Where Mitt Was Born and Raised: “Public Nuisance,” “Blight”

Mitt Romney just made a totally dickish comment at a campaign event in Commerce, MI:

No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where we were born and raised.

Here’s what you need to know about “where Mitt was born and raised.” It was razed, two years ago, after having been declared a “public nuisance” and “blight.”

Granted, the house was no longer owned by his family. Nevertheless, I can think of no better symbol for Mitt than the way Detroit’s glorious past has been destroyed after vulture capitalists like him outsourced the area’s jobs and then allowed the city to fall into ruin.

Remember, when Mitt said, “let Detroit go bankrupt,” he was also condemning “where he was born and raised.”

6 replies
  1. Frank33 says:

    Mittens is funnier than I thought. Mittens wrote a detailed article revealing his tax returns, the specifics of his IRA, his economic plans for the US, and the military goals in Irak and Afghanistan. Just kidding. He is funny but there are no actual policies, other than repealing anything that President Obama supports.

    Actually the Hardee’s Restaurant CEO is funny. Mittens agrees that

    “current unfriendly economic environment perhaps best explains why American companies are sitting on over $2 trillion which they could invest.”

    This is funnier than Mittens Birther joke. The unfriendly economic environment has only allowed American companies to be “sitting” on $2,000,000,000,000 dollars. They could invest that money if the President was friendlier to big bizness.

  2. earlofhuntingdon says:

    Mitt Romney just made a totally dickish comment? That’s unusual how exactly? Thanks for covering this.

    The Goopers and Romney must be desperate. They are recycling old Jane Fonda-in-Vietnam e-mails to the faithful, contrasting Ms. Fonda with the empty and self aware-as- Laura Bush Mrs. Ronald Reagan. If the Gooper idea drawer is that empty, could it be they expect a blow out come November?

  3. BSbafflesbrains says:

    I’m not convinced Mitt will be the nominee in Nov. Who is leaking info about Mitt? Could be the .01%ers want him out now.

  4. OrionATL says:

    and just where did romney find the money to start bain capital?

    over at yves smith’s “naked capitalism” some readers are commenting on a most unusual genesis:

    “… • Crazy Horse says:
    August 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    One should not forget how Bain got its seed capital. Romney was shopping the concept of a company specializing in predatory private equity operations, but found insufficient risk takers among his contacts in the US business class of the era. His salvation came through a large investment from the ruing families of El Salvador. Investing in Bain enabled them to launder money to finance the death squads and reign of terror with which they were counteracting the popular insurgency in their fiefdom. Through the use of death squad money,Bain not only was able to finance its first predatory take-overs of US companies, but support the unofficial US policy of terror in Central America. To this day those same Salvadorian oligarchs remain major investors in and beneficiaries from our future president’s company.

    • psychohistorian says:
    August 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    Wow! Pretty sick if true. I am not sure if I want to believe it or not.

    Got links?

    ◦ Warren Celli says:
    August 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm
    “In 1983, Bill Bain asked Mitt Romney to launch Bain Capital, a private equity offshoot of the successful consulting firm Bain & Company. After some initial reluctance, Romney agreed. The new job came with a stipulation: Romney couldn’t raise money from any current clients, Bain said, because if the private equity venture failed, he didn’t want it taking the consulting firm down with it.

    When Romney struggled to raise funds from other traditional sources, he and his partners started thinking outside the box. Bain executive Harry Strachan suggested that Romney meet with a group of Central American oligarchs who were looking for new investment vehicles as turmoil engulfed their region.

    Romney was worried that the oligarchs might be tied to “illegal drug money, right-wing death squads, or left-wing terrorism,” Strachan later told a Boston Globe reporter, as quoted in the 2012 book “The Real Romney.” But, pressed for capital, Romney pushed his concerns aside and flew to Miami in mid-1984 to meet with the Salvadorans at a local bank.

    It was a lucrative trip. The Central Americans provided roughly $9 million — 40 percent — of Bain Capital’s initial outside funding, the Los Angeles Times reported recently. And they became valued clients.”

    More here…


    Deception is the strongest political force on the planet.

    ■ epcurnyn says:
    August 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Rommney’s Death Squad Ties by Amy Goodman, interview of Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim. Very good.

    ■ hermanas says:
    August 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    Explains the bullet purchase, hold on.

    ◦ Jane says:
    August 24, 2012 at 3:04 am
    Truth is stranger (sicker) than fiction. I wouldn’t put anything past these 1% psychopaths.

    • Bev says:
    August 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm


    Romney started Bain with dough from Salvadoran families tied to death squads

    Romney’s Death Squad Ties: Bain Launched with Funds from Oligarchs Behind Salvadoran Murders

    Amy Goodman, Video Report: After initially struggling to find investors, Romney traveled to Miami in 1983 to win pledges of $9 million, 40 percent of Bain’s start-up money. Some investors had extensive ties to the death squads responsible for the vast majority of the tens of thousands of deaths in El Salvador during the 1980s. We’re joined by Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim, who connects the dots in his latest story, “Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death Squads.”

    :: link ::



    Romney’s Death Squad Ties: Bain Launched with Funds from Oligarchs Behind Salvadoran Murders

    Amy Goodman

    Democracy Now! / Video Report

    Published: Friday 10 August 2012

    “Some investors had extensive ties to the death squads responsible for the vast majority of the tens of thousands of deaths in El Salvador during the 1980s.”

    ◦ Crazy Horse says:
    August 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    We shouldn’t be so hard on Mitt. After all he was just facilitating the national policy of supporting terror in Central America as a counterpoise to liberation movements. Better Dead than Red.

    Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/08/gawker-seeks-to-crowd-sources-analysis-of-21-bain-caymans-entities-owned-by-romney.html#PmMoojt9hIb3RF3f.99 …”

    excerpted from:



  5. OrionATL says:


    one question that occurs is – did bain capital launder funds for terrorism in central america in the 1980’s?

    i don’t mean launder “pro forma”; i mean launder with inside advice and encouragement from american gov’t officials.

    i suppose if so, it would add to romney’s foreign affairs rep/experience :)

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