Candidate Mitt Romney advertises his private sector experience as a qualification for the presidency. Democrats say that Romney at Bain Capital put "profits over people."
Here's Randy Johnson, a worker laid off when Bain Capital decided to close a plant during a labor dispute. "I really think [Romney] didn’t care about the workers. It was all about profit over people."
It's interesting how union members, whose unions work through intimidation, are outraged when other people do the power play.
But there are many Americans that long for a lifetime job and bridle at the fluctuations in the capitalist market place. They take personally the decisions of business leaders and blame them for the failures that hurt them personally.
Or, like a Seattle supermarket checker told me a year ago, they don't want to close the state liquor stores because they don't want to lose the jobs.
They are asking for something that they cannot have except under communism. And that, we remember, was a system where the government pretended to pay the workers and the workers pretended to work.
One fine day, conservatives are going to have to persuade Americans that we are all better off if we let the market do its work, accept that businesses rise and fall, and that people suffer when once proud titans of industry fall to earth.
Because the future is uncertain, and many magnificent plans shrivel up in the cold light of day.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney needs to do something about the mark of Bain, and persuade us that he can move the economy off its Obama dead center.