Mitt Romney supports Meg Whitman in the California gubernatorial race against Jerry Brown. Unfortunately for him it comes at a really bad time when he is trying to convince voters that he is a “job creator” – something he has never really been.
From Stephen D. Foster, Jr. at AddictingInfo.org:
In an interview with the National Review published on Thursday, Mitt Romney said he wished Whitman were the Governor of California instead of Jerry Brown, whom Romney insisted was doing things wrong. Romney praised Whitman as an economic guru, telling the Review, “I wish Californians had elected Meg Whitman. She would have been more successful and explained to Californians the need to cut back on spending and eliminate unnecessary programs.”
Romney’s praise for Whitman couldn’t have come at more inopportune time, as The New York Times reported on the same day that Whitman intends to eliminate 30,000 American jobs mostly through layoffs and forcing workers into early retirement. Even though Hewlett-Packard made a staggering $7.1 billion profit in 2011, Whitman is cutting these jobs in America while leaving Hewlett-Packard jobs intact in China and elsewhere.
If spending is eliminated on average workers who helped H.P. make a whopping profit this past year, then it is hard to imagine that the issue on economic cuts is a primarily false one.
Romney is praising Whitman as an economic miracle worker at the same time she is destroying jobs at her company… but not cutting the export of these American jobs to China.Why is he not criticizing Whitman rather than supporting her?
- Mitt Romney praises Meg Whitman as she prepares to lay off 30,000 workers (dailykos.com)
- Whitman’s lesson for Romney – Unemployment – Salon.com (mbcalyn.com)
- Hewlett-Packard to Layoff 30,000 Workers (doctoramarthacastro.wordpress.com)
- Meg Whitman’s Big Hewlett Packard Move: Firing 30,000 Workers (inquisitr.com)
- HP to axe 30k jobs (boingboing.net)
- Meg Whitman To Host Romney Fundraiser In Redwood City (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
Instead of winning Ben Stein’s money, Stein is seeking to win Kyocera’s in a touchy lawsuit.
The conservative pundit and actor — and former Nixon speechwriter — claims that his position on climate change had him kicked off a $300,000 acting gig scheduled to start in 2010, only to be replaced by a lookalike.
He is alleging breach of contract, wrongful discharge and emotional distress, among other charges.
In the suit, Stein says Kyocera reneged on the deal and replaced him after the company found out that he isn’t sure humans are responsible for climate change.
The deal would have had Stein — who has previously been featured in advertisements for Comcast, Clear Eyes and Hewlett-Packard — acting in commercials for Kyocera and appearing at a major company event.
Apparently, when he was asked about his position on Global Warming, Stein told Kyocera and Seiter & Miller that he was extremely concerned about the environment but unsure whether humans are responsible for global warming.
“He also told Hurwitz to inform defendants that, as a matter of religious belief, he believed that God, and not man, controlled the weather,” the suit claims.
Kyocera then tapped well-known economics professor Peter Morici – a bow tie enthusiast with an uncanny resemblance in appearance and mannerism to the actor – to appear in the commercials. Stein claimed hat they were basing the character of an “economics professor” on his image. According to the suit, Stein has been described as “the most famous economics teacher in the world” for his iconic role in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
“In an astonishingly brazen misappropriation of [Stein’s] persona, [they] dressed him up as Stein often appeared in commercials (bow tie, glasses, sports jacket).”
It seems that Stein is claiming a brand logo kind of situation for the image… as if he owned it.
Stein is seeking $300,000 for the work he agreed to do, along with attorney fees, court costs and punitive damages.
I don’t know what Morici will seek from Stein.