Romney thinks laying people off is hilarious
Mitt Romney does a lot of Romneying, and I've been calling him a privileged rich douchebag for some time now, but let's not forget, on a more serious note, that he made his money as a vulture capitalist who destroyed jobs and ruined lives, and that, not to put too fine a point on it, he's basically an insensitive asshole.
Sure, he can joke around with Leno when the questions are the softest of softballs, but every once in a while, and actually rather frequently, we get to see what sort of person he really is. Take what he said yesterday, as reported by New York's Alex Klein:
Mitt shared some of his connections to the state of Wisconsin on a conference call.
One of most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors... They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign.
The joke is laying off working-class factory workers. The punch line is screwing over Michigan, the state in which he was born.