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August 10, 2012

Lie, Distort, Move On

Joe Charlebois

When your résumé is lacking – lie. Distortion of the truth is just what the Obama election team is relying on to cover the innumerable failures of Barack Obama’s term as president.


The most recent distortion of reality comes in the form of the unfortunate story of a steelworker in Kansas City who was laid off as a result of his company – GS Technologies – going bankrupt. The steelworker, Joe Soptic, tells his story of pain and suffering all at the hands of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.


In the latest Priorities USA’s one minute video advertisement entitled “Understands,” Mr. Soptic tells his story.


“I don’t think Mitt Romney understands what he’s done to people’s lives by closing the plant. I don’t think he realizes that people’s lives completely changed.  When Mitt Romney and Bain (Capital) closed the plant, I lost my healthcare...and my family lost their healthcare and a short time after that my wife became ill. I don’t know how long she was sick…ah and I think maybe she didn’t say anything because she knew we couldn’t afford the insurance. Then one day she became ill and I took her up to the Jackson County Hospital and admitted her for pneumonia and that’s when they found the cancer, and by then it was stage four. It was, it was, there was nothing they could do for her…and she passed away in 22 days…”


Any clear thinking person who views this ad or video comes away with the belief that Mr. Romney was responsible for the death of Mr. Soptic’s wife.


What Mr. Soptic doesn’t tell you in the ad is that the plant where he worked in Kansas City was owned by Armco, a steel company that had announced plans to close in 1993.


The ad also doesn’t tell you that GS Technologies – of which Bain Capital was a minor investor – not only purchased the Armco plant but invested $170 million dollars in upgrading the plant to better compete with foreign steel.


After eight years of unsuccessfully fighting “dumped” steel, the Kansas City plant was closed in 2001.


Mr. Soptic conveniently leaves out the fact that Mr. Romney had nothing to do with the plant shutting down; that his wife continued to have health coverage from her own job; that when he took a job working for the school district, he opted not to take health coverage; that it was in 2006 that his wife was diagnosed with stage four cancer.


Even though the death of Mr. Soptic’s wife was seven years after Mr. Romney left the day-to-day operations at Bain Capital and a full 13 years after Armco planned to shutter the plant Priorities USA stands by this ad as an emblematic of Mr. Romney’s attitude toward the middle class.


The ad undoubtedly draws the inference that Mr. Romney’s involvement in GS Technologies led to the death of Joe Soptic’s wife.


In fact, Bill Burton, of Priorities USA, while defending the ad on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer by saying Mitt Romney “is not culpable” for her death, he went on to point out that this woman’s death is the result of a series of events stemming from Mitt Romney’s decision to fire Mr. Soptic.


As Mr. Soptic’s story starts to unravel Stephanie Cutter – who is President Obama’s deputy campaign chairman – lied to CNN earlier this week when she stated that she didn’t know the facts of Mr. Soptic’s story. Ms. Cutter is the person who – in May of this year – introduced Mr. Soptic and his story to the press through a conference call.


Mr. Romney – whose character and credibility are rarely in question – has also been accused recently of felonious activity for filing fraudulent Security and Exchange Commission documents by the president’s campaign team and for not paying taxes for 10 years by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., NV).


What is not being discussed in the media lately is the president’s failure to pull the nation out of economic stagnation. The media fails to report on the most important issues of the day which includes high unemployment, anemic growth, and the impending regulations that will stifle small business growth.


If this is just the start of the “what-sticks-to-the-wall and move-on” approach, many more lies and distortions will be subject to debate while the president hides from his abysmal record.



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