Thursday, October 25, 2012

Any Bainport In A Storm

Or You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

"On Tuesday, officials from Bain Capital-owned Sensata Technologies threatened to shut down its north-central Illinois plant "immediately and indefinitely" if those protesting the offshoring of the facility's jobs entered the plant in an act of civil disobedience again, according to local city officials." (Cherkis 10/24/2012)

(Cherkis 10/24/2012) "Freeport Police Chief Jerry Whitmore, who was at the meeting, said Sensata officials raised the plant closing threat. "They said that if protesters breached security and entered the building, including the foyer area, that the plant would close immediately and indefinitely,' he recalled."

(Cherkis 10/24/2012) "On Wednesday morning, workers responded by filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over the issue. 'I think [city officials] were as dumbfounded as we are,' worker Tom Gaulrapp told HuffPost. 'They try to make it sound like we're doing something wrong. Here we are, we're just protesting at the plant ... It's ridiculous."

(Cherkis 10/24/2012) "Sensata's saber rattling looked like an empty gesture to Gaulrapp. 'They are moving our jobs to China anyway,' he said. 'It's a moronic statement by them. Everything we've done has been peaceful.' More than half of the plant's workers have already been laid off. Romney has not been in charge of Bain Capital for years, but he continues to reap the benefits from tax breaks based on his Sensata investments."

"So would it surprise you to know that according to his 2011 tax returns Mitt Romney personally benefits from Sensata profits? His involvement was enough to transfer more than $200,000 worth of Sensata shares to a charity he heads." (Granholm 10/10/2012)

So the Bainies are sending the sensor technology developed here in the good 'old U.S. of A. over to the China that R-money makes believes he's so afraid of and promises to clamp down in a phony contrived "trade war". Don't believe a word of it. You know he runs in whatever direction the political winds blow. "Moderate Mitt(witt)" showed up at the debates to try and bamboozle the American public, and for that matter the rest of the world as well, but the world has seen and remembered the eight years of  Bush League bumbling and does not agree with the Myths being propagated here.

The only difference between the Teapublican Koch Bros. et al "True the Vote" and the Brown Shirts in 1930s Germany is that they wear Smiley Faces like The Watchmen.

But they don't have anything like the "ground game" and the number of offices the POTUS has in the swing states that count, not even close. They put all their misguided and illegal effort into real voter suppression ala Jim Crow.

The Teapublicans came to power getting in all those Precinct captain positions for 2010 however, don't underestimate them, even though they're lagging behind nationally at the grass roots level this time. Nothing like 2008, and the Romniacs had virtually no experience doing this for real in the big time, only repetitively losing for the last 7 years.

It's the "white hoody" 38% core that has attracted enough of the "low info" voters to make up the foolish 1/2 of the electorate that is willing to elect a "reichwing" nut cluster of neocons to take their sons and daughters into another armageddon to continue to benefit the multinational corps. They feel that they are voting their core moral values when they've been hoodwinked into becoming unwitting serfs in the new financier dominated renter economy, as if it was some "social experiment" of the reichwing and will benefit from it over the lower middle working class.

 So while the far right wing nut radical fundamentalists establish illegal "militias" to run around the woods playing "Taliban" while avoiding military service at all costs and letting the "volunteer army" 2% do the real heavy lifting for them, I would just keep my options open and my passport updated. It costs the same to live in Paris now as it does in NYC. And it's actually cheaper to live in most of Spain, and rural areas of France (including the southern coast) and Italy. Put those collegiate foreign language and math requirements to work ! Why would anyone want to remain as a powerless subject to be raked over the coals by robber baron power elites who would keep you in serfdom and religious oppression? These are the very same reasons that Europeans fled that continent to come here in the first place.

Vote, then vote with "FEET IN THE STREET", and if all legitimate methods to include civil disobedience fail, vote with your feet. No reason to sacrifice your health, wealth, and soul for these fools. None. Look at it this way, we'd be better off shoring up the European economy which would only help to steady the world economy and keep the North American recovery on track. At least they have a true social "safety net" to boot.

Sensata Plant Owned By Bain Threatens To Shut Down If Trespassing Protests Continue (Schultz 10/24/2012)

"Today at Freeport’s Sensata Technologies plant, civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson returned to rally with with soon-to-be out of work employees. Jackson spent most of the afternoon in "Bainport”, the make-shift campsite that's been home to Sensata employees and their supporters for the last 40 days. Things took a turn around 4:00 p.m. when Jackson and about a dozen workers decided to march onto company property, before being arrested by police. He says he hopes his arrest will get Sensata management to the negotiating table. He hoped to convince them to keep the plant open." (Dwyer 10/24/2012)

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