Politicians like to talk about the mythical “Main Street” of America a lot.
Of course, most of them wouldn’t know what the “Main Street” most of us live on looks like. It’s kind of like watching one of the cooking shows on Food Network. You know, the ones where they talk about cooking for real at “home” in their studio that has a dual oven, wide cook top, top-of-the-line cookware and plenty of work room when really most of us cooking for real have a tiny stove, a single oven that’s probably five years past its prime all in a kitchen that barely fits two people.
So, metaphor aside, it’s with great interest to see this whole Bain Capital situation unfold. The skeletons are being pulled out of Mitt Romney’s closet, so to speak.
We all know that Romney is a rich businessman who has decided to use his business skills for the good of our country. Of course, that’s all not withstanding that the corporation that he was in charge of (or the figurehead of depending on who you ask) was able to get really rich by shipping our jobs overseas.
All that is good and legal – and made lots and lots of people lots of money – but it doesn’t necessarily make for happy voters on Main Street … since many of them watched their jobs fly overseas.
It’s kinda funny to think about, really, the whole outsourcing thing. Because as a fan of comedy, I’ve seen many a comedian make joke after joke about having to talk to an operator who is halfway across the world – then will turn around and support Romney and other rich conservatives, the ones who helped move those call centers overseas.
And it really did get some feathers ruffled, because Rush Limbaugh reached for a smokescreen. Really, Batman’s Bane is meant to equal Bain Capital. Are you kidding me?
First off, Rush, not everything in pop culture is meant to be an allegory for what’s going on in the world. Second, the character was created in 1993 by DC Comics, and was written for the movie in 2010, and the movie was shot throughout 2011, long before Mitt Romney was an cinch for your precious Republican nomination. And unlike the whole political process, people on Main Street will probably enjoy it.
Speaking of us people on Main Street, not all of us aspired to be rich industrialists as children. Sure, we all had dreams of being Batman. Or a rock star, baseball player or firefighter.
But we knew that whatever we wanted to do, we were brought up to believe that we would be able to go down the career path we wanted to, and we would be able to achieve a certain amount of success in life, even a piece of the American Dream.
Now, because of people like Romney shipping jobs overseas, that can be a tall order.