I have no issue with Romney’s comments. I have been in a position of hiring and firing and although I didn’t always enjoy it, at times I did. The times I didn’t enjoy it were the times I didn’t have someone readily available to fill the position and had to do the work myself but it was well worth it to get rid of a useless idiot who took up more of my time than my doing the work myself. When I go out in public now I see a whole lot of people that should be fired.
I think we all know what a pink slip is so why should that offend anyone. Do we really want a President who whines and nitpicks? Huntsman needs to grow a pair.
January 9, 2012, 11:02 am
NASHUA, N.H. — Mitt Romneybegan an address to the Nashua Chamber of Commerce here on Monday by talking about how he started his consulting career “at the entry level,” and wound down his speech talking about the need to be “able to fire” people or businesses when they provide bad service.
Answering a question about health care Monday morning, Mr. Romney said he would allow individuals to have their own insurance because it would provide the insurance company with an incentive to keep its clients healthy.
“It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them,” Mr. Romney said. “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
He added: “You know, if someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I want to say, ‘You know, I’m going to get someone else to provide that service to me.’”
Mr. Romney was making a point that many Republicans agree with — that individuals should be able to have their own insurance, and choose the plan they want.
But the comment was immediately seized on by one of Mr. Romney’s Republican opponents, Jon M. Huntsman Jr., as he spoke to supporters in Concord, N.H.
“It’s become abundantly clear over the last couple of days what differentiates Governor Romney and me,” he said. “I will always put my country first. It seems that Governor Romney believes in putting politics first. Governor Romney enjoys firing people; I enjoy creating jobs.
“It may be that he’s slightly out of touch with the economic reality playing out in America right now, and that’s a dangerous place to be,” he said.
The comment comes as Mr. Romney has come under attack from Democrats and Republicans alike for his private equity career at Bain Capital and layoffs that resulted from the firm’s restructuring of businesses.
The quip comes on the heels of another awkward comment Mr. Romney made, when he said Sunday that he had feared the “pink slip” several times in his private sector career.
“I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re going to get fired,” Mr. Romney said Sunday, in Rochester, N.H. “There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.”
Perhaps in an attempt to explain his “pink slip” reference, Mr. Romney began his speech Monday by talking about how he had started his professional career from the ground floor.
“I think some people imagine, by the way, that I just went directly to the top position in industry, and in business, that I started off as vice chairman or chairman or C.E.O. of Bain,” he said. “You probably know I started off actually at the entry level, coming out of graduate school in business. First in the Boston Consulting Group. Worked there for a while and then was asked by some folks to go over and join Bain, which was a much smaller company at that point, maybe 25 or 35 professionals. And joined that firm again at the bottom level, and was able over the years to work my way up.”
Saying he “learned some lessons along the way” and “saw some successes and some failures,” Mr. Romney concluded: “Net-net, it was an extraordinary experience.”