Q.pension funds how much money did bain leave for taxpayers to pickup after they removed pension funds from companies they bankrupted? – May 23, 2012 12:00 PM Permalink A.Brad Hirschfield : Quite a bit actually, because the profits get taxed, but that is not what you are asking. I think that you are asking about the lives of those workers who lost out when a business was closed by Bain. And there is no doubt that that did occur. Of course the profits from those closures went to other pension funds, including billions to public employee funds, that sustained other workers.Wouldn't "I don't know, and have no busines discussing this until I find out" have been a much btter answer?
Q.Rate of job losses You said earlier: "The rate of job loss in those companies Bain controlled were w/in 1% of the average durring those years.". Do you have any sources for that? I'll wait. – May 23, 2012 1:39 PM Permalink A.Brad Hirschfield : Ah an easy one. Just a simpl request for more information. I love it. Check out today's Washington Post, especially the Editorial page. As I am on line writing you, i can not get you the link. Thanks for understanding!The study he referred to was on Private Equity refis overall, not Bain. And, thank you DougJ:
Q.Bipartisanship I love your blog because you're one of the few bipartisan centrists who realize that both sides do it, where "it" is pretty much any bad thing. You're like the post-punk David Broder. Have you always been so fair and balanced or is it something you learn over time as journamalist? – May 22, 2012 11:14 AM Permalink A.Alexandra Petri : ALL RIGHT, WHO FILLED THIS CHAT WITH PLANTS WHO ARE BEING MUCH TOO KIND? I'm going to start using "post-punk David Broder" on my promotional materials. Thank you for saying this. I don't know how often I succeed at this, but I really, really try. When I finally retrieved my mail after several months of allowing it to suppurate in the mail room, I was pleased to have notes from both sides complaining in strident terms that I was ruining everything. Some weeks the bar swings one way and some weeks it swings the other, but obviously no one party has a monopoly on idiocy. That would make things too easy.I read some of her other entries. She's very careful to say or know nothing. Not quite as bad as Shailagh Murray. Her dismissive stupidity set a standard none could hope to match. And now, she's paying the price. Time to remember what a good reporter is: