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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Caution, some adult language in this video.  (from the movie Goodfellas).  

Just in case you want to better understand the complexities of how Romney’s company “Bain Capital” actually functioned, here is a tutorial from the movie “Goodfellas.”   When the Bamboo Lounge was is trouble and needed help due to no fault of the owner or workers, the Goodfella Pauli is brought in as a partner, but once he’s made a partner then:

“...Pauli could do anything, especially run up bills on the joints credit.  And why not nobody’s going to pay for it anyway.  As soon as deliveries are made in the front door you move stuff out the back and sell it at a discount It doesn’t matter it’s all profit, and finally when theres nothing left, and you can’t borrow another buck from the bank you bust the joint out you light a match.”

Vulture capitalism 101, I think we (Catholic) Sicilians may have invented it, but it took the Anglicans, Mormons, and the 'born-agains' to make it legal (and y’all who are salivating over Clinton’s speech at the democratic convention tonight, remember he helped de-regulate the financial industry that further allowed Bain/Romney to function this way).  Oh, and the pension funds of the workers?  Bain/Romney took those too.  And the folks who lost their jobs and had to go on welfare or food stamps, we all pick up the tab for that with our tax dollars (unless you have a Swiss bank account) as well as their emergency room and health care costs. I reckon a prophet like Amos or Jeremiah might have something to say about all this, but don't count on hearing from any biblical prophets at any of the presidential conventions, so let me offer this from Abraham Heschel's "The Prophets" :

"When Amos appeared in the North there was pride (Amos 6:13) plenty, and splendor in the land, elegance and might in the palaces.  The rich had there summer and winter palaces adorned with costly ivory, gorgeous couches with damask pillows on which they reclined at their sumptuous feasts.  They planted pleasant vineyards, anointed themselves with precious oils, their women, compared by Amos to the fat cows of Bashan were addicted to wine.  At the same time there was no justice in the land, the poor were afflicted, exploited, even sold into slavery, and the judges were corrupt (5:12).  In the midst of this atmosphere arose Amos, a shepherd, to exclaim:  *Woe to those who are at ease in Zion...." (Zion? that anywhere near Seattle?).  

Well, Amos always hits me pretty hard, but Bill Clinton is about to speak so I got to get my grapes peeled and my damask pillows fluffed up for the show, obliged.    

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