It's Time to Debate Bain Capitalism
thenation.com — Illinois Senator Dick Durbin was not planning to be at Obama’s side for today’s final round of debate preparation. Rather, Durban was headed back home to Illinois for a meeting with workers at the Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport, where 170 employees are slated to lose their jobs to outsourcing before the end of the year. Sensata is precisely the sort of high-tech operation that a country looking to compete in the global economy of the 21st century would want to maintain as a domestic manufacturer. So why are the jobs moving to China? Because Bain Capital owns the company, and Bain is committed to the industrial development of Chinese provinces – not to states like Illinois. That’s not what most Americans would identify as a smart choice for the nation’s future – let alone “economic patriotism.” But that is how Bain, which got its operating ethos from former CEO Mitt Romney, operates.