Why would people in Maine vote for Mitt Romney for President? Romney brags about his record as an executive at Bain Capital, but when Romney was at Bain Capital, he bought up companies in Maine and then destroyed them, eliminating huge numbers of jobs that communities in Maine have never gotten back.
Consider the example of Randy Johnson, who had a good job at a paper plant in Maine – until Mitt Romney and Bain Capital moved on. Mitt Romney ordered the paper plant to be closed, and Randy Johnson was out of work.
Randy Johnson didn’t do anything wrong to lose that job, and he wasn’t offered another job by any of the companies that Mitt Romney owned. Romney just moved on, leaving Mr. Johnson, and other workers in Maine, as collateral damage to his effort to build up a personal fortune for himself.
Mitt Romney offers up abstract justifications for destroying jobs in Maine. That’s easy for him. All Mitt Romney saw was a balance sheet, and a way to exploit a vulnerability to make a short-term profit. Romney didn’t bother to get to know the people whose lives he was wrecking.
Workers in Maine have another perspective. To them, jobs aren’t just theoretical economic principles. They’re what it takes to keep their children fed and clothed. “These are not just thoughts. There are real jobs there were lost,” Randy Johnson explains.
Mitt Romney doesn’t understand that. Romney has never had to work in a job he didn’t want. Romney has never lived in fear of what will happen to his family if he loses a job. Romney inherited millions of dollars when he was born.
A politician who is out of touch with the reality of the jobs destroyed through corporate abuses is not suited to serve as President of the United States. That’s why, in the 2012 presidential election, Maine is against Mitt Romney.