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#1 Aug 24, 2012

The back-to-school season is here, and as parents take their children to shop for school supplies, I suspect that many of them will be visiting a Staples store. I'm very familiar with those stores because Staples is one of many businesses we helped create and expand at Bain Capital, a firm that my colleagues and I built. The firm succeeded by growing and fixing companies.

The lessons I learned over my 15 years at Bain Capital were valuable in helping me turn around the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. They also helped me as governor of Massachusetts to turn a budget deficit into a surplus and reduce our unemployment rate to 4.7%. The lessons from that time would help me as president to fix our economy, create jobs and get things done in Washington.

A broad message emerges from my Bain Capital days: A good idea is not enough for a business to succeed. It requires a talented team, a good business plan and capital to execute it. That was true of companies we helped start, like Staples and the Bright Horizons child-care provider, and several of the struggling companies we helped turn around, like the Brookstone retailer and the contact-lens maker Wesley Jessen.

My presidency would make it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to get the investment dollars they need to grow, by reducing and simplifying taxes; replacing Obamacare with real health-care reform that contains costs and improves care; and by stemming the flood of new regulations that are tying small businesses in knots.

My business experience confirmed my belief in empowering people. For example, at Bain Capital we bought Accuride, a company that made truck rims and wheels, because we saw untapped potential there. We instituted performance bonuses for the management team, which had a dramatic impact. The managers made the plants more productive, and the company started growing, adding 300 jobs while Bain was involved. My faith in people, not government, is at the foundation of my plan to strengthen America's middle class.

I also saw firsthand through these investments how energy costs impact the ability of a business to grow. Today, energy costs are weighing on job creators across America because President Obama has limited energy exploration and restricted development in ways that sap economic performance, curtail growth, and kill jobs. I will take a sensible approach to tapping our energy resources, which will both create jobs and make energy more affordable for every sector of our economy.

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#2 Aug 24, 2012
In the 1990s, when the "old-technology" steel industry in the U.S. was failing, Bain Capital helped build a new steel company, Steel Dynamics, which has grown into one of the largest steel producers in America today, holding its own against Chinese producers. The key to its success? State-of-the-art new technology.

Here are two lessons from the Steel Dynamics story: First, innovation is essential to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. We are the most innovative, entrepreneurial nation in the world. To maintain that lead, we must give people the skills to succeed. My plan for a stronger middle class includes policies to give every family access to great schools and quality teachers, to improve access to higher education, and to attract and retain the best talent from around the world.

The second lesson is that we must have a level playing field in international trade. As president, I will challenge unfair trade practices that are harming American workers.

Running a business also brings lessons in tackling challenges. I was on the board of a medical diagnostic-laboratory company, Damon, when a competitor announced that it had settled with the government over a charge of fraudulent Medicare billing. I and fellow Damon outside board members joined together and immediately hired an independent law firm to examine Damon's own practices.

The investigation revealed a need to make some changes, which we did. The company, along with several other clinical-laboratory companies, ended up being fined for billing practices. And a Damon manager who was responsible for the fraud went to jail. The experience taught me that when you see a problem, run toward it or it will only get worse.

That will be my approach to our federal budget problem. I am committed to capping federal spending below 20% of GDP and reducing nondefense discretionary spending by 5%. This will surely result in much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Washington. But a failure of leadership has created our debt crisis, and ducking responsibility will only cripple the economy and smother opportunity for our children and grandchildren.

I'm not sure Bain Capital could have grown or turned around some of the companies we invested in had we faced today's anti-business environment. Andy Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc., which employs about 21,000 people at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants, has said that the "current unfriendly economic environment perhaps best explains why American companies are sitting on over $2 trillion which they could invest."

President Obama has piled on excessive regulations, proposed massive tax increases, added more than $5 trillion in federal debt, and failed to address the coming fiscal cliff—all of which is miring our nation in sluggish growth and high unemployment.

I know what it takes to turn around difficult situations. And I will put that experience to work, to get our economy back on track, create jobs, strengthen the middle class and lay the groundwork for America's increased competitiveness in the world.

Mr. Romney is the Republican Party candidate for president.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087239639...
Trying

Fitchburg, MA

#3 Aug 24, 2012
to make it look like the lunatics aren't trying to take over the asylum!

Good luck with that, those two bozo's are so far to the right your going to end up with the base 28% of the vote.

0% Black vote, and what did you expect? You've all been targeting Obama since the day he was elected for being black!!

0% of rational Women's vote, and what did you expect? Your War against Women's healthcare, contraception and access to abortion even in cases of (legitimate?!!??!) rape? Now Ryan is all Rape is Rape? That's NOT WHAT HIS LEGISLATION SAYS!

0% of the LAtino vote, and what did you expect? All immigration is illegal to you bozos, build a fence!! Self Deportation? Pathetic!

0% of the Senior vote since you want to take away earned paid for benefits they have received from their children!!!

No foreign policy ideas, no economic recovery ideas, no ideas at all except, rich white folk shouldn't pay any taxes!!!!

Yeah, that'll work!!!

Now, of course, Rmoney used to like to say "I give 10% of my earnings to my Church. Said it all the time, proud to say it.

Now of course, Mitt Flip is all no, you can't see my Tax returns cause then you'd know about my Church donations!?!??!!??!

Circled around the drain and are going down for a very, very long time unless the teabrains are outed! Bu bye GOP!!!!!!
What

Leominster, MA

#4 Aug 24, 2012
So to translate your rant Gomez is voting for Obama.
There is hope

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Aug 25, 2012
A University of Colorado analysis of state-by-state factors leading to the Electoral College selection of every U.S. president since 1980 forecasts that the 2012 winner will be Mitt Romney.

http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/08...
say what

Oxford, MA

#6 Aug 25, 2012
What wrote:
So to translate your rant Gomez is voting for Obama.
Gomez will vote for whoever Lynch tells him to vote for. I am sure bending over for Lynch is not the only thing he does.

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#7 Aug 26, 2012
http://w.soundcloud.com/player/...

Mitt Romney-
In 44 states last month, the unemployment rate went up. The heartbreaking problem of joblessness just got worse in 44 states.

In 44 states, it got harder for an unemployed dad to look his son in the eyes at the dinner table.

In 44 states, a young mother worried that her daughter won't have the same opportunities as the other kids at school.

In 44 states, a man laid off in the middle of life laced up his best shoes, straightened his tie, and walked out the door to face another long day of hard stares, hard interviews, and hard disappointments.

Last month, more families were shattered, more hearts ached, and more children wondered if they’d ever see their parents smile again … because the hope of a recovery that should have been ours grew dimmer in 44 states.

In six states, people saw the unemployment rate go down or stay the same. But all Americans are hurting. Too many are living paycheck to paycheck. Just this week, we got the unbelievable news that household incomes fell even further during the so-called recovery than they did during the recession itself.

Anxiety has never been higher. Another new report out of Washington warns that higher unemployment and a double-dip recession will be a reality next year unless immediate steps are taken to avert what they’re calling a “fiscal cliff.”

In all 50 states, Americans are looking to the White House for leadership. But all they’re getting from their President is fear, frustration, and blame. Instead of uniting our nation in this time of crisis, President Obama has hit the campaign trail to declare “a stalemate in Washington.”

Think about that. With millions of Americans hurting like never before, the President has admitted defeat. With five months to go before his term his up, he’s saying he won’t even try anymore.

Isn’t this a devastating verdict on his own failure to lead?

I’ve led companies. I’ve overseen an Olympic Games. And I’ve governed a great American state. When people are telling you to give up, that’s when you find a way to try harder. When others are pointing fingers, that’s when you extend an open hand. And when Americans are hurting and families are falling apart, that’s when you put politics aside and find a way to get them some help. In a word, you Lead.

Look to Tampa. Two days from now, leaders from all across the country will gather to show Americans that help is on the way. For that father whose heart cries out for the dignity of work … for that child who needs a stable home … for that mid-career worker who just wants another chance, a better America can be more than just a hope. It can be our future. It must be our future.
say what

Oxford, MA

#8 Aug 26, 2012
Stamos wrote:
http://w.soundcloud.com/player /?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcl oud.com%2Ftracks%2F57517440%3F secret_token%3Ds-4YPlO&sho w_artwork=true&secret_url= true
Mitt Romney-
In 44 states last month, the unemployment rate went up. The heartbreaking problem of joblessness just got worse in 44 states.
In 44 states, it got harder for an unemployed dad to look his son in the eyes at the dinner table.
In 44 states, a young mother worried that her daughter won't have the same opportunities as the other kids at school.
In 44 states, a man laid off in the middle of life laced up his best shoes, straightened his tie, and walked out the door to face another long day of hard stares, hard interviews, and hard disappointments.
Last month, more families were shattered, more hearts ached, and more children wondered if they’d ever see their parents smile again … because the hope of a recovery that should have been ours grew dimmer in 44 states.
In six states, people saw the unemployment rate go down or stay the same. But all Americans are hurting. Too many are living paycheck to paycheck. Just this week, we got the unbelievable news that household incomes fell even further during the so-called recovery than they did during the recession itself.
Anxiety has never been higher. Another new report out of Washington warns that higher unemployment and a double-dip recession will be a reality next year unless immediate steps are taken to avert what they’re calling a “fiscal cliff.”
In all 50 states, Americans are looking to the White House for leadership. But all they’re getting from their President is fear, frustration, and blame. Instead of uniting our nation in this time of crisis, President Obama has hit the campaign trail to declare “a stalemate in Washington.”
Think about that. With millions of Americans hurting like never before, the President has admitted defeat. With five months to go before his term his up, he’s saying he won’t even try anymore.
Isn’t this a devastating verdict on his own failure to lead?
I’ve led companies. I’ve overseen an Olympic Games. And I’ve governed a great American state. When people are telling you to give up, that’s when you find a way to try harder. When others are pointing fingers, that’s when you extend an open hand. And when Americans are hurting and families are falling apart, that’s when you put politics aside and find a way to get them some help. In a word, you Lead.
Look to Tampa. Two days from now, leaders from all across the country will gather to show Americans that help is on the way. For that father whose heart cries out for the dignity of work … for that child who needs a stable home … for that mid-career worker who just wants another chance, a better America can be more than just a hope. It can be our future. It must be our future.
Heartbreaking for us poor working stiffs. We cannot take another four years of Obama. He has done nothing for job creation. And to top it off, he got rid of the work requirement for the Gimme Girls on welfare. That sounds to me like someone who has given up.
Civil Servant Supporter

Winchendon, MA

#9 Aug 27, 2012
Stamos, I don't get you for the life of me. You know Obama has this state wrapped up like a birthday present,(by the way, did you email The President birthday wishes?) yet you still rant and rave. What's your purpose? Is it strictly self-satisfying to see "your" opinions on this forum? You know you're not going to change anything, or persuade anybody,(because you're way to polarizing) so what gives?
Suggestion: Seeing how you won't be an agent of change, move quickly to a swing state, establish residency for voting requirements there, and try to make a change via the ballot box. Hell, there are probably some ultra-conservative forums where you'll be able to get your high-fives and jollies. Try New Hampshire. Move to Nashua.
OR just do what all the democrats and liberal do in Philadelphia, Newark, and Chicago and vote under someone else's name in addition to your own. I'm going to send you the Nashua Telegraph link. Be sure to check the obituaries right before the election,(before they get the deceased off the voting list) and just show up and vote. Don't choose "Shirley Confrey" though, of course, you'll need to pick a male to vote for.
Here: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/
And hope the Republicans don't pass voter ID laws in the interim.
say what

Oxford, MA

#10 Aug 27, 2012
Civil Servant Supporter wrote:
Stamos, I don't get you for the life of me. You know Obama has this state wrapped up like a birthday present,(by the way, did you email The President birthday wishes?) yet you still rant and rave. What's your purpose? Is it strictly self-satisfying to see "your" opinions on this forum? You know you're not going to change anything, or persuade anybody,(because you're way to polarizing) so what gives?
Suggestion: Seeing how you won't be an agent of change, move quickly to a swing state, establish residency for voting requirements there, and try to make a change via the ballot box. Hell, there are probably some ultra-conservative forums where you'll be able to get your high-fives and jollies. Try New Hampshire. Move to Nashua.
OR just do what all the democrats and liberal do in Philadelphia, Newark, and Chicago and vote under someone else's name in addition to your own. I'm going to send you the Nashua Telegraph link. Be sure to check the obituaries right before the election,(before they get the deceased off the voting list) and just show up and vote. Don't choose "Shirley Confrey" though, of course, you'll need to pick a male to vote for.
Here: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/
And hope the Republicans don't pass voter ID laws in the interim.
I happen to agree with much of what Stamos says.
Civil Servant Supporter

Winchendon, MA

#11 Aug 27, 2012
say what wrote:
<quoted text>
I happen to agree with much of what Stamos says.
Say what? So what.
WTF

Fitchburg, MA

#12 Aug 27, 2012
Civil Servant Supporter wrote:
<quoted text>
Say what? So what.
Shouldn't you jtvleave after being caught lying about your military service? You're a loser, posin as a vet. Couldn't keep your lie straight though.
Civil Servant Supporter

Winchendon, MA

#13 Aug 27, 2012
Stamos wrote:
http://w.soundcloud.com/player /?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcl oud.com%2Ftracks%2F57517440%3F secret_token%3Ds-4YPlO&sho w_artwork=true&secret_url= true
Mitt Romney-
In 44 states last month, the unemployment rate went up. The heartbreaking problem of joblessness just got worse in 44 states.
In 44 states, it got harder for an unemployed dad to look his son in the eyes at the dinner table.
In 44 states, a young mother worried that her daughter won't have the same opportunities as the other kids at school.
In 44 states, a man laid off in the middle of life laced up his best shoes, straightened his tie, and walked out the door to face another long day of hard stares, hard interviews, and hard disappointments.
Last month, more families were shattered, more hearts ached, and more children wondered if they’d ever see their parents smile again … because the hope of a recovery that should have been ours grew dimmer in 44 states.
In six states, people saw the unemployment rate go down or stay the same. But all Americans are hurting. Too many are living paycheck to paycheck. Just this week, we got the unbelievable news that household incomes fell even further during the so-called recovery than they did during the recession itself.
Anxiety has never been higher. Another new report out of Washington warns that higher unemployment and a double-dip recession will be a reality next year unless immediate steps are taken to avert what they’re calling a “fiscal cliff.”
In all 50 states, Americans are looking to the White House for leadership. But all they’re getting from their President is fear, frustration, and blame. Instead of uniting our nation in this time of crisis, President Obama has hit the campaign trail to declare “a stalemate in Washington.”
Think about that. With millions of Americans hurting like never before, the President has admitted defeat. With five months to go before his term his up, he’s saying he won’t even try anymore.
Isn’t this a devastating verdict on his own failure to lead?
I’ve led companies. I’ve overseen an Olympic Games. And I’ve governed a great American state. When people are telling you to give up, that’s when you find a way to try harder. When others are pointing fingers, that’s when you extend an open hand. And when Americans are hurting and families are falling apart, that’s when you put politics aside and find a way to get them some help. In a word, you Lead.
Look to Tampa. Two days from now, leaders from all across the country will gather to show Americans that help is on the way. For that father whose heart cries out for the dignity of work … for that child who needs a stable home … for that mid-career worker who just wants another chance, a better America can be more than just a hope. It can be our future. It must be our future.
Ah, the Romney paradox. Won't even win the "great" state he governed "so successfully."

This is like the stuff we used to learn in freshmen language arts class when the unit was "propaganda," of course. "Father whose heart cries out," "heart aches," "more children wondered if if they'd ever see their parents smile again," and "families falling apart." You forgot to emphasize where emphasis MUST be. It should be like this: "It CAN be our future! It MUST be our future!" THEN you'll sound like a real conservative.

Did one of Romney's speechwriters write this, and you lifted it, or did you make this up, Stamos? Either way, it sucks.
Civil Servant Supporter

Winchendon, MA

#14 Aug 27, 2012
WTF wrote:
<quoted text>
Shouldn't you jtvleave after being caught lying about your military service? You're a loser, posin as a vet. Couldn't keep your lie straight though.
Try me.
Civil Servant Supporter

Winchendon, MA

#15 Aug 27, 2012
WTF wrote:
<quoted text>
Shouldn't you jtvleave after being caught lying about your military service? You're a loser, posin as a vet. Couldn't keep your lie straight though.
I must have missed something... When did I get caught lying? Or was I imagining that whole ordeal-from boot camp, through school, to the different bases I served on and units I served with? That DD 214 must be a forgery. Both copies-#1 and #4. Christ. If I wasn't in the service, where was I for 4 years?

Consider yourself lucky you're not questioning a veteran's service in person. Next time you're in a bar, and a couple of vets start reminiscing, call them losers, and tell them they're lying. Hope I'm there.
huh

Leominster, MA

#16 Aug 27, 2012
Civil Servant Supporter wrote:
<quoted text>
I must have missed something... When did I get caught lying? Or was I imagining that whole ordeal-from boot camp, through school, to the different bases I served on and units I served with? That DD 214 must be a forgery. Both copies-#1 and #4. Christ. If I wasn't in the service, where was I for 4 years?
Consider yourself lucky you're not questioning a veteran's service in person. Next time you're in a bar, and a couple of vets start reminiscing, call them losers, and tell them they're lying. Hope I'm there.
you must realize by now that if you disagree with their position, they have to try to discredit you.
say what

Oxford, MA

#17 Aug 28, 2012
huh wrote:
<quoted text>
you must realize by now that if you disagree with their position, they have to try to discredit you.
yeah, like if you disagree with Lynch on any subject, he says you hate gays, and he accuses you of using steroids.
huh

Leominster, MA

#18 Aug 28, 2012
so you admit to irrational behavior instead of reasonable discourse - well, okay, so noted.

Since: Feb 10

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#19 Aug 28, 2012
Civil Servant Supporter wrote:
<quoted text>
Ah, the Romney paradox. Won't even win the "great" state he governed "so successfully."
This is like the stuff we used to learn in freshmen language arts class when the unit was "propaganda," of course. "Father whose heart cries out," "heart aches," "more children wondered if if they'd ever see their parents smile again," and "families falling apart." You forgot to emphasize where emphasis MUST be. It should be like this: "It CAN be our future! It MUST be our future!" THEN you'll sound like a real conservative.
Did one of Romney's speechwriters write this, and you lifted it, or did you make this up, Stamos? Either way, it sucks.
Civil, pay attention will yeah, those statements came directly from Mitt Romney and were credited as such. And, I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
Civil, your "mind" and "soul" are saturated by a mental disorder known as liberalism. There is a cure though, but it is a tough one because it forces people to see things as they really are. The primary difference between you Liberals and us Conservatives is that us Conservatives believe in absolute truth. That is, we believe that the truth operates outside of ourselves. Hence, we must adjust to reality, not it to us.
Take your silly claim that you are still sitting on the fence waiting to make your final decision when it comes to a vote, you and I BOTH know that’s nothing but bullshit Civil. Not once have you had anything positive to say about this spread the welfare community agitator’s opponent but yet have spent months on here defending your “Bro in Chief”. When are you going to grow some balls and admit this country’s first “black” president, who’s half white by the way, is a liar and complete failure? I know that’s a tough pill to swallow for you but this is not nor has it ever been a black or white issue like many black race pimp Liberals would like it to be. Obamists are indistinguishable from cult members. They do not simply "support" Oblame-O, they worship him. Any and all criticism leveled at their messiah or his policies will be met with anger, hostility, and the predictable chants of "racism." Now they have the gall to expect the rest of us to drink their Kool Aid, put on the purple Nikes, and wait for the mothership behind the comet to arrive. No thanks, us Conservatives wll continue to think for ourselves.

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Civil Servant Supporter

Winchendon, MA

#20 Aug 29, 2012
Ah, your bigotry is rearing its ugly head once again, Mr. Stamos. My "Bro in Chief" happens to be OUR President of the United States, not some black man you're used to hurling epithets at as he walks down Main street USA. You remember from Sociology 101 that of course, "race" is a 100% social construct. How can someone be 'half-white?" And forget about all this bullshit about his mother being 100% white, and his father being 100% black. So why is it always back to race with you? Oh! I know. Because you are a bigot. Plain and simple. And your racist attitudes, and the racist attitudes of the extreme element of the Republican Party,(I'm hearing they call you folks "Tea Partyers?") are either going to be the death of your party, or the death of democracy as we know it, I don't know which one.
Hey Stamos, in 2017, when Mrs. Clinton is the new President, will she be the "bitch in chief?" Like racism, is misogyny an extreme conservative virtue? I don't think so... Not with all those hot dumb conservative commentators and politicians. Or are they just pretty little bobble-head dolls you ultraconservative men keep bopping on their heads?
And how about Anne Romneylast night? Blah, blah, blah, huh? Trying to soften Mitt's image. Wrong. Or how about all those sons? I 've never seen more teeth! Couldn't even get one of them to join the service. That's a Romney virtue though-take, don't serve. Or the continual "Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ah, those Texans... The only thing bigger than their state is their ballz.
I still don't know who I'm going to vote for, Stamos. I mean, if you conservatives can convince me that "white is right," I might change my mind. You're doing a lousy job of that. But you know what they say, Stamos. "Once you vote black, you never go back. "
Gotta go to work. See you, Stamos!!!

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