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What's wrong with India?  This vast, modernized nation, one of the largest recipients of US outsourcing of labor is becoming quite disturbing.  Over the past few months, some awful abuses of human rights and dignities have been front page news there, and covered over here a bit.  Now might be the right time to bring it forward a bit more.  It's not an isolated case.  It's nearing epidemic proportions.  It's the systematic attack on women.  We have it here from the GOP.  There it's from rapists of another kind.

When reading on, consider how much we rely on India for it's technology and cheap labor.  Try calling customer service at a US company and see who answers your call.  Very good chance it's someone outside of our borders.  And ask "Richard" or "Emily" with the heavy Indian accents where they are really from.  If they tell you the truth, you'll hear more Calcutta than Cincinnati. More Bombay than Boston. More New Delhi than New York. Madras than Miami. Punjab than Pittsburgh.You get the idea.

So if we're giving up our jobs here for cheaper products, lets look at what we're sponsoring with out purchases.

Women in India are currently second class citizens.  And in their attempts to be treated equally, they're not only being systematically punished, but in some cases -- now approaching many cases -- they're being raped. Brutally gang raped.  And in some cases dying from these attacks.  What direction is the government looking when this is going on under their noses.

From the Huffington Post:

A 10-year-old girl who reportedly was gang-raped in India last week succumbed to an unspecified ailment at a Mumbai hospital Tuesday night.

The horrific incident is the latest in a string of sexual assaults that have been reported in India  recently. Just last week, a 13-year-old in eastern Mumbai was raped by an 18-year-old, with whom she was in a relationship, and two other men.

Following the widely publicized death of a 23-year-old student who was raped by a group of men on a moving bus in New Delhi in late 2012, many in the country have pressed the government to take a harsher stance against sexual violence.

In addition to this, Becky Evans reports of recent attacks where

...a U.S. woman hitchhiking home in Manali when she was raped by three men and in another case, an Irish woman told officers she was raped while semi-conscious after drinking a drugged cup of tea.  In another case, a ‘Black virgin’ was gang-raped at just 13 and ordered to be killed for daring to fight for justice against her attackers.

How can we not take notice of what seems to be a movement of accepted abuse of women and children. By outsourcing to countries without any, or lax at best, human rights and safety conditions, we're sponsoring this behavior.  I'm not suggesting we pull all our outsourcing from India.  Not at all.  But what I am saying is that we need to exert US government trade pressures on the Indian government to improve conditions to ensure the women's and children's rights are being violated.  Embargo is a last resort.

If it's a stigma and not allowed to use Chinese children in slave labor camps to make and manufacture products we buy from them -- and insisting on inspections of Chinese working conditions -- then why not extend that to India.  Let's make an effort to help our business partners -- because that's who they are.  And what we let them get away with is a reflection on us.

 

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Lie of the Year: the Romney campaign's ad on Jeeps made in China

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See? Do something often enough you get really good at it!

It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign — that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China. It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted an accurate news story into a falsehood. Then it picked up steam when the Drudge Report ran with it. Even though Jeep’s parent company gave a quick and clear denial, Mitt Romney repeated it and his campaign turned it into a TV ad.

And they stood by the claim, even as the media and the public expressed collective outrage against something so obviously false.

People often say that politicians don’t pay a price for deception, but this time was different: A flood of negative press coverage rained down on the Romney campaign, and he failed to turn the tide in Ohio, the most important state in the presidential election.

PolitiFact has selected Romney’s claim that Barack Obama "sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China" at the cost of American jobs as the 2012 Lie of the Year.

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VIDEO: United Auto Workers, 6 more organizations file ethics complaint against Mitt Romney

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In a previous post, "UAW Charges Romney With Profiteering From Auto Bailout," Greg Palast's report that Romney secretly made millions, and his biggest donors billions, off the taxpayer funded auto bailout got some attention.

Palast had written about how Mitt and “Ann, personally gained at least $15.3 million from the bailout—and a few of Romney’s most important Wall Street donors made more than $4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys’, were astronomical—more than 3,000 percent on their investment.” And the UAW and others listened.

Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers pointed out that Mitt Romney was busy writing op-eds opposing the Detroit auto rescue, but was even busier making money with his Delphi investor group “off the misfortunes of others.”

In the video below, you'll hear King's first hand account of how the UAW and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) “have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called ‘blind’ trust.”

Here is Ed Schultz interviewing him on last night's "The Ed Show":

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UAW Charges Romney With Profiteering From Auto Bailout

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Greg Palast previously reported that Romney secretly made millions, and his biggest donors billions, off the taxpayer funded auto bailout. He wrote about how Mitt and “Ann, personally gained at least $15.3 million from the bailout—and a few of Romney’s most important Wall Street donors made more than $4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys’, were astronomical—more than 3,000 percent on their investment.”

As Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers pointed out, Mitt Romney was busy writing op-eds opposing the Detroit auto rescue, but was even busier making money with his Delphi investor group "off the misfortunes of others."

Greg Palast now has a follow-up at Truthout:

[Mitt Romney] has just learned that tomorrow afternoon (November 1) he will be charged by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and other public interest groups with violating the federal ethics in government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bailout.

King said that the UAW and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) "have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney's so-called 'blind' trust."

The UAW complaint calls for Romney to reveal exactly how much he made off Delphi -- and continues to make.  The Singer syndicate, once in control of Delphi, eliminated every single UAW job --25,000-- and moved almost all auto parts production to Mexico and China where Delphi now employs 25,000 auto parts workers.

More details here.

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VIDEO-- "Bainport", Illinois fired Sensata workers to Mitt Romney, "Just be honest." "Save our jobs."

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If you need a brief recap of this ongoing story, the Bain-owned company, Sensata, is outsourcing Freeport, Illinois jobs to China; employees wanted Mitt Romney to intervene. The soon-to-be-ex-workers have been forced to train their own Chinese replacements. Their jobs are being shipped to China in November.

Welcome to Mitt Romney's America.

All our Sensata posts are here (scroll).

Ed Schultz went to Freeport, now nicknamed "Bainport," and broadcast his show from there. This is a must-see, must-share:

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VIDEO: Former supporter, Sensata worker speaks out on Romney: "He's a bald-faced liar."

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To refresh your memory, the Bain-owned company, Sensata, is outsourcing Illinois jobs to China; employees want Mitt Romney to intervene. The soon-to-be-ex-workers have been forced to train their own Chinese replacements. Their jobs are being shipped to China in November.

America first! Go Mitt!

Sensata worker Mary Jo Kerr:

"Once it closes, it's devastating for the whole entire town. Everybody's just walking around slumped over not knowing what they're gonna do."

"[I thought Romney's] gonna create American jobs. He says that's what he's gonna do... And when I found out that he owned Bain Capital and Bain Capital owned Sensata and they were shipping our jobs to China, I was furious."

"He's a bald-faced liar. I mean, he's going out there saying I'm gonna create American jobs when, no he's not. He's profiting off of jobs going overseas."

"Having to train somebody [Chinese workers] to take your job and you don't have any control over it, it was probably the hardest thing I had to do."

Thanks to Ed Schultz for staying on this story.

All of our Sensata posts are here.

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VIDEO: Mitt Romney "should lose the election just on this issue."

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United Steelworkers' Leo Gerard spoke out on behalf of the non-union workers on the Ed Show:

"This is a disgrace! [Mitt Romney] should lose the election just on this issue."

"This can't be the America we're headed to. We've gotta stop this from happening."

To refresh your memory, the Bain-owned company, Sensata, is outsourcing Illinois jobs to China; employees want Mitt Romney to intervene. The soon-to-be-ex-workers have been forced to train their own Chinese replacements, and to add insult to injury, had to take down the American flag (added: temporarily). That's right, Bain Capital forced Sensata to take down an American flag and put up a Chinese one.

Their jobs are being shipped to China in November.

How's that for patriotism? America first, right Mitt?

New York Times:

“[Romney] owns about $8 million worth of Bain funds that hold 51 percent of Sensata’s shares.  If Sensata saves money by closing the Freeport plant, that could add money to Mr. Romney’s trust accounts, now or after the election.”

The company is located in Freeport, Illinois, but now they soon-to-be-ex-employees are calling it "Romneyville, suburb of Bainsport."

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