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Trumka: Mitt Romney 'Doesn’t Know a Thing About Responsibility'

Mitt Romney “doesn’t know a thing about responsibility,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will tell delegates of the Heat and Frost Insulators today in Las Vegas at their 2012 convention. Romney’s plan to better the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers at the expense of the middle class is not the kind of America we want. 

It’s been made abundantly clear in recent weeks that Mitt Romney doesn’t share the values the majority of American workers hold.

Yesterday, we learned 83 percent of U.S. voters across the political spectrum negatively view companies that send U.S. jobs to China.

Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in firms that shipped American jobs to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India. Romney’s proposal for a corporate tax holiday would do even more to outsource American jobs, the Center for American Progress reported yesterday.

On top of Romney’s penchant for outsourcing U.S. jobs, he also wants to give millionaires and billionaires more tax breaks while he says we cannot “afford” to invest in our schools, rebuild roads and bridges and strengthen social programs that help the middle class.

Trumka says:

He doesn’t care about hard work and responsibility. He doesn’t care that he created and ran a company that pioneered the practice of offshoring good jobs— good union jobs—to China and wherever else the labor is cheap.

Mitt Romney doesn’t know a thing about responsibility.

Hey, it was profitable for him to bleed companies, kill jobs, end pensions in bankruptcy court and then walk away with millions. What did he care?

Maybe that’s fine for Mitt, but it doesn’t fly with me. It won’t fly with working families. And it won’t fly in the White House!


We’re going to grow the American middle class. And we’ll do it with commonsense laws. We’re fighting to stop rewarding companies that send jobs overseas and start rewarding companies that bring good jobs home! It may not be the easy thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do. And we’re going to keep fighting for what’s right!

Read the rest of Trumka’s remarks here

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