  He has more than 11 years CEO/Executive experience and will whip this country back into shape faster than any of the other Show Horses who are running for POTUS.  When he says he will CUT the size of government and REDUCE SPENDING by trillions, you can believe him!
        Rick Perry for President – 2012  A Real Leader and a Real Commander in Chief! Link to comment

    2. My vote goes to the only person who is NOT a Washington or Wall Street insider and who is an honest, straight talking DOER.  Rick Perry isn’t a flashy Debater but he knows his stuff when it comes to Jobs, Border Control, Tort Reform, Balanced Budgets, etc.  He has more than 11 years CEO/Executive experience and will whip this country back into shape faster than any of the other Show Horses who are running for POTUS.  When he says he will CUT the size of government and REDUCE SPENDING by trillions, you can believe him! 

      Rick Perry for President – 2012  A Real Leader and a Real Commander in Chief!

  134. Mr. Romney and Bain Capital did exactly what they should have done.  If the Union won’t negotiate, shut it down and move it some place where people will negotiate and want to work.  This guy is a sad sack, he needs to recognize that the real world is not fair, you make  your life what it is, and you are not entitled to a job, you have to earn, be reasonable and work hard every day to keep it. 

  135. Beside Johnson leaving his job temporarily to be paid by the DNC and then having to pay for his meals this article has huge holes, misspellings and poor grammar.

    Johnson should get a life and then a second job if he has time complaining. Hey Mr. Johnson – NEWS FLASH! Life is not always fair. Bug off!

  136. How DARE they try to run a profittable company by firing/re-hiring and re-negotiating with workers.  Dont they know companies should just run themselves into the ground in order to provide well paying jobs?

  137. It does not matter who the Republican nominee is. Whoever runs against Obama will get this treatment. Do not, for a minute, forget that Obama won his senate seat in Illinois by (falsly?) getting all of his opponents disqualified. His motto is “If you can’t beat em, then beat em up”

  138. The company was facing bankruptcy and was bought by Ampad (owned by Bain). Workers were rehired, but when union went on strike, Ampad said screw it.
    Mr. Johnson should be protesting his union instead.

    Hopefully Romney will use his Bain experience and apply it to our government,  it’s wasteful spending and bloated bureaucracy.

  139. He doesn’t say why he was not re-hired.  The only job he can get now is as a Union hack.  Odds are he was incompetent.

    Why doesn’t he fault his union for striking and causing that factory to close?

  140. Where does it say that you are owed a job at the same company for the rest of your life?
    These union workers are really spoiled babies. Take the thumb out of your mouth & get another job!

  141. Cry me a river from a Paid DNC hack. A lot of people lost there job because of Obama to alot more than romney I am sure all though this will be argued by Libtards/useless idiots

  142. So..the guy is angry because they shuttered the once profitable factory that built….TYPEWRITERS.  Many of us had Smith Corona typewriters in the day before Word Processsing packages and Personal Computers but when is the last time someone bought one of those????  The Union played hardball with a marginalized company and they got burned. 

  143. So..the guy is angry because they shuttered the once profitable factory that built….TYPEWRITERS.  Many of us had Smith Corona typewriters in the day before Word Processsing packages and Personal Computers but when is the last time someone bought one of those????  The Union played hardball with a marginalized company and they got burned. 

  144. Are any of these moron libtard union pawns have any idea how stupid they are?  The original owners sold out the company because they were going broke.. new owner, with new costs, etc.. has union thugs demanding more and more… then threaten to strike.. and the owners decide they can’t afford to run the business.  So now the union idjit is running around the country telling all how Romney cost him his job… not the real reason, union demands, and any sane logical person sees what a fool Mr. Johnson is making of himself.
    liberalism.. a mental illness… it’s true.

  145. Are any of these moron libtard union pawns have any idea how stupid they are?  The original owners sold out the company because they were going broke.. new owner, with new costs, etc.. has union thugs demanding more and more… then threaten to strike.. and the owners decide they can’t afford to run the business.  So now the union idjit is running around the country telling all how Romney cost him his job… not the real reason, union demands, and any sane logical person sees what a fool Mr. Johnson is making of himself.
    liberalism.. a mental illness… it’s true.

  146. A paid Union crybaby. Steelworkers picking up part the DNC the rest. Lunch ect.
    A real job would most likely kill the baby. 

  147. A paid Union crybaby. Steelworkers picking up part the DNC the rest. Lunch ect.
    A real job would most likely kill the baby. 

  148. maybe he should be working harder to find a real job instead of stalking Romney all over the country on the DNC’s dime.

  149. maybe he should be working harder to find a real job instead of stalking Romney all over the country on the DNC’s dime.

  150. maybe he should be working harder to find a real job instead of stalking Romney all over the country on the DNC’s dime.

  151. You took the words right out of my mouth Audrey.  What Unions, the DNC and worse our President don’t seem to understand is any company in the private sector must, above all other things, make a profit.  Businesses do not exist to provide jobs, they exist to make a profit.  If the union contract was reasonable and allowed for a reasonable return on investment (profit) then the plant would have remained open.  It did not and therefore was closed.  We need people running our government that understand the concept that profit is a good thing.  

  152. You took the words right out of my mouth Audrey.  What Unions, the DNC and worse our President don’t seem to understand is any company in the private sector must, above all other things, make a profit.  Businesses do not exist to provide jobs, they exist to make a profit.  If the union contract was reasonable and allowed for a reasonable return on investment (profit) then the plant would have remained open.  It did not and therefore was closed.  We need people running our government that understand the concept that profit is a good thing.  

  153. You took the words right out of my mouth Audrey.  What Unions, the DNC and worse our President don’t seem to understand is any company in the private sector must, above all other things, make a profit.  Businesses do not exist to provide jobs, they exist to make a profit.  If the union contract was reasonable and allowed for a reasonable return on investment (profit) then the plant would have remained open.  It did not and therefore was closed.  We need people running our government that understand the concept that profit is a good thing.  

  154. You took the words right out of my mouth Audrey.  What Unions, the DNC and worse our President don’t seem to understand is any company in the private sector must, above all other things, make a profit.  Businesses do not exist to provide jobs, they exist to make a profit.  If the union contract was reasonable and allowed for a reasonable return on investment (profit) then the plant would have remained open.  It did not and therefore was closed.  We need people running our government that understand the concept that profit is a good thing.  

  155. You took the words right out of my mouth Audrey.  What Unions, the DNC and worse our President don’t seem to understand is any company in the private sector must, above all other things, make a profit.  Businesses do not exist to provide jobs, they exist to make a profit.  If the union contract was reasonable and allowed for a reasonable return on investment (profit) then the plant would have remained open.  It did not and therefore was closed.  We need people running our government that understand the concept that profit is a good thing.  

  156. This was TWENTY years ago.  Not only that, Randy Johnson has taken ‘a leave from a job at the steelworker’s union [in Pittsburgh]’.  So, he’s a paid shill for Obama hired to stalk someone with a REAL job while he has the COMFORT of TWO jobs (the shill stalking AND the union seat kept warm for him in Pittsburgh).  There are plenty of out-of-work people with legitimate personal issues with Romney that the Democrats could hire, and they let this guy double-dip and claim HE’S a victim?!?  What a man-child.

  157. Yeah, Mitt “retired” some people because their business wasn’t profitable. Let’s put that up against Solyndra. Against all the GM dealers shuttered by Obama. Against all the coal companies shuttered by Obama and his regulation. Against all the oil platforms shut down unilaterally in this country. Against all the people who’ve lost jobs in this economy. And on and on. Let’s have this discussion!

  158. Yeah, Mitt “retired” some people because their business wasn’t profitable. Let’s put that up against Solyndra. Against all the GM dealers shuttered by Obama. Against all the coal companies shuttered by Obama and his regulation. Against all the oil platforms shut down unilaterally in this country. Against all the people who’ve lost jobs in this economy. And on and on. Let’s have this discussion!

  159. This guy just represents more of the entitlement mentality that is drowning America in debt, destroying our prosperity, and corroding our Constitution.
    I couldn’t help but wonder if Mr. Johnson is out of work, how can he afford to travel all over the country to Romney campaign events? WHO is paying for his travel, hotel, meals, and accommodations, etc.? The DNC? Unions? Shouldn’t THAT be just as much of a story as his “interviews”? Why doesn’t the propaganda press cover that? Oh, that’s right! It doesn’t match their media missive!
    Here’s a better idea for Johnson: GO GET A JOB! If he spent half as much time searching for a job, instead of complaining about sour grapes, he would have a job within a month of two, and could start saving toward that retirement he claims he wants.

  160. Unbelievable.  This guys takes a leave of absence from his job to be a DNC shill.  While I’m sorry he lost his Smith Corona job, it was because the company who ran it into the ground in the first place.  This guy would have been gone with or without Bain.  Go picket the Smith Corona CEO and the labor union who threw your job out the window when they wouldn’t renegotiate.

  161. That’s what this country needs…a leader who knows when to pull the trigger and cut the fat. Our national government needs to be lean and cost effective. Who better to lead that fight than a businessman who knows how to streamline bloated companies weighed down by lazy union workers and top heavy management.

  162. LOL!!  This while Sarah Palin touts that the democrats and Obama want to run against Romney and that’s why they are “not touching him.”  I think Sarah Palin needs to wake up and smell the coffee.  The DNC is paying this guy to tell his story all over the country, hello!

  163. LOL!!  This while Sarah Palin touts that the democrats and Obama want to run against Romney and that’s why they are “not touching him.”  I think Sarah Palin needs to wake up and smell the coffee.  The DNC is paying this guy to tell his story all over the country, hello!

  164. so what’s this guy want anyone to do besides feel sorry for him?  I guess he’s the only person who’s ever lost a job…and I guess Obama has the experience he got working in a shirt factory in Taiwan as a small child, huh?  Lovely.

    1. We are going to hang ROMNEY with BAIN. You havent seen anything yet…. BAIN will be the downfall of this nutjob- WILLARD MITTENS ROMNEY

  165. Confused.  Am I supposed to feel sorry for this guy, or am I supposed to be angry at his union.  Because what I see here is a company that tried to keep these people working and a union that wouldn’t negotiate – the same union that probably was responsible, in part, for bringing down his former employer, Smith-Corona. 
    Obviously, this is Mitt Romney’s fault, just as George W Bush is somehow culpable in the recently acquired 4 trillion dollars of new debt or  how Barney Frank was completely powerless to avert (or be aware of) the failure of Frank Mac and Fannie Mae.

    Gotta love libs, they’re only there to take credit – never responsibility.

    jbw

  166. Confused.  Am I supposed to feel sorry for this guy, or am I supposed to be angry at his union.  Because what I see here is a company that tried to keep these people working and a union that wouldn’t negotiate – the same union that probably was responsible, in part, for bringing down his former employer, Smith-Corona. 
    Obviously, this is Mitt Romney’s fault, just as George W Bush is somehow culpable in the recently acquired 4 trillion dollars of new debt or  how Barney Frank was completely powerless to avert (or be aware of) the failure of Frank Mac and Fannie Mae.

    Gotta love libs, they’re only there to take credit – never responsibility.

    jbw

  167. Confused.  Am I supposed to feel sorry for this guy, or am I supposed to be angry at his union.  Because what I see here is a company that tried to keep these people working and a union that wouldn’t negotiate – the same union that probably was responsible, in part, for bringing down his former employer, Smith-Corona. 
    Obviously, this is Mitt Romney’s fault, just as George W Bush is somehow culpable in the recently acquired 4 trillion dollars of new debt or  how Barney Frank was completely powerless to avert (or be aware of) the failure of Frank Mac and Fannie Mae.

    Gotta love libs, they’re only there to take credit – never responsibility.

    jbw

  168. Sounds to me like Bain was making a go of it, until the weight of the union, and the government regulations that support the union, were too much to bear.  Bain made the right business decision and the union is whining.

  169. Sounds to me like Bain was making a go of it, until the weight of the union, and the government regulations that support the union, were too much to bear.  Bain made the right business decision and the union is whining.

  170. When a business loses money, where does the money come from  to keep the business  afloat?  Trees?  The sad fact is if you unionize a business, it will go bk in all probability.   Capitalism works and has created the wealthiest nation on the planet.  Look what a capitalistic form of economy has done for China.   Socialism is an historic loser same as communism.

  171. When a business loses money, where does the money come from  to keep the business  afloat?  Trees?  The sad fact is if you unionize a business, it will go bk in all probability.   Capitalism works and has created the wealthiest nation on the planet.  Look what a capitalistic form of economy has done for China.   Socialism is an historic loser same as communism.

  172. Police are the worst. They will tell you their job is dangerous when it is not even listed in the top 10 most dangerous job, Try store clerk, truck driver, taxi driver, fisherman. All these jobs are more dangerous with no pension. Union idiots will tell their barely educated union police officers that officers die young and only live 10 yeaqrs in retirement. Simply untrue. CALPERS show that most cops live 30 years in retirment. The California pension system has clearly debunked this. Most cops will say you dont have the courage to be an officer. I say I dont have the correct skin color also most cops are barely high school educated and get paid way higher than their skillset would pay in the market. So much for the hero factor.

  173. Police are the worst. They will tell you their job is dangerous when it is not even listed in the top 10 most dangerous job, Try store clerk, truck driver, taxi driver, fisherman. All these jobs are more dangerous with no pension. Union idiots will tell their barely educated union police officers that officers die young and only live 10 yeaqrs in retirement. Simply untrue. CALPERS show that most cops live 30 years in retirment. The California pension system has clearly debunked this. Most cops will say you dont have the courage to be an officer. I say I dont have the correct skin color also most cops are barely high school educated and get paid way higher than their skillset would pay in the market. So much for the hero factor.

  174. This guy is  Union Operative and nothing more; the Union killed that factory, just like the Unions killed the steel industry in Pittsburgh…

  175. This guy is  Union Operative and nothing more; the Union killed that factory, just like the Unions killed the steel industry in Pittsburgh…

  176. This guy is  Union Operative and nothing more; the Union killed that factory, just like the Unions killed the steel industry in Pittsburgh…

  177. People like this remind me of the lead character from the movie Rocketman….

    “Wasn’t me!”

    Take some responsibility and stop mimicking Comrade Obama.  Blaming everyone else will get you nowhere.  

  178. People like this remind me of the lead character from the movie Rocketman….

    “Wasn’t me!”

    Take some responsibility and stop mimicking Comrade Obama.  Blaming everyone else will get you nowhere.  

  179. What most Obamatards don’t understand about the Socialists workers’ paradises like the USSR and DDR, which is their goal, was that if you didn’t want to work for the wages the government said you should recieve as your ‘need’ regardless of what your production quota was or your ‘ability’, then you worked in a gulag with quotas set but with no payment for your work. If you couldn’t meet your gulag quota they doubled it and worked you until you met it or died. THEY WERE NOT WELFARE STATES! NO SQUEEGIE GUYS! They were Marxist-Leninist dictatorships where the scum of the human race rose to the surface like Joe Stalin nad Eric Honiker. These workers’ paradises didn’t tolerate dissent either. This union sumbag would have been compost by now. He dosen’t want to work and likes to complain. BUM! 

    1. When I hear people use the word
      “socialist” and “wealth
      distribution” in describing today’s political environment, I simply
      chuckle. Neither could be further from the truth. First of all, America isn’t
      any closer to “socialism” than we were in the 1950’s. In fact, we are further
      from it than we were in the 1950’s. AMericans of all income groups pay less
      taxes now than they have in their lifetimes. The economic policies of Bush and
      Obama are nearly identical. Tax rates are much lower now than they were under
      Reagan ( of course, Reagan raised taxes 11 times, brought troops home from
      middle east after an attack, promoted and passed amnesty legislation and was a
      social moderate). Additionally, wealth distribution is becoming non-existent.
      The top 2-5% control almost all the wealth in America. The top 2% have made
      historic gains in wealth during this recession. There is no evidence that the
      wealthy are having their resources drained by some type of redistribution to the
      poor. The opposite is happening. Trillions in tax revenues have been flowing to
      the banks and mulit-nationals. If there is any evidence of socialism- its
      corporate socialism. ObamaCare is probably what most are thinking of when they
      use “socialism”. Of course, it too isn’t. In fact, it is an additional shifting
      of tax revenue to health insurance companies. Socialism is a word used by the
      right to somehow scare the uneducated.

    2. When I hear people use the word
      “socialist” and “wealth
      distribution” in describing today’s political environment, I simply
      chuckle. Neither could be further from the truth. First of all, America isn’t
      any closer to “socialism” than we were in the 1950’s. In fact, we are further
      from it than we were in the 1950’s. AMericans of all income groups pay less
      taxes now than they have in their lifetimes. The economic policies of Bush and
      Obama are nearly identical. Tax rates are much lower now than they were under
      Reagan ( of course, Reagan raised taxes 11 times, brought troops home from
      middle east after an attack, promoted and passed amnesty legislation and was a
      social moderate). Additionally, wealth distribution is becoming non-existent.
      The top 2-5% control almost all the wealth in America. The top 2% have made
      historic gains in wealth during this recession. There is no evidence that the
      wealthy are having their resources drained by some type of redistribution to the
      poor. The opposite is happening. Trillions in tax revenues have been flowing to
      the banks and mulit-nationals. If there is any evidence of socialism- its
      corporate socialism. ObamaCare is probably what most are thinking of when they
      use “socialism”. Of course, it too isn’t. In fact, it is an additional shifting
      of tax revenue to health insurance companies. Socialism is a word used by the
      right to somehow scare the uneducated.

      1. Chanler Revisionist.
        Reagan did not raise taxes – the Democratic Congress did. Get your made up facts straight.

  180. The company was sold not because it was profitable, but because the the products it produced were becoming obsolete.    While I agree that Romney doesn’t have any real job creation experience, it is disingenuous to claim that the factory was profitable, it wasn’t.    It was the union that killed the company, not Bain Capital.    

  181. This ‘Rat would have lost his job anyway.  What a SLUG for the corrupt Obama Regime!!

    I am not voting for Romney but I detest unfair PROPAGANDA  by the Scourge in the White House!

    “WE CAN’T WAIT” to rid the country of this communist punk who thinks he is Hugo Chavez!

  182. Typical union loser.  The Country would be a much better place without cry-babies like this.  Hey Randy,  you bluffed and you lost.  Go f-yourself.

  183. Great posts.  This guy has no credibility, sour grapes and clearly does not understand business.  You innovate, cut costs or die.  Just as GM and the big banks should have died.  Too big to fail!?!??!?  Give me a break.

  184. so creating jobs isn’t good enough? he wanted romney to create jobs that over paid for employee services….so his greed is the reason he doesn’t like the guy he insinuates is greedy? sounds like union member logic to me

  185. They tried to renegotiate the contract, but the union eventually decided
    to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.

    Sucks when your UNION BLUFF is called!!!

  186. They tried to renegotiate the contract, but the union eventually decided
    to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.

    Sucks when your UNION BLUFF is called!!!

  187. Smith-Corona had a huge plant in Cortland, NY.  They shut down because Algore invented the internet and forced everyone to buy a computer.  There also was a Mac Truck factory in Cortlan, and a buggy whip company, all gone!  Oh, the humanity!!!

  188. Smith-Corona had a huge plant in Cortland, NY.  They shut down because Algore invented the internet and forced everyone to buy a computer.  There also was a Mac Truck factory in Cortlan, and a buggy whip company, all gone!  Oh, the humanity!!!

  189. Let us be
    absolutely sure of one thing: Willard Romney could have been functionally
    unemployed for his entire life and not known there was any other way to live. He
    no more knows the existential dread that people feel in this economy than he
    knows what a boot feels like when it steps on an ant. The job that made him
    spectacularly wealthy, as opposed to simply rich, involved exploiting that
    existential dread for profit, and for the benefit of investors just as heedless
    of it as he is. I don’t know why his campaign insists on trotting him out as the
    great friend of the embattled middle-class.

  190. Let us be
    absolutely sure of one thing: Willard Romney could have been functionally
    unemployed for his entire life and not known there was any other way to live. He
    no more knows the existential dread that people feel in this economy than he
    knows what a boot feels like when it steps on an ant. The job that made him
    spectacularly wealthy, as opposed to simply rich, involved exploiting that
    existential dread for profit, and for the benefit of investors just as heedless
    of it as he is. I don’t know why his campaign insists on trotting him out as the
    great friend of the embattled middle-class.

  191. “operative with the Democratic National Committee directed reporters ”   I wonder how much they are paying him to tell his story.  Does everything have to be directed or munipulated with the DNC.   If this mans story is correct, and I have no doubt that it might have some fact behind it, why does the DNC have to direct.  It just shows how deceptive they are and what they will do to skew the voting.  that is just plain wrong.

  192. “operative with the Democratic National Committee directed reporters ”   I wonder how much they are paying him to tell his story.  Does everything have to be directed or munipulated with the DNC.   If this mans story is correct, and I have no doubt that it might have some fact behind it, why does the DNC have to direct.  It just shows how deceptive they are and what they will do to skew the voting.  that is just plain wrong.

  193. Sounds like the unions managed to get everyone laid off and the company closed.  Shouldn’t he be telling his story at the Big Labor Obama camp instead?

  194. Sounds like the unions managed to get everyone laid off and the company closed.  Shouldn’t he be telling his story at the Big Labor Obama camp instead?

  195. This happened in Western New York in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s.  The Trojan factory (heavy equipment, not prophylactic) was sold to another company.  The union made demands on the new company.  The company said they couldn’t afford it, so the union threatened to strike.  The company told the employees that, if they went on strike, they’d just have to close the doors.  The union declared a strike, the company folded.
     
    Union members were damned fools then, they’re damned fools now.

  196. I think Romney should figure out how many jobs Comrade Obozo has lost through Solyndra and all the other bogus, wealth redistribution schemes he has diverted OUR money to!

    Throw it back in their smarmy, ugly faces!!  Union Goons make me sick!

  197. What about all the folks in the slums of Chicago where Obama and Jarrett’s “Annenberg project” turned their neighborhood into slums?

  198. Union employee.  Union Shop.  Union Strike.  Now Mr Johnson believes this is Mitts fault?  Seriously?  No wonder he has been unemployable since 1994.  Mr Johnson, welcome to the unfortunate reality of the Darwinism that liberals so openly embrace.  Apparently you were embarrassingly spit out by predators  and even more humiliatingly expelled by your own herd.   

  199. Understand what this man is saying: the company was moving its operations to Mexico and all of the jobs were going to be lost.  Bain came in and proposed rehiring 80% of the workforce, thereby saving 80% of the jobs.  The union, however, chose to strike and shut the plant down permanently and yet it is Mitt Romney who is to blame for the loss of jobs.  Union corruption and greed closed this company, not Bain Capital.

  200. The “once profitable” Smith Corona made typewriters… and then what? IBM made typewriters, personal computers, mainframe computers. They don’t do that anymore. Why not? Because they had to change to survive. People got laid off in the process. Smith Corona was fighting bankruptcy. Duh! If Bain couldn’t negotiate a deal with the union, they would lose money. You know, those things called profits. Why keep the business running?

  201. Stupidity.  Smith Corona??  Are we gonna next hear that Romney killed the 8-track tape industry?

    Don’t mistake this propagandist’s line – “once profitable” – to mean that it was profitable in ’94, or that it had any chance of succeeding if it had to pay bloated union wages and benefits.  It was profitable in 1932 or some such.

    Profits create jobs.  Bain was hugely profitable during Romney’s tenure.  That translates into jobs, whether they are union jobs or typewriter jobs doesn’t matter.

  202. Obviously the DNC knows which GOP candidate poses the greatest threat to them. The right wing Republicans should be so smart.

  203. Johnson cannot see the forest for the trees.  It was the high demands of the union that kept the business from opening the doors and being able to sell its products at a reasonable amount of profit!

  204. So this was the union chief who called the strike that got all the workers fired. His reward was a transfer to a PA steel plant where he has a job as a “STEELWORKERS UNION” official. Now on a leave (doesn’t say paid or unpaid) to harass Romney and all he has to complain about is the DNC not paying his tolls or high priced meals. He must be used to living high on the hog as a union official, with the rank and file dues  picking up the bill. Cry me a river union stooge.

  205. I do not understand how he blames Romney when clearly his lack of a job is the result of his unions actions.  The same happened in our town, we had the highest per capita income in the state, the unions roll in and convince the shops that they should be making much more, they go on stike and the companies move away…now no jobs.  Every industry in trouble seems to be heavily unionized.  Except those that can go to the public trough when contracts are inappropriately negotiated.  I say unions had there place but no more, I would rather belong to an employee association.  I bet Romney could find hundreds of people that could testify to the fact that they had a good life until the union went on strike.

  206. When will the media report on the prostheses companies that have had to lay off a combined +120,000 workers in order to prepare to be compliant with Obamacare’s price regulation and insurance requirements?

    No Obamacare, they’re in the black. With Obamacare, they fire most of their workforce or go bankrupt.

    More people lost their health insurance already through the Affordable Care Act than will theoretically gain it by being forced to buy their own!

  207. Good to see the DNC supporting ex-union workers.  But Paid Shills at Republican events?!  Propaganda is one thing.  Hiring sad-sacks like Mr. Johnson speaks for itself.

  208. Unions are the bane of Bain capital and other investment companies because they’re filled with folks like this.  The reason his company was going broke?  The union and the market.  These were folks making typewriters – to you younger folks, that was a product nearing its productive end (people would actually type straight to paper).  Despite the slumping demand for the product, and the fact that these folks held manufacturing positions with no higher education degree required – they could not face realities and wished to keep the higher wages and benefits when economic reality said it simply wasn’t possible.   They went on strike, and the company ended up in Mexico.  Nice going union.  There’s a similar story out there about a “photo album” company that Bain invested in during the early 90’s that went broke.  Same thing happened.  Digital cameras made the use of photo-albums arcane.  Yet, Bain was supposed to magically keep the company afloat.  

    Ridiculous.

  209. As I read it, the union demanded too much, Ampad couldn’t pay, and shut the plant down. Way to go union! Thanks for losing your workers their jobs!

  210. He’s being escorted around the country by labor unions and the DNC? This is someone we should be taking seriously?

  211. The Smith Corona said they were relocating to Mexico in 1992, it happened in 1995.  When did Bian by Smith Corona? 

  212. so lets see… the company was going bankrupt (may be the fact it was unionized, just asking) so a company owned by Bain saved it and rehired 50% of the former workers and recoginized the union. then tried to renogiate the contract (which probally contributed somewhat or completely to the first company going bankrupt) the union refused and went on strike and the company closed. dont you think the union had more to do with this person losing his job than Romney had. this is typical liberal and union BS blame everyone but themselves. as a former union member who had an identical  experience in the 80’s   blaming a company thet tried to save as much jobs as possible is just plain wrong.  unions have outlived their use in a global economy

  213. If Randy  Johnson is so unhappy, tell him to start his own business and stop bitching. Nobody owes Mr. Johnson a job. It is about time that Mr. Johnson grow up, stop being used by his greedy union and by the Socialist Democrats. It is time for Mr. Johnson to get up off of his ass and take control of his own life. Mr. Johnson is your typical loser Democrat. It is lazy welfare dependent losers like mr. Johnson who are destroying this Country.

  214. If Randy  Johnson is so unhappy, tell him to start his own business and stop bitching. Nobody owes Mr. Johnson a job. It is about time that Mr. Johnson grow up, stop being used by his greedy union and by the Socialist Democrats. It is time for Mr. Johnson to get up off of his ass and take control of his own life. Mr. Johnson is your typical loser Democrat. It is lazy welfare dependent losers like mr. Johnson who are destroying this Country.

  215. Good argument for right to work states. All union institutions are tools of the corrupt DNC which FORCES anyone that wants a Job in a UNION state to give dues to the UNION whuich then make there way to DNC politicians during campaigns.

  216. So what is this guy “crying” about. Shouldn’t he be mad at the Union.
    ——————-
    Since they were a union shop, and over half of the employees had been
    re-hired, the new owners were forced to recognize the union. They tried
    to renegotiate the contract, but the union eventually decided to go on
    strike, so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.
    ——————–
    The Original Company went Bankrupt…..so at this point..they where not so Profitable now where they.  Ampad did what they needed to do. The former Smith Corona employees, could have had Jobs, but they decide to be greedy and unreasonable. The fact that anyone can read the above article and come away thinking that the Unions were the Good Guys in all this, is well beyond my understanding. The facts do not bear that out. Liberal, Union  Butt Kissing, Pinky Ring Union Workers….your Days are numbered………..

  217. So what is this guy “crying” about. Shouldn’t he be mad at the Union.
    ——————-
    Since they were a union shop, and over half of the employees had been
    re-hired, the new owners were forced to recognize the union. They tried
    to renegotiate the contract, but the union eventually decided to go on
    strike, so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.
    ——————–
    The Original Company went Bankrupt…..so at this point..they where not so Profitable now where they.  Ampad did what they needed to do. The former Smith Corona employees, could have had Jobs, but they decide to be greedy and unreasonable. The fact that anyone can read the above article and come away thinking that the Unions were the Good Guys in all this, is well beyond my understanding. The facts do not bear that out. Liberal, Union  Butt Kissing, Pinky Ring Union Workers….your Days are numbered………..

  218. So let me get this straight.  This clown worked for a company that was going bankrupt, it was bought out by Ampad, a company owned by Bain Capital which then rehired most of the employees that had to be fired in the reorganization, but the union, to which this clown belonged wouldn’t play ball.  So Ampad had to close the factory.

    So the truth is, the union killed this guy’s job, not Mitt Romney, Bain Capital.  That sounds about right and it proves, once again, on how willing liberals are to lie in order to win.  This joker is nothing more than a DNC apparatchik.  He’s no victim, he’s a union thug who got what he deserved.

    Time to break all unions–especially the SEIU–and sever the flood of kick-back money that is feeding the DNC coffers.

  219. Another Obama union LOSER  who’s too stupid to see that it’s his Democratic Party-backed unions that are killing  jobs, not Romney. ALL of the “right to work states” do much better than the “union” states, both in terms of jobs and fiscal responsiblity. This union goon is just going to HURT Obama, now that he’s been exposed………..

  220. Maybe the union should have given some ground and Johnson and everyone else might have still had a job.  Many people survive with reduced benefits and a company that doesn’t give its investors a worthwhile return on their investments won’t be around for long.

  221. When Bain acquired Ampad they had 13 manufacturing and distribution centers and $8.8 Million in annual revenues.  Obviously the business had changed more than the company.  Bain closed 7 of their locations and within 4 years  had AMPAD revenues up to $200 Million + and the company went public.  Two years later they were delisted and filed for Chapter 11 and bought by another venture capital firm.  Today they make 2500 products in 3 US and 1 Mexican plant.  Considering how little we use paper pads today compared with 30 years ago it’s no wonder Ampad underwent big changes.

  222. I’M UNION ALL MY LIFE
    AND YOU MR. Randy Johnson BELONG TO USEFUL IDIOTS WHO VOTED FOR
    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA
    PLEASE DON’T MENTIONED UNIONISM AGAIN. 

  223. Hey dude…we’re getting pretty good a spotting shills…and you are a shill for the Dems and the union that cost you your job.  You’re pathetic and a dupe.  We don’t have time for guys like you that are riding in the wagon the rest of us are pulling.  Buzz off.

  224. This is off the United Steel workers website. The real Randy Johnson. You don’t go from building typewriters to a job like this. A union hack all along.
    Previously to being hired with the Steelworkers in the Strategic Campaigns, Global Bargaining and International Affairs Department, Johnson worked at American Pad and Paper (Ampad) factory in Marion, Indiana.

  225. Talk about a biased report. A bankrupt company fires it’s union employees, tries to renegociate so the comapny can exist at all, and Romney is to blame? They didn’t make it the first time around with that agreement. They shuttered the plant… of course! What do you expect? These socialist idiots don’t get it. Business is about making a profit. No profit, no jobs. The business owners take the risk not the unions.

    This is the main reason I am writing a check to the Romney camp. Cut where cuts are needed no matter what union complains!

  226. He was laid off 17 years ago (when he was 40) and now is a professional whiner.  Man up, reinvent yourself, pick up and move on! 

    At the age of 51 I have reinvented myself multiple times to move forward in my career.  Your union said “take it or leave it” and went on strike.  Bain said “Leave it”  You chose poorly.

    Why don’t you go ask your union where all your dues went?

  227. Just another union drone! Yes, now for the rest of your life you can sit with other unemployed union members and take comfort in your stand. But your a dumb**.
    You all had a shot at job; but you proved you weren’t smart enough to work there.
    Congratulations you didn’t just screw yourselves you always screwed everyone else
    that did business with and around that factory. Nice job. Soon some chinese guy will
    be grateful for your dedicated union stand.

  228. Unions only think about making as much money as they can.  They don’t worry about how that affects the profitability of the company, or whether the company can effectively compete with the higher costs of workers’ salaries.  Companies don’t TRY to go bankrupt.  If unions impose costs on a company that are high enough that the company can’t make a profit, then there is no reason for the company to continue.  This man, and most unions in general, simply refuse to see this side of the equation.  When companies go out of business because they can’t make a profit, unions blame it on management, and refuse to recognize their part in the situation.

  229. So the original owner was facing bankruptcy and they sold the plant to someone else. They come in try to make it profitable so they could continue keeping people employed. The union says no we won’t work with you. So they close the plant. What were they supposed to do keep losing money? It’s to bad these people listened to the bad advice the unions was giving them. He should be pissed at the union leaders!

  230. Hey! DNC! I got laid off by GE! Hire me to hang out at the White House and tell whatever you want me to say about JEFF!
    WHOA!
    Hey! RNC! Same as above.
    I need a job.
    Your just jealous the voices talk to me.

  231. I bet anyone that the steelworkers union is paying this guy his full weekly pay, while he works against romney.
    So, his company was bought out by another company and then they shutdown the plant, when the workers went on strike. Big deal. happens all the time and it is the company’s right to shutdown and get rid of any union that is costing them money. That is the way this country has operated for 200 years and will continue to do so after all the unions are gone.
    Unions are nothing but trash operations designed to make union officials wealthy at the expense of the rank and file.

  232. The company could not afford the Union contract and stay competitive.

    Only in a planned economy where wages and jobs are set by a 5 year plan can a company sustain jobs that don’t produce more than they cost.

    By the way, we know how that worked out.

  233. Typical LIB.  Count on the union for life-time guarantees and see what that gets you.  Then you blame the other guys.  And the Dependent Disreputable Democrats will pay you to spread your propoganda around. 

  234. If the DNC continues this line of attack the RNC should go down to Louisiana and find some oil rig workers that lost their jobs when Obama halted all drilling in the Gul,f instead of directing restrictions just at BP. I bet they could even find some who lost their house because Obama put them out of work. Most of the rig workers are Union guys so this would even make his Union buddies think twice before voting for that community organizer again.
    They could also find some Union guys that were laid off because the Keystone XL pipeline has been put on hold to appease Obama’s tree hugging friends.

    1. you have the atitude we need in our canidates man, sometimes i think the repubs don’t know what game they are in.

  235. Unions were necessary when industries enjoyed healthy demand and phenomenal financial successes…the owners rubbed their wealth in society’s nose. The only remaining gluttons left today are bankers and their cadre of manipulators…but how many banks have unions or employee associations.  Unions today serve no useful purpose…they are merely political appendages of the Democrat Party used to gather and distribute dirty political money…supply violent personnel to beat Americans who resist them,  and disrupt the free exchange of political ideas…anything having to do with workers today is, frankly, laughable.

  236. I like how this guy is letting the democrats treat him like a political prop. He should be embarrassed, instead, he is walking around like he is somebody important.

  237. These posts show real hope for this country.  Appears a LOT of people are intelligent enough to see who the real villains are here!  And this guy, johnson, who works for the steelworkers in the what…the strategic campaigns, global bargaining and international affairs department!?!  WTF.  This country would be better off without a single f-ing union.  They and their ‘massa’ in the White House are killing us all.

  238. If this story is not the Poster Child for RIGHT TO WORK states, I don’t know what is!

    Every state in the union who wants better job creation had better throw out the Union Scum and vote in Right to Work!

  239. For those who remember, Smith Corona was known for making Typewriters. Nobody makes typewriters anymore, nobody! Computers took over! After being in business for over 100 years and still generating significant revenues into the late 80s they did not come to terms with the fact that typewriter technology would be eradicated in less than 10 years and eventually they fell off the map as a contender of any kind. Bankrupt, no longer viable, innovative or visionary.

  240. “Hello – you went on strike, you got fired. Man up and stop complaining.”

    A – F*&*&^G – men Brother!  Our political discourse has become so Brain-Dead that simple logic such as that can only be found in the comments on some invisible corner of the internet.

    Sad.

  241. This guys is a Union shmoe, eating out of the DNC’s bowl, has NO REAL job and says of Romney “I haven’t seen anything where he works in shop, has been a manager of a shop. He has only worked for Bain.”?   Well…. at least Romney… IS working!  And, since when is office work,… NOT A REAL JOB, Bain or otherwise?!??!? 
     
    You’re just doing the same thing you’ve always done, waiting for someone ELSE to provide you with something.  This is the same thing you hear all the time from these guys, as if “working” is only sitting in a shop, or holding a tool!?!?!?   PLENTY of people hold office jobs, and they ARE WORKING TOO!  They don’t like getting up and going in any more than you do, but somehow they are excluded from the notion of “working”.  pathetic…..
     
     
    One other thing while I’m thinking about it, THE UNION “killed” YOUR job, not Romney or Bain.  They do that quite often to people like this guy.  You’d think that working would be MORE important than politics since a family’s welfare is on the line, but it’s not that way for a Union.  If they don’t get the cut THEY want out of this contrivance, they throw guys like this on the pyre.  They are PERFECTLY happy killing a competitor of the OTHER shops that did capitulate to their demands, it only makes the UNION stronger when they kill a shop off.  They could care less for the owners, and killing off a shop that is not under their control only means the workers have to go to another shop THAT IS UNDER THEIR CONTROL.  It’s always win-win for the Union whether they coopt the owners, or kill off the shop, they still win.
     
    The owners see it from their perspective, “You want to work or not, cause we can take this somewhere else?”.  The Union sees it from theirs, “Either way we win; if the GVT makes the owner deal with us, we get what we want, a cut of the profits, or we kill them off and strengthen our hand with the next smuck that gets driven into the fire!”.  The only one that gets NOTHING are the SOBs stuck in the middle, if they go with owner they can work but the owner is going to have to pay less to sustain the jobs and GVT is still going to get a cut, if they go with the Union, GVT and the Union get a cut, and the owners end up closing after awhile anyway!
     
    You see who wins in ALL scenarios?  GOVERNMENT….  Either way they get a cut and/or a kickback from the Unions in the form of political donations.
     
    You’re daft if you help the Unions…..

  242. When real men lose their jobs, they learn new skills and find new jobs.  When coddled union pussies lose theirs, they make videos of themselves whining and standing around in empty parking lots.

  243. Sounds like sour grapes. It also sounds like the company he worked for originally was on it’s way out and had Bain not done something to save them he’d have been out anyway. Then his union screwed him over by negotiating for too much. I think his anger is misplaced. He should be mad at the union. 

  244. Interesting because the Steelworkers Union works with businesses to keep costs down and not hire LOCAL union members.

    So this guy ended up with good company the crooked and corrupt, besides his allies with the DNC
    They help set up a a union with the company then pay less than half of the area’s local union rate.

    I know what I speak of because I was a member of a local 210 out of Norwalk, CT when the Bridgeport Peck bridge was being rebuilt by Balfour Beatty and Co. It made a company sponsored Steel Workers Union to hire anyone but local Union members.

    This is all documented was in the news, when our local 210 sued the company and the bogus Steel worker union.

  245. I wish I could take leave of my job and travel around the country harassing people.  I wonder how much that gig pays?  But more important, by whom?

    Let’s face it, the union tried to hold up Ampad for tons of perks and Ampad said , China will do it for half with no perks.  So Ampad should have lost money on the deal?  I think not.

  246. The guy worked making type writers. He blames Romney for destroying his job. Thats like Obama blaming atms for high unemployment. When is the last time anybody bought a typewriter?

  247. The guy worked making type writers. He blames Romney for destroying his job. Thats like Obama blaming atms for high unemployment. When is the last time anybody bought a typewriter?

  248. The first paragraph in bold type pretty much tells anyone anything they need to know.
    The factory this guy worked at was facing bankruptcy, and sold itself off to a Bain Capital owned company, Ampad.
    Ampad fired everyone, probably to eliminate any claims on seniority and to make it easier to rehire a leaner organization consisting of the subset of employees deemed best likely to turn things around.
    Because more than half were in fact re-hired, the company was forced to deal with the union, but could not come to an agreement.
    As a result of the failure to come to an agreement, the factory was permanantly shuttered.
    The article claims that “Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.”
    But let’s be clear here.  It wasn’t profitable when they were sold off.  The company was facing bankruptcy, meaning that everyone would have lost their jobs had Ampad not acquired them and attempted to turn things around.
    Ampad (and Bain Capital) must have thought that the factory could have been made profitable, else they wouldn’t have invested in the place only to shut it down.
    But because of the impasse between ownership and the union, Ampad determined that closure would cost less money than operating the facility.
    This story is intended to make Romney look mean-spirited and heartless, but in reality (to the extent that he even had anything directly to do with it whatsoever) it can only illustrate a leader’s capacity to know when to pull the plug rather than overly invest in a losing cause (Solyndra, anyone?). 
    The federal government needs someone capable of trimming the fat from the federal payroll.  It needs someone capable of trimming the budget.
    Apparently the Democrats believe that any sob story is a good political story, without giving a lot of intelligent thought to the big picture.

  249. The first paragraph in bold type pretty much tells anyone anything they need to know.
    The factory this guy worked at was facing bankruptcy, and sold itself off to a Bain Capital owned company, Ampad.
    Ampad fired everyone, probably to eliminate any claims on seniority and to make it easier to rehire a leaner organization consisting of the subset of employees deemed best likely to turn things around.
    Because more than half were in fact re-hired, the company was forced to deal with the union, but could not come to an agreement.
    As a result of the failure to come to an agreement, the factory was permanantly shuttered.
    The article claims that “Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.”
    But let’s be clear here.  It wasn’t profitable when they were sold off.  The company was facing bankruptcy, meaning that everyone would have lost their jobs had Ampad not acquired them and attempted to turn things around.
    Ampad (and Bain Capital) must have thought that the factory could have been made profitable, else they wouldn’t have invested in the place only to shut it down.
    But because of the impasse between ownership and the union, Ampad determined that closure would cost less money than operating the facility.
    This story is intended to make Romney look mean-spirited and heartless, but in reality (to the extent that he even had anything directly to do with it whatsoever) it can only illustrate a leader’s capacity to know when to pull the plug rather than overly invest in a losing cause (Solyndra, anyone?). 
    The federal government needs someone capable of trimming the fat from the federal payroll.  It needs someone capable of trimming the budget.
    Apparently the Democrats believe that any sob story is a good political story, without giving a lot of intelligent thought to the big picture.

  250. I have watched thousands of workers at good plants commit financial suicide by going on strike at the behest of multi hundred thousand  dollar per year union heads when the company said we want to keep it open and will if we can get modest modifications of the contract.The union decided to go militant egged on by local left wing politicians that had absolutely nothing to lose if the plant closed. The strike guaranteed the plant was now a money loser and it was syonnara.This guy is stuck on stupid and is being pimped by the DNC wich is pretty common for that group.

  251. I have watched thousands of workers at good plants commit financial suicide by going on strike at the behest of multi hundred thousand  dollar per year union heads when the company said we want to keep it open and will if we can get modest modifications of the contract.The union decided to go militant egged on by local left wing politicians that had absolutely nothing to lose if the plant closed. The strike guaranteed the plant was now a money loser and it was syonnara.This guy is stuck on stupid and is being pimped by the DNC wich is pretty common for that group.

  252. Randy Johnson is placing this troubles in the wrong place.   1- The plant he worked at was facing bankruptcy and sold his company to Ampad.  2- Ampad was solvent enough to buy the
    plant when it did,  but then it “was aquired” by bain capitol.   Venture capitalists buy companies that are in trouble! and they are usually approached by the company owners, not the other way around.  So, after Ampad bought the first company it to began to flounder.  3. OMG  the company that acquired the company wanted to change how things were done, those B******DS.   3- “Ampad promptly fired all of the workers at the plant, and then re-hired most of them. Since they were a union shop, and over half of the employees had been re-hired, the new owners were forced to recognize the union. They tried to renegotiate the contract, but the union eventually decided to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.”
    Read that quote very carfully,  it is telling us that  it was the unions who drove the company to bankrupt, the unions who would not renegotiate,  So I ask you who forced the closing of that plant?   

    I googled AMPAD and that company is still up and running, I wonder if that would be the case today  if Bain did not see a way to make it profitable back then?  AND I wonder how many people work there today? 

  253. Randy Johnson is placing this troubles in the wrong place.   1- The plant he worked at was facing bankruptcy and sold his company to Ampad.  2- Ampad was solvent enough to buy the
    plant when it did,  but then it “was aquired” by bain capitol.   Venture capitalists buy companies that are in trouble! and they are usually approached by the company owners, not the other way around.  So, after Ampad bought the first company it to began to flounder.  3. OMG  the company that acquired the company wanted to change how things were done, those B******DS.   3- “Ampad promptly fired all of the workers at the plant, and then re-hired most of them. Since they were a union shop, and over half of the employees had been re-hired, the new owners were forced to recognize the union. They tried to renegotiate the contract, but the union eventually decided to go on strike, so Ampad shuttered the once-profitable factory.”
    Read that quote very carfully,  it is telling us that  it was the unions who drove the company to bankrupt, the unions who would not renegotiate,  So I ask you who forced the closing of that plant?   

    I googled AMPAD and that company is still up and running, I wonder if that would be the case today  if Bain did not see a way to make it profitable back then?  AND I wonder how many people work there today? 

  254. Smith Corona ?  Wasn’t that a type writer company ?    What did this guy do… sell them, build them ?   So maybe Mitt and his fellow BAIN employees come in, take a look at all the unionized typewriter workers and say… “Well, if these guys had some skills we could have the build keyboards…. at $300 a piece”.  “No, let’s lay off all these people, take what cash they have left, and sell the buidling.”  Sorry folks that’s capitalism.  At some point you have to close the buggy whip and typewriter factories.  That’s why we succeed and the soviets failed. 

  255. Blame the unions not Romney or Bain.  The unions made the company bankrupt in the first place.  Had they not held the company hostage after the takeover and worked for a fair market rate, they would still have jobs.  You can’t keep failing companies alive.

  256. Unions are monopolies — trusts whose sole reason to exist is to maintain and ever raise the price of what their members are selling (their labor).

    The sooner we give them the same treatment corporate monopolies are getting, the better.

    If the Federal government blocked OfficeDepot from merging with Staples for fear of the resulting entity becoming a monopoly in the office-supplies market, why do we not only allow, but encourage monopolies in the markets of fire- and crime-fighting, teaching, health care, and construction labor?

  257. Biaaching seems to be this guys job.  What is whining about.  He has a job and we all know it is PAYING!  If not, how can he aford to travel/vacation like he is doing.  Poor little stooped fellow.  What a joke.

  258. the union striking did this poor slob no favors, sucks to be building typewriters nobodys uses anymore
    c’est la vie 

  259. the union striking did this poor slob no favors, sucks to be building typewriters nobodys uses anymore
    c’est la vie 

  260. Randy Johnson is the new cindy sheehan. don’t worry  Mr johnson. when the DNC is done with your usefullness you will be cast aside like a dirty rug or puh under the bus because that is how the Democrat Party operate. they claim that they are for the poor people but they fact is they use poor people to  gain power. The winner is the union  boss and the Democrat politicians. ask them what soluteon do they have without  destroying business- NADA!

  261. Randy Johnson is the new cindy sheehan. don’t worry  Mr johnson. when the DNC is done with your usefullness you will be cast aside like a dirty rug or puh under the bus because that is how the Democrat Party operate. they claim that they are for the poor people but they fact is they use poor people to  gain power. The winner is the union  boss and the Democrat politicians. ask them what soluteon do they have without  destroying business- NADA!

  262.  The plant you worked at was owned by a company who bet on type writers and failed. If Ampad hadn’t purchased the assets, you would have been out of work earlier. Sounds like  Bain capital gave you guys a life line and you slapped the hand by playing union games. If anything, this supports Romney’s position.

    This guy needs to put on his big boy pants and own up to his bad choices.

  263. let’s see  you kill a company  and blame someone else—typical brain dead union member.  Anyone remember EASTERN AIRLINES and how the machinists union thugs killed it?

  264. let’s see  you kill a company  and blame someone else—typical brain dead union member.  Anyone remember EASTERN AIRLINES and how the machinists union thugs killed it?

  265. Oh before I forget , Barack Obama’s solution is to send  factory jobs  like car in Findland and preventing our country from opening the keystone pipeline that would really provide million of jobs  and give this country cheaper energy.You know why ? because behind the BS talk of Obama , he only care for his rich donors bundlers and elite rich environmentalist  mainly the Hollywood crowd who own pristine beautiful properties. And guess why these job  was send  abroad- They don’t want the union themselves interfering with buisness.

  266. Smith Corona was a typewriter manufacture.  I would think that IBM and Microsoft had more to do with this man losing his job than Romney and Bain Capital.
    Here’s what happened to Smith Corona:
    The company moved its typewriter manufacturing operations from Cortland to Mexico in 1995 and announced it was cutting 750 jobs as a result of continuing sales declines. Shortly thereafter, the company declared bankruptcy. Since 1995, the company has concentrated on sales of portable electronic typewriters, as well as typewriter and word processor supplies. The company’s current electronic models feature LDC displays, built-in dictionaries , and spell Check and grammar check features.