Nel's New Day

April 19, 2012

Romney Going in Circles

Do you call it circling the wagons? Or stalking? Or just plain going in circles? Whatever the definition, Mitt Romney supporters think that their time and their gasoline are best used by driving around and around and around the community college where President Obama spoke yesterday. The focus of his talk at Lorain County Community College (OH) was on the importance of retraining workers and meeting with students who have participated in LCCC’s worker-training programs.

Romney’s supporters seem to have quite a bit of time on their hands. One of them, a 69-year-old insurance salesman, has been to 117 Romney events in the past eight months and plans to keep on going until after the inauguration when he’s “going back to the farm in Virginia and whittle.”

Today Romney is speaking at the closed National Gypsum drywall plant in Lorain to explain why President Obama is a failure. Linking the plant’s closure to the president might not be a smart idea. The factory closed during George W. Bush’s administration because of the construction industry slump, and unemployment in Ohio shrank from 8.6 percent when Obama took office to 7.6 percent a month ago.

Officials also pointed out that the closed plant had opened in 1959, and National Gypsum’s 19 newer facilities used newer technology that give the company a 50-percent cost advantage over the older plants. Romney might also have made the disclosure that the company’s CEO, Thomas Nelson, is a big Romney donor.

Lorain is in the process of replacing the 58 jobs lost at the drywall plant. Republic Steel recently invested $85 million in a plant in the city, which Ritenauer predicts will create 450 new jobs and help retain 100 others. The company Camaco, which manufactures seat frames for automobile seats, is also investing in the area.

Perhaps President Obama would like to speak at one of the many places that Mitt Romney, through the candidate’s Bain Capital, closed down, closures that took money from the payroll and pensions of hundreds of thousands of workers. The president would have a very wide choice.


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