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Mitt Romney Talks About Chinese slave labor at Factory His Bain Capital Bought In China

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Published on Aug 25, 2012

Mitt Romney, speaking to supporters about the factory he visited in China where women were shoehorned into dorms and worked for pennies to save for "becoming married." Ain't it grand?

That factory he visited is likely the one that Bain Capital used to move manufacturing jobs overseas. David Corn broke this story last month: At the time Romney was acquiring shares in Global-Tech, the firm publicly acknowledged that its strategy was to profit from prominent US companies outsourcing production abroad. On September 4, 1998, Global-Tech issued a press release announcing it was postponing completion of a $30 million expansion of its Dongguan facility because Sunbeam, a prominent American consumer products company and a major client of Global-Tech, was cutting back on outsourcing as part of an overall consolidation. But John C.K. Sham, Global-Tech's president and CEO, said, "Although it appears that customers such as Sunbeam are not outsourcing their manufacturing as quickly as we had anticipated, we still believe that the long-term trend toward outsourcing will continue." Global-Tech, which in mid-1998 announced fiscal year sales of $118.3 million (an increase of 89 percent over the previous year), also manufactured household appliances for Hamilton Beach, Mr. Coffee, Proctor-Silex, Revlon, and Vidal Sassoon, and its chief exec was hoping for more outsourcing from these and other American firms.

In addition to the jobs issue, watch Romney tell this story without batting an eyelash. It doesn't bother anyone that he's describing a factory that employs sweatshop labor so he and his venture capitalist buddies can get richer?

No, of course not, because what we have is "so unique we're sharing it with the world." That magic unique thing would be what, exactly? Exploiting women and making them work for nothing so billionaires become mega-billionaires? What is that magic unique thing we're sharing with the world?

Remember, Romney comes from the land where they loathe child labor laws. I think it's less about what we're sharing with them, and more about what they're sharing with us. Women, behold President Romney's vision for your future.

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