Video of Chinese Factory Story from Private Romney Fundraiser Distorted by Liberals
UPDATE: The original posting of the video here has been deleted and the account disappeared. I had downloaded it before, and have reposted it for your viewing pleasure:
Buzzfeed reported on this video posted on youtube by an anonymous person who captured video of Romney talking about workers at a Chinese factory he looked at while at Bain. The point is to try to make him sound like a heartless evil capitalist exploiting workers, but the entire context of the story shows what many conservatives believe about such factories – conditions in other countries are so terrible that factory jobs are in high demand and greatly improve the lives of those who work there.
NYCSouthpaw, a Buzzfeed contributor, linked to the video with some tips for the Obama team on how to use it best against Romney:
“…supporters of President Obama may be able to use Romney’s opening line (“95% of life is set up for you if you were born in this country”) to defang attacks on the President’s now infamous “you didn’t build that” gaffe.”
Of course this neglects the obvious point that a nation is not made by government alone – it’s the social norms and traditions that informed the creation of a government that would best suit the needs and character of the people, not the other way around.
Here is the transcript of Romney’s comments provided by the poster on youtube [emphasis added]:
“95% of life is set up for you if you were born in this country. And, I remember going to ah, uh, sorry just to bore you with stories.
When I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there. It employed about 20,000 people. And they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially becoming married.
And they work in these huge factories, they made various uh, small appliances. And uh, as we were walking through this facility, seeing them work, the number of hours theyworked per day, the pitance they earned, living in dormitories with uh, with little bathrooms at the end of maybe 10, 10 room, rooms. And the rooms they have 12 girls per room.
Three bunk beds on top of each other. You’ve seen, you’ve seen them? (Oh…yeah, yeah!) And, and, and around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire andguard towers. And, and, we said gosh! I can’t believe that you, you know, keep these girls in! They said, no, no, no. This is to keep other people from coming in.
Because people want so badly to come work in this factory that we have to keep them out. Or they will just come in here and start working and, and try and get compensated. So we, this is to keep people out. And they said, actually Chinese New Year as the girls go home, sometimes they decide they’ve saved enough money and they don’t come back to the factory.
And he said, so, on the weekend after Chinese New Year there will be a line of people hundreds long, outside the factory, hoping that some girls haven’t come back. And they can come to the factory. And, and so as we were experiencing this for the first time, going to see a factory like this in China some years ago.
The Bain Partner I was with turned to me and said, you know, 95% of life is settled if you are born in America. This is uh, this is an amazing land and what we have is unique and fortunately it is so special we are sharing it with the world.”
Not if Obama gets his way – in Obama’s America, the third world will come to America.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post had Zeke Miller of Buzzfeed reported as the writer of the post. This has been corrected.