Saturday Morning Reads

Good Morning!

This is going be short and sweet because it’s been a long week for me. Yesterday the Washington Post published a highly cited story about Mitt Romney as a “pioneer” in the outsourcing of American jobs.

During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

While economists debate whether the massive outsourcing of American jobs over the last generation was inevitable, Romney in recent months has lamented the toll it’s taken on the U.S. economy. He has repeatedly pledged he would protect American employment by getting tough on China.

“They’ve been able to put American businesses out of business and kill American jobs,” he told workers at a Toledo fence factory in February. “If I’m president of the United States, that’s going to end.”

Really? I strongly suggest you read this story–it’s long and detailed with plenty of specific examples of Romney’s involvement in shipping jobs overseas.

In his speech to Latino officeholders this afternoon, President Obama used the WaPo article to hammer Romney. In comparison to Romney’s appearance before the group yesterday, Obama received a much more enthusiastic reception with more and longer applause.

Meanwhile one of Mitt Romney’s campaign co-chairs undercut the candidate’s campaign of confuse and befuddle and came right out and told the truth to the Daily Telegraph: Mitt Romney ‘likely to scrap Barack Obama’s immigration order’

Ray Walser, the co-chairman of Mr Romney’s Latin American Working Group, also said Mr Obama’s administration had been “fairly tough” on measures to counter illegal migration and that unlawful crossings of the Mexican border had declined, appearing to contradict the Republican candidate’s own comments on the subject.

Mr Romney has repeatedly declined to say what, if elected president in November, he would do about Mr Obama’s move to offer work permits to law-abiding undocumented migrants aged 30 or under.

The Romney campaign later claimed that Walser has no knowledge of the campaign’s policy decisions. The why is he co-chair of the Latin America working group? Looks like Romney is having some surrogate trouble now.

The LA Times interviewed Stephen Mansfield, the author of a new book “The Mormonizing of America” in order to get Mansfield’s take on Romney and his religion.

Q) …[H]ow do you think Romney’s faith has shaped his politics and the way he might lead?

A) I think that there’s no question it’s shaped what you might call his worldview or his system of ethics, what he believes about the Constitution, what he believes about abortion, what he believes about American history — I think all that grows organically out of his Mormonism. I think that his leadership is a product of his training and his gifts, but he does lead out of a sense of it being part of him qualifying, being found worthy, him passing the test of this life — that’s standard Mormon theology.

Q) We are said to be living in this “Mormon Moment,” but a new Gallup poll shows that American attitudes about Mormons haven’t really changed for decades. Nearly one in five Americans say they won’t vote for a Mormon for president. How big a barrier is that to Romney and would a Romney presidency be a game-changer in terms of Mormon acceptance?


Q) Would Romney be better off talking about it?

A) If I was king of his campaign, I’d have folks out there talking about it for the campaign, unofficially, but I’d keep the candidate away from it. I’m not sure I’d want Romney talking about temple garments and gods on other planets and Joseph Smith. But I wouldn’t mind having an articulate representative in the field, defending Mr. Romney’s Mormonism in the campaign. And if I don’t see that happen after the convention, I’m going to wonder how much they’re aware in Romney headquarters how much this is an issue in the culture.

At The Daily Beast, here’s an interesting article by Daniel Klaidman on the Holder Witchhunt over “Fast and Furious.” Klaidman said that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa demanded a “scap” from the Justice Department as a last ditch effort to avoid going nuclear with a contempt citation.

for Issa, a partisan warrior who has called Holder a “liar” and the Obama administration one of “the most corrupt” in history, there was always the risk of overreach. When he started to go down the road toward a contempt citation, the House Republican leadership began to show signs of nervousness. Some thought Issa needed to leave himself an escape route. In recent weeks he and his staff began negotiating with DOJ, looking for a way to head off the looming confrontation.

During a phone call last week with a senior Justice official, Issa’s chief investigative counsel, Stephen Castor, broached a possible settlement. As the conversation began, according to two sources familiar with the conversation, Castor asked the official where things stood on “accountability.” By that, Castor meant would any heads roll at Justice. Castor mentioned Lanny Breuer, the head of the department’s Criminal Division, whom Republicans had been gunning for because of his knowledge of gun-walking techniques that had been used during the Bush administration. (Their theory was that Breuer should have taken aggressive steps to ensure that such measures were not repeated in future operations.) According to these sources, Castor said that if Breuer resigned, they could head off the looming constitutional clash.

But the Justice official, Steven Reich, an associate deputy attorney general involved in the Fast and Furious negotiations with Congress, rejected the offer, calling it a “non-starter.”

Still, Castor’s gambit was seen by DOJ officials as evidence that Issa was more interested in drawing blood than getting to the truth.

The Massachusetts Democratic Party managed to get some embarrassing video of Senator Scott Brown making a very strange remark about being in “secret meetings with kings and queens and prime ministers.”

The comments on WTKK-FM were roundly mocked by Democrats. Brown, in making them, was pushing back against critics who say his campaign has not been focused on serious issues, pointing out that he ran a radio ad about military base closings. He also said he was working on substantive issues on a daily basis, some that involve royalty.

“Each and every day that I’ve been a United States senator, I’ve been discussing issues, meeting on issues, in secret meetings and with kings and queens and prime ministers and business leaders and military leaders, talking, voting, working on issues every single day,” he said on the Jim Braude and Margery Eagan [talk radio] Show.

At first his campaign said he “misspoke,” but The Boston Globe learned that Brown had made similar statements at least five times.

That’s got to be at least as weird as thinking you have Native American blood because your parents told you so. It probably won’t get as much play as the attacks on Elizabeth Warren though.

In Philadelphia, yesterday Monsignor William Lynn became the first member of the Catholic clergy to be convicted for covering up child sexual abuse by priests.

A Philadelphia priest was convicted Friday (June 22) of one count of child endangerment, becoming the first cleric in the Catholic Church’s long-running clergy abuse scandal to be tried and found guilty of shielding molesters.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was acquitted of conspiracy and a second endangerment charge after a three-month trial that had seemed on the verge of a hung jury two days earlier….

The jurors said they were deadlocked on attempted rape and endangerment charges against Lynn’s codefendant, the Rev. James J. Brennan.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina declared a mistrial on the Brennan charges, which means prosecutors could decide to try him again.

Lynn, who was head of priest personnel in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 12 years, was charged with recommending that Brennan and another priest, Edward Avery, be allowed to live or work in parishes in the 1990s despite indications that they might abuse children.

Avery pleaded guilty before the trial to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy in 1999 and is serving 2-1/2 to 5 years in state prison.

Finally, if you haven’t read the NYT series on Chris Christie and New Jersey’s privatized halfway houses from hell, be sure to check it out. Looks like Christie won’t be getting that VP nod after all.

Have a great Saturday, and please share what you’re reading and blogging about today.

10 Comments on “Saturday Morning Reads”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    One of Scott Brown’s ads lists his “working on behalf of women”. WTF? Are you kidding me? He has stood shoulder ot shoulder with his GOP congressional delegation since his arrival in DC.

    As Issa “gets to the bottom” of “Fast and Furious”, it’s another weekend in the city where drive by shootings and police standoffs are the norm. It’s not the gunlaws so much as the proliferation of these weapons that flood the streets making it unsafe to venture out after dark in some areas because the “cowboys” are on the loose looking to shore up their street creds while law enforcement and the citizenry duck for cover.

    The NRA was instrumental in the Florida law that allowed George Zimmerman to “patrol” the streets and shoot at unarmed suspects. You need not venture into Mexico to find “drug wars” taking place since most of the inner city crime here in the US is commited by those armed to the teeth as they guard their “turf”.

    A subculture of its own has sprung up in the US in every major city across the nation where anyone can get ahold of a weapon by any means available and we are finding more and more teens having access to guns like never before.

    Senseless violence ensues because most of our lawmakers are in the thrall of the NRA itself and until that hold is released the crime rate will continue to rise.

    But few lawmakers are willing to take on the challenge.

    • bostonboomer says:

      To me it seems as if the Democrats have simply given up on gun control.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        The NRA holds the entire political system hostage. They make no bones about the fact that they will work to defeat any candidate from any district who opposes them.

        They weren’t kidding when they said they expected to have an office in the WH should George Bush be elected. Much of their money helped to get him in.

        It doesn’t take a genius to understand that a semi automatic gun in the hands of the public can only lead to bigger safety issues but instead this policy is wrapped up in the idea of “personal freedoms”, the right to bear arms. Under that belief, semi automatic guns are found in the hands of people whose aim it is to use them.

        How many years did it take for the Brady Law to go into effect even though it was fashioned around the shooting of a sitting president so revered by the GOP?

        Idiot Issa should be looking into the various “armed militias” that have risen in this nation with the advent of an Obama victory. According to some reports they are armed to the teeth.

        We seem to be living in a society that does very little to protect its citizens whether it be from the lack of gun control or the laxity of the courts.

        And as always, Mitt Romney is an ass.

  2. Fannie says:

    If Mitt were President, he’d like nothing more than rule the world from Salt Lake City. His mormon moment came when he was selected as model for Mormons on every corner of the globe. So rich of him to convert millions of those around the world who are shattered by poverty, and bring them into the garment fold, and today his plans are for bringing in the best and brightest, and the richest to Salt Lake Utah.

    The hells angels need to roar on those streets of Salt Lake Utah, meanwhile I think because of his lack of leadership on civil rights issues, and women’s rights, and gay rights, and his lack of discussion on salesmanship for the Mormon church, he will not make it to the top. He is rich enough, white enough, and old enough to sit with the 12 who currently rule the Mormons.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I think you’re right. Maybe his leadership style would be more appropriate for a leader of the church. But he craves even more power than that, and having him as president would probably advance the cause of his church too.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    It’s ironic that the most “lucrative” enterprise in the system is religion. Yet at the same time, the poverty level just keeps rising. The “donations” go into the pockets of a few who live in splendor and build huge edifices at the expense of those who get by on so little.

    The Mormon Church is a billion dollar enterprise and operates in “secrecy”. Their overall goal is rather murky but their elders rule with an iron fist. Mitt is one of those who is part of that hierarchal group. His “charitable” donations are only to the Mormon Church. The same church that funded the overthrow of Prop 8 so it should not be surprising to discover where Mitt actually stands when it come to gay rights.

    Until recently, blacks were not welcomed into their midst. Women are still regarded as second class. Civil rights is unheard of in this organization and the right to choose is banished.

    So why would we not assume that Mitt would act any differently? He wouldn’t since he would face expulsion for going against the creed.

    Mitt is not some “half assed” adherent to this faith but a solid member in good standing. Putting questions to him about where he stands on civil rights issues is only going to garner a “no comment” response but it is almost a certainty that should he become POTUS those questions will have a very clear answer when he lines up in accordance with the present day efforts of the GOP to gut programs that cater to rights already achieved.

    Overlooking the hold the Mormon Church has with Mitt would be to do so at one’s own peril.

    • ANonOMouse (Mouse) says:

      “It’s ironic that the most “lucrative” enterprise in the system is religion.”

      Incredibly lucrative, while working diligently, much of it behind the scenes, to influence every issue across the political spectrum that it considers imperative to it’s moral code ( Whatever the hell that is today. Last week it was anti-choice, anti-contraception, anti-gay, keep the women in their place) And it pays no taxes!!!!! Not a single penny.

  4. ecocatwoman says:

    Moyers & Company website has a terrific interactive map of the “Nuns on the Bus” road trip. When you click on the different stops, the figures of how many people in each state would be adversely affected by the implementation of the Ryan Budget pops up:

  5. Mira says:

    First I like to say President Obama is Doing a wonderful job I knock on doors and called on phones in 2008 and a lot of praying I am up to it again. Got fire in my belly and I want the repug out