Durbin: Don’t Let ‘Bainport’ Be Future of U.S. Manufacturing

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Durbin: Don’t Let ‘Bainport’ Be Future of U.S. Manufacturing

10/17/2012; Mike Hall

Photo of Bainport courtesy of peoplesworld Flickr photostream.

Mitt Romney won’t come to “Bainport” and meet with the workers whose jobs are being shipped overseas by Sensata Technologies. Sensata is owned by outsourcing pioneer Bain Capital, where Romney was a founder and former CEO.

But Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) visited the tent city set up across the street from the Freeport, Ill., Sensata plant that will shut down as soon as the rest of the equipment follows the 170 middle-class jobs on the way to China—where Sensata workers earn about 99 cents an hour.

“This should not be the future of manufacturing jobs in the United States,” said Durbin. “We can do better.” Durbin spoke with the workers—many of whom were forced to train the Chinese workers who will take their jobs. Durbin says executives at companies like Romney’s Bain are: Continue reading “Durbin: Don’t Let ‘Bainport’ Be Future of U.S. Manufacturing”

Fact checking the second presidential debate

Fact checking the second presidential debate

Posted by at 02:24 AM ET, 10/17/2012

(This is an expanded version of material that originally appeared in the Oct. 17 print edition of The Washington Post.)

We heard some oldies but goodies in Tuesday night’s feisty debate between President Obama and former governor Mitt Romney. Here are some factual highlights — or lowlights:

“When Governor Romney said we should let Detroit go bankrupt, I said we’re going to bet on American workers.”

— Obama

“He said that I said we should take Detroit bankrupt. And that’s right. My plan was to have the company go through bankruptcy like 7-Eleven did and Macy’s and Continental Airlines and come out stronger. And I know he keeps saying, you want to take Detroit bankrupt. Well, the president took Detroit bankrupt. You took General Motors bankrupt. You took Chrysler bankrupt. So when you say that I wanted to take the auto industry bankrupt, you actually did.”

— Romney

“What Governor Romney said just isn’t true. He wanted to take them into bankruptcy without providing them any way to stay open. And we would have lost a million jobs.”

— Obama

This interesting exchange is drawn from a headline — “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” — on an opinion article written by Romney for the New York Times. But he did not say that in the article. (He repeated the line, however, on television.) Continue reading “Fact checking the second presidential debate”

Obama and Romney on the issues: Federal workforce

Obama and Romney on the issues: Federal workforce

Published: October 16

The Post is taking a comprehensive look at the positions of President Obama and Mitt Romney on several key issues. For an interactive experience including polling, quotes and the ability to choose which candidate better represents your views, visit the Post’s Issue Engine.Here are Obama and Romney’s positions on the federal workforce:

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President Obama began his term pledging to make government work “cool again.” His administration has worked to improve hiring practices and job benefits. Continue reading “Obama and Romney on the issues: Federal workforce”

Romney ahead in four new national polls

By Jonathan Easley – 10/11/12 03:07 PM ET

Mitt Romney leads President Obama in four new national polls released Thursday, an indication of sustained momentum for the GOP challenger one week after his debate victory.

Romney leads by 3 percentage points in the latest Reuters-Ispsos and UPI-CVoter polls. He has 47 percent support compared Obama’s 44 percent in the former, and 49 percent to 46 percent lead in the latter.

Both of those polls are of likely voters, but Romney’s leads are within the margins of error. Continue reading “Romney ahead in four new national polls”

The Hill Poll: Voters switch, saying Obama is set to win second term

By Sheldon Alberts – 10/01/12 05:00 AM ET

A strong majority of likely voters now expect President Obama to win a second term after an abrupt shift in perceptions about the state of the race, according to The Hill’s latest election poll.

The survey found 53 percent of voters believe Obama will triumph on Nov. 6, a huge swing from the 43 percent who held that view immediately before the Democratic convention early last month. Continue reading “The Hill Poll: Voters switch, saying Obama is set to win second term”