by Bob Quasius
We all vividly recall Bush derangement syndrome during the eight years of the Bush presidency, in which we constantly heard liberals whine and complain about Bush, blaming Bush for all of society’s ills. Even today we still hear Obama ‘blame it all on Bush’ in explaining his numerous failures as a president.
The term “Bush Derangement Syndrome” was coined by Charles Krauthammer, a Harvard trained psychiatrist turned columnist in his epic op-ed titled “Bush Derangement Syndrome“:
It has been 25 years since I discovered a psychiatric syndrome (for the record: “Secondary Mania,” Archives of General Psychiatry, November 1978), and in the interim I haven’t been looking for new ones. But it’s time to don the white coat again. A plague is abroad in the land.
Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.
Now, I cannot testify to Howard Dean’s sanity before this campaign, but five terms as governor by a man with no visible tics and no history of involuntary confinement is pretty good evidence of a normal mental status. When he avers, however, that “the most interesting” theory as to why the president is “suppressing” the 9/11 report is that Bush knew about 9/11 in advance, it’s time to check on thorazine supplies.
When Rep. Cynthia McKinney first broached this idea before the 2002 primary election, it was considered so nutty it helped make her former Rep. McKinney. Today the Democratic presidential front-runner professes agnosticism as to whether the president of the United States was tipped off about 9/11 by the Saudis, and it goes unnoticed. The virus is spreading.
Bush Derangement Syndrome had mostly faded from memory until campaign season began in earnest. Now, just as viruses often mutate, Bush Derangement Syndrome has mutated into Romney Derangement Syndrome, and all the symptoms are pervasive!
The first symptom of this malady came with a SuperPac ad making the outrageous claim that Mitt Romney caused the cancer death of a woman. This claim was too much even for liberal leaning CNN, which thoroughly debunked this ad:
Not surprisingly, hardly a peep out of the Obama campaign, other than to point out they didn’t produce the ad, though Joe Soptic, who talks about his wife’s cancer death in the ad, is a regular figure in the Obama campaign. The RNC was able to tie Joe Soptic to the Obama campaign:
The latest wave of Romney Derangement Symdrome stems is evidenced in the liberal blogosphere and twittersphere, which is aghast that Sensata, which is 51.8% owned by Bain Capital, is closing a plant in Illinois and opening a plant in China, and the workers trained their replacements. The headlines are blaring… “Mitt Romney Gets Tax Break Off Firm Sending Jobs To China” and “Romney Profits From Bain Outsourcing Sensata Technologies to China, Employees Plead for Jobs“, and “Sensata workers rally against ‘Romney economy,’ Romney defends Bain Capital in acceptance speech.” There’s even a blog posting here at Tucson Citizen titled “The Romney Economy”
These news stories/blog postings all blame Mitt Romney for Sensata’s plant closure, but is this even factual? Blogger Kimberly Morin of Examiner.com debunks these claims in her blog titled “Liberal lies and hysteria try to tie Mitt Romney to Sensata closure“, pointing out a number of blatant lies, among them:
- FACT: Mitt Romney has nothing to do with Sensata. Bain Capital Investors have a 51.8% share of Sensata stock.
- FACT: Romney actually transferred what stocks he did own in Sensata to charities
- FACT: Romney hasn’t made business decisions at Bain for many years now. He and his wife Ann have a blind trust with Bain which means they have zero clue where their money is invested.
- FACT: The key people running Bain Capital Investors are Joshua Bekenstein, John Connaughton, Paul Edgerly, Mark Nunnelly, Stephen Pagliuca, Jordan Hitch and Matthew Levin. It seems that the majority of these ‘key people’, who make decisions like closing Sensata, are Democrats who support Obama. (see blog for details of their ties to Obama and the Democratic Party)
- FACT: Romney doesn’t own Sensata and the ‘tax break’ for outsourcing jobs itself is a myth. It’s a minor moving deduction and it’s miniscule.
- FACT: Romney cannot alter the decisions made by the people are actually running these businesses. He has zero influence on what these people choose to do with their business or employees.
- FACT: This lie is being perpetrated by people like left wing hacks at DailyKos. The photo they use as ‘proof’ is actually of the Sensata plant in China. (note: Baja Democrat here on Tucson Citizen fell for the misleading photo too, but at least had the decency to apologize, something Daily Kos has failed to do after misleading liberals everywhere).
Of course none of the liberal blogosphere/twittersphere care to mention that a leading exporter of U.S. jobs to China is General Motors, also known as “Government Motors” because taxpayers own a huge stake in GM. GM has exported thousands of good U.S. jobs since the Obama rescue of GM, far in excess of the 200 or so jobs lost at Sensata, and taxpayers will likely lose tens of billions when our stake in GM is eventually sold.
Joe Biden is fond of serving up ‘red meat’ to supporters with “Osama Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive and well.” However, since GM is exporting thousands of good U.S. jobs to China, it would be more appropriate to say “Osama Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive and well… in China” as we recently blogged!
Obama’s economic policies are also driving U.S. employers to export jobs to China, as we pointed out in our blog “Devastating Realities of Obamacare: A Call to Repeal” (also posted here on Tucson Citizen). By increasing employee costs for U.S. employers, operations in the U.S. become less competitive and employers are encouraged to locate operations overseas to remain competitive.
No doubt we won’t hear from the liberal blogosphere about the damage to U.S. workers from Obama’s economic policies, ObamaTax/ObamaCare, and massive increases in regulations that are strangling businesses, but we’ll hear endlessly about how Mitt Romney profited from Sensata’s decision to close a small plant in Illinois, even though Mitt Romney had nothing to do with that closure. Now that’s Romney derangement syndrome!